Angel 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 live 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.
Desiree Morales, CTAN Past President, Summer and Special Programs Coordinator, ACE Austin
Desiree joined the Austin Out-of-School Time community in 2010 as the Afterschool Site Coordinator at Martin Middle School before rising to her current role developing Summer and College- and Workforce-Readiness programs for ACE Austin. She is passionate about ensuring equal access to high-quality learning opportunities for all youth, and creating innovative and engaging summer programs that help close the achievement gap. She is certified by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality as a Methods Trainer. In 2012, the Get Ready for College program which she developed was named Most Innovative Activity in the category of College- and Workforce-Readiness by the Texas Education Agency.
Kierstin Hettler, CTAN Membership Co-Chair, Director of Education, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Kierstin has been working in the Austin Out-of-School Time community through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area for the past 4 years. In that time, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Club Director at the Cook Elementary Boys & Girls Club, and now works as the Curriculum Specialist. She is a certified Methods and Management trainer with the Weikart Center, and is passionate about Youth Program Quality. Kierstin holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, where she studied Early Childhood Education and Theatre for Young Audiences. She is currently working on her Masters in Youth Development through Michigan State University.
Emily Weerts has over ten years experience as an educator and program manager for innovative learning projects in schools, museums, and outreach settings. She has developed and managed a diverse set of programs focused on STEM education, 21st Century Skills, and creative problem solving. An avid collaborator, Emily has a strong record of establishing and sustaining partnerships with educators, mentors, and learners. In 2014, she co-founded Nucleus Learning Network, a nonprofit focused on connecting stakeholders interested in enhancing Austin’s innovative learning community. Emily’s personal heroes include Jim Henson, Ada Lovelace, and Luke Skywalker. Emily is excited to increase engagement and build community among CTAN’s members.
Sabine Foster, CTAN Treasurer, The Infinity Movement, Inc.
Since 1995, Sabine Foster has spearheaded interventions that produce positive measurable outcomes, with programs observed in promising-practice reports by SEDL, the Texas Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Education. Foster co-founded the St. John Community-School Alliance and assisted with strategies that resulted in winning the “100 Best Communities” award, saving three schools from closure, and moving six schools from Academically Unacceptable to Acceptable state ratings. As a consultant, Foster has overseen $80 million in federal grants for the Texas Education Agency, and she currently facilitates the Central Texas Ready By 21 Coalition, which brings together stakeholders from all sectors for collective impact efforts to improve child and youth outcomes across the region. Most recently, Foster became Administrative Supervisor of Partnerships for the Austin Independent School District, a new position created to streamline and maximize coordination of partnership activity to help achieve the district’s strategic goals. Foster has contributed her time and talent to CTAN in various ways since 2004, including her current role as Treasurer.
Monica Armendariz, CTAN Professional Development Co-Chair, Technical Assistance Coordinator, Texas ACE
As the Professional Development Officer, Monica Armendariz oversees the strategic planning and implementation of CTAN’s professional development initiatives including monthly workshops and the CTAN University Conference. She has been a leader in out of school time for 10 years and a part of CTAN for the past 8 years, serving in a variety of leadership capacities on the executive committee including President. Ms. Armendariz’s daytime job is Technical Assistance Coordinator for Texas ACE (21st CCLC) programs. In this capacity she monitors and coaches federally funded out of school time programs across Texas. She has lived in Austin for over 14 years and is deeply involved in many education and community initiatives. She has extensive experience in out of school time and non-profit leadership including program design and evaluation, organization management and culture, and training on best practices and emerging trends at local, state and national levels.
Felicia Curran, CTAN Professional Development Co-Chair, Program Manager, United Way’s Middle Schools
Felicia Curran comes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Out-of-School Time community. She started as an AmeriCorps VISTA creating and implementing a college and career readiness program for high school students in the metro area. In 2013 Felicia moved to Austin and joined the ACE After School team as the ACE Site Coordinator for Mendez Middle School. During her time with ACE Felicia was able to strengthen her programmatic best practices and relationships within Austin. Currently, Felicia is the Program Manager for United Way’s Middle Schools. Felicia is looking forward to working with CTAN to strengthen and diversify the professional development opportunities for the Austin community.
Erika Gonzalez, CTAN Professional Development Co-Chair, Club Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Erika has been a part of the Austin Out-of-School Time community through her employment with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area since 2011, serving as a Program Director at East Club for a year and as a Director at the Southwest Key Club for 3 years. She recently returned to the East Club as the Director and looks forward to using restorative justice practices to develop a positive and encouraging culture. Erika is a certified Methods Trainer by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and views their Youth Program Quality Modules as a vital tool for developing effective youth workers. Erika holds a degree in Child Development and Family Studies from The University of North Texas and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas. She looks forward to contributing to CTAN and getting the opportunity to work with and meet professionals from a variety of service providers.
Sarah oversees Creative Action’s elementary after school program, summer camps, In the Classroom residencies and professional development. She supports teaching artist training and assessment, helps develop new programs and works closely with community partners. She is a former President of the Central Texas Afterschool Network and is trained as a Methods Trainer and External Assessor through the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Previous positions: Drama For Schools (UT-Austin), C.L.I.M.B. Theatre (Minnesota), and the Des Moines Playhouse (Iowa). Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin’s Drama and Theatre for Youth program.
Ricky Murray, CTAN Communications Co-Chair, Enrichment Program Specialist, Del Valle ISD LEAD Afterschool Program
Ricky was born and raised in Austin, Texas and began dancing at the age of 9. He joined the Ballet Folklorico team at Del Valle High School, where he discovered his passion for learning and teaching others. Immediately after graduating from high school Ricky was contracted to work with the Ballet Folklorico team for the 2008-2009 school year. Ricky later received an opportunity to work in the ACE afterschool program, which led to his current position as the Enrichment Program Specialist for the LEAD Afterschool Program in Del Valle ISD. In addition to programming afterschool enrichment activities for DVHS, Ricky continues to assist with the Folklorico program afterschool. Currently, he also dances with a professional non-profit dance company called Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas. Ricky enjoys his job because it allows him to give back to the students in the Del Valle community help them find their own passions.