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Laura Ward

Executive Director

Laura joined Saint Louise House as Executive Director in May of 2014. Laura brings 20 years of experience advocating for the needs of children and families. With a combined career as an attorney and an executive manager, in both the public and nonprofit sectors, Laura shares a unique skill set in her leadership of the organization. Laura holds a J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan. Laura lives in Austin with her husband and daughter, Anna.


Maria Kiehn

MA, Grant Manager

Maria is responsible for grant research, writing, and reporting at Saint Louise House. She joined the staff after serving as a volunteer in the administrative offices at Saint Louise House for four years. She has worked on grants in the education, international development, and non-profit sectors. Maria earned a Bachelors of Science in Russian language from Georgetown University and a Masters of Arts from Stanford University.

Dave Swincher

Communications & Donor Relations Manager

Dave Swincher has been in Austin for nearly 20 years, and has enjoyed a successful career for over 30 years in nonprofit management, as a senior executive in the youth services and education area with stops in Indiana, Colorado, Ohio, and a side trip to Moscow.  He has a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Ball State University and served six years as an Examiner for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  He has been a member of the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council in Austin for a decade, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee.  He is co-founder and former director of the Austin Marathon Relay.  Dave is a runner, a century cyclist, and recently survived a Super Spartan event.  Dave and his wife Ann have a daughter who is a doctor at Seton, a son who is an entrepreneur and professional public speaker, and a son in his second year of law school.  They reside between Austin and Dripping Springs with the newest addition to their family, Pixie, a Yorkshire terrier.

Katie Montgomery

Volunteer Coordinator & Community Outreach Specialist

Katie is responsible for providing support to Saint Louise House volunteers, managing community relationships, and handling in-kind donations. After growing up in the Austin-area, Katie went on to become a proud member of the Aggie family, earning a BA in Communications at Texas A&M University. Fueled by a passion for people, the non-profit sector, and the Texas hill country, Katie graduated early to return to Austin, where she now finds herself eating way too much dessert.

Allison Shurr

LMSW, Program Director

Allison supports Saint Louise House through program development, program management and supervision of case managers and other direct staff. Prior to joining the agency, Allison worked at Lutheran Social Services and Texas Interagency Interfaith Disaster Response with families, individuals, and communities recovering from and rebuilding after natural disasters. In addition, she has experience providing case management and coordination services to families and providers involved in the Child Protective Services system in Travis County. Allison is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and her Masters of Science in Social Work with an administrative concentration from The University of Texas at Austin.


Kim Mancini

LMSW, Counselor & Case Manager

Kim is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a MS in Social Work from the University of Texas and a BS in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Prior to Saint Louise House, Kim interned with the Department of Juvenile Justice, National Association of Social Workers, and served as a Mental Health Professional at Integral Care.

Katie Parker

LMSW, Counselor & Case Manager

Katie serves Saint Louise House families through case management and providing support for the program participant through counseling. Prior to this role, Katie performed various roles at Seton Healthcare Family, and acted as an Admissions Specialist at Cross Creek Hospital. Katie is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a MS in Social Work from Texas State University, a BA in Sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana, and is fluent in Spanish. Katie has lived in Austin for 10 years, where she has a spouse, child, and small white poodle.

Evelyn Cruz

Admissions Specialist & Case Manager

Evelyn has a passion for guiding members of the community to appropriate resources and puts that passion to good use by serving as a Case Manager and Saint Louise House’s Admissions Specialist. Before joining our team, Evelyn spent many years working at Seton Healthcare Family. As a Certified Community Health Worker, Evelyn has also assisted families in applying for CHIP and Medicare at Insure a Kid. Evelyn has one son, who is the love of her life, and is also fluent in Spanish.