2020 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.

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.

Alyssa Clark
Vice President, Programming
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.

Becky Calahan
Vice President, Communications
Becky works for the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) at Educate Texas, an education nonprofit at the Communities Foundation of Texas. She has cross-sector experience having worked in philanthropy, municipal 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 within the nonprofit sector.

Becky most recently served as the YNPN Austin Social Media Vice Chair. She volunteers with Communities in Schools of Central Texas and serves as the State Policy Lead for the Austin Young Chamber Economic Development Committee. Becky enjoys exploring local cuisine and scouting out the best events in Austin. She’s always open to recommendations on the best local spots to try!

Lucy Nguyen
Vice President, At-Large
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 Program Manager at Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. She manages the Community Health Navigator program, which provides free health care and resource navigation for undeserved Asian communities. She has been on the YNPN Austin board since 2017. She is the current President for Truc Viet and is a member of the Girls Advocacy League and Global Shapers. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2019.

A few things that bring Lucy joy and fulfillment are working with the AAPI community in Austin, hanging out with her cat (and friends too), and planning her next big adventure.

Jye Turk
Strategic Partnerships Chair
Jye, an executive, facilitator and coach was raised in the 7th ward of New Orleans. After years of educating students across grades K-12 in a wide variety of content areas and settings, Jye recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Leadership and Change from St. Edward's University and founded his own nonprofit SolvED. SolvED is an equity- centered organization committed to providing access to tutoring services for students who have been historically undeserved by public organizations.


Jennifer Woods
Membership Events Chair
Jennifer currently serves as the Manager of Donor Relations for United Way for Greater Austin. 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 on the board of University of Michigan’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter and volunteering with 826Michigan.

A native of New Jersey, Jennifer has been in Austin for over 5 years now and enjoys spending her non-work hours exploring local trails and hotspots with her two rescue dogs, Darwin and Mara.

Andy Blake
Membership Engagement Chair
Andy is a native Texan and has over 10 years of nonprofit experience. He currently works for the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission as a Management Development Curriculum Developer where he brings a passion for life-long learning and improvement to the department’s mission of helping Texans in need. After spending his twenties in Kansas City, MO and working for various nonprofits there, Andy returned to Texas in 2017 where he has worked in homeless services and completed a degree in Organizational Leadership Studies.

In his free time, Andy likes to read, play games, and go on outdoor adventures so you might find him playing board games at a local brewery, perusing the library, rock climbing at a bouldering gym, or getting muddy in obstacle course races.

Ian Tuski
Development 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.

Mackenzie Davidson
Professional Development 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.

Dulari Gandhi
Curriculum Chair
Dulari serves as a program officer at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, managing the foundation’s investments in poverty alleviation in Central Texas and Boston. Prior to this role, she worked across foundation teams on communications strategy, planning, and execution. Dulari brings over a decade of experience in social impact strategic communications with expertise in education, public health, and global development issues. Prior to joining the foundation, Dulari was an Account Supervisor at GMMB, a global communications agency specializing in social impact communications, and was a project coordinator at Westat, Inc. developing multimedia collateral for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dulari graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, reading, cooking, and knitting.

Kent Prickett
Communications Chair
Kent has a passion for helping people and has a dream of making a difference in the lives of the people he encounters. He joins the YNPN Board after 15 years in the non-profit industry.

Kent is an ASAE NextGen Alumni, a graduate of Texas State University (go Bobcats), serves as the President of his son's PTSA, and is a Graduate candidate at Concordia University - Texas. In his free time, Kent loves the beach, movies, reading, and spending time with his husband Cody, their son Zae, and their dogs Squirrel & Moose. Kent is active in city politics and is passionate about finding permanent homes for the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care.

Blair Adams
Strategic Partnerships Vice Chair
Blair Adams started her nonprofit career nearly a decade ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where she became fluent in Spanish. Since returning, Blair has worked with multiple youth-oriented organizations, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County where she currently serves as Volunteer Recruitment Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Indiana University.

Blair moved to Texas in 2017 with her partner, an Austin native. They live in Round Rock with their dog, Pita, and are busy planning their wedding for February 2020. Blair has been an active member of the Strategic Partnerships committee for a year and is excited to take on a leadership position with YNPN.

Bethany Dawson
Membership Engagement Vice Chair
Bethany began her work in the nonprofit sector when she served a year with the AmeriCorps program City Year San Antonio as a full-time math tutor in an under-resourced middle school after her undergraduate studies. She developed in her passion for health and nonprofit management as a public health graduate student and through her work with the nutrition education program, Brighter Bites. Bethany currently leads operations of the Brighter Bites Austin program as Senior Program Manager.

Bethany holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition to YNPN, she is an active member of the Community Collaborative for Child Health, Directors of Volunteers in Austin, and the Austin- Travis County Food Policy Board’s Healthy Food Access and Food Security Working Group.

In her free time, Bethany loves playing board games, walking and running the trail along the lake, and traveling to new places.

Yajaira Saldivar-Solis
Finance Vice Chair
Yajaira earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University, where she discovered fundraising via grant writing. Yajaira began her nonprofit career as a Grants Coordinator at Caritas of Austin. Currently, she serves as the Grants and Financial Compliance Specialist at LifeWorks. In addition to YNPN Austin, Yajaira is an active member of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera’s (Austin So Close to the Border) Fundraising Committee.

