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Leadership

Janet Allen

Janet Allen

Chair of the Board

Janet Searcy Allen grew up understanding the importance of both public and private transportation. She is a native Austinite, whose father was both a school bus and an auto/truck dealer. From her father’s customers, Allen learned how necessary transportation is for work, to obtain medical attention, and to reach education and government centers. Allen has over twenty years experience administrating programs for vulnerable populations. She was founder of an inpatient and outpatient transitional treatment program for drug offenders, a group home administrator for people with disabilities, a missionary, helping start new churches, and an Executive Director of Drive a Senior. Today, Allen co-owns Dynamic Coaching, where she helps organizations solve employee problems and target an ethical culture. Allen received a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in the Management of Aging Services-Gerontology, a Management and Marketing degree from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager.

Andrew Levack

Andrew Levack

Vice-Chair

Andrew Levack is a Senior Program Officer for St. David’s Foundation. Andrew leads the Foundation’s work on the issues of Aging in Place and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Andrew has 25 years of public health experience as an educator, trainer, researcher, manager, philanthropic advisor and organizational leader. A native of Austin, Andrew began his career by addressing teenage pregnancy prevention for the Austin Health Department. Since then, Andrew’s career has led him to live and work in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. During his tenure at EngenderHealth, Andrew served in several leadership roles including Regional Programs Advisor for Asia, Director of the Global Men As Partners (MAP) Program, and Director of U.S. Programs. Before joining St. David’s Foundation, Andrew was Director of U.S. Programs for Promundo, and international non-profit organization that was founded in Brazil. Andrew holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington.

Kathleen Baireuther

Kathleen Baireuther

Board Member

As the Market Manager for Ford’s autonomous vehicle business in Austin, Kathleen guides local strategy, finances, operations, and business development. Kathleen and her team work across a wide range of stakeholders to design and execute business and operations pilots in preparation for a 2021 commercial service launch. Her goal is to work in partnership with the community to launch a safe, effective, and efficient mode of transportation that complements existing assets and improves overall mobility in the city. A central tenet of her work is championing public transit and active modes in an effort to reduce congestion and carbon emissions. An Austin resident since 2008, Kathleen has been actively involved in the innovation, clean energy, and transportation communities in a variety of roles. Before joining Ford, Kathleen held positions at the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Austin Technology Incubator, and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She earned her MA from the University of Cambridge and her BA from the University of Virginia.

John-Michael Vincent Cortez

John-Michael Vincent Cortez

Board Member

John-Michael Vincent Cortez currently serves as Special Assistant for Mayor Steve Adler. Mr. Cortez grew up working in his family’s restaurants in Austin, was previously employed as a consultant at an Austin-based business development firm, co-founded and ran a local, small business in the construction industry, served as Outreach Director for the Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett, and managed the Community Involvement Team for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Cortez also currently serves on the Advisory Councils for the Sustainable Food Center, Junior League of Austin, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. A life-long resident of Central Texas, John-Michael earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Science in Community and Regional Planning from UT’s School of Architecture.

Jen Duthie

Jen Duthie

Board Member

Jen Duthie is the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Engineer with the City of Austin Transportation Department. She oversees the City’s Transportation Management Center and many initiatives related to leveraging data to improve operations. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to working at the City of Austin, Jen led a research group at UT’s Center for Transportation Research that specialized in building predictive transportation models.

Ray Anne Evans

Ray Anne Evans

Board Member

Ray Anne Evans is a passionate advocate for women with breast cancer and puts her advocacy into action through her work with Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). She began her relationship with BCRC) as a client when was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. When she completed her treatment, she volunteered for the organization and joined the staff in 2004. She held the positions of Volunteer Services Coordinator and Director of Client Services before becoming the Executive Director in 2012. Ray Anne is a Certified Patient Navigator through the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, a Project LEAD Breast Cancer Science graduate and a member of One Voice - a coalition of health and human services leadership. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Texas Association of Non Profit Organizations. Ray Anne also serves on the Transportation Empowerment Fund board and the board of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas.

Adam Hauser

Adam Hauser

Board Member

Adam Hauser is President/CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX). He’s been a part of the MOWCTX family for more than 30 years, and is committed to the agency’s life-sustaining mission. Adam served on the MOWCTX Board and Executive Committee for several years and was Board Chair from 2006-2008 and served on the MOWCTX In-Home Care (formerly HAND) Board after its acquisition by MOWCTX. He’s also a longtime Meals on Wheels volunteer; in fact, he began delivering meals in1988 and still drives a route every Friday. Adam has extensive experience in leading a successful team. He served as the Office Managing Partner at the Austin office of Husch Blackwell LLP, a national legal firm. Prior to that, he was the Managing Partner of Brown McCarroll LLP, a local law firm. Adam served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2013 and was General Counsel for the organization in 2010-2011 and Vice-Chair of Membership in 2012. Adam currently serves on the Meals on Wheels Texas Board and the City of Austin’s Commission on Seniors. Adam was also a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class. Adam holds a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Stevie Greathouse

Stevie Greathouse

Board Member

Stevie Greathouse is a long range planning professional with over 20 years progressively-responsible experience managing complex land use and transportation planning projects and programs at the local and regional level. Stevie currently serves as an Acting Division Manager within the Comprehensive Planning Division of the City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department. Stevie holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Prior to joining Comprehensive Planning in 2012, Stevie managed the regional multi-modal transportation planning program at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and worked as a long range planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Stevie didn’t own her first car until she moved back to Texas in her mid-thirties, and dreams of transforming Austin into a region where opportunity for all is only a bus ride away.

Martin Kareithi

Martin Kareithi

Board Member

Martin Kareithi is the Program Manager- Systemwide Accessibility for Capital Metro where he oversees compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensures accessibility across all agency programs and services. He is the agency’s community engagement liaison to organizations serving the needs of persons with disabilities and older adults. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Leadership Austin. Martin serves on the City of Austin’s Commission on Seniors and on the Community Advisory Board for Austin PBS- KLRU.