Board of Directors
- Board President: Kevin Enders, Dell Technologies
- Board Secretary/Treasurer: John Sirman, Texas State Bar
- Board Director: Debra Dibble-Boone, Director, HUB Program Department, Austin Independent School District
- Board Director: Wendolyn Washington, Director, Diversity & Inclusion PSG, Intel
- Board Director: Sharon Strover, University of Texas at Austin, Professor in Communications
- Board Director : Bernard Venson, Dell Technolgies,PG Client Sustaining Product Manager
- Wilhelmina Delco, Texas House of Representatives (Ret.)
Executive Director: Juanita Budd, Austin Free-Net
Juanita Budd is executive director of Austin Free-Net (AFN), a nonprofit technology pioneer that provides innovative free broadband access and training for Austin residents. Prior to joining AFN, Ms. Budd was the chief operations officer and vice president of Program Pathways for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. There she implemented the strategic vision and leadership for the direct delivery of services and programs to girls and adult volunteers through the management of the membership, program, outreach, and volunteer services operating units. In this role, Ms. Budd managed more than 85 staff members in five locations across 46 Texas counties.
Ms. Budd has a bachelor of arts in political science from Bucknell University, a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin, certification from the Texas Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program, and is a certified mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center. She is currently working on her master of business administration.
Ms. Budd brings more than 18 years of nonprofit experience to her role as executive director of AFN. She has worked in a variety of roles, including volunteer, board member, staff, and officer duties. In addition to her work with Austin Free-Net, Ms. Budd serves as a consultant for the Texas Association for Nonprofit Organizations (TANO) and provides training on human resources issues and standard operating procedures. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Austin School for Performing and Visual Arts (ASPVA), MaD Miracles Advisory Board, and the National American University’s Campus Advisory Council.
Kevin Enders is a talented Business Strategist and Leader with extensive global experience developing and executing product marketing plans that deliver superlative software and hardware customer solutions, outperform the competition, and generate expanded market share and revenues. Kevin received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization from The McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin.
A patent holder with a graduate degree in Technology Commercialization, expertise spans both business and technical acumen. He is adept at creating compelling product marketing strategies, business cases and C-level presentations and taking a lead role in business development and account management. Kevin has a natural talent in building high performing teams and instilling accountability for stellar results.
John Sirman, Texas State Bar is deputy director and legal counsel for the State Bar of Texas and technology editor of the Texas Bar Journal. He is ex-officio legal counsel for the 2012-2013 year Texas State Bar Board of Directors. In addition, John was awarded the 2011 Anne Charles Award for Distinguished Service to a member of the NABE Communications Section who exemplifies long term excellence in mentoring, advising, and supporting the section and its members. The Texas State Bar serves the public by educating the public on the American system of justice and the role of judges and lawyers in the system; and by providing continuing legal education and other services that promote ethical, efficient, and quality legal services within the profession.
Board Director: Debra Dibble-Boone, Director of the HUB Program Department, AISD
Debra Dibble-Boone is Director of the HUB Program Department, at Austin Independent School District. She oversees the implementation and operations for this newly formed diversity and inclusion procurement contracting initiative at the District. Debra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University with numerous years of management experience in engineering and procurement for the private and public sectors. She is actively involved in several community service organizations.
Board Director: Wendolyn Washington, Director, Diversity & Inclusion PSG, Intel Corp.
Wendolyn Washington is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion PSG at Intel Corporation, ensures Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives align with its business goals. She manages the design, development and implementation of BU-level program/initiatives that advance the diversity of Intel’s workforce. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and a Masters in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas. Her experience includes; Lead at Intel; 2- year- Altera Corporation; 22 years Director, Talent Management Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Board Director: Dr. Sharon Strover, Philip G. Warner Regents Professor in Communication & Former Chair of the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Strover has worked with several international, national and regional government agencies on telecommunications policy matters, including the U.S. Department of Agricultureís Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Federal Communication Commission, the government of Portugal, the Center for Rural Strategies, the European Union, The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Office of Technology Assessment, the Rural Policy Institute, the Ford Foundation, the European Union, the Texas Public Utility Commission, the Department of Information Resources and Department of Health and Human Services, and the Aspen Institute. She has published several articles and chapters on subjects related to technology and telecommunications, and has been the editor or co-editor of three books, edited journal issues for The Information Society and Government Information Quarterly, and serves on the editorial boards of several major publications. She is currently working on a book addressing economic development and the spatial distribution of telecommunications resources.
