Our Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction and governance of Explore Austin. Our board is a diverse group of individuals and backgrounds, each of which is committed to ensuring that Explore Austin remains the professional, sustainable, and effective organization that it is today. To meet our board and staff members, click on their names below.
Board of Directors
Jamie Matthews, Founder/Chairman Emeritus
Jamie received his BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, his MBA from National University in San Diego, California, and is a graduate from the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship program in Austin, Texas, where he is currently a Master Teacher. It was through the Acton program that he and Carter Higley first met and realized that they shared similar life-long interests. He helped Carter launch a very similar program in Houston, Texas called LEAD. Jamie is a long time entrepreneur and has conceived and succeeded in several business projects. Example include a restaurant and bar in Nashville, Tennessee; a non-profit foundation that supports a wide variety of charities, scholarships and non-profit programs across the country, and numerous real estate projects in Texas, California and Colorado. Jamie has a passion for the outdoors that stems from his own outdoor learning experiences growing up. Jamie has envisioned providing similar outdoor learning opportunities to those less fortunate for several years. The Acton MBA program inspired Jamie to make that vision a reality.
Rusty Stein, Chairman
Rusty is a native Austinite who is a graduate of Austin High School and Virginia Military Institute. He works in the medical device industry for a company that focuses on helping people with diabetes receive their medication easily and painlessly. For fun, Rusty likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors with his dogs Pearl and Heck. Being a part of the Explore team is important to him because he firmly believes that there is no substitute for experience in life, and Explore Austin provides the opportunity for Explorers to gain experiences that will benefit them for a lifetime.
J. Coalter Baker
Coalter is a certified public accountant and personal financial specialist providing tax planning and compliance services for corporate, partnership, fiduciary and individual clients. Estate and trust administration, business and family succession guidance and personal financial planning are additional services provided. He is a native of Austin, graduating from the University of Texas. He has contributed to his profession through leadership positions on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and as a member of the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the AICPA. Coalter has also lectured at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He has also contributed his efforts on behalf of a number of state and local charitable organizations including the Texas Healthy Kids Corporation, State Bar of Texas, Greater East Austin Youth League, American Cancer Society and, most importantly, as President, Treasurer and Executive Director for the West Austin Youth Association.
Gavin M. Gray
Gavin Gray’s responsibilities include quality investments, negotiating and closing transactions, and monitoring the progress of each portfolio company. He has had C-Level operating responsibilities in both manufacturing and IT services companies. Mr. Gray has considerable transactional and investment experience in post-secondary for-profit education, having co-led the acquisitions of both Grand Canyon University (2004) and Chancellor University (2008). Gavin currently serves on the board of directors for Chancellor University, Global Parts Distributors, and Achieve Financial Services.
Mr. Gray is the co-founder/owner of Cobblestone Real Estate Holdings or “CREH”, a real estate development company with commercial properties located in Durham, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University (BA) and Babson College (MBA).
A native of Austin, Todd graduated from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. After working several years in the commercial construction and insurance industries, he served four years on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He then served as Chief of Staff & Vice President of Corporate Relations at Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor). Recalled to active duty military service in 2007, Todd served on a Military Transition Team as an advisor to the Iraqi Army.
Returning to Austin in 2008, Todd became President and CEO of Explore Austin, a non-profit whose mission is to “change the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring, and adventure.” Since then, Explore Austin has increased the number of participants by 300%, the number of donors by 200%, and its revenue by 400%. In addition, in 2009, the organization won the “Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, Leadership in Action Award” and in 2012 won the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin’s “John Covert Watson Award” for vision.
Remaining on the Board of Directors of Explore Austin, Todd recently transitioned back into the “for profit” arena, joining Aquila Commercial, a full service real estate firm in Austin.
Based on his experience, he has spoken to a variety of audiences about leadership, mentoring, and other topics pertaining to adolescent development. Among others, he has spoken to students at Breakthrough Austin, Texas State University, Trinity Episcopal School of Austin, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, and Austin High School
In addition to Explore Austin, Todd serves on the Board of Directors of The American Red Cross of Central Texas, Trinity Episcopal School and the LBJ Future Forum. He is a member of the Greenlights for Non-Profit Success 501 Council, is an Outward Bound instructor, and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Todd is also the 2012 Austin Under 40 winner of the “Youth and Education” category.
