Person Type: Board

Mark Strama, Board Chair

General Manager, Expansion Markets
Google Fiber

Mark has worked at Google Fiber in various roles since 2013. Previously, he represented the north Austin area in the Texas House of Representatives. Mark received Honorable Mentions on Texas Monthly’s Ten Best Legislators list in three of his five sessions in the House. Texas Monthly said “Strama cares as much about others’ success as his own.”

Prior to running for public office, Mark founded the first company to enable Americans to fill out a voter registration form on the Internet – 700,000 people used this technology to register to vote in the 2000 election cycle. Earlier, Mark was Director of Programs at Rock the Vote, a non-partisan organization that works with MTV and the music industry to engage young people in the political process. He previously worked for former Texas Governor Ann Richards and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. Mark graduated from Brown University with degrees in philosophy and political science. He is married to Crystal Cotti, and they have three daughters.

Dr. Richard Rhodes

Austin Community College

Since joining the Austin Community College District in September 2011, Dr. Rhodes has worked to improve pathways into higher education, strengthen awareness of the community college mission, and give students the tools to accomplish their educational, professional, and personal goals.

A native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Arts in Educational Management and Development from New Mexico State University. He earned his doctorate through the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving its Distinguished Graduate Award in 2001.

His professional associations include the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges; Board Member of the Texas Student Success Council; Board Member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council; and Past Chair of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Rhodes also is a Board Member for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Educational Testing Service National Community College Advisory Council, and a member of the STEM Higher Education Council.

Dr. Rhodes is active in the community, serving as Past Chair of the Board for American YouthWorks as well as serving on the boards of local Chambers of Commerce. He also is a member of the board of the Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council; Austin Partners in Education; E3 Alliance and United Way for Greater Austin.

Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Rhodes served as President of El Paso Community College for 10 years and as Vice President of Business Services at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for seven years.

Dr. Rhodes is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife, Kate, have four children and seven grandchildren. Dr. Rhodes enjoys reading, golf, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Poppe, Board Treasurer

Retired Lawyer
Vinson & Elkins

Jennifer is a retired lawyer who has returned to the University of Texas to pursue a degree in astronomy. Jennifer received her first undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Texas in 1995 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998. After graduating, Jennifer practiced law for 23 years at Vinson & Elkins LLP. She focused her practice on civil litigation, primarily representing companies and their officers and directors in lawsuits and other disputes with shareholders. But Jennifer always considered returning to school to study astronomy. In 2021, she decided to make that dream her reality; she retired from the practice of law and returned to the University of Texas as an undergraduate student once again. Jennifer’s new studies have just begun, but she is enjoying learning about the universe and all it contains.

Jennifer first became involved with United Way through its Women United donor network in 2009. She was initially drawn to its work with Success By Six and early childhood education. Jennifer then learned more about United Way’s broader mission to help fight poverty in Central Texas and wanted to become more involved. She served on the Executive Committee for Women United for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2014. She has served on the Board from 2014-2020 and 2021 to the present.

When she is not studying the stars, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family in Austin and Colorado, spoiling her five grandchildren, and being outdoors with her Labrador, Newton.

Rina vonFrisch

Senior Business Consultant
Kendra Scott

Rina earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Business and Communication from Arizona State University. She is a graduate of the 2015 CBA Executive Banking School class, and the 2014 Leadership Austin class.

Rina currently sits on the board for Girl Scouts of Central Texas and is a part of their Juliette’s Circle. She is involved with the United Way Development Committee and is a part of their Women’s Leadership Council. She volunteers at Ann Richard’s School for Young Women Leaders, Habitat for Humanity, and many other local organizations. She has been asked to speak at local and national conferences for the National Diversity Council.

Rina was a finalist for Austin’s 2015 Profiles in Power award by Austin Business Journal. She was awarded in 2014, the Most Powerful & Influential Women in Texas by the National Diversity Council. She has received a number of Wells Fargo awards over her tenure with the bank.

Shawn Kotoske

Managing Partner
ATX Defense

Shawn Kotoske is currently the Director of Internal Administration at Public Consulting Group (PCG), where he has worked in both education and healthcare management consulting for nearly 10 years. During this time Shawn has worked exclusively with state and local governments to increase the funding and efficiency of their public programs. This has led to a deep understanding of social needs and a strong affinity for UWATX’s mission focused on underserved youth.

