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!
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.
Volunteer and Education 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.
Director of External Affairs
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.
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.”