I am a jane-of-all-trades when it comes to education, government and non-profit agencies with a variety of expertise to meet your needs. From communications to training to grant writing, I love to roll up my sleeves and get the job done.
I graduated with a business degree from University of Texas at Austin in 2001, at the precise time when the tech bubble burst and jobs suddenly weren't plentiful. So, instead I followed my heart and began my career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Working with AmeriCorps opened my eyes to the poverty in the Austin community. As I learned how to live on an income where I qualified for food stamps, I developed greater empathy for those less fortunate. This experience fueled a desire to serve children more directly.
I soon got a job as a Conservatorship Caseworker at Child Protective Services in Williamson County, Texas. This experience profoundly shaped my career and passion for children involved with the child welfare system. I left CPS to join the team at Texas CASA, where I trained local programs on volunteer recruitment and retention, diversity, and program development for nearly 5 years.
After developing an online training at CASA for teachers with students in foster care, I became interested in working in the education system. Then I was hired at the University of Texas System - now the Texas Center for Educator Effectiveness (TxCEE) - to work on a project to recruit and retain high quality teachers for children of low income families. Working in the university environment inspired me to further my education. I pursued a master’s degree at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs focusing on education, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues.
After graduation, I was re-hired at TxCEE as their Project Manager for Human Capital Management Systems. I supported school districts around the state of Texas in the implementation of multi-million dollar grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Most recently, I left full-time work to spend more time with my two young sons as the part-time Grants Manager of Austin Sunshine Camps. Here I exceeded fundraising goals for three years running and was also the 2015 winner of the Best Grant Proposal from the Grants Professionals Association, a national organization.
I live in Round Rock, Texas with my husband and two kids. I love serving in my church community and all things Austin.