Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.
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.
Facilities & Travel Specialist
Margarita joined the foundation in 1990. As Facilities & Travel Specialist, she coordinates travel and manages the front office. Previously, she served as Operations Associate and as a Grants Associate in the foundation’s grants management unit.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Programs
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.
Ike Evans has been at the foundation since 2012. As the Communications Manager, his roles include marketing communications, media outreach and assisting with implementing the foundation’s overall communications strategy.
Anna Harris joined the foundation in 2020, serving as the executive assistant to the director. Previously she worked in the non-profit sector, providing administrative leadership for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and others.
Senior Program Officer and Consumer & Family Liaison
Tammy represents the perspectives of consumers of mental health services and their families in the foundation’s strategic planning, grant making, programs and policy activities.
Policy Program Specialist
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.
Director of Policy
Colleen joined the foundation staff in 2010. She leads the policy team in their efforts to influence mental health and substance use policy in Texas, working with all branches of government, advocates, and most importantly, individuals with lived experience.
Leaf McCrum joined the foundation in 2021. He studies how state-level law, policies, state agencies, and other stakeholders create and advance policy in the mental health field.
Senior Operations Associate
Krystal joined the foundation in 2017. As the Senior Operations Associate, she handles procurement duties, as well as event and meeting coordination.
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!
Digital Content Strategist
Veronica joined the foundation in 2018 as the Digital Content Strategist. In this role, she manages the foundation’s digital platforms and contributes multimedia content to help educate and mobilize communities in their efforts to promote mental health.
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.
Director of Finance & Operations
As 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.
Senior Program Officer
Rick joined the foundation in 2007 where he serves as Senior Program Officer and leads the Integrated Health Care Initiative and co-leads the Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative.