The Keep Texas Beautiful staff is here to help you! Get to know a little about each of us and our responsibilities at KTB.
Director, Keep Texas Recycling
Rachel joined KTB in January 2020 after a merger with Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance (CTRA). In her role, she leads efforts for Keep Texas Recycling, which serves to implement and improve recycling programs in the same way CTRA did. Rachel brings 20 years of experience in environmental programming in both the government and non-profit sectors. As the Executive Director of CTRA, she helped establish 20+ recycling programs throughout the state and secured over $600k in grant funding for member communities. Her passion for recycling in rural and underserved areas has led her all over the country (and even Canada!) to provide assistance on their rural recycling development and programs. Rachel holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma and in her free time, she enjoys sporting events, live music and the outdoors with her rescue pup, Bailey.
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.
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. Suzanne loves spending time outdoors and can often be found birding, hiking or rowing.
As the KTB Project Manager, 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.
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.
Louis XIV, "Lou" for short, joined KTB in December 2019. In addition to his role as daytime security, Lou leads daily staff fitness walks at a brisk pace. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing with his toys and taking road trips.
Dylan Manshack joined KTB in October 2021. In his role, he manages social media, newsletters, and provides support for marketing and fundraising campaigns. Dylan is a graduate from Texas A&M and has worked around the world consulting nonprofits and federal agencies on digital marketing initiatives. Outside of work, Dylan can be found pursuing passion projects centered around his documentary work or out hiking with his dog, Jake.
Senior Manager, Operations & Events
Tina joined KTB in September 2015. As the Senior Manager of Operations and Events, 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 weekends on Lake Travis!
Director of Marketing & Communications
Alex Hill joined KTB in December 2019. In her role, she leads marketing and supports fundraising efforts. She brings diverse experience from her roles in startups and higher education. Alex is a LEED GA, holds a BA from Arizona State University, where she is currently pursuing a master's in Sustainability Leadership. A native Texan, Alex likes to hike Texas parks, try new recipes, and chase after her Maltese, Louis.
STAFF IMPACTWe have helped support a lot of communities in 2019.
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. Calculate your own carbon footprint and give back today!