Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Chris Hajdu, President
Cuatro Groos, Vice President
Shannon Meroney, Secretary
Joyce Statz, Treasurer

Members of the Board:

Caroline Alexander – 5919 Highland Hills Drive (Elected October 2013) - Caroline has lived in Northwest Hills since 2010 with her husband Steven and 2 sons. Caroline works as a project manager with TIP Strategies, an economic and workforce development consultancy. When not working, Caroline enjoys exploring with her kids, gardening, cycling, and all things outdoors. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Davidson College in North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT-Austin.

Kirk Ashy – 7210 Montana Norte (Elected October 2013) - Originally from Victoria, TX, Kirk graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and has lived in Austin ever since. Kirk entered the insurance business in 1998. He specializes in group health plans as well as retirement plans for small to midsize employers. Kirk and wife Kristin have 2 children. Kirk enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, playing golf and tennis, as well as hunting and fishing.  Community Involvement is also important, as Kirk has served in a variety of support positions for community and nonprofit groups including President of Downtown Kiwanis Club, Long Center Corporate Council, Austin Samaritans, CASA, Seton, and others.

Debra Danziger – 4206 Tallowood Drive (Elected October 2013) - Debra has lived in Austin for 18 years and works in marketing for Superior HealthPlan.  She has held marketing positions in non-profit, media/entertainment and technology.  Debra is married to Jason Panzer, a Northwest Hills native, and has a daughter at Doss. She earned bachelor degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Julie DePalma - 7500 Valburn Drive (Appointed June 2016) - Julie has lived in Austin since 1999. She, her husband JJ and their daughter moved to Northwest Hills in 2013. Their daughter attends Doss Elementary School. Julie earned her Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and then worked for 18 years in accounting and finance, most recently at Dell. Julie now enjoys coaching her daughter's sports teams, staying active at Doss, and working with her daughter's Girl Scout troop. And in her free time she enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding and gardening.

Jen Despins - 6519 Ladera Norte (Elected October 2013) – Jen has lived in Northwest Hills since 2006, when she moved to Austin from New York with her husband Paul. She has undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science from the University of Delaware Honors Program, and a J.D. from Hofstra Law School where she graduated salutatorian. Jen and Paul have three children, two of whom attend Doss Elementary School and one who attends preschool at First Presbyterian Day School. Jen is an attorney at Austin law firm Dinovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy.  Jen is also active at Doss, and currently serves as 1st Vice President of the PTA, and is in her third year Chairing the Doss Sister School Committee, which provides numerous outreach services to T.A. Brown Elementary school.  Jen is also an avid runner; she has run the Austin Marathon.

Vicki DeWeese 7504 Crossdraw Drive – A native Austinite, Vicki graduated from Anderson High School before attending UT’s McCombs School of Business.  She and her husband, Pete, have lived in Northwest Hills for over 20 years with their two children. A former banker, Vicki recently served as Managing Partner for the Jr. League Sustainers investment group and as campaign treasurer and finance/ethics consultant for state representative and city council candidates. Vicki served as President of Doss Elementary PTA, Doss Endowment Fund, Co-Chair of the CAC, as liaison for the City of Austin/AISD Bond Committee, and Treasurer for Anderson High School Project Graduation and Anderson High School Cheerleaders.  She served as President of the Hyde Park High School Parents, founder of the Hyde Park Golf Booster Club, as liaison to Hyde Park High School Board and on the executive boards of: Women’s Symphony League of Austin, Jr. Austin Women’s Club, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Austin Natural Science Center, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, and Chi Omega House Corporation. Vicki enjoyed coaching kickball and volunteering with her children’s sports and scouting activities, serving as a Girl Scout leader. She also enjoyed presiding for Children’s Chapel at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and serving on the Vestry. Vicki is currently enrolled in Education for Ministry through Sewanee, the University of the South, School of Theology.

Cuatro Groos – 4209 Cat Hollow Drive (Elected October 2013) - Cuatro was born in San Antonio, Texas. He holds undergraduate degrees as well as an MBA and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been serving businesses and entrepreneurs as an insurance advisor since 2001. Before working in the insurance industry, he worked in the technology sector as a marketing analyst and manager. He lives in Austin with his wife, Alicia, an intellectual property attorney, and his three children. When he’s not working with clients or chasing children, Cuatro loves tennis, golf, and the outdoors.

