Introducing the Essential Class of 2016

Introducing the Essential Class of 2016

We are very pleased to announce the participants of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2016! 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.

For now, please join us in welcoming them into the Leadership Austin family.

Shilpa Bakre
Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau


Adrianna Bernal

Dominique Renee Bowman
Huston-Tillotson University

Ali Carr
Ali Specialties

Emlea Chanslor
City of Austin/ Resource Recovery

Emily Chenevert
Austin Board of REALTORS®

Natalie Choate
The Texas Tribune

Darien Clary
Austin Community College District

Lydia Clay
Momark Development

Sarah Cook
Central Health

Randy Cubriel
Law Office of Randy Cubriel, P.C.

Kristen Day

Bob DeWitt
Merril Lynch/Bank of America

Shana Ellison
UT Project on Conflict Resolution

Donna Emery
Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Rolando Fernandez
City of Austin, Contract Management Dept.

Kevin Foster
University of Texas- Austin

Naomi Lyons Friedman
Access Hi-Tech Austin

Ashwin Ghatalia

Charles Girard
St.David’s HealthCare

Christian Goy
Behavioral Science Lab LLC

Kate Hix
Zilker Theatre Productions

Stephen Jeffrey
Broadway Bank

Henderlong-Rhea_Lynne photoKim Johnson
Ringful Health

Houlihan_JenniferCathy Jones
Austin Partners in Education (APIE)

Hurst MelissaRyan Jordan
Amala Foundation

Bret Kadison
Brazos Resources/ New Horizon Funds/ Rosebud Capital

Laura La Fuente
City of Austin Health & Human Services Dept.

Islam RashedLisa Lee
Butler Nonprofit Consulting

Kho SuzanneLynda Lerma

King JohnBen Loftsgaarden
Greyhill Advisors LLC

lopez-magee_monicaDavid Lofye

Irma Martinez
FAST Real Estate Solutions, Inc.

Kim McCarson
KOOP Radio

Leticia Mendoza

Cat Newlands
Skillpoint Alliance

Kelly Nichols
Woollard Nichols & Associates

Jeannine O’Deens
Susan G. Komen Austin

Mamatha Pasala
St.David’s Foundation

Pramod Patil

Matt Pope
E3 Alliance

Carrie Ivers Reeuwijk

Denisha Robinson
Austin Travis County Integral Care

Miguel Romano
American Bank

RC Rondero De Mosier
MWR Legal

Dan Rourke

Erica Saenz
The University of Texas- Austin

Karen Sage
229th District Court

Gary Santana
Texas Gas Service

Lisa Scheps
Ground Floor Theatre

Brian Schoenbaum
Vuka – Impact Hub Austin

Cam Scott
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Eli Smith

Wendy Smith
Seton Healthcare Family

Chrissy Sphar
Gulf Coast Business Credit

Gary Susswein
University of Texas- Austin

Becky Svahn

Holly Tachovsky

Melissa Threlkeld
Cardinal Health

Gavin Wilson
Civic Leader

Special thank you to our 2016 Essential class presenting sponsor, Seton Healthcare Family.