Board of Directors

 

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Megan Lasch, Chair
Project Manager/Developer
Pinnacle Housing Group

Originally from Grove, Oklahoma, Megan has ten years of experience in the project management/consulting industry. Having received her Bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Megan began her career as an engineering consultant where she helped design a variety of public and private development projects. Currently, Megan works for Pinnacle Housing and serves as the development coordinator for all Texas projects, managing all aspects of the project life-cycle from site identification, TDHCA application process, managing third party consultants through the design process to project completion in all Pinnacle’s Texas communities. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Skillpoint Alliance, Megan is also a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin.

 

Laurie M. Rich, Chair-Elect
Deputy Director, Special Advisor
Office of the Governor

 

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Steven Garrett 

Attorney
Boulette Golden & Marin, LLP

Steven Garrett is an attorney at the firm Boulette Golden & Marin where he represents clients in the field of employment law. Steven holds a degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also serves as the current Vice President of the Austin Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and is an Associate member of the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court. He’s not a native of Austin, but he got here pretty darn quick. Steven’s excited about charting a new way to work in the 21st Century, and believes that Skillpoint’s model is the best way to help people succeed.

 

Dawn JonesDawn Jones
External Affairs Manager
Intel Corporation

Dawn began her career at Intel in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant. Since that time, Dawn has held several roles in the Corporate Affairs department which include Assistant Media Coordinator, Media Manager/Community Manager (AZ, CO, HD, UT, TX) and Southwest Region Media Manager. Dawn has had the unique opportunity to serve as the media liaison for Former Intel Chairman and CEO Craig Barrett, coordinated Intel Arizona’s largest manufacturing facility grand opening (Fab32) and served as the local media lead for the 2012 U.S. Presidential visit. Dawn recently relocated to Texas where she serves as the Intel Texas External Relations Manager. In her role, she is responsible for corporate reputation (including community engagement and volunteering), internal and external communications, K­ -12 STEM education and government relations. In 2014, as part of a 6-­week rotational assignment, Dawn traveled to South Africa where she established tools and processes and media direction to launch Intel ® She Will Connect which will connect 5M women to the internet over the next few years. Dawn has a B.A. in broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting at Arizona State University and a M.S. in Communications Management from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Dawn’s current board service includes: Skillpoint Alliance, Austin Partners in Education (APIE), Austin Technology Foundation, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and serves on the Chamber’s Education Council.

 

Matt Glazer (UFCU)Matt Glazer
Executive Director
Austin Young Chamber of Commerce

Matt Glazer is the Executive Director for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. Matt serves as the chief executor for the overall vision and direction of the AYC. Matt is a Texas native who has successfully launched two companies and a statewide non-profit in Texas. He is well known as a communication and public relations expert winning the Austin American Statesman’s social media award in 2009 and the Austin Chronicle’s “Best of…”award. In late 2010, Glazer became the inaugural Executive Director of Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute. He helped launch the organization and when he left, it had nearly 50,000 members within 90% of the counties of Texas and a staff of seven. In addition to launching companies and a non-profit, Glazer has worked for local and national groups including — the American Heart Association, Weird Homes Tour, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, KTBC Fox 7 Austin, and dozens of political candidates and causes across the country. Glazer joined the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, first as a member in 2012, and then as the Executive Director in 2014. Matt is responsible for the general growth and branding of the organization as well as the management of everyday operations. He oversees all AYC events, committees and staff. He is a runner, cinephile, and loves all things Muppet.

 

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Demand Generation Manager
Lifesize

Mitch Holt currently serves as the Demand Generation Manager at Lifesize, an innovative video conferencing company, and is on the Board of Directors for Skillpoint Alliance, a 501(c)3 that offers skills and career training for the unemployed, as well as a robust suite of educational programs for elementary, middle and high school­aged children across the state. He spends his time competing with one of his sports teams (soccer and softball), visiting local breweries, and volunteering with the Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue and the FreeStore of Austin.

 

Shivani KathuriaShivani Kathuria
Business and Technical Leadership
IBM

Shivani Kathuria brings more than 25 years of experience in management, consulting and development to Skillpoint Alliance’s Board of Directors. She currently works at IBM as a Business and Technical Leadership partner, where she is responsible for more than 200 key executive positions worldwide. Prior to joining IBM, Kathuria led the Human Resources department at Webify, and ran her own HR consulting practice in Austin where she led workshops on cultural intelligence and diversity for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. She holds two Master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Human Resource Management.

