Direction of Operations
Daphne Garza was born and grew up in Corpus Christi before moving to Austin in her early twenties. Having had some experience in retail work, she came to YWCA Greater Austin as a receptionist and later became an executive assistant. Her work included managing the front office, onboarding volunteers, and helping facilitate the different YWCA programs from behind the scenes.
Now, with over 20 years of experience she is doing exactly the same as Director of Operations and, since May 2019, as the Interim Executive Director for the organization. Some of her duties include managing payroll and accounts, acting as the head contact for vendors, and conducting dialogue between staff and partner groups. Within the office she acts as a liaison between staff, volunteers, the board of directors, and program directors to make sure the YWCA runs smoothly on all fronts. When asked why she decided to take on such a crucial role, Daphne would cite her personal and professional growth at the YWCA through attending trainings and adopting the culture of care and transparency the organization continues to uphold day in and day out.
Daphne has always had a passion for volunteering; when she’s not captaining the ship at YWCA you might find her offering her time at the Austin Animal Center with her son Nicholas. Back at home they’ve got two dogs of their own as well as two fosters: Junior and Baba are theirs, while Wilbur and Joni are still looking for loving homes!
Grants and Contracts Manager
Kelley Jura-Myrick began an internship at YWCA Greater Austin in 2016. After graduating from Texas State University that same year, Kelley was offered and accepted a position as Grants Coordinator. The part-time position soon flourished into the Grants and Contracts Manager executive role. Today she works closely across programs to maintain and increase government funding, foster relationships with local and national foundation funders, and ensure compliance for all YWCA contracts.
Alongside YWCA leadership, Kelley has been working to procure funding to expand services to include marginalized populations in geographically isolated areas across Central Texas. The project, titled “Access to Innovative Mental Health Services” (AIMHS) will put mental health counseling services on the road in a mobile treatment center based out of Travis County. Community leaders across Texas have already given the project their backing; under Kelley’s leadership this ambitious proposal is already looking like a reality as more organizations and companies hop on board.
When not securing the monetary backbone of YWCA’s mission to “eliminate racism and empower women”, Kelley can be found hiking the trails or relaxing at Barton Springs with her three children Porter, Annabel, and Wilson.
Laura Gómez-Horton is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Supervisor through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. She received a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1997, respectively. She is currently the clinical director at the YWCA Greater Austin whose adopted mission is “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
Laura has extensive experience providing bilingual services and working with individuals, children, families, and groups in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, PTSD, immigration, parenting, cultural identity, prenatal/postnatal mental health, grief and loss, and self-advocacy. Previously, as the Social Services Coordinator at the Texas Civil Rights Project, Laura established the social services program for their statewide offices and developed the Austin Promotora program, a grassroots self-advocacy group comprised of women who had qualified to adjust their legal status in the U.S. as authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She also worked at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the clinical faculty and provided therapeutic services through SafePlace (now the Safe Alliance), a local non-profit addressing issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in Austin. In addition, she provided therapeutic bilingual services through independent practice and co-founded Within Your Reach/A Su Alcance, a program providing bilingual personal-development workshops.
Her experiences in the Austin area culminated in developing a focus on providing therapeutic services and advocating for clients who are Spanish-speaking, immigrant, and/or marginalized. Laura has participated in training videos, and various English and Spanish-language radio and television news interviews discussing mental health issues and current events impacting the community. She has provided extensive presentations/workshops and has developed, coordinated and facilitated various therapeutic and support groups. She currently co-facilitates the monthly dialogues on Issues of Racism and Discrimination at the YWCA Greater Austin.
Laura is a Member of National Association for Social Workers (NASW) and sits on the advisory board for the R.E.A.L. (Social Justice) Committee for NASW-TX. She also sits on the board for Wells Branch Elementary PTA and Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project.
Fund Development and External Relations Manager
Cristina Tangredi is a philanthropist, active community member, and aspiring leader in the Greater Austin area. With an eagerness to get to know others and desire to help YWCA Greater Austin carry on their mission, she is a fundamental part of the YWCA team.
Cristina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Public Relations from Fairfield University. During her time there, she discovered a passion for service learning and discovering more about the people that made up her community. Her dedication to bring about equity led Cristina to join the YWCA in December 2018 as the Fund Development and External Relations Manager. In this role she focuses on strengthening relationships with YWCA supporters and activists as well as looking for opportunities to connect with former Austinites. Previously, Cristina worked in Public Relations in New York City, where she enjoyed engaging with other young leaders and creating lasting relationships. The same holds true since she has moved to Austin. She is amazed by all the people she has met so far, and loves learning more about local leaders. Particularly, she loves to meet female business owners, as she inspired by their vision and leadership as women.
