2018 Leaders with Heart Policy Academy Cohort


Amanda Moore-Augustin (Communications Director, American Heart Association)


Amanda Moore-Augustin is Director of Communications for the Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association’s SouthWest Affiliate, which serves Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. She is responsible for developing and executing communications strategies to drive employee engagement and bring the AHA’s mission to life for staff and volunteers. Prior to joining the AHA in January 2016, Amanda worked for the nonprofit Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which provides low-cost medical services and health education to thousands of people in an area roughly the size of the Houston metropolitan area.

She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris-III (La Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and graduated Summa Cum Laude from San José State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Amanda and her husband Markenson have a daughter, with another child due to arrive in May. The family has called Austin home since 2015, when they returned to the United States from Haiti. Amanda is passionate about making Austin, and Texas, a better place to live for all its residents.

Amy Knop-Narbutis (Research Analyst, Upbring)

Amy Knop-Narbutis is a research analyst for Upbring, a child welfare agency committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Texas. She builds Upbring’s thought leadership presence by overseeing multiple statewide research efforts, such as partnering with UT-Austin to conduct a longitudinal study of youth in foster care, and coordinating efforts to measure shared outcomes between community stakeholders.

She is also a long-time volunteer ESL instructor with Casa Marianella, serves as a team leader for ECHO’s annual Point-In-Time count, and tutors middle school students through Communities in Schools. She graduated first in her class from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She previously lived in Costa Rica and Peru working with Fair Trade and microfinance participants. In her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of Austin’s vibrant arts and comedy scenes.

Ashley Cheng (Co-Owner & Marketing Manager at SPUN Ice Cream; Yoga Teacher and Co-Founder Austin School of Yoga)

Ashley Cheng, E-RYT 500, is a co-founder and lead trainer for Austin School of Yoga. Certified as a yoga instructor trained in Forrest Yoga, alignment-based Vinyasa, and yoga therapy, she co-created the 200-hour teacher training program to assist others in designing more meaningful foundations for their lives. For her, yoga has provided the scaffolding – the physical, emotional and spiritual support – to build a life she continues to be proud of today. Ashley currently teaches public and private classes at Castle Hill Fitness’s downtown and 360 locations.

She is also a co-founder of SPUN Ice Cream, which has been scooping artisanal liquid nitrogen ice cream in three Austin locations since 2015. Prior to that, Ashley worked nearly a decade for public relations agencies in New York and Boston and still consults in communications for small businesses.

A founding member of the activism group the Women’s Racket Club, she leads the partnerships and engagement committee to empower women in Austin to use their voices through political action. Since 2012, Ashley has served on the board of Slow Food Austin as communications chair and vice president. In addition, she volunteers for Hospice Austin and the Asian Family Support Services of Austin.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston University and resides in Austin with her husband Max, cat Tobiko and dog Eleanor Roooosevelt.

Brelynn Thomas (Special Projects Intern, Office of Minority Health Statistics And Engagement; Digital Services Advocate, National Domestic Violence Hotline) 

Brelynn Thomas is currently a second-year student pursuing a Master's of Science in Social Work from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She received a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in English literature from The University of Virginia where she volunteered as a mentor to young girls in economically disadvantaged communities. Prior to attending UT, she worked as a teacher and college advisor. Brelynn hopes to become a social worker to help advance social justice around the world for marginalized communities and to interact with people who also want to make an impact on society.


Chloe Ropner (Youth Prevention Specialist, YWCA of Greater Austin; Content Contributor, Deeds Not Words Advisory Council)

 Chloe Ropner; adventurous, empathetic, and filled with a passion for human rights. Chloe lives by the notion that the world must be a better place after a life lived here, which is evident through her work with the YWCA Greater Austin and as an Americorps volunteer. Her work to bridge disparities and  discrimination through empowerment and education has made lasting impressions in rural Texas and Salt Lake City. As a member of the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Leadership and Advocacy  Council, Chloe connects with legislators and strives to mobilize voters and volunteers.  As a Board Member at Heart of Hope Healing, an equestrian therapy ranch in Marble Falls and a Content Contributor on the Advisory Council of Deeds Not Words, Chloe is passionate about her community and advocating for a better world for us all.

