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.
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.