“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.”
CHRIS BAKER - 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.
PHIL LEAL, LCSW - Director of Mobile Services and Outreach
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).
JAZZLYNN DERRICK - Deputy Director of Mobile Services and Outreach
Jazzlynn is a lifelong community builder who’s passionate about issues of health equity and has worked on diverse equity issues from reproductive health to insurance access. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she is excited to bring her passion and skills to TOOF as the Deputy Director of Mobile Services and Outreach. Jazzlynn will be overseeing overall strategy, program implementation, and evaluation of mobile services and outreach and looks forward to being a part of TOOF’s community building efforts.
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.
"Lil" Joe Westphal - Program manager, Workforce First
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.
Iris Martinez - Case Management Team Lead, Workforce First Program
JEFF HORTILLOSA - Supportive Employment Specialist
Jeff “Horti” Hortillosa has been involved in the non-profit sector since 2004. Mainly focused on immigration and education issues, he’s worked as a translator and tutor in his home state of Kentucky. He became involved in issues of poverty and homelessness as a research assistant during his underground years at Centre College. The community-based research project was created to measure the effects of HUD’s latest HOPE VI gentrification project in downtown Louisville. His contributions were included in the final work entitled The Other Side of Hope: Squandering Social Capital in Louisville’s HOPE VI (published in the Journal of Poverty 2015). In 2010, Horti completed an M.A. Bilingual and Multicultural Education at the University of Alcala, in Madrid, Spain. That same year, he moved to Austin to simultaneously pursue careers as a musician, as well as a non-profiteer. He worked for the Boys and Girls Club of the Capitol Area, until 2014, when he stepped to pursue his music career full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he’s known best as a member of the multiple-award winning, international-touring band, Whiskey Shivers. He also performs as a solo act, and (like many Austin musicians) has a handful of other side projects. An actor, dancer, and self-proclaimed “funniest guy in the room,” Horti gladly returns to the nonprofit world with the Other Ones Foundation, where he brings the same level of joy and dedication that he has onstage stage, to the day to day grind of empowering the socially disenfranchised.
SARITA MCKINNEY - Supportive Employment Specialist
Sarita has served in social services going on nearly twelve years.From a young age it was instilled in Sarita that “God is first, others are second, and you’re last.” Her first experiences working for underserved communities was in her church’s food pantry and community outreach program as a teen. There she assisted individuals with applying for social security, food stamps, housing programs, and Medicaid.
Sarita went on to Southern IL University, with the hope of becoming an architect. Throughout her volunteer and paid experiences with various organizations she didn’t see herself continuing on that path. Sarita graduated with her BSW. Through work with diverse populations she’s realized every situation has to be approached with empathy and compassion at the root, and you have to meet people where they are at.
She’s worked with foster care and adoption at Christian Social Services, and Brehm Preparatory School serving students with learning and/or social deficits in Southern Illinois. Sarita then went on to Winston Manor where she was a Psychosocial worker, working with clients with mental, learning, and/or social deficits. On her path she’s also worked at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Central West Case management assisting individuals in the community with obtaining state services. Upon moving to Texas Sarita began working with Texas Department of Family & Protective Services as an intake specialist. Taking cases for abuse/neglect/exploitation/
Sarita is excited to join the Toof family and become part of an organization that serves individuals that are experiencing homelessness. Sarita realizes it takes a strong support system and community to get through rough patches in life, and she plans on being that for those we serve at Esperanza Community and beyond.
BRIAN ELY - Supportive Employment Specialist
After spending years working in ecommerce and looking for more meaningful employment, Brian joined the TOOF team as a support employment specialist. His goal is to help less fortunate individuals get back on their feet and rejoin the community and be productive members of society.
LINDA BOWLING - Case Manager
Linda is an AmeriCorps member with Keep Austin Housed and is currently studying to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is especially passionate about behavior analysis and combating mental illness. Her research has mainly been on anxiety and its contributing factors. Through work with diverse populations she has gained the value of truly being there for others. She aims to use her skills and limited time in Austin to be a force for good to those who need it most. In addition to AmeriCorps work and graduate school, Linda is a traveler, small business owner, and cat mom. On the weekends, you can find her doing home improvement projects with her husband or buying more plants!
MARC DULANG - Case Manager
Marc Angelo is a musician who has been residing in Austin for the past 8 years. He is an activist and community builder, and he began with TOOF in June to apply his services for people in need. He also enjoys spaghetti bolognese and craft beer.
ALEX MARASCA - Case Manager
Alex is our AmeriCorps volunteer with Keep Austin Housed and has been a licensed Social Worker for 5 years. He has worked with various populations and strives to make sure as many people as possible can lead fulfilling lives. In his off time, Alex enjoys hiking and going to metal concerts.
JAMIE CROWLEY - Direct Care Specialist
Jamie works in direct client services, overseeing various front of house operations and helping clients sign up for services (showers, laundry, workforce first waiting list, etc). Jamie is a truly awesome person, a US Navy veteran, and he has been a contributing member of our community since the day we met him. He began experiencing homelessness after hiking the Appalachian Trail to deal with PTSD. Once he finished the trail, he returned to TX to reconnect with family. He discovered TOOF after hearing about our cold weather shelters we run. Here’s Jamie on how he got involved:
“When I saw this place, I believed in what y’all were doing. And when you believe in something, you show up for it and you work at it. So I showed up here, kept working, got put into transitional housing, and needed more work… They put me on part time and eventually full time. It all started through volunteering, keeping myself busy. Now, in roughly four months I’ve gone from homeless to full time employed, and now housed. Not bad!”
BOB BAKER - Direct Care Specialist
Bob retired after a 31-year career with KPMG, a global professional services firm, in 2015 and moved to Austin, Texas to be close to his favorite people: his two beautiful grandchildren. Bob believes in the values of sharing good fortune and helping those in need. He’s committed to the work of the Other Ones Foundation. He is a skilled amateur potter and spends several days a week throwing, trimming, and glazing.
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.
JARED SLACK - Director of Development
MAX MOSCOE - Community Engagement Coordinator
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 oof 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.