When she’s not daydreaming about ending homelessness, Yajaira enjoys boxing, keeping up with her favorite comics, and watching football. Yajaira is excited to contribute to YNPN Austin’s important work in our community!

Sydney Wilburn
Membership Events Vice Chair
Sydney is in her last year of her master’s program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she is earning a portfolio in Nonprofit Studies. After graduating, she hopes to continue working in the nonprofit field and is especially interested in services for refugees and immigrants. She earned her undergraduate degree in Print Journalism from the University of North Texas and spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a civic education nonprofit in Austin before starting graduate school. Raised just down I-35 in San Antonio (Helotes, more specifically), she was born in Kentucky and still loves to take trips back to the Bluegrass State to visit family. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys experiencing all of the food, activities, and outdoor fun Austin has to offer-- especially anywhere where she can meet some new dogs friends. Sydney is excited to serve on the YNPN Austin board as membership events vice chair to bring engaging networking and learning opportunities to our members.

Jasmine Walia
Professional Development Vice Chair
Jasmine serves as a Financial Wellness Program Coordinator at Foundation Communities. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for six years, with experiences ranging from serving youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley to working on the first U.S. advocacy campaign with Habitat for Humanity’s Government Relations and Advocacy Office. Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology at Texas A&M University, and her Master’s degree in Public Service and Administration with a track in Nonprofit Management at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

New to Austin, Jasmine enjoys spending time outdoors, trying local cuisine, and listening to live music. She looks forward to taking on a leadership role with YNPN and fostering professional development opportunities for nonprofit leaders.

Shelby McGhee
Curriculum Vice Chair
Shelby brings eight years of experience volunteering and working with community health projects and nonprofits. Currently, she is the Evaluation Specialist at It's Time Texas, a nonprofit that works to improve health for Texans statewide. She holds a Master of Public Health from the UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin and a Bachelor of Health Science in Health Sciences from the University of Missouri.

Between growing up in a military family and continuous travel in her adulthood, Shelby has moved cities, states, and countries more than ten times. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, and go for long walks her with mutt Sugar. She is excited to step into a leadership role in YNPN. She will use her data and evaluation skills to give the board better insights into strategic decision making to benefit all YNPN members.

Hallie Casey
Digital Media Vice Chair
Born and raised in Austin, Hallie has been working with and for Austin non-profits for more than a decade. Previously, she worked on the Navajo Nation where she managed an extension program for small-scale native farmers. She is now back in Texas working for a more regenerative and just Texas food system.

Hallie holds a master’s in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor’s in Agribusiness and Management from Texas State University. In her down time, Hallie enjoys mystery novels and lemon tarts. She also hosts and produces a the podcast One to Grown On, about understanding how food production impacts us and our world.

Lily Bouvier
Social Media Vice Chair
Lily grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she earned a dual degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language. While working at Cambridge Community Television, a nonprofit public access TV station in Cambridge, she discovered her passion for video and filmmaking. Upon moving to Austin in 2017, she spent a year working with the Austin Film Society, where she cut film trailers for the organization’s cinema. Lily does freelance video production and editing, digital marketing, and social media. During tax season, she also works at Foundation Communities, with the Prosper Centers Tax Help program.

During her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and hiking with her mini Dachshund, Hermione.

Erin Oefelein
Development Vice Chair
Erin is new to Austin, and she recently transferred from the Fairmont Hotel’s property in Telluride, Colorado to Fairmont Austin, the new build hotel that debuted in March of 2018. Erin has long held a passion for the non-profit sector, having worked with the American Cancer Society has one of their Team Captains, with the Boys and Girls Club, Global Peace Youth Corps, the Seattle World School, etc.

After graduating from the University of Washington in June of 2016, Erin participated with one of AIESEC’s programs in Morocco, a program established to develop young leaders through cross-cultural exposure, thereby fostering unique problem-solving skills. She then went on to teach English at a bilingual school just outside of Madrid, Spain. Having certified fluency in the Spanish language, she sought a sales and marketing internship at a tech start-up, called Celerative, just outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a few short months and a full-time job offer from Celerative’s founder, Erin reluctantly turned it down in order to volunteer on a vineyard in Chile in the wine country south of Santiago. In 2018, Erin returned home, much to the relief of her parents. All of this experience around the world has impressed the importance of technology as a tool in connecting people and in leveling inequality and is therefore, one of Erin’s top passions today!

With her past experience in Sales, and especially with Nordstrom as one of their sales representatives, Erin is so excited to contribute to YNPN’s development as their Development Vice Chair.

Bridget Reed
DoGooder Games Vice Chair
By the time Bridget Reed was co-founding her second business, she had 3 girls, 2 dogs & and a husband supportive of her ambitions. Listing Village is the ‘pivot’ from an already successful startup she helped to build with her husband before they shared any children. Now Bridget spends her time teaching marketing & branding to local small business leaders. She is also a Mentor through the Austin Chamber of Commerce to Real Estate Brokers & Agents to help clients focus on sharing their listings & open houses via social media to increase home-sells and attract quality leads.



Bridget serves as Vice Chair for DoGooderGames on YNPN Board & hosting Women ‘s Entrepreneur Events through FaceBook Groups to educate about Branding, Resume Building, Social Selling, Facebook Ad Awareness & more. For tips on Brand Boosting or increasing quality leads swing by her Capital Factory office or follow online.


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