McBee Fellowship
The McBee Fellowship

The Frank McBee Jr. Fellows Program is a rigorous, 13-month program for civic leadership development. Frank McBee Jr. Fellowships offer exceptional Central Texas leaders first-hand, practical experience working with regional civic entrepreneurs on a variety of public policy issues to improve the long-term economic and social quality of life for all Central Texans.

The Fellowship is designed to seed Central Texas with leaders who think regionally and act as stewards for the greater common good. Like AARO members, McBee Fellows:

Lead with integrity – individually and collectively
Establish and nurture relationships of trust
Think and act systemically, considering the interdependency of issues

During the program year, Fellows actively engage with many of the region’s most influential business and community leaders through AARO committee and membership meetings. In addition, each Fellow meets regularly with two AARO mentors throughout the year. AARO carefully selects the mentors for each Fellow to maximize their growth as leaders and enhance the quality of the Fellowship experience.

Fellows are expected to repay the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year by contributing to the region as future leaders. AARO hopes McBee alumni will inspire others in their spheres of influence to think and act in the long term best interest of the region.

Application Information

The application for the 2019 Class of Frank McBee Jr. Fellows will be available in summer 2018.

Applicants must live in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson counties. Applications from most elected officials or candidates running for elected office will not be considered. AARO will consider applications from school board or community college trustees and candidates.

Program and Application Details Application Preview 2018 Program Application

Contact Diana Barton at (512) 477-4000 or dbarton@aaroregion.com for more information.

