Board of Advisors

2019-20

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Darilynn Cardona-Beiler,

MSSA, LCSW

Director of Adult Behavioral Health Systems, Integral Care

With more than 9 years of experience at Integral Care, Darilynn is leading the management of Terrace at Oak Springs, an apartment community that offers treatment services to people experiencing homelessness in Travis County to support their well-being.

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Reenie Collins

Executive Director, HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians)

A seasoned executive and consultant with more than 25 year’s experience in healthcare administration, marketing and planning, Collins also has extensive fundraising, project management, program development expertise.  Under Reenie’s leadership HAAM has experienced significant growth in the number of musicians served and in funds raised to support increased programming and services for Austin’s musicians.  

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Dawn Okoro

Visual Artist

Dawn Okoro’s desire to make art spawned from her love of fashion illustration, photography, and design. She is a painter, fashion designer, and videographer. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in fashion design from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Okoro’s solo exhibition “Punk Noir” launched in Austin, Texas, in 2018 and toured through March 2020. Her work has been shown at the Texas Biennial, George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, New York University, Notre Dame University, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn.

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Elizabeth Truong, MD

Psychiatrist, Mental Health Leader & Advocate

Liz is dedicated to improving access to mental health care services and reducing stigma associated with behavioral health treatment. She leverages her clinical skills as a leader and speaker to advocate for mental health awareness and education. She is actively involved with the Texas Medical Association, helping to shape state policies for patients, physicians, and public health.

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Shawn Kent, MA, LPC

Clinical Director, Amala Foundation

Shawn Kent M.A. LPC. RYT.  is a licensed professional counselor, and a registered yoga instructor. Shawn has spent his career researching and applying mindfulness to treatment for youth and adults.  He spent six years as a counselor at Austin Child Guidance Center where he developed and facilitated mindfulness based yoga therapy groups for incarcerated adolescents. Shawn is currently the clinical director at Amala Foundation, where he supervises community programming and facilitates communication circles and mindfulness based yoga therapy groups in Austin high schools.

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Eimaral Sol

Singer/Songwriter/Performer

Eimaral Sol is an artist dedicated to using her talents and the things she is passionate about to spread knowledge, love, and acceptance of others and oneself.  Eimaral Sol creates a cognitive experience for her listeners and allows them to feel free of judgement and social constraints. Her idea of success is following her passions for music and wellness wherever they lead. 

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Heather Alden

Consultant

Heather Alden is a nonprofit management consultant and former Executive Director of the SIMS Foundation. 

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Balaram Shakti Das

Teacher, Musician, Yoga Instructor, Manor ISD

With 12 years of experience in secondary education, Balaram uses a holistic approach to teaching and offers social emotional learning opportunities for students in the classroom.  He directs 'Overstand Meditation,' an after-school yoga project that gives youth a chance to connect mindfully with their bodies.

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Courtney Bailey

Director of Issues and Engagement, Leadership Austin

Whether as a program director for Leadership Austin, or a project manager for Dell Medical School, Courtney's purpose is to bring diverse people together in meaningful and equitable ways to address issues in our region.  She teaches culturally responsive health classes that combine movement, dialogue and research-driven education, and serves on the Board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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Sharad Kohli

Family Physician, People's Clinic

Sharad works in both the Adolescent and Adult Medicine departments at People's Community Clinic, a safety net clinic that understands the importance of addressing upstream factors that influence health.  He was a founding Board Member and was instrumental in the growth and development of the national non-profit Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US), an interprofessional organization committed to health equity and justice through culturally-responsive, accessible, integrative care.  

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Amit Motwani

Implementation Consultant

Amit brings a unique blend of technical expertise and nonprofit social service management: he was a startup team member and Chief Technology Officer of Community TechKnowledge (now d.b.a. Social Solutions Global), and later worked in direct service delivery for over 15 years, with notable roles as Director of Education and Social Services at El Buen Samaritano and most recently as Chief Information Officer at United Way for Greater Austin. 

 

Amit’s experience working with families directly informs--and fuels--his passion for universal and equitable access to basic needs for all; the data is clear that addressing these social determinants of health has the largest effect on mitigating health disparities, and DAWA is an ideal vehicle to begin directly solving for basic needs of marginalized communities in Austin.