2012/13 Board of Directors - Photos and Bios below
President: Jon Ivester
Chair: Sarah Butler
Dr. Joaquin Delgado
Board of Directors
Paula N. Boldt
Meria Joel Carstarphen
Dr. Joaquin Delgado
Cynthia D. Fresch
Priscilla Guajardo Cortez
Craig Kuglen, M.D.
Teresa Long, Ed.D.
Dr. Marcella Madera Obrecht
George Martin, Ph.D.
Elizabeth L. Morgan
Shon Owens Saliga
Jeffrey M. Trigger
Scott G. Yarborough
2012/13 Ballet Austin Board of Directors
Stephen Adler, Barron & Adler, L.L.P., Board Service - 15 years
Steve Adler, formerly president of the Ballet Austin Board, is a partner with a boutique law firm handling condemnation and property takings cases around the state. He is married to Diane Land, who owns a company that does retail property management. Together they have three children: Karen, Susan and Sarah. He's involved with Ballet Austin because of the art, its staff leadership, but especially because of the organization's commitment to accessibility and social relevance in the community. Otherwise, he's overcommitted and wishes he had more time to travel, sail, and play golf.
Becky Beaver, Law Offices of Becky Beaver, Board Service - 11 years
Becky Beaver is widely regarded as one of Texas' preeminent family law attorneys. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Beaver 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 Ms. Beaver as a 'Super Lawyer' for the last seven years. Ms. Beaver 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, Ballet Austin 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. For fun, Becky watches and plays basketball.
Eric Behrens, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody P.C., Board Service - 5 years
Eric is a shareholder at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody P.C. and focuses primarily on Trial & Appellate Litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School. Eric also serves as a board member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Writer's League of Texas. He has previously served on the boards of the Sharir Dance Company, Austin Public Library Foundation and AIDS Services of Austin, Inc. and is a graduate of Leadership Austin.
Rick Bennett, Durbin Bennett Peterson/Private Wealth Management
Board Service - 9 years
Richard B. Bennett is a C.P.A., C.F.P and founding Partner of Durbin Bennett Peterson. He has over twenty years of experience in individual, corporate, partnership, trust, and estate taxation. Rick graduated from The University of Texas. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Estate Planning Council, and the International Board of Certified Financial Planners. He is a Past President of Extend-A-Care (a non-profit organization) and is active in a variety of community and professional group activities. Rick is presently serving on the Ballet Austin Finance Committee.
Michael Blue, Ernst & Young LLP, Board Service - 12 years
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 US and other European multinationals registered on U.S. stock exchanges. He has also worked in San Jose, Frankfurt, Germany and Houston offices. Michael has over 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 Ballet Austin, 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.
Paula Boldt, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 10 years
Prior to moving to Austin from San Francisco in 2002, Paula was a board member for the Coyote Point Environmental Museum, where she chaired major fundraisers. She is a former VP in Trade Finance/International Banking Dept. of the Continental Illinois National Bank. Paula and her husband Bob, a former CEO of UTIMCO, were patrons of the San Francisco Ballet before their move to Austin.
Marla Bommarito-Crouch, The Bommarito Group, Board Service - 17 years
An award winning space planner and interior designer in Texas since 1976, Marla has been recognized for her professional achievements by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She was elected into the College of Fellows of the International Interior Design Association, and was among the first interior designers to be inducted into the Design Hall of Fame at The University of Texas. Marla also serves as an Honorary Life Member of Zach Scott Theater's Board of Directors.
Nikki Bryant, Lakehills Lending, Board Service - 8 years
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.
Blaine Bull, ViaNovo, Board Service - 11 years
Blaine H. Bull is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international management and communications consulting firm with offices in Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to forming his own strategic communications company in 2004, the StratCom Group, Blaine was a founding officer and shareowner of Austin-based Public Strategies, Inc. During his 13 years as a managing director with Public Strategies, Blaine developed, managed, and helped implement dozens of successful international, national, multi-state, and statewide corporate campaigns. Blaine earned his master's degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University. Blaine is a past president of the Ballet Austin Board.
Cass Burton, Burton & Hyde, P.L.L.C., Board Service - 1 year
Cass Burton has been practicing law in Texas since he was licensed in 2003. His firm, Burton & Hyde, P.L.L.C., focuses on administrative and business law. He represents regulated entities before state agencies, primarily the Texas Department of Insurance. Cass is both an advocate and a counselor. He seeks creative solutions to enforcement actions, and, when fundamental differences arise, he litigates cases at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. He advises clients on how to interact with regulators, provides compliance planning services, and assists in navigating the licensing process. His firm also handles many other routine business needs.
Cass earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2003. He received his clinical training in mediation. He graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2000 with special honors for his work as a University Undergraduate Research Fellow. Cass is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a bipartisan non-profit organization that has conducted bilateral exchanges with over thirty nations since the 1960's. He has traveled with ACYPL to Jordan, New Zealand, and Israel and on his own to fifteen other foreign countries. Cass calls Austin, Texas his home. He enjoys going to drop-in classes and Pilates at Ballet Austin weekly.
Sarah Butler, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 16 years
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 ten years.
Daniel Byrne, Fritz, Byrne, Head & Harrison, LLP, Board Service - 22 years
Dan Byrne is a twenty nine year 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.
Meria Joel Carstarphen, Ed.D., Austin Independent School District
Board Service - 2 years
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen is Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District. Prior to this position, Dr. Carstarphen served as the superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and in accountability positions for public school systems in the District of Columbia, Kingsport, Tennessee, and Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Carstarphen's professional experience includes teaching at the middle school level, as well as elementary education in Seville, Spain, and Caracas, Venezuela. She earned a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy with a concentration in urban superintendency from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Carstarphen earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Spanish from Tulane University and master of education degrees from Aurburn University and Harvard University. She has also studied at the University of Seville, Spain, and University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Greg Casas, Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P., Board Service - 1 year
Greg Casas, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, 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.
Jeff Coddington, Oxford Commercial, Board Service - 4 years
Jeff Coddington is a 26-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry both nationally and in Austin, and has worked with Oxford Commercial in Austin since 1995. He assesses, strategizes and executes on the complex commercial real estate needs of investors, corporations and non-profit organizations. In addition to being named a "Power Broker" by CoStar Real Estate Information Services in 2010, Jeff has twice won the Austin Business Journal's "Best Commercial Real Estate" awards and is a multiple recipient of Oxford Commercial's President's Award and Founder's Cup, recognizing extraordinary service. In 2008, Jeff was named to the Cushman & Wakefield Global Non-Profits Practice Group, which aggregates experience, benchmarking and best-practices to ensure that clients receive leveraged and industry-specific real estate solutions. Jeff authored the 1995 - 2000 editions of Urban Land Institute's "Market Profile" for Austin and was a reviewer for the ULI National Real Estate Market Forecast. Jeff also served on the faculty of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) International's "Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale". Jeff double-majored in Finance and Real Estate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lawrence Collins, Lawrence Collins & Associates, Board Service - 2 years
Lawrence Collins' work in Austin, Texas began in 1992 as an intern in the Executive Office of Governor Ann Richards and continues today with his own independent consulting practice. Collins is a registered lobbyist and consults with various clients on state budget matters. Collins' active client list includes non-profits, municipalities and Fortune 500 Companies. Collins has been in solo private practice in Austin, Texas since 2004. During Collins' time at the state capitol he worked for both Republicans and Democrats and is the only person in recent memory to direct the two most significant committees of the Texas Legislature: the House Committee on Appropriations under the Hon. Robert A. Junell and the Senate Committee on Finance under the Hon. Teel Bivins. Collins is married with three children.
John Constantine, Entrepreneur, Board Service - 1 year
John is a co-founder and managing partner of two ambulatory surgical centers, a national employee benefits company and an international direct sales company with over 3,500 distributors, all based in Central Texas. John has co-founded eight companies in his career. He has substantial experience as a founder and executive of entrepreneurial ventures, primarily in the areas of healthcare, direct sales, and insurance. Regardless of the industry, John has consistently identified compelling market opportunities, assembled high-quality teams, and developed and executed entrepreneurial business plans focused on the identified opportunities. He then supports the ventures with investment capital and as a board member or executive officer with a long-term perspective, thus enabling the businesses to generate substantial profits for investors. As a recent example, John was an early investor and director of Advocate, MD, Texas' fourth-largest medical professional liability insurance company through the successful sale of the company in November 2009.John serves on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, one of which is Small Business United, an organization that promotes the interests of small businesses on a national scale. John graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in Real Estate Development. He grew up in Midland and now resides in Austin.
Priscilla Guajardo Cortez, The University of Texas System/Bacon Lee
Board Service - 3 years
Priscilla divides her time between serving as the Director of Development for the Rio Grande Valley Initiative for the University of Texas System and as a nonprofit consultant with Bacon Lee & Associates. 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. Priscilla also serves on the board of KLRU-TV and is a founding member of FuturoFund Austin. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin's Emerge Program and Essential Class. Priscilla is married to John-Michael V. Cortez and together they have a daughter, Isabella.
