Our Team

Executive Team

For more information about the Executive Team please contact Cindy Milton at cindy@onestarfoundation.org or 512.287.2035.

Elizabeth Darling, CAE, CFRE, President/CEO (Bio)

Chris Bugbee, Chief Operating Officer (Bio)

Cindy Milton, Office Manager, Executive Assistant (Bio)

 

OneStar Team

Grey McLeod, Controller (Bio)

Joshua Winata, Communications Officer (Bio)

 

Disaster Services

Damian Morales, Manager—Disaster Services (Bio)

Shelby Thomas, Program Specialist—Disaster Services (Bio)

Kate Johnston, Program Officer—Disaster Services (Bio)

 

AmeriCorps*Texas

For more information about National Service grants and initiatives, please contact Jaclyn Kolar at jaclyn@onestarfoundation.org.

Jaclyn Kolar, Manager—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Elisa Gleeson, Senior Grants Management Specialist—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Mary Voorhies, Senior Grants Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Betty Jo Schafer, Grants Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Pat Guzmán-Weema, Program Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Abby Fleiss, Program Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Cristina Flores, Program Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Kailee Selzer, Program Specialist—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

Taylor Wolter, Disaster Services Program Officer—AmeriCorps*Texas (Bio)

 

AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide Intermediary Project

For more information about becoming a host site or a member of the VISTA project, please contact Glenn Goodrich at glenn@onestarfoundation.org.

Glenn Goodrich,  Manager—AmeriCorps VISTA (Bio)

Lauren Tarin, Program Specialist—AmeriCorps VISTA (Bio)

Caitlin Esping, Program Specialist—AmeriCorps VISTA (Bio)

Ben Beckley, VISTA Leader—AmeriCorps VISTA (Bio)

Andrianna Betts, VISTA Leader—AmeriCorps VISTA (Bio)


Staff Bios

Chris

Chris Bugbee As Chief Operating Officer for OneStar Foundation, Chris Bugbee serves in an executive leadership role with oversight over OneStar’s financial, budget and human resource functions.  He also serves as a senior advisor to the CEO providing strategic counsel on administration of the $12 million AmeriCorps Texas grant program and implementation of the Texas Faith-Based and Community Initiative, including statewide efforts to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Texas. 

Before joining OneStar in 2006, Chris was appointed to serve in Washington as Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He also served at the White House as Associate Director in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as a Senior Intergovernmental Officer for the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

During his time at the White House, Chris was responsible for overseeing the implementation of several of the President’s key State of the Union initiatives, a prisoner reentry program and a program designed to provide mentoring for children of prisoners.

In 2008, Chris was selected by Governor Rick Perry to participate in the Governor’s Executive Development Program, a leadership program for top executives in state government.  In July 2014, Chris was recognized as a finalist for the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Nonprofit CFO/COO” Award.

Chris is a native Texan and holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural development from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in public service and administration from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Chris is married and currently resides in Austin with his wife Heidii and two sons, Braden (5) and Brant (3).

Cindy Milton is Office Manager and the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of OneStar Foundation. In her role as executive assistant, Cindy provides direct administrative support, oversight and organization to the President/CEO and Executive Staff, and ensures all facets of the Executive Office are operating smoothly and effectively. She also acts as liaison between President/CEO and OneStar's Foundation and National Service Commission Boards, and works with President/CEO and Board Chair(s) to develop agendas for board and committee meetings. In addition, she coordinates scheduling and logistical arrangement of meetings, conference calls, and speaking engagements for President/CEO and Board(s). Cindy is a native Texan and holds a bachelor's degree in education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Previously, Cindy served as the executive assistant to the President at Texans for Education Reform and also as an executive assistant in the Public Law Section & Policy section at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, LLP. Prior to this work experience, Cindy was a classroom teacher in the state of Texas for a number of years.

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Damian Morales is OneStar’s Disaster Services Manager.  In this role, Damian works in close coordination with governmental, voluntary, faith-based, community-based, philanthropic, and private sector partners to support the resilience of Texas communities as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from, disaster.  Damian serves as Chair of the Central Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Secretary of Texas VOAD, Secretary of the National VOAD Volunteer Management Committee, and Vice Chair of the National Association of State Emergency Donations and Volunteer Coordinators.  Damian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness from New York Medical College.

Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas serves as a Program Specialist for OneStar Foundation’s Disaster Services Team. Her role supports the development and implementation of OneStar’s goals and objectives in disaster services, including coordinating with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) and supporting OneStar’s VolunteerTx.org website. Shelby was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Stafford, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Geosciences with minors in Geology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she became a Disaster Recovery AmeriCorps VISTA who served for the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network (GHSRN) at Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM). Shelby helped the Greater Houston community recover from four major storms in 2015 and 2016. As a VISTA, she provided support through resource development, project management, network communication and data analysis for the GHSRN, a collaborative of over 30 non-profit, faith-based, local, state, and national organizations participating in long-term recovery. Her diligent work as a Disaster Recovery VISTA led her to become a recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. Her VISTA experience sparked a new interest in Disaster Recovery and Emergency Management. She is honored to serve at OneStar Foundation and help the state of Texas prepare for, and recover from, disasters. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, dancing, volunteering, and nature. She is new to the Austin area and looks forward to exploring the Capital City!

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Taylor Wolter serves as the Disaster Services Program Officer on the AmeriCorps*Texas Team. After graduating from North Central Texas College in 2007, Taylor worked in the corporate restaurant industry in management, sales, and business development before discovering his passion for all things disaster.  After serving 2 terms as an AmeriCorps disaster response team member and leader, Taylor became the Disaster Services Program Manager of the Texas Conservation Corps’ ADRT Program. Since 2014, he has deployed to all major federal and most state declared disasters in Texas, and has become deeply involved in the engagement of voluntary organizations during disaster response and recovery. Taylor has been engaged in several initiatives to further develop the voluntary sector as it pertains to disaster response and recovery. That include sitting as the chair of the Austin Community College Emergency Management academic advisory board, operational consulting of new and emerging disaster services non-profits and national service programs, and acting as a subject matter expert in the instruction of FEMA Volunteer and Donations Management classes to fire, law enforcement, government, and non-profit agencies. Taylor is very excited to bring his experience and drive to the OneStar team to support the state he loves so much.  When not working, Taylor enjoys spending time with his fiancee Katie and their two dachshunds, biking, and exploring every dive restaurant in Central Texas.

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnston is a Program Officer for the Disaster Services team at OneStar Foundation. In her current role, Kate is assisting with the long term recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, focusing on building the capacity of long-term recovery committees and groups through cross-sector collaboration. Before joining OneStar, Kate worked for three years with Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management as a Special Projects Coordinator. There she coordinated grant activities for several unique hazard mitigation grants from the Federal government. Kate became actively involved in disasters following the Bastrop County Complex Fire in 2011 where she helped form the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for 3 years. Kate is still actively involved with BCLTRT and has assisted recovery efforts for an additional five Federally declared disasters in Bastrop County from 2015 to 2017. She has been on the BCLTRT Board of Directors since 2012 and continues to develop programs within BCLTRT to strengthen community resiliency within Bastrop County. Before moving to Texas in 2007, Kate contracted with the Department of Defense as a Requirements Analyst in Arlington, Virginia. When not working, Kate likes to run, cook and play with her dogs and horses; including her mini-horse named Little Stud. Kate holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the American University, Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the University of California, Riverside. Kate has three children and lives in Bastrop, Texas.

Grey

Grey McLeod serves as Controller and is responsible for the accounting operations for both OneStar Foundation and OneStar National Service Commission.  Previously Grey held director-level finance positions with the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Medical Foundation.   He was also an auditor with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General for 10 years.  Grey is a CPA, received a BBA in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and as MBA from St. Edward’s University.  As the son of a career military officer, Grey was born in Japan and lived in many states prior to joining the Army.  His military service included an 18 month tour in Vietnam as a pilot with an assault helicopter company.

Jaclyn Kolar serves as Manager of AmeriCorps*Texas  overseeing OneStar’s AmeriCorps*Texas grant portfolio. She manages the AmeriCorps*Texas team responsible for developing and carrying out grant administration.  Jaclyn started at OneStar in 2015 as a Program Officer providing oversight and support to grantees. Prior to joining OneStar, Jaclyn spent nearly five working for a OneStar grantee, Travis County 4-H CAPITAL.  Jaclyn is a two-time AmeriCorps Alum, serving first as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Burlington, Vermont, where she worked with an educational non-profit at the local high school; and then as a VISTA Leader working for a disaster recovery organization in Austin, Texas.  Additionally, Jaclyn served as a chapter leader for Austin AmeriCorps Alums from 2009 to 2012.  Jaclyn received her MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University, and her BA in History with a minor in Russian Studies from the University of Michigan.

Elisa

Elisa Gleeson is the Senior Grants Management Specialist for the OneStar Foundation, where she has worked since 2006. Elisa currently oversees the grant making process for awarding federal AmeriCorps funds to programs in the state of Texas. Prior to her current role, Elisa served as a Program Officer and Compliance Officer, monitoring and providing technical assistance to a portfolio of AmeriCorps programs.  Elisa holds a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Public Service Administration from the George H.W. Bush School at Texas A&M University. She completed the Grants Management Certificate Program with Management Concepts in 2012 and she became a Certified Grants Management Specialist in 2013. She is a member of the National Grants Management Association (NGMA) and has served on the Grants Management Body of Knowledge (GMBoK) Training Committee since 2013. In September 2014 Elisa was awarded the Outstanding Commission Staff Award by the American Association of State Service Commissions (ASC).

Mary Voorhies

Mary Voorhies, MBA, serves as the Senior Grants Officers-Fiscal on the AmeriCorps Texas team. While studying accounting at Eastern University, Mary served lunches to Philadelphia’s homeless population on the weekends and spent her spring breaks on Habitat for Humanity service trips. After graduation she first served in AmeriCorps with National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and then with Austin Habitat for Humanity as a construction assistant.  Seeking a balance between her education in business and her commitment to service led Mary to American YouthWorks where she gained fiscal experience with federal, state, local, and private grants.  This included both AmeriCorps National and State grants.  Mary’s current volunteer activities include serving on the Greeting Team at Gateway Community Church, participating in park clean-ups with Austin Parks Foundation, and spending a week each summer in Nicaragua building modern bathrooms with Amigos for Christ.  When the weather’s nice you can find her pedaling around Austin as she prefers two wheels over four. 

Betty Jo Schafer

Betty Jo Schafer serves as a Grants Officer on the AmeriCorps*Texas team. Betty Jo has served in various social work settings, particularly with adult homeless, substance use disordered and criminal justice system involved populations, and has spent many years volunteering with military families across the country.  Before shifting her career into social work, she was employed with an environmental legislative advocacy nonprofit in Anchorage, Alaska working in communications. Betty Jo received her Associate of Science of Business Administration degree in Indiana, her Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of Texas at El Paso, and her Master of Science of Social Work degree, with a concentration in administration and policy practice, from The University of Texas at Austin.  When she isn't working, Betty Jo loves to volunteer and spend time with her two children.  

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Pat Guzmán-Weema, serves as one of the Program Officers on the AmeriCorps Texas team. Prior to joining OneStar, Pat spent a year and a half working at The Pro Bono Project in New Orleans as a Staff Attorney managing a medical-legal partnership combating health-harming social conditions by addressing civil legal needs. She worked at Tulane University Law School as a Career Counselor assisting students with their public interest job search. Pat served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services for two years. She represented low-income tenants with legal issues related to housing. Pat received her JD from Tulane University Law School, and her BA from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Abby Fleiss is a Program Officer for the AmeriCorps Texas team at OneStar Foundation, supporting a portfolio of AmeriCorps grantees. Before joining OneStar, Abby spent seven years working at Breakthrough Central Texas, helping students become the first in their families to earn a college degree.  As Program Coordinator and Chief Program Officer, she oversaw program development, implementation and evaluation. Abby helped launch AmeriCorps programs at Breakthrough Central Texas (2011) and Friends of the Children-Boston (2006). Before moving to Texas, Abby worked with nonprofit organizations in Boston and Costa Rica and was a counselor at an international school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Abby holds both a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Spanish and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys running, being outdoors, travelling, and spending time with family. She lives in Austin with her husband Bobby and son Owen.

Cristina Flores Cristina Flores serves as one of the Program Officers for the AmeriCorps*Texas team. Before to joining OneStar, she worked as the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator at Literacy First, where she was responsible for conducting targeted outreach, leading retention initaitives, social media marketing, and onboarding up to 100 AmeriCorps members annually. Prior to this, Cristina also served as an AmeriCorps member with the organization for three years, fulfilling the roles of bilingual early literacy tutor, team lead, and capacity building member, in which she supported recruitment and helped build sustainable systems for a program that doubled in size in one year. Cristina graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Mass Communications. As an AmeriCorps alum, she has a passion for national service and is excited to be on the OneStar team to support grantees. When she is not working, Cristina enjoys breakfast tacos, volunteering, singing opera, and spending time with her maltese, Panchito.
Josh

Joshua Winata is a Communications Officer at OneStar Foundation and previously served as a Program Officer with the AmeriCorps*Texas team. Before joining OneStar, Joshua spent nearly six years at New York Cares as a Corporate Relations Officer, where he was responsible for securing charitable sponsorships and designing and executing employee volunteer programs for hundreds of companies in New York City. He has served two terms of service with AmeriCorps: first in 2009 as part of a wildland fuel reduction crew in California with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and then in 2010 as a VISTA External Affairs Fellow at the Taproot Foundation, where he implemented a new brand strategy and developed marketing materials to promote the pro bono service movement. Joshua has also previously worked as a journalist for the Killeen Daily Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Brooklyn Daily. He holds a BS in Corporate Communications from The University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, Joshua enjoys hiking and biking, and he is also an avid freelance photographer.

