The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin

PBKAAGA Officers:
Suzon Kemp, President

Suzon Spiller Kemp, Austin investor, received her education from the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She worked at the Library of Congress, and for United States Senator Albert Gore Sr. in Washington, D.C. She was Director of Hospice and Volunteer Services for Girling Health Care Inc., in Austin. She served both civic and social leadership roles, being recognized for her services by the City of Austin for her contribution on the Human Relation Commission and the Police Community Relations Advisory Board. Later, she worked within charitable organizations such as Women’s Resources Class of 2011 Leadership Texas and the Tranquility Garden University Medical Center Brackenridge steering committee, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation/UT Memorial Museum Dino Pit steering committee and served on the Board of Directors of The Settlement Home for Children, Home of the Holy Infancy (Marywood Adoption Agency), Travis County Integral Care New Milestone Foundation, Mental Health America of Texas, in addition to many others. She currently serves on the University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, Texas Book Festival Board of Advisors, UT Austin College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology Advisory Committee, The University of Texas Elementary School (Little Longhorns) Management Board, Board of Directors of Austin Child Guidance Center, UT Austin College of Liberal Arts History Department Visiting Committee, and St. Gabriel's Catholic School Board of Trustees. She is married to Bill Kemp (for 53 years) and has five (5) grown children and nine (9) grandchildren including a set of triplets born to her eldest daughter in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pam Autrey, 1st Vice President

Pam Autrey received her B.A., M.L.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1968.  Dr. Autrey’s professional career has been focused on the areas of mediation, management strategy and information science.  During the last 12 years, she has served as a volunteer mediator at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and the Travis County Juvenile Court system.  Prior to this, she was a management consultant, taught strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Texas business school, and held positions in the Texas Governor’s Office and the University of Texas Library.  Past civic engagements include serving on the Advisory Committee of Project GRAD USA, participation in Leadership Texas, serving on the State of Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission and on the Executive Committee of the Austin Theatre Alliance.  She was also Chair of the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. She is married and has two children and five grandchildren.

Bill Schleuse, Second Vice President

Dr. William Schleuse was elected to the Alpha chapter as a junior at UT Austin where he graduated with High Honors.  He earned an M.D. degree at UTMB Galveston, and completed training and board certification in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis at UTMB and the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute.  He maintained a private practice in Houston and later Austin, was a Clinical Associate Professor at Baylor Medical School and a faculty member at the Houston/Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, and was president of the Houston Psychiatric Society and the Austin/San Antonio Psychoanalytic Society.  Bill has served on boards of several other non-profits in Houston and Austin, most recently the Austin Chamber Music Center.  Non-professional activities have included sailing, photography and teaching the history of photography.  

Joyce Pulich, Secretary

Joyce Ilse Pulich was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1969 at Rice University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Sociology. She has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Houston. She received Ford Foundation funding for her Master’s thesis: Analysis of the Power Structure of a Model Cities Planning Board.  Joyce worked as an adjunct instructor in Sociology at Del Mar Junior College from 1973-1980. From 1980-81, she worked as a counselor in a dropout prevention program in Corpus Christi, Texas. She worked for the City of Port Aransas, Texas as a planning coordinator (1981-82), assistant city manager (1982-83) and city manager (1983-86). From 1986 through 2007, Joyce worked for various City of Austin departments in financial and administrative management positions. During that time she continued to teach Sociology as a part-time adjunct instructor at Austin Community College (ACC). Following her retirement from the City of Austin, she continues to teach part-time at ACC. She has served as Secretary on the Phi Beta Kappa Board of Directors for 16 years.  Joyce was elected to the Port Aransas City Charter Commission (1977-78) and the Port Aransas Independent School District Board of Trustees (1979-1983). Her current volunteer activities include Prison Ministry coordinator at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Interfaith Hospitality Network team member (homeless ministry), various other church ministries, Austin Partners in Education second grade classroom coach, Rice Alumni Association Book Club coordinator, and Austin Association of University Women Fellowship Committee chair.

Robin Ingari, Treasurer

A graduate of the University of Texas, Robin Ingari is currently Executive Vice President for American Bank, and is the Regional Credit/Risk officer for the bank. A seasoned banker, she has more than 30 years of experience with JP Morgan, Comerica, and Regions Bank. Her experience includes starting and managing technology lending groups, business banking lending groups, and corporate and commercial lending groups. Immediately prior to American Bank, she was Senior Vice President for Regions and market manager for Commercial/Corporate Banking for Central Texas. Robin’s current community involvement includes being vice president/ board member for the state chapter of Risk Management Association (RMA), as well as past president and board member for Central Texas RMA.  Previous involvement includes Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Committee for Any Baby Can, Community Advisory Board member for Helping Hand, Scholarship Committee for the University of Texas, treasurer/board member of Austin Theater Alliance, treasurer/board member of the State Theater, treasurer/board member of Austin Women in Technology, Executive Committee for American Heart Association, committee member for Austin County Livestock show, Executive council for Austin Business Journal and Ambassador committee for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