Shawn is a decorated war veteran who served our country in the United States Army for 9 years. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the Iraq War where he led signals intelligence operations for the southern half of the country. He left the military with the rank of Captain. Shawn holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and an Ed. M. in Education Policy Management from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Shawn has served on United Way for Greater Austin’s Resource Development Committee for over a year, and most recently served on the Ruthless Good Production Team. Most notably, he is responsible for PCG coming on board as the Presenting Sponsor of Ruthless Good. He is excited for the opportunity to serve on the UWATX board.

In his free time, Shawn takes care of his backyard chicken coop and enjoys traveling to places where he can SCUBA dive.

Bobby Jenkins

ABC Home & Commercial Services

Bobby Jenkins is owner of ABC Home & Commercial Services with offices in Austin, San Antonio, College Station, Bell County, and Corpus Christi. ABC employs over 850 people and offers a wide variety of services including pest and termite control, lawn care and mowing, landscaping and irrigation, tree trimming, air conditioning and heating, plumbing and electrical, water quality, pool cleaning and repair, handyman services, window cleaning and power washing, and appliance repair. Bobby is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in business management.

Bobby is the current chair of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and a past chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and past chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is a past president of both the Texas and National Pest Management Associations and a past chair of the Better Business Bureau. He is a past chair and current board member of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and the Alzheimer’s Texas Association. Bobby currently serves on the board of The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University. He is a past chair for Caritas of Austin and has served as a tri-chair for the bond oversight committee with AISD. He is a past chair and current board member of the American Heart Association and has served as the co-chair for the Heat Walk. Bobby is a past co-chair for the United Way Annual Campaign. He is the co-founder and board member of Recognize Good and past chair and current board member of Austin Gives. He currently serves as a trustee for the Texas Higher Education Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation and is a board member of E3 Alliance, the Moss Pieratt Foundation and is the current chair of the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation. He also serves on the executive committee of the Texas Business leadership Council, is on the advisory board for Texas Capital Bank, and is the chairman of the Professional Pest Management Alliance.

Bobby has been married to his wife Jan for 37 years and they have three children; Jessica Pieratt 34, Chelsea 31, and Bo 28. He has four wonderful grandchildren; Moss, Madeline, Frances and Robby.

Patrick Hadlock

Partner and Managing Director
Boston Consulting Group

Patrick Hadlock joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2000. He currently serves as a Partner and Managing Director in the Dallas office. He is an active member of the firm’s Consumer and Marketing, Sales & Pricing practices and its public-sector areas. At BCG, Patrick has helped consumer companies such as retailers, restaurants, hotels, and airlines grow through commercial transformation. He has helped companies understand how commercial and technology trends will reshape their industries—and to think about which capabilities to bet on. He has designed new operating models and organizations that will take advantage of the emerging digital age.

Patrick has also helped governments transform through adoption of best practices in the private sector as well the latest technology capabilities. Patrick is a much-quoted expert in the field of consumer packaged goods. He was a featured speaker at the 2014 GMA Leadership Forum. Before joining BCG, Patrick worked at GE Capital in New York.

Jennifer Foster

Head of Americas eCommerce Sales & Field Marketing
Dell Technologies

Jennifer Foster leads Americas SB ecommerce for Dell Technologies. She has over 20 years of technology and financial services experience with more than 10+ years leading global roles. Prior to joining Dell, Jennifer was a commercial and investment banker.

Outside of work Jennifer is heavily involved in philanthropic giving, and her family governs the Jack Foster Family Foundation to further support the community needs.

Jennifer has an MBA from University of Utah and an undergraduate degree from Westminster College. She enjoys travel, skiing, golfing, riding horses, and watching her son Jack in all his various sports.

Jeremiah Bentley

Vice President, Marketing & Community Affairs
Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, digital media, and customer outreach efforts. He previously worked in corporate communications and government affairs over his 20-year career with the company.

Jeremiah is on the executive committee of the Greater of Austin Chamber of Commerce and is member of the board of directors for Leadership Austin, the Austin Ed Fund, United Way for Greater Austin, and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also serves in a variety of other roles in community organizations throughout the Austin area. Jeremiah is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Austin Essentials program. Jeremiah lives in northwest Austin with his wife Brandy and two young boys. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington with a BS in University Studies.