Joanie Arrott and Robert Nash, Co-Presidents
Julie Rawlings, President-Elect
Chris "Kaz" Wojtewicz, Vice-President
Bridget Keating and Julie Waidelich, Co-Secretaries
Members of the Board for 2020-2022:
Joanie Arrott – 7122 Wood Hollow - (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.
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 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 Junior 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.
Carol Dochen - 5010 North Rim Drive - (Elected May 2020) - Carol Dochen is the owner of Dochen Realtors®, where she has been recognized with eight-consecutive Platinum Top 50 Realtors® awards and she received the coveted Broker of the Year Award for 2017. Other accolades include: Austin’s 5-Star REALTORS®, Austin Woman Magazine’s “I Am Austin Woman” award for businesswoman of the year, and outstanding sales recognition in Texas Monthly Magazine. Carol has served as a Director of the Austin Board of Realtors® (ABOR), twice has been chair of the Austin Multiple Listing Service (ACTRIS) and served as a director of the Texas Association of Realtors®.
In addition to her real estate career, Carol finds time to serve on non-profit and civic boards, including a previous board position for NWACA and the Jewish Federation/Temple Beth Shalom Austin. She is currently serving on the Executive Board for Temple Beth Shalom and is a member of the Board of Directors. For more than 20 years she has donated a portion of every sale to Austin’s Habitat for Humanity. And, every Monday night, (pre-Covid 19) Carol can be found rehearsing with Tapestry Singers, a local Austin choral group.
Carol grew up in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Longhorn Singers. She is married to Sandy Dochen, and together, they have two grown children. Members of the Dochen family have lived in Northwest Hills since 1967!
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, Elected May 2020) – 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.
Jessica Halich - 5732 Misty Hill Cove (Elected May 2020) - Jessica grew up in El Paso and came to Austin in 1996 to attend UT and Texas State. She left in 2003 to work in New York City and San Francisco, but happily returned in 2013. Jessica has moved from marketing to event production and is now the owner of Fancy Fluff Gourmet Cotton Candy and The Churro Burro.
When not spinning some joy into people's lives, Jessica enjoys playing tennis at the beloved Westover Club or watching her two Hill Dillos play softball, baseball or football. She enjoys getting out to the amazing parks in our neighborhood with her two dogs or relaxing with her husband Drew who works in business development at Dell.
Bridget Keating – 8830 Silverarrow Circle (Appointed April 2018, Elected May 2020) – 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.
Ben Luckens - 4221 Lostridge Drive (Elected May 2020) - Ben has lived in Austin since 1978 and in Northwest Hills since 2005. For the past several years he has served on the NWACA Zoning and Transportation Committee. He is a retired city planner. He worked for the City of Austin for 21 years and was a planning consultant for 10 years. He currently serves on the Austin Design Commission. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He has a BA from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Planning degree from the University of Tennessee. His education also includes course work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT.
He is married with an adult son. His hobbies include travel, photography, hiking, and following University of Kentucky athletics.
Connie Lundgren – 4101 Paint Rock Drive (Appointed March 2018, Elected May 2020) - 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.
Robert Nash - 8400-A Greenflint Lane - (Appointed July 2019, Elected May 2020) - A nearly native Austinite who arrived in 1973, Robert has lived in Westover Hills with his husband Joe Fister since 2017. He is the public relations director at Sherry Matthews Group and co-owner of Backstage Marketing Consultants. His clients have included technology companies and government and nonprofit organizations. Outside of work, Robert has been a vocal advocate for parks, public spaces, and historic preservation. He and Joe enjoy traveling, swimming, and taking long evening walks in Westover Hills with their little Scottie dog, Fala. Robert earned a degree in Speech Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Robyn Nunis – 8602 B Mesa Drive - (Appointed August 2019, Elected May 2020) - Robyn Nunis attended Southwestern University and received a B.A. in Political Science. She was very fortunate to be an intern for Ann Richards and has always had an interest in helping her community. She worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was the Chairperson for the First Strut Your Mutt in Austin. Robyn worked for March of Dimes, Southwestern University, and St. Edward's University early in her career. She later worked for Dell and now works for VitalSource as the National Sales Executive of the K-12 division. She has been awarded “Women of Distinction” awards and many accolades in her current role. Robyn has lived in NW Hills since 2001 and has two boys who attended Doss, Murchison, and Anderson. Her passions include civic service, education, and aiding the elderly.
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 retired from state government and now works for Catholic Charities of Central Texas. 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, is the precinct 238 Chairman, serves a Docent in the Governor’s Mansion, serves as the KJT (Catholic Family Fraternal) society secretary, 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, Elected May 2020) – 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, Elected May 2020) - 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.
Joyce Statz - 5305 Valburn Circle (Elected May 2020) - Joyce is a retired IT professional who has lived in Northwest Hills with her husband David Hogan since 1984. She spends her time volunteering for her church, NWACA, the Austin Firewise Alliance, and several other organizations. Among her NWACA activities are performing home wildfire risk evaluations, coordinating the monthly newsletter, and handling the NWACA web site. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and walking in the neighborhood.
Anita Tulsiani -7104 Valburn Drive (Elected May 2020) - Anita is a native Austinite born and raised. Anita refers to herself as a poster child for Austin, being raised in the schools of our great neighborhood, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and later earning an MBA from St. Edward's University. From there she has held roles at many Austin companies including Dell, AMD, and now CoreLogic, where she serves as head of Product Marketing. Anita and her husband Ash Chitre have two girls Mila and Kira. In her spare time, Anita enjoys keeping up with the food scene in Austin, spending time with friends and family, and a side passion and interest in real estate investments.
Julie Waidelich - 4303 Lostridge Drive – (Appointed April 2018, Elected May 2020) - 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.
Chris "Kaz" Wojtewicz – 8409 Adirondack Trail-(Appointed July 2019, Elected May 2020) - As a fifth-generation Austinite, Kaz Wojtewicz has a deep understanding of the angst that change has brought to Austin. These changes, and managing change, inspired Kaz to study economics at Texas State University and Public Affairs at University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he specialized in real estate economics, zoning history, and transportation. Kaz has more than 16 years of experience as a public servant, in the Texas Army National Guard and with the State of Texas, as well as in the private sector. Kaz previously served on the board of AURA (an Austin for Everyone) and serves as Secretary of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN). He has run social media accounts for the Texas Army National Guard, as well as moderating Facebook groups. As a staunch believer in the maxim, "leaders eat last," Kaz advocates for public leadership and government that serves all of society. Kaz lives with his wife, 2 daughters, in-laws, and one labrador. He enjoys running, exploring the Austin food and beer scene, and spending time with friends and family.
Monique Wright - 3906 Rockledge Drive - (Appointed May 2019, Elected May 2020) - 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.