Dionne Barner (Texas Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Associate Counsel)

 Dionne Barner, J.D, M.A, is a licensed attorney practicing in Austin, Texas. She practices administrative law, specializing in health care and Medicaid. Dionne is known for her ability to identify issues, offer solutions, negotiate agreements and provide strategic counsel to her clients. Using her knowledge of bioethics, she also analyzes the ethical questions that often arise in policy involving both law and healthcare. Dionne co-authored a bioethics article, Dual-Use Review Policies of Biomedical Research Journals, which was published in an academic journal, cited in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and various other scientific journals, and recognized for its novel concept. The article exposed the lack of policies in biomedical journals concerning “dual-use” biomedical research--research that could be readily applied to cause significant harm to the public, the environment or national security.

Dionne obtained her J.D. and M.A. in Bioethics from Wake Forest University, both in 2010. She earned her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In her free time, Dionne volunteers with The Junior League of Austin. She believes that volunteerism and social activism are essential to improving the Austin community.

Irma Martinez (Realtor, Keller Williams Realty & DBA 3 Wins Real Estate)


Irma Martinez, MBA, a first-generation Mexican-American, was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the first to complete education beyond high school. Irma is currently a realtor with Keller Williams Realty, DBA 3 Wins Real Estate. The company name, 3 Wins Real Estate, identifies 3 winners in all real estate transactions: 1) CLIENT, 2) CHARITY because 10% of all commissions are donated to local charities, and 3) CONSULTANT because she delivers professional expertise regarding residential real estate.

Prior to her real estate career, Irma developed expertise in cultural diversity and inclusion, employee relations, and staffing while working at IBM. She honed her international business and leadership skills as the HR Director for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay while living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was also the HR Director and Latin America Diversity Leader while living and working in Guadalajara, Mexico. Irma relocated to Austin in 2011 after retiring from IBM in New York. To better understand the opportunities and challenges facing the Greater Austin area, she graduated from Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) in 2014, sponsored by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), and from Leadership Austin in 2015. She currently chairs the Hispanic Austin Leadership program, 2017-2018.

As an experienced public speaker, educator, and leader, Irma received the President’s Distinguished award as Division J Governor (District 55) for Toastmasters, International, 2014-2015. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) and the Community Advancement Network (CAN). In addition, Irma volunteers with NODA (No One Dies Alone) at Seton Medical Center. As a result of her training and experience, she was present during her mother’s and sister’s final journeys in California. She has also volunteered to give communion to individuals who are home bound.

Irma loves international travel and takes 2 trips a year--sightseeing, visiting, and learning about new cultures. Her love for international travel began while serving as a Naval Reservist in California. Irma has a passion for lifelong learning and continues to grow in her profession. Other interests include golfing and hiking.

Kathryn Abercrombie (Donor Relations Specialist, Central Texas Food Bank)

As a native Chicagoan and Midwesterner, Kathryn considers herself a converted Texan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and moved to Dallas for an AmeriCorps service year with City Year. During her time in Dallas, Kathryn worked in a low-resource high school with 9th & 10th graders on Algebra and social-emotional skills. After a year in Dallas, Kathryn found her way to Austin and began working on the fundraising team at the Central Texas Food Bank in summer 2016. Through her experiences, Kathryn has become passionate about education, food, welfare, and housing policy.

When Kathryn's not working, volunteering with the SAFE Alliance, or serving on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin, you can find her on the hike & bike trail, at her favorite workout class, or checking out the Austin music scene.

Kavita Radhakrishnan (Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Austin School of Nursing)

Dr. Radhakrishnan is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Austin School of Nursing. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research focuses on use of technology such as telehealth, and digital games to engage older adults with heart failure self-management. Specifically, her research focuses on the socio-technical aspects of health technology use as well as their sustainability. Dr.Radhakrishnan helped develop a policy statement on telehealth for heart disease and stroke management as a member of the American Heart Association’s Telehealth Policy Guidance Committee. In addition, Dr.Radhakrishnan serves as the Board Commissioner on the City of Austin's Asian American Quality of Life Commission.

Kimberly Curette (Founder, Blue Inferno Creative; LGBTQ Commissioner for District 1)

blockchain enthusiast. lover of all things big data. futurist neophyte political analyst. musician. shamanic multi-media message crafter currently serving as an LGBTQ Commissioner for District 1




Melissa Sledge (Assistant Dean of Students – School of Business & Diversity Committee Co-Chair & Institutional Review Board, Northcentral University)

Melissa Sledge is the Assistant Dean of Students in the School of Business at Northcentral University, an online graduate institution located in San Diego, California. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and received a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Business and Communication. Melissa is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and serves as the Co-Chair of Northcentral’s Diversity Committee.

As a certified fitness professional, Melissa enjoys training and educating clients on healthy living principles. Best known for her 50-pound weight loss story featured in Shape Magazine, she served as a Go Red for Women Ambassador in Phoenix, and enjoys educating audiences on the importance of heart health and healthy eating. Melissa’s hobbies include bodybuilding and golf.

