Chuck Collins

I grew up in a part of Denver that is almost identical to Southeast Georgetown.  That is why I moved here in 2001 and have no intention of leaving.  Before coming here, I served in the United States Air Force for 10 years and then went back to school to earn my degree in Management, Information Systems from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.

I have worked for various corporations including British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and General Motors.  With my wife Irma, I’ve raised five kids in this community; Justin, Miguel, Iesha, Izabel, and Saby.  I am a huge believer in neighbors coming together to help each other and build a community all can be proud of.

Elaine Sebald

An ardent advocate for community empowerment and self-reliance, Elaine has more than 40 years of professional experience in research, communications, and project management. In addition, she has over 30 years of experience in community work, with a special interest in cultivating equitable local food systems. She began her career in community work coordinating volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent 13 years managing the downtown farmers’ market in Bloomington, Illinois, one of the first markets in the state to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments. Based on lessons learned from the farmers’ market, she spearheaded a successful effort to establish Green Top Grocery, a community-owned cooperative grocery store in Bloomington, where she also served on the founding board. Originally from San Antonio, Elaine moved back to Texas in 2014, settling in Georgetown. She and her husband Mike worked with Southeast Georgetown Community Council (SEGCC)–now GTX Connect–to establish an immigration legal services office to serve low-income families. This program received accreditation from the U. S. Department of Justice and began serving clients at the end of March 2021.

Kenneth F. Hoke-Witherspoon

S., Vassar College, Psychology, minor English, Drama

MFA, Catholic University, Playwriting, Theatre History

Horace Morse Award for Excellence in Study of History

International Foundation for Theatre Research Fellow

Alden B Dow Creativity Fellow

A grants specialist with over 25 years of experience in non-profit and educational organizations, Kenneth also has experience as a project manager and information specialist. He is co-founder of the McKinney Roughs Grantswriting group and has written successful grants to Texas Education Agency, U. S. Department of Education, Housing & Urban Development and National Science Foundation, as well as to private foundations such as the Meadows, Mott, Topfer and Wallace. 

Rebecca Mireles

Rebecca Mireles has been employed at the Boys and Girls Club for a total of 7 years and is their Teen Director. She is also employed as a Bail agent for Williamson County with Off the Hook Bail Bonds for a total of 11 years. In the past, she’s worked for the Williamson Burnet County Head Start in Georgetown and Round Rock for 7 years and was Parent President for 2 years.

For 6 years, Rebecca has also been on the Project Graduation, a program offered by many high schools. She attended Austin Community College and Central Texas College in Killeen. 

Rebecca has three wonderful children: Dominic, Aelissa and Sadye.

Lisa Nava

My name is Lisa Nava. I was born and raised in Georgetown, Texas. I graduated from Georgetown High School. I received my Associates Degree in Speech from Austin Community College. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Public Relations at Concordia University-Texas.

I am the principal’s secretary for Richarte High School in Georgetown, Texas. My husband Ben and I have four children and three grandchildren. I am the community advisor for the Native American Student Organization at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. My family and I participate in Native American powwows and we do performances and speaking engagements regarding the Native American culture.