|Sylvia Acevedo is the founder and CEO of Communicard LLC, a company that builds capacity for education and healthcare by developing community programs such as The Learning Fairs (Feria Para Aprender), the largest Spanish language educational event in the U.S. Sylvia serves numerous organizations including The Austin Community Foundation, E3 Alliance, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, and the United Way Capital Area. In 2011 she was appointed by the White House to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Sylvia holds a B.A. in Engineering from New Mexico State University and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.|
|John A. Adkins practices law in the Houston office of Strasburger & Price, LLP, a regional law firm based in Texas. He specializes in real estate, banking, and general business transactions. John is active in the Texas Exes, having served as President of the alumni association in 2005-2006. The Houston Texas Exes honored John in 2011 with a named 40 Acres Scholarship, a four year merit award for an incoming freshman. He received the UT Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award in 1985. John is a member of the Houston Bar Association and has served on the Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession committee. John holds a B.A. in Plan II-Government from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the UT School of Law.|
|Byron G. Anderson is a Trading Risk Manager in Houston, TX. He specializes in the areas of energy trading, financial reporting, and risk compliance & controls. He previously worked as a Risk Control Manager for RRI Energy, Inc., a wholesale electricity provider. Byron is active in the Texas Exes Houston chapter and served on the Texas Exes Advisory Council. He also has chaired the Texas Exes Black Alumni Steering Committee. Byron holds a B.A. in Government with a minor in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston.|
|Gordon Appleman is senior counsel for Thompson & Knight LLP in Fort Worth. He focuses his practice on all aspects of taxation. Gordon is active on numerous university advisory councils including the College of Liberal Arts and the Harry Ransom Center. He is a former President of the Ex-Student’s Association and the Board of Directors of The University of Texas Foundation, Inc. He is Secretary and Treasurer of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. He received a prestigious Ex-Students’ Association Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. Gordon holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, and a LL.B. from Harvard Law School.|
|Stephen C. Beasley is a highly successful corporate executive and industry leader with over 30 years of diverse management experience in the energy and chemical industries. He is the founder and CEO of Eaton Group Inc., an executive solutions and strategic investment firm. He most recently served as President of El Paso Corporation’s Eastern Pipeline Group. Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors for BPZ Resources, Inc., an international exploration and production company, and is Chairman for Briarwood-Brookwood, Inc. His university service includes Foundation and Development board memberships in the College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council. Stephen earned a B.A. in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin.|
|Hector De Leon (Chair) is the founding and managing partner of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. in Austin, TX. Hector’s main areas of practice are ERISA, insurance, health law and general civil litigation. Formerly, Hector was General Counsel of the Texas State Insurance Board and Legal Counsel to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy from 1978 to 1987. He also has taught at UT School of Law as an Adjunct Professor since 1990. He is Board Certified in the area of Administrative Law. He was President of the Ex-Students’ Association from 2004 to 2005 and received the 2007 University of Texas Presidential Citation. Hector is a lifetime Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and past President of the UT Law Alumni Association. Hector holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the UT School of Law.|
|Carolyn Goldston is a native and lifelong Texan, attending both SMU and The University of Texas. She has lived in Austin three times, most recently since 1963. Since the death of her husband of 42 years, attorney Donald Goldston, her two great loves are the City of Austin and The University of Texas. This is not to mention a large family, both biological and conscripted. Her community and UT service includes: 10 years as a UT art museum docent, chair of the joint board of the University YMCA and YWCA, Travis Central Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board, President of the Friends of the Austin Public Library, Travis County Housing Commission, and Austin Library Commission. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors of McDonald Observatory, and is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Area Urban League (AAUL). She is a lifetime member of the AAUL, and was chosen 2011 board member of the year. Also in 2011, she was cited by the Texas House and Texas Senate as "a longtime advocate for civil rights and racial justice.|
|Tamla Groce is a licensed minister pursuing her Masters of Divinity from Southern Methodist University/Perkins School of Theology. She is a member of the clergy team at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and works with the women’s and college age ministries. Tamla has 18 years of executive leadership experience in the financial, investment and insurance industries at such companies as Smith, Graham & Company, AIM Investments, The Guardian and State Farm Insurance. Tamla is very active in the community and assists in the volunteer and fundraising efforts of several organizations including The Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc. and Her Call Ministries. Tamla received her B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin.|
|Jodie L. Jiles is director of business development for Transwestern’s Houston headquarters. He has built a successful 26 year career in investment banking with various Wall Street, regional and minority firms. Jodie’s passionate about improving public education and has accepted numerous education appointments during the George W. Bush and Rick Perry governorships, as well as greatly contributing to the Houston community. He has held leadership roles on the Greater Houston Partnership, The 100 Club, the Governor’s Business Council, and served on the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board. His university involvement includes the Commission of 125 and the Development Board. The Ex-Students’ Association awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. Jodie holds a B.B.A from Texas Southern University and a M.P.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.|
