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 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 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.
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 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.
Amber supervises the Case Management Staff, and provides supports to the Program Director, while also serving Program Participants directly through case management. Amber, who is also a professional birth doula, holds a BS in Health and Human Services from Ohio University, and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, the bulk of Amber’s experience has been working with chronically mentally ill women who are experiencing homelessness. Amber and her husband Tim have two children, Wren and Juniper. Although they are Chicagoan’s at heart, Amber admits that Austin is growing on them.
Kristin supports Saint Louise House as a Counselor, Family Services Specialist, and Case Manager. In addition to supporting families as a case manager, Kristin is working to expand the programs and services for children and teens living at Saint Louise House. Prior to joining Saint Louise House, Kristin worked with clients as a clinical social work intern providing therapy to children and families who experienced trauma and/or mental health concerns at Austin Child Guidance Center. Her background also includes working as a care coordinator intern for the CPS Reintegration Project through Travis County Health and Human Services and working as pre-kindergarten teacher. Kristin is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Bachelors in Psychology from Colorado State University and a Master in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
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 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 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.