The President’s Visiting Council (PVC) brings fresh and engaged perspectives into the College’s key conversations as we seek continuous improvements in all facets of our institution. The goal is to create regular opportunities for self-review of non-academic programs and initiatives and to involve small groups of alumni and friends of the College in these reviews. Members of the PVC serve three year terms and commit to participate in at least one campus visit during their term, although they are invited to attend more of the meetings if their schedule allows.
Fall 2015 - November 15-16, 2015 ~ Athletics
Past PVC meeting dates and topics:
- Spring 2015 - April 26-27, 2015 ~ Marketing
- Fall 2014 - November 2-3, 2014 ~ Campus Safety and Security
- Spring 2014 – April 6-7, 2014 ~ Career Services
- Fall 2013 - October 27-28, 2013 ~ Academic Skills Center
- Spring 2013 - March 27-28, 2013 ~ Thinking Green
- November 7-8, 2012 ~ Alumni Engagement
- March 20-21, 2012 ~ Leadership Programming
- November 2-3, 2011 ~ Religious Life
Patricia Ang '98 studied Computer Science and Business Administration at Austin College. She began her career as a Systems Analyst, certified in SAP software implementations with Deloitte Consulting in Chicago. Over the years, she discovered her true passion was selling technology and eventually moved into medical sales. Since 2009, she has worked for Barco, a Belgian visualization company which specializes in high resolution medical displays for many specialties, including radiology, breast cancer imaging, surgery, and cardiology. She is the Business Development Account Executive for the Pacific Northwest and the National Women's Health Specialist. Ms. Ang is passionate about helping others, especially those in developing countries. She has served on the event boards of several non-profit organizations, including Coprodeli.org, a group working with children in Peru; Fabretto.org, a group working to improve schools and nutrition in Nicaragua; and Connectmed.org, a group providing surgical care in Malawi. In February 2014, she also volunteered on a surgical mission trip with MedicalMissionEcuador.org. Ms. Ang enjoys playing guitar, yoga, paddle boarding and tennis. She is active with the Young Adult Group at St. Dominic's Catholic Church and lives in San Francisco, California.
Robert Ardell is a petroleum geologist Houston, Texas. He graduated from Monmouth College with a geology/economics major and received a Master’s of Science in geology from Kansas State University. Mr. Ardell has managed many different projects in almost fifty years of employment and continues today as a retained consultant in semi-retirement. Global exploration has been a very rewarding experience and an eye opening exposure for an Illinois country kid. Mr. Ardell has served on many boards for both private and public non-profit organizations and is proudly an emeritus trustee of his alma mater. Mr. Ardell is married to Lee, a current trustee at Austin College and both are strongly supportive of the College.
Zeke Ashton ‘95 is the founder and Managing Partner of Centaur Capital Partners, a registered investment advisor based in Southlake, Texas. Centaur Capital manages value-oriented private investment partnerships in addition to serving as the sub-advisor to a retail mutual fund called the Tilson Dividend Fund (TILDX). Prior to founding Centaur Capital in 2002, Mr. Ashton was employed as an investment analyst and featured writer for The Motley Fool, a media company based in Alexandria, Virginia, that specializes in investing and personal finance. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Ashton lived in Europe and worked as a project manager in the treasury and risk management software industry, primarily working with international banking and industrial clients in Germany and Switzerland. Mr. Ashton graduated from Austin College in 1995 with degrees in Economics and German.
Sara Mitchell Bushell ‘06 is a User Experience Designer, creating consistent and easy-to-use user interfaces for mobile devices, websites, and software. She currently works at Chevron in Global Knowledge Management, the team responsible for the development of Chevron’s global workforce of technical professionals. She previously designed proprietary cementing software for Halliburton and a retail electric plan comparison site for CenterPoint Energy. Mrs. Bushell received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College and her Master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialty in Human-Computer Interaction from Stanford University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband, Brent.
Todd Canon is a partner and family physician at South Austin Medical Clinic in Austin where he sees patients of all ages. He received his B.A. from Austin College in Biology in 1993 and medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1998. Prior to working in Austin he and his domestic partner Perry Heitman lived in Portland, Oregon where Dr. Canon completed his residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. After residency he stayed in the Portland area for many years working as a family physician at a large family clinic and later in the Providence Health System. In Portland he served on the Board of Directors at Family Physicians Group and also at Cascade AIDS Project. Dr. Canon served six years as a member of the national Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) from 2006-2012, originally in Portland and then in Austin. Currently he is in his first term on the Board of Directors of HRC. HRC is the nation's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He is a member of the Austin Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force.
