Austin, TX | Board Chair
President, Lilliput Management Co.
Chief Marketing Officer, American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC)
Jason Wills is the owner and president of Lilliput Management, a real estate company that specializes in the portfolio management of affordable housing communities in Texas.
As chief marketing officer for ACC, Jason is responsible for the marketing and communication strategies at American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), ensuring the alignment between the brand and the customer experience is always at the forefront. To date, Jason has spearheaded more than 60 ACC developments in more than 20 states, totaling more than 50,000 beds, just shy of 18 million square feet, and valued at more than $3.5 billion in development.
Jason is a frequent speaker on the planning and development of all types of student communities at national conferences like NACUBO, NACAS, NASPA, ACPA, APPA and ACUHO-I. In 2004, Wills was a member of the senior management team that took the company public, making ACC the first REIT focused solely on student housing. Jason has been a board member of Ballet Austin since 2014.
Houston, TX | Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Proposal Manager, Baker Hughes
Philip Gould is a native Texan who has worked for one of the largest corporations in the US, General Electric (GE), for over 10 years and had the opportunity to live and work in locations across the globe like Tokyo, Belfast, Montreal and Dubai. He has held roles in both corporate finance and commercial operations focus on driving efficiency and corporate strategy.
One of the exciting initiatives he and his commercial team are currently focused is on building awareness within Oil & Gas to the benefits of the electrification of the frac industry. The turbine technology they offer has the potential to substantially reduce fuel costs as well as the emissions, noise pollution and number of vehicles associated with that industry. It makes sense both economically and environmentally.
He is an advance certified scuba diver and a self-described amateur gardener. Several years ago, he ran the Houston Marathon and while extensively training for the event he discovered the local beauty of the extensive parks that run along Houston’s many bayous. These parks provided not only a route for him to train but also a green space that nearby residents could enjoy despite living in the heart of the 4th largest city in the US. Now as a father, he works to foster the same love of the outdoors in his children. He believes it is critical to provide that opportunity to others which is why the mission of Scenic Texas to enhance the visual environment for all Texans, and not just those living in our immediate neighborhoods, speaks so strongly to him.
Philip earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Methodist University.
MARISSA MCKINNEY ASLA
Austin, TX | Coleman & Associates
|Marissa moved from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to join Coleman & Associates. Though she is a Nevada native, Marissa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. Marissa’s work experience in Phoenix was varied which allows her to be prepared for the breadth of work that C&A performs. Marissa currently serves as Texas Secretary and has served as the Central Texas Section Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary/Treasurer for the American Society of Landscape Architects. She currently sits on the Leadership Development Committee for the Real Estate Council of Austin and is involved in their Policy Committee as well. She has worked a variety of projects including Master Planned Communities, Environmental Graphics, Higher Education, Commercial Office Building Renovation, and Multifamily projects as well as helping to nurture, grow and build the relationships that C&A has fostered with clients.|
Margaret Keliher is a practicing lawyer. She is the former Dallas County Judge, charged with overseeing the Dallas County Commissioners Court, and the former Judge of the 44th Civil District Court.
After her term as Dallas County Judge, she was with the law firm of Locke Lord before being asked to become the Executive Director of Texas Business for Clean Air. Prior to becoming a Judge, Margaret practiced law with Jones Day and was a felony prosecutor in the Dallas District Attorney’s office. Prior to attending law school, Margaret was a CPA with Deloitte. Margaret holds a JD from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and a BS in accounting from the University of Virginia.
Margaret is married to Lester Keliher and proud mother of three children: Margaret, Joseph, and Alex.
Margaret believes in giving back to the community. She currently serves or has served, on numerous boards.
Margaret is a member of the following professional associations: Texas Bar, Dallas Bar Association, American Law Institute, and Texas Society of CPAs.
Margaret is a Past President of Executive Women of Dallas, International Women’s Forum-Dallas, and Charter 100.
She is the first, and only, female to serve as Dallas County Judge in the history of Dallas County. She is the recipient of the Vision of Hope Award, and the recipient of various awards in connection with her work for Clean Air throughout the North Texas region. She is also the recipient of the Rosewood Award.
Houston, TX | Scenic Houston Board
Lawyer with Parker & Sanchez
Equally comfortable in federal court in Houston and South Texas, Cooke Kelsey focuses his practice on civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His experience spans issues as varied as financial fraud, international contract disputes, civil forfeiture, cross-border white collar criminal defense, real estate disputes, federal civil rights class actions, wrongful termination, FLSA, legal malpractice defense. Whatever the issue, Cooke works hard to achieve great results without ego or fanfare..
President, Women Jaycees, Lincoln, Nebraska
Transferred to Ft. Worth, Texas in 1984 in management position for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
Previous Volunteer activities in Ft. Worth, Tx.
Board Member for six years– then President YWCA of Ft. Worth and Tarrant County
United Way of Ft. Worth and Tarrant County—chairperson of numerous committees
Board member Resource Recovery Council
President, Network for Executive Women
Board member League of Women Voters
Founding member of Ft. Worth chapter Native Prairie Association
President, Marathon, Texas Chamber of Commerce for past 3 years, board member for 4 years prior
Current Task Force member for Brewster County Tourism Council on visitor center location and construction of buildings
Member of McDonald Observatory committee for acquiring International Dark Skies designation for Big Bend and northern Mexico
I own two properties in Marathon, Texas and spend approximately ½ of my time in west Texas. I am on first-name basis with the Superintendent of Big Bend National Park. I also know the Director of McDonald Observatory. I have contacts throughout south county which includes Terlingua, Study Butte, Lajitas. As
President of the Marathon Chamber, I have become known through west Texas and those connections have helped me grow the Marathon Chamber members by over 50%.
I grew up on a farm in Nebraska. The environment has always been of major importance to me. I have attempted to volunteer in organizations that either improve the environment of a community by improving the people living within the community and/or improving the quality of the natural environment
My name is Brenda Wheeler and I retired from banking in April 2022. I enjoyed a wonderful career of 38 years with The First National Bank of Beeville where I served as the COO until the bank was acquired by Spirit of Texas Bank in 2019 at which time I joined Spirit of Texas as part of the conversion team until my retirement in 2022. I now spend my retirement traveling through Texas and the world, and enjoying my grandchildren!
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Harlan Crow (Dallas)
Albert “Boo” Hausser (San Antonio)
Christopher M. Harte (Austin)
Karen Huber (Spicewood)
Jodie L. Jiles (Houston)
Mavis Kelsey (Houston)
Ann Lilly (El Paso)
Perry Lorenz (Austin)
Janette Monear, President/CEO Texas Trees Foundation (Dallas)
Margaret Lloyd (Houston)
John L. Nau, III (Houston)
Mary Wallace (Blanco)