Our Team

Together We Can Do More

We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without our creative and talented team. They make our mission possible.

Cathy Jones, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Cathy joined APIE in 2012 and is an experienced teacher, campus administrator & assistant superintendent. With a Ph.D. in educational administration through UT’s Cooperative Superintendency Program, she is a true Longhorn.   Cathy has 2 children and enjoys running & cycling. Being a Math Classroom Coach is her weekly highlight.

Amy Moore

Interim Program Director

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.

Barbette Cooper

Finance/Hr Director

Barbette joined the APIE Finance team in 2011. She has an MBA from UT Austin and many years of experience in the management of financial and administrative functions for nonprofits. She loves watching Longhorn football, ballet, and Broadway shows.

Wendi Gordon

Development Director

Wendi joined APIE in 2016 with extensive nonprofit development experience in education and an MBA from George Washington University. Originally from Washington, DC, she enjoys the outdoors, food, travel, and her miniature dachshunds.

Frances Barrera

Salesforce Specialist

Frances joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. She is a City Year San Antonio and AmeriCorps NCCC alum. She enjoys traveling, watching reality tv, and learning about all-things Salesforce.

Sandy Bootz

Math Classroom Coaching Coordinator

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.

Tiffani Borcherding

Work-Based Learning Specialist

Tiffani joined APIE in 2021 with experience as a secondary teacher, case manager, and department chair.  After earning a M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from UT Austin, she focused her work in education on equitable access to the curriculum for at-risk student populations. She enjoys creating new playlists, exploring museums, watching history documentaries, and spending time with her son.

Mary Hausle

Research and Project Manager

Mary joined APIE in 2020 after completing a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work includes college advisement and program management. Mary spends her free time visiting flea markets, exploring new hiking trails, and looking for the best cup of coffee and croissants in town.​

Joe Jacobsohn

Development Coordinator

Joe joined Apie in July 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He enjoys seeing live music, running, and playing the guitar. 


Chris Lagarde

Salesforce Specialist

Chris joined APIE in 2017 and is responsible for the configuration, support, and improvement of our Salesforce database. He enjoys spending time reading, cooking, hiking, and hanging out with his kids.

Dawn Lewis

School Connections Manager

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.

Cecili Rodriguez

Finance/Hr Assistant

Cecili joined APIE in 2021. She received her bachelor’s in biochemistry from St. Edward’s University but decided her true passion was accounting. She is currently completing courses to sit for the CPA. Cecili enjoys spending time with her husky, Dax, decorating for holidays and finding the best place in town for bubble tea.

Ritchie Vo

College Readiness Coordinator

Ritchie joined APIE in 2018 as a CR Advocate with experience in supporting diverse populations of students. He enjoys physical recreation, trying new food, traveling, fictional stories, and podcasts.

Ashley Yeaman

Communications and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

Ashley joined APIE in 2019 after completing her master’s degree in journalism at Baylor University. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and worked previously at the Texas Hunger Initiative.

Join Our Team

Want to be part of an energetic team committed to changing lives through education? If you’re passionate about supporting students and helping them succeed, we want to hear from you. Apply with us today!