Board of Directors

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  • Joah Spearman, Chair

    Joah Spearman is the CEO and co-founder of, a technology startup based in Austin, TX, founded in 2013. In its first year of operations, Localeur was named a favorite mobile app of SXSW 2013 by Digital Trends, a top innovative startup by SXSW and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Best New Startup by Austin Monthly and has received press from the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Black Enteprise among others. Joah previously co-founded an experiential marketing company which worked with both SXSW and ESPN X Games and founded Sneak Attack, a popular sneaker boutique in Austin. Before launching Localeur, Joah was director of operations and strategic initiatives at Bazaarvoice and earlier ran his own social media consulting firm which counted FedEx, Lustre Pearl and Deep Eddy Vodka as clients. Joah graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and started his career with stints with the Texas Longhorns, the Department of Homeland Security and Public Strategies (now H&K Strategies).

  • Piper Stege Nelson, Co-Chair

    Piper Stege Nelson is the Program Manager with Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative, managing the partnerships and program stewardship. Most recently, she served as Deputy Director of Annie's List, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number and success of women in politics in Texas and was the Publisher of The Texas Observer, a nonprofit magazine telling the untold stories of Texas.

    A native Austinite, Nelson spent her career in the public and nonprofit sector and has served on a number of Texas and New Mexico state political campaigns, and was the legislative director for Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar. After graduating from Carleton College, she was awarded a Fulbright grant, then went on to earn her master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She was just appointed to the Austin Commission for Immigrant Affairs.

  • Patrick Roth, Treasurer

    Patrick graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor in International Management. He has several years of non-profit board experience, and has done a considerable amount of political advocacy and volunteer work. He greatly enjoys contributing time, energy, and passion to the ASA Board of Directors. Currently the Payroll Manager at The University of Texas at Austin, Patrick also contributes original digital content to US and international sites on subjects as varied as parenting, social issues, politics, and technology. Born in southern California and raised primarily in the Midwest, he moved to Austin in 2011 with his husband, Wade, and their children, Julia and Cephren.




  • Aisha White, MD, Secretary

    After attending medical school at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. White completed her residency in general surgery at SUNY Health Science Center followed by her residency in Plastic Surgery at The University of Illinois in Chicago. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. White is as also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and serves on the admissions board for The University of Texas Medical School.

  • Noel Landuyt, PhD, Chair-Elect

    Dr. Noel Landuyt is an Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. At UT, he coordinates various research projects in the area of organizational development, customer service, leadership, supervisory effectiveness, and employee attitudinal and engagement assessments. The primary project he coordinates is the Survey of Employee Engagement, an employee assessment instrument widely used throughout Texas governmental agencies, child welfare, health and human services, and other not-for-profit organizations across the country. He serves as a consultant for various organizational settings and provides assistance with strategic planning, organizational design, assessment methodology, non-profit management, and delivery of social services. Dr. Landuyt has written and conducted presentations on the use of 360-degree evaluations, leadership, customer and organizational assessments as well as on other topics related to human resource utilization and organizational development.

  • Fred Sultan, Past Chair

    Fred Sultan represents clients in Texas and throughout the U.S. in commercial litigation matters including business tort, breach of contract, breach of warranty, employment, trade secret, construction, probate, real property, and securities litigation, arbitration, and appeals.

    In addition to his general commercial litigation experience, Mr. Sultan represents employers in discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge litigation; review of and counseling regarding employment contracts; representation of employers before administrative agencies; and day-to-day advice regarding personnel issues.

  • Dan Allen

    Daniel Allen is Senior Vice President and Director of the Wells Fargo Fiduciary Management Services Office in Austin. He has been with Wells Fargo Wealth Management for over ten years. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Dan was a practicing estate planning attorney in Chicago where he focused on LGBT Estate Planning and Estate Administration.


    Originally from the Midwest, Dan graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School. In 2007, he and his husband moved to Austin where they live with their three dogs.

  • CK Chin

    C.K. Chin started his college career studying medicine at Texas A&M University before switching over to Elementary Education his Junior year. During his student teaching curriculum it was necessary to change over from his daytime jobs in tech and sales to the service industry at a local nightclub as part of their security staff. He worked his way up the ranks to eventually become General Manager at which point he graduated and moved to Austin to be closer to his sister who was attending the University of Texas. He worked a couple years at a corporate bar and grille chain before given the opportunity to manage a local sushi hotspot called Kenichi. It was here where he met now business partner Stuart Thomajan. After a few years he was hired as a consultant to help Stuart with an existing restaurant investment while plans were being developed for their first project together, Swift’s Attic.

  • Steve Flores, DDS, MS

    Dr. Steve Flores, a native of Kingsville, TX, is a practicing periodontist in Austin, Texas. He is the owner of Periodontal Health Professionals. His expertise is in the treatment of periodontal disease, replacement of missing teeth with dental implants, and cosmetic periodontal procedures prior to restorative dentisty. He works in concert with a patient’s general dentist or other dental specialist. Dr. Flores has been in Austin since December 1995 after finishing his periodontal residency and master’s program at the University of Texas Dental Branch in the medical center of Houston, Texas. This is the second time for Dr. Flores in Austin as he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. Dr. Flores is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Southwest Society of Periodontists, and the Capital Area Dental Society. He is presently the president of the Austin Tennis Club.