Noah Crider (Business Performance Advisor at Insperity) 

Noah Crider is a graduate of Texas State University, a lover of all things Austin, and a lifelong Texan. Alongside his wonderful fiancé Lauren, Noah enjoys living a balanced life centered on his faith and his sporting spirit. Always aiming to better his surroundings he finds his greatest fulfillment when he’s working alongside others to solve problems that require thoughtful and strategic solutions. This passion is shown through his work with nonprofits and small businesses throughout the Austin Community as a Business Performance Advisor with Insperity. 


Patricia Gamboa (Assistant Director of Sponsored Student Services: International Office, The University of Texas at Austin)

Patricia Gamboa currently serves as Assistant Director of Sponsored Student Services for the International Office at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, she managed the Pre-Academic Training Program for Undergraduate Panamanian students at the University of Arkansas and initiated agreements with Hispanic Serving Institutions to increase graduate student enrollment. Previously, she worked at the Higher Education Department in New Mexico and was appointed to the New Mexico Dual Credit Council aligning New Mexico’s high school competencies with college placement requirements. She also served as an adjunct faculty member with the School of Adult and General Education at Central New Mexico Community College. Other accomplishments include participation in the Legislative Fellows-Partners of the Americas Program in Mexico City, Mexico, the PhD Project, and the E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas.

Pooja Sethi (Immigration Attorney)

Pooja Sethi, Esq. is an Immigration Attorney, Asian American Quality of Life City Council Commissioner, Founder and President of the Charity, South Asian Austin Moms, and a community advocate.    As an Immigration Attorney Pooja has given free talks to the Community about the latest Immigration trends, she has taken on numerous pro bono Immigration cases including cases that affect women of domestic abuse and humanitarian cases, she has volunteered with American Gateways taking an asylum LGBT case, and has helped numerous women start their businesses and given them advice and talks around the country.  Pooja Sethi, Esq. has been practicing in the legal arena for more than 14 years.  She is passionate about working in Immigration because she likes to help people and also enjoys the strategic solutions that she is able to provide for small companies.  As an experienced Attorney, Pooja analyzes each case individually, and zealously advocates for each client that comes to the firm.  She has worked with Clients helping them with their path to Citizenship, helping Artists from India obtain their Entertainment Visas, and has worked extensively with Technology Companies on obtaining visas for their Employees. 

Pooja Sethi also founded a nonprofit and charity in 2014 called South Asian Austin Moms.  This charity started as a meet up to help mothers interact, get out of the house, and be a support system for one another.  This Charity has expanded to include ten board members, and has raised thousands of dollars, which were donated to Dell Children’s Hospital, The Miracle Foundation, and the Rosedale School.  It is the goal of the charity to bring events of South Asian culture to the City of Austin, to normalize the culture to mainstream America.  Most recently, South Asian Austin Moms was involved with the City of Austin, in bringing the Smithsonian Exhibit, Beyond Bollywood to the City of Austin.  Complementary to the exhibit, Pooja Sethi and South Asian Austin Moms held a Gala which included keynote speeches from VIP Guests first Sikh turbaned Mayor of New Jersey, Mayor Ravi Bhalla to Austin, as well as Hollywood Movie Writer and Actor Hari Kondabolu, Texas Supreme Court Judge Nominee Judge Sandill, Writer Chitra Divakaruni, and the first India Jazz Singer Asha Puthli.

Lastly, Pooja is a community advocate, and is currently an Asian American Quality of Life City Council Commissioner, has been a CASA Advocate, volunteers for Hindu Charities for America, and has helped coordinate efforts with Hurricane Harvey collecting over four truckloads of goods to be delivered to Houston within two days after the devastation occurred.  Pooja gets joy out of helping the Community and making an impact.  As a City Council Commissioner, she took the lead on writing the Resolution opposing Sanctuary Cities.  She was also on Mayor Adler’s Task Force to work on Institutional Racism, and helped draft the declaration that is on the City of Austin homepage, and utilized by City Departments. 

Rebekah Grmela (Communications Director, Keep Texas Beautiful)

Rebekah Grmela is the communications director for Keep Texas Beautiful, network of dedicated Texans working together to make the state the best place to live, work and play. With a diverse array of experience in both the private and public sectors, she works to equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. A Texas native, Rebekah is a passionate community advocate with a background in impact-oriented causes including the City of Austin Equity Action Team, Impact Hub Austin, Hill Country Conservancy, New Milestones Foundation, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Young Women’s Alliance and the Texas 4-H Council. She is a graduate of the Austin CityWorks Academy, Leadership Austin and Texas A&M University.


