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Who We Are

Rebuilding Together Austin is run by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of active members of the Austin community and surrounding areas.

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Cindy Lee, Executive Director

Cindy Lee founded Rebuilding Together Austin in April 2013, and has since served as Executive Director.

Prior to founding the Austin affiliate, Cindy became familiar with the organization’s missions and values as Program and Development Director at Rebuilding Together Sacramento for nearly nine years. After moving to Austin, she expanded her nonprofit resume at Meals on Wheels Central Texas as the Home Repair Program Manager.

Cindy holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan, along with a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish from Grand Valley State University.

Bernadette Smith, President

Bernadette Smith joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2014 and currently leads the board as President.

Bernadette brings broad experience across multiple areas to the RTA board, including advertising, marketing, business development, strategic planning, PR, and brand management.

Bernadette received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the International Academy of Design & Technology. She has since worked in marketing and communications for nearly 12 years, most recently as a Regional Marketing Manager at DPR Construction.

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Dr. Paula Lowrey, Secretary

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston, Paula Lowrey began her educational focus on occupational therapy, earning a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University in Denton and a Dr. of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Saint Augustine.

Paula spent 18 years as an occupational therapist working with individuals throughout the life span. She previously worked at the University of South Alabama andhe now aides future therapists as OT Assistant Program Director and OTD Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences.

Matt Malcom, Treasurer

Matt Malcom is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with 20 years of experience working on all types of tax credit-financed transactions. Matt's clients have included real estate developers (affordable, market rate, and commercial), non-profits, state and local governments, and financial institutions.

In December 2010, Matt formed Malcom Accounting Services, LLC, to provide accounting and consulting services to his clients. His extensive experience and sharp financial acumen is especially useful in fulfilling his role as Board Treasurer on the RTA Board of Directors.

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Mark McGuire, Board Member

Mark McGuire joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2018.

Mark recently moved to the Austin area from Houston and is now owner & President of Good Neighbor Management, a local heating/air-conditioning company.  He has been affiliated with Rebuilding Together since 2004 where he served as a Board Director for Rebuilding Together Houston. 

Mark received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University & his Master of Business Administration degree from Abilene Christian University.



Daryl Flaming, Board Member

A seasoned engineering professional with over 30 years of hands-on expertise as a leader in project management, software development, systems engineering, and information technology integration, Daryl Flaming brings his demonstrated experience in defining and overseeing projects and resources as a Board of Directors volunteer at Rebuilding Together Austin.

Since 2008, Daryl has served as Sales Senior Engineer at InterSystems Corporation.

Bruce Rudy, Board Member

Bruce Rudy currently serves as Senior Executive Director of the Center for Professional Excellence at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As Assistant Professor in Strategic Management, he has received multiple awards for his dedication to teaching, including the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty from the University of Texas and an induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2014.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Management and a PhD in Strategic Management and Organizational Theory from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.




Lydia Rudy, Board Member

Lydia Rudy joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2013 as a founding board member.

After graduating with her Bachelor in Psychology from University of Colorado and Master of Social Work from University of Michigan, Lydia spent a number of years treating clients with mental health needs as well as advancing organizational improvement efforts within the healthcare field.

Lydia is currently the Chief Compliance Officer, and VP of Quality & Compliance at Haven Behavioral Healthcare. Her background in strategic planning is a valuable asset to the RTA board.

Michael Vaughn, Board Member

Michael Vaughn joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2014.

Michael is an attorney at Kastner Gravelle LLP, providing general corporate and licensing advice for clients. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University. He moved to Austin in 2007, but still supports his Wolverines. When not helping clients, Michael can be spotted around town with wife, Elizabeth, chasing his three children.  

Michael enjoys being a part of Rebuilding Together Austin and seeing the impact that volunteers can have on transforming the lives of people in the community who need a little help.