Peggy Hanley grew up in Waco, Texas, coming to Austin in 1999 to attend the University of Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism. With more than 11 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, Peggy most recently served as director of development for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, focused on cultivating major gifts and planning for a multi-year capital campaign. She has also worked with St. Francis School, United Way Capital Area, and Cathedral School of St. Mary. Peggy earned her Master of Art degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2011. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a founding member of Advancing Austin.
Outside of work, Peggy enjoys spending her time with her large extended family and friends, mainly enjoying the incredible wine and food in Austin.
As the Executive Director, Peggy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, geared toward fulfilling the organization’s mission of supporting charitable works in the community through educational programs and social events, which highlight the WFFT member’s passion for wine and food.
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.