MEET OUR TEAM
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Tara has extensive experience building the capacity of people, organizations and communities in nonprofit, government and for-profit settings that she’s developed over the past 19 years. She oversees Mission Capital’s programs and research efforts.
Tara’s Austin-area nonprofit experience includes designing, managing and evaluating programs and projects with Family Forward and theCharles A. Dana Center at UT Austin, grassroots organizing with Austin Interfaith, and leadership and team development consulting with Highest Vision, Inc. She was also a Presidential Management Fellow for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Southwest Border Initiative in Washington, DC.
Tara has a particular passion for keeping Austin a vibrant, creative and affordable community. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Open Door Preschool, and is a graduate of the 2009 Leadership Austin Essentials class.
As a Community Engagement Specialist, Ana will help launch a new grassroots community recruitment and engagement initiative designed to increase the number of foster families available to care for children in Travis County. She will also work in close collaboration with partner organizations to leverage and supplement their efforts to recruit new families.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Ana was a teacher and a school administrator in high needs schools where she had the privilege of working with children in the foster care system. Her sixteen-year career in education helped her gain a thorough understanding of the challenges and satisfactions of working with underserved populations.
Ana holds a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a M. Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship from The University of Pennsylvania.
In her spare time, she likes to take her daughter Nina book hunting to support her voracious reading habit. Ana is an avid movie watcher and enjoys visiting the newest food-trailers in the area.
Larry comes to Mission Capital from Deloitte Consulting, with experience in the public sector helping state and local government agencies across the country solve some of their toughest problems and implement new solutions. His areas of expertise include public policy, management consulting, business process improvement, system implementation, organizational assessment and strategy. At Deloitte, Larry also regularly led volunteer activities across Central Texas as part of Deloitte’s IMPACT Day event, a national day of community service across the organization.
An Austin native through and through, Larry graduated from Lanier High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Astoria is passionate about effective nonprofit work and sustainability. As Development Associate, she supports the Development and Membership departments to help Mission Capital reach out and make a difference in the Austin community. She holds a BA in English from the University of Richmond, Virginia, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Prior to moving to Austin, Astoria interned and worked for a variety of nonprofits, ranging from the visual/performing arts to rare diseases, in and around the greater DC area. She also has experience working in private philanthropy, where she discovered a new passion for strategic grantmaking and collective impact models.
In her spare time, Astoria enjoys exploring all that Austin has to offer, especially the many independent coffee shops and roasteries.
Katy has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of organizational assessment, strategic planning, program evaluation and fund development.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Katy operated her own consulting firm and worked with nonprofits including Casey Family Programs, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Round Rock Health Clinic, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
Katy has also worked extensively within Texas state government to review and recommend improvements to programs and policy, including program evaluations for the Legislative Budget Board, fiscal policy analysis to the Governor of Texas, and strategic planning activities for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services.
In her free time, Katy loves taking long road trips with her family, or quick get-aways following suggestions from The Daytripper.
Melissa facilitates external communication through email marketing, social media management and content marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations, with an emphasis in technical writing and marketing from Virginia Tech.
Prior to joining the Mission Capital team, Melissa served as a chapter founder and president with Nourish International, where she developed a passion for solving complex community problems through innovation and ingenuity. While attending Virginia Tech, she volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, fundraising and coordinating food drives.
As a proud Hokie, Melissa lives by her university’s motto “Ut Prosim,” That I May Serve. In her free time, you can find her spoiling her dog, exploring hiking trails with her husband or planning her next beach trip.
Carla brings her financial analysis, earned revenue and operations expertise to the nonprofit sector. She has developed strategic business plans, board processes and orientations, as well as financial models for nonprofits.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Carla was the Chief Financial Officer of Cara, a workforce development nonprofit in Chicago. She previously served as the Vice President of Finance at Lehman Brothers Asset Management LLC. She has extensive management, reporting and budgeting experience. Additionally, Carla has managed financial reporting, accounting and government contracts. At Cara, Carla was also responsible for strategic planning for the organization and its social enterprises.
Carla graduated from DePaul University with a BS in Accounting and has a MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She is also a CPA registered in Illinois and a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.
