Our Staff

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Chief Executive Officer

sly@sidebysidekids.org

Born and raised in the small cotton-farming community of Lamesa, TX, Sly first attended Midland Community College with the help and encouragement of his high school journalism teacher, a man who demonstrated to him the impact an educator can have on the life of a student. Later attending West Texas State University and majoring in criminal justice administration, Sly...

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Human Resources Director

lisa.doan@sidebysidekids.org

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Lisa moved to Austin to attend college at The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Business. Throughout her time at UT, she participated in various student and volunteer organizations, where her love for people and making a difference in the local...

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Interim Afterschool Program Director

carlos.vargas@sidebysidekids.org

A native Texan, Carlos was born and raised in Dallas. He moved to Austin in 2012 to attend UT Austin. After graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Carlos decided to stay in the tech hub to explore what Austin had to offer. After tackling various operations roles, Carlos wanted to discover a greater passion in his work and found his new...

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Development Director

stacy.albrecht@sidebysidekids.org

A native Texan, Stacy grew up in Fort Worth. She is a graduate from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her professional background includes nursing, medical sales, marketing, and business administration. Highlights of her nursing career include Neonatal Nurse Clinician, Austin, Pediatric...

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Development Specialist

devin.miranda@sidebysidekids.org

Soon after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Devin found her way to Austin through an internship at the State Capitol. Throughout her journey in the political world, she felt God calling her to a different path of service; one that not only enabled her to serve her community's needs, but to share...

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Volunteer Specialist

christie.kim@sidebysidekids.org

Christie interned at Side by Side Kids back in 2016 and loved the vision of this organization so much that she came back as our Volunteer Specialist. Prior to moving to Austin, she lived in Ann Arbor, MI where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan (go blue!) . After graduation, she began working in the...

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Human Resources Specialist

alex.romo@sidebysidekids.org

As a San Antonio native, Alex was raised on an abundance of Jesus and Tex-Mex cuisine. She is a University of Texas BBA graduate, with a professional background in sales & marketing, and recently became a “corporate drop out” to pursue her true passion for community impact & education at Side By Side Kids. Alex’s role as HR specialist, keeps her on...

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Afterschool Site Coordinator (Brown and Barrington Elementary)

abigail.chasteen@sidebysidekids.org

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Abigail never imagined that she would find her way to the great state of Texas. From an early age, she has been passionate about serving others and making them feel valued. Serving on an urban mission trip with her college ministry further reinforced the passion she had for serving the under-served. After...

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Afterschool Site Coordinator (Pickle Elementary)

caroline.kinnamore@sidebysidekids.org

In 2014 Caroline ventured from her home in DFW to Austin to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre at The University of Texas. She spent four wonderful years training and honing her craft. While musical theatre will always hold a special place in her heart, her degree led her to discover a passion for working with children. She was a Mentor for...

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Afterschool Site Coordinator (Webb Primary)

anabel.gomez@sidebysidekids.org

Originally from rural Kyle, Texas, Anabel is excited to be amongst city folk in Austin. As a recent graduate of Pomona College with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, she has been looking forward to continuing her path of community engagement work at SBSK. Throughout high school, Anabel participated in several programs for low-income youth like Advanced...

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Afterschool Site Coordinator (Oak Hill Elementary)

emily.contreras@sidebysidekids.org

When Emily graduated high school, she knew she wanted to pursue a career working with children. She began taking courses at Austin Community College and started working with Side By Side Kids a year later at J.J. Pickle Elementary School as an Assistant Site Coordinator. She continues to further her education in Child Psychology/Child Development...

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Marketing Specialist

amanda.juillard@sidebysidekids.org

Growing up in the military community, Amanda was always surrounded by people of different cultures and upbringings. She fell in love with the American "Melting Pot” from a young age, leading her to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Her passion for people outpours from her passion for God and...

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