The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin
 

PBKAAGA Officers:

Joyce Pulich, President 

Joyce Ilse Pulich has a B.A. in Sociology from Rice University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1968. She has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Houston. Joyce began her career with a three- month stint with the Department of Public Welfare in Houston. She moved to Port Aransas, Texas in 1971, where she served on the City Charter Commission and the school board. She taught Sociology and other behavioral science classes at Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, Texas before becoming an employee with the City of Port Aransas. She served as City Planner, Assistant City Manager, and City Manager until she moved to Austin in 1986 to become Assistant Director in the Housing and Community Services Department. Many years later, after serving in various departments, she retired from the Watershed Services and Development Review Department as Financial Manager in 2007. Joyce continues to teach Sociology at Austin Community College, virtually for the first time in the fall 2020 semester. Joyce volunteers in prison ministry and homelessness support (suspended during the pandemic); as past president of the American Association of University of Women (AAUW) Austin Branch, Fundraising chair, and fellowship coordinator for AAUW; and Chair of the Pastoral Council at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church.  Joyce served as secretary of the PBKAAGA board for twenty years and most recently served as membership coordinator.


Joyce Statz, 1st Vice-President

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. From 2007 through 2018, Joyce was an independent consultant in areas of business analysis, requirements management, measurement, and project management. She developed the Business Analysis Certificate Program for Austin Community College, which she taught for ten years. 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, with special interests in wildfire prevention and helping the homeless population. 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.


Alexandra K. Wettlaufer, 2nd Vice-President



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.



Courtney Smith, Secretary

Courtney Smith is a 2018 Baylor University graduate, magna cum laude, with a University Scholar BA degree concentrating in neuroscience and creative writing.  While at Baylor, she participated in the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program and attended the 7thAnnual SEA-PHAGES symposium, was elected president of the Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology (BURST) organization, and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority.  Since graduation, she has founded Stellata Skies, LLC, a company that offers logistic and administrative support, content development, and editing services.  She has worked with clients to support events at Sundance, SXSW, NEXUS, and Baylor. She serves now with the Baylor Catholic Network and volunteers as a Teaching Assistant at Baylor University.  An aspiring novelist, she has a book series in the works based off her undergraduate thesis novel.



PBKAAGA Board Members:

Pam Autrey

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.



Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges, a native Austinite, graduated with a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and finished a General Surgery residency there in 1979. After a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia he returned to Austin where he practiced with Cardiovascular and Vascular Surgeons until retiring in 2008. Since then he has managed a family ranch in Hays County. 





Noble Doss



Marissa Duswalt Epstein

Marissa Duswalt Epstein is the Director of The University of Texas Nutrition Institute, a partnership between the Department of Nutrition, McCombs School of Business, and College of Natural Sciences focused nutrition education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining UT Austin, Marissa launched and directed Stanford Health Care's department for Health Education, Engagement and Promotion, where she led the development of personalized, digital education products and services to enhance the patient experience. Marissa served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on The White House staff of First Lady Michelle Obama as Associate Director of the Let’s Move! initiative. She is a Truman Scholar, recognized nationally for her policy writing, public service commitment and leadership in health education and childhood obesity. Marissa received her BS in Nutrition with Special Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a BA in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and as a Dean’s Honors Graduate. She earned her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Lisa Gaw

Lisa Gaw completed her B.A. degree in integrative biology from University of California Berkeley in 2003 and her M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 2008. She trained in pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital through Baylor College of Medicine and has been practicing pediatric urgent care medicine since 2011. She currently is the regional physician lead for the Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics. Having received a scholarship from Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association as a senior in high school, she decided to give back by being involved with PBKAAGA’s scholarship program. She married her childhood sweetheart, and she and her husband have two children who challenge her daily to be a better person. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing piano and learning to play guitar. 


Anna VillaseƱor Harris

Anna VillaseƱor Harris is a second year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. After her nomination to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Texas at Austin, Anna decided to continue her education and commitment to the community by attending UT Law and participating deeply in pro bono and community engagement in Austin. Anna serves as a Mithoff Program Pro Bono Scholar, was appointed a Staff Editor for the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and is a student in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Anna is proud to represent recent graduates on the PBKAAGA board.




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.


Constance P. Hicks, Past President

Constance Ann Palousek Hicks is a 1972 Plan II graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, elected to Phi Beta Kappa by the Alpha of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the spring of her Junior year.   With a degree in English and French and Teacher Certification, she spent a year teaching Junior High English, and then moved into the business world, building and managing a life and health insurance agency in Austin, Texas.  In the late 1990’s those management skills were transferred to the property and casualty insurance industry, and in the early 2000’s she joined The John A. Barclay Agency here in Austin, helping it grow from a staff of two to more than twelve. N

Her favorite quote is “we’ll figure it out!” because that’s how she approaches life and business.  She’s motivated by a challenge and getting the job done, being thorough and precise in the process, coming up with solutions, applying them, and researching issues to get answers so that things make sense.

In 2002 she was introduced to rowing, and it has become an avocation and a passion.  She rows competitively with the Texas Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake, and has medaled in many local and state competitions and in every U.S. Rowing Masters Nationals Championship since 2011. 

A native Texan, with roots in Central Texas Czech farming communities of Jarrell, Granger, and Corn Hill, she’s lived in Brownsville and Dallas, but has called Austin home since 1969.  She has two beautiful, strong, accomplished daughters, two outstanding sons-in-law and two delightful granddaughters, all of whom give joy and purpose to her life.

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