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Pick With Austin has established a Board of Directors Advisory of carefully selected professionals who believe in our mission.  Together, we help design the future of Pick With Austin, Alan's Gift of Music, ChatSuicide.org, and other outreach programs.  It is our goal to grow and expand, while establishing a strong business foundation that can support not only our future, but the future of those we seek to support. 

Board of Directors

Jeff Curley
Founder | Chairman of the Board

Jeff is a former Quality Management professional with extensive ISO, IPC, Mil-Spec, and Malcolm Baldrige implementation experience; processes and procedures.  Jeff is a Motorola trained QSR auditor and has led several high-tech local companies to achieving the Greater Austin Quality Award from the Mayor and City of Austin.  In 2010 when his son, Alan, died by suicide as a result of depression, he formed 2010 Pick With Austin, Inc.  Jeff oversees operations of the 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Carolyn Villaruz-Curley
Founder | Secretary

Carolyn is employed by the Round Rock Independent School District as a Para Professional in their PPCD program for children with learning and developmental disabilities.  She is the owner of the Austin Models & Talent Agency, where she also serves as it's accountant.  Carolyn is the co-founder of 2010 Pick With Austin, Inc., where she helps handle logistics of guitar and musical instrument donations.

Matti Hautala
Board of Directors

(Mental Health Intake Counselor, QMHP-CS) - Matti has been working in the mental health field as a direct care worker for over six years.  He is currently getting his Master's degree at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and he is currentlly working as a qualified mental health professional in the intake department at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services.  Matti plans to study healthcare policy and grant writing at the LBJ School so that Pick With Austin can continue to grow in the coming years.  Mattig got involved with Pick With Austin in 2012 after seeing first hand the huge impact that PWA's guitar donations had on the lives of his clients.

Laurie Hebert
Board of Directors

(Occupational Therapist) - Laurie grew up in Louisiana, just outside of Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU in 2001.  After graduation, Laurie moved to Los Angeles, then Dallas, and finally to Austin, Texas.  She works as a pediatric occupational therapist at KidVentures Therapy in Westlake.  After she lost her best guy friend, Phil, in 2012 to suicide, suicide awareness/prevention became extremely important to Laurie.  She began blogging about her experiences as a suicide survivor.  Laurie is also a volunteer field advocate for AFSP.

Geoffrey Curley
Founder, Vice President

Geoffrey works within middle management for a corporation in the food industry.  His background includes both hiring and people management, scheduling, inventory, accounting, and general business operations.  He is also an accomplished photographer who travels frequently for his photographic work.  Geoffrey is a Vice President for Pick With Austin. In his position, he assists with both media and photography and he is poised to assist in a logistics position with Pick With Austin  pending future growth.

Vincent Curley
Founder, Vice President

Vincent is a customer service professional currently residing in Nacogdoches, Texas. He plays the guitar and enjoys keeping current with communications and electronic devices, gaming, music and culture.  Vincent's  involvement, as Pick With Austin grows, encompasses corporate sponsorship and fund raising management, as well as serving in a capcity to keep trending social media related opportunities to outreaching to young people.

Renee Higgs
Board of Directors

Renee' was born and raised in Texas.  She has been in the Human Resources field for over twenty years.  She is an Army mom and she holds our soldiers close to her heart.  She is an avid sports fan and sports mom.  Renee' has two children, Ryan and Emily.