Board of Directors

Jared A. Greathouse​

BOARD PRESIDENT
Attorney at Law
Blazier, Christensen, Browder, & Virr

Jared developed an understanding of quality values early in life while attending New Mexico Military Institute. His value set continued to be molded at The University of Texas where he realized his values and skills would best be utilized in a career in Law. Jared graduated from The University of Miami School of Law and returned to Texas to become a practicing attorney. He has always been driven to help people with any situation whether it be a legal issue or otherwise. In his early days while practicing law he realized that his clients not only needed legal assistance but most of them also sought advice in financial planning as well. Through his partnerships and certifications, Jared now provides legal and financial advice to his clientele. Jared's professional need to assist people carries over into his personal life where he has always volunteered with his local Humane Society and his true value to assist others was recently recognized with an appreciation award for his volunteer work with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP). Jared has assisted many clients, who did not have the financial resources for an attorney, on a pro bono basis with DVAP. This desire and understanding of assisting those in need, as well as, his legal and financial knowledge have made Jared a great asset for a charitable life.

Patti Tauber

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
REALTOR®, GRI, SRES,
Carol Dochen Realtors, Inc.

Patti serves as the Vice-President/President Elect on the Board of Directors. As a longtime resident of the Austin area, her personal knowledge and experience is a great advantage for her clients. She specializes in working with clients in the North Austin communities and helping adults 50+ in downsizing to new homes. Patti has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan along with a certificate in Gerontology. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Patti practiced Geriatric Social Work for 10 years in Michigan. Patti has always given back to the community and is an involved member of the Temple Beth Shalom, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce, and is a Board member at AGE of Central Texas. Patti lives in Austin with her husband Kevin and together they have four grown children living in destinations across the U.S. (Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida). At home, they enjoy living with their two dogs, Henry and Austin, and their wonderful cat, Q-Ball.

Michael Rick

BOARD SECRETARY / TREASURER
Retired Health Care Executive

Bio coming soon.

Darby Armont

BOARD MEMBER
MBA, CFA, CFP®
Vice President, Richard P. Slaughter Associates

Darby currently serves as President of the board for AGE. She is a Vice President at Richard P. Slaughter Associates, an Austin-based wealth management firm. Darby’s education, certifications and awards include Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas, English and Plan II Honors; MBA, The University of Texas; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional; Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder; and 5 Star Wealth Manager by Texas Monthly. In addition to leading a team that has been one of Austin’s Best Places to Work (Austin Business Journal) for thirteen consecutive years, Darby is very active in the Austin community. Besides her work with AGE, Darby also serves in various leadership positions in the Executive Women’s Forum, a group enabling professional women to accelerate each other’s success in business and life. In her spare time, Darby enjoys running and traveling internationally. She is excited to participate in the upcoming Budapest Half Marathon, the largest half marathon in Central Europe.

Patti Tauber

BOARD MEMBER
President
Chalk & Associates, LLC

Mary Beth Chalk has 25 years of broad healthcare expertise in conceiving, validating, and commercializing transactions pertaining to innovation in digital health, biopharma, behavioral health, disease management, wellness, and pharmacy benefit management. Prior to her business development role at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, she was a co-founder of a venture backed chronic disease self-management and digital coaching solution based on technologies developed at the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare in Boston. Mary Beth also worked for Pfizer in business development and as a chief operating officer of a behavioral wellness company where she designed and implemented an algorithm platform and therapist interface to predict individual responses to psychotherapy treatment. Her career in healthcare began as a consultant to health systems addressing quality improvement and JCAHO preparedness. And for fun, she also sings in the choir at University Presbyterian Church.

Sonya Goodman

BOARD MEMBER
Chief Operating Officer
Lower Colorado River Authority

Bio coming soon.

Kathy Gray

BOARD MEMBER
Community Volunteer

Kathy Gray was a member of the philanthropists’ women’s group looking for a cause and way to make the best impact. AGE of Central Texas had applied for an Impact Austin grant for its Health Equipment Lending Program (H.E.L.P.), and as a member of the selection committee, Kathy came for a tour of the day center. She knew immediately that this was the place for her. After speaking with our members and telling her personal story about her mother’s struggle through aging, she and everyone in the room left crying. Her impact tour left her inspired and ready to dig into the cause, so she came to AGE as a volunteer. Now 5 years later, Kathy has been a driving force for the successful growth AGE has experienced. She and Ted, her husband, have hosted friend-raisers and inspired others to volunteer – in addition to chairing the annual AGE Awards event, connecting the organization to new grant partners, and always gives memorial gifts in addition to their large, yearly donation. When Kathy is not serving senior adults and their families, she spends time with her beautiful family, traveling with Ted to exotic places, and finding ways to do good everywhere.

Brianna McKinney

BOARD MEMBER
President
Bloom Communications

A thought leader and innovator in marketing, public relations, sales and brand management, Brianna founded Bloom Communications in 2012 to bridge the gap between the marketing, market research, and public relations disciplines and serve the global community. Her mission is to combine her successful integrated communications background with more than 25 years of nonprofit volunteerism and leadership experience, igniting passion with purpose. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for AGE of Central Texas, Brianna invests her professional volunteer time on two marketing task forces – one for the National Psoriasis Foundation and another for Hand to Hold. She is an active member of Ballet Austin Guild. Brianna went to school to learn how to change the world. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, magna cum laude.

Julia Menegay​

BOARD MEMBER
Business Coordinator
Texas Nurses Association

Julia’s career in human resources allows her to help businesses succeed by providing employees the opportunity to do what they do best. Julia began her HR career with a telecommunications company, and quickly realized HR was where she wanted to be. As an HR Consultant for 13 years, she worked with small businesses in Austin advising them on all aspects of HR. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Texas Nurses Association, where she oversees Operations and HR, ensuring employees have the support and resources they need to be successful. Julia grew up in Austin and graduated from St. Edward’s University with her BBA, summa cum laude. She holds senior HR certifications and has been active with the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA). Before serving on the Board of Directors of AGE of Central Texas, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Communities in Schools.

