Carol de Cardenas, Executive Director
Carol de Cardenas is the founder of the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts (ASPVA), and serves as Executive Director. Carol was awarded the Austin Woman’s Way Award for Women-led Business of the Year by the Austin Woman Magazine in 2017. She has 29 years of teaching and administrative experience in elementary and secondary education, undergraduate and graduate studies. From 1999-2001, Carol served as Board Director and Public Relations Chair for the Lake Travis Education Foundation. She continues to be involved in planning fundraising events for student scholarships and other charitable organizations. Carol earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a specialization in Reading from Texas A&M University in 1986 and she received a M. Ed. and Certification in Mid-Management from the University of Houston in 1991, graduating Kappa Delta Pi; an honor society in education. She has also received ESL (English As A Second Language) and GT (Gifted and Talented) certifications. Carol is the recipient of the 2017 Austin Woman’s Way Award presented by Austin Woman magazine to women leaders in business.
Jorge de Cardenas, President
Jorge de Cardenas serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at American Campus Communities, Inc. Prior to joining American Campus, he served as Director of Product Management for Emerging Technologies at Visa. Jorge began his career developing software for NASA at Lockheed Engineering and Science. From 1991 to 1994, he was co-founder and principal consultant of Everest Technologies, Inc., an Oil & Gas IT consulting firm which was sold to SAIC, Inc. Between 1994 and 2000, he served in various capacities at technology start-up companies. He received a B.S. in Computer Science with specializations in Mathematics and Management from Texas A&M University.
Jason Rios serves as Director of Legal Services at American Campus Communities. Jason supports ACC as an internal legal counsel, advising on strategic initiatives, contract drafting and negotiation, legal issue resolution, corporate policy review, and other legal support as needed. Prior to joining ACC, Jason worked for an Austin law firm with a focus on national product liability litigation. During law school, he worked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, serving as a legal intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio and the Federal Public Defender. Jason graduated with a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Betsy Hudson is a former member of the HOUSTON METROPOLITAN DANCE COMPANY’s “Met Too”, award-winning member and captain of the HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADERS, choreographer for NFL dancers, music video and live performance choreographer for up and coming artist ZAYRA, and former dance instructor at the AUSTIN SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS. She has studied under choreographers such as Liz Imperio, Steven Boyd, and Dorrell Martin, and danced for Jazz Dance World Congress. Betsy graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Public Relations from Sam Houston State University where she served as captain of the dance team. During this time, the SHSU dance team was presented with the College Dance Team National Championship in 2005. Betsy continues to dance and serves numerous charitable organizations including ASPVA, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also established a successful dance program for the Catholic Charities After-School Program for Refugee Children.
Stacey Heller, Treasurer
Francesca “Chessie” Reece is a Plan II Honors and Government double major at the University of Texas at Austin as a Forty Acres Scholar. Prior to attending university, she developed a lifelong love for learning at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, where she graduated as salutatorian and obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma. With an interest in many fields of work and study, she has served as an At-Large Representative in the UT Senate of College Councils, helped manage a statewide mock-government program for thousands of youth for the last two years, held a public policy internship which focused on improving childcare laws, and more. She brings her passions for nonprofit management, youth programming, and educational excellence to the ASPVA Board, assisting with event planning, fundraising and marketing.
Chandler Groves is a University of Texas at Austin student double majoring in Business Honors and Plan II Honors. His passion for the non-profit sector began when he helped establish Scholars and Athletes Serving Others, a non-profit dedicated to empowering high school students to serve his hometown community in Southlake, Texas. Chandler graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Carroll Senior High School and now attends UT Austin as a Forty Acres Scholar. Holding two internships and completing a semester-long consulting project, Chandler has further cultivated his interests in nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, and marketing strategy during his time at UT Austin. He is a devoted volunteer in his communities, mentoring younger students in after-school programs, developing sexual assault prevention initiatives on campus, and raising money for children’s cancer research. Chandler brings his commitment to service and his valuable experience in marketing, fundraising, and business strategy to the ASPVA Board.