Steve Dalbey, Moreland Properties, Board Service - 11 years
After 25 years of working in major advertising agencies, Steve joined Moreland Properties. In his first year he was named "Rookie of the Year" and in 2006 was named "Top Producer" in the Lake Austin office, Moreland's largest office. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Steve worked in sales and founded and managed two companies while still in college. Steve enjoys extensive travel, particularly international travel.
Joaquin Delgado, 3M, Board Service - 3 years
Dr. Joaquin Delgado is Executive Vice President of the Austin-based 3M Electro and Communications Business, the only 3M business segment headquartered outside of St. Paul, Minn. Born in Spain, he was educated both in Spain and the United States. Delgado began his career with 3M as a senior polymer chemist in the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Technologies Center, located in St. Paul. In his 25 year career with the company, Delgado has held leadership roles in research and development in addition to leadership assignments in Japan, Singapore and Korea. He and his wife Mei enjoy taking in Austin's vibrant arts scene and exploring the great outdoors.
Cliff Ernst, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon and Moody, Board Service - 24 years
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, Oklahoma and received a BA from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from The University of Texas. Cliff and his wife Martha have one son, Rex, and enjoy gardening and travel. Cliff plays in a rock n' roll band called Rhythm Congress, which has enjoyed playing for various Ballet Austin events.
Carolyn Ferguson, CPA, Temple-Inland, Board Service - 2 years
Carolyn's role includes supervising the internal audit group and assisting with the company's enterprise risk management activities. Prior to joining Temple-Inland in 2001, she served in various auditing and accounting positions with several nationally recognized organizations including PepsiCo, American Airlines and Ernst & Young. Carolyn is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University. She serves on a board committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is an active speaker on audit and process management and control topics for several Internal Audit associations and for The University of Texas. Carolyn is a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House, Austin Museum of Art, St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, Texas State Troopers Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Cocker Spaniel Rescue. She lives in Lakeway, Texas with her husband, daughter and dog.
Cynthia Fresch, CBCInnovis, Board Service - 19 years
Cynthia Fresch is a native Austinite. She received a BA in Finance from UT Austin and worked as an SVP at Bank of America for 25 years. She also worked 10 years for First American/CoreLogic and is currently a National Account Executive for CBCInnovis. Cynthia has been involved with numerous Ballet Austin committees and groups during her membership including CORE, Ballet Noir, Artistic Director Search Committee, and Management Committee. Her hobbies include exercise boot camp, golf and travel.
Lorrie Garcia, Ballet Austin Guild, Board Service – 1 year Lorrie has been a member of Ballet Austin Guild since 2008 and is serving as the Guild’s President for 2012/13. She considers herself a “professional” volunteer having been involved in many areas of community service and leadership over the years. Lorrie is a past President of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley (PA) and is a Sustainer with the Junior League of Austin. She is also an active member of Impact Austin, a local women’s philanthropy organization. She is a Registered Nurse and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. The daughter of an Army officer, Lorrie has lived all over the United States and in Europe. She and her husband, Carlos, met while attending the University of Florida and are avid Gator fans. They were overjoyed when a career opportunity brought them to Austin in 2007. They have two grown daughters, Alicia and Maya, and a fine dog named Jake. Ballet has been a lifelong passion of Lorrie’s both as a student and as a patron.
Jennifer Guthrie, JPMorgan Chase, Board Service - 13 years
Jennifer Guthrie is a Vice President at JPMorgan where she leads a team of specialists to help individual clients achieve their personal wealth management goals. A Certified Financial Planner, Jennifer provides strategic advice and strategies designed to help clients accumulate, preserve and transfer their wealth to future generations.
Christopher Han, Cedar Creek Developers, Board Service - 4 years
Christopher is the owner of an Austin-based development company specializing in high-end assisted-living and memory care facilities in secondary and tertiary markets in Texas. Before Austin, he lived in Santa Fe and New York, where he spent 15 year as a structured derivatives wonk after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, and well before they became the source of the world's ills. He has been a principal in defense, health care, and manufacturing related ventures, and has taught risk-management at NYU. While not working, Christopher continues his research on avoiding the aging process. This includes ballet fit, ski racing, mountain climbing, motorcycling and loads of PT. On the quieter side, he enjoys photography, non-fiction, and piano only when inspired.
