Communities In Schools of Central Texas Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Suki joined Communities In Schools in 1994 and prior to becoming the CEO, she served as the agency’s Director of Projects where she oversaw the expansion of the agency’s programming and budget. Suki has a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is active in the nonprofit community where she has used her experience and business acumen to improve the lives of disenfranchised youth and families. She is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Austin Essential class and was featured in the Austin Business Journal’s annual Profiles in Power. Suki’s nonprofit career began after being inspired to serve others as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa where she taught math for three years. This spirit of service is shared by her husband, Chester and their children, Annie and Nick.
Chief Operations and Equity Officer
Sharon has 15 years of experience in management, and in the execution and implementation of community programs. She earned Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston, and a Master of Education degree from Texas State University. She joined Communities In Schools of Central Texas in 2017. Prior to joining the CIS team, Sharon was Director of Operations at C5 Youth Foundation in Atlanta, and Recreation Program Manager for the City of Austin. Sharon is a community volunteer and was honored as an Austin ISD “Shining Star.” She is a member of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2019.
Chief Development Officer
Carmine joined Communities In Schools as Chief Development Officer in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern. Prior to CIS, Carmine served as Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the SAFE Foundation, and CDO of Children’s Bureau, a child abuse prevention and foster/adoption agency in Los Angeles. While he has spent the past 15 years working with child-focused social service agencies, Carmine spent the first 10 years of his professional career at Stanford and Northwestern universities, where he became recognized for his work in real estate planning, principal and major gifts, capital campaigns, and strategic planning. Carmine is a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Austin Essential class. His favorite work days are spent with individuals and families, discussing how they want to make the world a better place through philanthropy. His favorite days at home are spent cooking, gardening, running or entertaining friends, especially when it’s with his husband, Steve and son, Baltazar.
Sr. Program Director of Campus Based Services
Emily is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) with a Bachelors of Science in Social Work from St. Mary’s College and a Masters of Science in Social work from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining Communities In Schools in 2007, Emily was the Director of a small non-profit in St. Louis. During her tenure at Communities In Schools, Emily has held the positions of Program Manager and Program Director before taking on the role of Senior Program Director of Campus Based Services. Emily has previously served on various committees within Communities In Schools, recently completed the CIS Leadership Academy, and currently serves on the Greater Austin Reading Coalition. Emily enjoys cooking, baking, trying new foods and traveling with her husband and 2 children.
Sr. Director of Development
John has 15 years of fundraising experience and a total of 17 years working in social service organizations. He built his development career on a foundation of social work education and direct client service and he also has extensive experience in program evaluation and strategic planning. John joined the development team at Communities In Schools of Central Texas in 2011 as Director of Community Partnerships and now serves as Sr. Director of Development. John maintains a portfolio of major donors and prospects and leads corporate sponsorship, special event, donor stewardship, and payroll giving fundraising efforts for the agency. Prior to joining CIS, John was hired as the first Director of Development at Hope Alliance in Round Rock, TX, a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center and shelter. John began his non-profit career at Helping Hand Home for Children in Austin, supporting children recovering from abuse and neglect in their residential treatment and foster/adoption programs. Prior to entering the non-profit sector, John had a brief but successful sales career. John is passionate about connecting altruistic community members with the causes they care about. John earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Karen joined Communities In Schools in the fall of 2020 as the Innovation Officer. She earned a bachelors and master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University and became licensed in the State of Texas as a Master Social Worker in 2013. Before joining CIS, Karen served as the Chief Program Officer at Con Mi MADRE supporting three chapters in Texas. Prior to that, she was part of the Children’s Department at Safe Place, currently known as SAFE. Karen’s goal is to disrupt systems that keep the families we serve at the margins, preventing them from unleashing their skills. Karen enjoys being an active member of her community and enjoys opportunities for educational and professional growth. Most recently Karen graduated from the Hispanic Austin Leadership Program. In 2018 she completed Leadership Austin’s Emerge program, and the Data Leaders Academy presented by Good Measure. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin. She has been married for 10 years and has a 6 year old daughter. She enjoys family gatherings and hanging out with friends.
