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. Suzanne loves spending time outdoors and can often be found birding, hiking or rowing.
Senior Manager, Finance & Operations
Katie joined KTB in October 2021, coming from another community focused nonprofit - Texas Farmers’ Market. From her past roles, she brings years of experience in nonprofit operations, data collection and analysis, and a keen eye for the best seasonal fruits and vegetables. Outside of the office, her dog keeps her busy hiking trails, sniffing flowers, and splashing in puddles. Katie holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a passion for engaging others around a shared cause.
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 Director, 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.
Litter Cleanup and Research Manager
As the KTB Litter Cleanup and Research Manager, Karen focuses on coordinating cleanup programs and data. She joined the team in October 2017 when she moved from Florida with her husband and two kids. Karen comes with over 25 years of experience managing volunteers, events and cleanup programs. Karen holds both an MS and a BA from the University of Florida. When not watching her son play soccer, the family loves to hike, kayak and explore the Hill Country.
Director of Marketing and Partnerships
Lara George officially joined KTB in April 2022. As Director of Marketing and Partnerships, she oversees KTB’s overall communications and marketing strategy and fundraising activities with a focus on corporate and government agency partnerships. Prior to joining KTB, Lara worked in a variety of communications and nonprofit leadership roles with The Christi Center, Austin Smiles, and The Texas Observer. Lara holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. When not working, you can find Lara in her garden, running and hiking, or experimenting with a new vegetarian recipe.
Dylan Manshack joined KTB in October 2021. In his role, he manages social media, newsletters, media inquiries, and provides support for marketing and fundraising campaigns. Dylan is a graduate from Texas A&M with a BA in Economics and a BA in Spanish. He has worked in Latin America consulting nonprofits on digital marketing initiatives and taught classes to micro-business owners in Santiago, Chile to help them bring their businesses online. Outside of work, Dylan can be found pursuing passion projects centered around his documentary work or out hiking with his dog, Jake.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Noor joined KTB in July of 2022 as Digital Marketing Coordinator. In her role, she updates and maintains the website, creates blog content, and helps support the social media campaigns. Noor is a current student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Journalism and a graduate of the Full Stack Coding Bootcamp at UT Austin. In her free time, she volunteers with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition as an ESL tutor and enjoys seeing live music.
Corinne Pierce joined KTB in September of 2022. As the Affiliate and Youth Programs Manager, she supports the affiliate and youth programs, as well as communications and training. Corinne’s background is in education and she holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State University. She has experience in Title 1 public schools and Elementary Education. When not at work, she enjoys sewing, gardening, and listening to live music.
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!