Ted Heydinger, Capital Technology Affairs, Board Service - 6 years
Ted Heydinger is the President of Capital Technology Affairs which helps technology and telecommunications corporations develop and implement their lobbying strategies in Washington, D.C. and Austin. He also guides expansion of their government sales divisions. Prior to that Mr. Heydinger was Director of Government Relations for Dell Computer Corporation responsible for federal, state, and local issues. Ted opened Dell's Washington, D.C. office before moving to Austin in 1998. Mr. Heydinger has been involved with Ballet Austin for the last 3 years as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee. He is married to Charlene Vanlier Heydinger and resides in Austin with their two children.
E.D. Hill, CNN, Board Service - 3 years
E.D. is a reporter and host at CNN. She previously worked at Fox News Channel and CBS Morning News. E.D.graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. During her career, she has won both an Emmy and Golden Quill. She spends most of her time at the family ranch in Dripping Springs. E.D. is involved with the Junior League and the Austin Women's Symphony League. In New York, she was a board member of the New York City Children's Museum and the Big Apple Circus. She is married to financial executive Joe Hill and they have "numerous children and even more critters."
Aileen Hooks, Baker & Botts, L.L.P., Board Service - 14 years
Aileen Hooks regularly provides legal counsel to clients on regulatory and permitting matters relating to environmental, health, and safety issues, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, and fuel regulations. Additionally, Ms. Hooks works on the environmental and facilities-related aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including international matters. She is active in the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development. On a pro bono basis, she worked on the drafting and negotiation of a memorandum of understanding between the Council and the U.S. EPA on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Fields of Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Aileen received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and her JD from the University of Texas.
Elisabetta Pozzi Horvath, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 2 years
Elisabetta is a citizen of the world. Born in Milan Italy she has also lived in California, New York, and now Austin, Texas. Mrs. Horvath attended the Universita' Cattolica di Milano securing her degree in Foreign Language and Literature. She speaks several languages fluently. Elisabetta was a highly successful entrepreneur in the natural stone business. She has also been Director of Sales for a large natural stone firm dealing in marble and granite. She is a very skilled and talented business woman. Mrs. Horvath is the mother of a college age young man. Her husband Craig works in finance. She has volunteered and served with several nonprofits, and is passionate about animals and the environment.
Laura Huffman, Nature Conservancy, Board Service - 4 years
Laura Huffman assumed the role of Texas State Director of the Nature Conservancy in June 2008. Ms. Huffman heads a Texas staff of more than 100 scientists, conservation experts and support staff working at 35 preserves and projects spanning from West Texas to the Big Thicket and the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. A native of Austin, Texas, Ms. Huffman's has a long and distinguished record of public service. Throughout her career she has devoted substantial energy toward advancing environmental causes to benefit the lives of citizens, including undertaking important projects to protect water supply quality and public green spaces. As deputy city manager of San Marcos from 1994 to 2002 and assistant city manager of Austin from 2002 to 2008, she spearheaded important watershed protection and neighborhood and economic development initiatives for both cities. Ms. Huffman has earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.Sc. in Political Science with a minor in History from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Jon Ivester, Silicon Laboratories, Board Service - 7 years
Jon Ivester is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Silicon Laboratories, a mixed signal semiconductor company headquartered just 2 blocks from the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin. Jon has lived in Austin since 1993 when he came to town to start up the Austin manufacturing activities of Applied Materials. He and his wife, Jo, an adjunct professor at St. Edwards University, have raised 4 children in Austin. Jon has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from MIT and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has also served as the chairman of the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
Jannette Keating, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 1 year
Jannette Keating is an art lover. Stemming from a career as a French Immersion teacher in Canada, Jannette has identified education, and the arts as her two most important passions. Presently pursuing a graduate degree in Art Education/Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Texas, Jannette has embraced the art community in Austin. After having spent the last ten years in Los Angeles where she worked as a sculptor, and volunteer docent at LACMA,, Jannette has found a new community to share her interests with in Austin. She is on the board of the Texas Society of Sculptors and also loves the performing arts. She is involved as a museum arts educator at AMOA/Arthouse and volunteers as an artist/educator at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Jannette is proud to support the performances and community at Ballet Austin.
Don Kendrick, Wells Fargo Bank, Board Service - 6 years
Don Kendrick is the regional president for Wells Fargo's Central Texas Region. He leads Retail and Business Banking in 100+ banking stores with over 1,400 team members throughout San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country. Don served as Chair for the 2006 Juvenile Diabetes Walk to Find a Cure and currently serves on several non-profit boards including the Capital Area Food Bank, the Texas Bankers Association, Community Land and Trust, Opportunity Austin and United Way as a Division Leader. A graduate of the University of Houston, he has been married to his wife Kellie for 32 years and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Craig Kuglen, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 5 years
Dr. Kuglen has been active in arts organizations for over 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, an active choral singer, have four children and seven grandchildren. Hobbies include tennis and sailing and competing in over 350 triathlons, nationally and internationally.
