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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Sarah Butler, Chair | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 1997

Sarah and her husband are residents of Austin since 1969. Sarah’s strong interest in Arts and Education has led her to serve on Ballet Austin Board of Directors. She has served as Chairman of Board of Directors over the last six years and as President of Ballet Austin Foundation over the last 10 years.

Edie Rogat, President | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2012

Edie and her family moved to Austin in 2009. Her work experience includes planning public programs for the Smithsonian Institution and management consulting for Ernst & Young. She previously served as Parents’ Association President and Board Member of St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Edie and her husband, Cotter Cunningham, have three children.

Sly Majid, President-Elect | Argo AI

Board Service Since 2019

Sly Majid is a Public Policy and Government Relations Manager with Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle technology company whose mission is to build self-driving technology you can trust. In his role, Sly engages with state and local leaders across the country to support the deployment of autonomous vehicles to make getting around cities safe, easy, and enjoyable for all. Previously, Sly served as the City of Austin’s Chief Service Officer, where he focused on developing and delivering strategic initiatives that address the priorities of Mayor Steve Adler and the City of Austin. During his time in the Mayor’s office, Sly was vital in helping Austin secure the HUD designation for ending veteran homelessness in Austin, developing the Civic I/O program at the South by Southwest Conference & Festival for mayors across the country, and serving as the Mayor’s special advisor on the development of the Innovation Zone. Sly attended the University of Texas at Austin, earned a BA in government, and lives in the Mueller neighborhood with his wife Rachel and their dog Peanut.

Renée Gallagher, Treasurer | Comerica Bank

Board Service Since 2014

Renée Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in advertising. Her career is in investments and began more than 13 years ago at an investment advisory firm in Houston. She currently works with Comerica Bank, and her primary role is investment management for institutional clients and retirement plans nationwide. Over the years, she has been a supporter of several nonprofit organizations, including literacy programs for adults to aid to children worldwide.

Joaquin Delgado, Secretary | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2020

Joaquin Delgado holds a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University and worked at 3M from 1987 until his retirement in July 2019. He served as Executive Vice President since July 2009, having responsibility for three Business Groups consecutively: Electro-Communications Business Group, Health Care Business Group and Consumer Business Group.

Dr. Delgado has been on the Board of Directors of Stepan Company from 2011 to present. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Goldman Sachs Trust and Goldman Sachs Variable Insurance Trust and he also serves in the Board of Directors of Hexion Holdings Corporation.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of MacPhail Center for Music, a non-profit organization based in Minnesota, from 2013 to 2020 and was in the Executive Board.  Joaquin is not new to Ballet Austin as he served in the Board of Directors of Ballet Austin and its Executive Committee from 2010 to the end of 2012 and he is delighted to be once again part of Ballet Austin and the Austin community.

Alex Ladage, Long Center Liaison | UBS

Board Service Since 2004

Alex is a senior vice president of investments for UBS and manages the financial affairs for a select number of families and privately held businesses in Central Texas. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former Airborne Ranger, Alex has been in the private banking and investment management business for the last 11 years.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Jeff Coddington, Management Committee | JLL Capital Markets

Board Service Since 2008

Jeff Coddington is a Managing Director of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL), a professional services and investment management firm which specializes in real estate, where he strategizes and executes on the complex commercial real estate requirements of investors, corporations, public entities and non-profit organizations. Clients include Tishman Speyer, Applied Materials, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Starwood Capital Group and numerous others.  Jeff double-majored in Finance and Real Estate at the University of Texas at Austin.  Jeff also serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Estate Center at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute and is active with the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Cynthia Fresch, Management Committee | U.S. Bank

Board Service Since 1995

Cynthia Fresch is a native Austinite. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Texas – Austin and worked as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America for 25 years. She is currently a Relationship Manager in the RPS Prepaid Products Group, Government Division with U.S. Bank, covering Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Iowa. She also worked 10 years for First American/CoreLogic.

Cynthia has been involved with numerous Ballet Austin committees and groups during her time as a board member, including CORE, Ballet Noir, the Artistic Director Search Committee, and the Management Committee.

Cliff Ernst, Management Committee | McGinnis Lochridge

Board Service Since 1988

Cliff has practiced law for approximately 30 years, the majority of that time with the Austin law firm of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody. Cliff was born in Bartlesville, Okla., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University with his law degree coming from The University of Texas. Cliff and his wife, Martha, have one son.

Dr. Montserrat Fuentes, Management Committee | St. Edward’s University

Board Service Since 2021

Montserrat (Montse) Fuentes is the 24th President of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In this role, she serves as the first Hispanic and second female president. Prior to this appointment, she joined the University of Iowa (UI) as executive vice president and provost in June 2019 and professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science in the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. She came to the UI from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as professor of Statistics, and professor of Biostatistics in the School of Medicine. Before joining Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, Fuentes was head of the Department of Statistics and James M. Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University (NC State). Prior to that, she served as director of the Network on Statistical Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. A National Science Foundation (NSF)- funded center to promote multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research training at the interface of statistics and atmospheric and oceanic sciences, with 200 members and 21 affiliated institutions. In her leadership roles she has promoted a transformative educational experience, focusing on enhancing student success and promoting experiential learning with an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion and inclusive excellence, establishing innovative programs and partnerships while seeking fiscal sustainability and building a culture of appreciation and success. Fuentes has authored more than 100 scientific publications and served as principal or co-principal investigator on more than 20 research grants, with total funding of more than $28 million. Since 2019, she has been a principal investigator of an NSF ADVANCE award of $3M to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2008, Fuentes was named an American Statistical Association Fellow for outstanding contributions to mentoring and advancement of statistical methods. In 2012, she received the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific and Technological Achievement Award for the development of an air quality model evaluation framework that fosters scientific credibility for model applications. In 2013, she received the NC State Equity of Women award, and was also awarded the NC State D.D. Mason Award in recognition of Fuentes’s outstanding leadership in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Achievement from the American Statistical Association, Environmental Statistics Section, for major statistical methodology contributions, leadership, and mentoring roles. She is a first-generation college student and received a dual bachelor’s degree in mathematics and music (piano performance) from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago.