Ryan Beck (Admin Associate- Mid-Markets, American Heart Association)

I am an Administrative Associate for the SouthWest Affiliate Mid-Markets. I graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Prelaw. Currently, I am a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology candidate at the University of San Francisco.  I live in Austin, TX with my husband, Elliott, and our two dogs, Bernie and Minnie. I enjoy cooking, running, and wine tasting.



Sareta Davis (Attorney & Chair of the City, Austin Human Right’s Commission)

Sareta is an attorney in Austin, Texas. She is the Chair of the City of Austin Human Right’s Commission, and has served as Chair since her appointment to the HRC by Mayor Adler in June 2015. Sareta has experience working in criminal law, white-collar crime, employment law, and contracts. Prior to attending law school, Sareta was an adjunct professor at Texas State University.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University.  She received her Juris Doctor Degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.  She is a graduate of Leadership Austin 2017 Essential Class, and serves on the board of the Survive2Thrive Foundation.

Shane Zisman (CO-Founder, Sherpa Power Teas)

Shane Zisman is a committed advocate to social and environmental causes. He is a Co-Founder of a social venture that connects impoverished Nepalese farmers to US organic food markets, and has extensive experience advocating on behalf of under-represented communities in the U.S. and abroad. Shane holds degrees in business and environmental law.




Shannon Creekmur (Project Specialist VI, Texas Department of State Health Services)

Shannon M. Creekmur is a program specialist in the Center for External Relations for the Texas Department of State Health Services.  She’s part of the Process Improvement unit, working on special projects and project management. She has also worked as a project manager for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and HHSC’s Twogether in Texas and Family Violence programs.

Since obtaining her Masters of Public Health from Texas A&M's Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, she has maintained an interest in working in social service fields, which led to her work with FEMA. Prior to working for the State of Texas, Shannon served as a Public Assistance Project Officer with FEMA, assisting cities and local government with disaster recovery efforts, including recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

Shannon is also involved with community organizations like Junior League of Austin and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She enjoys volunteering with spending time with friends and family, reading, and crossing items off her personal bucket list like skydiving and dancing under the Eiffel Tower.

Shannon Halbrook (Digital Publications Coordinator, National Consumer Law Center)

A Texas native, Shannon Halbrook graduated from UT Austin in 2000 and then lived in Boston for about 12 years. While there, he worked on digital publications for a non-profit that provides resources to consumer lawyers, the National Consumer Law Center. Inspired by NCLC’s advocacy work on behalf of low-income consumers, he returned to Texas to earn his master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He focused heavily on quantitative policy analysis at LBJ, but his community engagement internship with the City of Austin gave him a greater on-the-ground awareness of Austin’s equity issues and a desire to impact his community more directly. Shannon is interested in how technology can supplement — but not replace — traditional community engagement, and wants to help all of Austin’s residents weather the changes brought about by growth and gentrification. He also plays music and tries to keep up with his five-year-old daughter.

Sheila Sturgis-Craig (Health and Human Services Commission, Austin, Texas Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement Associate Commissioner)

 Sheila has twenty-seven years of experience in the field of Health and Human Services providing service to children, families, and communities through a cross-systems approach. As Associate Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement formerly known as the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Sheila heads the Minority Health and a team of regional equity and inclusion staff across the state.

Sheila considers working in partnership with agencies and communities to develop solutions through a shared vision as keys to success. Examining policies through a race equity lens, looking at data by race/ethnicity, and hearing the voices of individuals who experience and are impacted by our programs and services tell a story.

Sheila received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sheila is involved with various local, state, and national organizations. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at University of Texas at Austin, a Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families, and as a Board Member for Change1 Mind Change1 Life.

Sheila is currently a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission’s Cross Agency Mental Health Liaisons group and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). She is also a member of the City of Austin’s Equity Action Team, the American Counseling Association, and the Executive Women in Texas Government. Sheila served on the Planning Committee of the Texas Courts’ Beyond the Bench Summit, and was a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission’s former Children and Youth Behavioral Subcommittee. She has received numerous honors for her work and dedication to children, families and vulnerable populations.

Stephanie Hernandez (Executive Assistant, USA Compression)

 I have over 15 years of experience as a Supervisor/Executive Assistant.  In my daily role, I am responsible for resource allocation, heavy calendaring, implementation of office procedures and processes, customer liaison and support and preparing financial reports. A sound work ethic coupled with strong communication and interpersonal skills – I ensure that maximum efficiency is maintained at my current employer, CommUnityCare Health Centers.