Alexander Ladage, UBS, Board Service - 9 years
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 eleven years. In his free time he enjoys high altitude mountain climbing and racquetball. Alex is married to Heather Ladage who is the publisher of the Austin Business Journal.
Ava Late, BMW of Austin, Board Service - 9 years
Ava Late is a wife, mother, community volunteer, and co-owner of BMW of Austin. She has been a media spokesperson for 20 years in the Southwest United States and owner of a Music Publishing Company for 15 years. Since the birth of her daughter, Olivia, Ava has only worked for her family businesses. Presently she is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Community Affairs at BMW of Austin. A graduate of The University of Texas, she has volunteered and served in various capacities with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hospice Association, Alzheimer's Association, Women's Symphony League, Ballet Austin Guild, Bridge Point Booster Club, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, The Sam Houston Society of Friends of the Governor's Mansion, The Littlefield Society, the Chancellor's Council of UT, Austin Country Club Women's Association, Board Member of Summit Homeowner's Association, and the Alzheimer's Association. Ava is married to Steve and they have 3 children, Olivia, Blair and Christopher.
Nora Linares-Moeller, Nora Linares Consulting, Board Service - 19 years
Nora is a consultant serving clients in the areas of management efficiencies, project implementation and fundraising for non-profits and political candidates. She spent the first twelve 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, TX with her husband Michael Moeller.
Teresa Long, EdD, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 16 years
Teresa Lozano Long, E.D., a former educator, is an active volunteer and philanthropist in arts and education. She served on the National Council on the Arts, which allocates National Endowment for the Arts funds and is a board member of the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation. She has also served on the boards of the Austin Lyric Opera, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin College, Austin Community Foundation, and the Austin Urban League. She and her husband, Joe Long, have donated to the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center, the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.
Dr. Marcella Madera Obrecht, Board Service - 1 year
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.
George Martin, Ph.D., St. Edward's University, Board Service - 10 years
George E. Martin, Ph.D., president of St. Edward's University since 1999, has led the university's collaborative effort to attain national recognition as one of the best small universities in the country. Currently, the university is ranked 20th in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and donors have responded to Martin's vision by investing more than $70 million in St. Edward's. Martin volunteers with a number of higher education organizations and is equally dedicated to community development and the arts in Austin, serving on the boards for several important civic and artistic organizations.
Jennene Mashburn, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 12 years
Jennene Mashburn has been an active Ballet Austin Guild member for 14 years, serving as president in 2000/2001. 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 and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Andrea McWilliams, McWilliams Governmental Affairs, Board Service - 6 years
Founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs, Andrea McWilliams navigates the corridors of power at the Capitol advocating relentlessly for her high profile clients. Her firm is consistently recognized as the leading full-service governmental affairs firm in Texas and trusted at the local, state and national level. Lobbyist, political fundraiser, philanthropist, cancer survivor and - most importantly - a mother of 3, she combines grit and patience with persuasion to advocate tirelessly for her clients and the charitable causes she champions.
Nikelle S. Meade, Brown McCarroll, L.L.P. Board Service - 3 years
Nikelle became associated with the firm 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, P.C. 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. Ms. Meade'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. Ms. Meade 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.
Amy Mitchell, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Board Service - 7 years
Amy Mitchell's clients benefit from her breadth of experience, her creative negotiation skills and her familiarity with several different types of law. She has particular expertise in real estate law; construction law; environmental matters; office, industrial and retail leasing and development; addressing the real estate needs of technology companies, medical providers and non-profit organizations; conservation easements; and the development of residential communities. She received her undergraduate degree at Princeton and her JD at The University of Texas at Austin. Amy enjoys a variety of activities including bicycling, aerobics, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and 4 children. In addition to Ballet Austin, she is committed to children's educational development and learning opportunities.
Emily Moreland, Moreland Properties, Board Service - 23 years
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 Center. For many years she maintained that a performing arts hall was an absolute necessity for a city the size of Austin. She believes the Long Center benefits economic development in Austin as much as it benefits the performing arts. As past President and Chairman of the Board for Ballet Austin, Emily continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the ballet. 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. Emily looks forward to continuing her involvement with many issues that enhance our beautiful city of Austin.