Cathy Thompson, Management Committee | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2004

Cathy was the chief executive officer of Motion Computing from 2011 to 2014. Prior to her position as CEO, Cathy was Motion’s chief operating officer and was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Motion’s finance, operations and service and support organizations.
Prior to joining Motion, Cathy served as vice president of finance for Dell’s Global Marketing organization, where she was responsible for the controller functions for those chief marketing offices. After beginning her career with Dell in 1993 as vice president of internal audit, she also held roles as vice president and corporate controller, vice president of business operations in the Americas, vice president of customer support within the Relationship Group, vice president of global customer programs and vice president of finance supporting the sales segments in the Americas and Commercial Business Group. Before joining Dell, she was a partner at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Company where she was director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth telecommunications and utilities audit and financial consulting practices. Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas in 1974. She is also on the board of Austin Achieve Public Schools.

THE BOARD

Hunter Armstrong | Blue Whale

Board Service Since 2014

Hunter Armstrong is a proud native Austinite. Before he started working in the family business in 2008, he studied physics at the University of Texas at San Antonio and did a short stint in tech support. After working nearly every job in the building, he took over as President of Blue Whale Moving Company and Humpback Junk Removal in 2014. Hunter is an active participant in the Austin community, having been a physics tutor and now a mentor to Eanes ISD Students.

Sofia Avila | Mandarin Design Lab

Board Service Since 2021

Sofia is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mandarin Design Lab, a plantscape design and holiday décor firm for commercial properties. Along with her sister Victoria, they started their family owned and operated business as a floral design and event décor company. Their work has received accolades since the early days of their company. In 2008 they were named among Austin Woman Magazine’s “Top 10 Young Women to Watch Under 30”. In 2012 they were winners of the Fedex + Me Small Business Competition; in 2013, Sofia & Victoria were presented with the Red Cross’ Rising Luminary Award. In 2019 they received the Austin Young Distinguished Leaders Award from the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin. Always passionate about causes that support the arts, Sofia served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mexic-Arte Museum from 2010-2016. Through her company, she has supported organizations such as the Blanton Museum of Art, Houston Grand Opera, Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin Guild, Zach Theater, LBJ Library Foundation, Texas Cultural Trust, Texas Book Festival, Texas Tech University College of Architecture, among many others. Sofia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II Honors and Chinese language and culture.

Becky Beaver | Law Offices of Becky Beaver

Board Service Since 2002

Becky Beaver is widely regarded as one of Texas’ preeminent family law attorneys. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Becky has practiced law for over 35 years, and handles all aspects of matrimonial and marital property litigation, including conservatorship of children and complex property issues. Her reputation as one of the best lawyers in the state is highlighted by Texas Monthly’s recognition of Becky as a “Super Lawyer” for the last seven years. Becky has been an active force in developing and nurturing Austin’s culture, having served on the board of directors of the Austin Children’s Museum, Austin Women’s Center, Planned Parenthood, Peoples Community Clinic, CASA of Central Texas, the Dispute Resolution Center, the Austin Bar Association, Travis County Family Lawyers, Travis County Family Law Advocates, Mexic-Arte Museum and the University United Methodist Church Foundation. She has also served on the Board of Advisors of the Austin Museum of Art. Becky has received the Profile in Power Award from the Austin Business Journal and the Women of Distinction from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She has also chaired events for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Austin Community Foundation and serves on various committees for many other organizations.

Michael Blue | Ernst & Young LLP

Board Service Since 2001

Michael Blue is the managing partner for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Prior to assuming his roles in Austin, Michael was a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets Group in Paris, France and was responsible for European multinational companies going public in the United States and other European multinationals registered on U.S. stock exchanges. He has also worked in San Jose, Frankfurt, Germany and Houston offices.

Michael has more than 26 years experience serving high-growth, technology companies, from venture-backed start-ups to multinational public and privately held companies with a focus on the semiconductor, software and biotechnology industries. He has extensive expertise in SEC reporting, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as international accounting and auditing, and strategic transactions. His clients have included Luminex, GenSet, Whole Foods, Business Objects, Cirrus Logic, Hytek Microsystems, ISSI, National Instruments, SAS, Silicon Laboratories, Topaz Semiconductor, and Xilinx. Michael has served or currently serves on the boards of The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, The University of Texas Accounting Department Advisory Board, and The United Way Capital Area. In addition, he serves on the Audit Committee for KLRU Public Television.

 

Nikki Bryant | Lakehills Lending

Board Service Since 2005

Nikki Bryant opened Lakehills Lending after more than 20 years banking experience in Austin. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and was a member of Leaders’ Club for Top Producers for major bank entity. In addition to serving Ballet Austin, Nikki also serves as Kappa Kappa Gamma House Board President, a Westlake High School volunteer, and is an active member of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

Andy Buchholz | Austin Anesthesiology Group

Board Service Since 2015

Andy is partner in Austin Anesthesiology Group, a division of American Anesthesiology, and has lived in Austin since 1999. He grew up in the Dallas area and is a graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas. His undergraduate degree is from Duke University, where he studied French and chemistry. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, then did his residency in anesthesiology through Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He remained on the faculty for one year at Harvard Medical School before returning to Texas. He is currently an anesthesiologist in Austin, specializing in adult cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia. He was the chief of anesthesiology at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for six years, where he served on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and Peer Review Committee. He was elected to and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Austin Anesthesiology Group. Andy and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

Daniel Byrne | Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap, PLLC

Board Service Since 1990

Dan Byrne is a 30-year plus lawyer representing clients involved in both straightforward and complex commercial disputes in a broad range of areas, including real estate, technology, financial institutions, employment, bankruptcy and general business litigation, both at trial and on appeal. He was voted by peers to Texas Monthly’s list of Texas “Super Lawyers” as one of the best Business Litigation attorneys in Central Texas. He is a member of the Austin Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and the Texas Association of Bank Counsel. His wife, the Honorable Darlene Byrne, is a Travis County Judge.

