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 joined the staff as Executive Director in 2019. In her spare time, Ivey enjoys exploring local trails and rivers and spending time with her large herd of animals, husband and daughter.
Nina Rinaldi, Projects & Policy Manager
An Austin-born Oregonian, Nina grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Oregon. She feels privileged to serve the public in a role that explores the intersections of outdoor recreation, science, policy, and community. Nina enjoys canoeing, reading, and taking walks around Austin.
Maria Darr, Programs Manager
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 five 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.
Sierra DaSilva, Watershed Coordinator
Sierra DaSilva grew up in the East Texas piney woods and moved to Austin in 2009. She has a background in Texas botany, ecological restoration and GSI, education, and working with volunteer crews. Sierra has previously worked for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, taught ecology labs at Texas State University, held a fellowship with the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility, and interned with Shoal Creek Conservancy. She holds an MS in Biology from Texas State. Sierra lives in South Austin with her husband, three year old son, dog, two rabbits, and six chickens. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and botanizing, photography, and gardening.
Emily Myers, Office Administrator
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Clinton Sayers, President of the Board
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.
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.
Sara Koeninger, Vice-President
Sara recently retired from Balcones Resources after 25 years and held a number of positions including sales, marketing, and operations. She most recently served as Vice President – Corporate Services where she was 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.
Shannon Stagner, Secretary
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.
Ulf Habermann, Treasurer
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.
Brian Greig is a native Austinite who attended Austin High School, Washington & Lee University, and the University of Texas School of Law. Greig practiced law with Norton Rose Fulbright for over 40 years before retiring and currently serves as a director of the Save Muny Historic District. He devotes his time to community service, having worked for several years on education and job training programs with Austin Community College and Central Texas school districts. Greig is also chairman of the Headliners Club, a downtown business club. His granddaughters especially love Shoal Creek.
Hector is originally from El Salvador and lived in Miami before settling in Austin five years ago, along with his wife and two daughters. He has a deep-seated appreciation for family, travel, and nature, which led him to living in Austin and joining the Board of Shoal Creek Conservancy. Hector works at KIPP Texas as the Director of Strategic Communications and brings valuable connections to our community’s families, as well as experience in professional communications, government relations, and diversity, equity and inclusion work. We look forward to working with Hector to continue to reach more of Austin and the surrounding area’s families and make the Shoal Creek Trail more welcoming and accessible for all.
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.
Felicia Peña is a public affairs professional working in brand engagement and corporate social responsibility. As a Public Affairs Manager for H-E-B in the Central Texas Region, Felicia’s responsibilities include, media relations, sponsorship fulfillment, and charitable efforts on behalf of H-E-B. Felicia 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. For 5 years, Felicia worked with the Central Texas Food Bank, serving in a few different roles, most recently as Director of Community Engagement.
Felicia currently serves as a board member at large of the Shoal Creek Conservancy. Other community involvement includes board membership of the YWCA Greater Austin, Communities in Schools Central Texas, Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin, YNPN Austin, and the Young Women’s Alliance. Felicia was also a participant in the 2013 class of Leadership Austin Emerge and the city of Austin CityWorks Academy.
Michelle Slattery, PLA, ASLA
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.
Catlin Whitington is dedicated to the harmonies of events, culture, economics, and the urban environment. As the VP of Campus Operations for the Long Center, he strives to enrich the iconic arts, music and civic space across the river from the mouth of Shoal Creek. A native Austinite, he’s spent many days exploring the spaces along Shoal Creek’s many twists and turns, including hidden skate spots in the watershed’s northern reaches, the trails of Pease park, and the urban interface as it makes its way through Downtown. You might spot Catlin and his family along the trail, enjoying crawfish at Shoal Creek Saloon, or sipping a morning coffee at the Central Library’s amphitheater and plaza.