The foundation is uniquely positioned to transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life thanks to the passion and expertise of our staff and National Advisory Council, and as a member of The University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Foundation employees are committed to the mental health and well-being of all Texans and prioritize a culture in which everyone adheres to shared core values that inform our work.
Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.
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
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
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
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
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
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. Learn more
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
Public Affairs Representative
Ike Evans has been at the foundation since 2012. As the Public Affairs Representative, his roles include marketing communications, media outreach and assisting with implementing the foundation’s overall communications strategy. Learn more
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
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! Learn more
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. Learn more
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
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
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
Foundation job opportunities are posted as they become available.
National Advisory Council
Provides guidance and expertise on the foundation’s strategy and key initiatives.
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
Strengthens the campus and community climate.