PBKAAGA Board Members:

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie

Dr. Gemma Marangoni Ainslie is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, TX.  As well as serving in multiple leadership positions in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Gemma has presented at international, national, regional, and local professional meetings on topics such as metaphor, memory and myth; psychoanalysis and the arts, especially film and poetry; female and gender development; various aspects of the clinical encounter.  Her earliest research, while she was in training at the University of Michigan Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Child Analytic Study Program there, addressed topics of transsexuality and female psychological development at the menarche.  Gemma was inducted into the Lambda of Ohio Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year at Ohio University, where she received her BA in Psychology; she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She has received leadership and service recognition from several psychoanalytic organizations, is certified by and a Fellow in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Education.  In Austin, as well as consulting to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School from 1983-2012, she has been President of the Board of All Saints Episcopal Day School, and served on the Boards of Any Baby Can and of Women and Their Work, a gallery dedicated to art by women.  Currently she is on the Board of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.  Recently, when looking into her induction into Lambda of Ohio, Gemma was reminded that there was no formal induction ceremony on May 26, 1970 because the National Guard had been deployed to the campus following anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and students had been evacuated. 

Michelle Berger

Dr. Michelle Berger is an Indiana native, graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed her residency training at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. She has practiced medicine in Austin since completing her residency. She is board certified in ophthalmology and is past president of the Texas Ophthalmology association.

Currently Dr. Berger is the President of Travis County Medical Society, past chair of the Travis County Delegation to the Texas Medical Association and American Medical Association alternate delegate from Texas.

She is a passionate and effective advocate for medicine as a profession. In addition to her busy career in medicine, she has found time to be active in her community including service on the boards of the Austin Symphony, the Northwest Rotary Club, and Travis County Medical Society Alliance.

Catherine Jaffe

Catherine Jaffe, professor of Spanish literature, grew up in Rockville, Maryland, where she was elected president of her public high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Georgetown University in 1980. After graduating magna cum laude in Honors English, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. She moved with her husband to Austin in 1986 and since then has served on the faculty at Texas State University. Cathy researches women writers and women’s history in 18th-19th-century Spain, focusing especially on women during the Enlightenment. She serves on several editorial boards and professional committees and travels frequently to Spain for her research. At Texas State, she served as Spanish graduate advisor for many years, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish literature and in the Honors College, where she established an interdisciplinary program in humanities. A founding member of Texas State’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, she currently serves as its vice president. Cathy joined the PBKAAGA when it first began in the late 1990’s. She and her husband Dan raised two sons in Austin.

Michael Palombo

Michael Palombo graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Here, he was inducted into the Alpha of Tennessee chapter for Phi Beta Kappa of Vanderbilt University in the Spring of 2015. Michael currently works for Deloitte and Touche in Austin, TX, focused on Technology and Financial Service projects. As a new member of the Austin Phi Beta Kappa board, he looks forward to acting as a liaison between current Texas Phi Beta Kappa students, young alumnae in the area, and board members to further the mission of scholarship, curiosity and learning.

Yash Sabharwal

An accomplished entrepreneur, Yash has over 20 years of experience with establishing and growing technology-based companies in the life sciences.  He is formally trained as an optical engineer with an emphasis in biomedical and medical imaging technologies. Yash co-founded his first company, Optical Insights, in 1997. 

Optical Insights, was a leader in the development and manufacturing of spectral imaging systems for fluorescence microscopy, high-throughput screening (HTS), and high-content screening (HCS).  He led the optical design and software development efforts as well as managing financial operations from early stage inception to the sale of the company to Roper Industries in 2005.  Following the sale of Optical Insights, he managed product marketing for scientific digital cameras at Photometrics, a division of Roper Industries.

In 2006, Yash left Photometrics to take some time off while looking for his next opportunity.  In 2010, he moved to Austin, Texas with his fiancée and joined the technical co-founders of Xeris Pharmaceuticals to formally launch the company in 2011.  From 2011 to 2014, Yash served as COO and CFO at Xeris building the operational infrastructure and leading fundraising efforts.  Over this period, Xeris raised over $20M in private capital and $5M in non-dilutive funding.  From 2015 to 2016, he focused on his COO role managing pharmaceutical manufacturing operations while continuing to assist with the next stage of fundraising which yielded another $50M in private investment.  Having successfully grown Xeris to a point of financial and operational stability, Yash left in September 2016 after 6 ½ years to spend more time with his family. 

