Katy Lanier

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katy lanier

Afterschool Program Director


Katy grew up in a small town south of Houston, making her a Texas girl through and through. She graduated high school early to attend a biblical studies program at Texas Bible Institute, and then went on to attend the University of Houston graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications focused in Public Relations, and minored in Early Childhood Education. 

Katy is passionate about discipling the next generation and sharing the anchoring hope found in Jesus. Growing up as a pastor's kid, she fell in love with ministry and the church at a young age. She has filled many roles from production and marketing, to pastoring children and youth, with her most recent experience coming from the corporate world. She is excited to bring her unique skill set to Side by Side Kids and continue championing the next generation in Austin. Her heart is to create a family-like culture of community for our staff, students, partners and volunteers. 

In her free time, Katy enjoys reading, rock climbing and exploring the city with her pup Lola.