Elizabeth L. Morgan, Morgan Adler, Board Service - 3 years
Ms. Morgan represents a wide array of clients faced with multi-jurisdictional tax, estate, and business planning issues. She is experienced in the design of complex estate and business plans for U.S., non-U.S., and dual-citizen clients, and in assisting such clients with their pre-immigration and expatriation tax planning. Ms. Morgan frequently advises clients on the resolution of international tax and treaty issues in connection with their estate and business planning, and serves as outside counsel to several high net worth family offices. She has formulated and administered estate and business plans for individuals and entities with ties to Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Dubai, France, Germany, India, the Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In addition to her expertise in the design, administration, and tax compliance of both inbound and outbound foreign trust and business structures, she has an extensive background in traditional probate, trust, and estate administration. A frequent author and speaker in the areas of domestic and international estate planning, asset protection, and foreign trust planning and tax compliance, Ms. Morgan has been quoted in various publications, including Practical Accountant and Bloomberg Wealth Manager. She is a contributing author (since 1995) and co-editor (since 2000) of the four-volume treatise, Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics (Thomson/West Group, updated quarterly). Ms. Morgan is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law (Texas Board of Legal Specialization), is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), was named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2003 through 2009 by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and was named in Worth Magazine's Top 100 Attorneys list for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Ms. Morgan graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1988 after receiving her B.A. in English from Baylor University in 1984. Ms. Morgan has four energetic children and devotes volunteer time and resources toward the promotion and advocacy of quality education and children's issues.
Deborah Portman, International Bank of Commerce, Board Service - 7 years
Deborah moved to Austin from Laredo, Texas and is First Vice-President for IBC Bank. Deborah was a ballet student in Laredo from the age of three, and went on to study ballet at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while attending college. While in Laredo, Deborah served on the boards of the Women's City Club, United Day School, and the Society of Martha Washington. She has a daughter, three sons and five grandchildren.
Forrest Preece, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 14 years
Forrest Preece is a native Austinite who grew up seeing our town's ballet company perform on the cement stage at Zilker Hillside Theatre. He worked in the advertising business for thirty-nine years until he retired in 2005. The last twenty-eight years of his career, he ran Good Right Arm Advertising Agency. Currently, he is on the board of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the advisory board of Badgerdog Literary Publishing. Forrest has served as a board member of The Austin Advertising Club and The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival; 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. Forrest and his wife, Linda Ball, are now active dilettantes and do volunteer work for several non-profits; in his spare time, he writes a personalities column for West Austin News.
Richard (Rick) S. Ravel, Karavel Shoes, Board Service - 3 years
Rick Ravel is a native Austinite. In the early 1980s, he served on the board of Austin Civic Ballet, Ballet's Austin's predecessor. He has been active in many civic and professional boards including the Rotary Club of Austin, Better Business Bureau Austin, and the Jewish Community Association of Austin where he was a board member, vice president, and president. He currently is a member of the board and executive committee of the National Shoe Retailers Association. In 1972 he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a general business degree. During his days at UT, he was a four year varsity letterperson on the swimming team. Rick and his wife Rhonda have three children and one grandchild.
Edie Rogat, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 1 year
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, FL. 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, Hailey, Peyton and Truman. Peyton dances in the Ballet Austin Academy.
Amy Rudy, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 10 years
Amy Rudy enjoyed a long career as a consumer software entrepreneur until 2002 when she became a stay at home mom for her daughter Ellie. She then launched into the wonderful world of non-profit and community service assisting organizations that include AIDS Services of Austin, the All Austin Co-op Nursery School, Paramount & State Theatre, The Dell Jewish Community Center, Arthouse, St. Andrews, and many more. Amy has served Ballet Austin in a variety of positions, including the board, management committee, Academy, Fête, and Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. She enjoys her free time traveling with her family and friends, spends summers in Michigan on the lake and stays busy raising her daughter and 3 step kids with husband, Kirk.
Alejandro Ruelas, LatinWorks, Board Service - 1 year
Alejandro Ruelas, CMO & Managing Partner - LatinWorks After spending 18 years in the beer industry - most of them with Anheuser-Busch - Alejandro and Manny Flores, a fellow marketing executive, founded LatinWorks, a cultural branding agency headquartered in Austin. The agency helps Fortune 500 clients in marketing their goods and services to the U.S. Hispanic population. In its 13 years of operation, LatinWorks has distinguished itself for creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns in the industry, including the number one spot in the 2007 Super Bowl broadcast that featured comedian Carlos Mencia for the Bud Light brand.