Carla is passionate about being involved in the community and currently serves as the treasurer for both Little Helping Hands and Giving Austin Labor Support. She is also a member of Impact Austin.
Minh brings a variety of nonprofit, government and private-sector experience to Mission Capital. Prior to Mission Capital, she served on Oracle’s Corporate Citizenship team, providing nonprofits throughout the world with free cloud technology solutions. Minh’s background includes business development, capacity-building, fundraising and marketing. She discovered her passion for public service during her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Tufts University, and had the opportunity to nurture those interests while working on various civic engagement projects throughout Oregon.
Outside of work hours, you can find Minh dancing to live music around Austin, bouldering at the gym, playing board games with friends or cooking too many things at once.
Sean’s passion is helping organizations and individuals achieve their full potential. He began his non-profit career 1999 and since then has served local, international, and religious non-profits. His professional expertise and interests include operations, finance, governance, strategy, and organizational change.
He has served in leadership capacities for Project Schoolhouse, the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the Austin Nonprofit Financial Leadership Group, and the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators.
Raised in Idaho, he got his bachelor’s degrees from Bellarmine University in Kentucky and lived a year in Mexico before going to UT-Austin to get his Master’s.
Sean’s personal interests include guitar playing, languages, strategy games and, of course, his family.
Chelsea (@chelseahartness) is passionate about connecting with people and serving the Austin community. Her background in small business and tech industries include both nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurial organizations, with specialization in growing teams and leading outreach efforts. Her areas of expertise include business development, marketing, project management and digital media management.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Chelsea led consumer marketing and sales for Maggie Louise Confections and served as Membership Manager for Austin Technology Council, where she oversaw periods of major growth and transition for both organizations. A former Career Center Advocate for Dress for Success, Chelsea now serves on the Women of Wardrobe Board as Volunteerism Chair. She also serves as a Sexual Assault Advocate for Eloise House, a community initiative led by SAFE.
Chelsea holds an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University.
Lisa is serving as Director of Development for Mission Capital, bringing with her an ability to build strong relationships with people of all levels regardless of the setting. She is passionate about the capacity nonprofits can have to tackle social problems.
Prior to Mission Capital, Lisa co-founded the nonprofit CareBOX Program, which required strong skills in fundraising, networking and advocacy. She has first-hand knowledge of the impact Mission Capital has in our community through her experience as a Mission Capital investee with CareBOX in 2016.
Lisa worked as a Licensed Master’s of Social Worker for the past 13 years. She has a diversity of experience directing nonprofit programs, both small ($100,000) and large ($1 million). She has created numerous direct service programs from the ground up, scaled to serve whole communities.
Robin is an experienced talent development and human resources professional with a background in leadership development and employee training.
Previously, Robin owned and operated RLL Consulting, a talent development and management consulting firm. She also served as Senior Director of Talent and Development at Goodwill Central Texas. Robin holds a BFA from The University of Texas and an MFA from Florida State University. She utilizes her theater arts background to facilitate interactive trainings, focusing on learning through “play.” Robin holds a Certification in Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP) and has her SHRM-CP and PHR as a human resources professional.
Robin resides in Cedar Park, Texas where her son and daughter-in-law allow her to be the best playmate to their amazing son, Jax. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art by up-cycling glass and plastic.
Ericka graduated from Texas State University in 2006 with a degree in Studio Art. Her professional experience includes education, consulting, event planning, sales, project management, and external internal/external customer support. Ericka joined Mission Capital because she is passionate about serving the Austin community, and finds fulfillment in being part of philanthropic missions that make this city an even better place. She has been a team captain for the Walk for Alzheimer’s for the last four years, and has volunteered for local organizations such as SafePlace, the Austin Food Bank, Town Lake Animal Shelter, Coats for Kids, and more.
Ericka lives in Leander with her husband and two rescue dogs. Her hobbies include pottery, painting, photography, and filmmaking.
As the Business Processes and Strategy Manager, Katelyn is a consultant, manages the internal business processes for the consulting department, and supports the implementation of the Mission Accelerator.
