2018 Board of Directors
AUDREY WALTER | 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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KARA PRIOR | Vice President
Kara serves as the Capacity Specialist at the Central Texas Food Bank. In this role, she works with the nearly 300 partners of the Food Bank in building their capacity through strategic projects, grants, and collaborative community partnerships. Kara also co-founded and leads the Food Bank’s Equity Action Team to promote equity and client empowerment.
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 7 years ago to escape the cold weather. Outside of work, Kara enjoys devoting her life to her two rescue dogs and eating the all delicious Thai food that Austin has to offer.
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VICKY PRIDGEN | Secretary
Vicky supports the work of YNPN Austin by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. She currently works at the City of Austin on Austin Code Department's Code Education and Outreach team. Vicky's background is in communications, program management, development, event management, and community outreach, and she has served in the Peace Corps in Niger and Madagascar. Originally from New Hampshire, Vicky received her bachelor's degree from Rice University and is thrilled to call Texas home again!
ERIKA TARANGO | Finance
Erika serves as the Assistant Director for Development at The University of Texas at Austin’s Environmental Science Institute. A Southern California native and surfer, her passion for conservation and the environment began at a young age. With over ten years’ experience connecting individuals, foundations, and corporate partners to philanthropic organizations, Erika works to help friends and donors find their passion within ESI's mission of research, education, and outreach. Prior to stepping on to the Forty Acres, Erika worked as a fundraiser for the University of Iowa and the Creative Service Manager for RuffaloCody (now RuffaloNoelLevitz).
In addition to YNPN Austin, Erika is a member of the Junior League of Austin and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, Erika likes running long distances for free t-shirts and orange slices, as well as exploring the many delicious Austin restaurants and food trailers.
SKYLAR SMITH | Professional Development Chair
Skylar is a native Austinite who graduated in 2016 from Southwestern University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduation, she traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam where she spent 9 months teaching English. Skylar has recently made her way back to Texas to pursue her Master's degree in Social Work at Texas State University starting in the Fall of 2017.
Skylar has worked on multiple volunteer projects over the years and currently enjoys heading out to Community First! Village on Saturday mornings to work in the gardens. She is interested in non-profit work and joined the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network to expand her knowledge of the sector. In her free time, Skylar enjoys running around Town Lake, swimming in Barton Springs, and binging on Soup Peddler smoothies.
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KATHRYN ABERCROMBIE | Membership Chair
Kathryn serves as the Donor Relations Specialist at the Central Texas Food Bank. In this role, she manages the Central Texas Food Bank Sustainer's Circle of over 1,100 donors who give on a recurring basis. She also serves on the Equity Action Team at the Food Bank to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization.
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.
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LUCY NGUYEN | Strategic Partnerships Chair
Lucy graduated with her Master's degree from The Bush School of Government & Public Service in May 2016 with a track in Nonprofit Management, where she was really able to see that “public service is [indeed] a noble calling.” She currently works as the Development Assistant at the Austin Symphony Orchestra and joined the YNPN Austin board because she believes providing accessible resources our young nonprofit leaders is incredibly vital to our community. Lucy enjoys spending her free time attending all the fun and weird events Austin has to offer, camping in one of the many Texas state parks, and travelling to foreign places!
KATIE LINN | Development Chair
Katie Linn is a born and raised Austinite. She completed her undergraduate career at Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Sociology. She works at the University of Texas at Austin as a Development Associate with the International Advancement team.
Katie has a passion for helping others and believes in mission driven work. She has volunteered with organizations of all kinds, ranging from poverty alleviation in Turkey to environmental restoration in Costa Rica. In addition to YNPN Austin, Katie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is currently working on obtaining her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
In her free time, Katie enjoys running Lady Bird Lake with her Bernese mountain dog, Fitzgerald, and daydreaming about her next big adventure.
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LINDSAY IGNATOWSKI | Communications Chair
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.
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2018 Committee Leadership
JERRICA DELONEY | Professional Development Vice-Chair
Jerrica is a native of Austin. She received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin. After working for Apple for 4 and a half years, Jerrica left to pursue a nonprofit career. She is currently the Program Manager for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, where she has worked since 2014. Jerrica found a love for nonprofits while interning at Helping Hand Home for Children. Jerrica is excited to be part of the Professional Development committee. She believes that professional development and building industry relationships is the key to a rewarding career. In her free time Jerrica enjoys trying new restaurants, volunteering, traveling, and watching sports with her fiancé Matthew.
MARC ESTRADA | Communications Vice-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 at Sam Houston, he moved out west and worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties as their Marketing Specialist. Missing the sunlight and wanting to do something with his passion for cycling, he returned to Austin and began working at a cycling non-profit. There he spread community awareness through presentations and volunteer opportunities. Currently he works in development at Front Steps.
Public speaking and communication have always been a passion for Marc. In addition to YNPN, Marc is heavily involved with ToastMasters; serving as President of Trav Talk Toastmasters, as Sound Committee Chair for the district conferences and events, and as a Pathway Guide. He is fond of the outdoors, and spends a good deal of time cycling, hiking, kayaking and camping. Connect with Marc: Email | LinkedIn
STEFANIE REED | Finance Vice-Chair
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.
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.
LAUREN DOLAN | Social Media Vice-Chair
A native Pennsylvanian, Lauren graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. After time spent traveling and teaching abroad, Lauren moved to Austin and pursued a position in the nonprofit field. Until recently, Lauren worked as a Match Support Specialist with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Although not currently employed in the nonprofit world, Lauren continues to have a passion for community outreach. She is involved in various community-building groups in Austin, and in her spare time volunteers at local beer events, with Planned Parenthood, and is a mentor for the Crossroads Scholarship Fund. Lauren also runs the Austin chapter of Wanderful, an international community of women travelers. Lauren is excited to build connections through YNPN and to continue to support the Austin nonprofit community.
MARGARET DEWYNGAERT | Membership Vice-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 has a background in fundraising and currently works as the Grant Writer at Meals on Wheels Central Texas while pursuing her Certification in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. In addition to YNPN Austin, Margaret is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Grant Professionals Association.
In her free time, Margaret enjoys volunteering at the Girls Empowerment Network and Planned Parenthood, spending time outdoors 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!
SARAH HOLLOWAY | Development Vice-Chair
Sarah is a Virginia native who has spent the past two years in Austin working in the public sector. Through this work, she has seen firsthand how the intersection and symbiotic nature of the public and non-profit sectors can help to meet a community’s needs. She believes in the importance of a strong workforce and empowering young professionals to continue these vital connections. Sarah has spent time volunteering with a variety of non-profit organizations like the Nature Generation and the Center for Human-Animal Interaction. With a passion for event management and building community relationships, Sarah looks forward to supporting the Development Team as Vice Chair.
Sarah earned her degree in Political Science and International Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where she was also Chair of the Events Committee for Phi Mu Fraternity. In her spare time, she enjoys tackling ambitious recipes for her food(ie) blog, running the trails around Lady Bird Lake, and discovering new Austin hideouts for reading over a good cappuccino.
ALEX MARTIN | Strategic Partnerships Vice-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.