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AARO works through its members who participate in an issue-focused committee structure. Officers and the Executive Committee strategically guide the committees as they drive toward their goals.

2017 AARO Officers

President Ms. Elizabeth Christian
President
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
President Elect Mr. Steven W. Knebel
Leading Partner
Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
Past President Mr. Carl S. Richie, Jr.
Attorney
Carl Richie Law
Treasurer Mr. Gary Valdez
President
Focus Strategies Investment Banking

2017 AARO Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

Chair Ms. Amber Carden
Private Client Advisor, Senior Vice President
US Trust – Bank of America Private Wealth Management
 Vice Chair Ms. Karen Friese
President
K Friese & Associates, Inc.
Chair Ms. Patricia Young Brown
Chief Executive Officer
The Thinkery
Vice Chair Mr. Michael Whellan
Shareholder
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Chair

 

Ms. Janet Mitchell
CEO
M Group Agency
Vice Chair Mr. Fred Heldenfels IV
President & CEO
Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc.
Chair Mr. Jay Hailey
Partner
DLA Piper US LLP
Vice Chair Mr. Pete Inman
Principal
Camino Real Financial Strategies
Chair Mr. Clarke Heidrick
Attorney
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, PC
Vice Chair Dr. Denise Trauth
President
Texas State University

2017 Executive Committee

Ms. Elizabeth Christian
President

Mr. Carl S. Richie, Jr.
Past-President

Mr. Steven W. Knebel
President-Elect

Mr. Gary Valdez
Treasurer

 

Ms. Amber Carden
Energy & Water Chair

Ms. Patricia Young Brown
Health Care Chair

Mr. Michael Whellan
Health Care Committee Vice Chair

Ms. Janet Mitchell
P-16 Education Chair

Mr. Jay Hailey
Social Equity, Chair

Mr. Clarke Heidrick
Transportation Chair

Mr. Earl Maxwell
Member Relations Team Chair

Mr. Tony Budet
Strategic Leadership Team Chair

Mr. Frank Leffingwell
Resource Member for McBee Fellows (Williamson County)

Mr. Joe Beal
At-Large Member (Bastrop County)

Ms. Adriana Cruz
At-Large Member

Ms. Laura Huffman
At-Large Member

Ms. Karen Friese
At-Large Member

Ms. Donna Klaeger
At-Large Member (Burnet County)

Ms. Catherine Morse
At-Large Member

Mr. Marc Rodriguez
At-Large Member (Hays County)

Mr. Pete Winstead
At-Large Member