 

Brian Haulotte 7658_SBrian Haulotte
Vice President
JE Dunn Construction

Brian was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and relocated with his family in 1983 to Austin, attending middle and high school. He is a third generation general contractor, beginning his construction career by working as a laborer and carpenter during his high school and college breaks. After graduating with a B.S. in Construction Science from Texas A&M University, Brian began his professional career in Dallas working as an Estimator and then progressing as a Field Engineer, Project Manager, and Preconstruction Manager. He is an employee owner of JE Dunn Construction and leads the Austin Preconstruction and Estimating team. Brian is actively involved as an Elder of Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin and enjoys volunteering his time as an 8th Grade Math Classroom Coach each week at Martin Middle School. His wife Shannon is the Assistant Principal of the Primary School at Meridian School in Round Rock. Brian and Shannon have three children and live in Cedar Park.

 

Chris-Nieto-HeadshotChris Nieto
President
Qobe Group

Skillpoint is pleased to announce another recent appointee to its Board of Directors – Chris Nieto. He is currently president of Qobe Group, a company he formed to advance human capital within organizations, companies, and communities.

Aside from Qobe, Chris is active in his community by serving on numerous community Advisory Councils, including the ACC Hays Campus Advisory Board and Destination Imagination Capital Region. He also a National Board Member for the Arthritis Foundation and the Board Chair for the Arthritis Foundation South Central Regional, the Chair of the JA Task Team for the Arthritis Foundation, and continues to volunteer with the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). Outside of work, you can find Chris with his wife and two daughters running around Town Lake or playing soccer at Zilker Park.

 

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Finance Controller, Commercial Business Organization
Dell, Inc

Derrick is a CPA with over 20 years of work experience in the finance field. He is currently working for Dell, Inc. as a finance controller in their Commercial Business Organization (CBO). Prior to Dell, he was in public accounting with Price Waterhouse. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a Master in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also holds the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and Texas Society of CPA’s. Derrick is also involved in academia. He has been teaching finance courses at Concordia University since 2013. He also enjoys supporting our community and has been involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for many years. Other causes he supports include culture and children with special needs. During his free time, Derrick spends his time running at Town Lake, enjoying the many festivals available in Austin, and traveling around the world.

LawrenceLawrence Lyman
Director, Research and Planning
Travis Country HHS/ Veterans Services

Lawrence Lyman has over 15 years experience in public service, primarily in local government with Travis County and the City of Austin. He currently serves as the Director of Research and Planning, overseeing planning staff, and managing workforce development and education for the Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Department. Prior to this assignment, his work has encompassed a wide range of human services issues including early childhood, youth development, basic needs, and public safety. Work in these areas has encompassed all phases of intermediary work: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and a Master of Public Affairs from  the L.B.J. School at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

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Brent Schneeman
Director of Engineering and Data Science
HomeAway, Inc.

Brent Schneeman joined HomeAway in 2010 and focuses on strengthening the data science muscle  in the Technology Office. As Director of Data Science, he serves as an  internal consultant on a diverse set of analytic projects such as multi­variate testing, customer website behavior and applying natural language processing techniques to unstructured data. Very much a storyteller, Brent has presented at South By Southwest and has given many technological talks. Prior to joining HomeAway, Brent worked at PayPal, Visa, and other small­ and large ­companies. He has one degree in Mathematics and another in Electrical Engineering. Brent lives in Austin Texas with his wife and three kids and spends most of his free time mowing the lawn.

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Senior Vice President and CTO
As Silicon Labs’ Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Alessandro Piovaccari is responsible for the company’s product and technology research and development. Alessandro joined Silicon Labs in 2003 to design the company’s single-chip FM radio products, which have surpassed 1.2 billion device shipments. He co-architected Silicon Labs’ single-chip TV tuner IC, used by nine of the world’s top ten TV makers, with more than 50 percent market share. Previously, Alessandro worked as a research scientist at Tanner Research, joining the company in 1997 to develop CMOS image sensors. From 1998 to 2003, he was a member of the design services team at Cadence Design Systems, focusing on CMOS RFICs and high-speed SerDes IP development. Alessandro holds 38 patents (32 currently issued) and is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Full Member of AES. Alessandro received Laurea and PhD degrees in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Bologna in Italy and a Post-Master’s Certificate with Honors in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.