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  GASF LEADERSHIP

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Chip Graves

GASF President

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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Nick Voinis

GASF Secretary

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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Kelly Latz

Board Member

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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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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Lucas Massie

Board Member

Lucas Massie is currently an Assistant Director for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.   Lucas has worked in public service for nearly 21 years, with the majority of that time being in the Community Recreation Division of Parks overseeing youth sports, afterschool, and summer camp programs.  His most recent responsibilities include oversight of Golf, Aquatics, Special Events, and Cemetery operation for the Department.  His work for the Department has spanned across the City of Austin and he has worked with countless community members, non-profit partners, and volunteers interested in youth programs and youth sports. 

 

In addition to his experience working in the profession of recreation, Lucas has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin in the field of Youth and Community Studies and hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin in the field of Sports Management.  While at the University of Texas, Lucas solidified his interest in the field of sports through his work at UT Rec Sports and with the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports.  Lucas is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with the National Recreation and Parks Association and a graduate of their Director School Program. 

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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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Edgar Curtis

GASF Treasurer

Edgar worked with professional rugby league teams for over a decade in New Zealand, England and Australia. He assisted National teams in preparation for World Cup and international Test Matches. He planned and organized international tours / training camps for professional athletes in 8 countries.  He has lectured on performance enhancement and exercise physiology for several national and international governing bodies and holds multiple athletic performance related certifications. 

 

Currently Edgar serves as the state director for Texas WIC, ensuring Women Infants and Children get a good start to life.  Previously he served at the Texas Department of Agriculture in child nutrition programs as the director over program improvement, policy and education. 

 

Edgar is a graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in Kinesiology.

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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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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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