Board of Directors

Catherine Vergara

BOARD President

Catherine Vergara is a Registered Nurse, Certified Case Manager, and a Private Professional Guardian. She is currently the President of CareFor, a Care Management and Private Duty Home Care Firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. CareFor is also a Private Professional Guardianship Program serving as Guardian of the Person and Guardian of the Estate for individuals in Central Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University. Catherine has experience both in clinical bedside nursing and leadership development. Her passion is to meet the growing needs of the medically complex and aging through unique solutions that keep the patient first. Catherine also enjoys helping create sustainable and scalable work environments that support the employee while delivering exceptional services to the client. Catherine enjoys traveling, exploring the newest restaurant in town, and spending time outside. Catherine and her husband Martin have two children: Millie and Frances.

Julia Menegay

Chief Operating Officer
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

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.

Brianna McKinney

Founder & CEO
Bloom Communications

Brianna is the founder and president of Bloom Communications, a research-based, integrated communications agency helping mission-driven organizations grow and thrive since 2012. Her vision is to inspire and ignite people to action through powerful storytelling—creating healthier and more sustainable communities. Prior to Bloom, she was a partner at a PR firm and PR training institute, and earlier in her career, she designed and managed multi-million dollar marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands. 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. She is a speaker on the topics of public health and nonprofit communications, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.

Patti Tauber

Carol Dochen Realtors, Inc.

Patti serves as the President of 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.

Darby Armont

Vice President, Richard P. Slaughter Associates

Darby currently serves as Vice 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.

Mary Beth Chalk​

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.

Craig Couch

Co-Founder and Partner
Centric Commercial

Craig Couch is one of Centric Commercial’s co-founding partners and a recognized leader in the Austin commercial real estate industry. Craig specializes in tenant representation while focusing on office, industrial, and healthcare corporate real estate. His expertise includes property acquisitions and dispositions, and he brings 20 years of experience in structuring creative, aggressive, and timely corporate real estate solutions for his clients both locally and nationally. He has completed more than 415 transactions in the Greater Austin area and beyond valued in excess of $220 million. He has been recognized in the Austin Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate as a “Heavy Hitter” several years since the inception of the ABJ Heavy Hitter’s awards and as recent as 2019. Prior to Centric, Craig was with Aquila Commercial, a local brokerage firm where he was recognized as a top producer. Prior to joining Aquila, he was at with one of the largest, local brokerage and development firms, Endeavor Real Estate Group. Craig began his career at a local tenant representation firm, Don Cox Company. Craig is a graduate of Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing. Current affiliations include: Society of Industrial Office Realtors (SIOR), Commercial Brokers Association (CBA), Greater Austin Area Chapter of the Texas State Alumni Association, Texas Real Estate Commission – Licensed Broker, and Kappa Sigma Alumni.

Margaret DeVinney

Director of Education
Halcyon Home

Margaret is passionate about serving The Greatest Generation, and specializes in finding solution options for seniors and their families. She earned her Masters from Southern Methodist University in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She has worked privately for families as a Geriatric Case Manager in Dallas at Caring With Grace, in building operations as Director of Memory Care Programming at Belmont Village Westlake Hills, and in healthcare as Education Director at Halcyon Home in Austin. Margaret is certified to provide Continuing Education Units to clinicians on the subjects of Dementia, Hospice and Conflict Resolution. Through educational speaking opportunities, networking, personal and professional connections, Margaret has exponentially grown the bottom line of the teams she serves. Most recently, Margaret co-chaired the Capital Area Parkinson's Society Gala creating the most successful event to date by raising much-needed funds for those suffering with Parkinson's disease. Margaret and her husband Marc have three adult children: Josh, James, and Julia.

Jared A. Greathouse​

Partner & Attorney at Law
Amini & Conant LLP

Jared is an attorney practicing corporate law as a partner at Amini & Conant LLP. He came to AGE of Central Texas after watching the struggles of a family member with dementia, and the toll it took on all of the caregivers within the family. Jared brings experience with matters including governance, financing, board management, benefits, and employment. He frequently works with non-profit entities on structure and governance. An attorney since 2011, Mr. Greathouse always felt drawn to corporate law and prides himself on his ability to learn a client’s industry and help them identify and manage potential problems. While earning his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, he became fascinated with how individual or corporate actions affect society as a whole, and while pursuing his law degree at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, he gained a thorough understanding of how those same actions translate into legislation to become society’s governing principals. This led him to focus his legal career on helping his client’s businesses succeed by responsibly realizing their goals. While he wasn’t born in Austin, as the saying goes, he got here as fast as he could and now he, his wife and two sons are proud to call the ATX area home.

Ismael Martinez

News Director
KAKW Channel 62 Univision

Ismael Martínez has worked at Univision for 17 years and returned to KAKW Univision Austin as the station’s News Director in August 2016. Martínez rejoined the Univision Austin station from KWEX Univision San Antonio, where he was News and Operations Supervisor from 2014 to 2016, organizing day-to-day workflow and special projects for the news team, and coordinating coverage of major events. He previously spent 11 years at Univision Austin in various roles, including Assignment Director, Producer, Executive Producer, and News Director. Ismael graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s of Science in Radio-TV-Film and a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism in 2002.

Jason McBride

Senior Vice-President, Medicare Operations
Superior Health Plan

Jason has worked for more than 15 years in various areas of the healthcare sector with a focus on managed care operations. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Medicare Operations for Superior Health Plan. Jason has worked with healthcare provider partnerships, social determinants of health, coordination of services across Medicaid and Medicare for both health and social services, and also recently returned from the United Kingdom where he worked with the National Health Service (NHS) developing population health management programs. Moving to Indianapolis in 2006, Jason has worked with a variety of community organizations including Leadership Austin, Health Start Foundation, Children’s Optimal Health, Social Venture Partners of Mission Capital, Capital Area Workforce Solutions, Texas Humane Heroes, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife are founding Board Members and still active dog foster parent with Austin Dog Rescue along with their two “failed foster dogs”, Bert and Walter.

Liz Nielsen

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.

Lina Supnet-Zapata

Executive Director/Managing Partner
MIR Care Consultants, Inc.

Lina has more than 25 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. In 2013, she joined her mother-in-law to oversee operations for Mir Care Consultants, Inc. which has been serving clients since 2004. 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 not only serves on the board of AGE of Central Texas, but is also an active board member with the Aging Life Care Association. In the past, Lina has also served as a board member for the American Lung Association and the Capital Area Parkinson’s Society. When she is not working or volunteering, Lina spends time with her husband Orlando, three children, and their three dogs. Lina holds MBA, TxCG, and CMC titles.

Ronnie Taylor

Homewell Senior Care of North/West Austin

Bio coming soon.