As co-founder Alejandro has been instrumental in the strategic management of the agency and its work. He heads its business development efforts and dedicates significant time to nurturing relationships with key clients such Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, Domino's Pizza and Wrigley. LatinWorks, a minority certified enterprise, is the most awarded agency and widely considered the creative leader in its space. In addition to four Cannes Lions, in the last three years the agency has twice been recognized by Ad Age and Adweek magazines as Multicultural Agency of the year. And in 2010 was named to Ad Age's prestigious A-List as one of the top 10 advertising agencies in the country.
Alejandro is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles. He also received an MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis where he was recently recognized with the Olin Distinguished Alumni Award.
Shon Saliga, IBM, Board Service - 9 years
Shon Saliga works as a Market Manager for IBM focusing on service related offerings for the Financial Sector including Banking, Financial Markets, and Insurance and supports marketing programs that drive more than a quarter of a billion dollars in annual sales. During the past 25 years, he has held numerous executive and senior management positions that span many aspects of IBM's business from operating system design and development, to server strategy / competitive analysis, pervasive computing operations and accessibility research. In his spare time, Shon is the President of Our BellaRosa Group, LLC an Austin based company specializing in the design and construction of exceptional Tuscan farm homes and villas. Both Shon and his wife Jani enjoying traveling the world in search of architecture that captures old world romance and charm. Shon is an active musician (i.e., saxophone), designs commercial sound reinforcement systems and has written five books on operating systems that have been translated into five languages and sold around the world. Both Shon and Jani are avid paragliding pilots and have four beautiful college age children and a herd of cats.
Melynda Shepherd, UTIMCO, Board Service - 5 years
Melynda is the Manager of Finance and Administration at the University of Texas Investment Management Company. Her prior career history includes Corporate Controller for CBIZ Medical Management Professionals, Senor Auditor for Andersen and Sales/Operations Management with YFS Worldwide. She is a graduate of the other UT - the University of Tennessee. In addition to her passion for Ballet Austin, she is currently very active with Mobile Loaves and Fishes. She was formerly on the board of the Chattanooga Ballet and is a former dancer. Her daughter Lauren was also a dancer and shares the love of the art with her. She is married to Kevin and loves living in Austin with him and his 3 children.
Cord Shiflet, Moreland Properties, Board Service - 12 years
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 Guild in 2005-2006. Cord is a Residential Realtor with Moreland Properties and is the #1 Realtor in Austin (Austin Business Journal) from 2002 - 2007, 2009 and 2011. In addition, he's been Moreland Properties' top salesman for 10 years. He is among the top 1% of producers in Austin and Texas. Formerly a realtor with Moreland Properties, Anne now stays at home with their 3 children Tatum, Tinsley and Banks.
Chris Slover, Entrepreneur, Board Service - 1 year
A serial entrepreneur, Christopher Slover has a distinct understanding of what it takes to run a business successfully. He earned his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin and is now the owner of several healthcare, real estate, and insurance companies as well as several bars, restaurants, and even a film production studio. Some of his projects include overseeing the development and operations of the Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Centers at 14 sites in five states. In the past, he has also worked as a financial planner and a business consultant. Although his business interests and passion for venture capitalism take a considerable amount of his time, Mr. Slover is endlessly passionate about helping others and giving to charity. He serves on several non-profit boards, including the boards of the Brain Injury Association of America and the Rise School of Austin. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. In his spare time, Mr. Slover enjoys spending time with his wife, Meghan, and their three children, Betsy, Scott, and Benton.
Jare Smith, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 27 years
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 their Capital Campaign.
Will Steakley, DEN Property Group, Board Service - 2 years
Native Austin serial entrepreneur and urban core real estate advocate Will Steakley is the co-founder of DEN Property Group. With over $180 million in closed transactions, Mr Steakley consistently ranks one of Austin Business Journal's top real estate producers. With a strategic focus on architecturally significant homes and the downtown lifestyle, Mr. Steakley is the top grossing agent at his firm exceeding the expectations of his diverse client base. Additional accolades include a vested interest in several local businesses ranging from clean technology to the live music sector that include The Mohawk, GreenLight Energy Services, KLD Energy Technologies, SoZo Global and Austin Surf Company. In addition, his wife Karen Steakley is a very active patron of Ballet Austin and State Representative Sid Miller's Chief of Staff. Together they have 2 children Stella Rose and Miller.
Cathy Thompson, Motion Computing, Board Service - 9 years
As CEO, Catherine Thompson is responsible for guiding Motion's direction and day to day activities. Working closely with Motion's Chairman, executive team and Board of Directors, she helps set Motion's strategic direction and oversees company activities focused on growth, innovation and industry leadership. Prior to her position as CEO, Catherine was Motion's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Motion's finance, operations and service and support organizations. Prior to joining Motion, Ms. Thompson 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, 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, Ms. Thompson 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. Ms. Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Texas in 1974, where she currently is a member of the Advisory Board for the Evening MBA program. She is also on the Boards of Ballet Austin and the Capital Area Food Bank.
