“These folks have come in amazingly capable of delivering on their initial programs. Obviously not their first rodeo. They have put astounding effort in listening to the residents, noting closely their challenges, and have begun a machine-gun of assistance. Standing every chance of ameliorating one of Society’s greatest challenges, these folks are aggressively helpful and suspiciously happy.”

Donald "Hippie" Montgomery

Esperanza Community Resident

OUR STaff

CHRIS BAKER - Founder, Executive Director

Chris is on a mission to make the world better for people affected by homelessness and poverty. Since graduating from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2007, Chris has worked many different jobs in the field of homeless services and activism, but also as a musician, writer, and even paralegal. He started The Other Ones Foundation in the summer of 2017 to bring his innovative ideas for addressing homelessness to life.

JOE WESTPHAL - Chief Operating Officer

Joe is a passionate and dedicated leader to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. After leaving a career in public safety, Joe has turned his efforts to fighting homelessness in Austin and advocating for the people he serves.

ELIZABETH BAKER - Chief Strategy Officer

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Elizabeth Baker serves to develop, implement and monitor strategic plans to drive TOOF’s mission. Elizabeth comes to TOOF with 11 years of experience in homeless, housing, substance use and mental health services. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she brings skills in social interventions and systemic change to elevate TOOF’s operations and collaborative involvement in the continuum of homeless and housing care in Austin. 

KRIS WADE - Chief Financial Officer

Kris Wade is a Quickbooks nerd with a passion for community involvement.  From volunteer income tax assistance to his 15 years as a professional musician, he is always thankful to contribute to organizations who value their products, processes, and, most importantly, their people.

PHIL LEAL, LCSW - Director of Supportive Services

Phil, LCSW, graduated from Texas State University with a Master’s in Social Work. Phil is a native Austinite with years dedicated to social services in Austin and also a founding member of The Other Ones Foundation. Throughout his Social Work career, Phil has served populations in a hospital setting, hospice, within the Money Management Program with Family Eldercare, and served some of the most vulnerable of Austin’s homeless population with the Homelessness Outreach Street Team (HOST).

STACIE SHEA WILLIAMS - Director of Staff Support and Training:

Ms. Williams is a specialist, and subject
matter expert in program development, curriculum development, and training on topics related to
vulnerable populations. She has a Health and Human Services Professional Instructor Certification,
developed curriculum and drafted policy for a state agency. Ms. Williams is a Training and Human
Resources industry savvy innovator. Ms. Williams has partnered with many nonprofit and arts
organizations in various roles, from development and implementation, to planning and completion. She
has completed several successful fundraisers, including assisting in raising funds with Zonta Club to end
human trafficking. Ms. Williams participated in the writing of, and was a featured poet in, Out of The
Shadows, A human trafficking documentary produced by The Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Ms. Williams is a 30 year active member of the arts and culture community with a focus on using the
arts and education as a means of unification, preservation, and community empowerment. She is a long
time KAZI volunteer and host of THE ONYX HOUR w/Stacie Shea and has also partnered with PBS/KLRU
Austin. She created and managed a fundraiser to make improvement to Kenny Dorhams's Backyard and
worked closely with the director to develop training and processes for the staff and volunteers. In her
free time, Ms. Williams is an event developer, event planner, and professional Master of Ceremonies.

KIRK NOAKER - Director of Safety and Security

Kirk recently joined TOOF as our Director of Safety and Security.  He served as a law enforcement officer for over 25 years with a variety of agencies, namely the Baltimore City Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office (MD), DEA Task Force, US Federal Air Marshal Service, and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.   After federal service, Kirk worked with the State of Texas’s Regional Public Defender’s Office for Capital Cases, an organization that represents defendants charged with Capital Murder and face the death penalty.  Recently, Kirk served as a Criminal Magistrate Judge where he heavily focused on facilitating mental health and substance abuse services for defendants as needed.  In recognition of his advocacy on behalf of defendant’s requiring such services, he was asked by several judicial training organizations to teach Texas judges about Mental Health, the judicial ordering of Terms & Conditions of Bond, and Bail & Bond.  In 2021, Kirk testified before the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on HB 4486 (87th Legislative Session), relating to procedures for identifying defendants suspected of having MI or ID.  During Kirk’s spare time, he is a Colonel with the Highland Lakes Squadron, US Commemorative Air Force – an organization that is dedicated to preserving military aviation history with a mission to educate, inspire, and honor through flight and living history experiences.  He also serves as the Director / Chair of the Bluebonnet Air Show in Burnet, TX.  

Derek Brown - Deputy Director of Safety and Security

I am the youngest of two. My father was in the Army and stationed in Germany, it is there I where I was born. Majority of my life I was raised in Austin, Tx. I moved around frequently as a child that ultimately enabled me to become adaptable to various environments. I furthered my education after graduating from Manor High School attending Prairie View A&M University. There I obtained my 4-year degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Juvenile Justice. Returning to Austin after graduating I worked as a security operator for a little over a year. I then entered the correctional field employed with Gardner Betts as a Juvenile Detention Officer. I climbed the ladder as a Juvenile Detention Officer I to a Juvenile Detention Officer III in a three-year span and held that position for an additional four years. To further my professional career, I took on a role as a Case Manager at T. Donn Hutto Residential Center. This facility is a female only facility housing nonviolent immigrants while the wait to be granted permission to remain in the States. Serving that position for over a year. I then was employed with DFPS as an Alternative Response Worker, assessing child safety and assisting families with needed or requested resources. Now I am currently here before you as your Deputy Director of Safety and Security. 

