HYP's Steering Committee
HYP is coordinated through an active group of professionals who volunteer their time to serve on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee helps guide the monthly workshops, coordinate networking opportunities, create opportunities for professional development, and serves as representatives of HYP in the larger community. The Steering Committee is supported by HYP's Advisors.
HYP Steering Committee
Audrey Gabe, MSW
Audrey Gabe, MSW, is a Prevention Specialist for LifeWorks’ Next Step program (violence and substance abuse prevention). She has previously worked with comprehensive sexual health programs in Travis County, as well as provided intensive case management for young moms. Audrey has been involved in HYP for almost 5 years, serving on the Social Media project team, Needs Assessment project team, and Provider Conference planning team. As Chair-Elect, she hopes to continue HYP’s history of inspiring collaboration among youth-serving professionals and raising awareness for adolescent health issues. Audrey has a History and Political Science degree from the College of Saint Benedict and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she fiercely competes in Geeks Who Drink pub trivia, and enjoys going on Austin food adventures.
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Ellie Coplin, MPH
Public Health Evaluator
St. David's Foundation
Ellie Haggerty, MPH is a Public Health Evaluator for St. David’s Foundation where she works to measure the impact of the Foundation’s giving on the health of the Central Texas community. Before transitioning to work full time as an evaluator, Ellie gained programmatic experience managing college-based HIV prevention programs, developing peer education curricula, and counseling patients on their family planning options. In her role as an evaluator, Ellie focuses on designing practical evaluations that guide program improvements through real time data analysis and feedback. She received Master of Public Health from Columbia University in 2011 and joined the HYP Steering Committee in 2013 as the Evaluation Coordinator. Ellie currently serves as Outgoing Chair. Ellie enjoys adventures, playing outside and laughing with friends.
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Stephanie Rainbolt, M.Ed., ACPS
Program Manager II
Next Step/Teen Parent Services/Shared Case Management
Stephanie Rainbolt, M.Ed., ACPS, is a Program Director at LifeWorks where she manages a youth substance abuse and violence prevention program, a program that provides case management and group support services to pregnant and parenting teens, and a shared case management initiative for youth pursuing employment and/or their GED. Prior to working at LifeWorks, Stephanie was an elementary school teacher in Austin. This experience sparked her interest in enhancing the social and emotional health of youth and helping youth make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors. She currently serves as the Evaluation Coordinator in the Healthy Youth Partnership Steering Committee and as Chair of the Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Stephanie enjoys taking long walks with her husband Tommy, spending time with her cats and dogs, practicing yoga, reading mystery books, and delving into history.
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Ashely Harris, MA
Case Manager, Teen Parent Services - Tandem
As a case manager working with teen parents in the Tandem collaboration, Ashely works one-on-one with pregnant and parenting teenagers to help them gain access to wraparound services to reach goals related to parenting, health, education, employment, and housing. Prior to working with teens and families at LifeWorks she worked for 2 years as a teacher and behavior support specialist in head start with children from 6 weeks – 5 years old, as well as 4 years as summer camp counselor with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department. She has been involved with HYP for the last 3 years as a regular conference attendee and was member of the inaugural class of the HYP Leadership Development Academy before becoming the secretary for the Steering Committee. As a member of the Steering Committee, she hopes to become a more active and utilized resource for other professionals in the community as well as create chances to network and grow among other people and organizations.She has a psychology and communications degree as well as master’s degree in counseling from St. Edward’s University. In her free time she enjoys eating out, Netflix and the company of her closest friends and family.
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Professional Development Co-Coordinator
Erin Willig, LMSW
Senior Program Coordinator
Erin is a passionate advocate for youth and families. She has a diverse background that includes experience in nonprofit communications, program development and implementation, and education policy advocacy. Erin previously served as Communications and Marketing Director at Stand for Children, where she was part of a team working to ensure all children in the US have access to a high-quality education. Erin also has a deep understanding of program implementation thanks to extensive direct service experience, including counseling youth who have survived trauma or are at-risk, managing an outdoor-based therapeutic program for children, and providing wraparound support to formerly homeless families. She has a BA in History from the University of Montana and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Erin enjoys exploring the outdoors with her partner and their two rescued dogs.
