Meet Our Board
Ten Basic Responsibilities of Our Volunteer Board
- Determine mission and purpose. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served.
- Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
- Support and evaluate the chief executive. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.
- Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
- Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and monitor their effectiveness.
- Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.
- Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
- Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
- Enhance the organization’s public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
2017 Board Members
Jack Marino – President. Jack is a Financial Advisor at Lake Hills Wealth Management with over a decade of investment experience. Jack grew up in Bryan, Texas and received a BBA from St. Edwards University. He and his wife, Erin reside in the Lake Travis area. Jack joined the board in 2014.
Renee Philips – Vice President. Renee has lived, served, and worked in the Lake Travis community since 2001. She recently transitioned to full time retirement from Independent Bank in Lakeway. Renee & her husband Bryan have been married for over 30 years and enjoy their two adult daughters, both who graduated from Lake Travis High School. Renee joined the board in 2014.
Thornton “TC” Cornell – TC is a Product Director for State Auto Insurance Company & is also a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife of 27 years have six children and live in Steiner Ranch where Shelley teaches 5th Grade. They attend church at Austin Christian Fellowship’s Four Points location. They moved to Austin in 2015 after living in the Fort Worth area for 25 years. TC joined the board in 2017.
Sylvia Earl and her husband have lived in the Lake Travis community since 2009 where they enjoy raising their two children. She graduated from George Mason University and built a career in accounting. Sylvia discovered her passion for helping others while volunteering as an ESL teacher. She now spends much of her free time working with various community outreach programs, including Young Men’s Service League and the National Charity League. Sylvia joined the board in 2016.
Brian Oaks has been a patent attorney with Baker Botts since 1998. Brian grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and came to Texas in 1990, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. After law school in Virginia and several years in Dallas, he and his family moved to Lakeway in 2009. They attend Lake Travis United Methodist Church, where Brian serves on the Missions Committee. Brian joined the board in 2016.
Keith Shaw is currently employed at Intel Corp as a senior design engineer. He and his wife Sheryl have two grown sons (both Vandegrift High School graduates) and actively serve with their church, Austin Christian Fellowship Four Points. Keith joined the board in 2017.