Board of Directors
Our board is comprised of professionals from: Texas Workforce Commission; career coaches; HR consultants; area tech companies; and from the nonprofit sector. Most board members are alumni of the club.
Patricia V. Hayes, PhD
Patricia is a licensed attorney who serves as an executive advisor, career empowerment coach and authentic networking strategist. She empowers professionals to up-level their careers during life transitions by creating personalized career plans an building strengthened professional networks. She is the owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC, a strategy consulting and leadership development firm. Previously, she has served in senior leadership roles at the local, regional and state levels, including being a senior advisor to a State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Commission of Education and University System Chancellor.
A passion advocate and community leader, Patricia has served on numerous community boards and committees, most recently as the Immediate Past Chair of the Community Advancement Network and the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin. She is married with two children.
Founder & Past President
Award-winning trainer, skilled in design and presentation of seminars and workshops that have helped thousands of job seekers secure excellent career opportunities. Kathy is the founder and facilitator of Launch Pad Job Club leading the weekly meeting and its satellite classes.
Seaufy Peg Frey
Seaufy Peg is professionally diversified with proven abilities in cultivating strong relationships with clients, stakeholders, and peers. As one of the three founding officers, she initiated the role of Secretary-Treasurer, and in that role produced the club’s first by-laws as well as contributed to the foundation of the club’s mission and vision. Later, from January 2012 thru December 2018, Seaufy Peg served as LPJC’s first Parliamentarian and instituted accountability measures for enhanced growth and success of new and developing programs.
Following studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, she served in Texas state government in labor economics, management of workforce programs, health and human services, emergency management, and area non-profit leadership. Prior to graduate studies, Ms. Frey held positions in healthcare, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and is currently a Senior Certified Professional Candidate with the Society of Human Resource Management. As a lifelong learner and nontraditional student, she shares her enthusiasm for education, non-fiction, and proudly wears an alumna badge for Louisiana State University, McNeese State, and UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Most recently, she became part-owner of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
Skills: Program Management, Data Management, Healthcare Acumen, Community Engagement, Presentations and Training, Microsoft Office, French
Social Media Chair
Jennifer is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Consultant with 25+ years of progressive experience in talent management strategies and organizational effectiveness. As an Executive Coach with IMPACT Group, she provides coaching, training and mentoring for their leadership development, relocation and career transition teams. She is a Senior Consultant with Clarity Consultants, where she designs and delivers leadership and professional development programs for Fortune 500 clients. Jennifer is also a Coach with Clarity’s clients as well. Prior to her current roles, Jennifer spent 17 years in both full and part time capacities with Right Management as an Executive Coach and 15 years with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers as a Global Franchise Consultant.
Jennifer holds her Master of Science in Psychology from UOP, and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned an MBA Certificate in Franchise Management from the University of St. Thomas and earned her Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator Certificate from UCLA. Jennifer is certified in numerous leadership and personality assessment tools including the MBTI, Birkman, Total SDI, DISC, and more. She is a Certified Train the Trainer (TTT), Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT) and Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).
Jennifer is actively involved in community outreach and engagement and serves on several Advisory Boards and two Board of Directors, including Launch Pad Job Club. She is an animal lover, a food connoisseur, a globetrotter and believes in making memories with her family and friends that will last a lifetime!
Member at Large
Jose S. Cortes, III
A results-driven professional, Jose started his career in the Winchester hard disk electronics industry. He later became intrigued how a most basic element on the ground, “sand”, can be developed and processed to build the most sophisticated electronic components in the electronics business sector that are used in environments from small pocket radios, flat screens as well as used in self-driven vehicles, to space travel aircrafts, medical devices, etc.
Jose holds an Electrical and Electronics Engineering minor in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration, is a Quality Auditor in ISO 9000 and TS16949, and Lean Manufacturing, 7 Quality Tools, Green Belt, Black Belt.
Learning and development continued in companies from Micropolis, HP, Conexant/Rockwell, NXP and Applied Materials. His excitement and dedication today comes from leading Global teams across multiples countries and managing a multi-billion dollar customer base influencing his work environment but also customers in the Quality and Reliability engineering discipline.
Downturn in the industry brought an opportunity to meet and lot of good people whose resilience was being tested in life. This humbling experience gave Jose the opportunity to learn more about people and their hardship but above all the need to help, support and provide guidance to others in a desperate need for their own self-development and get back to work. With the help of staff at local job clubs, he learned how to identify voids where people needed support not only to build confidence but also learn basic skills later grabbing the opportunity to teaching basic skills in the MS Office suite, mock interviews and providing instant feedback to club members where their skills needed an update or where club members needed confidence reinforcement. Since these experiences, Jose’s volunteering and learning Emotional Intelligence have become a norm to continue to serve best those in need. Launch Pad Job Club provides a great platform to continue in the journey to help and serve others and he looks forward to meeting you all.
Secretary / Parliamentarian
Member at Large
Westley is a results-driven, versatile, and collaborative learning and development leader with a proficient growth mindset developed across higher education, government, technology, and other Fortune 100 sectors. His career experience offers an innate and innovative ability to bridge technology capability and humanity-centered goals for effective management, design, and instruction strategy. Able to adapt quickly to emerging trends with a keen eye toward aligning project effort with business metrics, Westley serves as the Organizational Effectiveness lead for the board.