My previous position, included Executive Assistant/Supervisor at USA Compression, 2011-2017. I was also an Executive Assistant with the City of Austin- Police Department where I served in numerous supervisory positions, to include Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police for the Austin Police Department- Art Acevedo. (2000-2010). It is here, that I took an interest in serving the community and the youth in the Austin area.

Latino Leaders of America (Secretary/ Founder) 2010-2013: The duties consisted of attending all board meetings, ensure the safety and accuracy of all board records, provide notice of meetings of the board and/or of a committee when such notice is required, maintains records of the board and ensures effective management of organization’s records, manage minutes of board meetings, ensures minutes are distributed to members shortly after each meeting, is sufficiently familiar with legal documents, (articles, by laws, IRS letters, etc.) to note applicability during meetings.

Shoreline Christian Church (2011-current): I am a member  of  Sisterhood  and  help  coordinate  monthly and  annual  events  and  obtain sponsorships.

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Hispanic Austin Leadership Council (2013-2015): The mission of HALC is to support, promote and continue to develop the Greater Austin

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) HAL program while creating a connection for HAL Council to foster relationships and continue to grow as leaders, stay engaged in the community and accept leadership roles.  I assisted with planning for future HAL classes, recruitment receptions, mentoring, networking and building relationships with fellow HAL graduates from different classes through social events.

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Celebrando Planning Committee: 2013-2015:Coordinating volunteers, event planning, and logistics.

Texas Advocacy Project 2012-2013: in conjunction with GAHCC, coordinated “Caminos Sin Cadena’s”.An event to help women of domestic violence to help them gain financial stability. Obtained sponsorships for food, scholarships ($1600), and hope to have a continuous relationship with TAP and GAHCC to help sustain and maintain the program.  July 2013 Fundraiser raised 1000.00.

Corporate Relations Manager: The National Latino Law Enforcement Organization (2010-Current):Coordinating annual conferences and obtaining sponsorships 2010-2017 conferences. Assisting executive board with drafting correspondences to vendors, dignitaries, and members. Participating on conference calls, coordinating meetings; phone calls, etc.

2014 Women of Distinction Award:TAMACC recognizes women who are making monumental differences, not only in business but in all fields! The award honors women whose achievements, exceptional capacity and business acumen make them outstanding in their field. Was honored to be One of Twelve Latinas that was recognized for their professional accomplishments and community contributions.

Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – Austin Chapter (Parliamentarian) 2016-2017:I held the position as Parliamentarian and assisted in obtaining sponsorship for the organization.Assisted with events as needed.

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ambassador 2016-Current:The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are the “face” of the Chamber and thus are charged with extending the hand of friendship to new, current, and future members.  The GAHCC Ambassadors promote retention by assisting members in maximizing their Chamber membership, welcoming new members, and attending ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events. The Chamber also relies on the Ambassadors to serve as a communication link between the Chamber and its members by relaying information to and from members, identifying member concerns, and garnering support for the Chamber.

I am able to see the vision of the organization and effectively communicate with staff through email, goal setting sessions, and correspondences. I have a diplomatic approach, while maintaining the vision for the organizations. I have over 15 years of conflict resolution experience and coming up with peaceful solutions. I execute proper business etiquette during all events. I am honest, assertive and am approachable. Approachability opens the lines of communication and results in productivity.

Tasha Turner (Human Resources Advisor, Drillinginfo)

 I was born on the Gulf Coast of Texas in a small town called Port Lavaca. I graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio and am still a very active volunteer with my sorority, Phi Mu Fraternity.  I have a Paralegal Certificate from The University of Texas. I moved to Austin 4 years ago to work at a software company called Drillinginfo where I currently work as a Human Resources Advisor. In my spare time I like to explore Austin and try new restaurants. I have two cats and I volunteer to foster animals for Austin Pets Alive! I also love reading and being outdoors. My mom passed away almost 2 years ago from congestive heart failure. That was life changing for me in so many ways, so I have a very personal connection with volunteering for the American Heart Association.

Tomika Thomas (Project Manager I, Global Finance)

Tomika is a native Floridian and a proud alumna of Florida State University. She lived in Charlotte NC for ten years prior to moving to Austin in 2015 and still considers herself a “newbie.” She is a CPA and currently works as a Project Manager for a global technology company.

On a personal level, she strives to be an informed and actively engaged citizen and works to infuse community engagement in every area of her life.  When she’s not volunteering, she enjoys attending concerts, live music events, reading and traveling.