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 function for nonprofits. She loves watching Longhorn football, ballet, and Broadway shows.
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 learning about all things Salesforce.
Math Classroom Coaching Manager
P-TECH Program 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.
College Readiness Supervisor
Aidan joined APIE this year and along with a background in education and college essay coaching, brings enthusiasm for student outcomes and advocate experiences to the GEAR UP and College Readiness programs. She holds a BA in English from UT Austin and Texas teaching certifications in EC-6 Generalist, 6-8 ELAR, and 7-12 English. Originally from Texas, she’s lived abroad in Ireland and France and has spent much of her adult life in Austin. A parent of three growing children and partner of 24 years, Aidan loves writing, reading, and learning in equal measure, and finds joy in supporting others on their path to their best selves.
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.
Communications & 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. Ashley enjoys traveling, searching for unique vintage finds, and spending time with her family, friends, and two cats.
P-TECH Research & Program Manager
Val joined APIE in 2022 with extensive experience as an Educator and Program Director in ELA, Early Childhood, and Arts Education spaces. Val is passionate about connecting the needs of students and educators with effective and responsive policy and implementation frameworks, and is excited to be completing her M.Ed. in Policy & Leadership (American University) in early 2023. Val enjoys history, music, spirited discussions around socio-political issues, road trips, and-most of all-spending time with her adorable little one: Ruthie!