BOARD MEMBERS


Fr. Mark Hamlet
Chair

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Jack Selman
President

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Sara Ramirez

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Pamela S. Jupe

ALSO SERVES AS
President, San Juan Diego Catholic High School

Deacon Ron Walker

ALSO SERVES AS
Chancellor, Dioceses of Austin

Mary Beth Koenig, CPA

ALSO SERVES AS
CFO, Dioceses of Austin

Chris Danze

SERVING AS BOARD MEMBER

Reverend Tim Nolt

SERVING AS BOARD MEMBER

Deacon Manuel Torres

SERVING AS BOARD MEMBER

STAFF


Suyen Sanchez, Director of Advancement

Suyen Sanchez joined Our Kids at Heart in December 2017 after seven years of Risk Management in the banking industry and 10 years of Community Service Relationship with social industries in Houston and Austin, Texas. She moved from Houston to Austin in 2010 and presently serves as the Advancement Director for Our Kids at Heart. She oversees all areas of fundraising events, grant opportunities, and marketing. Suyen is a graduate of the National University of Engineering in Central America, Nicaragua.

Suyen is an active volunteer at her parish, Sacred Heart church in Austin, as a 5th Grade Catechism Teacher. She serves as the Parents Coordinator of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the students that attend San Juan Diego Catholic High School, as well. For the past three years, she has coordinated the “Breakfast Sales” events and other fundraising events in the Parish to raise money for Sacred Heart Tuition Funds. In her free time, Suyen supports the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce community programs. As an Alumni of the Hispanic Austin Leadership Program, Suyen was part of the 2017 Environment team, leading a tree planting initiative in AISD in collaboration with HEB, Tree Folks, and the City of Austin. She taught students how to grow their own food to combat food inflation and food deserts in Austin.

Suyen’s passion is to serve people in need. Catholic Education means a lot of blessings for Suyen, whose son graduated from San Juan Diego Catholic High School in 2017. He became an Eagle Scout in 2017 and is now a student at the University of Dallas.

Elizabeth Carrillo

Elizabeth Carrillo joined Our Kids at Heart in July 2017 to support the accounting and financial operations. Elizabeth and her husband, Oscar Gonzalez, have been active parishioners at Sacred Heart Catholic church since 2001 and have served the parish for 16 years in diverse ministries of CHRP, by acting as Religious Education teachers, leading bible studies, providing marriage preparation, and assisting Catholic Family Movement efforts. She is also the Administrator of Sacred Heart Church and her husband is in the Diaconal formation program class of 2019. Elizabeth has a university degree in Business Administration from the “Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon” in Monterrey, Mexico. She also has business experience working with companies, including Alfa Group, is a Mexican multinational conglomerate headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico.

Fr. Mark Hamlet

CHAIR, Our Kids at Heart

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Since 2012, Fr. Mark Hamlet has been Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. He entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas, after serving the Diocese of Austin for several years as a permanent deacon and was ordained to the priesthood in May 2010. Fr. Mark is a widower and was married for 37 years. He and his wife, Cynthia, met while attending the University of Dallas, a Catholic University. He and Cynthia raised six children and he now has sixteen grandchildren.

After studying Economics and receiving his MBA, he spent most of his professional career in international marketing and sales management of medical devices. Prior to moving to Austin in 1988, he and his family lived for five years in Latin America (In Venezuela and Mexico). Subsequently they lived in the Boston area for eleven years. As deacon he served St. John Neumann Parish in Austin and St. Margaret Parish in Giddings, Texas. In addition, he supported formation of deacon classes for the Diocese, ecumenical activities, and represented the Diocese for the Muslim community in Central Texas.

After his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Mark was assigned as Associate Pastor to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Central Texas, and the Diocesan School Advisory Board.

Fr. Mark’s concern for healthy families has guided his parish ministry. The Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout programs at the parish are part of the parish youth ministry program, and the largest Hispanic scouting programs in the area. He has been active in the Pro-Life community and helped create the first, “Pro-Life/Pro-Family Fair” which draws thousands each year, working with most of the other Pro-Life agencies in the Diocese. The change of emphasis from simply “Pro-Life” to “Pro-Family” reflects his concerns for healthy families and youth formation. Fr. Mark sees Catholic school education as one of the most effective evangelization tools available to the Church, and essential for integrating immigrants and under-privileged into the Diocesan community.

Fr. Mark’s hobbies include travel, ocean sailing and researching and visiting the “House” (“Titular”) churches of Rome (the Churches of the first four centuries of the Church since St. Peter).

Jack Selman

President, Our Kids at Heart

Jack Selman is the President of Our Kids at Heart. Mr. Selman helped organize Our Kids at Heart because he and the other organizers believe in the value of Catholic education and would like to make it more accessible. Mr. Selman is also a founder and President of the business transaction law firm of Selman Munson & Lerner with offices in Austin and Houston.

Sara Ramirez

ALSO SERVES AS Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Sara Ramirez became executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Texas in September 2013. During her four years as executive director, the organization increased the number of clients served by 272% moving from serving 4,000 clients a year to nearly 15,000 a year. This growth was a result of expanding current program operations as well as starting new programs, Counseling Services and St. Michael’s Veteran Services. Sara introduced a unique fundraising model that focuses on sustainable funding for long-term stability and growth. Under Sara’s leadership Catholic Charities has built upon its strong foundation and is now on the launch pad to answer the call to action across a 25 county service region.

Sara has 15 years of experience in the social services arena, including more than a decade of nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining CCCTX, Sara served 9 years in leadership roles for Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, where she assisted the organization in growing from an $8 million to a $23 million dollar organization and expanded program capacity from 23 programs to over 40 programs.

Sara began her career in social services as a high-risk investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, where she worked with local police departments, medical professionals, social services agencies and legal professionals to advocate on behalf of children and families. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Sara is an expert on poverty-related issues and is available to speak to the press and community organizations on poverty interventions and the effects of poverty on our society.