GEEKS in BOOTS: E3 Alliance’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebration!

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Celebrating 10 years of good data & inspired results

Tuesday, November 15, 2016   
6 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Brazos Hall (map)
204 E 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

We are thrilled you’ll be joining us next Tuesday, November 15 at Brazos Hall for E3 Alliance’s 10-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser, Geeks in Boots. 

We will have complimentary valet parking and RideAustin has generously offered $5 off for our guests. Use code RIDEE3.

Come ready to enter to win one of our two amazing raffle prizes. Tickets are just $10 each! (Credit card or cash accepted).

  • Boot prize: $500 gift certificate to Texas Boot Company in Bastrop
  • Geek prize: $789 David Yurman designer, unisex readers from Santa Fe Optical; a Retro 1951 Tornado rollerball pen; and two books from BookPeople

Mayor Adler will kick off the evening with a proclamation declaring November 15th “E3 Alliance Day” in the City of Austin.  After that, we have an exciting and interactive program.
Dale Watson and the Lone Stars will conclude the evening. Wear your best lookin’ boots and enter to win either the “most classic” or the “coolest” boot contest.  Each winner will receive a $175 gift basket donated by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  No charge to enter!


Why E3? Your support fuels the innovation and lasting educational change that leads to economic health for our entire region. In 10 years, E3’s data has launched and helped launch effective educational programs like Raise Up Texas: Ready, Set, K!; the English Language Learner Rubric; the largest in-school flu immunization campaign in state history; and Missing School Matters campaign.


Honorary Chairs

pat-hayesPat Hayes

Pat Hayes came to Austin, Texas in 1984 to be the President of St. Edward’s University.  She inherited a strong academic legacy and the powerful values framework of the Holy Cross Brothers and, in 14 years, was able to strengthen the university financially with its first successful capital campaign, renovation of the historic Main Building, strong enrollments and extensive community outreach.  During her time as President, Pat also served Austin by chairing the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the Austin Area Research Organization and KLRU.

In 1998, Pat moved to the Seton Family of Hospitals where she served as Executive Vice President for the majority of her eight full time years.  At Seton, Pat continued her community involvement and her advocacy for the poor through the Indigent Care Coalition.  She represented Seton in the work to establish the initial Healthcare District for Travis County.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from St. Rose in 1967 and her doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1975.

After retirement from full time work at Seton, Pat continued consulting work in healthcare and leadership for several years.  But she also enjoyed extended time in Bar Harbor, Maine for hiking and became increasingly involved as a volunteer in the tax prep service sponsored by Foundation Communities.

lynn-meredithLynn Meredith

For over twenty years Lynn’s involvement and influence in the Austin community has been wide and far-reaching as she has served on the boards and chaired capital committees of—Austin Children’s Museum~ The Thinkery; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Blanton Museum of Art (UT); KUT Public Radio; and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.  Lynn is proud of being a co-founder of the first Austin chapter of National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization.  Along with her husband Tom, Lynn has been honored by the ADL with the Torch of Liberty Award, was named Austin’s Philanthropist of the Year, and Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber.  As a way to increase their philanthropic impact, Lynn and Tom Meredith established and endowed the MFI Foundation in 1998.  As President of their family-run Foundation, Lynn’s focus has been to invest in organizations that will change lives and meet the critical needs of the community.

Her professional career includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, eight years of classroom experience and a decade long commitment to the Association of Junior Leagues as a strategic community service provider.

Lynn has been married to Tom for over 44 years. The proud mother of four children; she now stays busy keeping up with her grandchildren.



khataw_headshotAli Khataw

President of Encotech Ali Khataw, looks back on more than 29 years of engineering experience.  Since 1990, Ali built the firm and his career as a world-class operation specializing in efficient design, refining building system performance, dedication to technical proficiency and excellence in client service.  Today Ali is a recognized industry leader, trusted board advisor as well as a respected community advocate.  As a result of his impressive career over the past three decades, Mr. Khataw is featured in various publications as well as the recipient of multiple awards for his contributions to Central Texas.  Most notably, Ali has been named the 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Travis chapter. He has also won the Community Leadership Circle Award honoring the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement from his Alma Matter The University of Texas at Austin.

You can find Ali exploring and waiting at the edge of the world for the perfect photo.  He is passionate about his mission in photo-philanthropy.  With a lifetime of expertise in photography, he uses his images to help nonprofits sponsor for their cause helping to deliver awareness and tell powerful stories of social change.

meroney_headshotShannon Meroney

Shannon Meroney is a lobbyist and community leader in Austin, Texas. Now President of Meroney Public Affairs, a government affairs consulting firm, Shannon spent the previous eight years as a Senior Government Relations Manager for Aetna, a Fortune 100 health insurance corporation where she developed an extensive expertise in healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, she was a Partner at the Texas law firm Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons representing multiple corporate clients and large trade associations at the Capitol, in the courtroom and providing legal drafting and analysis expertise.

She was awarded the Austin Business Journal’s Profile in Power distinction and was a finalist for the Austin Under 40 Award in both Law and Government.  She is a Past Chair of Leadership Austin and has served on the boards of the Austin Bar Association and the Junior League of Austin.  Her current non-profit passion is as the Advisory Council Chair for A Legacy of Giving.

Shannon received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center where she graduated Order of the Coif.

She is the proud mom of Cal (10) and Griffin (8), and a certified soccer mom. She is active with their school’s PTA and serves on the Executive Board.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Thanks to a generous anonymous family foundation, every sponsorship and ticket sale made on behalf of the  “Geeks in Boots” Celebration will be matched to support our RAISEup Texas Initiative. 













Anita and Earl Maxwell


Christ Together Greater Austin

Encotech Engineering Consultants

Fayruz Benyousef Consulting

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

JE Dunn Construction

M Group Agency

Meroney Public Affairs

O’Connell Robertson


Texas Capital Bank

Texas State University

Terri and Lemuel Williams


A+ Federal Credit Union

Suzanna and John Caballero

Pat Hayes and Judy Corder

Merrill Davis

Drs. Robert and Jodi Duron

Fuse Architecture Studio

Kristin and Christopher Gossett

Hannah Gourgey

Megan Helmbrecht Consulting LLC

Suzanne Hershey

Billy and Ashley Moyer

My Event is the Bomb

Print Mail Pro

Santa Fe Optical

Ed and Molly Sharpe

Texas Boot Company

Thomas and Brenda Strama

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Twin Liquors

University Federal Credit Union