Nikki Graham, in support of the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy, works on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation team and serves as Austin Market President. In her role, she is responsible for managing the Foundation’s local initiatives focused on leadership, including Student Leaders® and Neighborhood Builders® active in 42 markets across the U.S, working closely with the company’s local Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs team. Click to read the full bio.
Chris Mitchell is the Vice President of Operations for Upland Software and he also serves on the finance committee for Girl Start and advises several other non-profit and social enterprises. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Texas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. He is the founder of Mitchell Consulting Group, LLC, a financial strategy and management consulting firm located in Austin, Texas. Click to read the full bio.
David Holody, a licensed CPA, has over 30 years’ experience in Corporate Finance and is currently employed by Advanced Micro Devices here in Austin, Texas. In addition to serving on the Communities In Schools of Central Texas board, Mr. Holody has a long history as a volunteer with the United Way and currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee for the United Way of Greater Austin. Born in Japan, Mr. Holody lived and worked in a number of places around the world before moving to Austin 20 years ago. He earned a Master’s Degree in Finance from Arizona State University. Mr. Holody and his wife of 25 years, Karen, are the proud parents of two grown sons. When not at work or volunteering, David can be seen riding his bike around the streets of Austin or running with his faithful canine companion around Lady Bird Lake.
Ms. Barbara Scroggie Knaggs
Ms. Barbara Scroggie Knaggs has dedicated her career to public service in the areas of education and non-profit organization. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit news organization, The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, she was Associate Commissioner for State Initiatives at the Texas Education Agency where she oversaw the implementation of statewide education programs, including early childhood education, dropout prevention and college and career readiness initiatives, adult basic education programs, and programs for limited English proficient students. Click to read the full bio.
Mark Williams has a long history of board service and civic engagement. He has served on the Communities In Schools of Central Texas board since 2012. In November 2014 he was elected to the Austin Community College Board of Trustees (Place 1). From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Williams served as the District 5 representative on the Austin ISD school board and from 2006 to 2012 he was elected by his fellow board members to serve as Board President. Click to read the full bio.
Jennifer Esterline is a highly respected leader with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Texas. With expertise in such areas as K-12 and higher education, social justice, and advocacy, Esterline has helped numerous organizations develop and implement strategic plans, evaluate programs, create fund development plans, and build board capacity. Click to read the full bio.
Ms. Tiffany Austin
Ms. Tiffany Austin has been an activist since a very young age. She received training in peer to peer mediation, and speaks to students on non-violent strategies for conflict resolution. As a former Communities In Schools student, Ms. Austin is passionate about social justice issues within her community. Ms. Austin graduated from Austin Community College with a degree in Anthropology. She currently works at Austin Energy, and looks for opportunities to give back to her community. She is the proud mother of two sons.
Eric Boyce, CFA, is the Chief Investment Officer at Wealth Advise, Integrated Wealth Strategies. He has worked in portfolio management and investment research since 1991 and has significant experience in investment management.
Lucio Calzada, Jr., Ed.D., is Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools for Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Dr. Lucio Calzada has accumulated over 27 years of service to our country’s most precious resource, our children. He began his education career as a high school mathematics teacher at Kingsville High School in Kingsville, Texas. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Taft Jr. High School. Soon after this position he became the mathematics consultant for all of Corpus Christi I.S.D. Click here to read the full bio.
Michele Grieshaber is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Silicon Labs, Inc., responsible for the company’s marketing strategies and corporate communications programs. In addition to serving on the board of Communities In Schools, Ms. Grieshaber is a member of Impact Austin, an adjunct professor teaching Global Business Ethics at St. Edward’s University and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Texas McComb’s School of Business on a variety of marketing topics. Click to read the full bio.
Ms. Michele Guzmán, PhD
Michele Guzmán, PhD is Senior Director of Evaluation for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization established in 2013 to provide policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas. Prior to joining the institute, she worked at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for six years. In addition to leading and coordinating the Hogg Foundation’s evaluation efforts, Michele developed and managed grant programs related to mental health provider workforce issues and mental health research. Michele taught both undergraduate and graduate counseling psychology courses at The University of Texas at Austin for 10 years and served as Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education Initiatives from 2007-2011.
Christopher Kennedy is Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Austin and a small business owner. Mr. Kennedy previously had a long executive career at the Lower Colorado River Authority. In addition to his board service with Communities In Schools of Central Texas, Mr. Kennedy also serves on the Board of the SAFE l Alliance, St. Austin’s Catholic Church, and is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization. He has been on the Boards of the Austin Community Foundation, The Trail Foundation, Leadership Austin, and the Seton Forum. Click to read the full bio.
Ben De Leon has served as President and Managing Director of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. since July 1, 2012. His practice focuses on the areas of administrative law, construction law, real estate law, labor and employment, appellate law, insurance law and corporate law. Ben’s service-minded nature extends beyond his legal practice to his passion for improving the community. A native Austinite, Mr. De Leon is fluent in Spanish, and has represented Spanish-speaking clients as a pro bono attorney through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas since 2005. Click to read the full bio.
