Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Vicki DeWeese, President
Chris Hajdu, Vice-President
Louri O'Leary, Secretary
Julie DePalma,Treasurer

Members of the Board for 2018-2019:

Caroline Alexander – 5919 Highland Hills Drive (Elected October 2013) - Caroline has lived in Northwest Hills since 2010 with her husband Steven and 2 sons. She has been the chair of the Parks Committee since 2012. 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.

Joanie Arrott – 4605 Lime Stone Circle - (Elected November 2017)- Joanie has lived in Austin since 2003 and in Northwest Hills since 2007. She has worked for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) since 2004, providing environmental, industrial hygiene, and safety services to school districts across the state. She also co-chairs NWACA’s Tree and Environmental Stewardship Committee, which manages the Oak Wilt Prevention Campaign and hosts neighborhood recycling events. She is originally from San Angelo and earned a bachelor of science in environmental biology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Brad Banister – 4303 Far West Boulevard - (Elected November 2017)- A software architect and longtime Austinite, Brad's early relationship with Northwest Hills spanned the 90s and 2000s, visiting friends and UT classmates living along Wood Hollow, organizing track meets with coworkers at the Murchison track, and enjoying neighborhood runs and stops at the old TCBY with his now-wife Nicole. In 2009, Brad and Nicole finally moved into Northwest Hills on Far West at West Rim, where on hot summer weekends walkers, runners, and cyclists can find an ice-cold water stop in front of their house. A veteran of many startups, Brad currently works in K-12 education technology and is raising two gutsy girls who attend Doss Elementary.

Roger Bolick – 4600 Far West Boulevard - (Elected November 2017)- Roger has resided in NWACA since 1991. He built a house on Valburn Drive and owns a Far West Boulevard lot. Roger spent his early years in VA, NC, and SC obtaining a BS in Marketing, BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Engineering, and a Professional Engineering license. After working at NCR's South Carolina computer facility, Roger started a contract with IBM in 1988. Employers since then included IBM, MCC, Motorola, Tandem-Compac-HP, and Dell. Roger currently lives with his wife Tina near Dry Creek. Active socially, he enjoys jogging, sports cars, and everything mechanical and electrical.

Ruven Brooks – 3902 Edgerock - (Elected November 2017)- Ruven is a retired software engineer and cognitive psychologist who has worked for ITT Corp., Schlumberger, Rockwell Automation, and the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston. He has also taught at the University of California, Irvine, Milwaukee School of Engineering and, even, a course at the University of Texas – Austin. He and his wife, Linda Beamer, came to Austin when he was transferred by Schlumberger in 1989 and lived just off Bee Caves road until 1996 when they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They moved back to Austin in 2010 to the Great Hills area and then in 2014 to the NWACA area. Both of his children are graduates of Anderson High School. He serves on the NWACA Zoning and Transportation Committee with a particular focus on public transit. One of his most recent hobbies to is to use GIS systems to make maps.

Julie DePalma – 7500 Valburn Drive- (Elected November 2017) - 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.

Vicki DeWeese – 7504 Crossdraw Drive (Elected October 2015)– A native Austinite and Anderson High School alum, Vicki and her husband, Pete, have lived in Northwest Hills for over 20 years. Vicki attended UT’s McCombs School of Business and later The University of the South, School of Theology. A former banker, Vicki served as Managing Partner for the Jr. League Sustainers investment group, as a political finance/ethics consultant, as President of Doss Elementary PTA and Doss Endowment Fund, Co-Chair of the CAC, liaison to the City of Austin/AISD Bond Committee, Treasurer for Anderson High School Project Graduation and Anderson Cheerleaders, President of the Hyde Park High School Parents, founder of the Hyde Park Golf Booster Club, liaison to Hyde Park School Board and on the executive boards of: Women’s Symphony League, Jr. Austin Women’s Club, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Austin Natural Science Center, Austin Museum of Art, and Chi Omega House Corp. She enjoyed coaching NWA Kickball, serving as a Girl Scout leader, presiding for Children’s Chapel and serving on the Vestry at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, volunteering with NWLL, WAYA, and Boy Scouts of America.

Tracey Fine – 4200 North Hills - (Elected November 2017)- Tracey and her husband Todd moved to Austin in 2014 and have lived in Northwest Hills since January 2016. Their twin sons attend Doss Elementary School. Tracey earned a BA degree in Economics from The University of Wisconsin and works in the multi-family affordable housing industry. Tracey currently works as a Senior Project Leader for a non-profit affordable housing developer, specializing in aging seniors. She is also tasked with representing her company in public policy both inside and outside of the Texas legislature. When not working, Tracey enjoys spending time with her family and exploring Austin's great outdoors.

