The advisory council provides strategic direction and support for the RGK Center’s
many programs and initiatives. Active community leaders, members of the council
share the RGK Center’s mission to prepare the next generation of Nonprofit leaders.
Greg Kozmetsky, RGK Foundation
Greg Kozmetsky serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of KMS Ventures in Austin where he joined in 1977. Prior to KMS Ventures he was Vice President, Federated Development Company and Trust Officer, Laredo National Bank. Kozmetsky serves as a Director of Keraplast Technologies Ltd. He serves on the board of directors for a number of firms including SafePlace Corporation, Women's Museum and the Jack Orchard ALS Foundation. In addition, Kozmetsky serves on the board of Trustees for the SafePlace Foundation and St. Edwards University as well as on the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross. He served as a Director of HyPerformix Inc. Kozmetsky also served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and completed a tour of duty in South Vietnam. He received a BBA in Management from University of Texas.
Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hotwiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is the web's largest volunteer engagement network strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Since its launch the VolunteerMatch network has helped the nonprofit sector engage more that $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. Baldwin completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife Kathryn and kids Ellie and Matt.
Domingo Barrios has a lifelong career in the nonprofit sector and experience in nonprofit leadership, management, governance and resource development. Over his twenty years in the field, he has managed and allocated assets in excess of $80 million in grants specifically targeting programs and operational support, emerging initiatives, major gifts, capital campaigns and endowments. Barrios has funded over 300 organizations from various sectors, including health, education, arts, environment and human services. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver (M.S., Health Administration) and Creighton University (B.S.).
Dennis Cavner has extensive experience in financial, estate, and business planning. He entered the financial services industry in 1983, after having served as chief financial officer of a leading Texas publishing organization. Cavner is an attorney (J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1972; BBA from the University of Texas, 1969), Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional. He holds licenses for Individual Life, Variable Life, General Securities, and is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative.
Cavner formerly served on the Planned Giving Council of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a current Board member and past Chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Linda Perryman Evans
Prior to assuming her current position as President and CEO of The Meadows Foundation, Linda Perryman Evans was an active partner in the public relations firm of Stern, Nathan, & Perryman. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Dallas Welcoming Committee, the city’s non-partisan host committee for the 1984 Republican National Convention. A Graduate of University of Texas at Austin, Evans worked in Washington, D.C. from 1976 through 1983. She served on President Gerald Ford’s re-election campaign, was an assistant in the development office of the American Enterprise Institute, and worked for the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania as an assistant to the press secretary. From 1980 to 1983 Evans worked in the White House Office of Media Relations and Planning for President Ronald Reagan.
Evans currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee of the Council on Foundations, and is past president of the Conference of Southwest Foundations. She is past chair of the Mid-America Foundations Task Force on Standards and Accountability, served on the Independent Sector’s Panel on the Nonprofit Sector to advise the Senate Finance Committee, and the Effectiveness and Accountability Task Force for the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers.
Evans is a past member of the Council on Foundations Public Policy Task Force and their Legislation and Regulations Committee, served on the Council’s Advisory Committee on Family Succession, and chaired the organization’s 2003 conference host committee.
Ken Gladish is a nationally recognized leader in charitable and philanthropic endeavors. He recently retired from leading Seton’s four foundations, volunteer services and related activities. Prior to Seton Foundation, Gladish served as president and CEO of the Austin Community Foundation. His career includes serving as president of the YMCA of the USA and in various academic leadership roles in Michigan and Indiana. Gladish has served as a distinguished professor of Nonprofit Studies and director of the Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served as visiting scholar at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. He is an adjunct faculty member of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Gladish has led organizations that raised more than $500 million in charitable support and has been intimately engaged in creating campaigns, seeding new initiatives and serving as a key resource in endowment, capital and annual support campaigns. Gladish holds an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.
Mary Jalonick, a native Dallasite, started as The Dallas Foundation’s first full-time employee in 1987. Now she oversees an organization with 17 staff members, more than 350 component funds, and donors who give locally, nationally and overseas. Additionally, Jalonick has been active in the effort to develop voluntary standards for American community foundations, and worked to nurture the growth of community foundations in Europe. She has served on the boards of many local agencies, including The Hockaday School and the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Jalonick graduated from Mt. Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C.
Mike King has served as national president and CEO of Volunteers of America since 2010, leading an organization with an annual budget of more than $1.1 billion, approximately 16,000 employees and one of the nation’s largest affordable housing portfolios with more than 25,000 units. During his tenure, King has spearheaded Volunteers of America’s first paid advertising and marketing campaign, and has made growing public awareness of the organization to support fundraising a major priority. To this end, he has established a number of major corporate partnerships in recent years, including a growing relationship with The Home Depot, which has already provided almost $8 million to build or improve housing for formerly homeless veterans. Other corporate partnerships include those with CBS EcoMedia and Capital One. King has been a major advocate for Volunteers of America in Washington, both on Capitol Hill and among other human service organizations. His work has focused on the preservation of federal funding and other resources that support vulnerable populations. In February 2013, King testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of preserving the charitable tax deduction, focusing on the negative effects capping charitable income tax deductions would have on human service providers and the people they serve.
Curtis W. Meadows, Jr., J.D.
Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. retired as Founding Executive Director of the RGK Center in January 2005. Meadows' long career in the independent sector includes 18 years of service as President, CEO, and Director of the Meadows Foundation of Texas. During that time, the foundation's assets grew from $60 million to almost $735 million, while dispensing more than $270 million in gifts and grants to assist the work of charitable and community organizations in Texas. At the time of his retirement in 1996, the Meadows Foundation was the third largest private foundation in Texas and the 39th largest in the United States. Meadows now holds the title of Director Emeritus of the Meadows Foundation.
Meadows has also held leadership positions with more than 60 charitable and community organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Austin College, the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, the Murrell Foundation, and the Dallas Bar Foundation. He served as President and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Center for Housing Resources and as President and Board Chairman of the Conference of Southwest Foundations. Meadows holds B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.
Michael Meadows joined Westwood in 2014 as a Senior Vice President and is responsible for new business development focusing on individuals, families, foundations and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Westwood, Mr. Meadows served as the President/CEO of the Dallas Zoological Society where he led the effort to successfully privatize the management of the Dallas Zoo and helped transform it into one of the nation’s top zoological parks. His extensive professional background in foundation and nonprofit management includes leadership positions at Southwestern Medical Foundation and The University of Texas at Dallas. A native Dallasite, he is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, active on a number of university and nonprofit advisory boards, and a past president of The Dallas Assembly and Leadership Dallas Alumni Association. Mr. Meadows earned his BA in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Randa Safady is a national expert and higher education leader with 33 years of professional and volunteer service. She is the chief advancement officer for The University of Texas System and works with UT’s 14 presidents and vice presidents for development and communications, providing strategic counsel on a broad spectrum of issues. She currently serves as the only Texan on Philanthropy 2030, a national board to advance philanthropic work as a professional career. Safady developed the UT System’s Center for Enhancing Philanthropy, the first of its kind in any university system nationally. She is also the executive producer of State of Tomorrow—a statewide PBS series featuring the extraordinary impact of universities’ research on society that garnered five EMMY awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lone Star division. Prior to positions with the University of Texas, Safady served as Director of St. Edward’s University College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) to ensure that first generation children of farmworker families had equal opportunities to degree attainment and provide new paths for their families. Ms. Safady received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas State University and a Ph. D. in Higher Education Administration from UT Austin.