Board of Directors & Key Volunteers – 2015

Board of Directors

Samuel Pate, President joined the board in 2013. With twenty-seven years experience as an architecturaldesigner + project manager, Sam is a Senior Design/Project Manager for Parsons, with primary focus on public institutional and governmental client projects. Sam and his wife Connie are ardent supporters of the visual and performing arts in Austin and have been involved in supporting community social/human rights and art focused organizations for 25+ years. Their collective passion for the art experience has fostered travel to Sydney, Perth, Florence, Rome, Paris, Vancouver, Siena, Venice, NYC, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, San Miguel, Guadalajara, Bentonville and Los Angeles.

SueAnn Chandler, Vice-President did various volunteer jobs at the AFTS annual show and sale for many years. After retiring from Vocational Rehabilitation Division for Blind Services she enthusiastically joined the board in 2012. Appreciating the arts over the course of her life, she now serves as the AFTS Volunteer Coordinator.

Cynthia Dollar, Secretary has been a volunteer with Art From the Streets for more than 10 years and served on the board of directors since 2010. Her passion is to promote the arts and the artists who participate in the program. She is also a textile artist and painter. To support her volunteer work and hobbies, Cynthia is a health law and information technology attorney for the Health and Human Services Commission.

Gene Golembiewski, Treasurer became a volunteer with the program shortly after attending the 2001 annual show and sale, and has been a board member since 2010. Gene has managed the cultural services contract with the City of Austin, is responsible for budgeting and all financial reporting, and assists with show production.

Devon Bijansky joined the board in January 2013. She is involved with board development and fundraising efforts. Devon is an attorney for the State of Texas.

Kitty Bird moved to Austin, TX in 2004 after earning a BA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She began volunteering for Art from the Streets in 2009 and now serves as a board member. She currently is the Store Manager for Ten Thousand Villages where she uses her creativity to design displays, sales plans and annual events to help artisans in developing countries earn a fair living wage.

Jane Cohen is a longtime patron of the Annual Show.  She joined the Board in 2011, and is primarily involved in fundraising activities. Jane is the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Heloise Gold is a performing artist, dancer, choreographer, and T’ai Chi/Qi Gong instructor. She co-founded Art From The Streets in 1990 by offering once per week open studio art sessions for folks who were homeless. She was one of the creators of the first show in 1991. She has been involved with the program ever since, taking on a variety of roles. Her love of the artists and making art in community is at the heart of her commitment.

Teresa V. Harris is a long-time patron of the arts. She has served on other boards which provide creative experiences to Austin’s disadvantaged youth. She is an attorney at the Fowler Law Firm and provides nonprofits with legal assistance.

John Trahar is co-founder of Greatest Common Factory – an advertising agency + production company in Austin, TX. John built that business on 20 years of creative and strategic marketing and advertising experience as an art director and creative director at Ogilvy&Mather NY and GSD&M in Austin. John joined the board in November of 2014 and serves on the AFTS Marketing Committee to further the awareness, reach and benefit of Art from the Streets.

Beth Unite joined the board in 2014.  She assists the Treasurer with budgeting and financial reporting, including accounting for the Annual Show and smaller shows in Austin.  She serves on the fundraising committee and enjoys volunteering in the art studio. Prior to joining the board, she managed the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation for two years overseeing it’s four charitable programs, as well as fundraising, development, accounting, event planning and website updates.


Kelley Worden, Executive Director 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 lead, Fun Run coordinator, and Green Team leader. She also co-founded a local non-profit organization, Chicktime Austin, which works with children in need in the Austin community.  In 2010, Kelley began volunteering with Art From The Streets (AFTS), became a board member in 2013, and most recently she was selected to fill the Executive Director position. Her primary responsibilities include: working regularly in the art classroom, fundraising, leading and coordinating external art shows, launching online sales, and establishing short and long term business strategy.

Bill Jeffers served as Art From the Streets’ first Executive Director from January 2014 – March 2015. He is an award-winning poet and sculptor who has been involved with AFTS since before the first show. He served as board president from 2010-2013, managing production of the annual shows the last two years.

Key Volunteers

Pamela Costello — Tuesday Lead has been volunteering with the show since 2004 and volunteering in the classroom for the last four years. She is the class manager for the Thursday class, and maintains the schedule for the classroom facilitators for both classes.

Elizabeth Romanella — Thursday Lead has been with the program since 2006. She is the class manager for the Tuesday class, assists with production of the annual show, and coordinates outside showings and exhibits of the artist’s work. She is a retired Arts Administrator with 20 years’ experience in developing, organizing and coordinating exhibition programs and museum administration.