Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Mr. Tagle has led organizations on the forefront of social change for more than three decades. He believes that to change the world, we must first start with how we support, educate, and raise children. The true test of a community’s grit and generosity lies in how it treats its children and youth.
Edna Ramón Butts currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Relations & Policy Oversight for Austin Independent School District. Prior to joining AISD, Edna served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Kirk Watson. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for several years where she served as Division Chief and as Special Assistant Attorney General.
Edna has been very involved in the Austin community and currently serves on the boards of Workforce Solutions and the Long Center for the Performing Arts, where she chairs the Government Relations Task Force. Edna is a member of the Communities in Schools Leadership Circle and served on the Communities in Schools of Central Texas board of directors for seven years, and served as board president in 2011-12. She also served on United Way’s Success by Six Leadership Council, and on the boards of directors of Any Baby Can, Girl Scouts Lone Star Council, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), and the YMCA.
Edna earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, and is a graduate of Leadership Austin. She was honored in 2013 with the Corazon Award by Con Mi Madre.
While attending law school, Trenton L. Brough volunteered his time working with children at a local boxing gym in Houston. He is passionate about keeping children active and believes that making smart choices and forming healthy habits early on are the secrets to a successful schooling career and beyond. His favorite things in the world are his wife, his daughter, and boxing. Raised on a pig farm in West Texas, he often jokes about his thick accent and climbing the ladder from “farm to firm.” Trenton works diligently at being easy to talk to as well as being an attentive listener, all while maintaining a goal-oriented approach in counseling and problem-solving. Trenton received his JD from South Texas College of Law and holds a BBA in Accounting from Abilene Christian University.
Angel Toscano is in charge of managing supervisors and instructors for It’s Time Texas After School Programs. He is dedicated to teaching youth about their overall health and fitness. His philosophy is to enlighten children with the tools needed to transition them from children to young adults. He believes education can be taught with excitement and enthusiasm through fitness games. His commitment to living a healthy life includes weightlifting, playing basketball, learning mix martial arts, and consistently learning more about the consumption of healthy cuisine. Angel received his Masters in Sports Management and Bachelors in Health and Fitness Management from Texas State University.
Andrew E. Springer, DrPH is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH)-Austin Regional Campus. Dr. Springer brings over 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of youth-led community health programs and child and adolescent health promotion research. In addition to previous experience in nonprofit management and community development in Latin America- which includes service with Amigos de las Americas (U.S./Latin America), Save the Children (El Salvador), and the United Nations (Guatemala), he embraces an active community health practice approach as a faculty member at UTSPH, which includes service as the co-chair of the Michael & Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health and as a board member with the Central Texas Afterschool Network. His research focuses on child and adolescent health promotion, with current projects on tobacco prevention and physical activity promotion in Uruguayan adolescents (funder: NIH) and the incorporation of physical activity into school and out-of-school settings (St. David’s Foundation). Dr. Springer is a past recipient of the Award for Excellence in Service and second place winner of the McGovern Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the six-campus UTSPH system.
Deborah E. Britton is the Director of the Community Services Division for the Travis County Health and Human Services and Veterans Service Department. She has held this position since September 2001, and is responsible for the operations, management, program development, implementation, evaluation and fiscal oversight of programs targeting at-risk youth and families, the disabled and elderly throughout Travis County. Those specific programs are Coming of Age (formerly Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), Travis County Hard of Hearing and Deaf Services, Neighborhood Conference Committee, Summer Youth Employment/Work-based Learning Program, Community Liaison, Housing Services, and After School Programs. The latter was created, designed, and spearheaded by Ms. Britton in close collaboration with CTAN, other community leaders and service providers and with the endorsement of the Travis County Commissioners Court. Travis County’s investment in out of school time programming has been operational since its inception in 2004.
Victor H .P. Villarreal, Ph.D., was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in June 2010 and was elected Board Chairman in 2015. Previously, he served on the Leander City Council from 2005 to 2009, including Mayor Pro Tem of Leander in 2007-2008. Dr. Villarreal is a university Associate Professor of business and a higher education policy advocate at both the state and federal levels. As a longtime community volunteer and education advocate, Dr. Villarreal has focused his efforts on advancing initiatives aimed at successfully transitioning students from high school to college, and initiatives providing for expanded college presence and access. Dr. Villarreal is a member of the advocacy committee of School’s Out Central Texas. Dr. Villarreal lives in Leander, Williamson Co. with his wife Sandra and daughter Violet.
Virginia Potter joined the foundation in 2008, leading projects in California, Colorado, Cape Town, South Africa, and finally Central Texas. In the Central Texas community, she manages efforts to improve children’s ability to engage and perform effectively at school; to increase access to quality healthcare services for children and their families; to ensure the safety and well-being of abused or neglected children; and to provide gifts to organizations or projects that have the power to transform the Austin community.
Holly Sparkman, CPA CVA specializes in providing tax and valuation services as well as CFO consulting services which include financial, legal affairs and administrative management for a variety of industries. Prior to founding Sparkman Consulting Group in 2009 which was merged with Rorie Sparkman & Associates in 2011, Ms. Sparkman served as CFO for CellzDirect Inc., a life science company, for more than five years, overseeing its growth from a venture capital backed start-up through the sale of the company to publicly held LIFE Technologies in 2008 for $57M. She also served as CFO of CEDRA Corporation, a contract research organization to the pharmaceutical industry, from 1999 through its sale in a private equity transaction in 2007.
She has also served as Director for the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium and the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas and as a reviewer for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Ms. Sparkman is a certified public accountant, a certified valuation analyst, and a graduate of Texas A&M University
Mark Kiester is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA), Austin’s leading youth development agency, serving 12,000 kids in the Austin Area. Mark is a member of the Texas Education Agency’s Expanding Extended Learning Time Council, where he works with 12 other statewide appointees in developing direction and possible legislation to support and foster Out of School Time programs across the state. He is also a member of the Austin/Travis County Mentoring Advisory Council and the policy committee for One Voice Austin, a collaboration of 60 human services agencies in Travis County that assist in developing public policy and programs affecting the clients of those partner agencies. Currently he serves on the Board of Jarrott Productions. A new not-for- profit theatre company producing dramatic and comedic one act plays that reflect on the dynamics of families.
Mark was also named the 2014 Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Greenlights Nonprofits for Success’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards. In May 2015 he received the Legacy Leadership Award from the Central Texas Afterschool Network (now Learn All the Time Network). This is only the 3 rd time the organization awarded that honor in its 15-year history. In early 2017 Mark was awarded a “9 Core Values” award for Leadership by First Tee of Greater Austin.
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