Executive Office

Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Executive Director

A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Martinez is the fifth Executive Director to lead the foundation since its creation in 1940. He oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day to day operations of the foundation.

Learn more about Dr. Martinez.

Contact: (512) 471-7625, Hogg-ED@austin.utexas.edu



Alisha Camacho, Executive Assistant

Alisha CamachoAlisha is the Executive Assistant to the foundation’s Executive Director. Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, she served for five years on the staff of Texas Law at The University of Texas at Austin. Alicia is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Contact: (512) 471-7625, alisha.camacho@austin.utexas.edu

Grant Initiatives

Vicky Coffee, Program Manager

Vicky Coffee-FletcherVicky, who has been with the foundation since 2007, has committed more than 30 years to increasing awareness, offering services, and enhancing systems to support individuals, youth and families living with mental health conditions in Texas.

Learn more about Vicky.

Contact: (512) 475-7057, vicky.coffee@austin.utexas.edu

Stephany Bryan, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison

Stephany joined the foundation in 2007. She serves as Program Officer and Consumer and Family Liaison, representing the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the foundation’s strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities.

Learn more about Stephany.

Contact: (512) 471-7628, stephany.bryan@austin.utexas.edu

Tammy Heinz, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison

Tammy HeinzTammy serves as Program Officer and Consumer and Family Liaison for the foundation. She represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the foundation’s strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities.

Learn more about Tammy.

Contact: (512) 471-7635, tammy.heinz@austin.utexas.edu

Rick Ybarra, Program Officer

Rick YbarraRick joined the foundation in 2007 where he serves as Program Officer and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative.

Learn more about Rick.

Contact: (512) 471-9154, rick.ybarra@austin.utexas.edu

Public Policy

Colleen Horton, Program Officer

Colleen HortonColleen joined the foundation in 2010 as Program Officer where she leads the mental health policy unit and manages policy-related grants and activities.

Learn more about Colleen.

Contact: (512) 471-2988, colleen.horton@austin.utexas.edu

Tanya Lavelle, Policy Program Specialist

Tanya LavelleTanya joined the foundation in 2018 as the Policy Program Specialist. In this role, she supports the policy unit by working to educate legislators, advocates and community members about a variety of mental health topics.

Learn more about Tanya.

Contact: (512) 471-9150, tanya.lavelle@austin.utexas.edu

Strategic Learning and Evaluation

Emily Bhandari, Strategic Learning and Evaluation Program Officer

Emily joined the foundation in 2018 as the Strategic Learning and Evaluation Program Officer. In this role, she facilitates the foundation’s learning objectives, designs research and evaluation priorities, and educates about community-level interventions that support resiliency and well-being in everyday life.

Learn more about Emily.

Contact: (512) 471-2982, emily.bhandari@austin.utexas.edu



Haila Yates, Communications Manager

Haila YatesHaila serves as Communications Manager for the foundation. She has more than a decade of nonprofit marketing experience, specializing in integrated marketing strategy, branding and positioning, copy writing, and graphic design.

Learn more about Haila.

Contact: (512) 471-9142, haila.yates@austin.utexas.edu


Ike Evans, Public Affairs Representative

photo of Ike EvansIke has served as the Public Affairs Representative at the foundation since 2012. His roles include marketing communications, media outreach and assisting with implementing the foundation’s overall communications strategy.

Learn more about Ike.

Contact: (512) 471-4804, imani.evans@austin.utexas.edu

Kate Smallwood, Digital Media Strategist

Kate SmallwoodKate serves as Digital Media Strategist for the foundation. A native Texan, she has worked in Austin’s nonprofit and higher education sectors for more than a dozen years in the areas of communications, community relations and fund development. 

Learn more about Kate.

Contact: (512) 471-7631, kate.smallwood@austin.utexas.edu


Finance and Operations

Crystal Viagran, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations

Crystal Viagran is Assistant Director of Finance and Operations. In this role, she oversees the foundation’s fiscal operations including grants management, accounting, procurement and endowments, and works with IT services, archives and office management.

Learn more about Crystal.

Contact: (512) 471-7634, crystal.viagran@austin.utexas.edu

Margarita Alvarez, Operations Associate

photo of Margarita AlvarezMargarita joined the foundation in 1990. As Operations Associate in Finance and Operations, she coordinates travel and manages the front office. Previously, she served as a Grants Associate in the foundation’s grants management unit.

Learn more about Margarita.

Contact: (512) 471-5041, margarita.alvarez@austin.utexas.edu


Lexi Arons, Grants Coordinator

Lexi has served in a variety of roles with the foundation since 2009. As Grants Coordinator, she facilitates applicant and grantee processes and is the go-to for questions about the foundation’s grants management system, Fluxx.

Learn more about Lexi.

Contact: (512) 475-7089, lexi.arons@austin.utexas.edu


Mary Capps, Cross Unit Liaison

Mary CappsMary serves as Cross Unit Liaison for the foundation, working across teams on a variety of projects with an eye toward process optimization and strengthening cross-unit collaboration.

Learn more about Mary.

Contact: (512) 232-6287, mary.capps@austin.utexas.edu


Krystal Mullins, Operations Associate

Photo of Krystal MullinsKrystal joined the foundation in 2017 as Operations Associate. In this role, she handles procurement duties, as well as event and meeting coordination.

Learn more about Krystal.

Contact: (512) 475-7083, krystal.mullins@austin.utexas.edu


Edward Reed, Senior Systems Administrator

Edward ReedEd serves as Senior Systems Administrator for the foundation. For more than ten years, he has provided server, network and database support. Ed is partial to cooking and healthy eating, and enjoys the view from his office very much!

Contact: (512) 475-7050, ed.reed@austin.utexas.edu


Elizabeth Stauber, Archivist and Records Manager

photo of Elizabeth StauberElizabeth serves as Archivist and Records Manager for the foundation. In this role, she collects, assesses, organizes, preserves and provides access to historically significant records produced by the foundation over the last 75+ years.

Learn more about Elizabeth.

Contact: (512) 471-2811, elizabeth.stauber@austin.utexas.edu