Board Agendas & Minutes
A native El Pasoan, Matt graduated in 2006 with both his BBA in accounting and Masters in Professional Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice of Ernst & Young located in Austin, Texas. As an associate, Matt assisted with financial statement audits of companies, both public and private, across several industries including real estate, semi-conductor design, insurance, and software development. In 2008, Matt joined Stonelake Capital Partners, a real estate-focused private equity firm in Austin, Texas, where he worked as an analyst performing financial due diligence on various real estate acquisitions. Matt moved home to El Paso in 2009 and joined the tax practice of Lauterbach, Borschow & Company a local public accounting firm of which he became a shareholder in 2016. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.
Matt lives in El Paso with his wife Camille, also a native El Pasoan, and daughter Ruby. He is an avid golfer, tennis player, and outdoorsman.
Scott Adkins is a fifth generation El Pasoan. He graduated from Franklin High School where he received a swimming scholarship to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Scott graduated from TCU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in both Accounting and Finance. During his senior year of college, he was named TCU’s student athlete of the year.
After graduating from TCU, Scott worked as a Financial Analyst at Blockbuster in Dallas, where he worked for two years before deciding to return to El Paso and join the family business, Currey Adkins. Scott started off as the Business Manager and worked his way up to CEO over a ten year period. He has served as CEO of Currey Adkins for the past three years. Scott also serves as the VP of Operations for PyroCom Systems, a security company recently acquired by the family ownership.
Scott saw moving back to El Paso not only as a career opportunity, but as a possibility to truly make an impact on the community in which he grew up. He immediately immersed himself in the community upon his return in 2004, serving on the Board of Keystone Heritage Park where he became the Board President after only two years. Since then, Scott has served as both a Board Member and Board President of the El Paso Club, the El Paso Leadership Academy, and Progress321. Scott has also served as a Board Member and an Executive Committee Member of the Paso del Norte Group, Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest, and Insights Science Museum.
Scott is married to Argelia Adkins and they continue to be tremendous advocates for the Paso del Norte Region.
Kwame N. Yankson
Mr. Yankson, an Atlanta native, has a history of community involvement including fellowships with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Riordan Programs, and Education Pioneers. Mr. Yankson has worked with several education-based organizations such as Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools (ICEF), The Galloway School, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute. During the summer of 2009, Mr. Yankson took part in the prestigious Education Pioneers fellowship program working with ICEF Schools in Los Angeles. During his time with ICEF, he helped systematically analyze a $23 million budget creating greater efficiency, transparency and cost-effective practices.
Professionally, Mr. Yankson is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently an Associate at Wells Fargo in investment banking. He previously worked as an Audit Senior at Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. Mr. Yankson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College in 2004 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Yankson provides fiscal and financial support and guidance to the EPLA.
Allan Lindstrom has spent all of his life involved in some aspect of education. His first six years of schooling occurred in a one-room school house in rural Pennsylvania. After completing high school, he worked at a full-time job in a grocery store to save enough money to enroll in college. This evolved into his earning three degrees plus completing post doctorate studies: a bachelor’s degree in business education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Western Illinois University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Denver. Post graduate studies included school administration certification courses at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
His professional employment encompassed a variety of education positions beginning as a business education teacher, followed by serving as a school counselor; Director of Pupil Services; professor and graduate coordinator of education at South Dakota State University for 16 years; a 19-year tenure with the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin involving several different central office positions including Director of Guidance and Testing, Administrator of School Management, and Executive Director of Special Projects. At Kenosha Unified School District he oversaw the day-to-day operations of 31 schools as well as six charter schools which were operated through the school district. His final position was Superintendent of Schools at Trevor, Wisconsin where he was able to provide leadership resulting in substantial student academic improvement with particular emphasis on the development of an early education charter school.
As a capstone of his education career, he agreed to come out of retirement in 2005 to serve as a Coordinator of Strategic Planning for the Education Service Center – Region 19 at El Paso, TX. In signing his initial contract, he committed three years to this position. Ten years later he retired from the position. A signatory accomplishment in his work for Region 19 was assisting the organization in the development of a Quality Management Program that qualified for ISO: 9001 certification.
Andrew L. Ainsa (“Andy”) has practiced law in El Paso, Texas for 11 years in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, banking, lending, general business and related matters. Andy was born in El Paso in 1979, and graduated from Franklin High School (1997), the University of Arizona (2001), where he received a B.S. in Business Administration, with a degree in Accounting, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2006).
In 2006, Andy joined the law firm of Ainsa Hutson Hester & Crews, LLP, where he is presently a partner. Andy is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and New Mexico. Andy has been a speaker at various local legal conferences and business seminars on legal topics related to his practice areas.
Andy presently serves the El Paso community by sitting on the El Paso Leadership Academy’s Board of Directors. He previously served as secretary of the board. The El Paso Leadership Academy is a public charter school whose mission is to prepare El Paso students to obtain a four-year college degree and become engaged leaders in the El Paso community.
Andy also presently serves the El Paso community by sitting on the El Paso Collaborative for Community & Economic Development’s Board of Directors. Andy presently serves as chairman of the nominating committee. The El Paso Collaborative for Community & Economic Development is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to facilitate affordable housing, small business and economic development in El Paso and contiguous counties.
Andy also presently serves the El Paso community by sitting on the Mary L. Peyton Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Mary L. Peyton Foundation is a non-profit corporation that addresses the financial hardships many of El Paso County’s legal residents face by giving them living, medical and vocational/educational assistance.
Andy previously served the El Paso community by sitting on the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors, where he was an assistant coordinator for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s March Madness golf fundraiser event.
Erik Pavia was born in El Paso and grew up in Canutillo. He received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2010 and a JD from Stanford University Law School in 2013. He manages operations for Knotch, a software company in New York working from the Cardwell Collaborative in El Paso, Texas. He also provides business consulting to small businesses and is an adjunct professor at UTEP where he teachers on entrepreneurship and new ventures.