Anne Crews serves as Vice President, Government Relations, Mary Kay Inc. Anne lobbies to propose, oppose or amend legislation and regulations impacting corporate operations, the Mary Kay Independent sales force and employees affiliated with Mary Kay Inc. She develops relationships to form coalitions that foster corporate interest. She is responsible for such activities related to Mary Kay operations throughout the Americas. Anne joined Mary Kay Inc. in 1983 as Coordinator, Public Affairs. She previously served as Press Assistant to Texas Governor Bill Clements following her work as a television news reporter/anchor at KMID-TV in Midland, Texas. Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College. She represents Mary Kay Inc. as President, Board of Directors, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, and is Mary Kay Inc. liaison, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. Anne also serves on the Rollins College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Erica V. Ekwurzel ‘01, CFRE, MPA’ff, is Founder & Principal of Advocacy In Motion Consulting, LLC (AIM), an Austin, Texas-based consultancy offering customized services in Philanthropic Strategy, Nonprofit Advocacy and Coalition/Relationship Building. AIM upholds the fabric of democracy by developing, strengthening and connecting civic leaders as effective advocates aimed to leverage positive change. She has spearheaded and organized numerous state and national legislative outreach efforts on behalf of Texas philanthropic and nonprofit associations, including Texas AFP Legislative Action Day, an initiative inspiring AFP chapters across the Lone Star State to raise the consciousness of philanthropy with Texas legislators. Additionally, Ms. Ekwurzel serves on the consultant team of Seeds for Change Consulting LLC, and is serving her second board term with AFP-Greater Austin Chapter and is a member of the AFP-IHQ US Government Relations. Building upon her professional development experience with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and CASA of Travis County, Ms. Ekwurzel earned a Master’s of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropic Studies. She continued her tenure as philanthropic consultant to KDK-Harman Foundation, helping found the Central Texas Education Funders. She also holds a BA in English and Spanish from Austin College.
Jarrod Foerster ‘92 is a founder and managing principal, of Flagship Capital Partners (“Flagship”). Flagship is a real estate investment fund that provides debt capital, through a variety senior and mezzanine structures to entrepreneurial and qualified sponsors who are engaged in the acquisition of value-add real estate. Mr. Foerster also serves as a member of Flagship’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Flagship, Mr. Foerster served as an Acquisitions Officer with Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT), primarily responsible for the origination and execution of multifamily asset acquisitions in the Eastern and Midwest United States. While at Camden, he helped create and launch Camden’s mezzanine debt financing program, as well as developed and maintained several key institutional investor relationships. From 1994 to the end of 1998, Mr. Foerster was employed in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group of Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York City. During his tenure at Merrill Lynch, he worked with real estate clients in a variety of corporate finance and strategic advisory assignments. Mr. Foerster is a 1992 graduate of Austin College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Economics and History. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Multi Housing Council. In addition, Foerster is a member of the Houston City Club, Greater Houston Gun Club, Houston Polo Club and the River Oaks Breakfast Association and has served as a volunteer for numerous charitable enterprises.
J. Curtis Henderson '84 has been Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Approach Resources Inc., a public energy company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Henderson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Coterie Capital Partners, Ltd., A private equity partnership in Dallas, Texas. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Henderson served as General Counsel of Nucentrix Broadband Networks, Inc., a public broadband wireless telecommunications company based in Dallas. Mr. Henderson began his career as a lawyer in the corporate and securities section of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell (formerly Locke Purnell Rain Harrell). Mr. Henderson has 25 years of experience in public and private securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and regulatory affairs. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Austin College and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review.
Josh Imhoff '93 is a partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, in Dallas, where he advises a variety of clients with their transactions, primarily in the real estate, lending, and energy sectors. Prior to joining Carrington Coleman, Mr. Imhoff graduated with honors from Duke University School of Law in 1998, and served as a law clerk on the Texas Supreme Court to then-Justice Greg Abbott. Mr. Imhoff graduated summa cum laude from Austin College, with a B.A. in English. Mr. Imhoff is currently President-Elect of the Austin College "L" Association, and a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber's Leadership Dallas Class of 2012. He was recently nominated as a Fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He sits on the Corporate Council of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science, where he is an active member of the Education Committee, and is the incoming President of the Coppell Education Foundation.
