Board of Directors
Launch Pad Job Club is led by our all volunteer Board of Directors. Each member is elected to a three year term. We provide guidance and direction to the organization.
President – Kathy Lansford-Powell
Kathy is the creator and Facilitator of Launch Pad Job Club, Austin’s largest nonprofit networking and support group for job seekers through which members are informed, motivated, and entertained as they slog through the job search process.
Vice President – Jim Adcock
Jim Adcock makes a living as a SharePoint Administrator, Analyst and Developer, and makes a difference as Vice President of Launch Pad Job Club, an organization in Austin, Texas, whose mission is help people who have lost their jobs to get the skills they need to land their next job, and to help them cope with the interim between jobs.
His passion for helping make things better for people has also led him to writing about his experiences and understanding on Working It Out, The MetaBlog Blog, and now at SharePointTherapist.com, and to public speaking about career management and SharePoint (though usually not at the same time), including as a panelist on the weekly SharePoint ShopTalk podcast. He has previously held a leadership role in the Austin Software Process Improvement Network, and is active in the local user group community, helping to promote community involvement and engagement as an essential part of career success.
Treasurer – Gohar Palayan
Parliamentarian – Seaufy (Sophie) Peg Frey
Professionally diversified with proven ability in cultivating strong relationships with clients and stakeholders. Following studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, served in Texas state government in labor economics, management of workforce programs, and area non-profit leadership. Currently a Senior Certified Professional Candidate with the Society of Human Resource Management.
Skills: Program Management, Community Engagement, Data Management, Microsoft Office, French
Website – Scott Killen
Scott is an Enterprise Agile Coach for PayPal. He tries to forget that at one time or another he’s held CSM, CSP, PMP, SPC and CSQE certifications. Of more note, he’s taught and mentored many, many hundreds of people fundamental and advanced agile development skills in corporate, university and non-profit settings.
In service to his community Scott was founder and first President of Agile Austin, co-Chair of Keep Austin Agile 2018, President of Austin Software Process Improvement Network, Chair of the PMI Technical Local Interest Group and a member of several other non-profit boards.
When not thinking about how to build better software, faster, he tells stories to children and adults of all ages. Previously recognized by the Texas Commission for the Arts, he’s told stories in diverse venues to audiences large and small, but stories around a campfire are still his favorite. Counter-intuitively, he felt honored to take second place in two Liar’s contests you can check out on YouTube. And, to close, no lie, he’s a Distinguished Toastmaster!
Member – Alper Akanser
Alper Akanser is a software engineer at Indeed with a focus on search relevance in job search. He currently serves with Austin nonprofits Launch Pad Job Club and Code2College in the areas of career growth and tech education, respectively. He received his BSc, MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. His dissertation focused on cooperative communication in wireless sensor networks with research interest in computer science, digital signal processing, wireless communications and transportation engineering. He has previously been in engineering, research and Instruction roles at Usable Health in Atlanta, Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and Near East University in Cyprus.
Member – Pete Reitmeyer
Pete started his career at IBM in Austin as a Software Usability Design Engineer (now called User Experience or “UX”) and then moved on to hardware and software project management as well as development, quality assurance, usability, and documentation management positions. He’s been able to stay in Austin for his entire career and has held various senior management as well as non-management positions with such companies as BMC Software, Charles Schwab, and CACI. He enjoys utilizing his varied experience to help teams work cross-functionally and now leads the Program/Project management team at Trend Micro – TippingPoint. Pete is also very active in volunteering with the local Agile Austin community, specifically with the yearly Keep Austin Agile regional conferences, having been a co-chair for the 2018 Keep Austin Agile conference with over 750 attendees.
Pete is a “graduate” of Launch Pad Job Club and a former Project Manager for Leap to Success. He also enhanced his own training with classes through ConsultingSolutions.net, and thus recognizes the great value that all of these programs provide. As a former member of a local school board as well as various other volunteering experiences including coaching youth sports, he looks forward to being a part of the Launch Pad Job Club board and further serving the community in any and every way possible.
Non-voting member – Shannon Mantrom
Shannon Mantrom is Executive Director of Leap to Success, the signature program of Launch Pad Job Club in Austin, TX. The program offers pro bono, professional projects assistance to Austin and Central Texas nonprofit organizations. Since its founding in 2012, Leap to Success has delivered over 115 projects to more than 100 nonprofits totaling over $500K in services. The program won the “2013 Nonprofit Advocate” award from PeopleFund and in 2017 won the “Nonprofit of the Year” award by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Shannon’s background is 20 years in sales and event coordination (with time off to raise two amazing daughters!) and it is Shannon and her Leap to Success team who coordinate the annual Launch Pad Job Club Employment Expo, the club’s annual fundraiser and service to its membership held each September.