Beth Rand — President and Executive Director
A lifelong equestrian and animal advocate, Beth is the President and founder of the Joyful Horse Project and Restoration Ranch. Since moving to Texas in 2008, she has devoted much of her life to equine rehabilitation by working with holistic practitioners to restore the physical, emotional and behavioral health of the horses under her care.
Beth’s business and marketing skills have established a solid platform for Restoration Ranch to offer equine learning programs that touch the hearts and minds of people throughout Central Texas. Most notably, she was instrumental in sponsoring the development of our veterans program that connects former military families with the holistic work of rehabilitating horses.
As a career communications and marketing professional, Beth has been helping corporate clients implement organizational changes through effective communication for over 30 years. She is one of the founding members of The Adobe Group and has been a principal in the firm since 1995. Her consulting strengths include expert project management skills, as well as technical competencies in human resources, health and retirement benefits, and marketing and customer service operations.
Beth holds a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her awards include a Gold Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and a Helios Award of Excellence in Video from the Orange County Chapter of IABC.
President, The Joyful Horse Project/Restoration Ranch — Jan. 2012 – Present
Executive Director, The Joyful Horse Project/Restoration Ranch — Jan 2012 – March 2018
Principal and Co-founder, The Adobe Group — July 1995 – Present
Communication Practice Leader, Orange County, CA, Towers Perrin — 1990 – 1994
In November we are honored to have Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty as our speaker. Mr. Daugherty grew up in the Houston area and was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox.
He soon realized that an education was more obtainable than making it in the big leagues, so he returned to Austin and graduated from UT in 1975.
For the past 40 years he has been a successful businessman, owning and operating ventures including the Pleasant Valley Sports Complex and is a partner in the Jack Allen’s and Salt Traders Restaurants.
In 2002, he was elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court bringing his passion for transportation advocacy and his belief that government can accommodate growth without continually raising taxes.
He served as Travis County Commissioner of Precinct 3 until 2008. He returned to the Commissioners Court in 2013 and continues to serve.
Dr. David Calvo who earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin.He then completed his master’s degree in Cancer Research at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston. Upon completion of his master’s, Dr. Calvo obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Herman Hospital.
Dr. Calvo is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has a special interest in sports injuries and artificial joints for the upper and lower extremities. He has served as physician and surgeon for thousands of patients including amateur, collegiate and professional athletes. He is an accomplished triathlete and sports enthusiast, competing for over 20 years. He and his wife, Dianne live in Lakeway and have two adult sons and two grandchildren. We hope that you will all join us for this wonderful speaker.
In January: Cecilia Abbott’s story reminds us all that the American Dream is alive and well in Texas. The granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico, Cecilia was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators, and who instilled in Cecilia, her sister and two brothers a love of learning and helping others.
Cecilia took their lessons to heart, earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Cecilia then devoted her life to serving others. She has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas, and later went on to another noble calling working in senior health care services.
But Cecilia hasn’t only devoted her professional life to helping others – she’s done the same thing in her personal life. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations and is an active member of many philanthropic groups.
Cecilia believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines the two things that she is most passionate about — Texas and philanthropy. She calls it Texanthropy, and through it she promotes volunteerism and service to others across
Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative — Network of Nurture — to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.
Cecilia is a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 38 years, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. With her husband’s election as Governor, Cecilia made history by becoming the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.
This month’s speaker topic will be an exciting look into the Lake Travis Film Festival. Kat Albert, Executive Director, will share with us some extraordinary events and visuals from the film festival that was held in late February. After a year of energizing volunteers and community members to create this event, the festival crew geared up for submissions from filmmakers and screen writers across the globe in June of last year. LTFF showcased up-and coming local talent as well, with its music video and young filmmaker’s category screenings. Kat is an independent filmmaker herself and owns her own production company, Studio-e2. Her projects include short films and documentary films which often have a female protagonist and range from gritty realism to magical and experimental. She came into filmmaking late in life and after working in Chicago in advertising, before relocating to Austin. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she started the LTFF in 2017 to explore stories that have messages of hope and perseverance. Don’t miss this enlightening look into this new cultural movement for our community.