Dr. Victoria Rase Shinn

President

Victoria Rase Shinn grew up in Austin, daughter of Kirby Hall founder, Mrs. Beverly Rase, and her husband, Dr. Howard F. Rase. She was one of Kirby Hall’s first graduates in the class of 1979. After graduating from Wellesley College, Victoria attended medical school at University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Following her pediatric residency through UT Southwestern, Victoria worked as a General Pediatrician in Dallas for 28 years. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Greg, and close to daughters Carolyn and Kathryn and their families. Grand-parenting is a favorite activity. She is so glad to stay connected to Kirby Hall through its board of directors.

Howard Rase

Treasurer

Howard Rase is a Kirby Hall graduate, who earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering a short walk away at the University of Texas, Austin, He has spent most of his life after schooling in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Caroline and two school-aged children, Ty and Eloise. His years working in Pharma / Biotech turned into a consulting career. Since the pandemic, he turned his boutique consulting firm, Minted Consulting, into a COVID Compliance business serving Commercial Productions in Hollywood. Simultaneously, he has been building a circular economy business called Buoy at www.buoy.eco. Buoy makes consumer goods, like a reusable water bottle, and recyclable restaurant containers meant to be used in a circular economy.

Amy Clements

Director

Amy Root Clements attended Kirby Hall from seventh through twelfth grades, graduating with the class of 1985. She worked in book publishing in New York City for many years and is now a professor of rhetoric and writing at St. Edward’s University. Amy is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. in English, B.S. in advertising, Ph.D. in English) and completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at The New School. She and her husband, architect Andrew Clements, live in Austin with their yellow cat named Sunny.

Teri Fickling

Director

Teri Fickling is a PhD candidate in English at The University of Texas at Austin. She studies gender, disability, and the reception of John Milton’s poetry by eighteenth-century women poets. She holds a BA in English from UT Austin and an MA in literature from Texas State University. Before returning to UT to pursue her PhD, she taught English at Kirby Hall School for ten years in grades ranging from 4th-12th. She enthusiastically joined the Kirby Hall School Board of Directors in 2019.

Sabina Behague

Director

Sabina Behague is the Senior Communications Manager at Equal Access International, a non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C. that works to drive positive social change in some of the most challenging regions of the world. With over 25 years of international development and communications experience in the United States and several countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, she is highly skilled in strategic messaging and storytelling, program management, and proposal and new business development. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in International Communication/Development from the American University, and an MA in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University. Sabina is a proud alumna of Kirby Hall School’s class of 1983, and is married and has two children.

Sara Pevaroff Schuh

Director

Sara Pevaroff Schuh is a licensed landscape architect and founder of SALT Design Studio, a landscape architecture practice dedicated to participatory, context-based design. She is a recognized expert in community facilitation, and her work has garnered numerous awards and been exhibited as models for ecological design. Sara has more than 25 years of experience with master planning and site design for elementary schools, public parks and gardens, college and corporate campuses, streetscapes, and civic venues across the country. Passionate about restoring our connection to the natural world through design, Sara assists communities in developing sustainable strategies for sites of all scales. She was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at Thomas Jefferson University from 2006-2010 and actively lectures to school groups and non-profits about urban ecology and resilient design. Sara is a proud alumna of Kirby Hall’s class of 1985, holds a BS in Political Communication from The University of Texas and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Everett M. Lunning, Jr.

Director

Ev retired from St. Edward’s University in 2016 after serving in staff and faculty positions and as a guest artist in productions at the Mary Moody Northen Theater (MMNT). His guest artist appearances at MMNT include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. He appeared as a guest artist for the University of Texas Department of Theater and Dance in an adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoevsky and in Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw. He has appeared as an actor in numerous Austin Theaters, including Zach Theater, Hyde Park Theater, Austin Shakespeare, Different Stages, Austin Theatre for Youth, and Austin Playhouse. Since 1992 he has served as a volunteer narrator for the Talking Book Studio of the Texas State Library and Archives. He has served on the board of the Brush Square Museums, and he is a leader with Central Texas Interfaith, which advocates for issues which affect families.

Ev holds a B.A. in English from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. In addition to teaching at St. Edward’s University, Ev taught at Kirby Hall School from 1983 to 1985 as well as Sidney Lanier High School also here in Austin. 

MacDonald Kempf

Director

 

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