Rebecca Gamboa Gomez
Sr. Program Director of Campus Based Services
Rebecca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who joined Communities In Schools in 2011 after earning a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Rebecca has had the opportunity to work in various positions in the agency (Caseworker, Program Manager, Program Director of Campus Based Programs) where her strong passion for working with youth and families was applied. She is equally passionate about systems work and has participated in agency initiatives such as Capacity Team, Change Team, and Leadership Academy to gain skills and provide input to drive the mission forward. Rebecca has been a recipient of the Employee Excellence award. She enjoys starting the day off with a quiet early morning walk with her dog, and loves spending quality time with her family.
Johanna Hosking Pulido
Sr. Program Director, Innovation
Johanna is from the mountains of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business from La Salle University, and spent 5 years serving as the Director of the International and Cultural Office at La Salle University Pachuca while also remaining part of its high school faculty. She joined Communities In Schools in 2010, and the focus of her work has been on two-gen, school readiness, family engagement, and supporting families of young children. For the past eight years she has participated in equity dialogues and trainings to re-imagine systems that are inclusive for all families and their children, and as an equity advocate on the steering committee with Austin Community College’s Truth, Racial Healing &Transformation Campus Center. In her current role as the Senior Program Director of Innovation, she pilots innovative agency-wide initiatives, and supports three CIS programs; ASPIRE Family Literacy, Care Coordination, and AmeriCorps. Johanna serves on the City of Austin Early Childhood Council (ECC) as the Mayor’s Appointee, the ECC Community Engagement & Partnerships Work Group, and the Joint Inclusion Committee. She is a proud mother of two bilingual girls and is part of the Campus Advisory Council at their dual-language Austin ISD School.
Sr. Director of Communications
Debra has over twenty years of experience in the fields of communication, advertising, and marketing. Prior to joining Communities In Schools, she worked 13 years for the Austin American-Statesman in the advertising, circulation, and audience departments. She developed original youth programs and content, including the award-winning “Hit a Home Run for Reading” summer reading program, and she served on the NAA Foundation Digital Newspapers in Education Task Force. In her role as the Statesman’s Community Development Manager, she oversaw signature community programs focused on literacy, children, and health and wellness, including Statesman Season for Caring and Swim Safe. In her role as Sr. Director of Communications at CIS, she introduced the Strong Voices public speaking training program, and served two terms as a CIS National Brand Ambassador. She served as member of the CIS Change Team which was instrumental in the creation of a plan to operationalize the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She has been a volunteer CIS Reading Buddy since 2014, and is a member of Impact Austin and Women Communicators of Austin.
Director of Performance Measurement and Reporting
Kaylee started with Communities In Schools in 2014 when she served two terms in the AmeriCorps program. Kaylee has bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from The University of Michigan and completed the Master’s in Public Administration program at Texas State University in 2021. Kaylee completed Good Measure’s inaugural Data Leaders Academy in 2018.
Lilia M. Miletti
Sr. Director Finance and Accounting
Lilia has over 20 years of experience in non-profit finance and management. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and is currently working on her Master of Public Administration at Texas State University. Prior to joining the CIS team, Lilia was offering Consulting Services to various non-profits in the San Antonio area and preparing herself to sit for the CPA. Lilia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and 6 years ago relocated to Texas. She loves to serve the community, exercise, travel and spend time with her family.
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships
Lindsay is passionate about building the systems, capacity and community that our institutions need to better serve their people. She has led innovative & interdisciplinary teams in the nonprofit, public and private technology sectors, as well as served as a consultant to nonprofit leadership. As Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, she coordinates services of over 60 local youth-serving providers, as well as supervises a team who leads CIS’ Basic Needs Department, Volunteer and Internships Department and Pebble Project, a child safety program. Lindsay holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Bachelors in both Sustainable International Development and Communications from Tulane University. She believes deeply in educational equity, and in the joy & wisdom of all youth. She also loves New Orleans brass bands, Liberating Structures, travel and her sweet family.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dian has more than 22 years of experience in human resources, employee relations, employee benefits, recruiting, and onboarding. Before starting with Communities In Schools of Central Texas in 1996, Dian served on the membership support teams for the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Pharmacy Association. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She is an active member of One Voice Central Texas, a coalition of the leadership of over one hundred nonprofit health and human service organizations working to make sure that everyone can contribute to our community and thrive. Dian enjoys taking epic road trips, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her family.