Announcing the Essential Class of 2015!

We are very pleased to announce the participants of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2015! Congratulations to the 60 individuals below selected for their community involvement, service, and diversity.

During the year, the Essential class will meet monthly in various locations around Austin to discuss regional issues, enhance their community leadership skills, and develop strong relationships to encourage innovative, collaborative solutions to the challenges facing Central Texas. Stay tuned to the Leadership Austin blog as we have participants share some of their class experiences along the way.

For now, please join us in welcoming them into the Leadership Austin family. We look forward to helping them become the Best Class Ever!


Matthew Abbott
Wayside Schools



Alison Alter
Alter Advising


Kristin Alvarez


Becky Austen
IBM Systems & Technology


Josh Baer
Capital Factory

bentley_jeremiahJeremiah Bentley
Texas Mutual Insurance Company

bixby_pamPam Bixby
U.S. Green Building Council

bonilla_ericEric Bonilla
National Instruments

carbajal_susanaSusana Carbajal
Austin Bergstrom International Airport

costello_tjT.J. Costello
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

DePalma Rich
Rich DePalma
Strategic Partnerships

Dickens Andrew

Andrew Dickens
Freescale Semiconductor

Eckermann RobynRobyn Eckermann
St. David’s HealthCare / HCA Central

filemyr_lisaLisa Filemyr
Double Line Partners

Fitzpatrick TomTom Fitzpatrick
Retired Architect

Goggans BrookeBrooke Goggans
Hahn Public Communications

goodman_jillJill Goodman
City of Austin

Gray LillianLillian Gray
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Guerrero RicardoRicardo Guerrero
Mr. Rekey

Hamilton_ChaseChase Hamilton
Richards Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP

Hartley_SaraSara Hartley
City of Austin, Public Works

hegar_mjMary (MJ) Hegar
Seton Healthcare Family

Henderlong-Rhea_Lynne photoLynne Henderlong Rhea
MomBo Creative

Houlihan_JenniferJennifer Houlihan
Austin Music People

Hurst MelissaMelissa Hurst
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Immel DebbieDebbie Immel
American Red Cross of Central Texas

Interiano GerardoGerardo Interiano

Islam RashedRashed Islam
HDR Engineering, Inc.

Kho SuzanneSuzanne Kho
Earthshare of Texas

King JohnJohn King
Austin Chamber of Commerce

lopez-magee_monicaMonica Lopez Magee
Keep Austin Beautiful

lott_vickiVicki Lott
Huston-Tillotson University

Matingou BelindaBelinda Matingou
Silicon Grande

McClellan HeatherHeather McClellan
Connection Corps

McDaniel TeddyTeddy McDaniel
Austin Area Urban League

Medina_MonicaMonica Medina
Wells Fargo Bank

Metayer_RudolphRudy Metayer
Health and Human Services Commission

Mills_DavidDavid (Chip) Mills
RVI Planning

Nowlin JamesJames Nowlin
Excel Global Partners

OHanlon DanielDan OHanlon
Austin Community College

Owens ArlynArlyn Owens
Office Depot

Polgar MichelleMichelle Polgar
Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Price MellieMellie Price
Source Spring

Ramon DanielDaniel Ramon
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Ravella PeterPeter Ravella
Peter A. Ravella Consulting, LLC

Rennecker JulieJulie Rennecker
The Management Doc, LLC

Rountree RachelRachel Rountree
The Trail Foundation

Ruzicka SmitaSmita Ruzicka
The University of Texas at Austin

Sabella TerriTerri Sabella

Saxena ShubhadaShubhada Saxena

Schrandt EileenEileen Schrandt
Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Scoblick KathrynKathryn Scoblick
St. David’s HealthCare

Shahbazi-Harmon KhotanKhotan Shahbazi-Harmon
E3 Alliance

Smith CorinneCorinne Smith
Seton Healthcare Family

Solana JenniferJennifer Solana
Dell, Inc.

Strittmatter MissyMissy Strittmatter
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Sundararaman_JaiJai Sundararaman
Dell, Inc.

Jessica Weaver
Community Philanthropist

Wenmohs_CasieCasie Wenmohs
Junior League of Austin

Williams KimKim Williams
Travis County Assistant District Attorney

Special thank you to our 2015 Essential class presenting sponsor, Seton Healthcare Family.