GASF LEADERSHIP

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Kelly Latz

GASF President

Kelly is a Partner with Fritz Byrne, PLLC 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.

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Chip Graves

GASF Treasurer

Chip 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 six 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.

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Susan Burton

Board Member

Susan is a native Austinite. She is a Partner at the employment law boutique firm of Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and serves as an Arbitrator in employment law cases for The American Arbitration Association.

 

Ms. Burton advises employers across many industries on personnel and employment law issues. She collaborates with employers on risk prevention strategies such as review and revisions of employee handbooks, employment agreements, and provides supervisor and employee training.

 

Ms. Burton also has extensive experience representing employers in litigation in state and federal court in employment law matters. 

 

She has served on many non-profit boards throughout her career, in officer capacities and as a Board member, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation. She is currently on the Board of the YMCA of Austin and PAWS Shelter of Dripping Springs. 

 

Susan is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys watching and playing sports.She has run seven marathons, including the Boston Marathon two times.

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Belinda Jones

Board Member

Belinda is a native of Austin and a University of Texas graduate. She spent many years in public education and coaching, culminating in a long career as math and science curriculum designer at the University of Texas Charter School.

 

After retirement, Belinda has enjoyed being a part of several programs and events, including: the internship program at the School of Advertising; the annual symposium of Health + Medical at the McCombs School of Business; football event staff for Evins Personnel; member services at Westwood Country Club; and a new project that begins September 1, 2022 with Texas Athletics.

 

Belinda is new to the GASF Board of Directors, and is looking forward to being involved with its ongoing success.

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Amy Little

Board Member

Amy Little was Executive Director of the Greater Austin Sports Foundation from 1996-2000. A lifelong Longhorn fan, she graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Marketing. 

 

Amy is excited to be on the GASF Board, and is especially happy to be working on the Hall of Honor Banquet once again. The Hall of Honor recipients are truly inspiring. 

 

Amy and her husband David have four children and live in Dripping Springs. 

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Jeff Power

Board Member

Jeff 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.

Jeff also produces all of GASF’s video content.

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Nick Voinis

Board Member

Nick is a University of Texas graduate, who served his alma mater as senior associate athletics director for 12 years. He worked under legendary Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds and managed a group of communications professionals and student workers who comprised the athletics department’s sports media relations, marketing, web, photography, publications and gameday presentation groups. He also assisted with special events and government relations efforts.

Voinis joined UT Athletics after directing corporate communications and public affairs efforts for clients of Austin-based Public Strategies, Inc., a nationally-recognized business and communications consulting firm.

Prior to that, he worked in state government, serving as communications director for two recent Texas lieutenant governors (Bill Ratliff and David Dewhurst), State Comptroller Carole Strayhorn, as well as State Treasurer and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Voinis also spent more than 15 years managing communications and member services for two statewide trade organizations—the Texas Press Association and the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.

Voinis served as chief of staff for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation just prior to retirement in 2019.

An Austin resident since 1975, he is also a former board member of the Austin Sports Commission.

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Chris Knepp

GASF Vice President

Chris 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.

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Bob Russ

GASF Secretary

Bob 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.

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Shawn Clynch

Board Member

Shawn is a 3rd generation native Austinite, who left the ATX for a couple of decades after graduating from L.C. Anderson High School, and returned to Austin in 2012.
 

After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Shawn spent 20+ years in the sports media for local television stations as a sports anchor and sports reporter, Shawn returned to his roots and hometown working for KVUE, the ABC affiliate.


Shawn entered the world of pharmaceutical sales after retiring from the sports media, and soon after
transitioned to business development for Baylor Scott & White Rehabilitation
Institute. In the interim, Shawn also launched a sports-centric video platform podcast called “Stories Inside the Man Cave”.

 

Shawn’s love for inner-city kids and their futures led him to RBI Austin. He also partnered with other local non-profits such as the Under Ballou Skies which benefits those Lou Gherig Disease. Serving on the board of the Greater Austin Sport Foundation in his beloved hometown and the local sports community was a natural fit.

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Shelly Kanter

Board Member

Shelly was born and raised in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio-TV-Film. Her career started with writing and producing training videos and gradually phased into public relations and media projects, all while managing her freelance sports writing and photography business.

Shelly was involved with the Sports and Leisure Committee at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce before it became the Greater Austin Sports Foundation. She was a tireless volunteer and photographed many sporting events and sports celebrities the GASF recruited to Austin, including the Dallas Cowboys. She has recently given many hours to the revival of the GASF, and is the proud daughter of one of GASF’s Hall of Honor recipients, Marvin Kanter.

Shelly was also a former board member for the Austin Sports Commission.

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Todd Morgan

Board Member

Todd 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.

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David Thomason

Board Member

Dr. David Thomason is a Senior Consultant for Strategic Partnerships, Inc and an Associate Professor of Political Science, at St. Edward’s University. He is also the founder and owner of Advocacy Gauge and has 20 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and academics. He has over 18 years of practical non-profit advocacy leadership, management, policy, and academic experience. David has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University and lives in Austin, TX.

 

If he is not working on public policy, David is outside riding his mountain bike, coaching baseball, kayaking, or playing tennis.