Board

Yoly Davila

Yoly Davila

Chair, Community Relations Executive, SVP Texas Region at BBVA Compass
Yoly currently serves as the Community Relations Executive in the central and Texas Region for BBVA Compass. She supports the bank’s corporate responsibility objectives for community outreach, reputation building, and business development. She holds a master degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College.
Brian A. Hall

Brian A. Hall

Vice Chair, Attorney, Traverse Legal PLC
Brian A. Hall is a member of Traverse Legal, PLC and the managing partner of its Austin, Texas office, doing business as Hall Law. He has represented enterprise Internet and technology companies, startups and brand owners throughout the world with their Intellectual Property, Internet Law, including such areas as digital and social media, advertising and promotions, privacy and data matters, and Business Law issues. Brian regularly advises clients on the acquisition of, enforcement of, licensing and monetization of intellectual property, and he has extensive experience with countless multi-million dollar corporate transactions involving an entity's business-critical IP. Brian has served as outside general counsel, as well as in-house counsel in a secondment role, to private, venture backed companies, public companies and venture capital funds. Brian has also litigated cases across the United States involving trademark, domain name, copyright, software trade secret, online defamation and privacy/personal rights issues.

He is a regular author and speaker on legal topics of particular interest to technology companies given his background as an IT Consultant with the global IT firm Accenture. Brian has provided trademark legal commentary on Fox 7 News (Austin), authored Coach’s Corner for foundingAUSTIN and the Founders’ Friday blog series, and presented CLE on a variety of topics.

Brian has been chosen by his peers as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property, as rated by SuperLawyers, for the years 2010-2017. Brian is also a limited partner in StartupRunner, a seed stage venture capital fund, an angel investor with the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) and regularly mentors and advises entities at all stages of the startup ecosystem. He is an active member of EO Austin and also is a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Entrepreneurial Bar Association. He has served as President of the Michigan State University College of Law AA Board of Directors and on the United Way Board.
Mike Perrine

Mike Perrine

Treasurer, Managing Director, Baker Tilly Capital LLC
Mike Perrine, Managing Director for Baker Tilly Capital LLC, was formerly the Central Texas Market President for Capital One Bank and has over 25 years of banking and corporate finance experience in numerous leadership capacities.

As Market President, Mike was responsible for leading the bank’s community focus and philanthropic commitment to meet the unique needs of the communities that Capital One Bank serves in the Central Texas area. His commercial lending responsibilities include structuring middle market and corporate debt transactions for public, private and municipal/not for profit clients in a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Capital One Bank, Mike spent over 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded multi-state retail organization.

In his role as CFO, Mike had primary responsibility for the IPO, along with all banking, accounting, SEC reporting and financial operations. Mike is a 1986 graduate of the University of Texas, Austin with a BBA degree in Finance and has completed formal credit training and assignments in operational efficiency/process management.
Donna C. Normandin

Donna C. Normandin

Secretary, SVP, and CRA Officer at Frost Bank
Donna C. Normandin is currently Senior Vice President and CRA Officer for Frost Bank, a corporate position she has held for the past 18 years, working at Frost for over 30 years. In this position, she is a responsible for the banks Community Reinvestment Act and community development portfolios for regulatory examination purposes for the corporation and keeps a pulse on national issues as they affect CRA such as the recent Dodd-Frank. She is also the conduit between the bank and local centers of influence such as the City of San Antonio, County Commissioners, state & national officials and many other agencies

She is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word where she earned her MBA and BBA. Donna is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio XXVI, co-sponsored by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was co-chair for LSA XXVIII.
Kathy Burrell

Kathy Duncan Burrell

Senior Vice President Business Banking, Bank of America
Prior to her role as Senior Vice President of Greater Texas Business Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Kathy served as Senior Vice President and Credit Products Officer, Vice President and Client Manager, and Vice President and Government Lending Product Specialist. Kathy also managed teams at J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Guaranty Bank, both based in Dallas. Kathy attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia for her undergraduate degree as well as her Masters of Business Administration with a finance concentration.
Nina Nelms

Nina Nelms

Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Nina Nelms is a proven Senior Executive with 28 years of success across finance, entertainment, education, technology, and engineering. Leveraging extensive experience in financial operations and process improvement, she is a valuable asset for higher education, entertainment, or organizations looking for strategic insights, growth, cash flow, and mergers and acquisitions. Her broad areas of expertise include change management, high performance team building and development, cost-reduction strategy, supplier negotiations, purchasing and procurement, supplier diversity, Six Sigma, supply chain management, supplier sustainability and new technology implementation, including robotics.
Throughout her executive career, Nina has held leadership positions at Bank of America, Dell and The Coca-Cola Company. She has been responsible for creating enterprise-wide strategies for environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG), robotics process automation (RPA), offshoring and supplier diversity for Bank of America, generating $20M in first year cost-savings at Dell using global sourcing initiatives, leading a category management team with $8B of spend, about 20% of third-party spend for the entire global banking enterprise, driving 8 LOB category strategies to hit business objectives and delivering a supplier rationalization analysis reducing Dell’s supply base >90% with $11M savings.
Nina earned a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix and is Certified Six Sigma. She also proudly serves as Lead Faculty Area Chair since 2012 and an Adjunct Professor since 2010 with University of Phoenix, School of Business, teaching graduate courses in Management, Supply Chain, Critical Thinking and Organizational Behavior and Development. She coaches and mentor’s faculty and students in other official university roles.
Nina currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is active with the Austin Community Volunteers, Junior Achievement, and National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow. She mentors others via Bank of America’s CFO Mentoring Program and LEAD. Nina is a member of the Order of Eastern Stars (OES), the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and is on the Advisory Board of Huston–Tillotson University’s School of Business and Technology.
Cecilia Castelo

Cecilia Castelo

Vice President, Retail Banking, Woodforest National Bank
Cecilia Castelo’s responsibilities encompass service experience, small business and community development, regulatory compliance, sales, and employee performance management of 34 Woodforest branches throughout the greater Austin and San Antonio, TX markets.

