Better Austin Today
Board of Directors

** All mention of affiliations is for identification purposes only.  Better Austin Today is an independent, community-based coalition of individuals with an independent general purpose political action committee. 

Carol Torgrimson is a retired business consultant, former community newspaper publisher, and longtime community advocate. She has worked on behalf of affordable housing, disadvantaged populations and public libraries. Since returning to Texas, Carol has been involved with neighborhood preservation and responsible development. She currently serves on the City of Austin Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Task Force and as Vice President for Transportation of 2222 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.

Scooter Cheatham is an architect, planner, photographer, and artist with bachelor’s degrees in architecture and a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former planner with the Texas General Land Office and was co-director of the Matagorda Bay Estuarine Resource Management Project, an interdisciplinary project for development of land management policy for the Texas gulf coast. He produced the first environmental analysis of the Bull Creek Watershed, co-authored the original Hyde Park Neighborhood Plan of 1984, and authored other neighborhood plans. He is founder and president of Useful wild Plants, Inc., a groundbreaking regional economic botany study of the botanical resources of the southern United States and northern Mexico. He is currently the president of Responsible Growth for Windsor Park Neighborhood.

Peggy Maceo is a long-time Austin resident and the owner of an art/exhibit business. Peggy is active in environmental, neighborhood and animal issues. She is Director of Huntington’s Disease Association of Texas, serves on the Urban Forestry Board and the executive council of the Allandale Neighborhood Association. Peggy received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas.

Lynn Marshall is the secretary-treasurer and research coordinator of Useful Wild Plants, a regional economic botany study of the botanical resources of the southern United States and northern Mexico. Lynn’s community involvement includes serving as Vice President of the contact team for the University Hills Neighborhood Association, Secretary of Responsible Growth for Windsor Park Neighborhood Association and consultation on various residential and commercial native landscape projects. Lynn received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas.

Sandy McMillan is an Austin community advocate dedicated to protecting Austin’s neighborhoods via community-driven planning principles and environmental stewardship. Currently she serves as the Vice Chair of the Dawson Neighborhood Plan Team (DNPT) and the President of the Dawson Neighborhood Association (DNA). She served two terms as the Secretary for both the DNA and the DNPT. She represents Dawson at the Austin Neighborhoods Council South Central Coalition Sector. Sandy was also one of six finalists for the two Neighborhood Advisor positions with the City of Austin. She is an independent visual artist and a member of several arts organizations. Sandy has a B.A. in Fine Art, an M.A. in Sociology and is an ABD PhD. in Urban Studies, all from the University of New Orleans. 

Steve Speir is a thirty-year resident of Austin and a UT graduate. He has an extensive background working in state and national politics within the Democratic Party and has served as chief of staff and legislative director for two state representatives.  As a resident of Windsor Park, Steve has seen firsthand the failure of the city neighborhood planning process. 

Roy Waley, a native of Central Texas, has been an Austin realtor for 15 years.  He is a former president of the North Wood NA and an initial member of the Austin Metropolitan Trails Council.  Currently Roy serves as Vice Chair of the Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club.

Claire deYoung is a long-time resident of Austin. She is active in neighborhood matters and city politics.