Jennifer Martinez, Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Texas, Jennifer Martinez is invested in promoting the vision of The Arc of Texas through the creation of innovative policy recommendations and building on the strong partnerships that exist with self-advocates, as well as state and federal agencies. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector. She began her career with The Arc of Texas over a decade ago as a Program Coordinator for the Texas Microboards Program. Her relationship with The Arc of Texas continued as a Board Member beginning in the fall of 2017. Previously, she served as the Director of Operations and System Management in the Office of Mental Health Coordination. She has guided workforce, housing and jail diversion policy at the state level and has worked with stakeholders and agency leadership on the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee (BHAC), Parity Workgroup, and Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (SBHCC) to move legislative recommendations forward. Additionally, she served as the Liaison to the SBHCC and the Team Lead for the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver in the Legacy Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division. She earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University.
Haley Greer, J.D., Director of Master Pooled Trust
As Director of The Arc of Texas Master Pooled Trust, Haley Greer oversees our trust fund that provides people with disabilities an ongoing source of money for supplemental wants and needs. Haley is responsible for assisting families in establishing trust accounts, keeping up with current Medicaid regulations, approving and reporting trust disbursements, communicating with attorneys, judges, and the bank about trust issues, and educating local chapters of The Arc of Texas and other interested groups about the benefits of the trust.
Ginger Mayeaux, MSSW, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
As Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for The Arc of Texas, Ginger Mayeaux works with Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and disability-rights activists to promote, protect, and advocate for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with IDD. Ginger provides advocacy training, assists in identifying the public policy issues they care about, and helps them mobilize so they can speak for themselves at the Texas Capitol and beyond. Ginger also works with the Texas legislature and staff at Texas state agencies, and is a member of of several committees and workgroups, including chairing the Star+Plus Pilot Program Workgroup. Ginger has over a decade of experience working with self-advocates, families, and other stakeholders on advocacy and systems change. Prior to her work at The Arc of Texas, Ginger served as the Voting Rights Specialist for Disability Rights Texas and as Consumer Directed Services Specialist at The Department of Aging and Disability Services. She has received several awards during her career, including The Friendship Award from Texas Advocates and the Empowerment Award for Excellence in Promotion of Self-Advocacy from AAIDD, Texas. She has a Master’s of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University.
Kathy Pham, Director of Finance and Operations
As the Director of Finance & Operations, Kathy Pham is responsible for managing financial functions, operations, and human resource activities for The Arc of Texas. Kathy’s career spans more than 14 years in accounting, non-profit management, and public education business management. Before joining The Arc of Texas in August 2015, Kathy served as the Business Manager of an open-enrollment public charter school in East Austin. Prior to that, she served as an accountant for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. She also held the role as Operations Manager for Austin Partners in Education, a non-profit focused on tutoring and mentoring students for Austin ISD schools. Kathy’s goal is to provide proper stewardship of funds and ensure operations run efficiently so that staff are able to focus on fulfilling the mission and vision of The Arc of Texas.
Summer Mandell, Director of Communications & Marketing
As Director of Communications & Marketing, Summer Mandell helps The Arc of Texas tell its story, sharing its advocacy and program initiatives and successes. Summer has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit association communications, including print and digital media. Prior to joining The Arc of Texas, she held editor positions at Texas REALTOR® and Associations Now magazines. Summer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and good coffee.
Ashley Ford, Deputy Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
As Deputy Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Ashley Ford promotes the public policy priorities and supports the grassroots advocacy efforts of The Arc of Texas. Prior to joining The Arc of Texas, she was a Public Policy and Communications Specialist for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities and a legislative intern for Texas State Representative John Zerwas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Texas State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in technical communication from Texas State. Her hometown is Paris, Texas.
Alex Cogan, LMSW, Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy
As Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy, Alex Cogan works to ensure that the civil rights of people with IDD are honored, protected, and enforced throughout the state of Texas. She does this through education, advocacy, and training on the local and state level. During the 86th Texas Legislative Session, she helped pass three pieces of criminal justice legislation that will ultimately provide greater access to justice for the IDD population. Additionally, she has trained more than 800 criminal justice professionals on interacting with and supporting individuals with IDD, including peace officers, first responders, lawyers, and victim service providers. Alex is a Licensed Master Social Worker, graduating from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas–Austin, and holds a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Georgia.
Wendy Ward, Leadership & Advocacy Coordinator
As the Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, Wendy is the program manager for the Partners in Disability Leadership program, and taking a lead role in grassroots advocacy efforts. Wendy most recently worked at American Red Cross National Headquarters where she advocated for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, global health programs that support the CDC’s efforts to combat preventable childhood diseases, and the protection of international disaster assistance. Prior, she worked on public policy issues related to food insecurity at the Central Texas Food Bank and intergenerational public policies at Generations United, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and older adults. Wendy is originally from Atlanta, GA. She’s lived in Honolulu, HI (where she never managed to get up on a surf board) and Washington, DC. Wendy greatly enjoys the Austin atmosphere, spending time with her family, cooking, and doing yoga.
Nate Lyon, Public Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Nate Lyon He is a recent graduate from Boston College, and comes to us through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps program. He has previously worked as a regional representative for the Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco Bay Area land conservation and urban planning non-profit. Nate’s passion to serve comes from his eight years of Jesuit education through high school and college, where he began to understand the complex challenge that exists in the United States’ criminal justice system. Nate is excited to use his past experiences in working with partner organizations and groups as well as his interest in legal affairs to advocate for improved criminal justice policies for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nate earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Boston College. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in San Jose, California and is from Redwood City, California.
Yamina Gomez, Master Pooled Trust Administrator
Yamina Gomez is the Trust Administrator for The Arc of Texas Master Pooled Trust. Originally from Southern California, Yamina has spent the last 7 years trying to find her way around Texas. She received a Bachelor’s Degree In Psychology and has been serving as a Master Pooled Trust Coordinator for The Arc of Texas MPT for the past 3 years. Yamina, was recently promoted to Trust Coordinator where some of her duties include but are not limited to, oversight in the coordination of the Master Pooled Trust program for prompt and effective disbursement of funds to benefit Trust beneficiaries. This includes communicating with individuals with disabilities, families, attorneys and judges. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her dogs (Roxie and Jax), eating pizza, napping, driving fast, and getting things done!
Colette Flormann, Master Pooled Trust Enrollment Specialist
Colette Flormann is primarily responsible for assisting the Trust Manager and Coordinators in administering all aspects of the program. Colette is also responsible for providing support to the Trust Manager on all other aspects of the program including marketing, evaluation, coordinating committee meetings and input, and general operations of the trust.
Thelma Faglie, Master Pooled Trust Coordinator
Thelma Faglie is a true Austinite and has been with The Arc of Texas since June 2017. As the Master Pooled Trust Coordinator, Thelma’s responsibilities include Special Needs Trust administration and client support. Thelma’s specialty is bringing enthusiastic energy to the office. Outside of work, she enjoys performing and spending time with her family.
Jessica Wright, Master Pooled Trust Coordinator
Ashley Melero, Master Pooled Trust Benefits Specialist
Cory Davis, Master Pooled Trust Accountant
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he is known for his wonderful customer service, and provides financial oversight to the Master Pooled Trust program.
Susan Barkley, Master Pooled Trust Administrative Assistant
Evelyn Aguilar, Manger of Operations
Kyle Michaels, Finance Coordinator
As Finance Coordinator, Kyle Michaels works to support the F&O department and CEO. She brings administrative and organizational skills to the team. Kyle is the mother of three cats, a dog, and a furless baby.