Our Team

OPERATION TEAM

Founder & Executive Director
Christina Collazo

Director of Operations
Raney McKool

Interim Development Director
Heather Parsons

CHILDREN PROGRAMS TEAM

ECE Coordinator &
Lead Early Childhood Education Teacher
Marce del Toro

ECE Teachers
Ivett Garcia
Lupita Garcia
Anna Morales
Marizza Rodriguez

ADULT PROGRAMS TEAM

Lead ESL & Citizenship Instructor
Amber Miller

ESL Instructor
Carol Consla
Elaine Eidelberg
Brennan Gage
Donna Shepperd

Technology Instructor
Janet Couvillion

Our Board of Directors

Christian Arredondo is a software engineer and entrepreneur who is passionate about improving accessibility for others in areas such as education, professional opportunities, health, and exercise. In 2016 he cofounded a health & fitness tech company that went on to manage the Houston Food Bank’s employee wellness program. In 2017 Christian competed in the annual Houston civic hackathon, where his team was one of three winning teams after developing a web application that combines free resources from Houston’s two public library systems. As a first-generation Mexican-American, Christian identifies strongly with the community that Todos Juntos serves and aims to utilize his background and experience in technology to help drive Todos Juntos’ mission. He earned his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rev. Yoland Correa​ serves as a non-voting member and is the recently appointed Pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Roger Edmondson​ is an active entrepreneur and business consultant, a native Texan and Austin resident for more than 40 years. He has attempted to give back to the community through volunteer activities and NPO Board membership. Children, families and education are foremost among his community issues. His education activism includes having developed a successful statewide adult literacy awareness campaign for Literacy Volunteers of America with Barbara Jordon and Henry Cisneros, 26 years of support for Mainspring Schools (formerly Austin Community Nursery Schools), volunteer reading coach for Austin Partners in Education,and volunteer reading coach for Communities in Schools. Other organizations that Roger supports include Urban Roots, The Trail Foundation, and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

Erica V. Ekwurzel, CFRE, MPAff​, is founder of ​CivicAIM​, a philanthropic consulting practice focused on increasing the capacity of grant makers. With experience as a professional fundraiser, research scholar in philanthropic strategy, grant making program officer, and consultant focused on social impact, Erica brings extensive perspective to her work. Erica holds a BA from Austin College and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grant makers and is a 21/64 Certified MultiGenerational Philanthropy Advisor. When not on land building strong philanthropic ties and impact to the Texas community, you can find Erica, with passport in hand, traveling to beach destinations and scuba diving exploring the depths and wonders of the sea with her family.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, M.D., MPH, ​is an internist, pediatrician and community advocate who focuses on community-based, poverty-reduction initiatives and social determinants of health. Dr.Gandhi is the associate chief medical officer at People’s Community Clinic, an East Austin safety net clinic and federally qualified health center (FQHC). He is a clinical assistant professor in population health and pediatrics at Dell Medical School and has focused on poverty-reduction for his entire career, initially as a Fulbright fellow in India focusing on child health in urban landfills. Gandhi holds degrees in international relations and economics from Tufts University and he completed his M.D. and MPH at Tufts School of Medicine.

Jean Haggerty​ is a small business owner In Austin, TX. A true philanthropist, Jean dedicates much of her time to improving the local community. She serves on the board of Urban Roots, anon-profit that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people. Prior to owning her business, Jean was an educator and coach.

Toni Holder ​is a Native Austinite and currently the Parent Support Specialist at Akins High School. She attended the University of Texas and Texas State University, and her background includes experience in the areas of education, government, social work and ministry. She is the Lay Leader for Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

J.R. Johnson (Secretary; Finance Committee)​ is an attorney with Kelly, Hart & Hallman, where his practice is focused on resolving business disputes in state courts, federal courts, and in arbitration. J.R.’s interest in SSP was inspired by his mother, who spent decades working to promote early childhood education centers in Dallas. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Dr. Megan Olshavsky (Board President)​ is the Director of Measurement and Evaluation for fellow Austin nonprofit Any Baby Can. She has a long history of volunteerism and, since recently having her own child, has come to deeply appreciate the importance of parent education, early childhood education, and a supportive community. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Paula Salinas​ has been a local attorney for over 30 years, focusing on Probate, Guardianship and Estate Planning. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Dan Sharphorn​ is the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for the University of Texas System. He manages all of UT System’s legal affairs and the attorneys within the Office of General Counsel and serves on the Chancellor’s executive management team. He also works directly with all 14 UT institutions to serve their varied legal and business needs. Before joining the UT System in 2007, Dan served in the General Counsel’s Office of the University of Michigan for 20 years. He earned J.D., M.S.W., and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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