GTX Connect is energized by a dedicated group of local citizens from Georgetown. Together, we are resourceful, engaged and committed to helping you reach creative solutions to local problems. With the help and service from our community, we have rallied around various programs and supported initiatives that have made a huge impact in Georgetown. Our Executive Director, Chuck Collins, works with our board members, team members, local organizations, and other officials to build and expand the valuable relationships throughout our city neighborhoods.
I grew up in a part of Denver that is almost identical to Southeast Georgetown. That is why I moved here in 2001 and have no intention of leaving. Before coming here, I served in the United States Air Force for 10 years and then went back to school to earn my degree in Management, Information Systems from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.
I have worked for various corporations including British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and General Motors. With my wife Irma, I’ve raised five kids in this community; Justin, Miguel, Iesha, Izabel, and Saby. I am a huge believer in neighbors coming together to help each other and build a community all can be proud of.
“Born, Raised, Lives and will die in SE Georgetown”. Her mother and grandparents are all Georgetown Residents. She graduated from Georgetown High School, married Zeferino Mendoza from San Luis Potosi Mexico, and has three Sons – Zeferino, Pedro and Cordero Mendoza.
Her passions include Higher Education and Giving a Hand Up to those who cross her path with whatever their needs are. Kathy has worked as a:
Williamson County Auditor, Williamson County EMS – Assistant to both dept.
- GISD – Custodial Secretary, Pre-K Aid.
- Southwestern University’s Upward Bound Program.
- RRISD – Budget Specialist
- United Way Wilco and Georgetown Health Foundation – Administrative Specialist for Nonprofits Training
Board Vice President
Director of Health Outreach
Ritalinda D'Andrea Lee, PhD
Ritalinda is a community-based public health researcher with expertise in program outcome evaluation, participatory research methods, health services delivery research and intervention design. She holds a doctorate in counseling and has been a mental health clinician who specialized in behavioral medicine for children and adults with chronic and acute illnesses. Dr. Lee served on the faculty of four graduate and medical schools where she taught courses in research methods, statistics and community health interventions.
Director of Immigrant Services
Mike Sebald has been recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice as an Accredited Representative, qualifying him to provide low-cost immigration legal representation for low-income community members. He is a retired insurance claim consultant who worked with the State Farm Insurance Companies for 37 years. He has volunteered as an English language tutor and has several years of experience doing immigration work with the Immigration Project in Illinois and with Catholic Charities in Austin. He speaks English, Spanish, and German.
BS Vassar College Psychology, minor English, Drama
MFA Catholic University, Playwriting, Theatre History
Before moving to Texas I spent twelve years as an Information Specialist for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland where I worked with the National Library of Medicine and other Research Universities/Facilities and assisted in the development of the Aids, Human Genome and other medical/research databases. My employment experience since moving to Austin from Baltimore has been as the Grants Coordinator for Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled Inc; Grants and Contracts Coordinator for El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission; Grants and Contracts Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas [BBBS-CT]; Director of Development for American YouthWorks; Grants Specialist for the Region XIII Education Service Center [RESCXIII] in Texas; and Information Specialist at Hogg Foundation Library. Honors include the Horace Morse Award for Excellence in Study of History, International Foundation for Theatre Research and Alden B Dow Creativity Fellowship. Also a playwright, director, his performances include Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy, the role of ex-Negro League baseball player Troy Maxsome in August Wilson’s Fences, Lord Capulet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a calypso singer in the American premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Derek Walcot’s Pantomine, and the Voice of God in the Wakefield Cycles. His plays have won the Baltimore, South Carolina, and National Black Theatre Festivals and been performed in New York City, Illinois, Michigan, Washington DC and San Antonio.
Director of Educational Outreach
Janna was born and raised right here in Central Texas. Four generations of her family live in and near Georgetown to this day. She obtained her BBA in Management from Texas State University and proceeded to work for small business owners in the area. Growing up in the outdoors of the Texas hill country, unknowingly prepared her to keep safety top of mind along with a love of nature and animals. She has been a foster for PAWS of Austin Great Dane Rescue for the past 5 years, and in 2020 joined the wonderful group of fosters at Williamson County Animal Shelter that specializes in puppies and new momma dogs. She saw COVID-19 as a call to action and has enjoyed working with Southeast Georgetown Community Council to facilitate solutions around education.