Chris Hajdu– 4006 Rockledge Drive (Elected October 2013) - Chris and his wife Amy have lived in Northwest Hills since 2011 and in Austin since 1991. Their daughter attends Doss Elementary School. Chris earned a BE degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and works in the high-tech sector. His career has included work for IBM, Vignette, TippingPoint, Hewlett-Packard and currently SailPoint. At SailPoint, Chris is in charge of the worldwide training organization. When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and exploring Austin parks, biking trails and waterways. He has been active as a volunteer with TechTots, Explore Austin, Habitat for Humanity, SafePlace and I9 Youth Sports; and he is an Eagle Scout.

Rebecca Leightman 7705 Shadyrock Drive (Elected October 2013) - Rebecca and her family moved to Austin in 2013. Rebecca attended the University of Texas at Austin for both undergrad and graduate school. Rebecca is a Certified Public Accountant.   Rebecca and her husband Mason Dykstra have twin boys who attend Doss Elementary.  Rebecca is involved in a variety of community and nonprofit groups.

Shannon Meroney – 6901 Glen Ridge Drive (Elected October 2011) - Shannon is President of Meroney Public Affairs. She is a proud longhorn who went to law school at the University of Houston Law Center. She is a Board member of the Austin Bar Foundation, and A Legacy of Giving Advisory Council member. She is a Past Chair of Leadership Austin’s Board of Directors, a former member of the Junior League of Austin’s Board of Directors, and previously served on the City of Austin’s Commission for Women (appointed by Mayor Will Wynn). She is married to Mike Meroney and is the proud mom of Cal and Griffin who both attend Doss Elementary where Shannon works actively with the PTA. The Meroneys have lived in Northwest Hills since 2004.

Ernest Saulmon – 3813 Hillbrook Drive (Elected October 2011) - Ernie and his wife Roberta (Bobbi) have lived in Northwest Hills since 1975. Ernie recently retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after over 40 years in air traffic control. He has served on the board of directors of a number of religious congregations in Austin and was an active volunteer at KLRU. He also is a member of the Austin Airport Advisory Commission.

John Sepehri – 5817 Mount Bonnell Road (Selected to fill a vacancy in November 2014)--John grew up in Austin just east of NWACA in Allandale.  After graduating from McCallum High School, Plan II at UT, and UT law school, he moved to Dallas in 1996 and began a multifaceted career, starting as an attorney with the Texas-based firm of Haynes and Boone LLP.  He met his wife Meredith in Dallas, where he practiced in several areas of the law including corporate, insurance, and real estate law for over a decade.  In 2008, John left his last law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, to become general counsel to former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade at the Capitol for 3 1/2 years, commuting between Dallas and Austin.  John moved his family to the Cat Mountain neighborhood in 2012 and currently serves as general counsel to a statewide real estate trade association.  John and Meredith have a daughter, Lane Elizabeth, who attends Highland Park Elementary School and they belong to the St. Theresa Catholic Church parish. Besides NWACA, John has been active in Leadership Austin and the LBJ Future Forum.

Joyce Statz – 5305 Valburn Circle (Elected October 2011) - Joyce and her husband David Hogan have lived on Valburn Circle since 1984. Joyce is a consultant in project management and business analysis. She teaches at Austin Community College, as well as working with various IT clients. Joyce is an active volunteer with groups that include St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, EMPACT Africa, and NWACA. She is also member of the Board of Directors of the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

David Whitworth –3907 Edgerock Drive - David came to Austin as a UT freshman in 1992 from Laredo, Texas ultimately earning a BS in Civil Engineering and becoming a licensed P.E.. He is married to Courtney and their two children attend Doss. David is an infill homebuilder and Courtney is an interior designer. Together they own David Whitworth Development Company. David participates with various organizations in town that focus on planning and development in ways that bring attainable housing products, amenities, sustainability, and quality of life to Austin’s building and development patterns. David currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Historic Landmark Commission. When not busy he sneaks down to Bull Creek with his kayak and fishing pole.

Stayton Wright – 3906 Rockledge Drive – Stayton’s family has lived in Austin since 2005, two years of which have been in Northwest Hills. He is married to Monique and they have two sons who attend Doss Elementary School.   Stayton is a principal with Cresa, an international commercial real estate advisory firm, representing tenants and buyers of commercial real estate. Stayton enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams including Trojan Pop Warner and Northwest Hills Little League. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoys the outdoors, golf, and any Longhorn sporting event. Stayton is a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and the Real Estate Council of Austin where he worked to help improve SafePlace.