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.
HYP Steering Committee
Erin Willig, LMSW
Program Specialist, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Erin Willig is a Program Specialist at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in the Division of College Readiness and Success. She has extensive experience in nonprofit communications, program development and implementation, and education policy advocacy. Erin previously served as Communications and Marketing Director at Stand for Children, working to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education. Her work is informed by several years of direct service experience with youth, including in school-based programs, at an experiential outdoor bereavement camp, and in residential programs. She has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
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Lisa Ward, LMSW
Travis County Health and Human Services
Lisa Ward is a Program Manager with Travis County and The Office of Children Services. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children and youth in the Austin area, providing services to young parents, foster care youth, homeless youth, and children and adolescents with complex mental health needs. Lisa received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. In her spare time Lisa likes to hike, see live music, and spend time with her family.
Manager of Data Analytics
Brad joined the HYP Board this year as Treasurer. He has worked in Data Analytics for tech and apparel companies in Austin for the last 7 years. Brad enjoys supporting local non-profits and connecting them with people and practices from the private sector
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Jim Hoffman, BSW, BA Psychology
Jim was born in San Antonio, TX and is the youngest of four children. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor’s in Social Work and Psychology with a research focus on depression and anxiety disorders; his thesis was titled “The relationship between intentional and perceptual biases in dysphoria”. He currently works as a part of LifeWorks Centralized Intake Team and hopes to one day contribute to research on housing problems and the effects of gentrification in the Austin, TX area.
Leigh Ann Jensen
Bilingual Community Health Educator
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Leigh Ann Jensen, CHES is a Community Health Educator at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT). She earned her Master’s degree in Health Education in May of 2018. Before becoming a Health Educator, Leigh Ann spent three years as a pastry chef and three years as a bookbinder before discovering her passion for helping people make healthy decisions! In her spare time, she still loves to bake, cook, spend time with friends, and listen to podcasts.
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Carrie Tawil, MA
Attendance and Student Welfare Specialist
Carrie Tawil, MA, has been working with adolescents and families since 2009 after receiving her dual Masters in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been involved with Healthy Youth Partnership since it was founded and now serves on the steering committee hoping to continue to engage the community and help service providers connect with one another. She currently works with Pflugerville ISD as an Attendance and Student and Welfare Specailist, where she works with students on school campuses and engages the families within the communities to stay connected with their campuses. In her spare time she enjoys being outside with her kids, reading, writing, and working out.
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Professional Development Coordinator
Anoosheh Razian, LCSW
Anoosh is a school-based therapist providing individual, group, and family counseling to students in a school setting. Prior to working at Integral Care, she worked at Saint Louise House providing case management and counseling to individuals and their families. Anoosh received a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, cooking, trying new food, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Professional Development Coordinator
Rebecca Shirsat is the Evaluation Coordinator at the Austin EngenderHealth office and supports on-site monitoring and evaluation activities on the Re:MIX program. With an interest in the intersection between evaluation data and program implementation, she enjoys working with program participants to find implementation solutions and improve delivery throughout the program. She completed her dual Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Anthropology at The University of California, Berkeley. She has previously volunteered with an organization called Peer Health Exchange and traveled to high schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching sexual education and sexual decision-making. She is the proud mom of a beautiful black cat.
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