Board & Staff

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Staff

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Heath Riddles

CEO

Heath has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in Austin’s nonprofit sector. He has helped raise millions of dollars over the course of his career at organizations like Equality Texas, Texas Advocacy Project, the Long Center for Performing Arts, and The Hispanic Alliance. He has worked as a director at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations and served on the boards of the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, The Hispanic Alliance and Waterloo Counseling Center. Heath is passionate about Austin’s green space and believes Pease Park represents all that makes Austin great. He is honored and humbled to be part of the Pease Park journey.

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Kyle Reiley

Development and Communications Coordinator

Kyle grew up on a 100-acre farm, 30 miles outside of Small Town, Texas (Bellville). When he arrived at UT, he felt disconnected from nature, spending entirely too much time huddled in a dark room counting 1s and 0s, studying computer engineering. To give his eyes a break, he created a student organization built around playing sports. Because of its proximity to campus, its sand volleyball courts, the open fields and picnic tables, the group held a lot of its events at Pease Park. The park became an important part of Kyle’s college life and he’s thrilled to now be working for the Conservancy.

Board of Directors

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Dirk Jordan

President

Dirk Jordan has been a member of the Pease Park Conservancy Board since 2011. Formally a member of the Nature Conservancy Advisory Board and currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation, he is active in promoting open space in urban communities. A practicing attorney, he also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Law.

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Lisa Zapalac

President-Elect

Lisa Zapalac is an educational leader in Austin and currently runs the innovative Long-View Micro School, which serves as an optimistic example of new possibilities in education and also provides a laboratory for teachers studying mathematics education. Lisa is passionate about the importance of urban parks, outdoor play for children, and protecting local ecosystems. She loves Pease Park for its history, wild beauty, old oaks, and because its 84 acres are a part of the daily rhythm of her life.

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John Donisi

Secretary

John Philip Donisi is an attorney and civic volunteer. He has served in leadership roles for various nonprofits, including Preservation Austin, Envision Central Texas, and the Heritage Society of Austin. He and his family reside in the Snead-Rieck House, overlooking Shoal Creek and Custer’s Meadow.

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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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Rick Cofer

Immediate Past President

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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Jack Whelan

University of Texas Representive

Jack is a full time student at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began working with Pease Park as a weekly volunteer during his freshman year and hopes to help continue the progress the beautiful park is making.

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Laura Bryant

Laura Bryant is a landscape architect, 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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Marianne Dorman

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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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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Chase Hamilton

Pease Park has been part of Chase's life since he lived on 29th Street 20 years ago. Today, he and his wife live in Bryker Woods with their two young children, who are especially fond of the park's paved pathways which make stroller naps so very comfortable. Chase is a lawyer at Richards Rodriguez & Skeith, and also serves the Austin community through the Dell Children's Trust and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.

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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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Andy Liebler

Andy is retired from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts after working for nearly 30 years in state government. Andy also works at the Foundation Communities Financial Center and assists with tax preparation. Andy has been working with Pease Park volunteers since 2010.

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Carlos Martinez

Carlos is a full-time student at The University of Texas at Austin studying Finance. He has enjoyed working with Pease Park throughout his time at UT and looks forward to continue to serve as a bridge between the 40 acres and the park.

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Charles Peveto

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.

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Kathleen Schneeman

Kathleen is the VP of Human Resources for the YMCA of Austin and is an avid volunteer, primarily focusing her energy on social justice and equity in education as well as topics related to green space. She has been an advocate for investing in green space in Austin and helped create the Barton Hills Community Park Master Plan. Kathleen and her husband Brent have resided in Austin for 21 years and enjoy the outdoors with their three children.

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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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Patricia Winston

Advisory Board

Richard Craig, Founder

Eddie Bernal

Sheila Bostick

Amelia & Michael Deane

Laura Gottesman

State Representative Gina Hinojosa

Lynda Young Kaffie & 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

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