Mary Love (Bitsy) Henderson, FAHP, Principal, brings a successful history of volunteer leadership, enormous energy, critical insight and over 20 years’ experience as a senior resource development officer and consultant to her client institutions. Prior to creating Henderson Mallory Partners, Bitsy directed successful annual, major and capital fundraising initiatives for three major medical center foundations, including a children’s hospital foundation. Bitsy has successfully provided fundraising counsel to a variety of client institutions, ranging from board development and program start-ups to major gift and capital campaign consulting and management.
Professional Associations, Honors and Achievements
Fellow, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Dean of the Fundamentals of Healthcare Resource Development Track, AHP Institute for Philanthropy, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Fundraising Institute of Australia, Honorary Member
Dean of the Fundraising Fundamentals Track at Madison Down Under, Barossa Valley, South Australia (2000 – 2010)
Founding president, Ronald McDonald House, Austin, Texas
Derek is Partner and Managing Director of Stream Realty Partners Tenant Representation group. Derek specializes in interim, long-range and budgetary desires of corporate tenant’s facility requirements. Derek’s primary objective is office and industrial tenant representation with a focus of lease, purchase, build-to-suit and buy-leasebacks on behalf of his clients.
Prior to a career in commercial real estate, Derek developed a background in Public Policy working both in Texas and Washington D.C. Derek served as a political appointee to the Administration of President George H. W. Bush. During this period he served in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Presidential Advance Team as well as the Republican National Committee. Once back in Texas, Derek became the Executive Director of the National Council of Contractors Association (NCCA). Derek was the Legislative Liaison for the association’s objective to provide proactive alternatives to traditional affirmative action programs, as well as organizing and implementing a construction contractor technical assistance program.
Derek cherishes an excellent upbringing in Paris, Texas. He enjoys a good game of golf, hunting and fishing with friends, peaceful time on the spring-fed water of the Texas Hill Country and quality time with his family. Derek is the proud husband of Julie and father of Henry and Frances. Derek is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and, in addition to Explore Austin and several other professional associations, has served his community as a member of the Children’s Council of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, Seton Forum, Youth Sports Coach & Committee Member of the West Austin Youth Association (WAYA), RISE School of Austin – Sportsman’s Club, Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo “Buyer’s Group” and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
Backwoods is an Austin-based, national outdoor retail company with a long history of providing its customers top quality technical gear and a broad collection of outdoor clothing and footwear. Founded in 1973 in Wichita, KS, Backwoods currently operates 9 retail locations in the Midwest, an online store and Backwoods Adventures, their adventure travel division, which offers a unique and first rate adventure travel experience for all levels of outdoor enthusiast. The primary goal of Backwoods is to inspire people to lead active, adventurous lives.
Jennifer has over 20 years of industry/general business experience including management of recreational facilities (YMCA and health clubs), direction of a multi-state medical management program as a vice president at Mutual of Omaha, and oversight and direction of Backwoods as CEO/Owner for the past 7 years.
Jennifer has also participated on many boards (non-profit and for profit) including CASA, The American Heart Association, Collegiate Alumni Board, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association and The Boy Scouts of America. She received a bachelor’s degree in recreation management and a master’s degree in exercise physiology.
Jen Ohlson is the Executive Director of All About Health where she leads the organization’s efforts to connect and strengthen the community’s collaborative mission to effect real change in the health in our youth and communities. Jen’s experience spans a number of functional areas, including hands on executive management experience as the owner of Pathway Productions since 1995 and managing director of UT’s Event Sales and Services Department in 2006-2007. In high school, Jen was honored as the most lettered athlete in Colorado history, with fifteen letters in five sports and multiple All-American and All-State honors. She was named the USA Today “Colorado Athlete of the Year” her senior year, all while posting a 3.9 GPA. Jen went on to letter in both soccer and track for four years at George Mason University and was nationally ranked as the ECAC Champion in the heptathlon. After graduation Jen started her own production company that developed a sports program focused on highlighting the “local heroes.” The program grew to become the highest-rated local sports show in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. After selling the show to FOX, Jen catapulted her talents to top TV markets as a sports reporter and anchor in Washington DC and Dallas. She moved to Austin in 2002 to work as a sports reporter, where she was once again able to focus her passion on spotlighting the local community and the city’s overall wellness. Working at KXAN 36, FOXSW and hosting athletic programs for the University of Texas, in 2006 she was contracted by UT to collaborate with 5 separate divisions of the athletic department to develop and implement a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy to improve attendance and atmosphere at UT sporting events.
