Staff

Rob Golding

Rob Golding

Chief Executive Officer

Rob joins Rodeo Austin after spending the past decade serving as founding Principal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Live Oak Gottesman. Rob's career has been dedicated to leadership roles and can be described by one common theme - taking organizations to new heights. And that's exactly what he plans to do during his tenure at Rodeo Austin. Rob and his wife Nan have two children and have called Austin home for more than 35 years.  [email protected]

Katy Blankinship

Katy Blankinship

Senior Manager

Katy was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  She attended St. Edward's University and recieved a degree in Marketing and Finance.  Over the last 14 years she has worked in many areas of Rodeo Austin, but the mission of providing scholarships is what drives her each day.  Currently Katy serves as a Senior Manager working closely with Sponsorship, Marketing and Rodeo Production.  Katy and her husband Houston have two adorable children, Brooke and Cooper, that keep them busy at all times. [email protected]

Jennie  Glenn

Jennie Glenn

Senior Manager

Jennie Glenn grew up in Georgetown, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Texas in 2004. She started with Rodeo Austin in 2006 and has served in many different capacities including Marketing, Membership, Ticket Sales, Scholarships, Finance, Operations and fundraising. Jennie most enjoys getting to work with the 100+ current scholars who receive Rodeo Austin scholarship funds to attend college. Jennie and her husband, Joshua, reside in Round Rock with their son Parker.  [email protected]

Katie Richmond

Katie Richmond

Senior Manager

Born outside of Burlington, Vermont, Katie calls Corvallis, Oregon home. She earned her bachelor's in Equine Science as a Colorado State University Ram. She oversees the Competitive Events, Acts and Exhibits departments. Her favorite Rodeo Austin event is the Youth Auction. She loves living in Austin and spending time with her dog, Rocky, and her cat, Rose. [email protected]

Julie  Beck

Julie Beck

Ticket Coordinator

Julie Beck grew up in Ballinger, Texas, as an avid 4-Her and daughter of a County Extension Agent.  With an Agricultural Economics degree from Texas A&M University, Julie found her way to Washington, DC, where she worked for 10 years in agriculture, animal and food policy.  In 2014, Julie made the move back to Texas to be closer to family and to get back to her Texas roots.  At Rodeo Austin, Julie serves as the Ticket Coordinator, managing ticket operations and working closely with many hard-working volunteers to plan the Rodeo Austin Gala. [email protected]

Presley  Holloway

Presley Holloway

Sponsorship Coordinator

Presley is from the small town of Axtell, Texas, and grew up around the rodeo industry. She received her Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications & Journalism from Texas A&M University. At Rodeo Austin, Presley serves as the Sponsorship Coordinator, managing relationships with Rodeo Austin's corporate sponsors. She also contracts and coordinates the entertainment for Rodeo Austin, and assists with rodeo production. In her free time, Presley enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle, and daughter, Steelie Kate. [email protected]

Hollye Fain

Hollye Fain

Exhibits Coordinator

Born and raised a Texan, Hollye grew up in the small town of Waskom in north east Texas. After making the move to central Texas in 2008, she earned her Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and Journalism from Texas A&M University.  Serving as Exhibits Coordinator, Hollye contracts and coordinates all food vendors, commercial exhibitors and acts for Rodeo Austin. She also oversees the Gala’s silent and live auctions.  In her spare time, Hollye loves being outdoors and spending time with husband and family. [email protected]

Alyssa  Dotson

Alyssa Dotson

Event Logistics Coordinator

Alyssa was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio where she attended Wittenberg University and received her Bachelor's degree in Business. Alyssa's love for the rodeo industry lead her to the great state of Texas shortly after graduating college in 2015. As Event Logistics Coordinator, Alyssa manages not only the day-to-day office operations but also the logistics during the Fair & Rodeo. Alyssa serves as the liasion to the Shoot Out Sporting Clay Tournament, BBQ Auction & Concert and BBQ Austin committees. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys attending local rodeo events and spending time with friends. [email protected]