Greg Casas | Greenberg Traurig LLP

Board Service Since 2012

Greg Casas focuses his practice in antitrust, complex business litigation, and energy and natural resources law. Greg’s antitrust practice is international in scope and includes litigating price-fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation claims and providing counseling for DOJ/FTC investigations, joint venture formation, mergers and acquisitions, pricing plans and other contractual relationships. Greg’s complex business litigation experience includes international dispute resolution, arbitration and class action litigation. His energy experience includes litigating power plant disputes, disputes arising out of oil and gas leases and joint operating agreements, product liability claims relating to oil field tools and supplies, and personal injury and death cases unique to the oil and gas industry. With regard to natural resources, Greg has experience in greenhouse gas emissions trading under The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the Kyoto Protocol.

Socar Chatmon-Thomas | Elegant Estates by Auction LLC

Board Service Since 2014

Socar is chief executive officer of Elegant Estates by Auction LLC, a local boutique real estate firm. She is the immediate past president of the Ballet Austin Guild and has been involved in dance since she was a young girl. Both her daughters Guiny and Bella trained with the Ballet Austin Academy for many years and danced in The Nutcracker in various roles. She spends most of her spare time volunteering at Ballet Austin, Foundation Communities, and the Austin Board of Realtors. As a Past Chairman of the Austin Board of Realtors, she has a keen awareness of the need for dancers and other artists to be able to live where they work. She has a passion of the arts and is an advocate for affordable housing!

Ryan Coaxum | Guaranty Bank & Trust

Board Service Since 2019

Ryan Coaxum, an Austin native, is known for his striking energy and enthusiasm for life that drives him to give back to his community in various capacities. With over a decade of banking experience, he is part of the original team that brought Guaranty Bank & Trust to Central Texas. There, he works with a diverse group of clients across a broad range of industries focusing on their loan, deposit, and private banking needs. He serves on the boards of directors of a number of non-profit organizations including Ballet Austin, I Live Here I Give Here and The Trail Foundation. Ryan focuses on issues in arts education, financial literacy, economic development and expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Ryan has been recognized for his tireless work by both the banking industry and his peers. His career has been marked by recognition in Independent Bankers Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and Austin Black Business Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award. He is a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black college and university in Austin, receiving his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in business administration.

Ada I. Corral | Jobe Corral Architects

Board Service Since 2016

Ada I. Corral, AIA, is a partner at Jobe Corral Architects, a woman-owned architecture firm with an emphasis in residential design. Ada has practiced in Austin since receiving her architecture degree from The University of Texas. In addition to practicing architecture, Ada has taught at Austin Community College, and is active in several community organizations such as Austin Mothers of Multiples, Maplewood Elementary, and Leadership Austin, where she recently completed the Emerge program. Ada is originally from Puerto Rico, and now lives in Austin with her husband and three children.

Priscilla Guajardo Cortez | Austin PBS, KLRU-TV/Lee+ Associates

Board Service Since 2010

Priscilla G. Cortez serves as Director of Donor Relations for Austin PBS, our local PBS affiliate serving Central Texas. Additionally, she serves as a nonprofit consultant with Lee+ Associates, assisting organizations with program design and implementation, governance and management, and fundraising. Priscilla earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and a law degree from St. Mary’s University. She is involved with the Junior League of Austin and is a founding member of FuturoFund Austin. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge Program and Essential Class. Priscilla and her husband John-Michael enjoy traveling, giving back to the community, and spending time with their daughter, Isabella.

Kristen Day | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2014

Kristen served as the Community Relations and Inclusion Program Manager for NXP Semiconductors. She overseeded the NXP Inclusion Council and guides the strategic initiatives that support the NXP Community Engagement Council and Foundation. Kristen has more than 16 years human resources experience and has worked in a variety of industries including finance, publishing and technology. Kristen’s love of dance began with her first ballet class at the age of 5. She received her degree from the University of Texas and received her SPHR certification in 2009. Kristen is a member of Leadership Austin’s Essential Class of 2016. She is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Austin and volunteers with the Regents School of Austin.

Zahie El Kouri | Joyful Life Design Coaching & Consulting

Board Service Since 2021

Zahie El Kouri helps creatives, professionals, and entrepreneurs design lives that combine artistic callings with financial security and intellectual fulfillment. She is writing a novel about a Middle Eastern family that starts passing as American after 9/11. After earning an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, Zahie practiced law for several years before enrolling at The New School and earning an M.F.A. in fiction writing. She then taught expository, creative, academic, and persuasive writing in universities and law schools while publishing short fiction and essays and parenting small children. She moved to Austin, Texas in 2012 for the quality and diversity of the vibrant writing and arts communities. She is passionate about supporting artists and creating equity and diversity in our beautiful and soulful city.

Jennifer Garcia, PE | Harren Interests

Board Service Since 2014

Jennifer Garcia has 22 years of experience in civil engineering-specializing in land development, dam safety and U.S. Naval shipbuilding. She has extensive experience in land development in Central Texas performing project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of mixed use, master planned, single family, retail and office development projects. She is experienced with dam safety, design and emergency action planning for the State of Texas. Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable in providing engineering design and project management services for all aspects of land development and engineering design projects in Central Texas. She is proficient in performing site investigations and producing conceptual site planning and construction plans. She has effectively worked with government agencies and has spoken at multiple City Planning and Zoning Commissions and City Councils for zoning and development proposals. She has spoken at numerous workshops throughout the State of Texas on providing knowledge to the public on Emergency Action Planning for dam safety. She is responsible for technical and supervision leadership over Professional Engineers, Engineers In Training and CAD Designers, and QA/QC for dam safety, site development and utility projects. She previously was a partner with KBGE and sold the company in 2018.

Wade Giles | Moreland Properties

Board Service Since 2015

Native Texan, Wade Giles is a realtor with Moreland Properties, serving the Central Texas area. He earned his degree in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from Louisiana State University before starting out on his own business endeavors that led him across the globe to Australia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, New York City, and finally, back to where he knew he ultimately belonged: Austin, Texas. Since his return, Wade has completely immersed himself in Austin’s culture, specifically within the arts. Having studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, Wade has a true appreciation of all art in all forms and understands the importance of keeping culture alive and thriving in our city.

Richard Groos | King & Spalding LLP

Board Service Since 2015

Richard is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of King & Spalding LLP, an international law firm having offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Richard specializes in intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, internet, domain name, and related matters). Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Environmental Engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin and received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Richard has represented some of the most well-known brands in the world, and he specializes in providing creative solutions, strategic planning, and problem solving for businesses in branding and trademark issues. He is a frequent presenter and speaker, and has received a number of professional honors, including recognition in the World Trademark Review 1000; Chambers, USA; Legal 500 USA; The Best Lawyers in America, trademark law; Texas Super Lawyer, intellectual property; and designation as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property and a Global IP Luminary by Trademark World. In his free time, Richard enjoys writing music, primarily on guitar and keyboard.

Jennifer Guthrie | Texas Capital Bank Private Wealth Advisors

Board Service Since 1999

Jennifer, together with a team of advisors at Texas Capital Bank, provides comprehensive wealth management advice and services including concierge private banking, investment management, and trust and estate administration. The advice is integrated by the development of a customized financial and wealth transfer plan designed specifically for each family. A certified financial planner, Jennifer’s role on the team is to seamlessly manage the overall relationship, coordinate with the family’s attorneys and tax counsel, as well as to provide deep expertise on client banking and credit needs. With more than 28 years of experience in the industry, she has expertise in structuring credit needs ranging from simple mortgages to complex interim construction loans and investment real estate loans.

Serena Hicks | BIG Happy Money

Board Service Since 2022

Serena Hicks is a black biracial Business Coach who is an economic freedom fighter. She believes that making and stewarding BIG Happy Money is a social justice issue and she teaches accordingly. Prior to Business Coaching Serena worked as a Producer for MTV News & Documentaries in NYC before returning to Austin and working for media companies, including the Austin American-Statesman, as a Sponsored Content Producer. As a graduate of UT Austin (bachelor of science degree in PR) Serena is happy to be in her home state, with her two cats, enjoying all that downtown Austin has to offer.

E.D. Hill | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2010

E.D. Hill is the CEO of the Lazy 8 Ranch Specialty Food Company, which specializes in kosher, organic and gluten free products. Previously, she co-hosted “In the Arena” on CNN, “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel, and anchored the evening news in New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Waco. Her work as a reporter earned her an Emmy and a Golden Quill. She has interviewed numerous world leaders, sports heroes and business leaders as well as written two books. E.D. is a graduate of Dripping Springs High School and attended S.M.U., Harvard, and the University of Texas. E.D. and her husband, Joe, have eight children and live in Driftwood where they raise exotic animals.

Chris Hosek | Texas Star Alliance

Board Service Since 2013

Chris Hosek is a principal of Texas Star Alliance, specializing in direct lobbying and state agency relations. Chris has experience with a broad range of legislative issues and policy initiatives including a specific expertise in the energy sector. Chris served as the chief of staff for five years to the chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Elizabeth Ames Jones. Prior to his work at the Railroad Commission, Chris was also the legislative director for Jones in the Texas House of Representatives for the 78th and 77th sessions. Chris served as the House’s committee aide to the Appropriations Committee, responsible for drafting the state’s two-year budget. He was also committee aide for Jones on the House Energy Resources Committee, where he received his background in the energy field. Chris served in various roles for elected officials where he managed and developed legislative issues. Other committees Chris has worked on include the Urban Affairs and State Recreational Resource committees.

During his time in the Legislature, Chris was instrumental in setting up Texas’ first umbilical cord blood bank. The Texas Cord Blood Bank was created by statute in 2001 and funded in 2003. Chris worked to secure a $1 million initial state grant for the bank, as well as an additional $2.5 million private/public matching grant. Chris has met with numerous international trade delegations at the Railroad Commission. He also participated in the Texas Trade Mission to Mexico, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. In 2008, Chris was selected by the American Council of Young Political leaders as a delegate to participate in an overseas governmental exchange with Taiwan. Chris graduated from Texas State University at San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He is a member of the Texas State at San Marcos Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association. Chris and his wife, Chandra, live in Austin, Texas.

Jon Ivester | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2006

Jon Ivester is a retired high tech executive who now advises early stage companies and advocates for the rights of the LBGT community. His career included 18 years with Silicon Labs, an Austin based semiconductor company where he served as senior vice president of operations. Jon and his wife, Jo, lived in Austin from 1993 to 2015 raising their four children, and they are extremely happy to be back in Austin now along with three of those children and four grandchildren.  They are long-time ballet fans, and Jon is elated to be back on the board of Ballet Austin. Jon also serves on the Central Texas Regional Board of the Anti Defamation League.

Janette Keating | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2012

Janette Keating is an art advocate. She hails from Canada where she enjoyed a career as a French Immersion teacher. In the United States, her passion for dance, and visual art has become the focus of her energy. Involvement with art museums such as LACMA and The Contemporary Austin as a volunteer art educator has enriched her personal lifework as an artist. A recent graduate degree in Art Education/ Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Texas has directed her energy toward service on various local art-related boards of directors, including the Texas Society of Sculptors and The Contemporary Austin.

Lori Keller | 2022/23 Guild President

Board Service Since 2022

Lori Keller is the incoming Ballet Austin Guild President for the 2022/2023 season. She joined the Guild in 2018 and has served as Treasurer for the past three years.

Keller is a Relationship Manager with BMO Harris Bank on the Correspondent Banking team. With over 20 years of experience in the banking industry, she also manages the group’s credit underwriting team. A native of Wisconsin, Keller holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has lived in Austin since 2016 and enjoys exploring Texas with her husband and son.

