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For the Love of the River

The River Society brings together emerging community leaders passionate about the Texas Colorado River

BECOME A RIVER SOCIETY MEMBER

Cultivating new leaders to further the mission of the Colorado River Alliance

The River Society is a group of emerging community leaders dedicated to preserving and protecting the Texas Colorado River by:

  • Attracting new people to support the Colorado River Alliance
  • Connecting members through unique social events, networking opportunities, and outdoor activities
  • Cultivating new leaders to further CRA’s mission of championing the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement
Here’s what’s coming up

Upcoming Member Events

Summer Solstice Happy Hour
June 20, 2024 at 6pm
Ski Shores Cafe

Summer Cleanup on Lake Austin
August 10, 2024
Lake Austin Calm, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Full Moon Swim
August 19, 2024 at 9pm
Barton Springs

Become a River Society Member today

Meet the River Society Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is the strategic vision and voice for River Society membership, leading social, engagement, educational, and fundraising efforts for the group. They are currently working to take the River Society to the next level and engage even more young professionals in conserving our beloved River.

Chair

Mikah Berlingeri

Mikah is the Events Manager at Tiny Pies and graduated from UT Austin with a BA in Government. She has a real passion for people and Austin and brings a genuine and unique approach to real estate. She also has strong experience in marketing where she served as marketing director in her previous roles. She is an adventure seeker and avid traveler who loves to be outdoors and participate in all water-related activities spending most of her free time traveling, out on the lake, doing yoga, enjoying live music, hanging out with friends and eating sushi.
Vice Chair

Reagan Jamail

Reagan is a 7th generation Texan, born in San Antonio, raised on Lake McQueeney and has called Austin home since 2004. Water has always been a focal part of her life and upbringing and remains so to this day. Growing up, she was a member and performer of the renowned competitive water-ski team, the Lake McQueeney Ski Bees and continues to participate in water activities today.

Reagan graduated with a BBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She has spent most of her post-graduate career as a Project Manager at Google. Over the past ten years she’s led a variety of projects in the U.S. and Europe, solved for unique challenges in the People Operations organization, including building out the footprint and expansion of Google in the Austin community.

Reagan joined the River Society Leadership Council in 2023 and is thrilled to bring her passion for water and conservation to the young professional community in Austin. She is also passionate about causes that support women’s health and progression. She had a life-changing volunteer experience in rural Kenya with PINCC in 2020, where she assisted medical staff in preventing cervical cancer. In her free time she enjoys traveling, volunteering, walks with her lovable dog, yoga and spending time on the lake with friends and family.

Secretary

Andy Trimble

Andy Trimble grew up on Lake Austin and still spends the majority of his time out on the water—either teaching children and adults watersports or doing his own wakeboarding and foiling. After attending the Cocktails for the Colorado gala in 2022, Andy became a Tributary League member and felt the need to be more involved in conservation of the Lower Colorado River. Andy joined the River Society Leadership Council in 2023.

Andy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Government. During college, Andy worked as an instructor at Executive Watersports on Lake Austin. He went on to graduate from Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas, where he brought his love of watersports to the Brazos River and the Baylor Wakeboard Team.

During law school, Andy clerked for the Lower Colorado River Authority and specialized in Environmental Law and Natural Resources. After graduating from Baylor, Andy became general counsel of Socati Corp., a biotech company headquartered in Austin and Toronto. Andy also serves as general counsel for Mañana Surf Co., a local wakesurf company with deep Austin roots.

Andy continues to pursue his passion for the water, even while being a lawyer, by regularly teaching people new watersports skills and spreading the story of Lake Austin and its importance.

Vice Secretary

Juliette Fray

Juliette Fray, an Austin native, has a deep love for her city's natural beauty, especially the lake. She feels most at home near any body of water, and with her passion for swimming and surfing, she hopes to promote and preserve the lake's environment for future generations.

While pursuing her studies at the University of Texas, Juliette was in the architecture program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She joined the Colorado River Society Leadership Council in 2023 and is now applying her creativity to explore design opportunities for a healthy river. Collaborative by nature, she is keen to connect with like-minded individuals who share her passion for preserving and promoting sustainable use of water resources.

Juliette's design passion is evident in her family's business specializing in French and Italian furniture and lighting, a working family business in Austin for over 30 years. With a commitment to the sustainable world of vintage and antique furniture, she has traveled worldwide, collaborating with diverse people and speaking fluently in French and Spanish.

During her free time, Juliette can be found surfing on the lake, practicing yoga at Black Swan, or experimenting in the kitchen. She is excited and eager to help educate the public about the river and preserve the environment that makes Austin so special.

Treasurer

Cam Budd

Cam Budd was raised on Lake Lewisville in Dallas, Texas and has called Austin home since 2015. Growing up his passion for the lake started while working at the #1 Nautique boat dealership in the nation.

Cam graduated as a triple major in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing at Baylor University. Throughout his time at Baylor, he served as captain of the wakeboard team and went on to win the National Championship in 2015. During his college years, he worked at Barefoot Ski Ranch as a wakeboard instructor and cable manager.

Post graduation, Cam went on to work at Oracle, vacation rental companies, and is now pursuing his dream of launching his own startup. Cam is an active member of his church, a member of Missouri Board of Realtors, and a member of the Russian Heritage Club.

Cam joined the River Society Leadership Council in 2023. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, serving on mission trips, rock climbing, playing with his dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Vice Treasurer

Alex De La Fuente

“De La” was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Having never left his hometown, he is passionate about giving back to his community, protecting Austin’s nature, and is an avid Texas Longhorns fan. Outside of work, you can find him on Lady Bird’s hike and bike trail, on Lake Austin, or at a local concert.

Alex attended The University of Texas where he earned his degree in Economics with a minor in Business. Upon graduation, he remained in Austin and began his career at Berkadia on the mortgage banking team. He now works at Alliance Residential Company, one of the most active multifamily developers in Central Texas.

Alex joined the River Society Leadership Council in 2023. As a member of RECA’s Advocacy and Policy Issues committees, Alex strives to ensure that Austin’s growth continues in the right direction by preserving what makes the city so special, its environment. He was recently selected for Texas McCombs REFIC’s Emerging Leaders Council. In addition to the Colorado River Alliance, Alex volunteers for and supports The Trail Conservancy and The Muny Conservancy. Alex is an active member of his Church, The Well.

Thank you to our River Society members

Dedicated to Preservation and Protection

Michael Alexander
Parker Badger
Mikah Berlingeri
Christopher Berry
James Breed
Cam Budd
Alex De La Fuente
Patrick Dentler
Trask Dix
Randol Flume
Logan Fowler
Juliette Fray

Sloane Garvey
Zachary Giberson
Ryan Gjerset
Rachel Griffin
Caitlyn Grimm
Carson Harmonson
Christine Herlin
Aubry Hinners
Lindsey Holubec
Reagan & Mickey Jamail
Hill Krause
Jess Nelson

Kobi Owen
Alex & Chris Perkins
Grace Raulet
Killian Regan
Christine Roberts
Durant Sellers
Natalie Schuessler
Andy Trimble
James Tyng
Lexi Van Riper