Citizen of the Year for 2017
This Westie will be given to an individual in the Greater Westlake Area who has contributed time, energy, and heart to the community, sometimes unnoticed. They are an inspiration for others to follow as he or she can influence others to accomplish the objective by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. It is in recognition of their outstanding contributions through civic and community service activities that have made them an inspirational role model for the Westlake community.
Christy moved to the Westlake area in August of 2000 and has been an active volunteer in a variety of organizations and non-profits in the community and the greater-Austin area ever since.
She served in a capacity of roles in her children’s schools and the Eanes school district including President of the Eanes Elementary PTO, Fundraising Chair at Eanes Elementary, Hill Country Middle School and Westlake High School, WHS Guidance Committee and Co-Chair of Project Graduation.
She has served as a Trustee for EISD since 2014 and was re-elected for a second term in May of 2017. Prior to becoming a Trustee, she was a member of the Eanes Education Foundation Board for six years.
She is currently the Co-Chair for the 2018 Day to Shine gala benefitting Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Community First Village and served alongside her husband on the Community First Capital Campaign Executive Committee. She has also served on the National Domestic Violence Hotline Gala Committee the last two years serving as Co-Chair in 2016 and is currently a member of their Austin Advisory Council.
Cord is a lifetime Westlake resident, husband and father of 4 young children. Over the past year Cord jumped to action multiple times when he saw a need in our community. Cord spearheaded 3 major community projects this past year.
First was Alvin, a beloved employee at Walgreens. Cord saw a post on the Nextdoor App where people were talking about what a wonderful employee Alvin was and an uplifting person to interact with in Westlake. It was mentioned that Alvin’s mother has just passed and suggested that we do something for him to show our appreciation. Cord jumped to action and created a GoFundMe for Alvin and raised over $10,000 in one week. Cord agreed to take on the tax burden of the gift and paid those himself so Alvin could enjoy the full benefit of what his neighborhood fans gave.
Next was Stewart from Great Harvest Bread Company. Cord popped in an Uber and started talking with the driver and learned that he was the owner of the local Great Harvest Bread Company. Stewart was driving in an effort to keep his store open as he’d suffered huge losses in revenue as a result of remodeling the West Woods Shopping Center. Cord asked if he could write a story about what was happening….that afternoon the store sold out of bread. The next day Great Harvest baked twice their normal daily supply and were sold out, again, before the end of the day. This continued several days and allowed Stuart to get off the streets and back to business as usual.
Finally, was Cord’s call to action with the Harvey disaster relief. The night Harvey hit Houston, a friend called Cord and said “we’ve gotta do something to help the victims from Harvey….are you in?” Without flinching Cord said “yes.” An hour later Cord has a U-Haul truck pulled in his driveway and challenged his community to drop items off at his house (water, diapers, tampons, food, clothes, pillows and blankets). Cord and his friend had a goal of filling their 11-foot U-Haul and driving it directly where supplies were most needed and putting them directly in the hands of the victims. Not only did they fill that truck, they filled 10 more 25-foot trucks. In 5 days Cord made 4 trips to the most devastated areas and with the help of his friends driving, sent trucks to Rockport, Houston, La Grange, Beaumont and Port Arthur. Cord logged 16 hours over 6 nights and helped transport hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of donated items to Harvey victims.
Jenny is a wife, mother of three, community volunteer, public affairs consultant and wardrobe stylist. In her free time... wait, everyone knows moms don’t have free time!
The first one to champion the wisdom of saying “no,” and the absolute worst person at following her own advice, Jenny assumed multiple leadership roles over the past year. As Chair of the Eanes Education Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala, Jenny led an amazing team of volunteers and partnered with the talented EEF staff to raise a record breaking sum to fund teachers throughout Eanes ISD. Jenny remains involved with our local public schools by serving on the EEF Board of Directors, coordinating the Kinder Club activities for the annual EEF Teacher Fund Campaign, sitting on the district-wide Library Advisory Committee, and acting as the Bridge Point Elementary campus coordinator for the We Are Eanes campaign.
As the 2016-17 Chair of the Dell Children’s Trust, Jenny worked with the Dell Children’s Foundation and hospital leadership to deliver on two objectives: create opportunities to learn and opportunities to give. Under her leadership the Trust had its most successful year to date. Jenny and her husband Brandon have transitioned to the Dell Leadership Circle supporting the annual gala and its goal to fund the hospital’s areas of greatest need.
In a professional capacity, Jenny is the public affairs director for Sedera Health, a medical cost-sharing organization headquartered in Austin and is able to indulge her passion for fashion and build closet confidence for her clients as a stylist for the Etcetera clothing line.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and began her career at the State Capitol and served as a legislator director, caucus director and chief of staff for members of the Texas House of Representatives. Jenny was recruited by the Texas Medical Association to advocate for the passage of historic tort reform and prompt pay legislation. Most recently, Jenny invested ten years as Director of Public Affairs for Humana, a Fortune 100 company.
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