Erica (Gordon) Blue, Chief Executive Officer
Originally from Alief, an area on the southwest side of Houston, Erica was the first person in her family to go to college. For the past decade, she has dedicated her career to causes that she herself was positively impacted by as a kid. Erica was most recently with the national non-profit, Marathon Kids, as their Chief Operations Officer, and helped scale the organization from programming in three to all fifty 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. Listen to Erica’s ASC story here.
Megan Grayless, Chief Development Officer
Megan is originally from Virginia but has spent the past 10 years in Austin leading youth-based projects at the University of Texas School of Public Health. 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 is excited to be part of the Austin Sunshine Camps Team.
Lawrence English, Chief Programs Officer
Lawrence grew up in Beaumont, Texas and attended the University of Houston from where he brings his wife and three children. He has been working with youth since the age of 18, and was immediately drawn to camp life. He loves being a positive influence in a child’s life and helping them create awesome memories. He has summer camp experience out of state and abroad in Cairo, Egypt. Lawrence comes to us from Playworks, bringing experience supporting all programming efforts as well as building school partnerships, training, HR, and office management. In his spare time he likes to hang out with his family, cheer for all Houston teams (Go Astros!), BBQ, be active, and spend time with friends. He is excited to meet, learn, and grow with the Austin Sunshine Camps Community.
Michelle Conner, Event Sales Manager, Zilker Lodge Rental Program
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 two decades of business experience includes building and growing organizations and leading and organizing events and team building. 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.
Mary Keenan, Grants Manager
Sarah Fountain, Youth Services Coordinator
Sarah Fountain is originally from Florida but has been in Austin since she was in middle school. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BSA in Human Development and Family Sciences and a BA in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures. After graduating, Sarah gained valuable experience with multiple youth development nonprofits focused on mentoring, youth sports, and after school programming. She joined the Austin Sunshine Camps team in February of 2018 and is excited to continue serving Central Texas children and families.
Yoliy Gamboa, Office Manager
Yoliy relocated to Austin from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she received a Bachelor’s in Health Education, Physical Education and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Education and Community Counseling from Texas State University. Yoliy was raised in the low-income, rural community of Hatch, New Mexico where she participated in New Mexico’s MESA youth program, a non-profit organization, later becoming an employee there. She believes it is important to empower and motivate culturally diverse communities through education, community resources, and positive health behaviors.
Xanya Davis, Operations and Programs Assistant
Xanya was born and raised right here in Austin Texas. Being an Austinite fostered an excitement for art in all of its many forms, including music, dance, literature, fashion, etc. After high school she took some time off, to work in a few different fields and determine what she was truly passionate about, and good at doing. Xanya attended our camps as a kid and came to really cherish the positive lifelong effects of her experience. It turns out she is passionate about helping people, specifically kids, cope with, and heal from trauma from adverse childhood experiences. Dealing with a a plethora of adversity in her own life has helped to give her the perspective and motivation to really make a difference. She plans on starting at Austin Community College this fall, later attending an HBCU for a degree in psychotherapy. She is honored and excited to be working with Austin Sunshine Camps to deliver a positive, diverse, and long lasting experience to the boys and girls of Central Texas.
Chris Escobar, Community Outreach Summer Intern
Chris grew up in San Antonio and is a rising Senior at University of Texas at Austin, studying Marketing and Sociology. He has been working with Austin Sunshine Camps for three years, having fun and learning about the different aspects of a non-profit. He chose Austin Sunshine Camps because of our positive influence on youth in Austin and values his time here as an investment in his future and in his community.
Joanna Ariola, Development Intern
Joanna most recently lived in Frisco, TX. She is a senior at St. Edward’s University studying Writing and Rhetoric. For the past two years, she worked with multiple school organizations and another nonprofit, Foundation Communities, gaining experience with leadership development, event planning and volunteer management.
Hannah Hicks, Development VISTA
Hannah grew up in Galveston, TX, an island 45 minutes south of Houston. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies. She has worked for nonprofit organizations since 2017 and moved to Austin in August of 2018. Hannah is excited to do her year of AmeriCorps service with ASC.
|Past President||Daniel Becka|
|Vice President of Alumni Relations||Dan McKinley|
|Alumni Liaison (Ex-Officio)||Yann Curtis|
|Chair of Alumni||Casey Kelley|
|Vice President of Facilities||Kelly Cooper|
|Chair of Zilker||Turner Kerr|
|Chair of Travis||Eric Pampe|
|Vice President of Communications||Michael Harman|
|Chair, Communication Systems||Jace Cambell|
|Chair, Technology||Travis Krause|
|Chair, Speaker Series||Jake Raymond|
|Chair, Media and Content||Will Love|
|Chair, External Communications||Jona Williams|
|Chair, Internal Communications||Weston Keenan|
|Vice President of Fundraising||Bobby Rosales|
|Chair of Individual||Ross Taylor|
|Chair of Corporate Development & In-Kind||Patrick Sims|
|Vice President of Membership||Sheldon Busch|
|Chair of Service Teams||Taylor Brown|
|Chair of Recruiting||Chris Gunn|
|Chair of New Members||Ricky Joshi|
|Chair of Retention||Drew Johnson|
|Vice President of Programs||James Baker|
|Chair of Sunshine Afterschool||Stephen Borrego|
|Chair of Programs||Chris Carson|
|Chair of Programs||Blake Feste|
|Chair of Programs||Chris McMillan|
|Chair of Programs||Burwell Thompson III|
|Vice President of Special Events||Ryan Starks|
|Senior Race Director – Sunshine Run||Jay Horn|
|Junior Race Director – Sunshine Run||Nolan Woyner|
|Chair of AU40||Hal Williams|
|Chair of Golf Tournament||Cole Moreland|
|Chair of Golf Tournament||Sam LeFebre|
|Chair of Social||Patrick Sims|