Prior to Mission Capital, Katelyn served as Program Associate for Educate Texas where she focused on improving internal organizational systems and developing Educate Texas’ Statewide Collective Impact initiative. Before that, Katelyn taught high school English in Charlotte, North Carolina through Teach For America. Her experiences in the classroom led her to pursue her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, where she interned with Communities in Schools, the Center for BrainHealth and Mission Capital. Her passion for nonprofit effectiveness, education and organizational, community and systems impact brought her back to Mission Capital in 2015.
Christin’s passion has always been about doing social good. Having started her career as a Youth Project Leader at a volunteer agency in her hometown in Germany, Christin worked toward inspiring young adults to take the time to give back and help those in need. Since then, she has volunteered in various capacities at homeless shelters, humane societies and nursing homes.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Christin was an executive assistant with VROB GmbH in Dresden, Germany. In addition, she has extensive experience in marketing, office administration and customer service.
In her spare time Christin attends all kinds of cultural events from theatre performances to live music and she enjoys Austin’s diverse culture with her husband.
Katie is an expert in workplace culture with a passion for building effective, engaging and fun organizations that people want to be a part of. In her work at Mission Capital, she provides strategic and consulting support in the areas of education, leadership training and talent management.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Katie spent 12 years with Great Place to Work Institute, most recently directing the firm’s Best Companies Lists program, including responsibility for the evaluation and selection of Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. She also served as the Development Associate at Habitat for Humanity San Francisco. Katie enjoys applying her knowledge of corporate workplace best practices to the nonprofit sector.
Katie holds a BA in Psychology from Southwestern University and a MA in Organization Development from St. Edwards University.
Alaina came to Austin North-by-Northeast: a native New Yorker who spent her most recent years in Minnesota. She is a natural communicator with a background in media relations, graphic design, and digital/interactive marketing.
Prior to joining Mission Capital, Alaina coordinated special events and communications for BestPrep, worked in crisis communications at PadillaCRT, and she has held internships with the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, managing traditional and digital media campaigns, and with Haberman, Inc., doing PR for various cause-based clients.
In her spare time, Alaina enjoys spending time with her husband David, running and traveling – especially to visit family and friends.
Neyda began working in non-profit in 2011 as a development specialist at Rice University in Houston. Upon moving to Austin in 2013, she worked at the Seton Healthcare Family as an administrative assistant and project coordinator on the development team tasked with raising $50M to fund Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. She has experience in several other industries such as banking, healthcare, higher education, and interior design.
As a result of having been forced to leave her native Cuba to escape Castro’s Communist regime, Neyda is passionate about social justice and basic human rights. She is also passionate about the arts, Romance languages, children’s issues, education, healthcare and last, but definitely not least, her family. In her spare time, she can been found salsa dancing or hanging out with her amazing grandchildren who are a constant reminder of all that is good in the world.
Katy provides departmental coordination of Mission Capital Aligned Impact administrative, business development, tracking and evaluation functions. Prior to joining Mission Capital, Katy completed a Central Texas Externship at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation where she supported grant partners through capacity building and collective impact initiatives. While finishing her MSSW at The University of Texas School of Social Work, Katy had field placements at the Andy Roddick Foundation and the Austin Independent School District’s Parent Support Office.
In her free time Katy enjoys exploring new hiking trails, traveling abroad, and scouting out the best tacos in Austin. She also loves spending time with her large family and relentlessly spoiling her nieces and nephew.
Prior to Mission Capital, Scarborough served as executive director for The Seton Fund of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the nonprofit foundation that raises funds for the Seton Healthcare Family. His role most recently included leading a development team in cultivating philanthropic support for the $50M, Future of Care campaign, funding Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. His Seton experience included providing executive leadership for six different community fundraising groups, engaging hundreds of volunteer leaders. Scarborough was with Seton for almost 15 years, during which time he also served as founding executive director of the Seton Williamson Foundation and director of planned giving for The Seton Fund and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Before joining Seton, Charley served as a planned giving director with Catholic Healthcare West and enjoyed a long private banking and trust services career in Arizona and Austin. In his free time, you can find Charley creating found object sculpture (assemblage), tuning up his hot rod 1953 GMC pickup, spending time with friends or reading poetry.