2018 McBee Fellows

Current AARO McBee Fellows

  • Jeremiah Bentley

    Vice President, Marketing & Customer Engagement

    Texas Mutual Insurance Company

  • Katherine Caffrey

    Assistant City Manager

    City of Cedar Park

  • Merrill Davis

    Managing Director, Austin

    Hill+Knowlton Strategies

  • Michael Doss

    Executive Vice President – Area President

    Independent Bank Group

  • Michelle Harper

    President and CEO

    United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties

  • Daryl Horton

    Assistant Pastor/Youth Pastor

    Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • Wayne Knox

    Chief of Staff and Clerk of the Board

    Huston-Tillotson University

  • Rebecca Pastner

    Chief Impact and Metrics Officer

    St. David’s Foundation

  • Gabriel Rojas

    Principal

    Rojas Planning, LLC

  • Leslie Sweet

    Director of Public Affairs

    H-E-B

McBee Fellow Alumni

2007 - 2017 McBee Fellows

NameTitleAffiliationYear
Rodney AhartExecutive DirectorKeep Austin Beautiful2013
Theresa AlvarezCommunity Development Officer, VPWells Fargo2013
David AndersonPrincipal & FounderThe FORM Collaborative2009
Zach AndersonPresidentTicketCity2011
Stacy ArmijoSenior Vice President & General ManagerPierpoint Communications2016
Becky ArreagaFounding Partner, PresidentMercury Mambo2010
Tamara AtkinsonExecutive DirectorWorkforce Solutions – Capital Area Workforce Board2015
Writ BaesePresident/OwnerHill Country Payroll2014
Shilpa BakreCommunications StrategistThe University of Texas at Austin2017
Brett J. BarnesVice President of DevelopmentLong Center for the Performing Arts2009
Jeff BartonPrincipal & Co-FounderGap Strategies2014
Fayruz BenyousefFounder & PrincipalFayruz Benyousef Consulting LLC2014
Marina BhargavaExecutive DirectorGreater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce2015
Rebecca BraySenior Traffic Engineer/PlannerRS&H2013
Wes BreyfogleChief Executive OfficerScanData Systems, Inc.2017
Jed BuiePresidentBuie & Co.2007
Gerardo CastilloSenior Vice President/Chief of StaffCapital Metro Transportation Authority2009
Edward CharrierVice President and General ManagerKLA-Tencor Corporation2010
Robert T. DoerrAccount Executive/Commercial Lines ManagerTCOR Insurance Management2012
John P. DonisiAttorneyDrenner Group2011
Michelle EarleyPartnerLocke Lord LLP2016
Chris EdwardsAssistant City AttorneyCity of Austin – Law Department2008
Mario A. EspinozaCivic Leader2012
Jimmy FergusonPresidentMaxtab, Inc.2008
Scott FlackPresidentLive Oak2009
Christian FletcherExecutive DirectorMarble Falls Economic Development Corporation2017
Erin O’Neil FranzExecutive DirectorTaking Care of Texas2013
Karen FriesePresidentK Friese + Associates2010
Christie GarbeVice President and Chief Strategy OfficerCentral Health2011
Myndi GarrettCivic Leader2008
Rebecca GeierCEOTREW Marketing2010
David GlassFounder and OwnerSilverado Business Systems Inc.2008
Steve GoldsmithHead of Communications ProductsAtlassian2014
Patricia E. GonzalesPublic Affairs Consultant2008
Hannah GourgeyConsultant2017
Dan GrahamCEO, FounderBuildASign.com2013
Larry GrahamManager – Regulatory AffairsTexas Gas Service2013
Beth GuillotPrincipal, PresidentFuse Architecture Studio2010
Jeff HahnPrincipalHahn Public2007
Clint HarpChief of StaffLower Colorado River Authority2017
August HarrisPresidentCovenant Financial Solutions2014
David HartmanPartnerSmith, Robertson, Elliott, Glen, Klein & Bell, L.L.P.2008
Sara HickmanTexas State Musician2015
Heath K. HignightCenter Business Director – Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research CenterKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology2009
Amy HollowayPresident and CEOAvalanche Consulting2010
Peter InmanPrincipalCamino Real Financial Strategies2013
Gerardo InterianoHead of External Affairs – Texas, Kansas & MissouriGoogle Inc.2016
Camille JobePartnerJobe Corral Architects2016
Debbie JohnsonPrincipalSuccessful Giving2017
Amy J. JonesPresidentO’Connell Robertson2011
Edward KargboPresident & General ManagerYellow Cab Austin2014
Karen KennardShareholderGreenberg Traurig, LLP2010
Christopher KennedyChief Executive OfficerLeadership Austin2007
Steve KesterState & Local Government AffairsApple2010
Kelly C. KocurekPartnerDuBois, Bryant & Campbell LLP2012
David LaibovitzFormerly, Assistant District AttorneyTravis County District Attorney2008
Lindsey LeavertonVice President, Wealth Private AdvisorBB&T Bank2016
Frank L. LeffingwellPresidentLeffingwell & Associates, P.C.2012
Mark MadridCEO/Executive DirectorLBAN/Latino Business Action Network2016
Sly MajidChief Services OfficerMayor’s Office – City of Austin2015
Kristin MarcumPresidentElizabeth Christian Public Relations2016
Mark MayfieldPresident/CEOTexas Housing Foundation2015
Michael McGillSenior AuditorCity of Austin2013
Catherine Knapp McHorseSuccess by 6 Earl Childhood Education Project ManagerUnited Way for Greater Austin2014
Shannon P. MeroneyPresidentMeroney Public Affairs2012
Rudolph MetayerAttorneyChamberlain McHaney2017
Thomas MirandaFounder and PrincipalSparkovation Advisors2011
Janet M. MitchellCEOM Group Agency2009
Tom NesbittFounder and PartnerDeShazo & Nesbitt LLP2007
Howard D. NirkenPartnerDuBois, Bryant & Campbell LLP2011
James A. Nortey IIAssociate AttorneyDuggins Wren Mann & Romero LLP2017
Mike OdomPresident and CEORound Rock Chamber2016
Tracy LaQuey ParkerSenior Vice President, Business DevelopmentParker Solutions Group2016
Kyle ParksPartnerMaxwell Locke & Ritter LLP2009
Lauren PaverSenior Director, OperationsCLS Partners2012
Alan PetersSenior Managing Director – Austin OfficeSavills Studley2014
Hondo PowellChief of StaffBluebonnet Electric Cooperative2015
Rebecca PowersFounderImpact Austin2008
Kerri QunellDirector of Marketing ServicesSt. Edward’s University2008
Shannon H. Ratliff IIFounding PrincipalPolicy + Design Partners2008
Dr. Ruth RechisDirector, Healthy CommunitiesMD Anderson Cancer Center2015
Sarah RichardsWater Program OfficerCynthia and George Mitchell Foundation2016
Eva Rios-LleverinoDirector of OperationsCapital IDEA2014
Miguel RomanoPresidentAscension Texas Foundations2015
Llyas Salahud-dinDirector of Major GiftsLifeWorks2017
Pilar SanchezVice President of Housing & Community DevelopmentHousing Authority of the City of Austin2013
Carolyn H. SchwarzExecutive DirectorRonald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas2012
David R. ShawPresidentArrow2008
Dr. Jill SilerSuperintendentGunter ISD2011
Bryant SmithExecutive DirectorMcCreary Veselka Bragg & Allen, P.C.2015
Parc SmithCEOAmerican YouthWorks2015
Stuart Vick SmithWealth Management PartnerMaxwell Locke & Ritter LLP2008
Ryan TherrellDirector of Business DevelopmentThe Beck Group2012
Juan TornoePartner & Chief Marketing OfficerCultural Strategies, Inc.2017
Javier ValdezSenior Solutions ArchitectOracle2012
Matthew ValdezPartnerDen Property Group2014
Wendy VarnellDeputy Executive DirectorLifeWorks2010
Madge VasquezChief Executive OfficerMission Capital2011
Michelle WallisExecutive Director of Innovation & DevelopmentAustin Independent School District2011
Katy WellsCivic Leader2008
Casie WenmohsExternal Affairs ManagerMeadows Mental Health Policy Institute2013
Terri Broussard WilliamsVice President of Government RelationsAmerican Heart Association, Southwest Affiliate2012
James Paul WilsonFormerly, VP – East RegionTexas Gas Service2009
Lloyd WilsonDirector of Healthcare PracticeBurson-Marsteller2008
Kennard WrightCity of Austin2007