Katie Russel

Executive Director

Katie Russel joined CTAN in January 2023 as the Executive Director. She graduated with her M.B.A. in 2022, while simultaneously building her startup and investment portfolio. Katie comes from the tech world previously working at Facebook as an Ad Analyst and at RetailMeNot in Product Operations. She previously led Business Development and Marketing at Draper University and was an investor with Draper U Ventures, focusing on pre-seed founders. Katie also spends her time as the Managing Partner of Draper Startup House Accelerator, a pre-seed “pop-up” accelerator program in Austin, TX. She is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to take the big jump into creating their own companies and opening up the world of entrepreneurship to everyone.  Katie is excited to lead the next phase of growth at CTAN. You can reach her at Katie@CTAN.com.


Katelyn Bentley

Program Coordinator

Katelyn Bentley joined CTAN in August 2023 as the Program Coordinator. Previously, Katelyn worked as a C-Level Executive Assistant at a home remodeling company in San Antonio, TX as well as at a podcast network in Nashville, TN. She holds a BA in Mass Communication with a focus on Public Relations from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a communications professional with a natural eye for detail. Throughout her career, she has been cultivating skills like project management, content creation, social media, marketing, brand strategy and nurturing client/partner relationships. Katelyn is passionate about and advocates for continual personal development and strongly believes in lifelong learning. She is intrigued by innovative ideas and is eager to contribute to the growth of CTAN. A Texas native, Katelyn enjoys raising her daughter near Austin where she spends her time investing in her family, perfecting her baking skills and exploring outdoors.