Patricia Hayes (Chair) is the Principal/Owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC,. Ms. Hayes provides expertise and consulting services in public policy, executive leadership strategy, legislative affairs and governmental relations, with the knowledge and experience necessary to generate value for organizational needs. Previously she has served as Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations and Educational Policy at Texas State University System ; Associate Commissioner, Educator Quality and P-16 Initiatives at Texas Education Agency; and Governmental Relations Officer/ Legal Counsel at Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is an experienced leader in higher education with a deep commitment to student success. Her experience includes serving as interim President at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington; the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Vice President for Information Technology and Services and Chief Information Officer at Central State University; Dean of Information Technology at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington; and Manager of Consulting and Project Management Services at the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, Washington.
Roger Davis is an accountant for 3M and is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Black Accountants and a board member for the Black Professional Alliance. He is a graduate of Florida A & M University and is actively involved in the Greater Austin community.
Michael McLennan (Secretary) is President & CEO, KeepitDigital. The company has introduced to the world an exclusive new concept and line of products called the Keedjit™. Keep it Digital’s unique products and services are provided to various businesses, universities, school districts and individuals. Michael began with Applied Materials as an Engineering Technologist and served in varied positions and areas of management over his 18 year career with the company.
David Milton Porter, III graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Porter has a Master’s in Business from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
He is currently is the Executive Director of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation since 2003. He has worked as Director of Operations at The Boys and Girls Club of Austin. David also has career experience with the Austin Police Department, and the Travis County Advocates as the Project Manager for the First Time Offenders program.
David continues to volunteer with local youth organizations and at his church, Mount Zion Baptist Church. Mr. Porter also lends his talents to organizations such as The White House Conference on Faith-based Initiatives to the Texas Youth Priority Conference.
Hopeton Hay has over 25 years experience promoting the growth and development of small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Currently he is the Director of the Office of Historically Underutilized Business Development and Federal Small Business Programs for the University of Texas System which produces over $100 million a year in HUB expenditures. Prior to assuming the Director position, he managed a number of programs that provided technical assistance and training to minority and women-owned businesses including The University of Texas System HUB Technical Assistance Program, The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Center, and the NAACP Community Development Resource Center. He is also the host and producer of Economic Perspectives, a weekly radio show on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas.
TiWanna A. Kenney is a Store Manager at Wells Fargo’s East 11th Street location. TiWanna attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in finance, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. As a 9 year U.S. Army & Army Reserve veteran, she attended numerous leadership and skills based schools during her military service. She has worked in the financial industry for over 12 years and has a passion for increasing community awareness around financial literacy.