Patricia Hayes (Chair) is the Principal/Owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC,. Ms. Hayes provides expertise and consulting services in public policy, executive leadership strategy, legislative affairs and governmental relations, with the knowledge and experience necessary to generate value for organizational needs. Previously she has served as Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations and Educational Policy at Texas State University System ; Associate Commissioner, Educator Quality and P-16 Initiatives at Texas Education Agency; and Governmental Relations Officer/ Legal Counsel at Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.
David Milton Porter, III (Vice Chair) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Porter has a Master’s in Business from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently is the Executive Director of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation since 2003. He has worked as Director of Operations at The Boys and Girls Club of Austin. David also has career experience with the Austin Police Department, and the Travis County Advocates as the Project Manager for the First Time Offenders program.
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, joined Huston-Tillotson University as President and Chief Executive Officer July 1, 2015. Dr. Pierce Burnette is an experienced leader in higher education with a deep commitment to student success. Dr. Pierce Burnette knows the meaning of “humble beginnings” and has combined her intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ), entrepreneurial spirit, and technical knowledge to forge successful careers in engineering, information technology, and education. Before transitioning into higher education, Dr. Pierce Burnette worked as a Computer Analyst at The Washington Post, was an Operations Support Engineer at Proctor and Gamble, held the position of Director of Information Systems at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., and ran her own computer consulting firm, CompuMent.
Mr. Stephen Elkins serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Austin, Communications and Technology Management department, (CTM). As CIO, Mr. Elkins oversees the Department’s use of information technology to improve performance and manage risk across the City’s overall organization. Mr. Elkins leads the Department’s enterprise architecture, information systems, information technology governance, security, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department. Mr. Elkins has been selected for numerous awards since being appointed as CIO. Most recently he was named One of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2015 by Government Technology.
Roger Davis is an accountant for 3M and is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Black Accountants and a board member for the Black Professional Alliance. He is a graduate of Florida A & M University and is actively involved in the Greater Austin community.
TiWanna A. Kenney, Auctioneer, Fundraising Consultant, Speaker, lifelong language lover, was born a Fast Talker. As the owner, lead auctioneer, and driving force behind Astounding Auctions & Fundraising Strategies, she has turned her love for speaking into a livelihood. TiWanna is in the business of busting stereotypes and breaking molds. As the first and only African American woman to earn the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Working in an industry that is less than 15% female and with low ethnic diversity she is continually advocating for diversity. She operates with a sharp mix of creativity and charm, believing everyone has the skills and ability to make an impact in the world. Driven by a genuine desire for helping others, she works diligently to see people win.