Richard Kurtze

Richard Kurtze

Field Operations Manager

Richard was born and raised in Arizona then honorably joined the Coast Guard as an Aviation Maintenance Technician.  Travelling across the United States, Richard has gained a wealth of knowledge in leadership, communication and safety.  Richard is the Field Operations Manager where he works closley with staff and volunteers on events year round. In all of his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, travelling (to Vegas) and not doing operations related items :). [email protected]

Lindsay  Leyden

Lindsay Leyden

Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. At Rodeo Austin, Lindsay serves as the Marketing Coordinator, managing all marketing and advertising for the Rodeo throughout the year. In her spare time, Lindsay loves exploring Austin and hanging out with family and friends. [email protected]

Sara McAuley

Sara McAuley

Controller

Sara was born and raised in Saugerties, New York.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University and her Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut.  Before joining Rodeo Austin, Sara was the Controller and CFO for a small investment management company in Boston, MA.  In May 2016 she moved to Austin with her husband Reuben, their two children, Jacob and Jack, their dog Max and their cats Liam and Owen.  In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends. [email protected]

Aida Barrera

Aida Barrera

Staff Accountant

Aida was born in Mexico and raised in Austin. She attended Texas State University for her accounting degree, her ultimate goal is to become a CPA. When she isn’t working at Rodeo Austin, Aida loves participating in the newest trends. Her current favorite is salsa dancing and she is a huge soccer fan. She loves traveling with friends and family as well. [email protected]

Alyssa Adams

Alyssa Adams

Graphics Coordinator

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Alyssa actively participated in 4-H during grade school years, showing rabbits, competing in photography and junior livestock judging. With a strong interest in design, Alyssa attended Texas State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Communication Design. After graduation in 2014, Alyssa was employed as a marketing coordinator for a commercial construction firm. She traded in her hard hat for a cowboy hat and now serves as Rodeo Austin's Graphics Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Woody.  [email protected]

Rachel Sembera

Rachel Sembera

Livestock Coordinator

Rachel is originally from Tomball, TX and grew up showing cattle, sheep and horses. She attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Animal Science. She previously interned for Rodeo Austin in the Competitive Events department. At Rodeo Austin, Rachel oversees the Livestock Show, Horse Show and Calf Scramble. She enjoys working with exhibitors and competitive events volunteers. During her free time, Rachel enjoys working on her family’s cattle operation and hanging out with her mini aussie, Chief! [email protected]

Taylor Rivera

Taylor Rivera

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Taylor resides in Round Rock and comes to us from Texas State University, with a degree in Business Management. Taylor serves as the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, and helps hundreds of Rodeo Austin volunteers find the right place to give their time and talent. Taylor played softball in college, so on the weekends you may find her in a game of slow pitch softball, or hanging out with family and friends. [email protected]

Brenda Pitts

Brenda Pitts

Senior Manager, HR and Administration

Brenda was born in Germany and has a twin brother! She attended Southwest Texas State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration. She recently moved back to Austin from Idaho to work for Rodeo Austin! In her free time, Brenda loves spending time with her dog, Boone, and volunteering for various organizations. [email protected]

Alyssa Ramsey

Alyssa Ramsey

Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant

Alyssa was born and raised in Aledo, TX. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in advertising. She was also a UT cheerleader. She graduated in 3 years and after graduation, she moved to Nashville to intern for a talent agency. In her free time, you can find Alyssa at all UT football games or hanging out with friends around Austin. [email protected]

Mark Giliberto

Mark Giliberto

Technology Coordinator

Mark was born and raised in Boston. His curiosity of the Pacific Northwest led him to Seattle where he developed an interest in science innovation. This drove him into a technology sector career. He has experienced firsthand the impact of technology advances and how it has changed society which keeps him constantly intrigued. In his free time, Mark enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest, world travel, reading and exploring the local live music and food scene. He also loves cheering on his favorite basketball team, the Boston Celtics.  [email protected]

Lauren Verfurth

Lauren Verfurth

Youth Events and Auctions Coordinator

Lauren was born and raised in Thrall, TX. Growing up she was involved in 4-H and showed lambs and goats. She got her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. She also got her Master’s degree from Texas A&M in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. She and her fiancé, Craig, have two adorable dogs – Tuff and Scout.  [email protected]

RODEO AUSTIN - MARCH 14-28, 2020