Petie Lewis joined the Communities In Schools of Central Texas board in 2015. She has been a member of the Communities In Schools WISE Women’s Giving Circle for four years. Ms. Lewis is a trustee of the PRJ Foundation and on the Seton Development Board. She served on the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School board and has been a volunteer for Lifeworks and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Click to read the full bio.
Mike Lynch began active service on the Communities In Schools board upon retiring from the practice of law. Mr. Lynch was drawn to CIS due to its success in keeping at risk young people in school and, quite literally, out of his court. His courtroom experience convinced him of the vital importance of a positive role model. Click to read the full bio.
Mr. Carter McCrary
Mr. Carter McCrary is currently executive vice president at Quarri Technologies, an Austin based internet security software company. Carter has more than 25 years of business leadership in the technology industry as founder and executive of various companies. Previously he was president and CEO of Energetic Solutions LLC, a company that designs and manufactures a chemical-free pest repellent. Prior to joining Energetic Solutions, Carter was COO for Absolute Software Corporation, a publicly traded security software company and market leader in computer theft recovery, data protection, and asset tracking. Click here to read the full bio.
Ms. Leticia Mendoza is a Public Affairs Manager for H-E-B. She was named H-E-B Woman of Distinction in 2008 and is a Hispanic Austin Leadership Alumni. Ms. Mendoza graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to serving on the Communities In Schools of Central Texas board since 2015, Ms. Mendoza is also on the board for the Mexic-Arte Museum.
Gregory Perrin is a seasoned fundraising professional, trainer, mentor and creative writer. Mr. Perrin has 24 years of combined experience in fundraising management and higher education. He is passionate about building strong institutions and uses his expertise to accomplish this at each organization he serves. As a chief development officer at several organizations, he has led staff and volunteers in securing philanthropic support, creating a culture of philanthropy, and increasing contributions, donors, and giving at all levels with innovative initiatives and events. Click to read the full bio.
Ellen Richards serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Austin Travis County Integral Care overseeing the areas of strategic and community planning, resource development, government affairs, communications and outreach. Richards’ has dedicated her professional and volunteer endeavors to improving public systems in order to positively impact the lives of individuals who are disenfranchised. Over the past 15 years, Richards has developed in-depth knowledge of Central Texas issues through her work with the City of Austin, Travis County and Central Health. Richards earned a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from St. Edward’s University. Click here to read the full bio.
As the owner and founder of HR Directions, Ms. Marcia Silverberg provides strategic talent management consulting as well as executive coaching and meeting facilitation. Ms. Silverberg “retired” in 2013 as Vice President, HR Strategic Initiatives and System Office Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the country with over 150,000 associates (employees). For the six years prior she served as Sr. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Seton Healthcare Family, a local health ministry within the Ascension system. Click here to read the full bio.
Ms. Sabrina Streusand
In addition to her service on the Communities In Schools of Central Texas board, Sabrina Streusand has served on the People’s Community Clinic, Paramount Theater, and Jewish Federation of Austin boards. She currently serves as a member of the Council for the Bankruptcy Section of the Texas State Bar and the Women’s Fund Grant Committee. Ms. Streusand earned her law degree from the University of Texas and she is Partner in the Law Firm of Streusand, Landon & Ozburn, LLP (“SLO”). Click here to read the full bio.
Krista Von Arx is the Senior Engineering Manager for Factory Integration of Samsung Austin Semiconductor. In her role she is responsible for the daily operations of four key facilities departments: Material Technology, Cleanroom Technology, Gas and Chemical Systems, and Pumps/Chillers/Scrubbers. She has over 17 years of semiconductor and engineering experience. Click to read the full bio.
LEADERSHIP CIRCLE MEMBERS
Ms. Shelly Broussard, Community Member
Ms. Edna Butts, Austin Independent School District
Suzanna and John Caballero, TCDC, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Civins, Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.
Ms. Sheryl Cole, Cole Law Firm
Ms. Mary Lockwood Crouch, Community Volunteer
Mr. Charlie Galvin, Infinera
Mr. Denny Hamill, Community Member
Ms. Martha Harris, Community Member
Mr. David and Charisse Hughen, Austin HR
Ms. Jo Lyn and Kal Kallison, Rogers & Whitley, LLP
Mr. Peter and Jane Kretzschmar, United Way for Greater Austin
Mr. Michael R. Levy, Michael R. Levy Charitable Foundation
Ms. Susan Morrison, Chamberlain McHaney Law Firm
Mr. Elliott Naishtat, Community Member
Dr. Anna Pedroza and Bob Chapin, Austin Independent School District
Dr. Richard and Kate Rhodes, Austin Community College
Ms. Liz and J.P. Rodriguez, Charles Schwab
Mr. Danny Roth, Southwest Strategies Group
Mr. Manoj Saxena, Cognitive Scale
Ms. Sue Snyder, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Mr. Dean Taylor, Southside Bank
Ms. Laura Templeton, Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeff Trigger, La Corsha
Mr. David Turpin, Pileus Group, LLC
Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, University of Texas
Dr. Gloria Williams, Austin Independent School District
Ms. Susan and Reid Wittliff, Price Wealth Management
Dr. Luis Zayas, University of Texas