Introducing the Emerge Class of 2016

Introducing the Emerge Class of 2016

While they gather today for the Emerge Opening Retreat, we’re excited to announce the participants of the 2016 Leadership Austin Emerge Program! This is the tenth Emerge class since the program’s inception in 2007. Please help us congratulate the 55 individuals selected this year and welcome them to the Leadership Austin family!

adewumi_hakeem Hakeem Adewumi
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Lindsey Ashley
Office of the Governor, Texas Film Commission

ayala_melissaMelissa Ayala
Capital Metro

bailey_courtneyCourtney Bailey
Dell Medical School
barrera_gracieGracie Barrera
University Federal Credit Union

barton_istoIsto Barton
Clockwork Solutions


Stephanie Bergara
City of Austin – Economic Development

berry_catalinaCatalina Berry
Seton Health Plan
betts_natalieNatalie Betts
City of Austin

birdsong_patrickPatrick Birdsong
BIRDHOME Real Estate Consultants

bounds_baileyBailey Bounds
Wayside Schools

bustos_ericEric Bustos
Capitol Metro
cao_jadelineJadeline Cao

carter_jakeJake Carter
SHI International Corp

cecil_willieWillie Cecil
Cecil Logistics

collier_ryannRyann Collier
kowalski_emily-crookAmy Crook Kowalski


Michael Deegan
The American College of Sofia

driver_saraSara Driver
The Driver String Studio

evenson_trevorTrevor Evenson
Quarri Technologies, Inc.
garcia_jenniferJennifer Garcia
Del Valle ISD

graham_deckerDecker Graham 
Waterloo Insurance 


Michael Henderson
Sourced Craft Cocktails

hernandez_deniseDenise Hernandez
Travis County
jacobs_lisaLisa Jacobs
2 Blue Chairs

kercher_margaretMargaret Kercher
The Kercher Firm, PLLC

kerrigan_kyleKyle Kerrigan
Goodwill Central Texas

klenzendorf_brandonBrandon Klenzendorf
Geosyntec Consultants
knop-narbutis_amyAmy Knop-Narbutis

lee_christineChristine Lee
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas


Jon Maldonado
UBS Financial Services

martinez_veronicaVeronica Martinez
Pawty Breaks
mccombs_jasonJason McCombs
City of Austin – Austin Resource Recovery

montalvo_rebeccaRebecca Montalvo
St. David’s Dental Foundation

mosser_kellyKelly  Mosser 
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater 

museitif_maramMaram Museitif


Kimberly Nordhoff

orabone_ellenEllen Orabone
Brighter Bites

plummer_travisTravis Plummer
Dykema Cox Smith

pridgen_vickyVicky Pridgen
Urban Co-Lab
purcell_ryanRyan  Purcell  LLamasoft

randolph_taheeraTaheera Randolph
Texas Legislative Council


redick_alexisAlexis Redick
University Federal Credit Union

rose_laurenLauren Rose
Texans Care for Children

sargent_orsiOrsi Sargent
City of Austin

schoenfeld_elizabethElizabeth Schoenfeld

picture1Arianne Sclerandi
Frost Bank

?Andrea Smith


stone_codyCody Stone
Alliance Transportation Group

stone_johnathanJohnathan Stone
Texas Medical Board

venard_heatherHeather Venard Advance Micro Devices (AMD)

villareal_mandiAmanda Villarreal
Aspire Integrity Marketing
wang_jenniferJennifer Wang
Civitas Learning


Marqita Wolber
G.E.M.S United

wu_jenniferJennifer Wu
Baker Botts L.L.P.

The Emerge program is a gathering of community-minded, high-potential young professionals who want to build relationships and gain leadership skills to make a difference in the Austin community. Emerge provides an exceptional opportunity to connect with other young leaders and strengthen the critical skills necessary for community leadership roles.

Special thank you to our 2016 Emerge program presenting sponsor, St. David’s Foundation.