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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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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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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Janett Rodriguez
Program Associate

This is how we create change. 
Born and raised in the piney woods of East Texas before making her way down to Austin. Passions include providing youth with the tools necessary to succeed, traveling to different historic sites in Mexico, and attending every UT Longhorns football game possible. Proud to be a part of an organization who is committed to meeting the needs of youth. 

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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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Scotty Walkwitz
Facility Manager

This is how we make a difference.
I grew up in Connecticut & Maine, moved to S. Florida, finally landing in Austin. An avid kickball player & all-around people person, I've been lucky enough to be a part of this amazing foundation since its inception. I'm humbled to be a member of an amazing team that will make a difference in so many lives.

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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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