ECHO starts the year with a bang saying good bye and hello to trusted and new staff! ECHO is proud to announce growth and depth in new staff that promises to serve our members and this community well on the quest to end homelessness. Our new position is a Director of Strategic Initiatives, filled by Kameron Fowler
. Kameron’s leadership (with a background in case management, supportive housing and program management) will help our community implement the recommendations approved in December by the ECHO Membership Council to promote housing stability for clients by improving our housing “system.” These recommendations, which leverage a HUD requirement with a local desire to house more people more quickly and save money along the way, include multiple but limited front doors, coordinated access, diversion, open/shared data, client prioritization and case management specialization. To participate in this work, please get involved with ECHO workgroups by contacting Kameron at email@example.com
Renaming the ECHO Program Manager to ECHO Operations Manager, we hired Niki Paul
to oversee coalition communications and operations. Niki’s background in executive management and program operations lends beautifully to this work and promises to advance ECHO to the next level. If you have questions about membership, HUD programs or volunteering with ECHO, please contact Niki at firstname.lastname@example.org
is the new HMIS Trainer. Tina will be out in the community assisting HMIS users with specific applications and getting an upclose view of questions and stumbling blocks in order to improve training. Tina comes to us as licensed user of Service Point, so she hits the ground running and ready! We are proud that Tina serves our country in the Texas National Guard. So, don’t be surprised if she comes to visit wearing Army fatigues. Lucky for us, her mentor now is Richard Dodson
, who serves as the HMIS Administrator. Richard began his work with HMIS nearly 4 years ago as the first HMIS trainer. We are grateful for his steady hand on the keyboard. Please read more about ECHO staff at http://austinecho.org/leadership/staff/
2013 marked the leaving of longtime consultant and 2 year staff member Jessie Aric
. Jessie accepted a call to work for the Dept. of State Health Services directing a program called Money Follows the Person. With much admiration and appreciation, we wish Jessie the best and thank her for her years of ECHO stewardship. Garrett Olin
, Director of HMIS also answered a call to join his wife in touring South America for the next year or so. They own a travel company (Go Mo Places
) and will be evaluating vendors and seeking new destinations. Garrett’s work propelled HMIS to be a true community resource and we appreciate his short time with us. Earlier in the fall, HMIS trainer Sophia Checa
began work with the Texas Homeless Network to foster development of coordinated assessment around the state. We know she does good work and will help communities who lack many of the resources we have in Travis County.
ECHO appreciates from where we have come, and looks forward to much progress with your help in the coming months. Get involved!