Mr. Mathias is a native Austinite, University of Texas graduate, founder of Mathias Partners and co-founder and general partner of numerous brokerage, development and investment entities which spread across a number of market types. Matt previously served as President of the Austin Commercial Real Estate Society ( ACRES) and the Commercial Brokers Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Real Estate Council of Austin and is a past member of the Economic Development Committee of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. Matt is also the proud son of the Grandfather of Honor Flight Austin Vic Mathias, a WWII Veteran and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Matt continues the legacy of his father through his continued support and his passion to honor our most senior veterans with a “Trip of a Lifetime” to our Nation’s Capital. Matt and his family have been instrumental to the success of Honor Flight Austin and its continuation of being recognized throughout the Austin community for honoring and serving our local heroes.
Former City of Austin Mayor – Lee Leffingwell – Vice Chair
As a board member, Former Mayor Leffingwell was instrumental in the creation of Honor Flight Austin. Mayor Leffingwell, a veteran himself, served as an officer and a pilot in the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. After leaving active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of Commander. Mayor Leffingwell attended the second and Austin’s largest Honor Flight in October 2012. Mayor Leffingwell is committed to helping Honor Flight Austin serve all local WWII Veterans. As Navy Veteran, a Council Member and Mayor, Mayor Leffingwell has been very passionate and focused on supporting Veterans; under his leadership and vision, the City of Austin has created an unequivocal Veterans program. The City of Austin has been recognized both locally and nationally for their unprecedented program; most notably is receiving the DOD, Secretary of Defense Freedom Award; one of only 15 employers nationally to receive this honor and of course the DAV’s state and national commanders large employer of the year award.
Steve Quakenbush was stationed at Fort Hood Texas in the early ‘90s and knew one day he would return, he is now a proud Texan for over seven years. Steve graduated Cal Poly, SLO with a brand new butter bar and served for four years active duty and nine years reserves in the U.S. ARMY. GO ARMY! Steve has been working with Honor Flight Austin since late 2014 and looks forward to many more years honoring our Texas Veterans.
Mr. Leffingwell is Honor Flight Austin’s legal counsel and is tax counsel to Graves, Dougherty, Hearon, & Moody, P.C., in Austin, Texas. Mr. Leffingwell received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and has practiced law for more than 25 years.
Ms. Cuteri was born into and grew up in a career military household. Her father was in the Army for 23 years. This afforded her the opportunity to travel to and live on bases in Germany and throughout the U.S.
Wanting to be involved in an organization that honors our military, she discovered Honor Flight Austin. Michele has been volunteering as an Austin guardian for the past two years. When the position of Treasurer became available, she saw a way to become more involved while at the same time using her degree in finance. Michele is looking forward to continuing her service with our organization.
Dr. Glass grew up in a Gold Star family and learned at a very early age the meaning of patriotism, sacrifice, and courage. Her father served proudly in WWII in the Pacific and was fortunate to return home to his family. Her brother’s father, however, was killed in action in France in 1944. It was that loss plus the loss of many friends in Vietnam that would later influence her dedication to veterans and their families. She considers it a profound privilege and honor to serve on the Board of Honor Flight Austin. Flying WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. is the very least that she can do to honor their extraordinary contributions to our country. These men and women are our national treasures and should be cherished and honored while we still have time.
Ed Piker retired after almost 24 years of public service in Emergency Medical Services. His medical education was conducted in cooperation with the military at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He served for years as a Division Chief for Austin-Travis County EMS during which time he was appointed as the liaison to Honor Flight to assure that each trip receives the attention to detail required to achieve the highest level of clinical safety and organization. The EMS department has been extremely humbled and honored to provide medical support for the veterans who participate in the life-changing trips provided through the Honor Flight Program. Mr. Piker now works as a pilot for a major US airline and continues to leverage his EMS relationships to ensure medical coverage for all of Honor Flight’s missions. He considers it the highest honor to serve veterans in memory of his late grandfather, a WWII Purple Heart recipient.
Mr. Beal, P.E. is a seasoned civil engineer with a strong financial management background. His career spans 50 years and includes building a large engineering and environmental consulting firm, previously serving as the General Manager of the LCRA, creating banks, and serving on the boards of two large publicly traded companies in the US and Australia. He currently provides consulting services and is president of Beal Consulting, Inc. He has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech and a MBA in municipal finance from the University of Texas. He is the former Chairman of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. He is a decorated U.S. Army Captain Viet Nam veteran.
Cindy Kendrick – Secretary
Ms. Kendrick is a native Texan and a proud Army veteran who comes from a family of several military members, including her father who served stateside during Vietnam. She has worked for a state agency as a Print and Digital Designer for the past 6 1/2 years. Ms. Kendrick currently lives in Hutto, Texas with her family. She started volunteering for Honor Flight Austin in late 2016 and has steadily increased her time and duties with the organization. She is honored to be a part of Honor Flight Austin and looks forward to her continued service with this wonderful non-profit organization.
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