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 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, 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 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 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, Director of Policy

Colleen joined the foundation in 2010. 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

Shannon Hoffman, Policy Fellow

Shannon joined the foundation in 2018. She assists the policy unit in providing education on mental health topics to elected officials, advocates, state agencies, and other stakeholders. Learn more about Shannon.

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

Tanya Lavelle, Policy Program Specialist

Tanya 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

Communications

Kate Smallwood, Communications Manager

Kate joined the foundation in 2017. As Communications Manager, she leads the foundation’s communications team and strategy. A native Texan, she has worked in Austin’s nonprofit and higher education sectors in the areas of communications, community relations and fund development. Learn more about Kate.

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

Ike Evans, Public Affairs Representative

Ike 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

Finance and Operations

Crystal Viagran, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations

As Assistant Director of Finance and Operations, Crystal 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

Margarita 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 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

Krystal 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

Ed 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

Elizabeth 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