JARED SLACK - Director of Relationships and Giving
Rev. Jared Slack comes to The Other Ones Foundation after 17 years of service in the local church. Most recently he was the Pastor for Missional and Spiritual Formation at The First Baptist Church of Austin where his wife still works and he remains a very content parishioner.
Jared brings with him a gift for effective communication and a passion for offering others the opportunity to participate in the vision and mission of The Other Ones Foundation.
MAX MOSCOE - Communications Manager

Max has honed his communication and media knowledge in the music industry of Austin, and is excited about bringing those skills to the table at TOOF. Max has always had a heart for service, volunteering from a young age and always working to help his community when possible. He is enjoying the ride of finding his role in the world of social service at The Other Ones Foundation.

OUR BOaRD OF DIRECTORS

JIM WARD, Texas Homeless Network - Board Chair

Currently the Assistant Director of Planning at the Texas Homeless Network, but coming from a decade long career in direct service, Jim understands the pressures on the ground when working to end homelessness. Please consider him your ally in the fight to end homelessness

MELANIE CONNOLLY, Hillcrest Bank - Board Treasurer

Melanie currently serves as treasurer for The Others Ones Foundation Inc. She has a background in finance, and she has worked as a financial consultant and bank manager. Prior to that she did Festival and event production. Volunteering and serving her community has been a priority of hers for the past 20 years. In her free time she enjoys her family, dogs and garden.

MATT GLAZER, Blue Sky Partners - Board of Directors

Matt is a native Texan with fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit community and another ten in consulting and start-ups. Matt started his campaign working in political and civic campaigns across the country working at every level of government.

After a half decade on the road, Matt moved back to his native state and because working for non-profits and local candidates in San Antonio. In 2009, Matt was recruited and hired by Representative Pete Gallego to lead his natural resources legislation and run his communication. After successfully working in research, communication, policy, and campaign management, Matt, with two others, opened his first consulting agency in 2010 and successfully launched GNI Consulting. 

Matt spent 7 years as a non-profit Executive Director and launched Progress Texas, the Texas affiliate of ProgressNow and served as the ED of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he was the Regional General Manager for WeWork in Central Texas and launched Blue Sky Partners.   

Matt brings a rich and diverse background of working closely with Boards of Directors and nonprofit staff to meet community need with mission alignment and approaches organizational growth with an entrepreneurial mindset. He has served as the Vice-Chair on the Skillpoint Alliance Board and has been a 10-year volunteer at the Annette Strauss Institute. He has an undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Master of Science Technology and Commercialization from the University of Texas. 

AMY LEFKOWITZ, lefkowitz & Haire pllc - Board of Directors

Amy Lefkowitz grew up in Lubbock, TX. Her father, Mark Paden, is a career musician and still lives and plays music in Lubbock. Amy and her husband Michael, also a musician, have lived in Austin for the past 16 years. Prior to pursuing academia, Amy worked for many years in the restaurant and entertainment businesses. In addition to growing up in Lubbock, Amy has also called Nashville, Scottsdale, and Los Angeles home.

Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Huston-Tillotson College (now University) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She worked in the field of pharmaceutical research for five years before starting law school in 2009. Amy graduated with her law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 2011 and was licensed to practice law in May of 2012.

BRANDON SHOPP, Solarwinds - Board of Directors

Brandon Shopp is the Vice President of Product at SolarWinds. He served as our Director of Product Management since November 2011, assuming the title and responsibilities of Senior Director of Product Management in July 2013. Prior to SolarWinds, Shopp was the Vice President of Product Management at AlienVault, from August 2016 until February 2018 and the Senior Director of Products at Embarcadero Technologies, from July 2015 until August 2016. He has a proven success record in product delivery and revenue growth, with a wide variety of software product, business model, M&A, and go-to-market strategies experience. Shopp holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

ADAMS KIRKPATRICK, Sunflower Design - Board of Directors

Adams raises funds, advises executives, develops ideas, and creates clear strategies. Adams is an expert in creating and maintaining sustainable systems, and he has a long history of supporting many diverse companies in a wide range of markets.

KELLEY CORELY, Long Center - Board of Directors

Kelly has a focused career in financial management in the nonprofit sector and specifically in environments characterized by transition or high-growth. She currently serves as the CFO of the Long Center, overseeing campus operations and a $10M annual operating budget. She is licensed as a CPA in the state of Texas and earned a BBA in Accounting at Texas A&M University.

RACHEL MORRIS, Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department - Board of Directors

Rachel Morris is passionate about building resilience through meaningful and sustainable community spaces. As a landscape architect and project manager for the City of Round Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department, Rachel understands how to engage a wide variety of stakeholders and work collaboratively to design solutions that serve individuals, communities, and the environment. Rachel holds a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University, with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning.

KAREN DORRIER - Board of Directors

Karen Dorrier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 23 years of experience working within the Crisis and Homeless Service divisions of our Public Mental Health Systems.  Throughout her career, Karen has recognized the impact of homelessness on a person’s mental and physical health.  Karen is currently employed by Integral Care as the Program Manager of the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) and manages the behavioral health care at the COVID 19 Protective Lodges.  Karen is a fierce advocate in the fight to end homelessness and has used her experience and understanding of the systemic issues that cause and perpetuate homelessness to further ignite her passion and advance her work in the Social Work field.