Jenny King ’92 is a Marketing, Public Affairs and Community Affairs Consultant with a background in PR counsel, community affairs and economic development, and legal marketing. A political science graduate of Austin College, she received a Master in Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ms. King is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of Head Start of Greater Dallas and the Kappa Gamma Chi Alumnae Network (KΓXAN) as well as the steering committee for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award. She is also a regular volunteer at her children’s elementary school and with the Women’s Council of Dallas County. An enthusiastic supporter and advocate of Austin College, Ms. King is the immediate past president of the Austin College Alumni Board, co-founder of the KΓXAN and the Kappa scholarship (established to support study abroad students), and was a member of the inaugural Austin College Greek Alumni Council. While a student at Austin College, she was a member of several organizations, including the A Capella Choir and Kappa Gamma Chi. Ms. King is married to Chris Thompson ‘92, and together they are raising their two children to be ‘Roos!
Alexander Lazar ’90 MD/PhD is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology with tenure at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His academic work focuses on sarcoma and melanoma ranging from clinical diagnosis, staging, molecular testing, translational research, novel clinical trials and genomic characterization of these tumors. He is a Director of two fellowship training programs in Pathology which graduate 16 fellows per year. Dr. Lazar is married to Victoria Lazar, an Associate General Counsel at General Electric in the Oil & Gas Division. They have two children, Elliott and Abigail. After obtaining a degree in philosophy and political science as an undergraduate at Austin College, Dr. Lazar earned his MD and PhD at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.
Laura Liles ‘90 is the Assistant Director of the Genomic and RNA Profiling Core at Baylor College of Medicine. She has been at the BCM core for 13 years and has had a crucial role in expanding the facility’s services to include microarrays, qPCR, and next generation sequencing. The core is one of the Advanced Technology cores for the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Ms. Liles has recently implemented a new Laboratory Information System (LIMS) for the core.
Ms. Liles received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College in International Relations. She lived in Japan and California before returning to Texas. She has worked with PAWS Foundation Houston for over 10 years. The organization facilitates hospital visits between patients and their own pets. She lives in Houston.
In the course of his career, Mike Maberry has consistently practiced in areas that encompass real estate lending, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, law and real estate development. Prior to his current ranching and horse breeding activities in the Red River Valley of Texas, Mr. Maberry was president and chief financial officer of Hanover Property Company, a recognized developer of master planned communities for single family homes and of neighborhood retail centers in Dallas/Fort Worth. Prior to that, he was a shareholder and director of the Dallas law firm McGuire, Craddock & Strother for banking and real estate sections. His law practice followed a fourteen year career as executive vice president in charge of real estate lending for MBank Dallas and later for MCorp, its statewide holding company, where he took leadership roles in real estate and banking operations during periods of expansion, maintenance and retrenchment. He spent his early career on the audit and tax staff of the then “Big Eight” accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. and on the corporate finance staff of two investment banks. Mr. Maberry has been chairman of the board of directors of the Dallas Area Red Cross, the Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers and a member of the board of adjustment of the City of University Park. He currently serves as chairman of the board of John Paul II High School in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Methodist University (B.A. 1965; J.D. 1967) where he was an editor of the Southwestern Law Journal.
Richard Matkin ’75 is Superintendent of the Plano Independent School District. Plano ISD is the 79th largest school district in the nation, serving more than 55,500 students and maintains an employment staff of approximately 6,800. Educationally, Plano ISD has 3 tuition-based early childhood schools, 44 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 6 high schools and 3 senior high schools. Prior to being named superintendent in May, 2012, Mr. Matkin served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the district since 2001. Prior to coming to Plano, Mr. Matkin served as CFO in Duncanville, White Settlement, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, DeSoto and Red Oak. Mr. Matkin had gravitated from being in a classroom teacher for eight years to administration after attaining his CPA in 1986. He will be completing his 38th year in public education this year. Mr. Matkin graduated from Austin College with a BA in 1974 and MA in 1975. He married Debbie White, who also graduated from Austin College with a BA and MA, in 1974. Both were a part of the Austin College teacher program.
