Advisory Council

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council is a group of individuals who are interested in the support and development of social work education at The University of Texas at Austin. Appointed by the President of The University of Texas at Austin with the approval of the Board of Regents, the active members consult with and support the Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean in promoting the growth and development of the school and provide leadership and guidance for fundraising activities.

Questions about the Steve Hicks School of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council should be directed to Carrie Stephens, Development Specialist, (512) 475-6840

Advisory Council Members

Kara Wells

Kara Nordstrom Wells, Co-Chair

Shawn Wells

Shawn Wells, Co-Chair

Joe Galli

Joe Galli, Vice Chair









Co-Chair: Kara Nordstrom Wells, Sailormen, Inc.
Co-Chair: Shawn Wells, Amherst Holdings
Vice-Chair: Joe GalliThe Bernstein Companies
Building Committee Chair: Cynthia Adkins, The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research Foundation
Scholarship Committee Chair: Jeffrey Duchin, Hilltop Securities
Events Committee Chair: Tiffany AnschutzSage Recovery & Wellness Center

George Ackert, Evercore Partners
Pamela Ackert
, Community Volunteer
Dan Adams
Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girls Town USA
John AdkinsBlank Rome, LLP
Mary Beth Arcidiacono, Private Practice
Karen Aston, UT Austin Women’s Basketball
Brian Boddicker, Marsh & McLennan
Elaine CavazosMy Healing Place
Quan Cosby, Marsh & McLennan
Julie Crosswell, Osborn Heirs Oil and Gas Co.
Joslyn Dobson, JDSD Investments, LTD, CapCityKids
Thomas M. Dunning, Lockton Dunning Benefit Company
David L. EvansAustin Travis County Integral Care
Susan Finnegan, Community Volunteer
Brad FlukeCirrus Logic
Shelly Galli, Community Volunteer
Sheri Perry Gallo, Mortgages Direct & Austin City Council
J. Gaut, Stan Johnson Company
Julianne Gaut
, Community Volunteer
Kathy Ikard, Community Volunteer
Bruce KerrThe Partners Group
Steve Kuhn, ASK Charitable Foundation
Clay Leben, E-Learning
Norma LebenRegistered Play Therapy Supervisor
Anna Morrison LeeElite 25 Real Estate Agent
Jack NelsonPropel Financial Services
Denise NixonServe West Dallas
Julie PayneJunior League of Houston Community Foundation
Leon Payne, BND Interests, LLC
Dan RossRoss Law Group, P.C.
Vicki RossCollege Strategy
Holly Scofield, Private Practice
Jon WeizenbaumTX Department of Aging and Disabilities Services

Advisory Council Bios (pdf)