The Keep Texas Beautiful staff is here to help you! Get to know a little about each of us and our responsibilities at KTB.
Suzanne Kho joined KTB in January 2016. As executive director, she oversees board development, contract and grant administration, fundraising, finance and organizational planning. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has held leadership positions at EarthShare of Texas, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB from Vassar College.
Sara Nichols joined KTB in December 2017. As program director, she supports community affiliate members, executes KTB and KAB programs and works to grow strategic statewide partnerships. Prior to joining KTB, Sara spent more than six years with the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), most recently as their Executive Director. Sara holds a BA from the University of Houston and has a background in communications, programs management and nonprofit leadership. When not working, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors hiking and camping.
Rebekah Grmela joined KTB in January 2017. As communications director, she oversees the organization’s overall marketing, media and development strategies. A Texas native, Rebekah is a passionate advocate with a background in impact-oriented community causes including the Hill Country Conservancy, New Milestones Foundation, Impact Hub Austin, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Leadership Austin, Young Women’s Alliance and the Texas 4-H Council. She is a graduate of the Austin CityWorks Academy, Leadership Austin and Texas A&M University.
Eliana Mijangos-Brown joined KTB in November of 2018. As development manager, she supports fundraising efforts including corporate sponsorships, grants and individual giving. As a Texas native, Eliana is a passionate nonprofit advocate with a background in fundraising and community outreach for organizations including Spirit Reins, Texas A&M University, SmartBabies Waco and Space Center Houston (NASA). She is currently participating in Leadership Georgetown and is excited to get involved in the Austin community. Eliana holds a BS from Texas Wesleyan University in communication and an MPSA from Texas A&M University in Government & Public Policy, nonprofit management certificate. When not working, she loves to spend time outdoors hiking with her daughter, husband and dog.
Operations & Events Manager
Tina joined KTB in September 2015. As the operations and events manager, Tina is responsible for coordinating logistics for KTB, program event planning and our annual conference. Although she is a Detroit native, Tina arrived in Texas as quickly as she could and has lived here since 2002. Before coming to work with KTB, she served the Soldiers of Fort Hood for over 7 years and has a background in bookkeeping and finance operations. In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking in the variety of restaurants and nightlife that Austin has to offer!
Brianna Fuller joined KTB in December 2017. As communications coordinator, Brianna facilitates overall marketing and communication strategies. A recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Brianna strives to maintain a positive impact on her community. She comes from a background in public relations and communications, having worked for several local PR firms and non-profits. In her free time, Brianna enjoys hiking the Green Belt, Netflix binge-ing and exploring Austin’s culinary scene!
Sara Walters joined KTB in October 2018. As program manager, she manages and supports affiliate programs, communications and training. Sara has experience working with different non-profit programs, community organizing, and is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA. She holds a BA from Texas Christian University and a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. When not in the office, Sara enjoys spending her time practicing yoga, going on adventures with her dog and generally trying to be outside as much as possible.
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As the KTB part-time Program Coordinator, Karen focuses on assisting with our various cleanup programs and joined the team in October 2017. She comes to us from Florida where she spent 13 years with the City of Clearwater managing volunteers, AmeriCorps members and a partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Karen holds both an MS and a BA from the University of Florida. Two kids, two cats and a dog keep her busy when she is not at KTB.
We have helped support a lot of communities in 2018.
Keep Texas Beautiful also works to create an eco-friendly office environment. We were recently recognized as an Austin Green Business Leader for our sustaining an eco-friendly work environment. During our day-to-day operations, we actively:
- reduce - cut back on printing, paper and water consumption and actively use eco-friendly office products
- reuse - repurpose office supplies, shipping containers and donate items to local nonprofits
- recycle - office paper, mixed-products
- compost in our community kitchen
- give business to eco-friendly, local printers (including soy-based inks)
- carpool as a team when possible
- provide carbon offset opportunities for travel