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مدير تنفيذي

She/Her/Hers

انضمت كاثي إلى APIE في عام 2012 وهي معلمة من ذوي الخبرة ومديرة الحرم الجامعي ومديرة مساعدة. مع دكتوراه. في الإدارة التربوية من خلال برنامج الإشراف التعاوني التابع لـ UT ، إنها قرون طويلة حقيقية. كاثي لديها طفلان وتستمتع بالجري وركوب الدراجات. كونها مدربة الرياضيات في الفصل الدراسي هو أهم ما يميزها الأسبوعي.

Isadora Day

Program Director

She/Her/Hers

Isadora joined APIE in 2023 and is a former academic dean, director of middle school, and teacher. Formerly a crime journalist, Isadora switched careers to become an educator and earned her M.Ed. in Education Administration in 2015. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she loves Mexican food, the beach, and walking with her husband and son. 

 

باربيتي كوبر

Finance/HR Director

She/Her/Hers

Barbette, who has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and many years experience in nonprofit financial and administrative management, joined the APIE finance team in 2011. Barbette is a long-time fan of Longhorn football, Ballet Austin, and Broadway shows.

ويندي جوردون

مدير التطوير

انضمت Wendi إلى APIE في عام 2016 بخبرة واسعة في مجال التطوير غير الربحي في التعليم وماجستير في إدارة الأعمال من جامعة جورج واشنطن. أصلها من واشنطن العاصمة ، وهي تستمتع بالهواء الطلق والطعام والسفر وكلابها الألمانية الصغيرة.

Aaron Barba

محامي الاستعداد للكلية

They/Them

Aaron Barba is an advocate, creator, and entrepreneur working in the Austin community to create and hold space for those seeking growth. They continue to strive for success through assisting others as they work towards achieving their dreams.

فرانسيس باريرا

أخصائي Salesforce

She/her/hers

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, gardening, and spending time with her partner and 4 crazy pups!

ساندي بوتز

Math Classroom Coaching Manager

لأكثر من 10 سنوات ، عملت Sandy في العديد من برامج APIE. إنها تؤمن أن المتطوعين هم أشخاص غير عاديين وتشعر بالامتياز للعمل مع أولئك الملتزمين بدعم مدارسنا.

Cheyenne Castro

GEAR UP & College Readiness Advocate

She/ Her/Hers

Cheyenne joined APIE in 2021 as a GEAR UP and College Readiness Advocate. She first began her APIE journey volunteering as an elementary school mentor as a Social Work undergrad from UT Austin, while also gaining more experience serving students and Austin’s marginalized populations. After getting her BA in Social Work, she worked with Austin Public Health when the COVID-19 vaccine became available. Her passion is people, validating their experiences, and meeting them where they’re at. In her free time, you’ll find her crafting something up in her craft room or spending time with her dog, Tubs.

Joseph Chimienti

محامي الاستعداد للكلية

He/Him/His

Bio coming soon!

Yasemin Elrabaa

GEAR UP Advocate

She/ Her/Hers

Yasemin joined APIE in 2021 as a GEAR Up Advocate, pouring her passion and energy into reinforcing students’ math and critical thinking skills. After graduating from UT with a BA in Government and Philosophy of Law, she worked at an Emergency Children’s shelter advocating for at-risk youth in the foster care system. She enjoys spending time in nature, playing board games, and cooking for loved ones.

Diane Feldman

Gear Up Advocate

She/Her/Hers

Diane graduated from Illinois State in 1974. She has 3 children and 3 grandsons. She has lived in Austin for 6 years, and before that, she lived in El Paso. She enjoys gardening and reading. She also works in a retirement community as a busboy. 

Bridgette Gomez

GEAR UP Advocate

She/ Her/Hers

Bridgette joined APIE in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016 from Texas State University. Since then, she has enjoyed her work advocating for, mentoring, and educating the students of AISD. Born and raised in Austin, she enjoys spending her time at Zilker Park, getting together with family/friends, and playing with her dog.

جو جاكوبسون

منسق تطوير

He/Him/His

Joe joined APIE in 2018 as a member of the Americorps VISTA program. He earned his bachelor’s degree from from Williams College and has experience tutoring reading at multiple AISD schools. Joe enjoys learning new languages, going to shows, Austin FC, and volunteering weekly as an APIE Math Classroom Coach.

كريس لاغارد

أخصائي Salesforce

He/Him/His

انضم كريس إلى APIE في عام 2017 وهو مسؤول عن تكوين قاعدة بيانات Salesforce الخاصة بنا ودعمها وتحسينها. يستمتع بقضاء الوقت في القراءة والطبخ والمشي والتسكع مع أطفاله.

Melina Lasater

Finance/HR Manager

They/She/Hers

Melina joined APIE in 2023. She earned her MBA at Texas Woman’s University and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum. She has a passion for working in nonprofit and volunteering. Melina enjoys crocheting, playing tennis, and taking care of her plants.

