Welcome New Officer – Court Cashman

Court Cashman joins Macpack as an Officer to assist in the further development and what he sees as an incredible opportunity.   He is excited to serve the Austin community, and truly make a difference.  Court was born and raised in Indiana.  He moved to San Diego in his early 20’s, and then Denver.  He moved to Austin in October of 2013.  In each city there has been an abundance of homelessness, and now he has found a way to make a difference.

Court chose to take on this role to honor Ryan Reddick.  Court met Ryan shortly after moving to Austin.  He and Ryan instantly became friends, and share many of the same values.  They both embraced friendship, generosity, humility, and the willingness to assist those in need.  Court is enthusiastic and brings a fresh perspective to help spearhead the continued success of  Macpack, and its growth to better serve Austin.

Court’s background is nearly 20 years in the Travel industry.  He started as a ramp agent for Continental Airlines, and worked his way up through the industry.  Court was relocated to Austin with Adelman Travel Group, where he is now a Global Account Manager servicing Texas based companies.  Court handles business models from $1M to $8M in managing their Corporate Travel programs domestically, and across the globe.  We are excited to have his passion, enthusiasm and strong negotiation skills to assist Macpack in the coming years.

For Ryan

Love Sonnet XCIV
by Pablo Neruda

If I die, survive me with such sheer force
That you waken the fairies of the pallid and the cold,
From south to south lift your indelible eyes,
From sun to sun dream through your singing mouth. 

I don’t want your laughter or your steps to waver,
I don’t want my heritage of joy to die.
Don’t call upon my person. I am absent.
Live in my absence as if in a house.

Absence is a house so vast
That inside you will pass through its walls
And hang pictures in the air.

Absence is a house so transparent
That I, lifeless, will see you, living,
And if you suffer, my love, I will die again.

Gone But Certainly Not Forgotten

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our co-founder, Ryan Reddick this past Sunday morning.  He was a critical one-third of the Macpack grassroots organization.  He brought a wealth of experience working with people, a depth of compassion, and a breadth of knowledge regarding nonprofits.  We will miss him and his infectious smile.  We will carry on his kindness for the down-trodden and continue the mission of Macpack.

For those of you who wish to pay your respects, there will be a service with the family on Sunday, July 12 at noon at:

Cook-Walden Funeral Home
6100 N. Lamar
Austin, Tx. 78752

Wishing you peace and love,

Eryn Snowden-Rawley

Director, Macpack