Cristina enjoys hiking, writing, and reading true crime novels. In her spare time, she can be found walking her dog Nolan, drinking coffee, and exploring all Austin has to offer.
Volunteer and Training Institute Coordinator
Haleigh Campbell, a Texas native and St. Edward’s alumna, started at YWCA Greater Austin as a clinical intern the summer of 2017. Since receiving her Master of Social Work in August 2017, she has held the role of Volunteer and Training Institute Coordinator (VTIC) at YWCA. As VTIC, Haleigh works to make professional development more accessible to YWCA Staff/volunteers/interns, community mental health professions, and the general community. In 2018, she launched YWCA’s Community Partnership initiative which allows educational and/or non-profit organizations to receive free professional development training.
From 2014-2016 Haleigh worked as a Teaching Assistant at an Austin ISD elementary school, primarily helping students develop reading, writing, and math skills. During this time, she co-established the afterschool volleyball program and served as a Girls on the Run coach for 3rd-5th grade girls. She also served as an afterschool tutor for 2nd-5th grade students working on math and reading skills.
Where there is water, there is Haleigh. A certified Lifeguard Instructor and Water Safety Instructor, Haleigh has been teaching people of all ages how to swim since 2013 and has been guarding lives since 2007. She enjoys canoeing, kayaking, swimming, cliff jumping, etc. When not in the water she can be found board gaming, watching movies, or hanging with family and friends.
Gateway Manager and Bridge Voucher Program Coordinator
Heather Nicoll is an adaptive and insightful polyglot who holds a master’s degree in social services, as well as an LMSW and TEFL certificate. She is the Gateway Program Manager and Bridge Voucher Program Coordinator with YWCA of Greater Austin. She is an experienced Post-Secondary Educator and Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry and higher education leadership. Some of her areas of expertise include higher education, nonprofit organizations, leadership, research, public speaking, and project management. She is a strong program and project management professional. Having lived in various states throughout this great nation, she chooses to call Texas her home. From international educator to State of Texas employee, her professional ventures are as eclectic and interesting as she is.
She resonates profoundly with endeavors that support and promote individuals in becoming the greatest versions of themselves. Heather’s combination of education, professional and life experiences aid in engaging on the YWCA front-line.
GenYW Program Director
Monét Muñoz received her B.A. in History and her M.A. in Latin American History with a focus on the Cold War in Central America from the University of Texas at El Paso. After completion of her M.A., Muñoz went on to do two years of post-graduate work at the University of Maryland College Park focusing on masculinity, gender identity, and human rights in Cold War and post-Cold War Guatemala. Currently, she serves as the GenYW Program Director for YWCA of Greater Austin. Prior to taking over the role as director, Muñoz was a Youth Specialist where she worked with at risk youth in Austin Independent School District (AISD) middle schools through the agency’s prevention education program.
As the Program Director of GenYW, she is responsible for all aspects of the current contracts including reporting and budgets. Muñoz is a Certified Prevention Specialist as per the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. In addition, Muñoz acts as secretary and active member of the Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Ana Vidina Hernández is one of the lead therapists at YWCA Greater Austin. Ana is a native Austinite with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and History, as well as a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Science in Social Work, all from the University of Texas at Austin. She started as a social work intern at YWCA Greater Austin in the fall of 2016 and transitioned to the position of lead therapist in late 2018. Since her time as an intern, Ana has coordinated the YWCA’s support group for immigrant women detained at the Hutto detention center.
Ana is also the founder and program coordinator of Girasol, an organization focused on work at the intersection of immigration and mental health. Girasol functions out of the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Her advocacy, social work practice, and research are centered on work with immigrants in detention and the undocumented immigrant community in Austin, Texas.
Caitlin is a lead counselor with the counseling and referral center at YWCA Greater Austin.
She is also a LPC Intern supervised by Britney Watson LPC-S, a therapist, Army veteran, and mother of many animals living in Austin, Texas. Caitlin is from New England originally & spent 10 years as part of the medical corps in the U.S. Army from 2002-2013.
Caitlin received numerous commendations while in military service. She was deployed to combat zones, stationed overseas as well as stateside, and took part in humanitarian aid efforts. In 2005 she earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for her efforts during Hurricane Katrina Relief in New Orleans, Louisiana.
