Ivey Kaiser, Executive Director
Ivey grew up in Columbia, South Carolina where she attended the University of South Carolina and began her love of working with environmental advocacy and outdoor recreation. Since moving to Austin in 2011, she has worked with Keep Austin Beautiful and REI, managing community programs, events and corporate grant giving. Ivey has been involved with Shoal Creek Conservancy since its inception and has deep relationships with many other Central Texas environmental non-profits. In her spare time, Ivey enjoys spending time on local trails and rivers and hanging out with her husband, Josh, 7 pets and herd of cows.
Nina Rinaldi, Development & Operations Manager
Prior to her work at the Conservancy, Nina held the position of Development Coordinator at the Asian Family Support Services of Austin. Her past experiences also include work as an Administrative Professional at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Grant Writer and Arabic-English Translator at The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies in Cairo, Egypt. Nina received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Oregon. Nina enjoys taking walks around Austin and reading about urban planning and history.
Maria Darr, Programs Coordinator
Maria Darr previously served the Austin community as the Volunteer Engagement Manager at Austin Habitat for Humanity. She comes to Shoal Creek Conservancy with over four years of Volunteer Management experience, as well as a passion for the outdoors. Maria received her B.A. in Anthropology and Journalism from The University of Connecticut and her M.A. in Human Skeletal Biology from New York University. In her free time, Maria makes the most of her Texas State Parks Pass.
Board of Directors:
Amy Wanamaker, University of Texas
Amy Wanamaker is the Director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Campus Real Estate Office. She manages the acquisition, disposition, redevelopment, management, and leasing of a diverse portfolio of real estate assets throughout the globe for the university. In addition to acquisitions, project management and leasing, Amy has broad experience in commercial real estate brokerage, strategic planning, liquidating foreclosed commercial properties, and large scale auctions.
Shannon is a native Austinite and taco lover who has been involved as a volunteer with Shoal Creek Conservancy since 2015. As Vice President for Member Relations for United Ways of Texas, she brings expertise in nonprofit administration, capacity-building, program management, fundraising, and communication to the Conservancy’s Board. Shannon is also an active member of the Junior League of Austin.
Clinton is a commercial land broker with Sayers Real Estate Advisors, Inc, a local real estate advisory firm founded in Austin in 1977. As an Austin native, Clinton has passion for facilitating the highest and best use of urban land in Downtown Austin and the surrounding Central Austin neighborhoods. He is driven by the fundamentals of urbanism including sustainability, connectivity, community and a multi-modal city. Clinton and his wife, Meghan, live in Old Enfield with their son, Parker, and dog, Sadie.
Susan served as Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from 2004 to 2015. She also served as Policy Director for Land Stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation and was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Susan’s other government experience includes serving as Director of Environmental Policy in the Texas Governor’s office as well as appointment as Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture and as the first Director of Resource Protection for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs and a B.S. degree in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University.
Felicia Pena graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a certificate degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits. After graduation, Felicia worked as a Campaign Associate for United Way for Greater Austin assisting with the State Employee Charitable Campaign. She is currently the Community Engagement Director at the Central Texas Food Bank, working in events fundraising and volunteer programming. Felicia currently serves as a Board Co-Chair for the YWCA Greater Austin. She has also held leadership roles within the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin, the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin and the Young Women’s Alliance, where she remains involved with the Austin Under 40 Awards Gala. Felicia was also a participant in the 2013 class of Leadership Austin Emerge and recently completed the City of Austin CityWorks Academy.
Sara has been with Balcones Resources since January 1995 and has held a number of positions including sales, marketing and operations. She currently serves as Vice President – Corporate Services where she is responsible for a variety of functions within the company. Sara has a BFA from Southern Methodist University and an MS in Environmental Planning from the University of Texas. She is a 5th generation Texan and native Austinite, and lives downtown along Shoal Creek. She is actively involved with her favorite non-profits, Austin Pets Alive! and Shoal Creek Conservancy.
Kristin Chiles, Secretary
Kristin is a Real Estate Executive at Google, where she handles real estate strategy for over 1M SF over 10 cities in the Americas. Prior to working at Google, She held the role of Senior Project Manager at CB Richard Ellis. Kristin got her start as a Designer and Project Manager at Susman Tisdale Gayle, in Austin, Texas. She has over 19 years of experience and holds a BA in Interior Design from Michigan State University. In addition to her position on the Conservancy’s Board, Kristin sits on the Board of the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Perry Lorenz, Vice-President
Perry, principal of Austin-based real estate development company Constructive Ventures, has been actively involved in the ownership, management and development of downtown Austin real estate for more than 35 years. Notable projects include Saltillo Lofts, Spring, BartonPlace and The Independent. He is past Chair of the City of Austin Downtown Commission on which he served for 12 years and past Chair of the City of Austin Design Commission on which he served for 15 years.
Ted Siff, President of the Board
Ted, president of Park Place Publications, LP, has been a senior manager and part owner of several Austin publishing companies including Third Coast Magazine, The Quorum Report, and Texas Monthly. He has also been a leader in conservation and park advocacy as the Texas Director of the Trust for Public Land, a board member and then executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation and volunteer treasurer of numerous Austin and Travis County bond campaigns. He is a board member of other public interest and conservation nonprofits as well as board president of the Old Austin Neighborhood Association.
Michelle Slattery, PLA, ASLA
As vice president at Cirrus Logic, Ulf leads financial planning and analysis, corporate real estate and facilities, as well as corporate procurement. Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, he for Advanced Micro Devices in both Austin, Texas, and Dresden, Germany. Ulf grew up in Berlin, Germany, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance, controlling, and international business and management from the University of Applied Sciences of Nuertingen, Germany. When not in the office, Ulf loves to pursue his passion of flying small aircraft. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in South Austin.