New Advisory Council Members for 2012-2015


New advisory council members 2012-2015

Allison Ayers is director and owner of Sicardi Gallery in Houston. Allison earned a BA in English and a minor in art history from UT in 1991. She is a board member of the Glassell School of Art’s Core Program, an artist-residency program, and the Aurora Picture Show. In 2006, she founded FotoFun, an event that raises funds for FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography Program.

A Texas Ex, David Bricker owns a State Farm insurance agency in the Houston Medical Center district. Already involved with the College of Fine Arts, David’s daughter, Maddie, is a dance student in the Department of Theatre & Dance. David and his wife, Michelle, currently support the Houston Ballet, Theatre Under The Stars and the Museum of Fine Arts.

A retired business executive with degrees from Harvard and Stanford, Francesca Brockett is the daughter of renowned theatre historian Oscar Brockett and currently serves on the Department of Theatre and Dance Director’s Council. Francesca and her husband, Jim Pedicano, are major donors to the Brockett Theatre and recently endowed the “Oscar and Lenyth Brockett Professorship in Theatre History.” Francesca and Jim are regular subscribers to the performing arts at UT and in Austin.

A’Keiba Burrell graduated from UT in 2010 with degrees in music and radio-television-film. A’Keiba has sung in the Austin Lyric Opera chorus, and she is a regular attendee at Austin dance performances. In 2009, she directed, edited and produced a documentary about Esquina Tango, an East Austin non-profit organization. A’Keiba recently moved back to Austin after working in the arts in California, and she looks forward to rebuilding her ties with the Austin arts community.

Elena Goyanes is a retired attorney dedicated to art and art history, as well as a new resident of Austin. She is a Contributing Member to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a Friend of the Petrie Museum at University College in London, a Contributor to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a Benefactor and Patron of the Catskill Arts Society.

A retired banker living in Houston, David Graham is a board member and treasurer for the Lawndale Art Center and a financial supporter of the Art League of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Watercolor Art Society and Diverse Works. David earned his BS in architecture and MBA in finance from UT.

Visual artist Brooke Mackenzie has worked as a curator, consultant and arts educator. Brooke and her family recently moved to Austin, and she plans to open a teaching studio for children and adults. She was invited to exhibit in Art Post at the 2010 East Austin Studio Tour and the Wildflower Center’s 2011 silent auction, where her piece was sold to one of LBJ’s granddaughters. Brooke earned her BFA in visual arts from UT in 1997 and her MFA from the Edinburgh College of Art.

A Texas Ex living in Dallas, Sharon McCullough is currently a board member of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts Board, Texas Cultural Trust and Baylor Health Care Systems Foundation Board. Sharon has served as president and chairman of numerous organizations, including the Women’s Committee of the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Opera Women’s Committee Luncheon and Fashion Show and the Dallas Garden Club. Sharon graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in fashion design and a minor in interior design. Her husband, Mike, was chosen as the UT School of Law’s outstanding alumnus in 2008, and three of their four children are UT alumni.

Forth Worth resident Katherine “Erin” Miller earned her BS in advertising from UT in 1983. She studied art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. After graduating from UT, Erin worked as assistant art director at Alamo Ad Center. She then started the business “Hand Painted by Erin” and sold hand-painted gifts at Neiman Marcus and various boutiques. While living in Washington, D.C., Erin worked as a freelance illustrator and painted murals for the renovated Union Station. Erin was selected as the Fort Worth Historic Preservation Artist in 2009 and 2010 and as the Forth Worth Symphony “Painted Violins” Artist in 2010.

Retired physician James Pedicano currently serves on the UT Department of Theatre and Dance Directors’ Council. James and his wife Francesca Brockett are major donors to the department and the Brockett Theatre. Residents of Austin, James and Francesca support the performing arts at UT and in Austin.

Houston resident Angela Poujol and her husband Michael are philanthropists and active members of the Houston community. Angela has been an actress and set designer at the Children’s Theatre for ten years. She has served as chairman, executive board member and docent with Art a la Carte, an innovative program that introduces kindergarten through eighth-grade students to art history. Two of Angela’s children are current UT students. In her free time, Angela enjoys tennis, reading, traveling and cheering on the Longhorns.

El Paso resident Tania Schwartz is vice president of community development at the Mesa Group, an investment firm with holdings in real estate, land development and banking. Formerly a teacher in the El Paso Independent School District, Tania is currently an educational leadership and foundations doctoral candidate at UT-El Paso. Tania currently serves on the Executive Committee of Texas Women for the Arts, the Board of Directors at the Tom Lea Institute, is a founding member of Kids Excel El Paso: Teaching Excellence Through the Arts and is a former chair of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Lester Senter Wilson is a Mezzo Soprano who has appeared with leading opera companies, festivals and symphonies across the world, including Spoleto and Glimmerglass. During the 2003–2004 season, Lester produced and starred in Robinson & Friends, celebrating Mississippi artist Walter Anderson, which was presented at the Smithsonian and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She has been executive director of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, since 1983. Lester currently resides in Jackson, Mississipi. She earned her DMA in Piano and Voice from UT in 1982.