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Chair
Mark Curry
Wells Fargo, Community Bank President
Vice-Chair
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Austin ISD, Superintendent
Secretary
K. C. Cerny, Ph.D.
Management Information Analysis, Managing Partner
Board Member
Amber Elenz
District 5 Trustee, Austin ISD
Board Member
Dennis Howard
Charles Schwab, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Board Member
Doyle Valdez
Valco Resource Management, President
Board Member
Dr. Richard Rhodes
Austin Community College, President and CEO
Board Member
Drew Scheberle
Austin Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President of Education & Talent Development
Board Member
Emily Wright
Whole Foods Market, Global Corporate Communications Senior Manager
Board Member
Lori Ham
Microsoft, Director, US Education Sales
Board Member
Mark Williams
Austin ISD, Past Board President
Board Member
Michelle Krejci Wallis
Austin ISD Office of Innovation and Development, Executive Director
Board Member
Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., Ph.D.
Education Consultant for Assessment, Leadership and Policy
Board Member
Rachael Hamer
Intel Corporation, Public Affairs Program Manager Massachusetts & Texas
Board Member
Robert Rutishauser
Youth Advisory Group, WorkSource Chair
Board Member
Tam Hawkins
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
Board Member
Trinidad San Miguel, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant
Executive Director
Cathy Jones
512.637.0900, Ext. 700
Cathy joined APIE in 2012 and is an experienced teacher, campus administrator & assistant superintendent. She has 2 kids and enjoys running & cycling. Being a Classroom Coach is her weekly highlight.
Finance Director
Barbette Cooper
512.637.0900, Ext. 703
Barbette joined the APIE Finance team in 2011. She has an MBA from UT Austin and over ten years of experience in the management of financial and administrative functions for non-profits.
Programs Director
Veronica Cavazos
512.637.0900, Ext. 707
Veronica joined APIE in 2010 after serving as Director of Academic Advising and Student Success at Laredo Community College. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and watching great movies.
Development Director
Wendi Gordon
512.637.0900, Ext. 704
Wendi joined APIE in spring 2016 with extensive nonprofit development experience in education. Originally from Washington, DC, she enjoys the outdoors, food, travel and her miniature dachshunds.
Career Conversations Program Coordinator
Amy Moore
512.637.0900, Ext. 710
Amy joined APIE back in 2009. She loves working with middle school students, teachers and volunteers. She enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her kids in her free time.
Volunteer and Communications Specialist
Andrea Panter
512.637.0900, Ext. 706
Andrea has served with excellence as an elementary teacher, a tutor, middle school math coordinator and volleyball captain. She brings experience, enthusiasm, and remarkable professionalism to APIE.
College Readiness VISTA
Caitlin Gardner
512.637.0900, Ext. 716
Caitlin is glad to be back in Austin after attending college in “the frozen tundra.” In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and trying to make everything.
Donor Relations VISTA
Christina Sze
512.637.0900, Ext. 716
Christina joined the APIE team this summer and will be serving with us for a year as an Americorps VISTA. She enjoys traveling and tasty food and is happy to be here in Austin serving her community.
Manager, School Connections
Dawn Lewis
512.637.0983, 512.637.0900, Ext. 705
After her years in politics, development and teaching, Dawn Lewis landed at APIE in 2011. She absolutely loves Florida State football, jogging, reading and of course, working with children.
Math Programs Coordinator
Emily Arnold
512.637.0900, Ext. 709
Emily has worked in the nonprofit world for the last decade and joined APIE in 2015. In her down time she loves exploring new restaurants, playing piano, and playing in an Austin tennis league.
College Readiness Program Support Specialist
Frances Barrera
512.637.0900, Ext. 711
Frances joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. She is a City Year San Antonio and AmeriCorps NCCC alum. She enjoys traveling and using American Sign Language on a daily basis.
Development Coordinator
Kiki McGuinn
512.637.0900, Ext. 714
Kiki joined APIE in 2017. She graduated from UT with her MSSW and has over five years of nonprofit experience. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing trivia and exploring Austin’s music scene.
Operations Coordinator
Leslie Skeffington
512.637.0900, Ext. 702
Leslie joined APIE in 2015 after two years of service with AmeriCorps*State. Originally from upstate New York, she enjoys hiking through Austin, road trips, and binge-watching crime shows.
Community Volunteer Recruiter VISTA
Penny Driver
512.637.0900, Ext. 716
Graduate of St. Edward’s University & From Chicago! Enjoys listening to music (all kinds), watching cartoons & engaging with others about social justice issues. Would like to study entertainment law.
College Readiness Program Supervisor
Sam Kimmel
512.637.0900, Ext. 712
Sam joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. Aside from education, her interests include exploring West Texas, reading contemporary fiction, and spending time with her cat, Ignatius.
Campus Coordinator, Middle School Math
Sandy Bootz
512.637.0900, Ext. 708
For over 10 years, Sandy has worked in multiple APIE programs. She believes that volunteers are extraordinary people and feels privileged to work with those committed to supporting our schools.
Finance/HR Assistant
Sarah Koop
512.841.0049, 512.637.0900, Ext. 701
Sarah joined the APIE team in 2016. She has an MPA from San Diego State University and 9+ years of nonprofit experience. She enjoys being outdoors, playing on her Bocce league & daily yoga practices.
Operations Specialist
Shruthi Chandrasekaran
512.637.0900, Ext. 713
Shruthi joined APIE in 2016.She has Bachelors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering & 3 years of IT & non-profit experience. She enjoys reading, yoga, travelling & spending time with family.
Job Type:
Full Time
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on...
Job Type:
Full Time
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on...
Job Type:
Full Time
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on...
Job Type:
Full Time
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation’s poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on...
2015-16 APIE Program Evaluation
2014-15 APIE Program Evaluation
2013-14 APIE Program Evaluation
2012-13 APIE Program Evaluation
2010- 2011 Annual Report

APIE Program Model
According to the U.S. Department of Education, high school seniors from low-income families drop out of high school at six times the rate of their peers from high-income families.

Focusing on Austin ISD’s schools located in under-resourced communities and serving predominantly economically disadvantaged students, Austin Partners in Education delivers innovative, volunteer-driven academic and mentoring programs. APIE’s 1,550 volunteers work with students at pivotal junctures in their education, providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Through the flagship Classroom Coaching program, students benefit from small group (3:1 or below) instruction from volunteers drawn from more than 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses and community organizations.

 In the 2016-17 school year, APIE will implement the following programs:

        • Middle School Math Classroom Coaching: Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students to build a strong foundation in middle school math, putting  them on track to succeed in high school algebra.
        • College Readiness: College Readiness Advocates provide tutoring and college access mentoring to prepare students for college-level coursework.
        • Mentoring (all grades): Volunteers work one-on-one with students during the school day to help students improve their social and study skills, strengthen their communication skills, and build self-confidence.
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