Dr. Craig Kuglen | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2008

Dr. Craig Kuglen has been active in arts organizations for more than 40 years. After “mostly retiring” from medicine, he moved to Austin and has worked with Chorus Austin, The Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, and The Austin Symphony in various board positions. An honors graduate of Colgate University, he obtained an MD degree from the University of Alabama and moved to Texas for internship and residency in Galveston at UTMB. Craig founded an ophthalmology clinic in the Rio Grande Valley, which expanded to include major subspecialties and operated two surgery centers. He and his wife Peggy, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Nora Linares-Moeller | HousingWorks

Board Service Since 1993

Nora is the Executive Director of HousingWorks, an affordable housing advocacy organization. Previously, as a consultant, she served clients in the areas of management efficiencies, project implementation and fundraising for nonprofits and political candidates. She spent the first 12 years of her career in state government management, including serving as the first executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. As a community volunteer, Linares-Moeller currently serves on the board of directors of the Sally M. Kingsbury Knock Out Sarcoma Foundation Inc., as president of the board of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, treasurer of the board of the Friends of the Family Justice Center (Hays County), and secretary of the La Tina Foundation. She was appointed as a national board member of the La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) organization (founded by Cesar Chavez) in 2006. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU), now Texas State University, she is also a 1989 graduate of Leadership Texas and a 1990 graduate of Leadership America. Linares-Moeller currently resides in Wimberley, Texas, with her husband Michael Moeller.

Ana-Barbara Llorente | Pendas International, PLLC

Board Service Since 2021

Ana-Barbara is the founder and managing partner of Pendas International, PLLC, a boutique CPA firm focused on international tax and finance services for corporates. Ana-Barbara is a global finance executive with more than 15 years of experience in management and public accounting in North American and European markets in multiple sectors. Prior to founding Pendas International, Ana-Barbara worked for Deloitte in Madrid, Spain, managing audits for large listed and private companies in the TMT sector. Ana-Barbara has a BA in Business and a Master in Accounting and Auditing from the University of Oviedo in Spain and she holds a CPA license and other international professional certifications. Ana-Barbara supports and has been involved with other local organizations, including the World Affairs Council of Austin, Foundation Communities and others. Ana-Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband and their three young kids.

Dr. Marcella Madera | Austin Brain and Spine

Board Service Since 2012

Dr. Marcella Madera came to Austin from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was a faculty Instructor of Neurosurgery and an AOSpine fellow. She completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati and Mayfield Clinic. Marcella performs both spinal and cranial surgery to treat a variety of conditions for central Texas residents.

Marcella has studied ballet since the age of 9, and she minored in ballet at Washington University in St. Louis. She continues to enjoy classes at Ballet Austin living downtown with her husband, Austin software entrepreneur, Mark Obrecht.

Jennene Mashburn | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2001

Jennene Mashburn has been an active Ballet Austin Guild member for 14 years, serving as president in 2000/01. She has held several volunteer postions in Assistance League of Austin since 1993, and currently serves as one of their Thrift House day chairs. Jennene is married to Ray Mashburn and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.

Judy Matula | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2019

Judy is a long-time supporter of various animal and arts-related organizations in the Austin area.  She currently serves on the boards of Austin Chamber Music Center, where she was repeat Gala Chair, and Texas Pets Alive!  As a volunteer at her daughter’s former school she served in many capacities, such as Annual Fund Parent Chair for two years and Fine Arts Booster Club Co-Chair. For almost a decade she has supported Austin Pets Alive! as a former founding board member and a continuing supporter.  In previous lives she spent several years as an Account Manager at GSD&M and went on to teach psychology as an adjunct instructor at Austin Community College.  She received a BS in Advertising and an MA in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.  Judy and her husband Michael have a daughter Grayson, currently in college.  The family loves to travel, host chamber music concerts, and spend time at home with their rescue cats who run the household.

Nikelle Meade | Husch Blackwell

Board Service Since 2010

Nikelle became associated with Brown McCarroll LLP in 1998. During prior legal appointments she has served as judicial intern for Justice Jack Hightower of the Supreme Court of Texas, as a legislative intern for State Representative Dawnna M. Dukes, and as an associate attorney with the law firm of Minter Joseph & Thornhill, PC. Her practice involves representation of clients before local and state agencies, and she provides legal advice in the areas of procurement, transportation, commercial and residential real estate, business negotiations and transactions, economic development incentives, zoning, platting and land use. Nicole’s professional affiliations include the State Bar of Texas, the College of the State Bar, the Austin Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Real Estate Council of Austin, and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. She is currently the president of the Hill Country Conservancy. Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1995.

Virginia Miracle | Upland

Board Service Since 2019

Virginia Miracle is Chief Customer Officer of Upland Software, where she leads the customer success, services and support teams.

Virginia has worked in digital since dinosaurs roamed the internet. Before joining Upland in spring 2020, Virginia spent 8 years at Khoros (formerly Spredfast) where she developed their customer success teams and practices through hyper growth culminating in acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in 2018 and continuing through integration. Prior to Spredfast, she led the North American social media consulting practice at Ogilvy & Mather. She developed a passion for word of mouth marketing with a stint at Brains on Fire and served on the board of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association for 6 years after holding marketing roles at Trilogy Software and Dell.

Virginia is a former board member of Generation SERVE and proud member of Leadership Austin’s Essential Class of 2019. She spends her off hours with her 1 husband, 2 kids and 2 tiny dogs. She adores 80s movies & music and loves dancing at Ballet Austin. She holds a BA in English from Princeton University.

Emily Moreland | Moreland Properties

Board Service Since 1989

Emily Moreland plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the real estate company she started in 1986. Her top priority is supporting her agents and their clients, but she still finds the time and energy to be very involved in many organizations that create the quality of life that we all enjoy in Austin. Emily was privileged to serve on the board of directors of the Long Center for the Performing Arts from its inception until 2008. At the present time, she serves on the advisory committee for the Long Center. Additionally, Emily is a past president and former chair the board for Ballet Austin. As a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, she actively supports the Opportunity Austin initiative, which the chamber created to focus on bringing and keeping jobs in Austin. Emily is president of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation Grandparents Club and actively supports raising funds for the hospital. She also currently serves on the steering committee for Foundation Communities, which provides housing for the working poor.

