Julie Kouri, President & Founder, Fostering Hope Austin

Julie Kouri

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, Executive Director, Fostering Hope Austin

Amanda Keeter

Executive Director

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.

Anna Valdez, Director of Programs, Fostering Hope Austin

Anna Valdez

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.

Meghann Presley, Director of Operations, Fostering Hope Austin

Meghann Presley

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.

Mallory Bush

Communications Coordinator

Mallory is the newest member of the Fostering Hope Austin team, having joined in August 2020. She started as an intern with Fostering Hope in Summer 2019 and is thrilled to be re-joining the team as the Communications Coordinator. Mallory is finishing up her degree at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and will be graduating in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit and Social Innovation. A proud sister to two adopted brothers, Mallory has experienced life as a foster/adoptive sibling since a young age. Her professional experience includes internships in varying business roles with two local Austin nonprofits and one international nonprofit.

Join Our Team

Program Coordinator

Fostering Hope is seeking an accomplished professional who has at least 2 years of experience in training others in trauma-informed care combined with event/program coordination experience. The candidate must have hands-on experience implementing TBRI® with children, ideally in a home setting.

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Pay: Salary, $45,000 – $48,000 annually with health benefits, paid time off and more

See Job Announcement and Job Description

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter to Anna Valdez, Director of Programs at
[email protected].

Applications are due by October 2, 2020.

Board of Directors

Rex White

Rex White
Rex is a senior level Business Development Leader with experience in Alliance/Partner Management, Strategic Sales, Direct Sales,     and Channel development for software and hardware companies. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin.
He and his wife, Terri, met at UT and have been married over 20 years and have 4 amazing children. It is with their youngest child, that Rex and Terri were introduced to TBRI® and became Empowered to Connect Trainers through Fostering Hope Austin as they ministered to the needs of their adopted son. Rex helped start the adoption ministry at his church, Austin Ridge.

Andy Graham

Andy Graham
Andy is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He is a serial entrepreneur from startups to global brands along the theme of human behavior influenced by data analytics.   He is a trailblazer and change agent whose life was reformed by family members who experienced mental illness and addiction.
Andy has lived in Austin for 28 years with Janet, his wife of 36 years, and his three adult children. Together, they have served for 15 years in student ministry and now in an empty nester community where he teaches on family systems and relational dynamics with adult children at Grace Covenant Church.

Tom Sanchez

Tom Sanchez
Tom enjoyed a 27-year ministry career in Latin America, having lived in three different countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile. For the last 8 years of his career, he served on the international leadership team facilitating ministries for all the continent, with a focus in Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Upon the completion of their tenure in Latin America, Tom, along with his wife Brenda and their two daughters, returned to Austin, Texas. Grace Covenant Church hired Tom as their first full-time missions pastor where he served for 12 years. Tom is currently working part-time with Navigator Ministries.

Hallie Graves

Hallie Graves
Hallie is from Austin, Texas. She is a speaker and writer, lawyer, activist, and foster mom to infants and toddlers. Hallie has degrees in voice, physics, and law from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and Rhodes College.

Brooke Wagen

Brooke Wagen
Brooke Wagen is a fourth-year medical student who will graduate as a member of the inaugural class of the Dell Medical School at UT Austin in May 2020. She plans to stay in Austin for residency in Internal Medicine/Primary Care. Her career in medicine was preceded by two decades of volunteering in the church, her neighborhood, and as a volunteer medical interpreter.
Brooke has lived in Austin for 20 years. A pastor’s wife and mother of three, her youngest, Elaia, came home from Ethiopia when she was five months old. Their family moved to East Austin over a decade ago to help start Salina Street Church; they still live and work in the neighborhood they love.