Active in AHCA since 2015, Native Austinite Ruthann actively works to identify important Austinites still living and capture their stories to add to the Austin History Center archives. She grew up in South Austin in a home with surrounding grounds that included horse pastures that later became part of Interstate Highway 35. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and married fellow UT student Roy Rushing. After working in design, Ruthann became a stay at home mom. Fascinated with history and following family tradition, she began community philanthropic activity as a volunteer and led the revitalization of AHCA's Oral History program, taking it to new heights before joining the Executive Committee.