2019 Leadership Team


Kara Prior
President
Kara brings a decade of experience working with nonprofits to the YNPN Board where she is serving in her third year on the board. Kara is a specialist in program management where she has created equity based community centered programming throughout Texas. Kara is an active participant on local government boards and commissions, 2019 Leadership Austin Emerge class member and serves on the steering committees for several nonprofit organizations. Currently Kara is the Community Programs Director at It's Time Texas, a statewide nonprofit focused on dramatically improving the landscape of health and wellness in Texas.

Kara holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bowling Green State University. Kara, an Ohio native, moved to Austin 8 years ago to escape the cold weather. Outside of work, Kara enjoys local politics, devoting time to her two rescue dogs and cooking with her partner Drew.

Kathryn Abercrombie
Vice President, Programming
After several years in the nonprofit sector, Kathryn is in her first year as a Master's of Public Affairs degree student at The LBJ School of Public Affairs. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is an AmeriCorps alum after serving with City Year Dallas.

As a native Chicagoan, Kathryn values the welcoming, outgoing nature of so many Austinites and considers herself an adopted Texan of about 3 years. She began social impact work during her undergrad years at Michigan focusing on sexual assault prevention and survivor advocacy. Kathryn volunteers with the SAFE Alliance and serves on the board of the Trinity Child Development Center. When Kathryn isn't working or volunteering, you can find her on the Lady Bird Lake trail or checking out a new coffee shop around town.

Lindsay Ignatowski
Vice President, Communications
Lindsay Ignatowski serves as Communications Coordinator for economic development nonprofit organization BCL of Texas. Lindsay is bilingual in English and Spanish and believes in making opportunities available to all community members, regardless of language or socioeconomic background.

Lindsay has a background in education and has worked teaching Spanish, training interpreters, and managing outreach for an environmental organization. She received her Master of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, visiting local coffee shops, and reading in her hammock.

Stefanie Reed
Vice President, Finance
Stefanie Reed works for Republic National Distributing Company as a National Business Development Manager for Whole Foods Market. Although her career is currently based in the for-profit sector, Stefanie has been involved with non-profits for most of her life. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and began volunteering at local charities from a young age.

Stefanie’s professional experience includes work with startups and large corporations, both for and not for profit, as a Consultant, Product Manager, and Senior Buyer. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in Business and Communications from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Stefanie is new to Austin so in her free time, she loves exploring the city with her husband, Ben, and Beagle-basset mix, Parker.

Alexandra Martin
Professional Development Chair
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Nashville, Alex joined the Army National Guard after high school. She worked in Intelligence for 3 years before finishing her commitment and attending college at Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications. She currently works as an Administrative Assistant at the Downtown Austin Alliance.

In her free time, she likes to be outside with her husband and her dog. She is also an avid traveler and enjoys trying new restaurants in and around Austin. Alex is excited to be a part of the Austin YNPN chapter as Vice Chair of Strategic Partnerships. She believes that open communication and a strong support system are vital to young professionals in the nonprofit sector. She’s looking forward to working on the projects that YNPN is undertaking this year.

Marc Estrada
Communications Chair
Born and raised in Austin, Marc attended Schreiner University getting his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. After getting his Masters in Clinical Forensic Psychology, he began his career in the non-profit industry serving as a marketing specialist in Washinton state making good use of his degree. Missing the best place in the world, he returned to Austin to try his hand at communications and development. After a few years, he found himself in the field of Human Resources where he currently holds a position at El Buen Samaritano. His favorite part of the job is providing professional development training to co-workers.

Public speaking and inter-personal communication have always been passions for Marc. In addition to YNPN, he is heavily involved with Toastmasters; serving as the sound/staging chair for the past three conferences, and a district trainer conducting programs on everything from dealing with nervousness and speaking on your feet, to providing uplifting and effective evaluations. His success has led him to begin a one-on-one coaching program outside of Toastmasters helping people improve their communication and speaking skills. He spends his free time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and camping.

Margaret Dewyngaert
Development Chair
A Philadelphia native, Margaret graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies before moving to Austin almost immediately in search of a warmer climate. Margaret brings five years of nonprofit fundraising experience to her role as Development Chair and currently works for the Texas Freedom Network as a Development Officer. In addition to YNPN Austin, Margaret serves on the board of the Lumpkin Family Foundation and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Philanthropy Day Luncheon Committee. She is also pursuing her Certification in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy.

