Bob Bridge

Executive Director & Board of Directors

Bob founded the Southwest Angel Network in late 2015, and leads the overall organization. Bob has a passion for making the world a better place by encouraging the application of human and financial capital to address significant societal challenges. He has extensive experience in founding and taking early-stage technology start-up companies to successful exits, and […]

Heather Gilker

Executive Director, North Texas & Board of Directors

Haether Gilker leads the SWAN North Texas chapter and also serves on the SWAN Board of Directors. Having spent 25+ years focused in financial services, including working inside a single family office on portfolio management and investments, Heather has developed a deep understanding of the complexities family offices and ultra-wealthy families face. Tokalon Advisors provides […]

Juan Thurman

Director & Board of Directors

In addition to his work with the angel network, Juan is a mentor, startup investor, and sales consultant, focused on working with early-stage companies get to the next level.

Christina Gorczynski

Board of Directors

Christina Canales Gorczynski is the Executive Director of Impact Austin, a dynamic women’s collective giving organization that cultivates collective wisdom and strength to transform ourselves and our communities. Christina is also a licensed attorney and certified mediator with the State Bar of Texas. Previously, Christina served as a Program Officer at the Simmons Foundation, specializing […]

Laura Hill

Board of Directors

My passions are angel investing, career coaching, golf, and travel. I live in Austin most of the year, and during the hot summer months I retreat to the suburbs of New York City for golf and urban activities in more reasonable temperatures. In my career coaching practice, I continue to work with returning clients, including […]

Elizabeth Jennings

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Jennings helps new products (and their instigators) survive their first five years.

Steve Maysonave

Board of Directors

Steve is an acknowledged expert in sales, global partner development, strategic planning, and marketing.

John Soyring

Board of Directors

John Soyring provided global business leadership for the industry solutions & industry products portion of IBM’s global software business. This role included functional leadership for strategy, research & development, marketing & sales, business development, product support, and services related to the IBM offerings for all industries. He was also the co-leader of the Alliance of […]

Jeff Toler

Board of Directors

Jeff is a registered patent attorney with over twenty years of experience in technology and related intellectual property matters.


Iynkary Warren


Iynkary Warren  is a senior at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business and will be providing administrative support to SWAN during the 2020-2021 school year. She has previously served as a Marketing Intern at Health Entrepreneurs and a Public Relations Intern at the Sachs Media Group. Iynkary has a strong commitment to social impact. She […]

Associate Members

Associates are industry experts who support the network by helping in evaluating company applicants and performing company due diligence.

Wade Allen

Business Strategy

Wade Allen is the CEO of Cendea, and is a results-oriented, start-up, turn-around and high-growth executive with 25 years of experience of starting and driving companies to success.

Earl Ameen

Creative Strategies

Earl Ameen is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Grey Owl Company—a consulting firm based in Austin, Texas.

David Chao


David Chao is currently the CEO of a stealth start-up in the healthcare IT space.

Don Fowler


Don Fowler is a CEO and Executive leader in the healthcare sector, recognized for his ability to lead companies both nationally and internationally through market growth and downturns, maintaining and gaining market share.

Christa Freeland


Christa Freeland has ten years of experience in various civic, entrepreneurial and marketing activities, including serving as a Venture Fellow at the women-focused Next Wave Impact angel network which invests in social and environmental impact companies, working as a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, serving on the Texas State University Alumni Board and […]

Jim Gerberman

Corporate Strategy

Jim is extensively networked and an impactful deal maker. Enthusiastic, empathic and creative advisor.

Chris Hamilton

Technology Commercialization

Chris has over 20 years of experience in commercializing technology and his industry experience spans executive sales, business development, product strategy, product marketing, and product management.

Sean Howell


Sean is versatile Georgia Tech engineer with a history of turning ideas into successful projects and finished products. Over 11 years of problem solving in technical customer-facing roles; proven ability to lead in an international setting; a history of results with both internal services delivery resources and partners; and hands-on, detail-oriented roles in ISO 9000 […]

Robena Jackson

Communications & PR

Robena Jackson is the Owner of Group Solutions RJW, which she founded in Austin in 1992 as a Central Texas based communications strategy and public involvement firm.

Rachelle Jacques

Customer Acquisition

Rachelle Jacques currently is a Small & Medium Business Account Manager at Facebook. Rachelle has a degree from Princeton that focused on Race and Public Policy in the African American Studies Department. She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She is very interested in how the construction of race through […]

Blake Jones


Blake Jones is an Associate at Blue Sage Capital, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm specializing in growth, recapitalization and buyout financings of companies operating in the lower middle-market. Blue Sage favors opportunities to partner with founders and management teams as the first round of institutional capital. Previously, Blake served as a Leveraged Finance Analyst […]

Sam Kessel


Dr. Sam Kessel graduated with the dual degrees of Doctor of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is highly interested in healthcare start-ups. Sam has performed due diligence on biotechnology, healthcare services and medical device startups for both the Charlottesville Angel Network and the CAV Angels, the University of Virginia alumni […]

Ron Martin

Project and Product Management

Ron is a Director of Management Consulting at CTX Capital Management Consulting.

Lacey Pumphrey


Lacey Pumphrey is a Certified Public Accountant with industry and Big 4 public accounting experience.

Patricia Reichard

Strategy & Team

Patricia brings to the table a unique balance of analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative skills along with the characteristics and conviction necessary for building alignment across leadership teams and stakeholder groups to deliver results.

Diane Stapley

Technology & Alliances

Diane Stapley is currently the Director of Customer Success and Technical Architecture at AMD.

Matt Thomas

Education, Bootstrapping

Matt is an Entrepreneur, EdTech Advocate and Bootstrap Evangelist. Co-founder of AcademicWorks, which enables colleges, universities, and foundations to efficiently manage their scholarship processes while engaging and recognizing donors. AcademicWorks has been recognized as one of Austin Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies, one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for Women, Fortune’s Best Small Tech […]

Urie Suhr

Teams and Recruiting

Urie Suhr loves solving hiring puzzles and bridging the gap by finding unique talent for various technical roles. Data Science, Machine Learning & NLP, Big Data Engineering & Infrastructure along with Tech Ops is my core focus. She enjoys working on any challenging role that comes my way. She loves to learn something she doesn’t […]

Raven Veal, PhD


Raven is currently employed at IBM Watson Research. She is a design researcher with seven years of combined research experience in psychology, healthcare, and behavioral science. Passionate about exploring novel methods of analyzing human behavior and developing people-centered, evidence-based digital health technologies, particularly those that leverage artificial intelligence. Prior work experience includes Communication Health, the […]

Paul Watson

Business Strategy

Paul began his entrepreneurial and venture capital career advising technology start-ups for municipal and university business incubators just after the tech recovery in early 2000.


Interns are MBA or graduate students who care about social impact and who help with company business analysis and other network activities.

Alice Xue


Alice is working on her MBA at the UT McCombs School of Business. She has previous experience as a product manager. “As a perpetual optimist, I believe in the power of technology to bring out the best in people. Whether it’s organizing the world’s information, improving how people work, or helping individuals forge connections continents […]