Charlie Galvin – 4105 Cat Hollow Drive - (Elected November 2017)- Charlie is a Senior Program Manager at Infinera Corporation, an optical equipment manufacturer in high capacity optical transport. Prior to Infinera, Mr. Galvin held senior positions in network development at Lightsquared and Qwest Communications. In 2014, Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Galvin to be a member of the Advisory Committee, Emerging Technology Fund, Office of the Governor, State of Texas. He is also on the Advisory Board of Communities in Schools in Central Texas. Galvin received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Richard Grayum – 7909 Northforest Drive (Appointed March 2018, BCA President 2015-2018) – Richard is a licensed civil engineer, an accredited professional in leadership in energy and environmental design. He has lived in Northwest Hills with his wife, Sally, and daughter since 2005. Sally is a certified professional organizer and room Mom at Hill Elementary. Their daughter attends Hill Elementary School and swims with the Westover Wild Orcas. Richard represented District 10 on the Environmental Commission from 2015-2017 and has worked in the public infrastructure and land development industry since graduation. Notable projects in the area include the Austin American Statesman Expansion, the Spring Condominium Towers, and Wells Branch Parkway. Richard is currently working on a Military Museum at Ft. Hood and several master-planned, single-family communities in Georgetown, Hutto, and Kyle. Richard will lead the Balcones Civic Association transition committee.

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 currently 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 runs Global Education Services within the Professional Services organization. When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his family. He has been active as a volunteer with TechTots, Explore Austin, Habitat for Humanity, SafePlace, and I9 Youth Sports.

Bridget Keating – 8830 Silverarrow Circle (Appointed April, 2018) – After graduating from the University of Texas School of Nursing in 1985, Bridget moved to Westover Hills. She and her husband John have three daughters who attended Hill Elementary, Murchison Middle School, and Anderson High School. She has been active in PTAs and in booster clubs for various extracurricular activities, and she has served on the board for Capital of Texas Aquatics. She currently volunteers in various capacities for Foundation Communities, helping to provide quality programs and affordable housing for those who are working, but still struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living in Austin.

Rachel Lance – 5900 Camino Seco (Appointed March, 2018) - Rachel is a lifelong Austinite, with the exception of a quick sojourn to Minneapolis for law school. She is a Murchison and Anderson alum, now an attorney and a policy research associate for the state legislature, working at the Texas Legislative Council, a nonpartisan agency. Her focus is on public education, criminal justice, and health and human services. Her husband Dan Langharn is a web developer for Aceable, a start-up downtown, and they have a four year old daughter Shierry who will start kindergarten at Highland Park in the fall of 2018.They have two very sweet, but very dumb, dogs. She enjoys knitting and coffee.

Connie Lundgren – 4101 Paint Rock Drive (Appointed March 2018) - Connie is a native Texan and long-time Austinite. She and husband Wallace moved to the Austin area when Wallace went into the car business as Lundgren Chevrolet Pontiac in 1982. Wallace was responsible for the family moving to northwest hills in 1995, having spent many wonderful summers with his aunt, uncle, and cousins in their home on Greystone. While raising their daughters and caring for her grandmother who lived with their family for 18 years, Connie worked as a substitute teacher, managed the marketing of her husband’s car dealerships, and ran a full time real estate career from 2006 to the present. Both daughters have made Austin their home along with husbands and children. Connie holds a BA in journalism from the University of Houston and four real estate certifications including the Certified International Property Specialist. In addition to her involvement with NWACA, Connie volunteers for the Center for Child Protective Services and Women’s Guild.

Louri O’Leary – 6001 Mountainclimb Drive - (Elected November 2017)- Louri and her husband Jim Harrison moved into Northwest Hills in 2007 after living in Brentwood for nine years and previously in south Austin since 1992. Louri works in the Elections Division for the Texas Secretary of State. Louri is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and has her Master’s in Education Administration from Texas State. Ms. O’Leary is a member of St. Theresa Catholic church and is on the Pastoral Council and has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees in Austin. She enjoys being outdoors and trail running.