|Dr. Sharon H. Justice began her employment at The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 when she was hired to be the director of the New Student Orientation program, an area within the Office of the Dean of Students. In 1982 she was named Associate Dean of Students and then in October 1985 she was named Dean of Students, the first female to hold that position at the university. She was named Associate Vice President for Student Affairs in 1996. Although Sharon retired in 2001 from her administrative role, she has remained active in campus life by teaching graduate students in the Department of Educational Administration’s Higher Education program and serving on multiple committees. Sharon received the Arno Nowotny Medal in 2008, the university’s highest honor to retired student affairs staff. Sharon holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.|
|Dr. Marcus Martin is the founder and CEO of 2M Research Services, LLC. With offices in Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, 2M Research Services, LLC is a minority-owned contract research organization that provides governmental organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, healthcare organizations, non-profit organizations, and individual investigators with a full-range of first-class clinical and public health research, program evaluation, and statistical consulting services. He is a former full-time faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Martin received a PhD degree from Howard University, an MPH degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and an MA degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.|
|Howard D. Nirken is an Attorney and Partner with DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP, a law firm in Austin, TX. He concentrates his practice in corporation and securities law for clients throughout Texas. Howard served as Student Body President from 1992 to 1993. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Howard is a member of the Friar Society, a College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Distinguished Graduate, and Presidential Leadership Award recipient. Howard remains active as a member of the RecSports Leadership Team, the Women's Athletics Hall of Honor Committee and the NCAA Equity Subcommittee. As a former President of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, Howard was instrumental in establishing the Bevo Center, located on the East side of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and the Bevo Endowment, with proceeds going to support the University’s Neighborhood Longhorns program and for the care and maintenance of Bevo. Howard holds a B.A. and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.|
|Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He is the founding President of the Texas Congregations United for Empowerment, Inc. and a former chief litigator for the State Bar of Texas. Joseph is also the first African American president of the Travis County Bar Association in 1996-1997. He left the legal field to pursue his ministry, and in 2011 celebrated his 19th year as Pastor. Currently, Joseph serves on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Baptist Standard newsmagazine board. Joseph holds a B.A. from Morehouse College, a M.PA. from the University of Georgia in Athens, and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. He also received a M.Div. from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and a D.Min. in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.|
|Robert E. Shook III is Chief Strategist for Industry Solutions in IBM Software Group. Since 1993, Rob has been actively involved in a corporation-wide diversity task force, addressing issues important to IBM's LGBT employees. Rob joined IBM in 1987 and has worked in various sales, marketing, diversity, and executive roles, living in the US, Europe, and Australia. He leads strategic planning workshops at colleges and universities around the country, speaks to campus audiences on the importance of managing credit histories, credit scores, and securing one's on-line presence, and recently raised his eighth puppy for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Rob holds a B.A. from Wabash College, and pursued graduate work at Miami University of Ohio (where he serves on the 1809 Alumni Board) and The University of Texas at Austin.
|Darrell Windham is the Co-Managing Shareholder for the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, an international law firm, and Chair of its Texas Corporate & Securities Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience assisting clients with business, corporate finance and securities matters. Darrell is a leader in the Texas community, particularly with The University of Texas at Austin, having served as President of the Ex-Student’s Association, and on its Commission of 125, the Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council of The University of Texas System, and as a member of the Men’s Athletic Council. He also serves on the boards of the Texas TriCities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Austin Chamber of Commerce – Economic Development Corporation, The Austin Museum of Art, the Nature Conservancy's Central Texas Chapter, and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Darrell holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from the UT School of Law|
In Memoriam – Dr. James Larance Hill
|Dr. James L. Hill, senior vice president of The University of Texas at Austin and life-long educator, passed away on September 2, 2012, at the age of 84. He served on the DDCE Advisory Council since its inception in 2008.
Dr. Hill became the university’s first African American vice president and served under four University of Texas presidents. Dr. Hill’s association with the university began in 1959 when he became a graduate student in the College of Education. He helped the university make significant progress in the recruitment of students from underrepresented communities and build strong relationships with the East Austin community. President Robert Berdahl appointed him to the position of associate vice president for administration and public affairs in 1993. He went on to become vice president for community relations in 2000, and from 2007 until his death he served as a special assistant to President Bill Powers. Dr. Hill received his B.A. in Education from Huston-Tillotson College (University), and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.