Kailee

Kailee Selzer serves as the Program Specialist on the AmeriCorps Texas team working remotely from Dallas. Prior to joining OneStar, Kailee worked in fundraising for Teach For America – Dallas-Fort Worth where she managed development data and helped positively impact thousands of students in the North Texas area. In 2015 she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in History. When not working, Kailee loves to spend time with her pets, cook great food, and read.

Glenn

Glenn Goodrich oversees OneStar Foundation’s Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project as the Manager of AmeriCorps VISTA.  Prior to joining OneStar, Glenn worked in Texas as a Program Manager for Reading Partners in Dallas and as the Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Volunteer Center of North Texas (now VolunteerNow). Before moving back to Texas, Glenn worked for five years in the Boston office of Playworks, a national education-based nonprofit. After serving with Playworks as an AmeriCorps member, he was promoted to Program Manager and later contributed to the organization as a trainer and event planner. Glenn has seen firsthand the impact that AmeriCorps service has had on himself and others and is committed to OneStar’s vision. Glenn is graduate of Rice University and a native of Omaha, Nebraska, who currently lives in Austin with his wife Jennifer and 2 children.

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Lauren Tarin serves as a OneStar Foundation AmeriCorps VISTA Program Specialist. She began her service with OneStar as an Americorps VISTA Leader for OneStar's VISTA Intermediary Project. She works to expand and build the capacity of the Intermediary program and its partnering organizations through VISTA recruitment and VISTA professional development. Her goal is to ensure VISTA growth, facilitate idea-sharing, and play a support role in coordinating AmeriCorps VISTA members and host sites. Before coming to OneStar, Lauren served as a VISTA for Texas Impact and the Texas Hunger Initiative as an Outreach Coordinator. As an Americorps Alum and supporter of National Service, Lauren believes service has the power to encourage self-growth and help communities thrive. Lauren was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Austin, in 2009, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and a Business Foundations Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Caitlin

Caitlin Esping serves as a Program Specialist for OneStar Foundation’s Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project. Prior to her role as a Program Specialist, Caitlin served with OneStar as a VISTA Leader. As program specialist, she works to increase the capacity of OneStar VISTA members to serve through member training and support. Before coming to OneStar, Caitlin served as a VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority Partnership Project. Through this project she was the Vulnerable Populations VISTA for Marion County Emergency Management. There she helped to build capacity in order to serve members of the community most vulnerable to disasters. Caitlin believes that service plays an important role in communities and has a positive impact on individuals. Caitlin received a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies focused in Education and Humanities from Western Oregon University. She grew up chasing waterfalls in Portland, Oregon and currently spends her time finding rocks to climb in Austin.

Ben Beckley

Ben Beckley serves as a VISTA Leader for OneStar Foundation’s Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project. The previous year saw Ben serving as a Community Outreach VISTA with OneStar at the Dallas Zoo. Just as the VISTAs serving around Texas are expected to build capacity within their organizations, Ben’s goal as Leader is to build the capacity of the VISTAs through support, professional development, and resource gathering. Though he’s not on the frontlines anymore, he loves being able to support others as they strive for excellence in their VISTA year. Ben received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ball State University. Writing has shaped who Ben is to this day, and he has used the problem solving and creative thinking skills that come with it to tackle new and intriguing problems head-on.

Andrianna Betts

Andrianna Betts is a VISTA Leader for the OneStar Foundation’s Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project. In the past year she served as a Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA member in Minot, ND. In this role she was committed to implementing impact volunteering initiatives that promoted climate resilience in low-income communities. She studied ways to use communication to promote social change while completing her MA in Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University. Prior to attending graduate school she worked for AFS-USA, a non-profit international youth exchange organization. Collaborating with volunteers across the U.S., she recruited host families, secured high school placements, and supported a culturally diverse student population once their exchange programs were underway. In her free time Andrianna enjoys practicing yoga, listening to live music, and watching independent films.