10|20 Anniversary Event Program Speaker Bios

Taylor Ellison (Emcee) is an Austin-based Lifestyle and Entertainment Reporter who previously served as a Youth Commissioner with OneStar Foundation in 2008. Taylor is also an AmeriCorps Alum who served with Teach For America in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2011, teaching 8th graders at KIPP DC: WILL Academy.

Cristina Flores (Singer) is a graduate of Texas State University where she studied Vocal Performance and Mass Communications. She has been seen performing with the Texas State Opera Theatre, Spotlight on Opera, Taos Opera Institute, One Ounce Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and as a special guest singing the national anthem for the Detroit Tigers game in Detroit, MI. Last year she was invited as a guest soloist to sing for Malawian President Joyce Banda during her visit to Austin, TX. Most recently she has also starred in several film and television projects along the Austin Area. Cristina served as an ACE AmeriCorps volunteer for three years and is currently the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for ACE: A Community for Education.

 

 

Mark Updegrove is Director of the LBJ Presidential Library. He is an author, publisher, lecturer and journalist who has served as U.S. publisher of Newsweek, president of Time Canada, and manager of Time Los Angeles. Updegrove is also an analyst for ABC News and a contributing editor for PARADE Magazine. Updegrove has authored three books relating to the American Presidency: Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (2012), Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis (2009), and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (2006). He has written for American Heritage, The Nation, National Geographic, Parade, Texas Monthly, and TIME and has conducted exclusive interviews with five U.S. Presidents.

Elizabeth Darling is President/CEO of OneStar Foundation and was recently named a member of the 2014 NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50. Before coming to OneStar, Elizabeth was Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington DC.

Governor Rick Perry is a fifth generation Texan. As Texas' 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor's Mansion, Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office. Perry's political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a junior and senior yell leader and an animal science major. Governor Perry is an Eagle Scout and lifetime member of American Legion Post #75. Governor Perry appoints the OneStar Foundation and National Service Commission Board members, as well as OneStar’s President and CEO.

Randi Shade served as the Founding Executive Director of Texas Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service where she was responsible for launching AmeriCorps in Texas. Later she was appointed by Governor Perry to serve as a member of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in 2001. Under Randi's leadership Texas was awarded more money to support AmeriCorps programs than any other state. While earning her MBA from Harvard University in the 1990s, Randi volunteered for City Year in its early years and later became City Year’s Director of National Development in 1996-1997; she was also awarded a Public Management Fellowship from Harvard and the Echoing Green Foundation to work for Teach For America in 1991. Randi has also served as an Austin City Council member, Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation, and Founder/CEO of an Internet company she sold to a publicly traded company in 2005. She is a community volunteer and full-time mother of two children.

Nancy Weiss is former Chair of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. She has served with many volunteer organizations and boards including the Junior League of Lubbock and the National Association of State Service Commissions. She is currently serving on the National Advisory Board of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and the governing council of Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.

 

 

Eric Bing founded Houston, Texas based Bing & Company, Inc. in 1994 which provides domestic and international business investment and management services to owners, senior management, and governmental entities.  He currently is focused on global healthcare education and renewable energy in East Africa.  He is active in giving back to the community and was a board member of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service from 1997-2003.  He served as Vice-Chair in 1999-2000 and Chair in 2001.  In addition, he chaired the Governor’s Volunteer Awards from 1997-1999.

 

 

Rosie Mauk served as an original Commissioner and Chair of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Mauk went on to become Director of AmeriCorps at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) from 2001-2005, overseeing AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA, and National Civilian Community Corps. Most recently Rosie served as Associate Director of Peace Corps, overseeing the recruitment and placement of 5,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving internationally. Mauk has also served on several boards and commissions related to volunteerism and community service, including President of Board of Camp Fire USA and Founding member and Chair of America’s Service Commission (ASC). Mauk has received numerous awards as a result of her work in government and volunteer-focused non-profit organizations, including the President's Medal from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, the Pinnacle Award from the YWCA, the Award for Distinguished Service for Children from the Texas Pediatric Society, Ft. Worth Woman of the Year, and the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Award.  One of her greatest honors was having the homeless childcare center at the YWCA in Ft. Worth and Tarrant County named after her, the Rosie K. Mauk Child Development Center. Born, raised and schooled in Toledo, Ohio, Mauk lived in Ft. Worth, Texas for 30 years. She retired in 2011 to move back home to Texas.

