Kelly Latz, GASF President, is a Partner with Fritz, Byrne, Head, and Gilstrap Law firm in Austin and has more than 35 years of experience representing clients in business and real estate transactions. He has a B.B.A, summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University (Baseball Academic All American, 1980) and a J.D. from The University of Texas Law School.
Kelly chaired the Greater Austin Sports Foundation Board of Directors in the 1990’s. He serves on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Austin and Oak Hill Youth Sports Association and is the President of the Wimberley Youth Sports Association.
Chris Knepp, GASF Vice President, grew up in Baltimore, went south for college, north for law school, and west for the rest of his life. He played baseball for the Tar Heels of North Carolina and served on the Board of Directors for both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. In his legal career, he represented employers in labor relations matters and in employment litigation, and participated in the representation of major league baseball teams in their salary arbitrations with their players. Chris left his law practice, went to Seminary, and is now an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church. He recently retired from teaching Bible for 13 years at Regents School of Austin. He has worked in prison ministry for over 25 years.
Chris chaired the Greater Austin Sports Foundation in the 1980’s and has been a big supporter of its various programs, including the Hall of Honor and the Speaker’s Series. He and his wife Charlotte have two daughters and enjoy global traveling.
Cindy Haas, GASF Secretary-Treasurer, is a CPA with 16 years of accounting experience including public accounting, corporate accounting, and consulting before moving into talent where she builds relationships and matches candidates and employers. Most recently Cindy started a business focusing on business needs: bookkeeping, controller services, consulting and recruiting.
Cindy has been involved in non-profits for many years and has volunteered and served as a board member with Hound Rescue for over ten years. She is a beagle-lover and enjoys spending time with her own beagle, Rocco. Cindy graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. and M.P.A. She’s an avid Longhorn fan who attends football games. She also serves on the Westlake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Gerald Daugherty grew up in the Houston area and was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox baseball organization. He soon realized that an education was more obtainable than making it to the big leagues, returned to Austin, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1975. He has been active in the Greater Austin community since then and joined the Board of Directors for GASF in 1990. Gerald now serves as a Travis County Commissioner, representing Precinct Three.
For the past 40 years, Gerald has been a successful Austin businessman, owning and operating successful ventures including the Pleasant Valley Sportsplex. In 2009 he assembled a team of talented individuals and opened the highly successful Jack Allen’s Kitchen Restaurant located in Oak Hill. In 2012 the second location was opened in Round Rock and in 2015 the third location was opened in the Davenport area at 360 and Westlake Drive.
Tommy Gallagher is the first dedicated full-time fundraiser for Hilltopper Athletics at St. Edward’s University – in that role since 2018 but has been with St. Edward’s since the fall of 2014. His background in development and fundraising began with college experiences at Western Illinois University where he earned both a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Sport Management. Coming to Austin from the University of California, Berkeley Athletics program, Tommy has quickly become an active member of the Austin business community. He currently holds the position of Associate Director of Development, Athletics at St. Edward’s University. In this role, he supports all 13 NCAA Division II varsity sports as well as Recreation and Wellness in the major gift capacity, helping fulfill financial needs through philanthropic gifts from alumni, donors, and families.
Chip Graves grew up in Austin and is currently involved in Real Estate and Construction Consulting. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Marketing and he also attended the University of Texas. For the past 30 years, Chip has been involved with youth sports in Greater Austin through coaching and sponsorships. He was on the coaching staff at Regents School of Austin as a volunteer for four of their five state championships in football as the offensive coordinator and later on as an assistant to the head coach. He also coached basketball at Regents.
Chip previously served on the Greater Austin Sports Foundation board of directors, as well as on several other civic and private boards throughout his career in Austin. He is also a lifetime member of the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Victoria Koepsel enjoyed careers in industrial education and development with The University of Texas, Austin Community College, and the Texas Department of Commerce. She was involved in the creation of several nonprofit organizations in Austin, including the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, Austin5 Foundation, and Children of Light Players. She has a B.S. in Education, and an M.A. from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).
Victoria chaired the Greater Austin Sports Foundation Board of Directors in the 1990s and is especially excited about the revival of the Greater Austin Sports Foundation. Victoria and Phil live in Austin, and have four sons and four grandchildren. She is very active with her neighborhood, is a proud fifth-generation Texan, and loves being outdoors. Baseball is her favorite sport.
Todd Morgan is a native of Abilene, Texas and left to attend the University of Texas in 1985. There he received two degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Todd began his professional career working at the Texas Railroad Commission and the State Comptroller’s office before becoming the director of state and local government affairs for Temple-Inland, one of the nation’s largest private landowners and a Fortune 300 company. Todd founded Morgan Capitol Consulting 13 years ago to continue representing clients at state capitols in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. Outside of his family, Todd’s greatest joy has been his involvement in youth sports in Austin. He began coaching little league baseball while a student at UT and continued for almost 30 years, including 10 years of coaching his sons in various sports.
Todd lives in Austin with his wife Jennifer and sons Hill and Drew. He also serves on the boards of Big Brother’s Big Sisters International and Western Hills little league.
Bob Russ considers himself a “native” Austinite, having lived in the city since the early 70’s. He was born and raised in Germany but fell in love with the hill country when his family moved here upon his father’s retirement from the Department of Defense.
Bob graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in accounting, and worked in various capacities for the State Comptroller’s office for over 33 years, surviving four of its office holders, beginning with the Honorable Bob Bullock.
Over the last 40 years, Bob has been active in city and church league sports, served on the board of Capitol Credit Union, volunteered for various local charitable non-profits, and co-chaired a committee for the Dell Match Play Golf Tournament since its inception.
Now in full-time retirement, Bob enjoys spending time at UT football, basketball, and baseball games, giving back to his community, serving his church, staying fit, water-skiing, bowling, and traveling.
PJ Todd, a 5th generation native Texan with deep roots in the Lone Star State, is proud to call Texas her home. With over three decades of experience in Communications/Sales & Marketing, her career spans from Corporate America to multiple startups, with an entrepreneurial heart and a passion to do the right thing with the right people for the right reasons!
PJ was previously with Hill Country Indoor Sports & Fitness, as one of the original team members for the last 9 years and prior with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and multiple advisory committees throughout Texas and the U.S.
Reilly Noell, Intern Extraordinaire, is a Senior at Waterloo School in Austin and began an internship with the Greater Austin Sports Foundation in 2019. Reilly has worked to prominently profile GASF in the Greater Austin area through her web design/development and event promotion through email marketing and social media. She is also active with the Board of Directors and frequently serves as a photographer at GASF events.
Reilly plans to pursue college studies in government and economics after graduation in 2021. Until then, she is developing a team of volunteers to work with GASF and succeed her when she heads to college.
Aidan McCormick recently started his internship with GASF, after working in various youth sports positions for the last two years and as a self-employed graphic designer for athletes. His athletic endeavors included basketball, football, and track in high school, serving as captain of the track team.
Aidan is studying business with a concentration in sports management at Colorado State University while enjoying his hobby of snow skiing. Aidan hopes to combine his love for sports and graphic design in his vocation.
Jeff Power, Official GASF Videographer, is a 4-Time Texas Associated Press Broadcaster Award Winning TV Host, Reporter, and Producer with 25 years of television experience as a sports broadcaster.
Jeff has covered everything from Super Bowls, BCS Title Games, MLB & NCAA World Series, NBA Finals, Final Fours and All Star Games. Jeff is a play-by-play broadcaster but knew all along telling stories was his real passion, so he created his own TV production company in 2010 and started producing documentaries.