The 2019 Members Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 in the Community Room at the Esperanza Crossing Branch located at 2800 Esperanza Crossing, Bldg. 2, Austin TX 78758. Registration opens at 6:00 pm. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 pm.
The Nominating Committee has recommended the nominees listed below, who are running unopposed, to fill the three open positions on the Amplify Board of Directors.
The election will not be conducted by ballot, and there will be no nominations from the floor when the number of nominees equals the number of positions to be filled. No questions from the floor will be taken during the meeting.
Joyce Smith, CPA, CGMA, retired as a partner of Austin-based accounting firm Atchley & Associates LLP and is now an engaged leader in her profession and community. She serves in a variety of capacities that support the accounting industry, the Austin business community and civic endeavors throughout Central Texas.
In support of the accounting industry, Joyce serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and has a long history of service with the organization, including as Austin Chapter President, TSCPA Secretary and a member of the TSCPA Executive Committee. She has been recognized for her leadership in accounting by the Austin CPA Chapter with a Distinguished Service Award and was named the CPA of the Year. In addition, Joyce has supported the industry nationally through her service on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Council, which is the national governing body of the organization.
Beyond accounting, Joyce is also a leader in the Austin business community. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Amplify Credit Union and she serves as Chairman & Trustee of the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation in Austin. She is also a Past Chairman of the Better Business Bureau in Austin and a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Essential program. Most recently, she was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Board of Directors for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, which oversees the examination, registration, education and professional regulation of architects, registered interior designers and landscape architects, and she has since been elected by fellow Board Members to serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the organization.
In addition to these positions, Joyce is a leader in her local community of Burnet County. Currently she serves as Commissioner for Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 5, which helps to fund fire protection and emergency medical services in the Lake Buchanan area, and as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Marble Falls Foundation, which is one among many leadership roles throughout her years as a Rotarian.
Joyce graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina State University and when she’s not serving her community, she enjoys playing golf and traveling with her husband Rick and spending time with their two children and five grandchildren.
Sandy Dochen serves as Manager of Corporate Citizenship for IBM, responsible for a variety of innovative technology applications that serve communities and IBMers in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. In those states, he manages various corporate social responsibility initiatives, volunteer outreach programs and the adaptation of IBM’s innovative P-TECH academy model. Co-developed with IBM, educators, policymakers and elected officials, P-TECH Schools are innovative public schools for grades 9 – 14 that enable students to graduate in six years with a no-cost associate degree in a STEM discipline that is in high demand throughout the workforce.
Beyond IBM, Dochen is a native Austinite and an active community leader. He serves as Chair of the Education & Workforce Development Committee for the Texas Association of Business; as Past Chair and current Board Member for Workforce Solutions Capital Area; as a member of the Austin Area Research Organization; and as a Board Member of the Science Mill, which is a STEM education center, among other education-related task forces.
Before joining IBM, Dochen was Vice President of Governmental Relations and Education at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. There he oversaw the development of the Chamber’s public policy agenda and its advocacy process, including managing several high-impact community service programs. He also served in public and community relations roles at several technology companies and was a staff member for the late U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle, both as Legislative & Press Assistant in the Washington office and as District Administrator in the Austin office. Dochen began his career in radio, eventually serving as News Director for KLBJ Radio in Austin after earning his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dochen’s volunteer service has been recognized by several organizations, including Austin Partners in Education, Workforce Solutions and the First Tee of Austin. His wife, Carol, is a long-time residential Realtor® in Austin and they’re proud to have two children, including a daughter in Austin and son in New York City.
Lemuel C. Williams is a seasoned technology and business executive who has extensive experience as a program director, in product management, developing business and managing channels & alliances for national and global organizations. His employers have included Dell, Uptime Devices, Bazaarvoice, Gemalto, SailPoint Technologies, Duo Security and currently, Adaptus, L.L.C. He is experienced in many areas of information technology and cybersecurity, and he leverages that knowledge to help organizations harness the power of technology in secure and scalable ways. In addition, he is Vice President of Williams Strategies, through which he counsels executives on various cybersecurity threats and opportunities.
Lemuel is also a leader in the Austin community. In 2007, he was appointed to the City of Austin’s Technology and Telecommunications Commission, now serving his fifth term as Chair. He oversees an 11-member group who advises the Austin City Council on issues such as community technology, telecommunications services, allocation of annual financial support, smart city development, autonomous vehicle regulations, and more. Under Lemuel’s leadership, the City of Austin established its first-ever Chief Innovation Office; revised the Imagine Austin plan to include a community technology component; made recommendations on 100 GoogleFiber® connection sites; created an ongoing residential technology study on the digital divide; doubled funding for nonprofit grants; and formed a resolution for the passage of Distracted Driving regulations, among other accomplishments.
In addition to these positions, Lemuel serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Austin’s Future; as Past Chair of The Seton Forum; as past Chair of the LBJ Future Forum; and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Annette Strauss Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been recognized for his community leadership with several awards, including the Austin Under 40 Award for Technology & Sciences and the Emerging Leader Award from Concordia University of Texas at Austin.
Lemuel Williams is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems and is also a graduate of Leadership Austin’s Emerge program. He lives in Austin with his wife, Terri, and their shih tzu Fitz.