 

 

Dr. Uri Treisman is Professor of Mathematics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Charles A. Dana Center. The Dana Center is the home of ACE: A Community for

Education, the longest standing AmeriCorps State program in Texas, which has provided 1,369,000 hours of research-based literacy support to children in our community with another 170,000 hours scheduled for the 2014-15 school year. Uri served on the Texas Commission on Volunteering and Community Service from 1994 to 2000, including two terms as Vice Chair.

 

Daphne Brookins currently sits on the OneStar National Service Commission Board and is an AmeriCorps Alum from the first class of 1994. Brookins is a Human Services Specialist for the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners and is the coordinator a youth leadership academy for youth ages 13-18 called Rising Stars. She is a board member of the Young Women's Leadership Academy, Expanding Your Horizons (a STEM program for middle school girls), the Amon Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, Director's Circle of Girl's Inc., Tarrant County Challenge, and Southeast Fort Worth Dropout Coalition. She is also a former forum leader and former spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, former Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman for the City of Forest Hill, and a past member of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Tarrant County CHIP Coalition, and Fort Worth Sister Cities Young Professional Advisory Council. Brookins received a bachelor's degree from Texas Wesleyan University where she served as President of the Alumni Association.

Meghan Hein is the current President of Austin AmeriCorps Alums and the Program and Communications Manager for the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She served in AmeriCorps from 2009-2010 with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, where she got things done by bringing volunteers and communities together to help homeowners in need.

Nicole Gabler serves as a SWIFT (Schulenburg & Weimar in Focus Together) AmeriCorps member and is Schulenburg AmeriCorps Alums Chapter President. Nicole is a first generation college graduate and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Sam Houston State University and will attend the Bush School of Government & Public Service to complete her Master of Public Service and Administration next fall.  She was awarded the AmeriCorps “Getting Things Done” Texas Governor’s Award in 2013 for her service and commitment to her community.  She loves spending time with her 7 dogs and exploring Texas.

 

 

 

 

Dhriti Stocks is Senior Development Manager at Junior Achievement of Dallas, an organization committed to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. She began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps member with the Volunteer Center of North Texas Youth Volunteer Corps program, leading service-learning programs and leadership development activities, as well as the development of the Center’s first STEM-related student engagement program. After her AmeriCorps service, she had the opportunity to become the Volunteer Center's grant writer, leading to her commitment to the fundraising profession. She also co-leads the AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas and serves on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Education Solutions, a nonprofit environmentally-focused charter school in South Dallas.

 

 

 

Lisa Tatum is Co-President of the North Texas AmeriCorps Alums chapter and winner of an AmeriCorps Alums’ 20th Anniversary National Leadership Award. Tatum, and 19 other alumni from across the country, were selected because of their exemplary commitment to a lifetime of service. Building on her experience as an AmeriCorps member, Tatum now works to solve critical problems in Disaster Preparedness as the Senior Manager at the Volunteer Center of North Texas. She served from 1997-1999 with AmeriCorps NCCC, Western Region Corps. Tatum became a Team Leader in 1998 responding to natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy and provided professional consulting and support to communities nationally. She has promoted service as a chapter leader for AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas and an active member of North Texas AmeriCorps Alliance.

 

Elisa “Lisa” Lucero is a new appointee to the OneStar National Service Commission and is the Anniversary Event Chair. She is employed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association and also serves as Vice Chair for the Governor’s Commission for Women. She was honored earlier this year by GirlStart as a “GameChanger.” Lisa’s serves on the advisory boards for the Texas Conference for Women and Dress for Success and volunteers with Capital Area Food Bank, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Central Texas Area Girl Scouts, Diocese of Austin, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, and St. Austin Catholic Parish and School where she served on both the school board and Parents Club.  She is driven to set an example of service to her two daughters, Olivia (a freshman at A&M) and Lilly (a high school freshman).