Founder & President
Julie has been leading and supporting foster and adoption ministries across Central Texas for more than a decade. Julie is an approved Educator in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) and an Empowered to Connect Trainer. Her experience includes working directly with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Texas Christian University to develop trauma-informed church ministries in Central Texas. As an adoptive parent to her own three children, Julie has mentored and trained hundreds of foster and adoptive families.
Amanda Keeter is the Executive Director of Fostering Hope Austin. She has 15+ years of nonprofit experience, with more than a decade in services to children and families. Amanda has served on numerous boards across Central Texas including current service to Concordia University Texas’ College of Business and Communications. She holds her undergraduate degree from Southern Nazarene University and MBA in Organizational Management and Leadership from Concordia University Texas.
Director of Programs
After a couple years teaching, Anna Valdez served for five years at an international organization in Monterrey, Mexico. Along with being a Program Coordinator, she was the primary caregiver for 17 teenage girls. She has successfully implemented programming as a Texas Christian University Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner and a Trauma Competent Caregiver Affiliate Trainer for Back2Back Ministries. As the Director of Programs, Anna trains, develops audience specific curriculum, and coordinates trauma informed efforts for volunteers, churches, support groups, foster parents and caregivers, and institutions, locally and internationally, to move them through the continuum of trauma informed care.
Head of Office Operations
Meghann Presley came to Fostering Hope Austin through a circuitous route. She and her husband attended A Future and a Hope several years ago, and after much discussion and prayer, they (along with their three children) became a licensed foster family. Her experience on church staff for many years, most recently as the Director of Children’s Ministry for her home church, combined with her hands-on knowledge of TBRI practices through fostering, has equipped her well to provide support to the Fostering Hope Austin team and to focus on ministry development with each of our partner churches.
Lauren is the newest member of the Fostering Hope Austin team, having joined in December 2019. A Dallas native, she is excited to use her professional experience to help expand the mission of Fostering Hope Austin to a wider audience so all children can experience the healing of a loving family. She holds her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University.