Our Team

Erica Blue, CEO, Austin Sunshine Camps
Chief Executive Officer

Erica Blue

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Originally from Alief, an area on the southwest side of Houston, Texas, Erica was the first person in her family to go to college. For the past decade, she has dedicated her career to causes she was positively impacted by as a kid. Erica was most recently with the national nonprofit, Marathon Kids, as their Chief Operations Officer, and helped scale the organization from programming in three to all 50 states. She graduated from Sam Houston State with a BA in Communication Studies and from Texas Christian University with a MS in Communications Studies in Human Relations. She is excited to help take Austin Sunshine Camps to the next level.

Michelle Conner
Event Sales Manager, Zilker Lodge Rental Program

Michelle Conner

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Michelle grew up in Pasadena and left for college in San Marcos where she fell in love with the river, nearby Lake Travis, and the endless outdoor activities. She graduated from Texas State with a BS in Business Education and Communications. Her favorite volunteer activities always include active kids having fun. After touring ASC and Zilker Lodge, seeing all the smiling faces of the campers and counselors and hearing the leaders’ passion for the mission, Michelle knew this is where she wanted to share her experience and make an impact. She is excited to be a part of the ASC team and to provide our Zilker Lodge clients and guests with an extraordinary experience and exceptional service.

Alex Cruz
Program Director

Alex Cruz

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Alex was born and raised in Humble, Texas with her parents and two brothers. She went on to be an All-America Scholar athlete at Texas State University where she played softball and got a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Alex is passionate about making the world a better place and getting kids outside and moving! Since graduating, Alex has used her love for kids and education across the globe in a multitude of settings. She has been a PE teacher, homeschool teacher, Special Education teacher, and as an outdoor education instructor. Alex fell in love with ASC’s mission and the children we serve while working as our Camp Director in 2021, and is thrilled to be a permanent member of the team.

Jessica Foulke
Chief Programs Officer

Jessica Foulke

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Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Jessica Foulke has lived in Austin since 2008. Jessica has over a decade of professional experience in education at all grade levels and in multiple districts in the Austin community. Jessica most recently served as the Curriculum Designer and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Designer for IDEA Health Professions. She graduated from McPherson College with a BA in History and Political Science and Music. Jessica is passionate about the power of summer camp, and is excited to help create transformational experiences for kids at Austin Sunshine Camps!

Maddie Friedman
Development & Communications Coordinator

Maddie Friedman

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Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Maddie moved to Austin in 2014 to attend the University of Texas. Growing up Maddie attended summer camp for 10+ years and spent three summers as a camp Counselor. After graduating with a BS in Public Relations, Maddie moved to DC to begin her career in the Non-Profit sector as the Operations and Communications Associate at Maryland Hillel. After over two years away Maddie couldn’t wait to return to Austin, and is thrilled to begin her time at Austin Sunshine Camps as the Development and Communications Coordinator. In her free time you can find Maddie in the aisles of Trader Joe’s, front row at a country concert, or looking up plane fares for her next big adventure. Maddie can’t wait to be a part of making summer camp a positive experience for all kids at ASC.

Megan Grayless
Chief Development Officer

Megan Grayless

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Megan is originally from Virginia but has spent the past 13 years in Austin. Megan enjoys building relationships and is passionate about positive youth development. She received a BS in Health Sciences from James Madison University and a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Megan feels a strong connection to the mission of Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) and is excited to take ASC from a hidden gem to a community treasure.

Andrea Haimes
Events & Operations Coordinator

Andrea Haimes

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Andrea loves Hawaii. She loves Hawaii so much that she has been there five times – including once to get married (thanks Hyatt perks)! Andrea is originally from Lancaster, PA but has lived in Austin since 2015. She has 10 years of hospitality experience, two dogs (Bean and Sprout), and a brand new baby. Andrea is super excited to work in middle of Zilker Park giving back to the community and sending kids to camp!

Sarah Jovinelly
Director of Finance & Operations

Sarah Jovinelly

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A transplant from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Sarah has happily spent all of her 20s in Austin. She received a Masters in Community and Administrative Leadership Social Work from the University of Texas, and a BA in Anthropology and Gender Studies from Rice University. Sarah loves to bring order, efficiency, income, and spreadsheets into the workplace. In her spare time, Sarah trains in Krav Maga and is a passionate member of the gender equality and reproductive health movements. Sarah is looking forward to strengthening Austin Sunshine Camps’ financial sustainability and connecting with their large networks across Austin.

Jacie Minnick
Volunteer Coordinator

Jacie Minnick

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Originally from Indiana, Jacie is a born and raised Hoosier but she has lived in Austin, Texas since 2018. She earned a Master of Science in Leadership and Change from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and a BA in sociology from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. As the Residence Director for 450+ undergraduate students at St. Edward’s University’s Office of Residence Life as well as the Housemom of Phi Gamma Delta’s Tau Chapter at Hanover College, Jacie brings with her 5 years of experience in Residential Education and Facilities Management. Her background is also rooted in working with incarcerated youth. In fact, you might know her as “Minnick” from the Netflix docuseries Girls Incarcerated, which was filmed while she worked as a Psychiatric Social Services Specialist at Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for girls aged twelve to eighteen adjudicated within the Indiana Department of Correction. Jacie is passionate about building relationships, leadership development, social justice, and empowering community members to join in social change efforts. Jacie is honored to be the person who gets to call “bringing more hands and hearts to ASC to fulfill our mission” a job.

Felipe Salas
Facilities Manager

Felipe Salas

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Felipe Salas is an avid soccer player who joined Austin Sunshine Camps after working for 16 years with a construction firm: he started as an interpreter and worked his way to eventually becoming one of their best foreman! When he is not fixing everything around our two camps, you can find Felipe fishing on the lake or dominating the soccer field as a star left midfielder. His quick wit, high levels of energy, construction knowledge, language skills, and love of kids makes him the perfect addition to our team.

Jacob Summer
Program Director

Jacob Summer

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As one of 5 kids, Jacob was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana and attended Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Math Education and his Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Throughout college, Jacob worked as a Camp Counselor, after school staff member, and as a Day Camp Director for the local Boys & Girls Club and for the local YMCA, as well as did his student-teaching at a local middle school and at a high school in rural Kenya. After graduation, Jacob moved to Fort Worth, to serve as the Camp Director and Director of Afterschool programs at Camp Fire First Texas. As a camper all throughout his youth and as a camp professional since 2010, Jacob believes that the power and impact of a positive camp experience is truly immeasurable and should be accessible to all youth. He is very excited to join ASC’s team as a Program Director in 2021 to help fulfill its mission.