Yash has a B.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.  He sits on the board of directors for the Austin Technology Council and the Austin chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is actively involved in the life sciences community in Austin including the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. He loves living in Austin, Texas and working with and mentoring the creative entrepreneurs of this wonderful city.  
Joyce Statz

Dr. Joyce Statz earned her Ph.D. in Systems and Information Science from Syracuse University in 1973. She taught Computer Science at Bowling Green State University for five years, earning tenure, but then was enticed to go into industry. After working in software development and management at Texas Instruments for 15 years, she and two colleagues established a software process consulting firm. That firm served more than 100 clients throughout the world who were measuring, improving, and monitoring their software development and management processes until it was sold to Borland Software Corporation. Since 2007 Joyce has been teaching and consulting with clients in areas of business analysis, requirements management, measurement, and project management. She developed the Business Analysis Certificate Program for Austin Community College, where she teaches courses quarterly. She has published papers about risk management and project management, and she has served on writing and review teams for project management and business analysis standards, including the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge. She has served on several boards and participates in a variety of community service efforts. Her volunteer time is primarily focused on her church and her neighborhood association at this point. Joyce received her BA in Mathematics from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1969, before it had a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  When the Theta of Minnesota chapter was founded at the College in 2010, Joyce was one of six alumni and faculty invited to be the founding members of the chapter.

Louise Weinberg

Louise Weinberg is holder of the Bates Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Weinberg teaches and writes in Constitutional Law and Federal Courts. A recently developed course, Constitutional Dynamics, is a stellar example of how she encourages professional development of her students – in this instance, examining Supreme Court cases. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell and holds two Harvard Law degrees. She practiced in Boston as an associate in litigation with Bingham Dana & Gould, now Bingham McCutchen. She has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, and Stanford, and has received the Texas Exes' Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and currently serves as an invited Adviser to the projected American Law Institute Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws. A frequently invited public speaker, she has served as a Forum Fellow of the World International Forum, Davos. In addition to her scholarly writing and speaking, she is also a sought-out speaker in the general public.

Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg holds the Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science at the University of Texas Department of Physics, where he is also the Director of the Theory Research Group. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, jointly with Sheldon Lee Glashow and Abdus Salam, for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. Interested in theoretical physics since he was 15, Dr. Weinberg got his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, did graduate study at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen (now the Niels Bohr Institute), and completed his graduate studies at Princeton. After earning his Ph.D., he taught and did research at Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard (as a lecturer), MIT, and, in 1982, moved to the Physics and Astronomy departments at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Dr. Weinberg has received many awards and honors for his work, including the National Medal of Science.

Dr. White is an individual, do-it-herself financial investor, philanthropist, community-volunteer leader and serial entrepreneur.  She was elected in her junior year to the Alpha of Kansas chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Kansas in 1967.  Dr. White has served as treasurer of the PBKAAGA, president of the PBK Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and a founding member of the Lambda of Texas chapter of PBK at Texas Tech.  She received her undergraduate degree in 1967 from KU in Russian and Spanish, her master’s degree in 1973 from Fort Hays State University in counseling, and her PhD degree in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin in mass-communication research.  Her awards include:  Arch C. Klumph Society induction from Rotary International; 100 Best Managed Farms in the US from Farm Futures magazine; Hispana of the Year from the Hispanic Association of Women/Lubbock; Gold Medalist in Communication from the Association of Women in Communications, Inc./Lubbock Chapter; Pacesetter from South Plains College in Levelland, TX; Community Champion from the TX Tech Latino/Hispanic Faculty-Staff Association; Athena Award from the Dodge City, KS; Women’s Chamber of Commerce, golden-hog trophy during an annual Ford County, KS, Swine & Carcass Show; Honorary Sixth Member of her classmates’ PhD dissertation committees; only Honorary Laboratorian from the Texas Department of Health, and numerous excellence in public-health communication and outreach awards including Most Creative Volunteer Project from the Texas Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Kansas P.R.I.D.E. for a collaboration among Dodge City Community College, Saint Mary of the Plains College and the Southwest Area Vocational Technical School.  As the founder of 50+ endowments at colleges, universities, community foundations and her college fraternity, she fulfills author Malcom Gladwell’s definition of "connectors" as a "handful of exceptional  people" with "a special gift for bringing the world together" by "moving up and down and back and forth among all the different worlds and subcultures and niches and levels."   

Robert Bridges, Past President

Robert A. Bridges, M.D. is a 1970 graduate of the University of Texas where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and then completed surgical training at UT Southwestern and the Medical College of Virginia. In 1980 he and his family returned to Austin where he practiced Vascular Surgery until 2008. He has been on the board of the PBKAAGA since 2012. Robert has three grown children and 7 grandchildren..

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