Board Director: Bernard Venson II, Dell Technologies, PG Client Sustaining Product Manager
Bernard is responsible for creating and maintaining a Client Customer Insight program designed to provide customer and market feedback to Product Manager. Accomplishments associated with the program include “Creation of Feedback Portal”, Direct Customer Engagement process, and Industry Analysts Engagement for PDMs.APICS certified, Production and Inventory Management, ITIL v3, Pragmatic Marketing certified, Project Management Professional. Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, Masters of Business Administration
Hon. Wilhelmina Delco, Texas House of Rep. (Ret.) has held public office in three different levels of government: school board, community college, and the state legislature, for a total of twenty-six years. She was on the school board in Austin from 1968 until 1974, and was the first African American elected to the school board. The Hon. Wilhelmina Delco has been involved with education all of her life. She recalls, “My mother always felt that education was very important. Even as a single parent, all five of us got college degrees from inner-city Chicago, so that we all have a very high premium in terms of getting an education.” All of us worked our way through school or earned scholarships to go to school. So it was important.”
She was a member of the school board, a Girl Scout leader, and PTA president. She served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Huston-Tillotson College. “There’s a place for institutions like Huston-Tillotson, and it, like the public schools, will vanish if we don’t support it,” said Hon. Welhelmina Delco in an interview with Dr. R. Martin, Austin Texas Parallel and Crossover Lives Oral History Project. Her philosophy is, “nobody’s going to save us but us.”
Advisory Committee Members:
Barbara Kelso is principal of Kelso Consultants. Barbara makes connections between entrepreneurial businesses and the opportunities, financing and clients that drive their growth. With specialization in Energy, Clean Tech, Hi Technology, Commercial Real Estate, and Marketing/Branding Barbara brings the strategic vision, representation, contacts and growth opportunities businesses need to excel to the next level.For over 20 years, Barbara ran Ann Kelso, an Austin based business that left a mark on the culture of Austin’s creative class.
As a part of her civic identity, Barbara has served as Advisor to the MIT Philanthropy Foundation, Strategic Alliance Director for Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global entrepreneurs’ organization where she held three positions on the local board of the Austin chapter of the EO. She also served on the EO Texas University global committees for Sponsorship, Ambassadorship, and Events, was Committee Member of TedX Austin and the Advisory Board of Austin Museum of Art.
In 2009, Barbara was recognized as the “Texas Blazing Star Recipient”, and was nominated for “Texas Business Woman of the Year”.
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune’s deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Previously Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as Editor and a year as President and Editor-in-Chief.
Sherri R. Greenberg is a clinical professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School. Also, she is a senior adviser to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Greenberg served for 10 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, completing her final term in January 2001. She chaired the House Pensions and Investments Committee and the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance. She served for two terms on the House Appropriations Committee, and she served on the Appropriations Committee’s Education and Major Information Systems subcommittees. As a public finance professional, Greenberg served as the manager of capital finance for the City of Austin from 1985 to 1989, overseeing the city’s debt management, capital budgeting and capital improvement programs. Prior to that she was a public finance officer at Standard & Poor’s in New York, where she analyzed and assigned bond ratings to public projects across the country.
Professor Greenberg received an M.Sc. in public administration and public policy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in government from The University of Texas at Austin. Her current teaching and research interests are housing, transit, health care, finance, innovation and engagement.
Susan Engelking has a background in economic development. She has the distinction of having served as project manager or senior editor for each of the three long-range economic development plans for Austin from 1984 through 2000. She managed the public relations campaign that boosted Austin’s national reputation and rankings. She is president of Engelking Communications LLC, a marketing communications firm, since 1998. At present, Susan is conducting research for Dr. Cristal Glangchai’s forthcoming book on entrepreneurial learning as a way to unlock girls’ interest in STEAM. She holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in Education (English and history). Susan served three terms as president of the Austin Children’s Museum, now The Thinkery, and had a leadership role in its growth. Susan was named Austin Communicator of the Year by Austin Women.