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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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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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David Wiechmann

Board Member

David is a native of Lubbock where he started working in sports as the PA announcer for his high school baseball team. He graduated from Texas Tech University and covered hall of fame coaches Mike Leach, Marsha Sharp and Bob Knight for the school newspaper, yearbook, and radio station. His senior year, he was a recipient of the Freedom Forum/NCAA Sports Journalism Scholarship, awarded nationally to eight students who wish to pursue a career in sports.

After college, David worked as a sports reporter before moving to the public relations side as a sports information director. Over 14 years at four universities as an SID, David oversaw media relations and promotional efforts of conference players of the year, NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalists, and was recognized nationally for his work. He then transitioned out of athletics and worked for Pflugerville ISD where he earned a Star Awards Best in Category from the Texas School Public Relations Association.

 

He currently works for the City of Austin's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management as a public information officer senior specialist. 

 

David met his wife through their previous careers in sports and they have two children. 

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Nick Voinis

GASF Vice President

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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Lucas Massie

GASF Secretary

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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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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Jason Black

Board Member

Jason is a native Austinite, was born and raised as a Longhorn fan and graduated from the University of Texas with a business degree. 

 

Jason has been an entrepreneur throughout his professional career, founding multiple companies that include HotLink, Boundless Network, WeeGolf and Callaway Junior.  With a passion for Austin and youth golf, Jason led the efforts to invest in Butler Pitch and Putt to bring more people to the game of golf. 

 

Jason is married to native Austinite, Kelly Black and they have two children Ally and Katie. Jason’s father, Leon Black, is an honoree in the GASF Hall of Honor. 

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