Nidhi M. Nakra | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2016

Nidhi M. Nakra has worked passionately for the past 15 years to advance health policies that reduce preventable disease. She has held leadership roles in both the private and public health sectors. Most recently, she was the Director of Education and Advocacy for a Texas-based nonprofit, The Immunization Partnership. Prior to this position, she served as a CDC Public Health Advisor for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Nidhi also worked internationally as a technical officer for the World Health Organization’s Stop Transmission of Polio/Measles program in the South Pacific. Nidhi began her career as a consultant for healthcare delivery systems and non-profit organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University, and completed a Fellowship in Child Advocacy at the University of California-Los Angeles. Nidhi and her husband live in Austin, where they are raising their two children to follow a life of compassion and gratitude. In her free time, Nidhi enjoys reading, yoga, and the performing arts.

Vishal Pahwa | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2018

Vishal is a director of innovation strategy & planning at Dell where he helps shape the future direction of the company by developing strategies and offerings for new technology and market spaces. Through the course of his career, Vishal has gained strategic and operating leadership experience in B2B and B2C markets ranging from software to material science to hardware. He loves tackling problems that require creative thinking and fresh perspectives. Vishal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in The Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books Program) from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Vishal lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Sabrina, and stepson.

Melissa Perez | Fidelity Investments

Board Service Since 2022

Melissa is a Software Engineer professional with 17+ years of experience in delivering technical solutions in application development in a scaled Agile environment. Melissa works for Fidelity Investments and has a track record in leading the project team towards a successful implementation. Melissa is originally from Mexico City, but grew up in Ottawa, Canada. Melissa danced ballet up in Canada for many years and tries to attend classes at Ballet Austin when able. Melissa has lived in Austin for five years with husband and two daughters (ages 13 and 10) who are now students at Ballet Austin’s Academy. Melissa loves going to Ballet Austin’s Performances with her family!

Charles Phillips | Deloitte

Board Service Since 2018

Charles is a managing director in Deloitte Human Capital’s Organization Talent Practice. With more than 18 years of consulting experience, Charles’ primary focus has been to provide strategic advisory services in the areas of: business transformations, software implementations, and mergers and acquisitions (due diligence through post merger Integration). He has deep expertise in the design and execution of global talent and change programs comprised of: communications, training, business readiness and adoption programs to solve all manner of leadership, culture, talent, future of work and organizational challenges across the finance, IT and HR functions.

His project experience has been assessment through implementation phases, individual contributor to program lead. Charles is currently the global management of change lead for a Fortune 10 media company, undergoing a global finance transformation.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Charles worked as a benefits consultant at Hewitt Associates, Towers Perrin and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Penn.

Everett Plante | NBG Home

Board Service Since 2016

Everett Plante is the Chief Technology Officer for NBG Home, an affordable home décor company headquartered in Austin. Prior to NBG Home, Everett was the Chief Information Officer at Silicon Labs, a position he held for over 12 years. Everett has been in the information technology field for more than 30 years working in various executive roles for Sysco Corporation, Compaq Computer, Manugistics Software, and Harcourt Assessment. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Everett is passionate about giving back to the Austin community and makes volunteering a priority both personally and professionally. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity for seven years, serving as Chairman in 2014 and 2015. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in Austin. He also served as a board member of the Austin Technology Council and chair of the Ballet Austin Technology Transformation committee.

Elizabeth Powdrill | Hopper Mikeska PLLC

Board Service Since 2015

Elizabeth is an associate with the Austin law firm of Hopper Mikeska PLLC, and focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and guardianship. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her J.D. from the University Of Texas School Of Law. She is a member of the Austin Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas, and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. Elizabeth is from Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended the Boston Ballet School and performed in the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Forrest Preece | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 1998

Forrest Preece is a fifth generation Austin native who grew up seeing Austin’s ballet company perform on the cement stage at Zilker Hillside Theatre in the 1950s. He has been involved with Ballet Austin since 1993. After earning his degree in Plan II/English from the University of Texas at Austin, he worked in the advertising business for 39 years until he retired in 2005. The last 28 years of his career, he ran Good Right Arm Advertising Agency. Currently, he is on the board of the Visit Austin Foundation, is the Master Scribe for the Knights of the Vine/Austin Chapter, and serves with his wife, Linda Ball, on the Directors Council of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas. He and Linda have endowed annual “Young Authors Awards” for elementary/middle school/high school students in the Badgerdog creative writing program at the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. Forrest has been a board member of Visit Austin (formerly the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau), the Austin Advertising Club, Badgerdog Literary Publishing, and the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival. He was a board member and founder of Longhorn Associates, a support group for UT Women’s Athletics, and has held leadership roles with other organizations. Since 2001, he has written a personalities column for West Austin News. Forrest and his wife are now active dilettantes. They enjoy traveling and being part of the Austin social scene.

Deanna Rankin | Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Board Service Since 2017

Deanna Rankin started her career at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1998. As a registered senior client associate for The Heidmann/Jefferson Group, one of the largest private wealth management teams in Central Texas, she is the team lead for event planning, marketing, and client communications. Rankin is currently serving on the Advisory Council for Young Women’s Alliance of Austin as well as the Campus Advisory Council for Kiker Elementary School. Previously, Rankin served five years on the board of directors for Young Women’s Alliance as both President and Chair for the Austin Under 40 Awards Gala. As a Texas native, Deanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1996.

Ryann Reaud | Privateer Capital

Board Service Since 2014

Ryann Reaud was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She attended college at Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Ryann went on to graduate with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. She then served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Royal Furgeson in the Western District of Texas. She currently works as a prosecutor in the Travis County Attorney’s Office.

Stephen Redman | Financial Services

Board Service Since 2016

Stephen Redman was born and grew up about 50 miles east of London, U.K., and began his love affair with dance about 1970 after seeing a performance by the Nederlands Danz Teater. After immigrating to the United States in 1975, Steve took jazz from the San Francisco Ballet from 1976 until the jazzercise craze hit San Francisco in 1978. Today, Steve is a professional wealth manager and financial advisor with a major international financial services firm. He divides his leisure time among painting, collecting art and supporting several arts non-profit organizations in Austin.

