Rich Gottbrath is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Value Creation Strategies Holdings, an Austin-based private equity investment fund. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey. Prior to joining VCSH, Rich spent time in private equity both in an investment capacity and in an operating capacity. He began his career in investment banking at Lincoln International, a Chicago-based middle market investment banking advisory firm, working across the firm’s offices in the US and Europe. Rich joined the AFTS board in 2019 after years as an avid patron of the program’s artists. He sits on the program’s Finance and Development Committees.
James works at the intersection of governments, nonprofits, and private companies to create innovative financing solutions to improve social outcomes. Currently at Social Finance, a leading nonprofit, James assesses, structures, and manages projects that focus on improving workforce outcomes for low-income, underserved individuals and expanding access to high-quality education and job training programs. Prior to joining Social Finance, James worked as an investment professional in growth equity, conducting new investment due diligence and portfolio company management. James graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and a BA in Economics. In his spare time, James enjoys reading, playing his guitar, and puzzling over strategy games.
Rachel’s involvement with Art From The Streets began as a studio volunteer after moving to Austin in 2013. She has a lifelong connection to art and is passionate about growing the reach of AFTS. Rachel has a professional background in marketing and events and joined the board in September of 2017.
Pat has been volunteering in the AFTS studio and in outside shows and functions for several years. Retired as Visual Arts Director from Austin Ridge Bible Church, she has an ongoing passion for encouraging artists. She worked as a volunteer for one year with Community First artists, many of whom create with AFTS. Officially joined the AFTS Board in late Spring 2017. A practicing artist. She is a doer, a helper and an encourager.
Troy is a licensed architect born and raised in Houston Texas. He moved to Austin in 2013 after selling his architecture firm of 16 years and deciding to pursue his passion for the arts. In 2014, he and his partner Rene founded CAMIBAart Gallery and subsequently CAMIBAart Tours. Troy’s philanthropic focus tends to be around issues of education, child welfare, equality, and the visual arts. He believes passionately in the positive impact that the arts and education can have on people’s lives. Troy brings to the board his passions and leadership experiences with the hopes of broadening the support for and reach of Art from the Streets.
Kimberly Terry joined AFTS board in April of 2020. While new to the board, she has been a longtime friend of the program, working with the fundraising team to create and organize the Give Art a Home Gala for 5 years. Kimberly is a Therapeutic Consultant by profession, working with parents to find out of home placements to support children in crisis. In her personal life she enjoys singing with her church choir and Women of Heartsong. She is married to Steve, her husband of 35 years, and has two adult children, son Brandon - 25, and daughter Makenna - 21. They love traveling, watching movies, playing games and cooking together.
Born and raised in Austin, Keli first came across AFTS when she bought a painting almost 8 years ago just before leaving Austin to work in San Francisco and Boulder. Keli has worked in advertising for 10+ years and is currently a Creative Director at R/GA. A huge supporter of the homeless wherever she's lived, Keli joins the board in 2019 bringing strategic thinking, creativity and design leadership to the Communications Committee.
Sarah Sarahan is an employee relations expert who has worked as an attorney and workplace investigator. She is passionate about working with the homeless and has volunteered with The Beacon Day Center and the Cathedral Justice Clinic (now Beacon Law) in Houston, TX and currently is a volunteer with Trinity Center in Austin.
Kenny has been involved in the arts since discovering photography while an undergrad at The University of Texas. After further study and work as an advertising and editorial photographer in both San Francisco and New York, he and his family moved back to Austin in 2008. Kenny began volunteering with AFTS in early 2014 and was part of the team that launched the first website dedicated to selling the wonderful artwork of the AFTS artists. He officially joined the board in late 2015 and currently serves on the AFTS Communications Committee.
Art From The Streets' Staff
Kelley obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. Kelley worked for 5 years as a graphic artist post graduation, and then shifted her focus to volunteer work while raising her children. From 1997 to 2010 she held leadership roles supporting Canyon Creek Elementary School as the PTA Fundraising Coordinator, Fun Run Coordinator, and Green Team leader. She also co-founded a local non-profit organization, Chicktime Austin (now Hope Austin), which works with children in need in the Austin community. In 2010, Kelley began volunteering with AFTS, became a board member in 2013 and in 2016 she was selected to fill the Executive Director position.
Teresa is a local stained-glass artist. She grew up in a military family and lived all over the world having moved over 21 times before the age of 22. In 1989 she landed in Austin where she built a career in the educational publishing industry. She retired after 25+ years in 2019 to pursue her glass art full time and discovered ‘Art from the Streets’ while researching the local “competition”. She appreciated what AFTS provided to homeless and at-risk individuals transcended imagination and offered real solutions to an ongoing problem. Teresa started volunteering at open studio that fall (2019). In addition to her role as Program Catalyst, Teresa leads the “Women’s Wednesdays” open studio.
Marla attended her first AFTS annual show in 2016, in support of new friends who had moved from the streets into permanent supportive housing at Community First! Village. Marla served on the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Stewardship team at CF!V, where she helped inspire others to discover ways to engage in innovative solutions to address chronic homelessness. Prior to AFTS, Marla served as Director of Development and Operations at Central Texas Table of Grace, where she helped create a Supervised Independent Living program for vulnerable young adults who have aged out of foster care. She received her MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at Texas Tech University.
Art From The Streets' Founders
CO-FOUNDER / BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE
Heloise is a performing artist, dancer, T’ai Chi instructor and co-founder of Art From The Streets. In 1990, co-founders began offering open studio art sessions for folks who were homeless. In 1991 they created the first Annual Show & Sale. Heloise has been involved with the program ever since taking on a variety of roles. Her love of the artists, making art in the community and seeing that AFTS flourishes is at the heart of her commitment.
CO-FOUNDER / BOARD MEMBER AT LARGE
Bill Jeffers is a poet and sculptor and one of the co-founders of Art From the Streets. He helped produce the first public show and the 25 Annual Shows that followed. He produced marketing materials and graphic design for the project for many years, and has written the City of Austin Cultural Contract application since the 2nd annual show in 1992. He served as the organization's first paid staff. He is motivated by the wonderful people who make their art in the open studio and by the efforts of AFTS to address the inexcusable hardships faced by people who are homeless in such a prosperous society.