我们的队伍

在一起我们可以做得更多

没有我们富有创造力和才能的团队,我们将无法完成我们的工作。他们使我们的使命成为可能。

凯茜·琼斯(Cathy Jones)博士

执行董事

She/Her/Hers

Cathy于2012年加入APIE,是一位经验丰富的老师,校园管理员和助理总监。拥有博士学位通过UT的合作监督计划进行教育管理,她是一位真正的Longhorn。凯茜有2个孩子,喜欢跑步和骑自行车。她每周都会成为数学课堂教练。

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. 

 

巴贝特·库珀

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.

温迪·戈登

发展总监

Wendi于2016年加入APIE,在教育方面拥有广泛的非营利开发经验,并拥有乔治华盛顿大学的MBA学位。她最初来自华盛顿特区,喜欢户外活动,美食,旅行和小型腊肠狗。

Aaron Barba

大学准备倡导者

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.

弗朗西斯·巴雷拉

Salesforce专员

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!

桑迪·布兹(Sandy Bootz)

Math Classroom Coaching Manager

十多年来,Sandy从事多个APIE计划。她认为志愿者是非凡的人,很荣幸与致力于支持我们学校的人们一起工作。

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.

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.

乔·雅各布索恩

发展协调员

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.

克里斯·拉加德

Salesforce专员

He/Him/His

克里斯于2017年加入APIE,负责Salesforce数据库的配置,支持和改进。他喜欢花时间阅读,做饭,远足和与孩子们出去玩。

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

大学准备倡导者

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.

艾米·摩尔

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

学校联络经理

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

大学准备倡导者

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

大学准备倡导者

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.

Rebekah Tambe

Fundraising and Events Manager

she/Her/Hers

Rebekah joined APIE in 2024 as the Fundraising and Event Manager. Rebekah has her BS in Accounting from Portland State University. She recently moved to Austin from Portland, Oregon, where she was the Development Director for a free community medical clinic. Rebekah enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters, traveling, reading, and running.

阿什莉·叶曼(Ashley Yeaman)

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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Austin Partners in Education will be closed beginning Friday, December 22 and ending Friday, January 5. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, January 8. All emails, phone calls, and volunteer background check applications will be completed upon our return. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy Holidays!

Austin Partners in Education cerrará comenzando el viernes 22 de diciembre y hasta el viernes 5 de enero. Volveremos al horario comercial normal el lunes 8 de enero. Todos los correos electrónicos, llamadas telefónicas y solicitudes de verificación de antecedentes de voluntarios se completarán a nuestro regreso. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión. ¡Felices Fiestas!