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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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Lesley Khan-Farooqi, Board Member

Lesley Khan-Farooqi is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine teaching within the Occupational Therapy Program. Lesley graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelors in Biology and Psychology, before pursing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lesley has been an occupational therapist for 8 years, working with individuals across the lifespan to improve their independence and participation in their daily activities.


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.

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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.

 

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Lydia Rudy, Secretary

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.


Albert Allen, Board Member

Albert Allen joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2018.

Albert is a fourth generation Austinite and a Realtor with Green City Realty, a boutique residential real estate firm in Austin, Texas.  He also serves on the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) Foundation board, which sets philanthropic goals for the real estate profession. Albert’s love for the City of Austin and its people motivates him to seek opportunities to serve, collaborate, and educate the community. 

Albert received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Management and master’s degree in Land Use Management and Development from Texas State University in San Marcos. Albert also holds a LEED accreditation from the US Green Build Council.

Amanda Garcia, Board Member

Amanda Garcia joined the Rebuilding Together Austin Board of Directors in 2018.  Though the growth Austin continues to gain, Amanda knows the importance of helping others who may not be as fortunate. Serving as a board member with RTA, Amanda is able to give back and make a difference. 

Amanda was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She brings broad experience across multiple areas of property management/real estate (affordable, senior & student housing, residential, multi-family, etc.).

Amanda studied Psychology, with a minor in Business at the University of Texas Austin. In 2017 she obtained her Texas Real Estate License and is now a Realtor with JB Goodwin. 

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