Jeffrey Trigger, La Corsha Hospitality Group, Board Service - 13 years
Jeff Trigger is the founder of La Corsha Hospitality Group, a hotel management and consulting company. La Corsha Hospitality was recently selected to oversee the restoration and repositioning of two historic Texas hotels, the St. Anthony Hotel in downtown San Antonio and the historic Stoneleigh Hotel in uptown Dallas. The company will also oversee the construction and manage the planned Seaholm Plaza Hotel in downtown Austin. Jeff has previously overseen the transformation of The Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, as well as The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. Jeff is also on the boards of the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Austin Public Library Foundation, Communities in Schools, and Housing Works Austin.
Todd Wallace, SRS Real Estate Partners, Board Service - 1 year As well as being an Executive Vice President for SRS, Todd is also the Market Leader for the Austin, San Antonio and Houston offices. In addition, Todd is on the SRS Leadership Council and a member of the SRS Executive Committee. During Todd's 17 years of experience in the retail real estate industry, he has won numerous awards from SRS Real Estate Partners, Staubach Retail Services, Austin Business Journal, The Weitzman Group and CoStar. A University of Texas at Austin alum, Todd is also a member of the Littlefield Society at the University of Texas, Priority Associate, The Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Todd enjoys playing golf and flying planes but his favorite times are spent with his wife, Laura and their two children, Elizabeth (4) and Mathews (1).
Tom Welch, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, EZCORP, Inc.
Board Service - 3 years
Tom Welch, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, EZCORP, Inc., Board Service - 2 years 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. He is a casual golfer, a slow reader, a frustrated pianist and an accomplished putterer. 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. They have two daughters, Lucy (age 16, a sophomore at Westlake High School), and Lilly (age 11, a sixth-grader at Hill Country Middle School). Both girls are avid dancers - Lucy is a member of the Westlake Hyline Dance Team and favors jazz and ballet; while Lilly is a member of the Synergy Dance Company and favors hip-hop. Variety IS the spice of life! Sally is a stay-at-home mom who is rarely at home, being quite active in the girls' school and dance activities. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Eanes Education Foundation and, with both girls, is a member and active participant in the National Charity League.
Stephanie Whitehurst, Patron of the Arts, Board Service - 13 years
Stephanie Whitehurst is a community volunteer. Her non-profit volunteer positions have included: Austin Lawyers' Auxiliary- President, Texas Lawyers' Auxiliary- President, American Lawyers' Auxiliary- President; Assistance League of Austin- President, Capital Campaign Chair; University of Texas College of Pharmacy Financial Aid Committee; and the Texas Center for Education Policy- Advisory Board Member. She is also a member of the Ballet Austin Guild, Austin Lyric Opera Guild, and Women's Symphony League and is active in the First Presbyterian Church of Austin as an ordained elder and Moderator of the Historical Society. She is the mother of Emilee Dawn Whitehurst (Executive Director, Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX) and Rebecca Danielle Whitehurst (aspiring actress/performer NYC) and wife of Bill Whitehurst, an Austin attorney.
Scott Yarborough, Triple Tap Ventures - 5 years
Scott Yarborough is Director of Business Development for Aquasana, a leading manufacturer of consumer water filtration products and a member of the Inc. 500. Prior to Aquasana, Scott held key roles at Triple Tap Ventures (a franchisee of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema) and the Global Consumer Group at Dell Inc. Scott received his MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BA in Economics from Davidson College. Scott resides in downtown Austin and loves to spend time running on the Hike & Bike Trail.
Sarah Zeigler, Jackson Arch Properties, Board Service - 4 years
Sarah Zeigler, President and CEO of Jackson Arch Properties, currently manages commercial real estate in and around Austin Texas. Prior to starting her own company, she helped pioneer and grow TechTurn - a trusted leader in technology recovery, refurbishing and remarketing. As active Vice President, Sarah's vast responsibilities included strategic development, marketing/PR and daily logistics/execution of the company. Her main accomplishments were the personnel growth of over 200 new employees as well as a second TechTurn location in Richmond Virginia. A resident of Austin for over 15 years, Sarah is committed to her community. She is involved in the Junior League of Austin, Barton Creek Neighborhood HOA Board, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, UT Club and Texas Exes. Outside her professional interests, Sarah enjoys yoga, running and international travel.