Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Cathleen moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 2007. She is passionate about food and wine and it is in her family’s southern kitchens and opportunities to travel that she cultivated a love for entertaining and a craving for delicious food and wine. Most recently, Cathleen worked at the Duchman Family Winery executing special events in the Texas Hill Country and promoting award winning Texas wine. She loves to spend time entertaining friends, trying new restaurants, and experimenting in the kitchen. Cathleen is responsible for planning and executing the foundations major wine and food events.
Morgan is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After receiving her Bachelor of Journalism degree, she began working as a marketing and event coordinator at a local Nebraska nonprofit. After numerous visits to see her family in Texas, she decided to move to Austin. Attracted by the active lifestyle, thriving arts scene and warm weather, Morgan moved to Austin in March 2012. Her passion for nonprofits has lead her to volunteer for various organizations; and her interest in fine dining and wine has lead her to the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. As the Community Relations Director, she is primarily responsible for building membership and community partnerships. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys being active, trying new restaurants and traveling with her family.
Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Hillary Welde moved to San Francisco, CA in 2001 to pursue a career in the arts and enjoy the celebrated food and wine of the region. As the Gallery Director for Kathleen Avery Fine Art, she participated in art fairs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and traveled internationally to expand the gallery’s collections. In 2007, Hillary moved on to the Academy of Art University as the Director of the University’s three galleries and Coordinator of two annual fine art fundraising auctions.
After several visits to Austin, Hillary and her husband fell in love with the energy of the city and the beauty of hill country. In 2011, they made the move to Austin to take advantage of new opportunities and raise their family.
As the Auction Director, Hillary is responsible for organizing and executing the Foundation’s signature Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction.