James H. Martin - President
Mr. Martin retired from the USAF, having achieved the rank of Lt Col. He retired from Headquarters USAF in 1994 where he served as the Assistant Director of Executive Support for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations and as Director of Quality for Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations.
Following retirement from the USAF, he spent over twenty years consulting and managing consulting organizations in the commercial business sector and at senior executive levels of US government. His last 11 years of consulting were at the MITRE Corporation as a Principal Information Systems Engineer, where he advised the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Veterans Affairs on the acquisition and implementation of information systems. Mr. Martin retired from both government and civilian industry executive-level consulting in August, 2015.
He served on the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission from 2013 to 2022, where he served as the Vice Chair from 2015 to 2022.
Mr. Martin holds an MBA with a concentration in management and finance.
Norah Martin - Treasurer/Website Developer
Norah currently is employed as a bookkeeper, marketing coordinator, and property manager for Rainey Ventures in Austin. Along with Meg Steiner, she co-founded The Dripping Springs Meteor Theatre and Art House in 2017. Meteor Theatre is the new community theater in Dripping Springs. Meg and Norah also co-founded On Stage Ready, a performing arts school in 2022. In her spare time, she costumes local theatre productions.
Although Norah and Jim Martin, AAoCT President, share the same last name, they are not related to one another.
Yvonne Davison - Secretary
Yvonne has worn many hats in her work life from event planning and retail to finance and education. But her role as the mother of three added The Arts – band, dance, visual art and theatre. For the last 24 years, she has volunteered in the organizing of a mountain of costumes, painted props/sets, managed fundraisers and served on several Arts boards. She looks forward to helping the AAoCT bring more of the Arts to central Texas.
AAoCT Program Directors
Meg Steiner - Director of Theatre
Meg works as a theatre teacher in Dripping Springs. She dedicates the majority of her time to educational theatre, and has written, produced, choreographed, designed, and directed many productions with the world’s best kids.
In addition to teaching, Meg is an active participant in the thriving Central Texas theatre community. She has performed and choreographed with many companies including Zilker Theatre Productions, Austin Theatre Project, The Wimberley Players, Soubrette Productions, and City Theatre Company. She loves what theatre offers, and strives to instill her passion and drive into the lives of others so that they may share the experience of cultivating a rich, authentic, and well-lived life.
Rena Reeder - Director of Dance
Ms. Reeder had the honor to study dance pedagogy through an apprenticeship with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), where she was fortunate enough to observe the teaching styles of various faculty members including another influential teacher, Leslie Hench. During her internship at CPYB, Ms. Reeder gained experience as a teacher’s assistant and teaching ballet to various levels, as well as college students and athletes enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
As a student, Ms. Reeder trained at Munro Ballet Studios in Corpus Christi and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has performed in numerous full-length ballets, including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and she attended summer intensive workshops at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet Academy and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
She is certified to teach Pilates (matwork and equipment / beginner through intermediate) through the Pilates Center of Austin - Core Connections® Pilates Teacher Training Program. She also holds her Cecchetti Council of America Teachers’ Grade I Certificate, and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) junior, senior and advanced programs.
Ms. Reeder is an active member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and participates in community volunteer events throughout the year.
Kati Williams is a figurative artist, born in Austin, TX. Her interests in the arts began at a young age listening to classical music with her father and later becoming a classically trained violinist. She also began sculpting and drawing figuratively at a young age, which eventually grew into an interest in the velvety surfaces and smooth glazes of Baroque oil paintings. Her area of focus shifted from sculpture towards oils and the painting techniques favored by the Old Masters. Her reverence for painting and sculpture eventually led her to receiving her BA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Since that time, she has shown her work nationally including New York, NY, San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX.
In 2010 she began teaching private painting lessons and hosting art workshops all around the US. She is now running a small local art school in Southwest Austin, Cordovan Art School, with a focus on elevating and improving artistic enrichment for people of all ages.
Kati Williams - Director of Visual Arts
Dr. Jan Davis - Director of Orchestras
Dr. Jan Davis began her teacher training at the Southern Illinois University String Preparatory Program under the direction of John Kendall. Davis received a B.A. in Music Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E), an M.A. in Educational Administration from SIU-E, a Doctorate of Education from St. Louis University, and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Over the course of her thirty-eight years as a Suzuki string specialist with the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the School District of Clayton, Mo., Davis’ orchestras have made seven appearances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, eight appearances at the Missouri Music Educators State Conference, and have also been chosen to perform at the 2002 Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference and the 2006 American String Teachers National Conference. Following “retirement”, Davis moved to Austin, TX and is currently teaching orchestra at St. Andrew's Episcopol Upper School since joining the district in 2018.
During her tenure as a Suzuki Strings Educator, Davis has been invited to music festivals and summer camps as a clinician and coach throughout the United States.
Awards presented to Davis include the 1992 St. Louis Suburban Music Educator Award of Merit; the 1993 Missouri American String Teachers School Educator Award; the Elizabeth A.H. Green School Educator Award presented at the 2002 American String Teachers Association National Conference; and the 2005 St. Louis Art Educator of the Year presented by the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis.