2018 Board of Directors

The New Milestones Foundation board is comprised of volunteers from a broad spectrum of our community who are actively engaged in supporting the goals and NMF mission. The board meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every other month February, April, June, August, October and December.

Scott Hector, Ph.D., President

Board member since 2010

Scott Hector is President of the Board of New Milestones.  He has served on the Board of New Milestones since 2010, most recently serving as chair of the committee on Friends of New Milestones since 2014. He has previously served on the Board of the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of Central Texas.  Scott holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has more than 25 years of experience as a technologist in the semiconductor industry.

Rachel Gunner, LCSW, BCD, CPC, President-Elect

Board member since 2015

Gunner is the New Milestones Board President-Elect, Co-chair of its Speaker’s Bureau and Chair of the Nominating Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in the State of Texas. She began her private practice as a psychotherapist in 1984 and continues to provide individual, couple and family counseling. She is also a certified professional coach and a trained mediator.  She has lectured and appeared on radio talk shows discussing relationship and sexual concerns, personality disorders, resistances to growth, women in management, and setting healthy boundaries. She has been a member of the Board of the” Centre for Attitudinal Healing”, Vice President of the Board of” The Care Communities”, and President of the Board for ”Trella’s Foundation.”

Nickie Froiland, Secretary

Board member since 2017

Froiland is a business consultant and national speaker who does not see life in terms of barriers, only the what-ifs that can bridge a client or person to their BHAGs, their Big Hairy Audacious Goals. As a born entrepreneur, by the age of 7 she found her girl power in winning sales contests and before turning 20, she was managing business operations, calibration systems, product consistency, labor costs and employee retention. She ultimately created company training programs and built several businesses of her own. In her philanthropic and volunteer efforts, Nickie is wholly focused on eradicating the stigma of mental illness in this country. She is addressing this through public policy work and an ongoing public awareness campaign. Nickie credits her mother as the fuel in her work.

Hadley Hempel

Board member since 2017

Frank Hoffman

Board member since 2017

Richard Hopkins

Board member since 2016

Hopkins serves on the board of directors for both New Milestones Foundation and Integral Care. A native of Mississippi, Hopkins provides expertise in the area of human resources and employee issue. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of many community organizations, among them the Austin Capital City Lions Club and the Austin Sickle Cell Anemia Associates. Hopkins has been instrumental in the creation and development of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, a free community event hosted by Integral Care. Currently, he is the Director of Programs for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and is an active member of the National Rehabilitation and Texas Rehabilitation associations.

Hal Katz

Board member since 2016

Katz serves on the board of directors for both New Milestones Foundation and Integral Care. He is a partner at Husch Blackwell and is Board Certified in Health Care Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He focuses his representation on clients doing business within the health care industry. His clients include physicians, hospitals, provider networks, managed care organizations, governmental entities, diagnostic centers and other health care providers across the state of Texas. Representation of these clients includes advising on corporate, transactional, regulatory and public policy matters. Katz was chair of the CommUnityCare board, where he served from 1998-2010, and is also the Vice Chair of the Austin Arts Commission.

Lynley Prather

Board member since 2015

Prather is a member of the New Milestones Board and the  Co-Chair for the 17th Annual Bridging the Gap Gala. She is founder and owner of FIG Marketing + Events in Austin. She is a dynamic strategic marketing and events professional with over 10 years’ experience, specializing in Marketing, Public Relations, Events, and Social Media Management.

Bill Robbins

Board member since 2017

Robbins is a 27 year resident of Austin, who has an extensive background in public relations and a passion for volunteer work.  He is currently a vice president of a UK-based PR firm, Touchdown PR, and has worked in PR for Dell, AMD, Hill & Knowlton, and Porter Novelli Public Relations, all in Austin. He also ran his own consulting firm, NJ2 Communications for more than three years before joining Touchdown PR. Bill served for more than seven years as the primary coordinator for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) run by the Foundation for the Homeless at Bethany United Methodist Church. He also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for more than five years, and serving as a mentor and volunteer at Purple Sage Elementary and Grisham Middle School.  

Stacy Strakowski

Board member since 2017

Stratkowski joined the New Milestones Board of Directors this year. She has been teaching Voice for more than two decades. Beginning with her education at Belmont University then New England Conservatory and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She teaches Voice and performs professionally across a wide genre of musical styles, she coached with Elly Ameling and Brian Zeger (Juilliard). She continues to expand her repertoire and knowledge by completing teacher training in Contemporary Commercial Music, Teaching Men to Sing, conducting and state licensure. She currently serves as Lecturer in Voice, Department of Theatre and Dance, at the University of Texas, Austin.

Past Board Members 

Mary L. Aldrich
Angelos Angelou
William Archer
John Barklay, III
Brent Bartholomew
Travis Benford
Francelle Bettinger
Donalyn Biscoe
Patricia Bizzell Tweedy
Michelle Brinkman
Terri Broussard Williams
Andrea Bryant
Samuel D. Byars
Martin Camp
Donna Carpenter
Robert Chapa, Jr.
Robert Chapa, Sr.
Reenie Collins
K. Dale Cooper
Shyra Darr
Floyd Davis
Exalton Delco, Ph.D.
Neil Diaz
Louis E. DeMoll, Jr.
Henry Dendy
Roger Drake
Rod Edens, III
Laura Eisenberg
Paul D. Ellis
Beatrice Fincher
Jean Frank
Dr. Joan Gibson Burnham
Valerie Granoff
Marvin Griffin
M.K. Hage, Jr
Anthony Haley
Susan Hawkins Sager
Jeff Heard
Genevieve Hearon
Lynda Henry
Jane Hilfer
Toni Inglis, RN
Dr. Ira Iscoe
Janna Jacobson
Merily Keller
Suzon Kemp

Willie Mae Kirk
Bruce Kruger
Alice Kuhn
Paul D. Leeke
James Lockhart
Charlotte London
Pamela Malone
Leonard Mann
General Marshal
Gloria Mata Pennington
Donald McCarthy
Jill McFarland
Joan Means Khabele
Rosie Mendoza
John Moore
Kerri Morrison
M.P. Mueller
Ron Mullen
Joyce Orr
Elvia Ortiz-Castro
Diane Payton Gomez
Ron Phelps
Joyce M. Prentice*
Pamela Reeves Malone
Kathy T. Rider
Jose Saenz
Samantha Sayers Berstein
Beverly Scarborough*
Denise Shade
Lynda Shanblum
Marcia Silverberg
JIll E. Smith
Gail Sulak
Jan Summer
Blake Talley
Natalie Thomas
Michelle Valles
Leo J. Welder, III
Tom Winstead
Judy Yudof
Tomas "Tom" Yufik, Ph.D.
Luis Rubén de Borbón
Carlos Zaffirini
Guadalupe Zamora, MD
* Deceased

For information about joining the NMF Board contact New Milestones Director, Mary Hearon, at 512.440.4051 (email Email).