During her service Caitlin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, which is where she found how much interpersonal counseling could make a different for individual Soldiers. Caitlin was medically retired from the Army in 2013, and decided to pursue her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Counseling. Caitlin began working with the YWCA in January 2017 as a graduate counseling intern. She started volunteering with the YWCA after graduation and was offered the position of lead counselor in March 2018. In July 2018 Caitlin was selected to be full time working for the new veteran initiative providing free services for female veteran & their families. Caitlin is a practitioner of TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), and works with children, elders, couples, families, with a specialty in veterans and LGBTQ+ folks who have experienced trauma.
Youth Specialist with GenYW
Shaheem Lilly is a true believer in the ‘one for all and all for one’ mentality; a mantra for community and cooperation. Shaheem holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baruch College. He is also pursuing a Master of Science in organizational psychology from the University of Hartford. Originally from New York, Shaheem has worked with youth since 2012. He started out as a sports counselor for a weekend program to keep kids off the street. After a few years of working with youth at the entry level, he moved into a new role as program manager for an after-school program. Following this Shaheem transitioned into the educational side of youth development. He taught sex education to at risk middle and high schoolers; something he was passionate about due to the lack of sufficient information teens around the country have access to. Shaheem moved to Austin in January 2019 and works as part of the GenYW program where he delivers evidence-based lessons to at risk youth regarding substance abuse and social-emotional development.
When Shaheem is not working, he enjoys catching up on the latest superhero movies and making props from his favorite films.
Youth Specialist with GenYW
Violet Spencer is an alumna of St. Edward’s University who is passionate about social entrepreneurship as well as youth and community development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, and specifically focused on Latin America and Security, Peace & Conflict Resolution. She has been working in the Youth & Community Development field for over 5 years. Prior to joining the Gen YW team as a Youth Specialist in March of 2019, Violet worked with Hill Country Daily Bread, Communities in Schools, South Austin Young Life, and United Way of Greater Austin. She is passionate about bridging the resource gap in Austin by connecting organizations and resources to people in their communities.
She is a big fan of anything that has to do with coffee, being outdoors, traveling, politics, and music. In her free time, you can find her cooking, practicing yoga, or trying to pet every dog that comes her way!
Youth Specialist with GenYW
Yahaira P. Morales Castro is a youth specialist as part of the GEN YW substance use prevention program at YWCA Greater Austin. Her main work consists of facilitating life skill groups with at-risk students ranging from middle to high school age, while also helping them access resources in their community. Passionate about connecting with and empowering youth, Yahaira has extensive experience working with these groups both at YWCA and while pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Yahaira has served as a guide and classroom volunteer at the International High School, a mentor to first year students at UT, a service leader, and an advocate with the undocumented immigrant community in Austin. Yahaira has been with YWCA since January 2018 where she began as a BSW intern: co-facilitating support groups for immigrant women who are detained, conducting intakes for CRC, assisting clients with case management, and assisting with the Bridge Program through gateway.
In her free time, Yahaira also loves to venture outdoors around Austin with her Kelpie, Pumpkin.
Youth Specialist with Gen YW
Daisy Trejo-Morales has the name of a flower and a career that flourishes along with it. Daisy graduated from UT San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018. Soon after she began working as a Youth Specialist with the Gen YW program at YWCA Greater Austin. Daisy is relatively new at YWCA and loves the positive work environment that has been established. Working with children has always been her passion, as evidenced by her prior experience working at Chuck E. Cheeses for 5 years and as a mentor and tutor for elementary school kids in the Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) program.
Aside from her love of working with kids, Daisy also enjoys photography so much so that she has her own photography business, and is passionate about dancing, especially Latin and country dancing.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Mo, Barbara—as the saying goes–got to Texas as quick as she could. She began working with the YWCA in 1982 as an office assistant, and over the next 34 years held various job positions in the organization: office manager, financial manager, executive assistant, intake specialist, and clinical office manager. Barbara’s last position before she officially retired in 2016 was training coordinator, setting up continuing education trainings for counseling professionals and classes for the general public. However, Barbara found she could not stay retired, and began volunteering at the YWCA a few hours each week as an assistant to the director or operations. In March, she became paid staff as a part-time employee with a new title: operations assistant. One of her biggest accomplishes was coordinating a display of YWCA Greater Austin’s 100th year history at the Austin History Center in March 2007.
Barbara enjoys watching British mysteries and playing solitaire on the internet—often at the same time—and travel. She loves taking cruises, because she does not have to prepare meals, wash dishes or make her bed for a week. She lives in Austin with her partner Kaye of 41 years and their cat Princess—who, yes, lives up to her name!
States Barbara, “You have heard of people having second homes on the beach or in the mountains. The YWCA is my second home.”