In her free time, you can find Margaret practicing yoga, hiking with her dog Canyon, and enjoying all the delicious food Austin has to offer! She is excited to take a leadership role in YNPN Austin and help foster a new generation of nonprofit leaders!

Lucy Nguyen
Strategic Partnerships Chair
Before rooting herself in Austin, Lucy graduated with her Master's degree from The Bush School of Government & Public Service in May 2016 with a track in Nonprofit Management.

Lucy currently serves as the Donor Relations Specialist at the Central Texas Food Bank. She has been on the YNPN Austin board for the last three years, working under the Strategic Partnerships committee. She also sits on the Executive Committee for Truc Viet and is a member of the Girls Advocacy League and Global Shapers.

A few things that bring Lucy joy and fulfillment are working with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Austin (she teaches ESL to adult Vietnamese), hanging out with her cat (and friends too), and planning her next big adventure.

Alyssa Clark
Membership Events Chair
A Minnesotan native, Alyssa has 10 years experience volunteering and working in partnership with education nonprofits and school districts and has spent the last three years at Breakthrough Central Texas as a Program Coordinator advising first-generation college aspirants. Alyssa holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys taking Spanish lessons, spending time with her dogs: Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift and crafting. She is excited to take a leadership role at YNPN Austin learning and use her skills of event planning to create dynamic programming for members.

Jerrica Deloney Witte
Membership Engagement Chair
A native of Austin, Jerrica received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She is currently the Director of Education for the Austin Apartment Association. In her role she overseers professional development programming as well as the association's Education Foundation.

She believes that professional development and building industry relationships are key to having a rewarding career. In her free time Jerrica enjoys trying new restaurants, volunteering, traveling, and watching sports with her husband Matthew.

Jennifer Woods
Membership Events Vice Chair
Jennifer serves as the Project SEARCH Coordinator for Ascension Seton, more commonly known as Seton Healthcare Family. In this role, she oversees the five (5) Seton Healthcare Family sites that host Project SEARCH, a business best practice for preparing and training young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the competitive workforce. She has spent her entire professional career working in the nonprofit sector, including a year of service with Literacy First, an AmeriCorps program in Austin, Texas.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, where she began her nonprofit work by serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for University of Michigan Habitat for Humanity.

A native of New Jersey, Jennifer has been in Austin for over 4 years now and enjoys spending her non-work hours exploring local trails and hotspots with her rescue dog, Darwin.

Kyle Hoskins
Communications Vice Chair
Kyle is a business process consultant and software developer who loves spending his free time in the nonprofit community. Formerly a founder of a nonprofit, Kyle is involved with several local nonprofits including serving on the board of Austin Habitat Young Professionals.

Kyle moved to Austin after receiving degrees from the University of Illinois in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Business. When he’s not at a computer, you’ll find him playing sports (too many to list), getting involved in local politics, or out around Town Lake.

Becky Calahan
Social Media Vice Chair
Becky is the Projects Director for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC). She has cross-sector experience having worked for a foundation, a local government, and prior to her current role she worked for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Becky received her B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Evansville, and a Master’s degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Becky believes that quality education for all children is foundational to a prosperous and peaceful society, and continues to cultivate her career in education policy and advocacy.

A recent Austinite, Becky volunteers with Communities in Schools of Central Texas as a reading buddy and serves as the Education Policy Lead for the Austin Young Chamber Economic Development Committee. Becky enjoys exploring local cuisine and benefiting from Austin’s vibrant music culture. She’s always open to recommendations on the best local spots to try!

Morgan Hurley
Finance Vice Chair
Morgan moved to Austin in 2016, and she currently works with the Texas Stars Hockey Club as its Foundation Director. Originally from Orlando, Florida she was a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida and a founding member of the Young Professionals for Orlando Science Center. Entering her 7th year of nonprofit work, Morgan has always been driven to work for an organization that empowers its community.

Morgan received her Master's of Business Administration from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and her Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Florida State University. While a student at FSU, Morgan had the opportunity to study abroad and volunteer with several international organizations, which led to her cultivating her career in the nonprofit sector. In her free time, Morgan can be found either at the dog park with her rescue pup Tres, or running the Shoal Creek Trail.

Mackenzie Davidson
Professional Development Vice Chair
Mackenzie is a young professional new to Austin. She has worked in several different capacities (nonprofit and for profit) ranging from an organic farm in Maine, to a foreign exchange liaison for a small French Exchange group.

