Vicki DeWeese, President
Chris Hajdu, Vice-President
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.
Mehlam Bhiwandiwala – 4201 Canyonside Trail - (Elected November 2017)- Mehlam has lived in Northwest Hills since 2010. Mehlam currently works as the VP, Finance at Twyla, Inc. (funded by Google Ventures). Mehlam and his wife have 2 children, 1 boy and 1 girl, and love spending time with them at the pool, riding their bikes, and hiking around the greenbelt. Mehlam is involved in several startup incubators around Austin, and most recently served as a CFO Mentor in SKU (a CPG incubator). Mehlam attended the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelors in Finance and a post-baccalaureate in Accounting.
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.
Aaron Daniels – 7613 Rustling Road - (Elected November 2017)- A longtime Austinite, Aaron has lived in Northwest Hills since 2008. He’s proud to call Northwest Hills home with wife Stacy, son Will, and daughter Reagan. Aaron is Vice President for a large health insurer. He enjoys hiking/biking, coaching sports, and cub scout campouts. Aaron and his family enjoy participating in work projects around the neighborhood such as Bull Creek Park Cleanup and Doss playground work day. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and volunteers for Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Ride2Recovery.
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. Vicki serves on the NWACA Finance Committee and organizes the annual NWACA Garage Sale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Micah Sagebiel – 3917 Greystone Drive - (Elected November 2017)- Micah and his wife Sarah have lived in Northwest Hills since 2012. They have two young daughters, the oldest of whom attends St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School. Micah works as U.S. Program Director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation where he works nationally with diverse non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations focused on improving the lives of children living in urban poverty through better health and education. Micah holds graduate degrees from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of Seguin, Texas and is a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in downtown Austin.
Lauren Ward – 5201 Vista West Cove - (Elected November 2017)- Lauren moved to Austin to achieve her MBA at the University of Texas in 2000, and moved to Northwest Hills in 2002 with her husband, Davis. They have three children: Henry - in middle school at Murchison, and Carter and Emmy (twins) at Doss Elementary. All three are in the vanguard classes of the Doss Chinese Immersion program. Lauren currently runs her own strategy and marketing consulting firm, with dozens of tech, education, and public sector organization clients. Lauren graduated from Duke University cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and Classics. In 2012, Lauren successfully battled Stage 3 breast cancer, started an internationally recognized blog, and was named the first Alumni Ambassador to the Duke Cancer Institute. She is a five time “Art Bra Austin” Runway artist, and two-time model, and volunteers with the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, Girlstart, swim team, Girl Scouts, and Rangers Soccer. In her free time (ha!) Lauren enjoys tennis, reading, SCUBA diving, skiing, and aggregating all kinds of amazing travel experiences with her family.