Mike Polston – 4107 Cat Mountain Drive - (Elected November 2017)- Mike and his wife Mary Jane Burson have lived in Northwest Hills since 1990. Mike has lived in Austin since 1977. Their three children attended Doss Elementary, Murchison Middle School, and McCallum High School. Mike has a BS in Mathematics from Florida State University and an MBA from UT-Austin. He retired from Hewlett Packard in 2014 after a 41-year career in Computer Technology at Texas Instruments, Tandem Computers, Compaq Computers, and HP. He and his wife are small business owners, and operate Sorrento’s Drive Thru Coffee. Mike is a member of the West Austin Rotary Club here in Austin and will serve as the President in 2018-19. His downtime hobbies include exercising, ancestor research, reading, taking courses from the Austin based Lifelong Learning Institute, and traveling. Mike has been involved with various neighborhood associations and issues since 1980.

Julie Rawlings – 8346 Summerwood Drive (Appointed April, 2018; BCA Vice President 2015-2016) – Julie Rawlings is an army brat who moved from place to place with her family until attending the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, she worked in several capacities for the Texas Department of Health (microbiologist and epidemiologist). She retired, after 30 years of service, in 2005. She lived in Northwest Hills for more than a dozen years before finally buying in Summerwood in 2010. Currently, she is president of the Summerwood Homeowners Association. You can see Julie and her corgis, Wilson and Ella, regularly walking Summerwood and the surrounding neighborhood.

Christopher Roddy – 7506 Parkview Circle - (Elected November 2017)- Chris is a proud Austin native who moved to Northwest Hills with his parents in 1972. Chris attended Doss Elementary, Murchison Middle School, and Johnston High School. Chris has served our community in Law Enforcement for nearly 25 years and is currently a Senior Police Officer with the Austin Independent School District Police Department. Chris and his wife Stacy have two children who have grown up in the neighborhood. Chris is active in the community and has volunteered his “spare” time to coaching his children’s North Austin Soccer and Northwest Hills Little League teams.

Teri Schock – 8502 Alverstone Way – (Appointed April, 2018; BCA Board Member 2015-2016) - A west Texas native, Teri has lived in Austin since 1990, when she attended the University of Texas. In addition to selling real estate since 1998, Teri has over 20 years of experience working with law firms in the litigation arena. She is also an active real estate investor in the Austin real estate market. Teri is a Certified Negotiation Expert and a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist, and recently was elected to the Wolf Ranch Real Estate Advisory Board. Teri earned the Chairman’s Excellence Award – Aquamarine level, for recognition in top sales in 2016 and 2017. She has supported her community by coaching girls’ soccer, basketball, and kickball; and she has been involved with the Hill Elementary PTA. Teri is a board member of A Link to Hope, a non-profit organization which provides innovative therapies for stroke survivors and their caregivers. She continues to be a member of Impact Austin, a philanthropic organization which provides grants to non-profit organizations in Austin.

Julie Waidelich - 4303 Lostridge Drive – (Appointed April, 2018) - Although a native Houstonian, Julie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995, moved to Chicago for a few years, and returned to Austin in 1999. Together, she and her husband Scott have four children - Andrew, Jake, Sarah, and Tristan - and a maltipoo named Moose. As a real estate broker and owner, Julie took her passion for Austin, her community involvement, and her love of real estate to form Nest Properties Austin. She has been helping clients buy and sell real estate in Austin since 2000, and she has been fortunate to grow the firm through repeat business and referrals from loyal clients. Julie is actively involved in our local schools and community and enjoys giving back through her time and sponsorship of local events and organizations. She is a board member of the Anderson Band Booster Association and actively involved with National Charity League and the Pi Beta Phi alumni group. In her spare time, Julie enjoys running, cooking, playing tennis, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

Monique Wright - 3906 Rockledge Drive - (Appointed May, 2019) - Monique Wright grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin where she began her career in government. She currently works for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) handling casework and constituent matters in the Austin district office. Throughout her career, she has worked in various political and government jobs in Austin. Prior to joining Congressman Williams’ team, she worked for U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) handling his district schedule, district projects and casework. Prior to Congressman McCaul’s office, she worked for J. Bannister Co. as a political consultant and fundraiser working with various local, statewide and national clients. Before joining the political and government world in Austin, she worked in Dallas at Dallas Fan Fares coordinating sporting and corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. Monique resides in Austin with her husband, two sons, and two rescue animals. Her sons attend AISD schools and she is active in their schools’ PTAs.

 

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