What started in 1981 as an organization to support at-risk youth in Comal County has expanded to serve 17 counties with counseling, prevention programming, an emergency children's shelter and a youth transitional living program.
Strengthening communities, one youth and one family at a time.
We envision a community where every individual feels safe, is empowered to make positive life changes, and has the opportunity to lead a meaningful life.
Chief Executive Officer
Jacob has spent his career working with youth in foster care. He received a social work degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas. Jacob studied Community and Administrative Leadership with a focus on non-profit management. Jacob is an Endeavor Fellow through the San Antonio Area Foundation and a graduate of Leadership New Braunfels. Jacob is a licensed social worker and childcare administrator as well as a Trust-Based Relationship educator. Jacob has six children and has been a foster parent twice. He is from Las Vegas but considers Texas home!
Chief Financial Officer
Nicole works closely with her team to manage grants, cash flow, and budget reports, while providing strategic financial planning. Her professional experience includes over eight years in Finance and Business Management, mostly in group homes. Nicole is originally from Reno, Nevada, but now lives in New Braunfels with her husband and two sons. She enjoys baking, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Rochelle has responsibility for hiring, onboarding, employee relations, and IT. Rochelle's background includes HR management for both nonprofit organizations and private businesses. Rochelle has a Bachelor's degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and currently lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Robert.
Chief Communications Officer
Megan oversees communication, marketing and development. She works with an internal team to cultivate and distribute messaging designed to generate volunteers, donations, and support. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication-Public Relations from Texas State University. Her professional background includes marketing within higher education and state government. Megan lives in New Braunfels with her husband and two daughters.
Chief Residential Officer
Charles holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from KSU and a master's degree in Criminal Justice from WSU. He began working with youth through the Positive Pathways Program (P3) under BBBS for youth involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to Connections, Charles held various positions in residential settings including a group home, residential treatment center, and a detention center. He also provided skills development and parenting courses to youth and their families from Austin to San Antonio. Charles spends his free time with wife Kristina, son Kari, and dogs Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. He enjoys Legos, drawing, soccer, and video games.
Chief Prevention Officer
Stefanie has been with Connections for ten years as a certified prevention specialist. She is responsible for providing oversight to all prevention programs, and is passionate about seeing youth grow academically and in confidence. Stefanie was born and raised in Pleasanton, Texas.
Chief Community Services Officer
Micki is has been a licensed family therapist for six years and began her journey here at Connections 10 years ago as a graduate student intern. She transitioned into a leadership role after working closely with clients for many years and is passionate about collaborating with her team to enhance the counseling department and further its outreach into the communities Connections serves. Micki moved to Texas from Colorado and enjoys being outdoors and on the water with her family as much as possible. She believes in the healing power of nature, positivity, and being present in the moment.
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Having lived in South Central Texas most of his life, Matthew and his wife, Kaci, settled in New Braunfels in 2013. He attended the University of Texas where he received an undergraduate degree in government then embraced his entrepreneurial spirit owning and operating five companies over a decade. In recent years, Matthew has worked in the accounting and tax industries and currently owns bookkeeping and business management company. Community and non-profit service is near and dear to Matthew's heart as evidenced by his service to underprivileged children. Some of his fondest memories are of working in inner city Houston with at-risk middle schoolers. Matthew and his wife have three beautiful children and they enjoy church ministries, sports, and watching movies together.
Pia is an executive coach, business strategy consultant, and retired Air Force Colonel with 33 years experience in LEAN/Six Sigma consulting, leading people, developing strategy, building new organizations, and improving performance in large organizations. She believes everyone deserves great leadership and inspiration, and is passionate about solving problems, instilling positive change, and working with people. Pia and her husband, Chris Stansbury, are proud New Braunfels residents and devote many hours to playing racquet sports and their rescued furry friends. Together, they began their journey into working with non-profits and community service in 2021, and Pia is thrilled to be a part of Connections and infinite possibilities.
George Scofield is with Norton Rose Fulbright where he has practiced law in the health care and tax exempt finance areas for over 40 years. George attended LSU and received a BA in accounting and a law degree and received a Master of Law degree from NYU. George has served as the Chair of the board of San Antonio Medical Foundation, the Section of Taxation of the Texas Bar Association, and Any Baby Can of Texas. He has also served or is serving on the boards of United Way of San Antonio, Salvation Army, Morningside Ministries, Charity Ball Association, BioMed SA, and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Amy has 20+ years of experience in the social services field. She currently works remotely as a project coordinator for The Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) in Peoria, IL, an organization that provides social and recreational programming for individuals with disabilities. Her current role consists of coordinating special projects; grant writing; creating and revising staff training; revising program handbooks; and coordinating a yearly basketball field trip for over 2000 students with disabilities. Before relocating to New Braunfels in 2017, she served as a program manager, supervising a year-round day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Amy has a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University and served as a family counselor at Catholic Charities in Peoria, IL. While living in Belgium, she was a volunteer counselor at the British School of Brussels and on a private basis for individuals and families. Amy, her husband, and two children love living in New Braunfels and are proud to call it home.
Caleb is currently a student at Texas A&M University. In high school, Caleb co-founded FloatMe, a company dedicated to financial wellness of employees by providing early access to pay, a way to save, and financial health. After a summer at Stanford, Caleb started a new startup, Lecturely, with a mission on providing a platform that tracks students' interests inside the classroom and bases the curriculum taught on those interests, keeping students more engaged and providing a more personalized learning experience
Amanda is the co-founder and owner of Anding Environmental Consulting, LLC, headquartered in New Braunfels. She is a Texas State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Geography. Amanda began volunteering with Connections in 2014 within the Transitional Living Program. Given her past experience with board development and her interest in helping foster care youth, she decided to join the Connections Board of Directors in 2021. Amanda lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Matt, their two daughters, Dutchez and Gracie, and their four-legged companions, Duke (dog) and Navani (cat).
Hope has an undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management and is an almost 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force. A Texas native, she and her husband call Spring Branch home. She has a background in health and wellness, education & training, career advising, crisis counseling, and has several decades in leadership and management. Hope has a long history of working with non-profits and community service organizations, particularly those serving the underprivileged and at-risk persons. She is honored to be a part of Connections!
Leanne is the Human Resources Manager for the City of Schertz. She graduated with her BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has over 16 years experience in Human Resources and holds a Professional Human Resources certification. Leanne was born and raised in Texas and has lived in the Central Texas area for the past 13 years. She has called New Braunfels home since 2020, and she looks forward to supporting Connections and helping those in New Braunfels and the surrounding areas.