Jen’s story-telling ability, community associations and most of all, passion for overall health and wellness helped her complete her most recent project, Every Town Needs a Trail. As an in-demand public speaker, Jen’s message provides a powerful, inspirational call for health and fitness awareness, citizen and political leadership and involvement, expansion and preservation of open space and a vision of a better life for all who seek it. Her influence is also felt serving on the advisory boards for Helping Hand Home for Children, Texas Trail Tamers and The Trail Foundation.
As a founder, Sarah Queen has served on the board of Explore Austin since its inception. She has over seven years of experience working with a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Currently, she is a partner with J. Hughes Consulting. Sarah Queen joined J. Hughes Consulting in August of 2008 after serving as the first Executive Director of Explore Austin. Previously, Ms. Queen has served as an attorney and consultant to Public Strategies, Inc. and as a corporate and securities attorney for Andrews Kurth, LLP in Houston and Austin. Ms. Queen has worked as a volunteer to raise money for numerous non-profit organizations, including the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Austin Children’s Museum, Communities In Schools, Seton Community Clinics, American Cancer Society and Wonders & Worries. Ms. Queen currently serves on the board of trustees of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board. She is a former board member of Wonders & Worries and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Ms. Queen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Virginia and a law degree at the University of Texas.
A graduate of Washington & Lee University and the University of Texas @ Austin School of Law, Pat joined Wells Fargo in 1998 when Wells Fargo acquired his private trust and investment company, Founders Trust Company. Now a Senior Vice President and Senior Regional Manager, Pat is managing director of and responsible for The Private Bank and the Wealth Management Group in Austin. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Pat was a practicing attorney in Austin for 15 years and the President and founder of Founders Trust Company. Pat has over 25 years experience in the , financial services industry. In addition to his involvement with Explore Austin, Pat’s professional affiliations include the State Bar of Texas, the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas (Board of Directors/Finance Committee), Dell Children’s Hospital of Central Texas Foundation (Board of Trustees/Finance Committee), KMFA 89.5 Classical Music (Board of Trustees/Past President/Chair of Endowment Committee/Finance Committee), Helping Hand Home (Advisory Director/Finance Committee), Knights of the Symphony, Southwestern University at Georgetown (Board of Visitors), The Nature Conservancy (Austin Development Board – Chair and State Board of Directors), Colorado River Foundation (Board of Directors/Past President/Endowment Trustee), Hospice of Austin Foundation (Board of Trustees), and Austin Museum of Arts (Board of Directors/Development Committee Chair).
In his role as CEO [of SailPoint], Mark brings to bear over 20 years of experience developing and leading innovative technology companies. Under Mark’s direction, SailPoint has grown from a collection of fresh ideas into a publicly recognized leader in the identity management software market. Mark directs and drives the overall vision and strategy for SailPoint, which is underpinned by his commitment and passion for building top-performing teams, creating a collaborative and innovative work environment, and focusing continuously on the needs of customers.
Teaming is a concept that Mark promotes throughout the company: teaming with forward-thinking customers to understand their needs, with partners to ensure customer success, and ultimately within SailPoint to develop innovative, market-leading solutions. Mark is passionate about maintaining the spirit of teamwork even as SailPoint grows its employee base and its global presence to offices around the world.
Mark has a successful track record building and growing ground-breaking identity management companies. In 2000, he founded Waveset Technologies. In its first three years, Waveset experienced rapid growth under Mark’s leadership, with revenue growth of 250 percent year over year. His leadership quickly took the company from small start-up to industry leader, ultimately leading to its acquisition in 2003 by Sun Microsystems, where Mark served as vice president of software marketing. Mark’s career also includes diverse experience in international sales and marketing with Hewlett-Packard and IBM/Tivoli Systems.