Mary McKee ’84 is the owner and designer of Mary McKee Handcrafted Designs where she creates and markets unique statement pieces using semi-precious stones and distinctive beads she has found during her travels around the world. An avid traveler, Mary has visited more 100 countries on all seven continents. Mary’s World Cruise Collections are available in upscale boutiques in Fort Worth and through private trunk shows. Prior to establishing her own business, Mary completed a 20-year career with American Airlines, holding several executive positions in Finance, Operations, Customer Technology and Marketing, where she was responsible for the successful implementation of several critical, high profile tactical and strategic programs for the airline. Mary graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and earned a Master of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Mary served on the Austin College Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2000 to 2007 and held the position of President from 2003 through 2005.
Michael Norman ’95 is CEO of Global BioDiagnostics Corp. and Managing Director of Catalyst BioVentures, LLC. Global BioDiagnostics Corp. is an early-stage biotechnology company tackling one of the largest unmet healthcare needs in the world: the need for a rapid, low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care (POC) test for diagnosing active tuberculosis. The problem is massive, as the World Health Organization estimates that a POC test for tuberculosis would be utilized between 100 and 200 million times per year. No test currently exists that satisfies the needs of the POC market. The company’s proprietary technology utilizes a ground-breaking diagnostic platform developed at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Stanford University. Prior to founding Global BioDiagnostics Corp. and Catalyst BioVentures, Mr. Norman practiced law for approximately 8 years as a corporate and securities attorney. He completed his undergraduate studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, cum laude, and obtained his law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is married to Brittany Fowler Norman ’95. They reside with their four children in Temple, Texas.
Denver Plachy ’00, is a portfolio manager at Centaurus Energy, an energy investment fund in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Centaurus in 2004, he spent time working for a small venture capital firm and in the energy trading business of Enron. Mr. Plachy actively serves on the board of His Grace Foundation – an organization ministering to families at Texas Children’s Hospital and volunteers at the Small Steps Nurturing Center in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Mr. Plachy received his B. A. from Austin College in Economics in 2000 and he received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in 2005.
George “Buck” Sappenfield ’72, is Senior Vice President – Real Estate-Store Planning of Ann Inc. in New York. The company has over 900 stores, doing business under the names, “Ann Taylor”, “Loft”, “Loft Outlet” and “Ann Taylor Factory”. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s real estate and store planning. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Limited Brands Real Estate and for two decades, oversaw thousands of real estate transactions for The Limited’s fifteen retail brands. Mr. Sappenfield has held senior positions at Simon Property Group, CBL and Associates and American Eagle Outfitters. He has served as a speaker, faculty member and trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a recipient of the industry’s MAXI award for marketing excellence. Mr. Schumann holds a B.A. from Austin College in communications arts and a Master’s Degree in business communications from the University of Denver.
Virginia Volpe ‘90 is a Director at Global Transaction Services within Citi. With more than 15 years of experience in financial services, she the North America Head of AI for the Client Sales Management organization at Global Transaction Services. Previously, she was a Relationship Manager to the Consultant Community, developing relationships with Investment Operations Consultants. Prior to that, she was M&A / Strategy Team Leader, leading the acquisition of Forum Financial Group and approval for Standard Life Investments Outsourcing arrangement. Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Volpe was in Operations as a Fixed Income Analyst with Reuters. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka for two years. Ms. Volpe has an M.A. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, having majored in international economics and Latin American studies. She holds a B.A. in economics and literature, with a minor in business administration from Austin College. She speaks three languages: Italian, Spanish, and Sinhala.
James W. Walker ’83, is a founding partner of the Dallas law firm Walker Sewell LLP which completed a decade of service to its clients in 2011. Mr. Walker enjoys substantial experience in the trial and appeal of complex commercial disputes for Fortune 500 companies, municipalities and individuals requiring dedicated legal counsel. The past ten years of professional success has resulted in his firm being been nominated by a Fortune 500 company and selected as a "Go To Law Firm" by Fortune Magazine for the past seven consecutive years. Mr. Walker has previously served as a Faculty Member for formal seminars sponsored by the University of Texas Law School, the University of Houston Law School and the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Walker is also active in his community. He is currently serving his second term as a member of the Coppell Economic Development Committee and is President of the Coppell Economic Development Foundation. Mr. Walker is Immediate Past President of the Austin College "L" Association. Mr. Walker is a Sustaining Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation and is also a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations.