  • Kevin Haynes

    Kevin teaches contracts, corporate law, and transactional practice skills courses at The University of Texas School of Law. A graduate of Rice University and Stanford Law School, Kevin taught for many years at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and was a visiting professor at the law schools of Duke University, the University of Missouri, Seattle University, and American University. Before law teaching, Kevin was a transactional lawyer in Silicon Valley, California, representing tech startups and corporate and financial sector clients. Kevin also sits on the board of OutYouth, an organization that offers support services and programs for Central Texas LGBTQ+ youth and their allies.

  • Garrett Higley

    Garrett Higley graduated from Texas A&M University with honors and went on to graduate from South Texas College of Law with distinction.  After beginning his legal career in Houston, Texas he moved to Austin in 2006 and began the practice of family law shortly thereafter.  Garrett practiced in the field of family law for ten years handling complex family law matters and giving back to the community through significant pro bono legal work.  In additional to his volunteer legal work, Garrett has devoted a considerable amount of time to volunteer work and non-profit board work over the years, focusing largely on the HIV/AIDS community.  Dating as far back college when he worked with hospice patients in Bryan, Texas, Garrett has remained passionate about being of service to individuals affected by HIV and AIDS.  A new member to the ASA Board, Garrett is thrilled and honored to devote his time, energy, and resources to an organization that positively affects so many people living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas and that is such a thought leader, remaining on the cutting edge of the evolution of the disease. 

  • Daniel Huffine

    Daniel Huffine was appointed Chief Financial Officer of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in September 2012. Huffine has more than 15 years experience in the financial sector of the healthcare industry. He previously served as the division controller for the Central and West Texas Division of HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), which includes St. David’s HealthCare in Austin. Prior to this, Huffine was the controller of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, a 680-bed, comprehensive acute care hospital. He also served as a vice president/assistant administrator at Community Health Systems’ Brandywine Hospital and trauma center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Huffine also previously served as the chief financial officer of Community Health Systems’ The King’s Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi, and as a financial analyst at Community Health Systems’ Corporate Office in Nashville, Tennessee. Huffine earned his Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, with a major in business and accounting, and his Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on healthcare administration from Regis University in Denver. He became a certified public accountant in 1993.

  • Daniel Montoya

    Daniel brings 25 years of senior-level leadership on a range of public health and healthcare delivery issues, including significant work with and in the public, private and philanthropic sectors.  A native Texan, Daniel attended the University of Texas at Austin receiving his B.B.A in Finance and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Daniel served as a volunteer with ASA during his undergraduate work.  Daniel was diagnosed with HIV in 1987 while living in Austin and credits his service with ASA – and the compassion, understanding and knowledge they showed him – as a central influence in his life and ultimate career. Daniel combines his strong interest in the development, implementation and promotion of progressive health policies with a front line understanding of their real world effects on healthcare programs that serve disenfranchised and vulnerable populations to improve health outcomes and advance health equity.  

  • Justin Siegel
  • Jennifer Sowinski

    Jennifer Sowinski grew up in the Chicago area but has called Austin home for the past 21years.  Jennifer has a BS from Purdue University-Calumet in Political Science.  She worked in advertising for several years before receiving her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University Of Texas School Of Social Work.  Following graduate school, Jennifer worked as an Intake Specialist for ASA, an Emergency Room Social Worker Supervisor at South Austin Medical Center, Director of Admissions at Cross Creek Hospital as well as running a part time Private Therapy Practice. She is currently the Clinical Case Manager Supervisor with the Downtown Austin Community Court. She has remained an active supporter in HIV and AIDS events over the years.

    Jennifer is married to Dan Garvey, who is also an active supporter of HIV and AIDS projects. Jennifer is the proud mother of Natalie and Ava, who have both put many hours of volunteer work into ASA, and four bonus sons Dan, Matt, Zach and Ean.

  • Dominique Bowman Vining
  • Leslie Wingo

    Leslie began her career in media and account services, building brand momentum for Whataburger and Time Warner Communications. She is currently the President and CEO of Sanders\Wingo, a leading national advertising agency in African American, Urban and Hispanic markets. Leslie has also developed brand initiatives for Shell Oil, Fuddruckers, Sprint PCS, State Farm and currently leads Sanders\Wingo’s work for the United States Postal Service. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a member of the Austin Lung Association and sits on the boards of the Austin Museum of Art and the Austin Planetarium.

  • Dr. David P. Wright

    Dr. Wright completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in 1980. He completed residency at Central Texas Medical Foundation Family Medicine Residency Program at Brackenridge Hospital in 1983. Following his residency, Dr. Wright clinical Director for the Mescalero Indian Health Service in Mescalero, New Mexico until 1985. He then returned to the residency program where he became the Associate Director and Director until 1994. Dr. Wright was also named Texas Academy Family Physician, Texas Physician of the Year 2002. Currently Dr. Wright is part of the wonderfully dynamic team of doctors at the Blackstock Family Health Center.


  • Chase Daughtridge – McCombs School of Business Board Fellow

    Chase Daughtridge is serving on the ASA Board as a Board Fellow through the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Chase worked in management consulting and private equity before joining the McCombs class of 2019. She is pursuing a career in corporate finance.

  • Sydney Wong, McCombs School of Business Board Fellow

    Sydney Wong is serving on the ASA Board as a Board Fellow through the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of University of Southern California, Sydney worked in public accounting and finance before joining the McCombs class of 2019. She is pursuing a career in strategy consulting.