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Professional Development Co-Coordinator
Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH, is the Program Associate at EngenderHealth where she works to empower young people around their sexual health, rights and choices as contributing members of the community. Mandy has regularly attended HYP meetings since 2012, assisted with the Teen Pregnancy Needs Assessment as well as presented at the 2015 HYP Provider Conference. In her role as the Professional Development Co-coordinator, Mandy will listen to the interests of HYP members to bring interesting and valuable professional development opportunities to the provider community. Mandy received a Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University and a Masters in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, Mandy enjoys traveling, learning and experiencing the world, painting, and exploring the beauty of Austin with friends and family!
Provider Conference Co-Chair
Katie Wolfe, LMSW
Community Health Education Manager
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Katie Wolfe, LMSW is a Community Health Education Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) where she oversees the implementation of the agency’s health education programs in the Austin and Waco, Texas areas. She previously worked as PPGT’s Waco-based Community Health Educator and has experience working with youth in foster care, volunteer management, and event planning. She currently serves as the HYP Conference Co-Coordinator. In her free time, Katie enjoys queso, swing dancing, and subversive cross stitch.
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Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH
Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing
University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH coordinates communications for The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Kate’s experience includes working with youth directly, developing youth related programming, and working as an evaluator on several federally funded teen pregnancy prevention grants. Kate first became involved with HYP in 2013, volunteering for their teen pregnancy prevention needs assessment and completed her MSSW final field placement as HYP’s intern in August 2015. Kate's interests lie in the development and evaluation of programs that promote healthy sexuality from a holistic perspective, sex education policy, and the utilization of health communications and media to promote adolescent health and professional development. Kate enjoys long road trips, dancing, hiking, and gardening.
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Customer Experience Manager
Whitney Laas, LMSW, currently manages the customer service team for a startup. Prior to joining the tech world, she worked at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect for 5 years--first as an advocate for survivors teen dating abuse and eventually as their Assistant Director of Digital Services. In 2013, Whitney began attending HYP workshops and participated in HYP's first Leadership Development Academy. She received a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Communications Studies from Southwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She stays connected to social services through her volunteer work with Jane's Due Process and as HYP's Communications and Social Media Co-Coordinator. Whitney's favorite forms of self-care are biking, catching Pokemon, making candles, and sipping earl grey tea.
Memberships and Partnerships Coordinator
Teach Healthier After School Coordinator
IT'S TIME TEXAS
Hilary Kotrla is the Teach Healthier After School Coordinator for IT'S TIME TEXAS. She manages the hiring process of THAS Interns and Instructors, facilitates a variety of recreation and enrichment activities for after school events, and teaches kids the value of being healthy in the 21st century. Hilary received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Disability Studies. Hilary has been with HYP for a couple of years and has served on the Provider Conference sub-committee. She currently serves HYP as the Memberships and Partnerships Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys loom knitting, reading, doing puzzles, and taking walks.
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HYP's Advisors are former Steering Committee members who volunteer their time to guide the current Steering Committee as HYP expands its offerings.
Jenifer DeAtley, LMSW
Director of U.S. Programs
Jenifer DeAtley is a passionate non-profit leader, community engager, advocate, and innovator with 20 years of experience in the public health arena where her emphasis is on youth centered practices that drive social change. She creates innovative programs and curricula with young people that emphasize the intersection of youth development and sexual and reproductive health, and has developed and implemented several innovative and strategic programs that address health disparities among underserved youth populations, including two award winning sexual health education programs in the U.S. – Gender Matters and No Kidding.
Jenifer is the Director of EngenderHealth’s U.S. Country Office and Technical Advisor for their global youth programs, where she supports initiatives in meeting the needs of youth across Asia and Africa. She applies her direct service experience and field knowledge as a social worker to creating sustainable research to practice pathways. She spends the rest of her time serving her community: she serves on the Board of the national non-profit Health Teen Network as the Youth Engagement Committee Chair, is the Founder and Executive Advisor for a local youth–serving professional development coalition, she advises and consults with local small and start up organizations, and (when there’s still enough time) teaches in the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where she shares her expertise with the next wave of leaders, innovators, and doers.
Jenifer’s specialties include technical leadership, visioning and strategy, program and curriculum development, and engaging communities. She holds a sociology degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Child and Family Research Institute
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Monica Faulkner, LMSW is a Research Associate with the Center for Social Work Research and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Research Institute where she conducts research on child welfare related issues such as teen pregnancy. She has worked with adults, teens and children in multiple shelter settings and worked extensively on reproductive health issues in the Texas Legislature. She serves as the Chair for the HYP Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the annual HYP Youth Provider Conference. In her spare time, she likes to read, take naps and do fun family things.