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Research and Texas Connector
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 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.
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.
Erin A. Brackney Kremkus, MSW, serves as OneStar Foundation’s Director of Research and Texas Connector. In her role, Erin oversees OneStar’s Texas Connector, a unique online nonprofit and social service mapping tool and social enterprise. Erin has also managed research and evaluation at OneStar, including partnerships with research firms and universities across Texas and the U.S. Erin has a wealth of nonprofit experience in training and technical assistance provision for diverse portfolios of organizations and as a public speaker at numerous national and statewide conferences on topics such as organizational capacity building, strategic management and program evaluation. Prior to joining OneStar in 2006, Erin served within numerous federal and state-level settings, including the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research in Washington, D.C., the office of a U.S. Representative and the Michigan Department of Human Services. Erin also has practiced social work in a variety of clinical settings, including at a long-term residential care facility and as a sexual assault crisis counselor for a community-based advocacy organization in Waco, Texas. Erin holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Baylor University.
Lauren Tarin recently was hired as OneStar Foundation's AmeriCorps VISTA Program Specialist after completing her year of service as an Americorps VISTA Leader for OneStar's VISTA Intermediary Project. She works to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members across all OneStar partnering organizations. Her goal is to ensure positive relations, facilitate idea-sharing, and play a support role in recruiting, mentoring, and coordinating AmeriCorps VISTA members. Before coming to OneStar, Lauren served as a VISTA for Texas Impact and the Texas Hunger Initiative as an Outreach Coordinator. She received her BA in Advertising and a Foundations of Business from the University of Texas at Austin. As an Americorps Alum and current VISTA leader, Lauren believes service has the power to encourage self-growth and support people to be independent and thrive.
Caitlin Esping serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for OneStar’s statewide VISTA Intermediary Project. 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 more vulnerable to disasters. Caitlin received a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies focused in Education and Humanities from Western Oregon University. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and has lived in Oregon most of her life. Caitlin looks forward to spending time exploring Texas, supporting the VISTAs serving with OneStar, and building capacity for OneStar’s Intermediary Project.
Betty Jo Schafer serves as our UT MSSW Graduate Fellow. Betty Jo comes to OneStar from the UT School of Social Work’s Master’s program with a concentration in administration and policy practice. Betty Jo has served in various social work settings, particularly with adult homeless and substance use disordered populations, and has spent many years volunteering with military families across the country. Before shifting her career into social work, she was employed as the Office Manager and Communications Manager for an environmental legislative advocacy nonprofit in Anchorage, Alaska. 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 will graduate with her Master of Science of Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin this summer. She is looking forward to working with the OneStar team on various projects throughout the next few months.
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).
Glenn Goodrich oversees OneStar Foundation’s Statewide VISTA Intermediary Project as the AmeriCorps VISTA Manager. 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.
Jaclyn Kolar serves as Manager, 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.
Mary Voorhies, MBA, serves as one of 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.
Joshua Winata is one of the Program Officers on 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.
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.
Damian Morales is OneStar’s Disaster Services Program Manager.. In this role Damian is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating OneStar’s activities related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Prior to this he served as Director of Disaster Programs for Volunteer New York!, during which time he was responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing highly-skilled volunteers to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Previous to this, Damian worked as a Community Recovery Specialist for the American Red Cross in Greater NY in response to Hurricane Sandy. 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.
Jason Savoy serves as OneStar Foundation’s Disaster Services VISTA. In this role, Jason is providing support to Texas communities that are recovering from disaster by facilitating coordination to support long-term recovery efforts throughout the state, and improving the resiliency of at-risk communities per an all-stakeholders approach achieved through the strengthening of COAD’s and VOAD’s, improved coordination with the private sector, and supporting local capacity to coordinate disaster volunteers. He is a graduate from Western Illinois University, where he studied Emergency Management. Jason has direct service experience with disaster services, having previously served one year with the AmeriCorps St Louis ERT, five months as a Field Team Leader with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster, and on multiple operations with Team Rubicon. Jason hails from St Louis, MO, but grew up in an Air Force family calling many places home. He is now looking forward to making a difference in and serving the people and communities throughout the Great State of Texas.