She has always been drawn to the ideals of nonprofits and their missions and this has led her to work and volunteer with AmeriCorps, Amnesty International, the Telling Room and more. Mackenzie attended Keene State College in New Hampshire where she studied Political Science and International Relations with a focus on Holocaust and Genocide studies. Mackenzie is excited to delve into the world of Austin nonprofits and to fully embrace all that the city has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, hiking with her boyfriend and dog, reading and embroidery.

Caitlin Watkins
Strategic Partnerships Vice Chair
Caitlin Watkins has been working in the non-profit sphere for nearly ten years. Currently, Caitlin leads peer-to-peer fundraising for Best Friends Animal Society’s Digital Engagement team. In her role, she oversees Strut Your Mutt, an event that raises funds for over 350 rescues and animal welfare organizations across the country. She also manages personal fundraising initiatives for the national nonprofit whose mission is to create a no-kill nation by 2025.

Previously, Caitlin has worked in policy/ advocacy at both Center for Food Safety and Consumer Reports in addition to direct service programming with Insight Garden Program and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Most recently, she worked with over 20 different nonprofit clients at the digital marketing agency Charity Dynamics.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Art from the Claremont Colleges. Caitlin has received awards for her social entrepreneurship with formerly incarcerated women, and her research on the topic was published in the 2017 book Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

As a native Austinite and fifth generation Texan, Caitlin is especially passionate about local issues and politics. In her spare time, Caitlin is an avid cyclist with Team Snacks and enjoys two-stepping, hosting dinner parties, and spending time with her tripawd pitbull Jolene.

Ian Tuski
Development Vice Chair
Ian's primary focus as a fundraising professional is to cultivate pathways for artists to engage in meaningful public service. As a Development Associate at Austin Classical Guitar, he works to inspire support for the organization's innovative music education programs that serve thousands of youth in central Texas.

Ian received a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He spent his early twenties working as a professional classical guitarist and decided to join the nonprofit sector after building guitar education programs for students in the New Haven Public School System.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their pit bull, Emmit.

Blair Stirek
Do Gooder Games Vice Chair
Blair Stirek has just completed her fifth year as Project Manager of Girls Empowerment Network, where she oversees the We Are Girls Conferences in Austin, Houston and Dallas as well as their Pathfinder Leadership Summit. Blair moved to Austin, TX at the end of 2012, after being in Las Vegas for 17 years. She started her work with non profits in 2005 when she volunteered for Women’s Empowerment Network of Las Vegas. Soon after she started working for Aid for AIDS of Nevada as Development Coordinator and then Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation as Volunteer Coordinator. Blair graduated University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2016 with a degree in Communication Studies.

In her free time Blair enjoys spending time with her three rescue dogs, Olive Rue, Lily Rose and Joeley June, as well getting crafty and running her Etsy shop, traveling all over the world and visiting her family in Las Vegas as much as she as possible.

Michell Curry
Membership Engagement Vice Chair
Michell currently serves as an Account Executive for NXTBoard. In this role she interfaces with Non-Profit and For-Profit executive board members, providing a platform to enhance member engagement and strategic planning monitoring. Michell is originally from Alabama and has resided in Austin for almost 7 years. She can’t imagine leaving this place or the breakfast tacos.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with concentrations in race, religion, and politics from The University of Alabama. Although she has a passion for sales; Michell aspires to continue her education by studying law with the intention of becoming a corporate attorney. In her spare time, Michell can be found hiking around Austin with her dog Coley, performing improv, or hosting dinner parties for friends. She is excited to contribute to YNPN’s mission and help current and new members creatively engage with the community!

Audrey Walter
Immediate Past President
Audrey serves as the Development Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Texas. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over ten years serving in a range of positions including youth services, program management, fundraising and event-planning. Audrey holds an Undergraduate degree in Organizational Communications and Nonprofit management and an Masters in Youth & Human Services – both from the University of Northern Iowa.

Audrey is an Iowa native was a member of YNPN Des Moines from 2013-2014. In 2014, Audrey moved to Austin got involved with YNPN Austin where she served as board secretary from 2016-2017. She is excited lead YNPN Austin as president in 2018. Audrey is also a member of Junior League of Austin. In her spare time, Audrey enjoys planning her next trip, and exploring Austin with her husband Dylan and dog Porter.

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