Richard Tagle

This is trailblazing.
Manila-born and raised, dared to live on his own at 17. Lived in California and Washington, DC before settling down in Austin. Deeply passionate about children’s issues especially education and health. A goofball about mostly everything else. “Life without laughter is like soap, it can dry you out.”

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Heather Arnos
Development Manager

This is our chance to be the change we wish to see in the community.
Born in Atlanta, GA and moved to Austin at age 5. Loves trying new things, whether that’s traveling to a new country, eating strange food or attending Monday Night Raw. Goal to see an opera in every major opera house in the US and Europe. Excited to be a part of a great organization.

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Antonio Cobb
Program Associate

This is a milestone for the future.
Born and raised in Heidelberg Germany. Moved to Austin in 1998 and has made it my permanent home. Staying positive and making the best out of any situation that comes my way. Helping children and their families to succeed is the most rewarding job I can think of!

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Jessica Duran
Finance Associate

I will make a positive impact in my community.
Texas native who grew up in the small town of Castroville and now lives in Austin. Loves trying new restaurants, spending time with family, traveling, and playing roller derby. Excited to be part of an organization that is providing opportunities for our youth to succeed. 

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Wyatt Harper
Director of Finance

This is how we make a lifelong difference.
Austin by way of Tennessee, Romania, and New York City. Though a finance professional by career, I enjoy teaching tennis and traveling to new places as much as possible. I consider myself lucky to be part of a motivated and focused team that is changing the lives of youth in Austin and beyond.

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Jenny McClure
Quality and Outcomes Specialist

This is where change begins.

Local Austinite and University of Texas (at Austin) alumni.  Former 2nd/3rd grade teacher for 11 years who's passion is in educating others.  In my free time, I teach spin (indoor cycling) classes and love to be out adventuring whether that be hiking, biking, camping, backpacking or canoeing.  Anything outdoors and near the water has my name all over it.

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Brigid Mejia
Program Manager

This is a huge opportunity to make a difference.
Born and raised in Southern California but got to Austin as quickly as she could. Loves working with youth and seeing the world through their eyes. Hopes to make it to every Major League Baseball Park. Thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization that is meeting the needs of so many kids.

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Mary Riggs
Director of Programs & Grants

This is life changing.
Raised in Michigan with a stop in Boston before finally coming to her senses and getting to Austin. Passions include helping children succeed, creating sustainable and systemic change, and finding the best macaroni and cheese on earth.

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Barbara Shorts
Director of External Relations & Operations

I will invest in something bigger than myself.
Native Austinite and former Director of Events of Westwood Country Club for 23 years. With experience in Event Design and Operational Management, very excited to be a part of such a wonderful team.

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Brian Stephens
Communications Associate

This is outdoing the limits of what's possible.
Born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex before settling in Austin. With more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications, proud to be part of a team that's making the world a better place for all of us.

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Jake Walls
Facility Manager

I will help our community succeed.
Native Austinite -- Jack of few trades, master of none. Excited to work for an organization dedicated to helping Austin's youth. Very happy to be with a team of genuine and caring people.

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Natasha Millar Willet
Event Manager & Special Projects Coordinator

This is just the beginning.
Born in South Africa and moved to Texas at the age of 10. Passion for traveling, water polo, animals and making a difference in the lives of today's youth. I'm very fortunate to be a part of a talented team helping children succeed and preparing them for the real world.

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