Emily joined the Green Doors team as Programs Specialist in September of 2013. Prior to joining Green Doors, Emily served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working with the City of Austin and the Department of Veteran's Affairs' HUD-VASH program where she helped create and manage a volunteer based furniture program. Emily has also served as an AmeriCorps member in the Mayor's Office working to engage and increase volunteerism in the Austin community, and at American YouthWorks where she built trails across the state of Texas. Emily holds a B.A in Sociology and Anthropology from Guilford College, in North Carolina. In her spare time, Emily enjoys listening to live music, making ceramics, and watching Duke basketball.
Andrea Garcia joined Green Doors as Property Manager in February 2009. Andrea comes with several years experience in the real estate industry and has worked extensively in property management, as well as a community liaison aiding in the relocation of families in the process of achieving self-sufficiency. Andrea also has conducted research studies in education, social and personality psychology, marketing and consumer behavior at national and international levels for various public and private sector entities, including the University of Texas at Austin, Coca Cola, Anheuser Busch, Lottery of Texas, and ConAgra Foods. Her endeavors are well aligned with her vision of social awareness and the need to positively impact our world. She firmly believes that the world can indeed be a better place if we all did our part, a little bit at a time. Andrea is a native of Colombia and holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mike joined Green Doors as bookkeeper in March of 2012. Michael has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession, working mostly with small businesses. Michael holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Missouri State, formerly Southwest Missouri State University. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1971 to 1975 and served at Bergstrom AFB, for 2 years in Austin. This was how he was introduced to Austin. Mike enjoys listening to music and volunteers for Meals on Wheels and More.
Before joining the Green Doors team, Moses worked asa service tech and installer at Air Company, where he also did plumbing. Previously he was a carpenter for Free Scale, which involved him in many different projects that built his job experience. His favorite part of working at Green Doors is being able to help the Veterans who have served our country – if it wasn't for them, he probably wouldn't be here today. He is very appreciative of their service and does everything in his power to help out where he can. He enjoys coaching his kids in baseball and softball, hunting, fishing, live music, canoeing, and anything outdoors. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Go 49ers!!
Jesse joined Green Doors as a Maintenance Assistant in July 2012. Jesse has a wide variety of work experience and has most recently worked in retail construction and auto centers. His favorite part of his job is working outside, and he enjoys working on cars, fishing and swimming in his spare time. Jesse was born and raised in Austin.
Jennifer Kolb joined the Green Doors team as Office Manager in October of 2012. She returned to Texas after earning her BA in Communications and Media Studies at the Evergreen State College in Washington State. She’s happy to be back in the sun and goes camping every chance that she gets. When not working or volunteering, she spends her time reading, writing, cooking and cheering for the New Orleans Saints.
Charles joined Green Doors in July of 2013, soon after returning from Cambodia where he volunteered with the Peace Corps. Prior to his international experience, Charles directed a regional public health agency in Washington State. He has served on the national advisory board of an evidence-based community building and intervention model developed by the University of California San Francisco, and Co-Chaired Washington State's Region 6 HIV Prevention Planning Group where he represented the interests and priorities of eleven counties. Charles is a Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Master Educator and looks forward to inspiring a love of nature, gardening and the outdoors among Green Doors' residents.
Ximena joined Green Doors in July 2011 as a community manager. Prior to joining Green Doors, Ximena spent more than 12 years as an international business executive, gaining extensive experience in corporate development, business planning and project management for various clients throughout the U.S. and Latin America. A native of Colombia, Ximena was the youngest business leader appointed by her country to be a representative in the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations in 2002. By joining Green Doors, Ximena seeks to make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of underserved individuals throughout Central Texas. Ximena holds a B.S. in Finances and Foreign Trade from Universidad Sergio Arboleda (1999) and a Master's Degree in Education from Universidad La Gran Colombia (2002). In her spare time, Ximena and her husband like to go bike riding, enjoy fitness and reading.
Christa joined Green Doors as Deputy Director in August 2008. Christa has worked for 20 years in the non-profit field in the areas of administration, programs and development. Prior to joining Green Doors, Christa served as a Regional Director for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Christa previously served for over seven years as the Director of Programs and Director of Development for Twin City Mission, a regional non-profit social service agency serving individuals who are homeless, abused or in high-risk situations. A few of her professional accomplishments include: building the first homeless-specific tax-credit apartment complex in the nation, obtaining $2 million in new state funding for the statewide expansion of an educational outreach program, and receiving a national award for a news interview. Christa holds a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. In her free time she enjoys listening to live music, reading, traveling and camping.
Jane joined Green Doors in July of 2012. Prior to joining Green Doors, Jane worked as an accountant for the Catholic Diocese of Austin for over nine years. She holds a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time Jane enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking in the parks, and sewing and gardening.
Allyson joined Green Doors in September of 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in education and non-profit organizations. Allyson completed her B.A. in Latin American Studies at U.T. Austin and then served as a Teach for America Corps member teaching bilingual Pre-K in the Rio Grande Valley. Upon completing her two years with TFA she taught bilingual 1st grade in East Oakland, CA for several years. In both school districts, Allyson authored grants to develop and implement comprehensive parental involvement programs. Committed to furthering systemic change, she completed a Master's Degree in Organization Development at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. With a focus on fostering sustainability in non-profits and education, Allyson has worked as an independent consultant to support a variety of non-profit organizations in enhancing program design and evaluation, communication and community partnership development. Most recently, Allyson participated as a community organizer in the Go Austin!/Vamos Austin! initiative to prevent childhood obesity in Travis County. Allyson brings a passion for community building and a commitment to equity to her work at Green Doors. In her free time Allyson enjoys spending time with her son, listening to live music and doing improv.
Allison was brought on as Data Manager in October 2012, after working for over a year as Office Manager. Prior to joining the Green Doors team, Allison spent four years at the Real Estate Council of Austin as Director of Events and Administration. There she was responsible for coordinating volunteer events, soliciting sponsorships, and managing committee activities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods from Texas State University and enjoys talking to people about nutrition and fitness-related issues. Allison was born and raised in Texas and is thrilled at any opportunity to spend time outside in her garden or on her bicycle.
Charissa joined Green Doors in July of 2013 as Pecan Springs Community Manager. She has spent the last eight years working with homeless individuals and families in Austin Tx. She has previously worked as a Case Manager for single individuals experiencing homelessness and as a shelter manager in Austin. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children and sewing.
David has served as Green Doors' Property Maintenance Manager since January of 2009. Throughout the 1990's David worked as a carpenter in his home state of Kentucky. Carpentry is where his expertise lies, though David is fully skilled in all aspects of property maintenance. In the early 2000's, David loaded his fifth wheel camper and chased storms for many years. He began by chasing tornadoes and once he caught one, he discovered too many dangers with chasing tornadoes! He then decided to move on to chasing hurricanes instead. He caught 6 hurricanes throughout his years as a storm chaser until he realized he tired of travelling. He moved to Austin to help his sister build her house and as he grew to love Austin he joined the team at Green Doors. David is proud of his work with Green Doors every time he has the opportunity to see the looks on residents' faces as they first walk into their home.
Melissa Wheeler joined Green Doors as a Community Manager in June 2013. Melissa completed her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in May 2010 specializing in Social and Economic Development and Children, Youth and Families. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Social Work from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Prior to her MSW, Melissa spent a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the Peace and Reconciliation Process through the Presbyterian Church USA as a Young Adult Volunteer. Melissa's interests include food justice, local and sustainable farming, music, culture, gardening and hiking.