Board of Directors
Paul Gautier - Chairperson
Paul is currently the Managing Director for Cary Street Partners Investment Banking. Paul joined Cary Street Partners in 2013 as part of the RiverStone Wealth Management acquisition. Paul has been engaged full-time in deal-making since the early 1980's. As a principal, Paul has founded, grown, merged and sold companies and has consulted with hundreds of lower middle-market businesses in the role of advisor. Paul managed the Investment Banking team with RiverStone Wealth Management whose services included matching business sellers with the right buyers, capital raising and targeting opportunities for accredited and institutional investors. Paul is on the board of the Central Texas Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, is a Lamar University graduate and is active in numerous charities, non-profit and civic organizations. Paul and his high school sweetheart, Carol, have been married for 28 years and have 4 children, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Mark Olguin – Vice Chairperson
Mark has been a Real Estate Professional for over 26 years with a concentration in Brokerage, Development and Investments. Mark holds both a Texas and South Carolina Real Estate Broker's License. Mark enjoys being a Volunteer at Hill Country Bible Church of Austin in the Children's Ministry. He is also the past Assistant Middle School football Coach and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for 5th grade at Hill Country Christian School of Austin. Mark is proudest of being a two-time Cancer Survivor and the father of two wonderful children. He has served on several Boards and is one of the Founding Members of the Hill Country Young Men's Business League which sponsors "Dream Kamp for Kids" in Kerrville, Texas. Mark enjoys hiking, golfing, fishing, travel and racecars.
Kathy Friar – Treasurer
Kathy is currently the Office Budget Liaison for the Office of Legal Services for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she has worked for 13 years. Kathy grew up in Irving and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She began her affiliation with Spirit Reins as a volunteer feeder in May of 2006. Kathy has one daughter and recently became the proud grandmother of her new granddaughter, Presley Ann. She also enjoys spending time with and training her horse, Vegas.
Mathew Thompson - Secretary
Mathew is the Senior Regional Counsel- Texas at KB Home. In addition to serving on Spirit Reins' Board of Directors, he is involved with Volunteer Legal Services, Metropolitan Breakfast Club, Pflugerville Education Foundation and Meals on Wheels. Mathew has a B.S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Susan McDowell - Director
Susan McDowell is Executive Director of LifeWorks, a youth and family service organization in Austin, Texas that provides a continuum of support for youth and families facing issues such as homelessness, abuse, poverty, emancipation from foster care, and mental health challenges. Susan is active in numerous civic organizations and regional health and human service planning initiatives. Susan has been awarded "Austinite (Under 40) of the Year" by the Young Men's Business League and Young Women's Alliance and "Central Texas Social Entrepreneur of the Year," by Ernst and Young. Susan holds a B.A. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas-Austin, respectively.
Kay Wilemon, PhD - Director
Kay is a licensed psychologist and organizational consultant with over 25 years of experience. She has extensive knowledge of trauma informed therapy and is particularly passionate about the transformative clinical mode at Spirit Reins. She is a founding member of Impact Austin and Innovation+ and spends her free time working with non-profits in Austin who are innovative and successful in accomplishing their missions. Kay received her BFA from Southern Methodist University and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and has served on many boards over the years. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Bonnie Mills - Director
Bonnie Mills is President of the Mills Dennis Family Foundation and has been involved with the nonprofit community in Austin for over 20 years. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including LifeWorks, SafePlace, Zach, Leadership Austin, Austin Habitat for Humanity, People's Community Clinic and St. Andrew's Episcopal School. She currently serves on the boards of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. She has received the Volunteer of the Year Award from both SafePlace and LifeWorks, and the AFP Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2013.