Kristina specializes in strategic marketing for the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has an extensive background in project management, digital marketing, advertising, media relations and graphic design.
Prior to Mission Capital, Kristina led the strategic marketing efforts as director at Creative Action, the leading provider of creative youth development in Central Texas. Previously, she served as the marketing manager for the Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center in Travis County. Additionally, Kristina has experience in various corporate industries including oil and gas, financial services, insurance and information technology.
In her off time, Kristina can be found at one of Austin’s many film festivals or live music venues. She enjoys making art, traveling with her family and spoiling her dog.
Marisa coordinates Mission Capital’s research on the Central Texas nonprofit sector. She also provides consulting to nonprofit and public sector clients, and manages the tracking and evaluation functions for the consulting department.
Prior to Mission Capital, Marisa spent five years with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) where she worked as a trainer and consultant. She has also served as a program manager for Communities in Schools of Central Texas, and has worked or interned for several other agencies including Helping Hand Home for Children and Austin Child Guidance Center.
Marisa got her start in the nonprofit field serving as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer. She is honored to now support the efforts of so many wonderful nonprofits.
John Thornborrow, Board Chair
Managing Partner, Vitesse Capital Partners
John Thornborrow is the Managing Partner at Vitesse Capital Partners, in Austin, TX. John brings 20 years of executive financial management experience in both public and private companies, both large and small. His experience ranges from angel, venture capital and private equity financings to a wide range of secured and unsecured debt financings. In addition to his role with Vitesse, John is an investor and serves on the Board of Directors at Charity Dynamics. He is also active in the Austin-area non-profit community and serves as a Director on the Boards of DiscoverHope Fund, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and the Austin Community College Foundation.
Harold Ingersoll, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CM&AA, Board Treasurer
Partner, Atchley & Associates, LLP
Over the last 35+ years, Harold has served many individuals and organizations in the Central Texas area as President of Ingersoll & Ingersoll, P.C., as a Partner with Faske Lay & Co., L.L.P and currently as a Partner of Atchley & Associates, LLP. Harold also co-owns Bug Guys Pest Control, LP and Wholesale Insurance Network.
His professional and civic memberships include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Services Section; Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants; National Society of Accountants; National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts; Association of Merger and Acquisition Advisors; Rotary Club of Austin; Austin Asset Management Company; Mission Capital; and Retired United States Air Force.
Crista Bailey, Board Secretary
CEO, Andrew Harper
Crista joined TextureMedia, formerly known as NaturallyCurly.com, in 2007 as VP, Marketing and has been CEO since late 2009. Though her locks are straight, she is energized by the company’s role as a community platform for sharing empowering messages of embracing one’s true self.
Specializing in marketing and business development, Crista has worked with both startups and global brands, including CitySearch, Ticketmaster, IAC, Nestle, J. Walter Thompson, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Max Scoular, Board Executive Committee
Managing Director, PierceGray, Inc.
Max started his career with the U.S. government working on international trade issues in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. He then joined McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant and later became a key executive with FreeMarkets, the B2B e-commerce company. Max founded XG2, an executive roundtable provider, and currently owns PierceGray, an executive search firm.
Max is past Chairman of Westcave Preserve and a former board member of Bamberger Ranch.
Steve Aycock, CFP®
Managing Partner, Aycock Financial Group
Steve serves as Managing Partner for the Aycock Financial Group, a family-owned financial planning organization.
Steve also serves on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). In this role, Steve is responsible for key strategic planning initiatives, including the association’s legislative advocacy efforts.
Former Deputy to the Global CEO, Deloitte
Vince was a management consultant for over 35 years, serving clients in both the public and private sectors. He has performed, managed, and directed over 300 engagements domestically and abroad in a variety of industries assisting clients with business strategies, operational excellence, organizational design, dispute resolution and recovery from business interruptions.
Since his retirement Vince has offered his time, expertise and business perspectives to several community organizations. He is chair of the Concord University Business Advisory Council and is a member of the finance committee of Faith Academy Marble Falls Texas.
