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.
Rebekah Grmela joined KTB in January 2017. As the 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.
Melody joined KTB in October 2016 after moving back to her hometown of Austin. As program manager, she supports KTB programming and assists affiliates. Melody has worked in the environmental nonprofit sector for nearly a decade, including the Dallas Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, and Sea Turtle, Inc. She holds a MS in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven and a BS in Zoology from Auburn University.
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!
Available 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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.