Board & Staff

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Board of Directors

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Rick Cofer

Chair

Rick is an Assistant County Attorney at the Travis County Attorney's Office. Rick also sits on a number of community boards, including the City's Parks & Recreation Board and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).

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Marianne Dorman

Vice-Chair

Marianne has been an officer or on the board of the Old Enfield Homeowner’s Association since it’s inception, and has lived above Pease Park since 1980, witnessing the marvelous transformation of the Park first by Trees for Pease and now the Pease Park Conservancy.

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Adam Reinking

Treasurer

Adam works in wealth management as a Partner at AdvicePeriod. He advises a select group of high net worth individuals and family offices, helping them steward their wealth through intentional planning for their financial, tax, estate and investment needs.

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Margery Anderson

Secretary

Margery has been involved with Pease Park Conservancy since it began as Trees For Pease. She holds a Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Texas and worked as a nurse for many years with the Travis County Sheriff's Department.

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Charles Peveto

Historian

Charles has been an architectural historian at the Texas Historical Commission for many years. He is very active in the community in preservation and the arts and serves on several boards and committees including the Austin History Center Association, Preservation Austin and Old Austin Neighborhood Association. Charles chairs the Pease Park Conservancy Arts Committee.

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Carlos Martinez

Univ. of Texas Representative

Carlos is a full-time student at The University of Texas at Austin. He's spending the 2017 summer in the Teach For America program before returning to campus in the fall.

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Laura Bryant

Laura Bryant is a landscape architect at the Austin office of Design Workshop, with project experience ranging from large urban parks and national historic sites to post-industrial sites, streetscapes and residential design.

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Les Carnes

Les works for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and is a founding member of Trees for Pease . He's also on the 'Bored of Directors' for the Friends of the Forest, our partners who organize Eeyore's Birthday Party.

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Richard Craig

Richard founded PPC in 2008 as Trees for Pease and served as Chair until 2017. Under his leadership, PPC made great progress in restoring the park's ecosystem, completed an award-winning Master Plan, and established a permanent financial endowment at the Community Foundation.

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Morgan Gaddis

Morgan owns and manages a portfolio of rental properties in Austin. After moving to Austin, she immediately understood the importance of the city's green spaces. She has been an advocate for Pease Park since 2010.

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William Head

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Laurie Humphreys

Laurie has a Masters in Landscape Architecture. She has previously conducted research analyzing successful Park partnerships.

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Dirk Jordan

Dirk is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Law School and began his own law firm in 2001. Among other community boards, Dirk also serves on the Old Enfield Homeowner's Association.

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Lynda Young Kaffie

Lynda is an artist and spiritual director whose work focuses on nature and the landscape. Having worked in both the public and private business sectors and served on numerous boards in the arts community, she is pleased to be a part of the growth and development of the Master Plan for Pease Park.

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Andy Liebler

Andy is retired from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, where we spent nearly 30 years. Andy also volunteers at the Community Foundations Financial Center and assists with tax preparation.

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Kate Thompson

Kate was born and raised in Austin prior to graduating from UT. She worked in Information Systems and is a co-owner of Thompson Farms. Kate also sits on the HorseLink board.

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Dan VanTreeck

Dan is a founding member of Pease Park Conservancy. He provides extensive experience in national project management and marketing promotion and is a former member of the Urban Forestry Board in Austin.

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Patricia Winston

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Matthew Young

Matt was first introduced to Trees for Pease as a frequent user of the volleyball courts at Pease Park in 2011. Since then Matt has gone on to receive a graduate degree from UT and currently is a Market Operations Engineer at ERCOT.

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Lisa Zapalac

Lisa is an Educator & Founder of the Long-View Micro School in central Austin.

Advisory Board

Eddie Bernal

Sheila Bostick

Amelia & Michael Deane

Laura Gottesman

John Donisi & Gina Hinojosa

Harris Kaffie

Rita & Matthew Kreisle

Christy & Ray Langenberg

Greg Marchbanks

Andrea & Dean McWilliams

Jill Nokes

Allan Shivers, Jr.

Jennifer & Ronnie Skloss

Dow & Henry Steen

Eliza Thomas & Ted Young

David Wilson

Staff

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Kristen Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Kristen Brown joined the Pease Park Conservancy as CEO in June 2017. A native Austinite, Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Public Affairs degree with a specialization in nonprofit and philanthropic studies from UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has over 10 years of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, and serves on the board of directors of local nonprofit organization, WeViva. Kristen and her husband Ian are glad to be raising their two children, Holden and Georgia, in their home town.

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Andy Gill

Executive Director

Andy joined Pease Park Conservancy in 2014 after working with The Trail Foundation. He graduated with two Bachelor's of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Austin in 2013, Andy was the Chief of Staff for a Wisconsin State Representative where he staffed both the Forestry and Natural Resources Committees.

Pease Park Conservancy

  • P.O. Box 50065
  • Austin, TX 78763
  • (512) 777-1632
  • info@peasepark.org

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