Castelo joined Woodforest in 2001 as a retail banker in Sequin, TX. She has successfully managed the bank’s Converse, TX and Seguin, TX branches, as well as the DeZavala, TX branch, San Antonio’s flagship 24 hour location for Woodforest. Castelo was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2008 and in 2011 she was promoted to Regional Manager for the San Antonio area. In 2017 Castel was promoted to Vice President of Retail Banking.

Castelo is a graduate of the Bank Operations Institute of Texas and currently serves on the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Castelo is passionate about making a difference in the community, often volunteering and providing support in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.
Eric M. Bustos

Eric M. Bustos

Government Relations & Compliance, Capital Metro Transportation Authority
Eric Bustos is a Diversity Specialist for Capital Metro serving as Capital Metro’s DBE Officer, overseeing the DBE and Small Business program, ensuring equal opportunity in transportation contracting by addressing the effects of discrimination. As the Capital Metro’s lead liaison to the Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) board Eric helps Capital Metro and the Fund to remove barriers to self-sufficiency by increasing access to transportation for education, employment, healthcare and social services. Eric graduated from St. Edwards University with a B.A. in Political Science. Since it was founded in 2012, Eric has be a part of Capital Metro’s signature community service initiative ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive.
James Nortey, II

James Nortey, II

Associate Attorney, Morgan Lewis
James Nortey II is currently an Associate Attorney at Morgan Lewis. His practice includes commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and administrative law. James graduated from Baylor with BA in Philosophy in 2008. He then attended Harvard Law School, and after his graduation in 2011, received his MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas in 2015. Since 2013, he has served as Treasurer for the Austin African-American Cultural Heritage District.

Anna Sanchez

Senior Vice President Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo
Anna Sanchez is a 29-year financial services industry veteran. She joined Wells Fargo in 2000 where she served as the Wells Fargo Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in Business Banking, where she supported mid-size businesses with their financial needs. Currently, Anna serves as Business Banking Manager leading and supporting 7 business bankers, who support mid-size businesses with their financial needs. Sanchez gives back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations such as Aids Services of Austin, Foundation Communities, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber, and PeopleFund. Sanchez is also Past President of the Wells Fargo Diversity Council in Austin, Texas.
Sanchez graduated magna cum laude from St. Edwards University with a BBA in accounting.
Larry Conley

Larry Conley

Former Senior Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase
Larry was Senior Vice President and National Specialty Finance Manager of JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he has been employed for 27 years. He has been in banking for 38 years and SBA lending for 17 years. He has experience in most all forms of lending, Equipment leasing, Real Estate Appraisal, loan work out and Community Development.

He obtained a BBA from TCU and MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a MAI, SRA Designated Real Estate Appraiser, and a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Larry is Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Appraisal Institute, the Board of the Southern Dallas Development Corporation, Dallas Non Profit Loan Center, Texas Charter Schools Financial Foundation Loan Committee, City of Arlington Revolving Loan Committee, and as Senior Warden for Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.

He resides in Fort Worth, Texas
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John M. Ronning

Principal, First Capital Funding Corporation
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Larry Miller

Former Executive Vice President, Texas Bank, Consultant, L. Miller & Associates
Larry Miller started his lending career as a loan officer with the SBA. Larry was promoted to the SBA Regional Financial Director position in 1992 and accepted the Deputy Directors position for Dallas/Ft Worth District Office in 1996. In 2000 Larry was recruited to be the Regional Manager for Banco Popular a position that he held until 2003 when he accepted a position with Prosper Bank as its EVP. Prosper Bank was eventually purchased by Texas Bank for which Larry continued as the EVP. Larry retired from Texas Bank in December 2017 and started his own consulting company, L Miller and Associates. Larry currently consults with his old employer, Texas Bank

Gustavo Lasala (ex-officio)

President & CEO, PEopleFund
Gustavo is a seasoned microfinance practitioner passionate about advancing opportunities for underserved communities through capital. Prior to becoming President and CEO of PeopleFund he held leadership positions with top-tier community lenders where he was instrumental in their growth at a national level. Highlights of his career include: the development of LiftFund’s MMS - an early “lending as a service” platform tailored to microlending in the US; the financial engineering of a $30M asset purchase agreement between LiftFund and Citibank - a first in US microlending; the expansion of Oportun (from 35 to 85 stores) where he was directly responsible for the production of 20,000 loans per month; he redefined the CFO role for Opportunity Fund and put together credit facilities that helped the organization become the largest non-profit microlender in US. Most recently he co-founded and managed Listo, an organization providing financial products and services to thousands in California. Gustavo has served on the boards of Opportunity Finance Network, Foundation for Women and School of Excellence - San Antonio and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Eugene Sepulveda

Eugene Sepulveda

Board Chair Emeritus, CEO at Entrepreneurs Foundation
Eugene Sepulveda is CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a partner & director at Capital Factory, and a senior advisor and treasurer for Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Eugene brings nearly 40 years experience at the intersection of finance, startups, banking, community development and politics. He and his husband, Steven Tomlinson, are committed to and invest in social justice and economic opportunity.