President, Cavner Social Enterprises, LLC
Dennis is an Austin entrepreneur and community activist. Through Cavner Social Enterprises, LLC, he helps high net worth families realize their personal and community goals.
In addition to serving on the Mission Capital board, his current community engagement includes: Chairman of College Forward, board member and Past Chairman of LIVESTRONG, and board member of Social Venture Partners International.
Dan oversees the growth strategy of BuildASign.com and plays a key role in the company’s philanthropic efforts and talent acquisition. Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in March 2005 and has since bootstrapped the company to great success.
As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the boards of numerous organizations, including United Way for Greater Austin, Caritas of Austin, Citizen Generation and the Austin Chamber of Commerce among several others. He also acts as a mentor to young entrepreneurs, working with Capital Factory, Incubation Station and The University of Texas at Austin’s 1 Semester Startup.
Prior to founding Ascension, a consulting and advisory services company to small businesses based in Austin, Preston spent 25 years in Enterprise IT Solution industry. Throughout his 20+ years at Dell, Preston served in various leadership roles including as a National Enterprise Sales Director in Dell’s Federal Government business segment, and as the Managing Director of the Dell Global Center for Entrepreneurs.
Preston received his BSME from Howard University. He serves on the board for a number of nonprofits such as the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and Four Points Basketball Association. He is an increasingly active member of the Austin startup ecosystem as a member of Central Texas Angel Network and a mentor at Capital Factory in Austin.
Partner, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP
After graduation, Dena joined a local public accounting firm in Lubbock for one year focusing her efforts on audits of local governmental entities. Dena moved back to Austin in 2003 and joined Deloitte & Touche. She left the firm as a senior manager and during her time there she audited governmental and nonprofit entities including state departments, local municipalities and institutions of higher education. Dena joined Maxwell Locke & Ritter in 2011 and is excited to be working for such a reputable firm that values its clients and people. She looks forward to developing a diverse client base with a primary focus on governmental and nonprofit entities in the Austin and Central Texas area.
Founder and CEO, Sparkovation Advisors
Prior to founding Sparkovation Advisors, a management consulting firm, specializing in Digital Business Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation, Thomas spent 15 years in technology & business leadership roles for Fortune 50 Technology firms Dell, HP & Cisco.
He has an engineering degree from UTSA and executive leadership credentials from Stanford, GWU and MIT universities. He is active in the community and serves on the Boards of Austin Ed Fund (AISD Foundation), Mission Capital, Texas Lyceum and AARO. He’s also a past Chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and served on the boards of Leadership Austin, Austin Chamber and EGBI.
CEO, Key Concierge
Anna is an entrepreneurial leader and expert in US healthcare reform, performance improvement, and M&A. She is passionate about not-for-profit work; her experience extends across the US and UK includes serving a global foundation on a $200M healthcare grant strategy across Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritania and Egypt. Anna is skilled in creating innovative partnerships, not-for-profit strategies, grants, governance and culture transformations; negotiating/structuring performance contracts; and building mentorship/development programs. At McKinsey & Company, where she was elected early as a partner in 2012, Anna’s health care reform strategy/performance transformation work includes private and public sector projects.
Co-Founder & CEO, VERB
At VERB, Suzi oversees the strategy, well-being and results, leading the team by anchoring the company vision, values and purpose. Before co-founding Verb, she led the Dell Social Innovation Challenge at the University of Texas at Austin and joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin in 2010 as the Associate Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and as an Associate Adjunct Professor.
Suzi has been involved in the social entrepreneurship space for more than 10 years. Prior to joining UT she was the Founder and President of the MPOWER Foundation and was Chief of Staff at MPOWER Labs (now Rev Worldwide). She also co-founded several Austin nonprofits focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship, including Innovation+ (now Mission Capital) and Austin Women Entrepreneurs.
Co-founder, Community Investment Corp.
Jennifer has been working with community enterprises in Austin for the past 20 years. Under the umbrella of Community Investment Corp., a fund she started with husband, Lee Walker, Jennifer has worked on projects that range from environmental initiatives, to microcredit and entrepreneurial support, to livable urban space design.
Jennifer also serves on the boards of the Project for Public Spaces, Ampersand, and is on the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Food Center.
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