Cord Shiflet | Moreland Properties

Board Service Since 2001

Cord and his wife, Anne, are one of our youngest Ballet Austin families. Cord has been involved with Ballet Austin since 1991 and Anne since 2002. Cord has served on the Board since 2001, and Anne was president of the Ballet Austin Guild from 2005-2006. Cord is a residential realtor with Moreland Properties and was the No. 1 realtor in Austin from 2002-2007, 2009 and 2011-2014 (Austin Business Journal). In addition, he has been Moreland Properties’ top salesman for 10 years. He is among the top one percent of producers in Austin and Texas. Formerly a realtor with Moreland Properties, Anne now stays at home with their 4 children Tatum, Tinsley, Banks and Bevo.

Janice Ta | Perkins Coie LLP

Board Service Since 2019

Janice Ta is an intellectual property lawyer who regularly provides legal counsel on patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark issues. She helps clients protect and maximize value from their intellectual property portfolios across a broad range of technologies in a variety of industries, ranging from computer software to consumer electronics to biotechnology. A first generation college student, she graduated in 2003 from Stanford University with a B.A. in Art History and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems.  Before law school, she worked as a product designer at Plaxo, Inc., a start-up in Mountain View, California, which was later acquired by Comcast.  She also served as the Interim Director of Disability Mentoring Day when she worked at the National Association of People with Disabilities.  From 2007-2010, she attended Yale Law School and was appointed in 2010 as the President of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities. After law school, she served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.  Janice has been recognized as a 2018 and 2019 Texas Rising Star for her work in intellectual property litigation.  She lives in Austin with her husband, John, a professor at the University of Texas, and her two kids. Her daughter is an aspiring ballet dancer at Ballet Austin.

Sandra Tenorio | Texas Rural Communities, Inc.

Board Service Since 2022

Sandra Tenorio is Executive Director of Texas Rural Communities, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1934 to serve rural areas with loans and grants. In her capacity as Executive Director, Tenorio oversees a loan portfolio that includes farm, ranch and small business loans and an annual grant program that serves non-profits in rural areas throughout Texas.

Prior to her position as Executive Director, Tenorio worked for the State of Texas in the following capacities; as a Senior Research Analyst for the Comptroller of Public Accounts where she contributed to such publications as Bordering the Future, Fiscal Notes, and State Functions at the Texas-Mexico Border; as Director of Border and Immigration Issues for then-Governor Ann W. Richards, where she served as liaison between the State of Texas and the Mexican Government at both the state and federal level.

Governor Richards appointed Tenorio as the State Refugee Coordinator with the U.S. Department of State to manage federal refugee resettlement grants in Texas, and finally, Tenorio served as the first Director of the Farmworker Right-to-Know Program for the Department of Agriculture where she took the newly created statue and worked with the United Farm Workers, Texas Rural Legal Aid, the Farmers’ Union, the Farm Bureau and the Chemical Council to negotiate the rules and program material, implementing the first program of its kind in the nation.

Tenorio’s public service started with an appointment to the Kyle Housing Authority Board of Directors, then election to the Kyle City Council. In 1986, she was elected as the first Hispanic Mayor for the City of Kyle and the youngest Mayor of the State at the time. She has also served on the Hays CISD Board of Trustees and the Buda City Council, taking on the position as Mayor of Buda when the sitting Mayor resigned.

She currently serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Texas Mezzanine Fund, a for-profit community development corporation certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Community Development Entity (CDE). The organization provides loans and investments in under-served communities throughout the State of Texas.

Tenorio also services as Vice-President for Collaborations with the Family Justice Center (FJC) of Hays County. The FJC operates as a central location for victims of violence to meet with advocates including police officers, prosecutors, and counselors. The Center may also aid in the form of food, shelter, and medical assistance.

She has also served as President of the Buda Economic Development Corporation as well as various local boards.

Sarah Teten | Us Living

Board Service Since 2022

Sarah Teten is General Counsel of Us Living, a multi-family developer based in Houston, TX. In addition, Sarah currently serves as the Municipal Court Judge for Rollingwood, TX.

Sarah graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in finance. She received her JD from University of Houston Law Center, graduating cum laude.

Sarah grew up dancing ballet in Corpus Christi, TX and attended a summer intensive session at Ballet Austin. She continues to take dance classes at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance and Fitness. Her daughter also enjoys ballet classes at the Ballet Austin Academy.

Judge George Thomas | Austin Municipal Court

Board Service Since 2015

Born in New York City and raised in Houston, Texas, Judge George Thomas graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1998 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History. He then earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002. After graduating, he worked as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives and practiced immigration law in Houston. He moved to Austin in 2004 and became a criminal prosecutor for the City of Austin. In 2010, he accepted a position as a prosecutor with the Travis County Attorney’s Office-Criminal Division. After almost 10 years of being a prosecutor, he was appointed as a Judge to the Municipal Court of the City of Austin in 2014. He is the first Indian-American judge in Travis County history. He has been active in a variety of local civic and political organizations in the Austin-area for several years.

Natasa Valocchi | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 2022

Natasa Valocchi has been a supporter of various causes over the years. Her latest involvement is with My Wardrobe HQ, the first platform in the UK for luxury rental and resale with plans to expand into NYC. Natasa is an investor, on the new business development team, and focuses on international business relations. She is also a new addition to the Second Stage Theater Board of Trustees in New York City (where she resides) bringing a little bit of Texas to the Big Apple. Natasa served on the Board of Ballet Austin prior to moving to London and is a past chair of the annual Fête gala. She is also an active member of the Texas Women of the Arts serving on the Executive Committee and is past Chair of the Young Masters event. A 20 year member of the Junior League, Natasa has served in numerous capacities in the Austin, London and NYC chapters. She has chaired or has been a committee chair for A Christmas Affair, Boutique de Noel, Financial Development committee, Resale Shop, and has served in numerous volunteer placements.

Natasa was a Senior Event Manager with George P. Johnson, an experience driven events agency. In this role, she planned and executed executive level experiences for a Fortune 10 company. She also attended Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

In her free time Natasa enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, her daughter, and the four legged love of her life. Natasa enjoys celebrating and lifting up all genres of the Arts and one of her favorite sayings is, “Art is home, because there is something magical that happens between artist and attendee that is comforting”.

