2018 Alumnae board

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Leslie Chunta

President

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? I’ve been in the alumnae chapter for 11 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? My favorite thing to do in Austin is a tie between the Austin Kite Festival and going to a Round Rock Express game and staying after for the fireworks

What’s a fact about you that surprises people? I was on NFL Week of Wheel of Fortune in 2006. (I didn’t win everything but I did win $5,000)

What’s your go-to karaoke song? Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio


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Sam Stone

VP of Programming

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? 5-6 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? Take my dogs to the green belt and out to dog friendly places

What’s something on your bucket list? Go on safari in Africa

What’s your go-to karaoke song? I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

What would be your dream job if money didn’t matter? Be an FBI agent specifically in their Behavioral analysts unit, or be an actress


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Caroline Hughey

VP of Membership

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? 3.5 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? If it can be the Austin area - floating the Comal River; If it has to be Austin - boating on Lake Austin

What would be your dream job if money didn’t matter? Running an animal rescue

What’s something on your bucket list? Visit Victoria Falls


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Mary Barker Evans

VP of Fundraising

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? I was a member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter for five years and have been in the Austin Alumnae Chapter for four.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? Enjoy the view

Unusual skill & dream job if money didn’t matter I performed Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti and Violetta in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in almost two dozen fully staged performances of *each*. If I could look 19 and die pretty, tragic, and mad or incurably diseased forever, I would do it -- but alas there are amazing artists young enough to be my daughter doing this now!


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Nicole Ruffo

Secretary

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? I’ve been involved in the alumni chapter since I moved to Austin in Fall of 2015. It’s been great being involved in the chapter and meeting new sisters

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? My favorite thing about Austin is that it is close to my hometown, the water and there’s something fun going on pretty much every weekend! There’s never a dull moment

What’s your best travel story? In 2017 I was surprised on the last day of our Asia Adventure with a proposal at The Great Wall of China. I will never forget that trip

What’s a life goal of yours? My lifetime Zeta goal is to earn an honor ring and one day have a daughter who pledges ZTA!


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Sarah Giles

Treasurer

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? 3 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? My favorite thing to do in Austin is to explore different cuisines around the city

What would be your dream job if money didn’t matter? My dream job if money didn't matter would be to be a tour guide around the world

What’s something on your bucket list? Traveling to Australia and New Zealand are on my travel bucket list


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Hilary Dominguez

Historian

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? 5 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? Check out the latest new eateries in town or catch a show at Esther’s Follies

What’s a fact about you that surprises people? My husband and I own a cattle breeding and grass fed beef business. Real estate by day, ranching by night!

What’s something on your bucket list? At the top of my bucket list, is to travel to and explore every continent


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Jessica Patterson

Alumnae / Collegiate Relations Chair

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? I have been an Austin alumna since 2017

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? Teach and practice yoga at Wanderlust Yoga downtown and walk my dog around Town Lake

What’s your go-to karaoke song? Rolling in the Deep by Adele

What’s a life goal of yours? A life goal of mine is to bring love, leadership, and diversity to inspire women to thrive in business and life. I want more women to excel in the cybersecurity field and equip the next generation with confidence and connection. I dream of leading a global company whose mission is to empower and inspire these communities through mindfulness and movement practices.


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Lauri Zachry Truong

Panhellenic Representative

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? I’ve been a part of the Austin ZTA Alumnae Chapter for 13 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? I love going to hear live music at very "Austiny" venues, like ACL Live

What’s your go-to karaoke song? My go-to karaoke songs are either "Last Christmas" by Wham (if it's the holiday season) or most anything from Dolly Parton or Reba McEntire

What’s something on your bucket list? Traveling to Southeast Asia is on my bucket list


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Emily Wilson

Webmaster

How long have you been in the Austin Alumnae chapter? 1.5 years

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin? I love to discover new music and go to different concerts across the city. I try to go to at least one show a week!

What’s a random fact that you love? Sandy Lerner, a cofounder of the Urban Decay makeup brand, was first a cofounder of Cisco Systems

What’s something on your bucket list? I want to visit every continent and be definitively “well travelled”