John Warren '07 is the Founder and CEO of Minicore Studios, a game development company in Austin, TX. John received his BA in Psychology and Communications Media on a very hot morning in 2007 from Austin College -- it was Mother's Day, something his own mother has never let him forget. Mike Imhoff pronounced his name correctly and everything. He remains very good friends with many AC alums and maintains that the faculty he enjoyed as a Kangaroo are among the most criminally underrated in the country. John started Minicore Studios after receiving his MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. John resides in Austin with his dog, Ziggy and cat, Bird. John enjoys playing games that he doesn't produce, listening to sad sack music about aging and love, and writing in whatever spare time he imagines he has.
Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA, is an architect and artist in Dallas. He has more than 40-years of award winning architectural experience, most notably with educational and religious institutions. A native of Oklahoma, Weigand graduated from Oklahoma State University. He retired in 2012 as a principal with Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects in Dallas and established Weigand Art and Architecture in 2013. Bryce was elevated to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows in 1993 and served a three-year term as a director for National AIA beginning in 2004. In 2002 he served as President of the Texas Society of Architects and was President of the Dallas AIA in 1997. Additionally, he held membership in the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP). An elder of First Presbyterian Church Dallas since 1978, Weigand has served in capacities of the FPC Foundation, as President of the FPC Corporation, Chairman of the Building Committee for the recent expansion of the church and was lead designer for Encore Park including the renovation of 508 Park and the amphitheater.
Weigand’s professional work included notable facilities for Southern Methodist University and its Centennial Campus Master Plan, the Hockaday School, Jesuit College Preparatory School, the Texas A&M system and the University of Texas system along with many other clients.
In retirement, Weigand continues to serve on several boards that include the Texas Society of Architects Foundation, the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation, the Building Committee for the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and the Southwest Watercolor Society. Leisure pursuits are focused on grandchildren, painting, golf, and expanding the family’s country ranch home and grounds.
Bob Weiss is the Vice President for Administration of The Meadows Foundation, the position he has held since joining the Foundation in July 1989. Previously, Mr. Weiss was the founding Executive Director of The Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, a management assistance program established in 1981 to bring business skill and knowledge to nonprofit organizations. Mr. Weiss is a member of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, and has served as Chair of the Legislative Network Committee. Mr. Weiss is actively involved in professional, civic, and community affairs. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation of Dallas, and is a member of the Kalman & Ida Wolens Foundation board of directors. He also serves on the Board of the Burkett Foundation in El Paso. He served as the City of Dallas Plan Commission Chair during 2006-2007 and completed his service, after 5 years, in December 2009. He completed a term, as Chairman, on the Paul Quinn College Board of Trustees in 2012. Past board service includes Youth and Family Impact Centers of Dallas, the YMCA of Dallas, Temple Emanuel, and St. Edward’s University, Austin. Bob participated in the Leadership Dallas Class of 1983 and has been a member of the Dallas Assembly. Mr. Weiss currently serves on the Dallas County Health Facilities Development Corporation and is a founding Board member of Leadership DISD.
Aaron White '04 is the Associate Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas, serving there since 2009. While at Austin College, Aaron studied religion and theatre, participated in Greek life and theatre fraternity leadership, and was a member of the Posey Leadership Institute. After graduating from Austin College, Aaron received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, with a focus in comparative religious ethics. While at Harvard, he served as the founding editor of Harvard's graduate journal of religion, worked as a researcher at the Pluralism Project, and served as a Hospital Chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. In Dallas, Aaron serves on the clergy board at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, regularly works with the Human Rights Campaign, and is engaged in interfaith community organizing.
Kevin White ‘96 is a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP and has offices in Houston, Texas and Washington, DC. Mr. White practices labor and employment law and represents major employers across the country in complex litigation. Mr. White’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, District of Columbia Bar, and Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Austin College Alumni Board and is a past president of the Austin College L Association. Mr. White graduated from Austin College in 1996 with a degree in Political Science and received his J.D. at the University of Texas in 1999. Mr. White and his wife, Nicole, reside with their children in Oakton, Virginia.