Executive Board


Genie Bustos

Genie was initiated into the Gamma Gamma chapter at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2004 where she obtained both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education. Upon graduation, she has made it a point to serve the fraternity in any capacity that she can. In 2010, Genie moved to Austin, TX where she is now entering her fourth year on the ZTA Austin Alumnae board. She currently works for the University of Texas at Austin, as a Development Office Coordinator. Genie also serves as the Ritual Advisor for the Theta Psi chapter at Texas State University.

Vice President I of Programming

Marilyn Russell and Lara Burns 


Marilyn also serves as the Panhellenic Relations for our organization. More information about Marilyn can be read under the Panhellenic Relations section.


Lara was initiated into the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, at the University of Texas in the fall of 2003.   During her time as a collegiate she held a variety of positions including Web Master, Preference night chair, and Panhellenic Delegate for Zeta.  While working towards her major in Economics and a minor in Business Lara fell in love with Austin and has called it her home ever since.   Since graduation Lara has continued to be active in Zeta Tau Alpha serving as, VP Programming, and Co-VP Membership in the past.  To balance her daytime job as CFO & COO of Urbanspace LLP she is currently involved in several organizations such as including the Junior League of Austin, Austin Children’s Shelter, Young Texans Against Cancer, & RECA.


Vice President II of Membership

Kerry Biechman and Kathy Caskey

Kerry also serves as the Secretary for our organization, more information about Kerry can be read below under the secretary section.


Vice President III of Fundraising

Cynthia Harkness and Tracy Brown

Cynthia L. Harkness, was a Kappa Chapter Zeta from 1979-1980.  She returned to Austin in 2013 and now joins us as one of our Vice Presidents of Fundraising.  Cynthia is Of Counsel to the Haddad Legal Group, where she brings more than twenty-seven years of experience in the legal field.  She has primarily practiced in the financial markets, both domestically and internationally.  Prior to joining The Haddad Group, she owned and operated her own legal advisory firm, originating business transactions, primarily in the energy, real estate and consumer sectors and finding debt and equity investors to provide capital for organizations and/or projects. She previously served as Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary to Fieldstone Investment Corporation.  Prior to joining Fieldstone, she served as Vice President and Counsel to Constellation Power Source, Inc. Prior to joining Constellation, from 1999 to 2002, she served as an Assistant General Counsel of Enron North America Corp. From 1991 through 1999, she held several positions with Banque Indosuez and its successor entity Credit Agricole Indosuez in New York, France and Singapore, where she served as First Vice President and Regional General Counsel—Asia Pacific. She received a B.B.A. and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and is admitted to practice law in the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Texas.

Tracy was initiated into the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Texas in Austin in 1980. She was active in campus activities including serving as a Resident Advisor at Kinsolving Dormitory, tapped as a member of SPOOKS honorary service organization, and sailed for the UT Sailing Team her senior year (which captured the National title). After graduating with a B.S. in Journalism, she worked as a TV news reporter for the NBC affiliate in Waco, TX. After leaving KCEN-TV, she worked in public affairs at Baylor University, and started a summer concert music series for the City of Waco called “Summer Sounds” which has continued every year for 27 years.  After working in various public relations and communications positions, she started a film and video production company that captured numerous awards. She has held various leadership roles throughout her career including Director of Marketing & Communications for Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, TX, Director of Public Education for UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and her current position as Director of Marketing & Communications for Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas.  In addition to her support of ZTA, she also serves as Philanthropy VP for the National Charity League Turtlecreek Chapter in Dallas. Tracy has two daughters — a junior and a freshman — at Highland Park High School in Dallas.


Kerry Biechman

 Kerry is from Alexandria, Virginia and was initiated into the Eta Xi Chapter at Virginia Tech in 2007. During her time at Virginia Tech, she served as House Supervisor and President of her chapter. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, Kerry served as an advisor to the Iota Omega Chapter at the University of Maryland. She moved to Austin shortly after to pursue her Master’s degree in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She now works full time with Texas Exes and is excited to serve as Vice President for Membership and Secretary of the Austin Alumnae Chapter.


Julia Laskowski

Julia is a native Austinite and pledged Zeta Tau Alpha in 2002 at The University of Texas at Austin. She served as the Communications Chair in 2004 and on the Executive Board as House Manager in 2005. After graduating, she moved to San Antonio to work for a civil engineering company to do land development. She immediately got involved with the local ZTA Alumnae Chapter and served as the Alumnae-Collegiate Relations (Kappa Chapter) chair. She only stayed in San Antonio one year because an opportunity to move back to Austin became available and she couldn’t resist! When she moved back to Austin, she got involved  with the Alumnae Chapter and have served on the Austin Alumnae board as Membership, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and is currently serving her second term as Treasurer. In her free time, she am a huge Longhorn fan (Hook ‘em Horns!) and loves swimming and playing soccer.

Historian, Communication Chair, and Webmaster

Ginny Van Doren

Ginny pledged the Beta Nu Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at New Mexico State University in fall 2007.  During her undergraduate degree she was actively involved in her chapter and served four years on the executive board of the university’s student government. Ginny continued her education and went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from NMSU as well.  While in grad school she served as Vice President 1 of Programming for the Las Cruces Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. She moved to Austin in 2013 after accepting a position as the Marketing Coordinator of Cedar Park Center.  In her spare time Ginny enjoys traveling, attending concerts, reading, and yoga.


Panhellenic Relations

Marilyn Russell 

Marilyn pledged the Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha in 1997 at the University of Arkansas. She was actively involved in student leadership both on campus as well as in her chapter and served as the new member coordinator and President of her chapter which lead to her application to serve as a Traveling Leadership Consultant for ZTA. Traveling for the fraternity was a turning point for Marilyn and lead her to choose a path in Higher Education. She received her Masters degree from San Diego State University and worked in Greek life as well as residence life while in graduate school. She has since worked as a Greek advisor at the University of California, San Diego and now is the Coordinator of Sorority and Fraternity Life at The University of Texas at Austin. Joking that she is a “professional sorority women” Marilyn continues to serve ZTA in her position as Director of New Chapters for the Lambda Gamma Chapter at The University of Texas at San Antonio as well as serving as an executive board officer for her forth term. Marilyn stays busy and always looks forward to catching up with friends and enjoying Austin’s music and theatre scene.


Alumnae Collegiate Relations Chair 

Andrea Baragas

Service Chair

Cristina Sanchez