2021 Board of Directors

  • Zoom board meetings!

    In the spring of 2020, we transitioned from meeting in person to learning how to Zoom!  We are grateful for the platform to be able to continue meeting, planning, strategizing, etc. to further our mission of helping our senior neighbors live independently!

  • Shira Ledman - president

    Representing Congregation Shir Ami in Cedar Park

    Shira Ledman has over 20 years of human services nonprofit management experience at the executive director/senior leadership level. Before retiring in 2017, Shira was the Executive Director of Seedling Foundation which set the standard for highly supported volunteer mentors in a school-based model serving children of incarcerated parents. Prior to joining Seedling, Shira served as the CEO of Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern AZ. In that position, she was the chief professional officer for a $2.8 M multi-service behavioral health/social service agency. During her tenure at JFCS, Ms. Ledman led the growth of the agency's services by developing extensive partnerships that included school-based, integrated health care and domestic violence shelter settings. Before JFCS, Shira was the Chief Planning Officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. At the Federation, she led community planning initiatives, government relations activities and outcome-focused grant making. Ms. Ledman joined the DASNW Board in Spring 2018 and became President-elect in January 2019.

  • Reeve Hobbie - Past President

    Representing Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin

    Reeve Hobbie has been a volunteer driver for Drive a Senior Northwest for the past twelve years and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past five, currently serving a president. Reeve was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated with a BFA from Bowling Green State University, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and served in the United Kingdom. Upon returning home, he married and began his family. He joined the 3M Company in Minnesota in 1981. After completing a career in marketing and corporate communications with 3M in Austin, Reeve retired and became certified as a  Master Gardener. He also serves on numerous committees at church, and enjoys family, painting, reading, traveling and, of course, gardening.

  • Daniele Lea - President Elect

    Representing St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin

    Daniele Lea has been a volunteer for 7 years and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. She originally volunteered with DASNW with one of her daughters through the National Charity League North Austin. Daniele brings experience as a former non-profit executive and 15 years as a business consultant to our board working on behalf of our senior clients. She hails originally from Colorado and has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder, but has called Austin home for the last 22 years.

  • John Bittner - Treasurer

    Member at Large

    John was born and raised in Langdon, ND.  He attended Trade Technical school, in Wahpeton, ND and worked in the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN area until the fall of 67, when his draft notice arrived.  He spent five years as a commissioned officer in the US Army.  After leaving the Army in 1973, he was hired by the 3M Company in the Twin Cities and pursued a career in product marketing as well as continued his military career with the Minnesota National Guard.  In early 1984, 3M moved John and his wife Barbara to the new 3M location in Austin, TX.  In 2004, he retired from 3M and started volunteering with charitable organizations in the Austin area.  John and his wife Barbara have been happily married for 46 years and currently live in Round Rock, TX - enjoying retirement to the fullest.  He is an avid scuba diver and thoroughly enjoys both cycling and riding his motorcycle.     

  • Dee Anne Heath - Secretary

    Member at Large

    Dee Anne Heath is the Director of Communications and Government Relations at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. She is responsible for managing all agency communications, government relations, focusing on refining the agency's messaging, stakeholder and public official outreach, media relations, social media, conducting public opinion research and most recently working with the Communications team to execute a comprehensive educational campaign about express lanes and their value to Central Texans. Dee Anne has 30 years of experience in strategic brand communications, with a broad range of agency experience from national comprehensive advertising campaigns to grassroots campaigns. Dee Anne has previously consulted on various political and social marketing campaigns and served as the Vice President of Communications for the Austin Chapter of the Advertising Federation's Board of Directors and Scholarship Chair for the Austin Chapter for Alliance for Women in Media Board. She is a member of the Austin Chamber's Transportation Committee. She has served as an Advisory Board Member for Greenroads, WTS HOT Chapter and Clean Air Force and was named the WTS-HOT Chapter, Woman of the Year. She teaches digital media, integrated communications management and campaigns classes at the University of Texas at Austin. Dee Anne is an alumnus of the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Leadership Academy and serves as a Board Member on numerous IBTTA conference planning committees.

  • Roy Kimble

    Representing The Church @ Highland Park in Austin

  • Gaye Arnold

    Representing Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin

    Gaye Arnold has been a volunteer and member of the Drive a Senior Northwest Board of Directors for 18 years, serving as president 2008-2010.  Gaye received a BS in Education and a MA in Speech at Louisiana State University.  She taught at Spring Branch and Clear Creek High Schools in Texas for a total of 7 years.  Then she worked at Texas Instruments for 22 years as a technical instructor, new product course developer, and Training and Education Department manager. She served as a member of the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees from 1996-2002, serving as President 1999-2001. 

  • Paul Biesemeier

    Representing Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cedar Park

    Paul Biesemeier has been a volunteer for 10 years and a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. He volunteers with Drive a Senior Northwest because of the needs of seniors in this community. He enjoys meeting interesting people and knowing that he is helping make our community a better place to live for everyone. 

  • Penny Lilly

    Representing RockPointe Church in Leander

    Penny Lilly has been a volunteer for 6 years and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for 2 years. Penny works in the insurance industry and has been employed at Principal Financial Group for the last 12 years.  She is married and celebrating 26 years of marriage.  She has two children, a daughter 24 and a son 21.  She has lived in the Leander area for the last 17 years and attended RockPointe Church for 15 years.  She is originally from Illinois and has lived in Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida. In her spare time she likes to read, spend time with her husband, play with her dog Riggs and walk. She volunteers with Drive a Senior Northwest because she enjoys spending time with the seniors and volunteering makes her a better person.

  • Julie ramsey

    Representing Leander United Methodist Church in Leander

    Julie Ramsey has been a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for 18 years, serving as secretary 2003-2006 and president 2012-2013.  Julie received a Bachelor of Business Administration from North Texas State University and is retired from a 34-year career with IBM where she held many positions in management, marketing, sales, and operations, covering geographies both in the U.S. and internationally.

  • Erik romberg

    Member At-large

  • carla young

    Executive Director

    Mrs. Young began her position as Executive Director of Faith in Action – Drive a Senior Northwest in 2008 after many years of volunteer service in the communities of College Station and Cedar Park, and 4 years of volunteer driving for Drive a Senior Northwest.  Prior to moving to Cedar Park, she enjoyed serving on the neighborhood planning task force for the City of College Station and as a Board member for the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, in charge of volunteer coordination.  After volunteering for 14 years at Cypress Elementary, Cedar Park Middle School and High School, she spends her extra time quilting, reading, and volunteering with her church as well as crocheting hats, scarves, and many other items for several central Texas missions.