Our passionate stewards work diligently to guide the vision of The Trail Foundation and to protect and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake.
Board of Directors
+ Brian Ott, President TBG Partners Brian Ott is the managing principal for TBG Partners Austin, a landscape architecture and planning firm. His best days involve pushing his son around on the Trail, feeding the ducks near Lou Neff Point and enjoying Butler Park and Zilker Park along the way.
+ Kate Lowery. President Elect
Whole Foods Market
Kate Lowery is the Global Public Relations Director for Whole Foods Market, a position she has held for a decade. The Trail is her favorite place in Austin as it's enjoyed by the community as a whole, but also serves as the perfect spot to meditate alone while exercising.
Stephanie Shoemaker is a CPA and Firm Administrator with Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, the largest locally-owned CPA firm in Austin and Round Rock. You can find Stephanie most weekends on the Trail meeting friends to run, creating a quintessential Austin “salon” with the skyline, nature and fellow citizens providing a dramatic and inspiring setting.
+Christopher Kennedy, Secretary Lin_Mar Partners Christopher Kennedy enjoys the Trail because of the connection to the Highland Lakes. You'll have to get up early to catch him because he likes to be the first person to hear the rooster crowing near the Texas Rowing dock.
+ Cameron Breed SWBC Mortgage
+ Jennifer Brown Emerson Brown Consulting
Jennifer Brown is an attorney/legislative consultant. When she is not spending time at the Capitol, you can find her running on the trail with great friends.
+ Tony Capasso
Tony is the Director of Retail Sales for Bazaarvoice where he is responsible for driving growth through expansion of the retail vertical client base. He is a long time entrepreneur and was the president and co-founder of overspeedtraining.com and the co-founder of Catalyst 8, an Austin organization dedicated to developing awareness of the Long Center and the arts and developing Austin’s future leaders.
Owner Resource Group
CharleyDean has been a venture capitalist and private equity investor in Austin since 2005. As a wide receiver on a Stanford football team that played the Longhorns,Charleymuch prefers a leisurely run on the Trail to a sprint from UT defenders.
+ Griffin Davis
Griffin Davis is an angel investor and a marketing and public relations advisor to early stage companies. He is currently advising Austin-based Q1 Media. Griffin is passionate about the Trail's greenspaces.
+ Terri Givens University of Texas at Austin Terri E. Givens is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching immigration and Western European politics. She has been a fan of the Trail since arriving in Austin in 2003, and Lou Neff point is one of her favorite places in Austin.
Braun & Gresham
Cassie is an attorney and partner at Braun & Gresham, PLLC where she has worked for eight years. Her work focuses on issues affecting landowners: property taxes, boundary disputes and condemnation suits. She also works with clients on the purchase and sale of rural land, and on innovative, individually-tailored efforts to conserve land and other family assets. One of her favorite things is watching the sun rise over Lady Bird Lake.
+Laura Huffman The Nature Conservancy
As Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, she oversees the land, marine and freshwater conservation work and has helped expand treasured state and city parks. A native of Austin, Texas, she has served as an assistant city manager for the City of Austin from 2002 to 2008, where she spearheaded watershed protection and economic development initiatives. She is often seen at the Trail taking in the naturally inspiring waterfront habitat.
+ Robyn Malloy Civic Leader
+ Katie Moran Moran Marketing & Events
Katie is the owner of Moran Marketing & Events, a company focused on local business marketing & advertising as well as planning public & private events around Austin. To relax and re-energize her creativity, Katie runs the Trail several times a week with her trusted dog, Memphis.
+Stefan Pharis Pharis Design A typical day in Austin for him is a trip around the Trail with his wife and kids, followed by an afternoon cool down at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy.
+ Todd Runkle Gensler
+ Steve Saunders Saunders, Norval, Nichols, Pargaman & Akins L.L.P. Steve Saunders is a trusts and estates lawyer who specializes in charitable planning. He has served on the boards of the Austin Community Foundation, his parents' family foundation, and the University of Texas Development Board and Gift Planning Advisory Council. The beauty of the trees pulls him to the Trail for his restorative runs.
+Patrick Seidensticker Dell Patrick Seidensticker has been in IT technology marketing in Austin for 15 years and is currently working for Dell. Patrick enjoys running on the Trail 4-5 days a week early in the mornings and can also be found on Lady Bird Lake fishing or stand-up paddleboarding.
Community Leader An Austin resident since 1981, Ward lives one mile from the Trail and uses it often to clear his head and bike to various parts of the city.
+ Margot Thomas Community Activist Margot Thomas moved to Austin in 1976, and since then, more days than not, has been on or near the Trail.
La Corsha Hospitality Group
La Corsha Hospitality Group, an Austin-based hospitality company that manages hotel, restaurant, and bar, facilities. He thrives on distance running at The Trail where he works off the occupational-hazard calories from Congress, Congress Bar, and Second.
+Doug Ulman Live Strong
+Bob Wynn Oxford Commercial
Bob Wynn is a partner and co-founder of Oxford Commercial. In addition to being a frequent Trail user for over 20 years, Bob serves on the board of Meals on Wheels, and is an avid traveler and photographer.
+Bill Kerr, Past President Kelly Hart & Hallman
+ Susan Plettman Rankin
Executive Director, The Trail Foundation Susan has been running at the Trail for over 20 years. She loves to run at the Trail while visiting with her running friends in the early mornings. A botanist, Susan pauses their runs to look at the plants that are in bloom.