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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.

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.

Robin Kamperman

Director of Operations

Robin is responsible for the coordination of the organization.  She oversees the daily operations , Human Resources, and property management. Robin is a graduate of the University of Texas, and since has developed a strong management background with work in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Maria Kiehn

MA, Grant Manager

Maria supports Saint Louise House through grant research, writing, and reporting. 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.

Katie Montgomery

Community Outreach & Event Coordinator

Katie is responsible for managing community relationships and assisting groups in learning how they might be able to serve Saint Louise House families. She also supports special events committees. Katie graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Communication.

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 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.