Our People

It takes a lot of extraordinary people to make Waterloo Greenway an extraordinary park.

They’re champions of gnarled tree roots and curious waterfowl. Advocates of grass blades tangled in hair and sun-warmed benches. Staunch supporters of hip-shaking and head-bobbing and stewards of happy little giggles and big oohs and ahhs. They love everything that Waterloo Greenway is and will become. And they’re working hard to make sure that you love your park just as much.

Board of Directors

Cotter Cunningham, Chair
Tim Lafrey, Chair-Elect and Treasurer
Melba Whatley, Immediate Past Chair
Martha Smiley, Secretary

Theresa Alvarez
Melanie Barnes
Colette Pierce Burnette
Marian Casey
Marie Crane
Virginia Cumberbatch
Paul D’Arcy
Russell Douglass
Sue Edwards
Gary Farmer
Bianca Garcia
Jesus Garza
Caroline Haley
Jonny Jones

Jeanne Klein
Tim LaFrey
Chris Mattsson
Tom Meredith
Leslie Moore
Katie Naranjo
Elizabeth Rogers
Chris Sanders
Martha Smiley
John Teinert
Tom Terkel
Jerry Webberman
Peggy Winkler

Our Staff

Kathy Miller Interim CEO
Melissa Ayala Community Engagement and Government Relations Director
Brendan Bujold Sponsorship and Premium Seat Sales Director
Camille Dedeaux Public Space Intern
Emily Erickson Office Manager
Homer Gonzalez Communications Coordinator
Sherri Goodman Grants Manager
Elyssa Howard Marketing Coordinator
Grace Kerstetter Moody Amphitheater Box Office Manager
Delores Lenzy-Jones Chief Financial Officer
Garrett Long Moody Amphitheater Operations Manager
Donald Miller Programming & Events Manager
Evelyn Nazro Chief Development Officer
Martin Nembhard Director of Park Operations
Chris Perkes Capital Projects Manager
Kelly Pierce Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board Liaison
John Rigdon Director of Planning and Design
Erica Saenz Chief Operating Officer
Jared Stone Moody Amphitheater General Manager
Jon Windham Creative Lead
x Kathy Miller Interim CEO

Meet our Interim CEO, Kathy Miller. She will be guiding the organization forward as former CEO Peter Mullan departs for a new role as Chief of Architecture and Urban Design for the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP). Miller began her post with the Conservancy on March 15, previously serving as Executive Director of the Texas Freedom Network for 16 years. She has also held the role of Interim Executive Director for Every Texan since November 2020.

As Miller assumes her new role, Waterloo Greenway’s Board of Directors are beginning the process of starting a national search for its next leader, a process anticipated to take six months to a year. The search will include internal and local candidates, as well as those from around the country who share the Conservancy’s calling and believe in its mission of environmental and cultural stewardship.

“I am honored to join the talented staff at Waterloo Greenway and work alongside the dedicated board and our city and community partners throughout this new season for the organization,” said Miller. “I have a passion for the critical mission of the organization and the utmost respect for the impact it is making in the community that is our home. I am excited to play just a small part in this iconic and inclusive place-making effort, and I intend to use my experience to make this transition as seamless as possible.”

x Melissa Ayala Community Engagement and Government Relations Director

Melissa engages the community in interactive initiatives designed to spark a diverse and inclusive dialogue on Waterloo Greenway planning and programs. She also guides our efforts at City Hall, where she developed strong relationships while leading Capital Metro’s strategic plan for the future of Central Texas transportation. A first-generation Texan Latina, Melissa was the transit organization’s first Spanish-speaking spokesperson. Melissa holds a B.J. in journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

x Brendan Bujold Sponsorship and Premium Seat Sales Director

If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how to secure the best seats at Moody Amphitheater, Brendan Bujold can help! He leads business development for the Live Nation concert series at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park and oversees sponsorships, premium seating, group and hospitality packages, as well as other revenue-generating programs at the venue. Previously, Brendan served as the Strategic Partnership Director at the Long Center and as the Development Director at Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Concordia College.

x Camille Dedeaux Public Space Intern

As Waterloo Greenway’s Public Space Intern, Camille is spending the summer working closely under our Director of Park Operations Martin Nembhard, facilitating him in his daily tasks, helping to ensure the environmental sustainability of park operations, and even heading up a few projects of her own.

Currently, Camille is spearheading an effort to create a system of QR codes which will be placed throughout Waterloo Park and act as a public engagement tool for environmental education. Camille’s academic background is in Environmental Science, Policy, and Social Work, a combination based on her interest in humans and their relationship with the natural world.

Camille is most passionate about encouraging stewardship among her fellow community members and feels strongly about advocating for environmental justice. In the past, Camille has worked with other nonprofits in the Austin area such as Urban Roots and West Austin Youth Association. Camille will graduate from St. Edward’s University in December with her Bachelor’s of Science.

x Emily Erickson Office Manager

Emily keeps us from going up Waller Creek without the proverbial paddle by making sure our beautiful home base at Symphony Square runs flawlessly. This native Austinite came to us after working in the sustainable agriculture movement for over 10 years, most recently serving as president of the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. She previously worked at the SIMS Foundation, where she was instrumental in the formation of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Emily holds a degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

x Homer Gonzalez Communications Coordinator

Homer amplifies the voice of Waterloo Greenway by sharing our organization’s efforts, successes, and needs through a variety of communication channels. Prior to joining our team, he was the social media manager and video editor at Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts in New Braunfels, TX. He also interned at the Texas Film Commission after graduating from Texas State University in 2014 with a B.A. in mass communication and electronic media.