David Webber | Webber + Studio Architects

Board Service Since 2013

David Webber, AIA, is a native Austinite. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and founded Webber + Studio Architects in 1997. David has established himself as a prolific presence on Austin’s architectural landscape, and the Studio has built a diverse portfolio of residential, retail, personal services and public projects. His award-winning designs have been featured internationally through print, Web, and broadcast media. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is active in the Texas Society of Architects, and sits on the board of directors of The Frameworks Community Development Corporation. David resides in Austin with his husband.

Tom Welch | EZCORP Inc.

Board Service Since 2010

Tom joined EZCORP in April 2009 and has responsibility for the legal, compliance, government relations, loss prevention and risk management functions. Prior to joining EZCORP, Tom was vice president – legal and general corporate counsel for Dell Inc., where he had primary responsibility for legal support of Dell’s corporate securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, executive compensation and benefits, facilities, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Dell in May 1995, Tom was vice president – corporate development of Parker & Parsley Petroleum Company (predecessor to Pioneer Natural Resources), Midland, Texas, where he was primarily responsible for merger and acquisition, corporate securities and corporate finance matters. Before joining Parker & Parsley in July 1992, Tom was a shareholder with the law firm of Johnson & Gibbs, P.C., Dallas, Texas, having joined the firm upon graduation from law school in 1980.

Tom received a B.S. degree in Management from Purdue University in 1977 and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Tom has been active in past United Way annual campaigns (serving as chair of the Professional Division for two years) and had the pleasure of doing meaningful volunteer work for Caritas during his career break (April 2008 to April 2009). Tom and his wife, Sally, have lived in Austin for 15 years and have two daughters.

Aisha White | Quintessence Plastic Surgery

Board Service Since 2019

Dr. Aisha White is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction and cosmetic procedures.  She graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in microbiology and then completed her medical education at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  She has also completed the MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. White completed her internship and residency in General Surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and a Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. White grew up in New Orleans, but has lived in Austin since 2012.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Essential Program, a member of the Leadership Austin Board, a member of the AIDS Services of Austin Board, a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Austin, and a former member of the CommunityCare Board.  Dr. White is also faculty at the Dell Medical School.  When she is not otherwise actively engaged in the Austin community, Dr. White enjoys baking, swimming, and playing tennis.

Jason Wills | American Campus Communities

Board Service Since 2013

Jason Wills is the senior vice president of development for American Campus Communities, the largest developer, owner and manager of high-quality student housing communities in the United States (NYSE: ACC). Wills has a diversified background in the functional areas of the student housing industry ranging from residence life, management operations, marketing, leasing, development and finance. He began his career in student housing in 1993 as a resident assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington. He continued his career in student housing operations when he joined American Campus Communities in February 1997. After serving in increasing operational capacities with ACC, in 1999 he moved into the company’s on-campus development division. In 2003, Wills was promoted to the position of senior vice president of development and selected to lead American Campus Communities highly successful on-campus development business segment.

Wills also played a key role as a member of the company’s senior management team when ACC led the student housing industry to a new plateau to become the first student housing company to go public. He is a frequent speaker on trends in student housing at industry conferences and served as a trustee on the ACUHO-I Foundation. In 2005 Wills was one of the founding members of the 21st Century Project, an ACUHO-I think tank seeking innovation in student housing. He continues to participate on the 21 Century Project’s steering committee.

Samantha Wiseman | Silicon Labs

Board Service Since 2022

Samantha Wiseman is a senior HR business partner and programs lead at Silicon Labs. She is responsible for talent management strategies including learning & development, DEI, and performance management. Prior to Silicon Labs, she held various HR roles in talent acquisition, employee engagement, and leadership development. She is passionate about applying agile and design thinking methodologies to deliver value adding HR programs. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, son, and dog. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Wiseman received a master’s in HR management from New York University. @siliconlabs

Scott Yarborough | Dynamis Ventures

Board Service Since 2008

Scott Yarborough is Managing Partner of Dynamis Ventures, a private fund focused on SMB acquisitions. Prior to Dynamis, Scott held key roles at eHealth, Aquasana and the Global Consumer Group at Dell Inc. Scott received his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College.

Mireya Zapata | Lumbermen’s Association of Texas

Board Service Since 2022

Mireya Zapata applies her diverse leadership experiences in government, marketing, communications, and nonprofits as Executive Vice President of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas.

She has deep communications and public affairs expertise ranging from media relations to speech writing to public policy development and advocacy. Mireya led legislative offices for a high-profile member of the Texas House of Representatives where she spent almost a decade of her professional career. During her time with a national health care non-profit, she developed relationships with business, civic and elected leaders in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas to drive results for Americans living with chronic illness. Over her career she has led teams to reach the organization’s desired outcome via fundraisers, press events, policy roundtables and grassroots coalitions.

At LAT, Mireya provides leadership and direction for the association where she is focused on further engaging LAT’s members and on recruiting others to join her in encouraging, protecting and growing the Texas lumber and building materials industry, representing a large group of Texas-based, family- owned companies. A seasoned government affairs professional, Mireya represented LAT during the most recent Texas legislative session in passing tort reform for trucking litigation and pandemic liability legislation. She is working to achieve greater impact by identifying emerging trends, engaging in critical policy issues, and advancing LAT’s mission through advocacy. Mireya also leads her members’ political engagement via LUMPAC and directing its endorsements and investments.

Mireya lives in Austin with her two children, Penelope and Joaquin. As a family, they enjoy evening walks with their dog Macie, reading, movie night, singing along to their favorite Broadway musicals and travel. Mireya volunteers her time on the Executive Committee for the Lone Star Stroke Research Consortium. She was recognized with the Chairman’s Award by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association in 2022 and recognized as a Texas Lobby Rising Star by Capitol Inside in its biannual 2019 Texas Lobby Power Rankings.

Jare Smith, Board Chair Emeritus | Patron of the Arts

Board Service Since 1985

Jare Smith is a past president and past chair of the Ballet Austin board and a former Ballet Austin Guild president. She currently serves on the Long Center Board and the Advisory Board of Texas State University Fine Arts College. Jare is also a past president of the Lone Star Girl Scout Council and served as co-chair of the organization’s Capital Campaign.

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