Board of Directors & Staff

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Cristal Murillo

President of the Board – Public Relations & Marketing Committee Chair

Cristal is the Sales Manager for KTXS. She has worked in the marketing and advertising industry for over 17 years. Cristal has raised her family in Abilene and joined the Keep Abilene Beautiful board as a way to give back to a wonderful community.

Email me: cristal.murillo@abileneboards.org

Crystal Saling

Vice President of the Board – Fundraising & Events Committee Chair

Crystal is the Director of Communications for the Continue Care Hospital at Hendrick Medical Center. She brings her progressive experience in public relations, strategic planning and communications leadership. Crystal is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist and volunteer for several organizations around Abilene.

John Willey

Board of Directors – Secretary

John is a financial advisor for Edward Jones. He and his wife moved to Abilene from Dallas where he worked at Goldman Sachs. John graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelors in Business Administration – Finance.

Chase Robertson

Board of Directors – Treasurer – Outreach & Education Committee Chair

Chase is a graduate from Texas Tech University where he obtained his Master’s of Science in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Audit Associate with Condley and Company, LLP. Chase has also served in the United States Navy.

Email me: chase.robertson@abileneboards.org

Reagan Van Coutren

Board of Directors

Reagan is a graduate of Baylor University with experience in anthropology and forensic science. She has received multiple awards for her research and moved to Abilene with family after graduation. Now she wants to serve the community of Abilene and has a heart of environmental responsibility and beautification.

Email me: reagan.vancoutren@abileneboards.org

Jared Bailey

Board of Directors

Jared is a commercial lender at Western Bank in Abilene. He is a Hardin Simmons graduate and has served on various civic organization boards such as the Abilene Rotary Club. He is an active member at the local chamber and got involved with Keep Abilene Beautiful to give back to his local community.

Email me: jbailey@westernbank.com | 325-260-9612

Akane Thaxton

Board of Directors – Grant Committee Chair

Akane has been a part of the Abilene community for a while now. She graduated from ACU with a degree in Communications, is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and a current employee for the DCOA.

Email me: akane.thaxton@abileneboards.org

Garrett Strickland

Board of Directors

Garrett is the Grocery Manager for Market Street. He has worked for United Supermarkets since he was 16 years old. Garrett referees local sporting events and is a community volunteer through and through. He delivers for Meals on Wheels, active with the March of Dimes and is the captain of the Market Street team. He can also be found volunteering for C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, car shows and cooking at local university sports tailgating events.

Email me: garrett.strickland@abileneboards.org


Aida Pantoja

Board of Directors

Aida holds a Bachelor’s of Electronic Engineering from ITT. She has served in numerous roles on local boards and organizations including: Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium (Chair for Musica Latina), Hispanic Leadership Council (Treasurer), Hispanic Business Council (Executive Board), Los Aficionados Grace Museum (Vice President) and Abilene Woman’s Club (Media Liaison). Aida works for a local publication.

Email me: aida.pantoja@abileneboards.org

Katherine Beeman

Executive Director

Katherine made her way to Abilene via Colorado and has lived in the Abilene Region for 26 years. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has worked in healthcare, education and the energy sector. Her last 7 years have been focused on business and nonprofit startups. She currently is employed by the City of Abilene as the Public Education, Information and Outreach professional for Stormwater services and the Executive Director for Keep Abilene Beautiful.

Email me: katherine.beeman@abilenetx.gov | 325-660-6417


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