Executive Office

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

A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Martinez is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. As chief executive officer, he oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day to day operations of the foundation.

Learn more about Martinez.

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

Initiatives and Grant Programs

Dr. Lynda Frost, Director of Planning & Programs
Lynda Frost

Dr. Lynda Frost serves as the director of planning and programs at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, where she oversees major initiatives and grant programs, leads strategic and operational planning, and manages program staff. An experienced administrator and attorney with legal expertise in human rights, juvenile justice, criminal law and mediation, Dr. Frost joined the foundation as associate director in 2003.

Learn more about Frost.

Contact: (512) 471-9150lynda.frost@austin.utexas.edu

Stephany Bryan, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison

Stephany Bryan serves as program officer and consumer & family liaison for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the Hogg Foundation’s strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities.

Learn more about Bryan.

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

Vicky Coffee-Fletcher, Program Officer
Vicky Coffee-Fletcher

Vicky Coffee-Fletcher joined the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health as a program officer in 2007. She leads initiatives to improve the mental health of children and their families in Houston, enhance the mental health workforce, and promote consumer, youth and family involvement in mental health policies and services in Texas.

Learn more about Coffee-Fletcher.

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

Tammy Heinz, Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison
Tammy Heinz

Tammy Heinz serves as program officer and consumer & family liaison for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the Hogg Foundation’s strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities. Learn more about Heinz.

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

Colleen Horton, Program Officer
Colleen Horton

Colleen Horton serves as a program officer for the Hogg Foundation, leading the foundation’s mental health policy unit and managing policy-related grants and activities. She also provides information and technical assistance upon request to legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, as well as consumers and families on mental health topics.

Learn more about Horton.

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

Alison Boleware, Policy Fellow
Alison Boleware

Alison Boleware serves as a policy fellow for the foundation, assisting foundation program staff in policy-related initiatives designed to generate mental health policies that improve the mental health and wellness of Texans.

Learn more about Boleware.

Contact: (512) 471-7627, alison@austin.utexas.edu

Rick Ybarra, Program Officer
Rick Ybarra

Rick Ybarra serves as program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the foundation’s Integrated Health Care Initiative. With over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public sector behavioral health, Ybarra’s policy and program experience extends to county, state and national efforts promoting reforms, public policies and clinical practice to improve effective service delivery and health equity for racial/ethnic populations. Ybarra joined the foundation in 2007. For more on Ybarra, see his bio or follow his blog on health care reform.

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

Mary Capps, Program Associate


Haila Yates, Communications Manager

Haila Yates

Haila Yates serves as Communications Manager for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 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 Yates.

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

Ike Evans, Public Affairs Representative


Ike Evans serves as the Public Affairs Representative for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

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

Finance and Operations

Bridget Lawrence, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations
Bridget Lawrence

Bridget Lawrence serves as assistant director of finance and operations for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She has a finance degree from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Texas A&M University – Commerce.  She began her career with The University of Texas in 2008 and joined the Hogg Foundation in 2015.

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

Margarita Alvarez, Operations Associate
Margarita Alvarez

Margarita Alvarez joined the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in October 1990. Her current title is Operations Associate. She has served in various administrative support positions including grants management, records management, travel, and front office operations. Prior to joining the foundation, Margarita worked for six years at the School of Social Work and sixteen years with various state government agencies providing administrative technical support.

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

Lexi Banihamshemrad, Grants Associate
Lexi Banihamshemrad

Lexi Banihashemrad serves as the grants associate for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She is a native Austinite, loves hiking with her fiancée and their dogs! Highly enjoys working with Foundation staff in such an impactful field.

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

Alisha Camacho, Operations Associate
Alisha Camacho

Alisha Camacho serves as an operations associate for the foundation where she coordinates events and manages procurement duties. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Texas.  Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, Camacho spent five years with the University of Texas School of Law.

Contact: (512) 475-7083, alisha.camacho@austin.utexas.edu

Edward Reed, Systems Administrator
Edward Reed

Edward Reed serves as the systems administrator for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Ed has been with the foundation for over 10 years, providing server, network, and database support. He’s partial to cooking and healthy eating. He also enjoys the view from his office very much.

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

Elizabeth Stauber, Archivist and Records Manager
Elizabeth Stauber

Elizabeth Stauber serves as the archivist and records manager for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She has a Master of Science in Information Studies with a focus on Archives and Preservation from The University of Texas at Austin. She has helped many organizations preserve their analog and electronic records for future generations – from museums to news organizations. Before entering the archives profession she worked at an artist agency in New York City, managing artist portfolios. Elizabeth enjoys spending her weekends camping, hiking, and winning Fitbit challenges.

Contact: elizabeth.stauber@austin.utexas.edu

Crystal Viagran, Grants Manager
Crystal Viagran

Crystal Viagran is originally from San Antonio, TX.  She moved to Austin in 1994 to attend the University of Texas. She has been with UT for 13 years and joined the Hogg Foundation in 2013.  Crystal serves as the grants manager and a member of the operations team.

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

Contact: (512) 471-5041