Family Connects Nurse Supervisor
Hope is a native Austinite and has been a nurse for over 10 years. She has devoted her professional life to working with mom and babies in a variety of settings. In 2014, she obtained her graduate degree in Nurse-Midwifery. Although she loves the caring for women through pregnancy and birth, she is most passionate about improving maternal/infant outcomes at the population level, and is excited to see the impact of Family Connects in her own community. She loves spending time with her two young kids, reading, and traveling.
Brenda is a bilingual Registered Nurse who learned Spanish when she lived in Nicaragua as a young child. She moved to Austin from Houston in 2000 and has worked as a mother/baby postpartum nurse for 22 years. She has two grown children and four grandchildren. Brenda enjoys opportunities to educate and share skills that empower parents. She likes to spend time with her grandchildren hiking in the Greenbelts of Austin.
Felica has over 12 years of nursing experience in Post-Partum, Maternal Health, Med-Surg, Pediatric Home Health and a variety of Specialty Clinics (OB/Gyn, Neurology, and Family Practice). She also has previous experience as a Nurse Home Visitor with Nurse Family Partnership (Any Baby Can). She obtained a BSN from University of Wyoming and completed her MSN in Nursing Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. As a mother/wife she understands the joys of parenting, and that everyone has unique family dynamics. She has a passion for building strong families based on evidence-based models. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Kathryn is a native Austinite and has been a nurse for over 20 years. She obtained a BSN from the School of Nursing, at the University of Texas in Austin. Working with the maternal-child population is her passion and being able to support a family as they welcome a new baby into their household, continues to be an awesome experience. She enjoys helping mothers identify their strengths and use these skills towards self-confidence and empowerment. Her nursing background includes employment in the NICU, OB/GYN clinic, staff development, and as a school nurse. In addition, she has previous experience as a Nurse Home Visitor and Nurse Supervisor, with the Nurse-Family Partnership (Any Baby Can). Kathryn is a mother/wife and has 5 children that continue to teach her that you are always learning, growing and adjusting. She enjoys spending time with her family, organizing and photography.
Lanna has nearly 20 years of experience in maternal-child nursing and loves helping new moms and families nourish and nurture their babies. Prior to nursing school, she was as a postpartum and labor doula in the Pacific Northwest and transitioned to labor & delivery and mother-baby couplet care nursing once she received her BSN/RN in 2000. After living in Ireland and France, Lanna moved to Austin in 2007 and has since enjoyed working as an IBCLC lactation consultant in the Austin area. She loves babies, of course, and also believes, as the sociologist Barbara Katz Rothman said, that “Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers (and fathers) who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” She hopes that her work with Family Connects will go a little way toward doing just that.
Omaira is a bilingual nurse, fluent in both English and Dari. She holds degrees in Nursing and Psychology, from the University of Texas and University of Arizona, respectively. Throughout her career she has gained experience working in school nursing, teaching, acute care, mental health, maternal/child health, community outreach, and in a variety of diverse clinic settings. She is committed to researching and providing evidence-based information combined with clinical experience, to promote the best possible health and wellness for her clients. Her experience with the birth of newborns, as well as being a mother herself, has given her insight into best practices as well as understanding the challenges that come with a newborn.
Outside of work, Omaira enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, art, and the great outdoors.
Program Support Specialist
Sara has called Austin home for the last four years. She thrives working in diverse settings which has led her to live and work in seven different countries. However Austin has a special spot in her heart, as it is her son’s hometown. Over the course of her career, she has pursued experience in community outreach, youth development, education, and social work. She has learned the importance and power of engaging the community to generate social change. The relationships she has developed with the community are a key source of motivation and personal growth. For that reason, she looks forward to connecting with families going through the transformative experience that is welcoming a newborn. Academically, she has also learned a lot as an undergrad in sociology at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and graduate student in social work at the University of Texas-Austin. During her free time, she enjoys exploring restaurants, art events, and walking around her neighborhood with her family.