x Sherri Goodman Grants Manager

Sherri, aka “the grant guru,” is the vital link between our organization and funding opportunities that align with the Waterloo Greenway mission and vision. She manages every step in the grant cycle, including crafting can’t-turn-down proposals, reporting, monitoring, and creating strong funder relationships. She came to us from Austin Habitat for Humanity, where she was Director of Grants and Contracts. Sherri holds a B.A.A.S in nonprofit studies from the University of North Texas.

x Elyssa Howard Marketing Coordinator

Elyssa Howard implements and supports marketing plans for Waterloo Greenway programs and the Live Nation/C3 Presents concert series at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Previously, she served as Marketing Coordinator for UT Austin’s Frank Erwin Center and the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX. Elyssa holds a B.S. in Business Marketing and Communications from Trinity University.

x Grace Kerstetter Moody Amphitheater Box Office Manager

Grace Kerstetter manages the day-to-day box office and ticketing operations for the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Previously, she served as a Concerts Ticketing Manager at C3 Presents/Live Nation. Grace holds a B.A. in Global Studies with an emphasis in International Business from St. Edward’s University.

x Delores Lenzy-Jones Chief Financial Officer

Delores Lenzy-Jones is the Chief Financial Officer of Waterloo Greenway. Delores leaves people and places better than she found them. She has spent most of her career at two Fortune 50 companies – Dell Technologies and Microsoft. She most recently worked at CPS Energy as the Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer. As a servant leader, she has served on numerous public and private boards/commissions including the City of Austin, FM Global and Any Baby Can. Delores earned an BBA & MBA in Finance for St. Mary’s University & a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas. She is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and chartered global management accountant.

x Garrett Long Moody Amphitheater Operations Manager

Garrett Long oversees all facility operations and maintenance at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Previously, he served as the Event Operations Manager for the Las Vegas Raiders and as Event Logistics Manager and Motorsport Operations Coordinator at Circuit of the Americas. Garrett holds a B.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M University.

x Donald Miller Programming & Events Manager

Donald designs and manages an astonishing array of public programs that are an open invitation for visitors to immerse themselves in Waterloo Greenway and each other. He honed the art of park-perfect gatherings as the event coordinator at Discovery Green, a 12-acre urban park in Houston, where he worked with hundreds of programming partners to present more than 700 public and private events a year. Donald holds a B.A. in communication and information sciences from The University of Alabama.

x Evelyn Nazro Chief Development Officer

Major gifts make a major difference to Waterloo Greenway — and it’s Evvie who ensures that we successfully identify, cultivate, and honor them. This long-time Austinite has worked as a professional fundraiser for local Austin nonprofits, such as El Buen Samaritano, KIPP Austin, and Foundation Communities. She also spent nine years at Public Strategies, where she managed strategic communications and outreach for nonprofit organizations and corporations. She began her career working for Vice President Al Gore in Washington, D.C. Evvie holds a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University.

x Martin Nembhard Director of Park Operations

As Director of Park Operations at Waterloo Greenway, Martin is responsible for establishing and maintaining the daily upkeep standards for our marvelous destinations. Originally from Jamaica, Martin has spent the past 14 years leading operations at well-esteemed urban parks. He was manager of Bryant Park and then VP of Operations at the High Line in NYC before moving to Florida to head up operations for Miami-Dade County’s Parks Department. Martin holds a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College, CUNY.

x Chris Perkes Capital Projects Manager

Chris ensures that the dynamic puzzle pieces of the Creek Delta project fit together neatly to create a new, environmentally-focused space for community gatherings and celebrations along Waterloo Greenway. His passion for sustainable development and green infrastructure combined with his planning and design expertise from private practice and his background in ecological research enable him to translate ambitious design visions into pragmatic realities. Chris earned an M.S. in Community & Regional Planning and an M.S. in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin and maintains his AICP and SITES AP certifications.

x Kelly Pierce Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board Liaison

Kelly empowers our CEO, board, and committees to focus on transformation instead of administration and coordination. Before becoming an indispensable part of our team, she was expanding our city’s trailheads of learning as a development assistant at The University of Texas Libraries. She was also an associate teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York. Kelly holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina.

x John Rigdon Director of Planning and Design

John is at the helm of Waterloo Greenway capital project, skillfully weaving together the efforts of the project managers, the City of Austin, and the design team. With roots in sustainable city planning and community engagement, he has provided forward-looking solutions to a vast array of project management, design, and programming challenges across his career. John earned an M.S. in community and regional planning from The University of Texas at Austin.

x Erica Saenz Chief Operating Officer

As COO of Waterloo Greenway, Erica Saenz plays a crucial role in building our organizational infrastructure and executing our strategic plan. Previously, she served as Associate VP for Assessment and Strategic Planning and Associate VP for Community and External Relations at The University of Texas at Austin. Board and service commitments include the Community Advancement Network, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, I Live Here I Give Here, The Hispanic Alliance, The Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Texas Exes Alumni Association. Erica holds a BA from UT-Austin and an MFA from UCLA.

x Jared Stone Moody Amphitheater General Manager

Jared Stone oversees all management and business operations for the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park, ensuring the venue and all related matters operate at the highest standards. Previously, Jared served as the General Manager at North Waterfront Park Amphitheater in Wilmington, North Carolina. He has a strong background in business operations, entertainment management, and event production. Jared holds a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

x Jon Windham Creative Lead

Jon brings to life Waterloo Greenway for diverse audiences, with compelling visuals that make a powerful, action-driving impression. A long-time creative director and artist, he was a design and production lead at Big Medium, an Austin arts-based nonprofit. His deep involvement in our local and visual arts communities aligns with his passion for building a park that will offer so many people an abundance of cultural joy. He holds an A.A.S from the Art Institute of Colorado.