About Our Board

Erin Whelan, Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services, LifeWorks

 Erin Whelan is the Senior Division Director for Housing and Homeless Services at LifeWorks and has a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit organizations. Erin is a strong operations professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, building teams,  public speaking, program development, community outreach,  and program management.  Erin has worked in the Social Service field for over 13 years working with youth experiencing homelessness and as a therapist at Teen Living Program in Chicago and Settlement Home in Austin which is a residential treatment center for girls. Erin’s current work focuses on the National Movement to End Youth Homelessness by 2020 and currently co-leads the Austin initiative. Erin is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor.

Celeste Garcia, Executive Director, BCFS Health and Human Services

 Erin Whelan is the Senior Division Director for Housing and Homeless Services at LifeWorks and has a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit organizations. Erin is a strong operations professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, building teams,  public speaking, program development, community outreach,  and program management.  Erin has worked in the Social Service field for over 13 years working with youth experiencing homelessness and as a therapist at Teen Living Program in Chicago and Settlement Home in Austin which is a residential treatment center for girls. Erin’s current work focuses on the National Movement to End Youth Homelessness by 2020 and currently co-leads the Austin initiative. Erin is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor.

Allicia Frye, CEO, Jonathan’s Place

 Allicia Graham Frye is a successful nonprofit leader with a passion for protecting and empowering children. As CEO of Jonathan’s Place in Dallas County, Allicia leads four programs that support abused and neglected children: Emergency Shelter, Girls Residential Treatment Program, Foster/Foster to Adopt, and National Safe Place. As CEO, Allicia has increased the annual capacity of children served by 120%,  increased the annual budget to $3.6 million, and launched the National Safe Place Runaway Prevention & Outreach Program, reaching over 10,000 local youth each year. She is currently working to open Jonathan’s Place’s new Transitional Living Program for young adults aging out of foster care.

Noelita Lugo, Self-Employed Consultant

 Noelita has several years of experience with state government and public administration, technical training, training development and delivery, grant administration and project development and much more. She specializes in transforming groups into results-based teams, designing and implementing operational efficiencies, and achieving program goals through data-driven decision making and collaborative influence.  She holds a BA in english and psychology from UT Austin as well as her MSSW in Social Work at UT Austin.

Andrea Costley, Grant & Contract Specialist, Texas Department of State Health Services

Andrea Costley has over twenty-five years of experience in contract and grant management.  Ms. Costley is a contract and grant specialist where she takes on many different roles. As a contract manager, she schedules and conducts onsite Quality Assurance (QA) program reviews of contractors and develops program review reports of findings based on onsite review. As a grant specialist she develops grant applications, progress reports and initiates internal program activities to evaluate grants, budget, and program. Andrea Costley has lived in Austin for 20 years. She graduated with honors from Mart High School in Mart, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from East Texas State University now Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Joel Levine, Executive Director, Harris County Protective Services

Joel Levine is the executive director for Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPS). Joel has a long history as a child welfare professional; he has worked with HCPS for the past 22 years and was appointed to his current position in July, 2016. Joel  has also served as a chairman of the TNOYS board for four years in total, having served from 2006 – 2008 and again from 2018 – 2020. Joel is a LCSW and he holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a Master of Arts in social services administration from University of Chicago.

Beth Senger, Executive Director, El Paso Center for Children

Beth’s nonprofit career began after experiences as an electronics instructor overseas, a small business owner, and a member of the Air Force.  After a few years on food stamps and copious student loans she finally finished her Master’s in Social Work, writing her first grant to help start Big Brothers Big Sisters in El Paso. Seventeen years later she joined El Paso Center for Children, a 101-year old multi-service organization focusing on child welfare and services for homeless youth.  The first four high-energy years of her tenure included tripling their program offerings, nearly doubling their budget, and achieving national accreditation (COA) in February 2020. Beth loves leveraging the strengths of team members to innovate and improve client outcomes, but she admits she would travel and hike full-time if she could only find a sponsor. She serves on the TNOYS Board of Directors and is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

Beth Senger, Executive Director, El Paso Center for Children

Prior to her arrival at Covenant House in 2017, Leslie was the CEO for Ronald McDonald House Houston from 2007-2017. Leslie also worked at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for fourteen years, primarily in pediatric administration at the Children’s Cancer Hospital. From  2005 – 2006, Leslie served as a Texas Quality Examiner for Malcolm Baldrige award applicants. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Texas Women’s University. Leslie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS), and the Homeless Youth Network. Leslie is also a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

Charles Wolford, CEO, Promise House

Currently the chief executive officer of Promise House, Charles has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit space serving disenfranchised populations battling poverty, homelessness, incarceration, untreated addictions and mental illness. Prior to joining Promise House, Charles served as the executive director for Mission Central. He also served as the associate pastor of outreach and the executive director of the Turn Around Agenda, the social outreach arm of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.