Darcy Laszewski

College REadiness advocate

She/Her/Hers

Prior to joining APIE in 2022, Darcy was a professional editor and writer for 15 years and became passionate about helping students elevate their writing skills and achieve their college ambitions. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has lived in the Austin area for more than 20 years. She plays competitive tennis and volunteers on the Navarro tennis team.

Danna Leal Cisneros

محامي الاستعداد للكلية

She/Her/Hers

Danna joined APIE in 2023 as a College Readiness Advocate. After gaining a BA in Political Science from Simmons University in Boston, MA, she became a TFA 2019 Corps Member from the Rio Grande Valley where she taught AP Government and AP Microeconomics. She transitioned to Austin and taught AP Government, AP Microeconomics, and Personal Financial Literacy. She is passionate about expanding accessibility and granting the opportunity for students to reach their full potential.

Luz Martinez

Lead Advocate

She/Her/Hers

Luz loves finding new ways to let her creativity flow, whether it’s through sewing, makeup, or nail art! On days when she is happy to turn her brain off, watching “The Devil Wears Prada” with her cat is the way to go.

Rafael Martinez Espino

Gear Up Advocate

Bio coming soon!

Michele Mauldin

Lead Advocate

She/Her/Hers

Michele graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a middle school educator in AISD for 26 years before joining APIE in 2022 as a GEAR UP Advocate. Her husband is also a teacher and they have two sons. She enjoys reading, crocheting, and travel, and rooting for the Longhorns.

Tom McCarthy

GEAR UP Advocate

He/Him/His

Tom joined APIE in 2018 and works with the sudent cohort for the class of 2024. He earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida and freelances as a photojournalist. Tom enjoys people, color(s), big cities, small towns, sunrises, sunsets, thunderstorms, sci-fi novels and learning new things.

ايمي مور

College readiness manager

She/Her/Hers

Amy joined APIE in 2009 after teaching middle school for three years and working in accounting and finance at a high tech company. She loves supporting our College Readiness and GEAR UP Advocates and the high school students they work with. In her free time she loves reading, hiking, running and spending time with her family.

Wen Nguyen

مدير اتصالات المدرسة

She/Her/Hers

Wen joined APIE in 2022 after working several years in prevention programs to serve AISD middle and high school students. She believes all students deserve access to quality wrap-around supports so that they may thrive. During her free time, Wen likes to hang out with her nieces and nephews, watch comedy, and adding vegan fish sauce to her food.

Tristan Nieto

Lead Advocate

He/Him/His

Tristan joined APIE in 2022 after completing his Master of Arts in Depth Psychology & Creativity at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Tristan has worked in education in a multitude of roles: tutor, substitute teacher, academic coach, test proctor, reading instructor, outdoor educator, and now, College Readiness & GEAR UP Advocate. In his free time, he writes poetry, trains Shaolin-style kung fu, and pursues a second Master’s in Counseling.

Aaron Reyes

محامي الاستعداد للكلية

He/Him/His

In 2019, Aaron Reyes graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In 2021, Reyes began working with Austin Partners in Education. In his free time, Reyes enjoys watching movies and being with his two cats, Mittens and Goofy.

Lexy Robinson

Lead Advocate

She/Her/Hers

Lexy joined APIE in 2022 as a GEAR UP Advocate with experience working as a Preschool, Elementary and Middle camp counselor. She is a Texas State Alumni with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. Her goal is to support underserved populations with a focus on education as well as overall health and well-being. In her free time, you can find her on the Greenbelt with her puppy.

Sha Tisha Rogers

محامي الاستعداد للكلية

She/Her/Hers

Sha Tisha joined APIE in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2015. Sha Tisha was born and raised in Austin. She has one daughter and is currently homeschooling her. She has 11 years of teaching and tutoring experience. She enjoys helping students achieve what is considered out of reach. Sha Tisha values serving in the church, giving back to the community, cooking, and watching anime with her high school senior.

Laurie Solis

Office Administrator

she/Her/Ella

Laurie joined APIE as the Office Administrator in 2023. However, she has served as an APIE campus volunteer, mentor, and most recently math tutor. She’s a mom, wife, and PTA-er serving on the board of Austin Council of PTA. During the evenings or weekends, you can find her and the family on a softball or baseball field.

اشلي يمان

Communications & Volunteer Recruitment coordinator

she/Her/Hers

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 Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. Ashley enjoys traveling, searching for unique vintage finds, and spending time with her family, friends, and two cats.

Val Williams

Special Projects

She/Her/Hers

Val joined APIE in 2022 with extensive experience as a Program Director and Educator, with specialization in the areas of Arts Ed, Early Childhood Ed, and ELA. Val holds an M. Ed in Education Policy & Leadership from American University and a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Val enjoys history, music, spirited discussions around socio-political issues, road trips, her cat Tiger, and-most of all-spending time with her adorable little one: Ruthie!

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