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
Erin Willig, LMSW
Senior Program Coordinator
Erin Willig is a Senior Program Coordinator at EngenderHealth on the Re:MIX project. 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. In her spare time, she loves exploring the outdoors with her family and their two rescue pups.
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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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Audrey Gabe, MSW
Prevention Specialist, Next Step Program
Audrey Gabe, MSW, APS, is a Prevention Specialist in the Next Step program at LifeWorks. She has worked in youth development for 11 years, covering issues such as college access, sexual health, teen parenting, substance abuse, and violence prevention. Participating on the HYP Steering Committee (and other HYP projects) has allowed Audrey to further concentrate her passion for increasing the community’s capacity to develop healthy, resilient youth. Audrey studied History and Political Science at the College of Saint Benedict, and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Audrey is an Austin transplant from Minneapolis, and enjoys exploring the Austin food and outdoor scenes with her growing family!
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LifeWorks, REAL Talk Program
Hola! I am a native of El Paso, Texas and moved to Austin, Texas in 2009 to pursue my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, with a minor in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. I also received my Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in Lifespan Health Promotion in 2016. I enjoy reading, painting/drawing, and traveling! During my time here in Austin, I have worked with various nonprofit organizations, as well as the City of Austin Public Health Department, to provide communities with services and health education resources. I am excited to be on the REAL Talk team and start my journey at LifeWorks!
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.
Membership & 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 oversees the Teach Healthier After School (THAS) program, maintains relationships with several different schools throughout the Austin and Del Valle school districts, supervises THAS interns and instructors, 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 few 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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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 of teen dating abuse and eventually as their Assistant Director of Digital Services. She received a Bachelors in Psychology from Southwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Whitney began attending HYP workshops and participated in HYP's first Leadership Development Academy. She now 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 trapeze, catching Pokemon, making candles, and sipping earl grey tea.
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Carrie Tawil, MA
Attendance Dropout Prevention 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 Leander ISD as an Attendance Drop-Out Prevention Specialist 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 Co-Coordinator
Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH
Health Promotion Coordinator
Universit of Texas at Austin, Office of Health Promotion
Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH, is a Health Promotion Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin, where she leads various campus health initiatives. Mandy has been apart of HYP since 2012 and has been a Professional Development Co-Coordinator since 2015. In her role as the Professional Development Co-coordinator, Mandy listens 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.
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Professional Development Co-Coordinator
Anoosheh Razian, LCSW
Work email: Anoosheh.email@example.com
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.
Ann Marie Wilke, MPH
Peoples Community Clinic
Ann Marie Wilke, MPH, is the Youth Health Innovation Coordinator at People's Community Clinic where she works to increase access to youth-friendly healthcare services for teens and young adults. She currently serves as the HYP Conference Co-Coordinator. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, knitting and embroidering, spending time outdoors, and working out. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their two pet toads.
Dr. Alaina Szlachta
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Dr. Szlachta completed her Master of Education and PhD in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. Alaina is currently the
Training Director at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where she developed the Hotline’s 60-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program and facilitates training on healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and culturally responsive education to over 300 people annually. A highly proficient public speaker, writer, and project director, Alaina has
nearly 10 years of experience in training management, event planning, and program assessment.