Charles Wolford, CEO, Promise House

Ashley Elgin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer to Lena Pope in November 2019.  Dr. Elgin previously served as Vice President of Visiting Nurses Association of Texas & Meals on Wheels.  Her dedication to mental health and community services includes positions such as CEO of Promise House in Dallas, COO of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Vice President of Client Services of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Director of Clinical and Professional Services of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and many other roles as both a therapist and director for organizations providing services to at-risk populations.  Dr. Elgin has also been published in multiple scholarly articles in concentrations of play therapy for children in clinical settings.

Richard Singleton, President, STARRY Inc.

Richard is a creative, visionary chief executive leader, with 20 years experience empowering at-risk children and families. Richard’s experience includes over ten years leading teams to achieve high levels of performance outputs and outcomes in an ever-changing landscape of child and family services. Richard’s specialties include state/federal contract acquisition, retention and expansion; non-profit management; budget creation/evaluation; team building; program expansion; community collaboration; fundraising; legislative advocacy; counseling supervision, and grant writing.

Candreas Jones, Program Director, Andrews Center

Candreas has been employed at Andrew’s Center for 24 years. During this time, she worked as a case manager for children’s mental health in Smith County, where she performed case management and crisis services. Candreas is currently the Director of the Andrews Center FAYS program (formally STAR), a position that enables her to work closely with judges, courts, juvenile probation and other youth agencies for prevention and early intervention services for youth and families. She serves as a board member for both East Texas Network for Children (ETNC) and Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS). Candreas possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University. She is currently working towards her license for LCDC, and is certified for three years as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Jeffrey Reed, STAR Director, Deep East Texas Council of Governments

Jeffrey has been the Director of the Family & Youth Success Program (FAYS) formerly the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) STAR Program at the Deep East Texas Council of Governments for over 19 years.  In this role Jeffrey manages all the Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for 12 counties covering over 10,000 square miles in Deep East Texas.  Prior to becoming the Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) FAYS Program, Jeffrey was the Constituent Services Director for Texas State Senator Drew Nixon encompassing Senate District 3 which covers all or parts of 18 counties in Eastern Texas.

Sarah C. Narendorf, Associate Professor, University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work

Sarah has been the associate dean for the Research and Faculty Department at the University of Houston for 1 year, and she has held roles as the university for the past 8 years. Sarah’s research focuses on ensuring a successful transition to adulthood for marginalized young people. She is particularly interested in the transition to young adulthood for youth with mental disorders who face additional challenges including homelessness and involvement in foster care or the juvenile justice system. Sarah holds a PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a MSW from the University of Houston.

Sarah C. Narendorf, Associate Professor, University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work

Diane is an Associate Professor and Interim Dean at the UTHealth Houston Cizik School of Nursing. As a nurse scientist with a doctorate in behavioral science, she researches HIV/STI/Pregnancy prevention, mental health, and substance use among youth and youth adults experiencing homelessness. She has taught nursing and public health students for the last 11 years.

Randy Turner, Self-Employed Consultant

Randy Turner is a self-employed independent consultant. Randy spent 42 years working with youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems before retiring as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in Tarrant County, TX, in 2016. He currently provides consultation and management services for effective program development and implementation, strategic planning, assessment and case planning, grant writing and monitoring, program auditing, and other general management of juvenile justice systems and services. Randy studied at Sam Houston State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Social Rehabilitation & Social Services.

Brook Bulcha, Manager of Contracts and Compliance for Facebook

Brook has lived in Austin since 2014, and currently serves as a Manager of Contracts and Compliance for Facebook, where he manages and supports a team who draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of global inbound commercial agreements. Brook studied at Northwestern University and received his law degree at William and Mary Law School, receiving the Public Interest Law Initiative Fellowship; and interning at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia where he provided free legal services in civil matters to qualifying low-income Virginians. While in law school, Brook interned at the Environmental Law and Policy Center where he provided legal support to help develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources. In his free time, Brook loves hiking the Austin Greenbelt and traveling the world.

Brook Bulcha, Manager of Contracts and Compliance for Facebook

Brook has lived in Austin since 2014, and currently serves as a Manager of Contracts and Compliance for Facebook, where he manages and supports a team who draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of global inbound commercial agreements. Brook studied at Northwestern University and received his law degree at William and Mary Law School, receiving the Public Interest Law Initiative Fellowship; and interning at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia where he provided free legal services in civil matters to qualifying low-income Virginians. While in law school, Brook interned at the Environmental Law and Policy Center where he provided legal support to help develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources. In his free time, Brook loves hiking the Austin Greenbelt and traveling the world.