John Miller

BOARD MEMBER
Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending
Southside Bank

John is a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and Management. He has been active in the banking industry for more than 32 years. Both he and his wife are graduates of the University of Texas; he married his wife, Lynn in 1988, and moved to Lakeway in 1989. Before joining Southside Bank, he was Senior District Manager for Wells Fargo, Austin for 15 years. Prior to Wells Fargo, he managed offices in San Antonio and Austin for Bank One. At the Lake Travis United Methodist Church, he has served on many committees, including past treasurer and president of United Methodist Men, Permanent Endowment Committee Chair, Staff Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Lay Committee, and lastly, serving on the Finance Committee. He has also served on many non-profit boards throughout the Austin area, including the American Lung Association, The Round Rock Education Foundation, The Austin Project, Mainspring Schools, and the Lake Travis Education Foundation. In addition, he has volunteered time with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. John has one son, Maclin, who attends Schreiner University. He also has 2 Great Danes, Bella & Baxter. His wife trains them as service dogs and they visit Assisted Living, Memory, and Skilled Nursing Facilities, where residents find it easy to pet dogs that are near 4’ tall.

Liz Neilsen

BOARD MEMBER
Founder
Nielsen Law PLLC

Attorney Liz Nielsen of Nielsen Law PLLC has guided hundreds of families through the estate planning process, serving as their trusted advisor to bring peace of mind to their lives. As a wife, mother, and business owner, she understands how overwhelming an estate plan can feel. As an attorney, she knows just how important it is to have that plan in place. Liz is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She practices exclusively in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, and estate administration. Liz received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Psychology and Religion with a concentration in Human Rights from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law. Liz is very engaged with the legal community as well as the larger Austin community. In addition to serving on the board of AGE of Central Texas, she is on the board of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association and serves as the Publicity Co-Chair. She is an active member of Impact Austin, one of the largest women’s philanthropy groups in the nation, serving on grant review committees for the past three years. When she is not working or volunteering, Liz and her family enjoy going on walks around their Northwest Austin neighborhood, traveling around the world, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports, including the Texas Longhorns, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Chicago Cubs.

Dan Rourke

Co-Chair - Thrive Comprehensive Major Gift Campaign
Vice President of Customer Support
Spredfast

Dan Rourke has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the software industry. His operational and startup successes leading teams in customer support, software development, and services development and delivery have earned him a reputation for being a results-oriented executive. Dan recently took a new position with Spredfast as the Vice President of Customer Support leaving his previous position as Senior Director of Customer Experience for HomeAway. As a long-standing contributor back to his community, Dan has served as a Board Member and Board President of Seedling Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Austin in 2016. Mr. Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in Mathematics. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife. He has two daughters, Devin Rourke, an Assistant District Attorney for Travis County and Danielle Ogg, a Pediatric ICU Nurse in Nashville. In his spare time, he is an avid runner on Town Lake trails and just completed his 14th Half Marathon.

Linda Shanblum

BOARD MEMBER
Referral Relations and Community Relations Specialist, Austin Regional Clinic

Lina has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. 10 years of her experience was as a Community Educator and Area Director in the hospice industry, where she worked with a number of families and healthcare providers educating and advocating for an increased awareness and better understanding of issues that emerge during end of life care. With a passion and commitment for patient advocacy and consumer health education, Lina has been committed to ensuring accountability, excellence in care, and patient choice are honored. As a consultant with MIR Senior Care, Lina believes that preplanning and her knowledge of cost, quality, and availability of resources in a complex healthcare system can help her clients and families to maintain control of their choices and achieve a better peace of mind.

Lina Supnet-Zapata, MBA

BOARD MEMBER
Executive Director/Managing Partner
MIR Care Consultants, Inc.

Lina has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. 10 years of her experience was as a Community Educator and Area Director in the hospice industry, where she worked with a number of families and healthcare providers educating and advocating for an increased awareness and better understanding of issues that emerge during end of life care. With a passion and commitment for patient advocacy and consumer health education, Lina has been committed to ensuring accountability, excellence in care, and patient choice are honored. As a consultant with MIR Senior Care, Lina believes that preplanning and her knowledge of cost, quality, and availability of resources in a complex healthcare system can help her clients and families to maintain control of their choices and achieve a better peace of mind.

Ronnie Taylor

BOARD MEMBER
Owner
Homewell Senior Care of North/West Austin

Bio coming soon.

David Thomsen

BOARD MEMBER
President and CEO
Third Gate Consulting

Bio coming soon.

Catherine Vergara

BOARD MEMBER
President
CareFor

Catherine Vergara has been a career nurse for 12 years. She has been with CareFor for 5 years, where she recently accepted a position as President. Before that, she worked with the Dell Children’s Pediatric Oncology team. She learned about AGE of Central Texas through Nurses Case Management as a resource to meet the needs of low-income clients that Nurses Case Management couldn’t serve, which is very important to Catherine. She moved to Austin from St. Louis in 2006, and she holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Texas A&M, and a Masters in Nursing from St. Louis University. She also acts as a Certified Guardian for the State of Texas, and provides private case management as well as Medical Power of Attorney services.

Rick Ybarra​

BOARD MEMBER
Director of Planned Giving
St. Edwards University

Rick Ybarra is a Director of Planned Giving at St. Edward's University. Previously, Rick has served as a Trust Officer at 3 different banks. He holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. Rick has been a member of the AGE board of directors since the summer of 2015.