• Board of Directors

  • Chase Kincannon, Capital Strategies

    Chase is a Vice President at MassMutual Southwest, a financial services firm. Having worked extensively with chambers of commerce in the past, Chase was responsible for the creation of our chamber's Ambassador program. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Chase enjoys racing sailboats on Lake Travis where he is an active member of the Austin Yacht Club, volunteering at the Austin Galano Club, and is an avid astrophotographer with the Austin Astronomical Society.  He is an alumnus of Tarleton State Univeristy and Leadership Austin.  His family has lived in Texas since 1835.


  • Adam Milne, Texas Independent Insurance & Risk Management


    Adam has been an active member of the LGBT Chamber since 2016 as both a Board Member and Ambassador. He is also an active singing member in the Capital City Men's Chorus of Austin. Professionally, he is a Risk Manager and Advisor of Insurance Services with his company, Texas Independent Insurance & Risk Management, where he specializes in working with the LGBTQ Community, and prides himself working with Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty and Respect. His passion is to help the Chamber grow in membership and grow in support, both inside and outside of the LGBTQ Community. He is honored to represent his Community as a leader in the Chamber, and looks forward to working hard toward the ever-so-important goal of growing the success of LGBTQ businesses in Austin. In his free time, Adam loves good food, good conversation, good movies, and playing board games with his friends and family. You might catch him playing a round of golf every now and again – he’ll be the one looking for his ball in the hazards!


  • Natalie Lynch, Lynch Law Firm


    Natalie leads both the Lynch Service Company, focusing on harassment, retaliation, and discrimination in the workplace, and the Lynch Law Firm. In addition to the Chamber board service, she participates actively in animal welfare issues, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Humane Legislative Network, and her son’s Boy Scout Troop. Natalie brings strong organizational skills and experience with other small and large community organizations. She believes the chamber provides a safe and empowering arena for LGBT employees or company leaders to better themselves, network, and find resources that align with their outlook in a mutual pursuit of business opportunities. Natalie’s vision for the Chamber is stability and professionalism. She believes the Chamber needs to invest in itself in order to move to the future.


  • Kyle Adamski, AT&T

    ERG Liaison 

    Kyle wants to gain a better understanding of the local issues facing the community and be more active in the LGBT community. He has served the Chamber through board service, happy hours and the Large Company ERG Committee. Kyle brings expertise with large company ERG programs and can leverage his connections on the Chamber’s behalf. He believes LGBT businesses help promote equality and acceptance in the city. Kyle’s vision for the Chamber is to help smaller businesses make the right connections to grow. He also wants to encourage more participation with and from LGBT youth to help grow a better tomorrow.


  • Liz Baloutine, Seedlings Gardening

    Liz is the owner and operator of Seedlings Gardening, a company she founded in 2011. A native Austinite, Liz earned a master’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. She now puts her skills to work designing and installing landscapes with a focus on style and sustainability. Outside of work Liz enjoys exploring the many creative and social opportunities Austin has to offer and spends time with her two dogs, Ziggy and Lola.


  • Claire Bow

    Claire Bow is a retired Attorney/State Executive turned Transgender advocate/activist. After a 31 year career in Law, Risk Management, Insurance and Executive Management with the State of Texas, Ms. Bow now devotes her time to working for social justice and fostering understanding and acceptance of the Transgender Community.


  • John Egan, JayHawk Media

    John Egan is a longtime board member and supporter of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and has lived in Austin since 1999. Before joining the LGBT Chamber board, John served on the board of OutYouth. He has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, content marketing, blogging and public relations. Currently, he is a self-employed writer, blogger, editor and content creator. Previously, John was editor in chief at LawnStarter, SpareFoot and Bankrate Insurance. Earlier, he was editor and managing editor of the Austin Business Journal. A native of Kansas, John earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.


  • Jason Mikell, Meteorologist, KVUE TV

    Jason wants to further the impact and reach of the Chamber within Austin metro. He believes that assembling of some of Austin’s well-connected, hardworking, diverse, and well-suited visionary talents can carry the city and the Chamber to new heights. With the backing of his media connections, Jason can help shine an even brighter light on the Chamber.  Jason served the Chamber by representing KVUE at the 2018 Proud!Gala. He brings experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser in 2016-2017. His operating philosophy is “to whom much is given, much is required” and he tries to live by that every day. He believes LGBT businesses are important to the local economy to provide added, critical, relative, and business savvy support to the LGBT community. Jason’s vision for the Chamber is to help eliminate any sort of negative stigma of LGBT or non-profit organizations or what people negatively think about communication chamber organizations.


  • Nico Ramsey, Velocity Credit Union

    Nico Ramsey is a community organizer, active volunteer, and public speaker, who resides in Austin, Texas. Since 2005, he has called Texas home and has lived in Austin for several years. With an educational background in Mass Media Communications, Nico is the Community Relations Specialist for Velocity Credit Union. Alongside his work at Velocity, he builds financial education curriculum and produces interactive videos covering various financial topics such as credit building, budgeting, and basic banking to name a few. Additionally, he oversees Velocity’s annual giving, student scholarships, and employee volunteering.  Nico is a Director on the Board of the Dog Alliance, serves as a co-chair for the the Austin Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee and is a member of the AIDS Services of Austin development committee. Above all else, Nico is passionate about inspiring civic engagement among millennials and developing/empowering the next wave of community leaders.


  • Rich Segal, Broadcast Meteorologist/Public Address Announcer 


    Rich Segal has been doing the weather for more than 35 years. Rich moved to Texas in 1978 and Austin in 1993. In 2003 he joined the team of Time Warner Cable News full time. He is a member of the National Weather Association. Rich moonlights as the public service announcer for the University of Texas women's softball and volleyball teams. He is also a very active member in Austin's only gay softball league, Softball Austin.


  •  Valerie Salinas-Davis, Salinas-Davis LLC

    Whether sounding a warning to greenwashers on NBC’s TODAY show or spending all day in a landfill to show her dismay at the state of U.S. recycling efforts, Valerie Salinas-Davis passionately speaks out about injecting ethics, transparency and authenticity into corporate responsibility programs.She cofounded EnviroMedia in 1997, with the company’s first project being to help launch the first America Recycles Day. She led the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign to victory in the America’s Favorite Slogan Competition, beating Nike’s “Just Do It” and “Got Milk?" Corporate brands she has worked with include Dell, Microsoft, Google, Intel, HP, Daimler, LafargeHolcim, AMD, and Tetrapak. Valerie is a speaker at water, energy, solid waste, health and advertising conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Texas College of Communications. She is a winner of the American Advertising Federation-Austin Silver Medal Award for outstanding contributions to advertising and furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Valerie earned a Bachelor of Journalism in Public Relations at UT Austin, and represented the College of Communications on the Texas Exes Council of the UT Ex-Students’ Association. She is a board member of Austin Habitat for Humanity.


  • Board members must be members of the Austin LGBT Chamber in-good-standing and serve on alternating two year terms. Nominations for future board members are accepted during the month of October for elections in November. .