GAVA began as a coalition-based initiative.  To guide the coalition's decision-making and maintain accountability to the communities we serve, the GAVA coalition created an Advisory Council in 2015, comprised of director-level representatives from our partner organizations and leaders from the resident teams.

In order to maintain GAVA’s roots in the interests of the community we serve, the Council is always comprised of a simple majority of residents and community stakeholders. Votes are taken quarterly to endorse various decisions that affect the entire network.

Board of Directors

President - Amy Lloyd
Secretary - Kellee Coleman
General Board Member - Dr. Aliya Hussaini


Advisory Council

Resident & Community Leaders

Laura Bucaro
Armadillo Park Neighborhood Association; 78745 Geo Team

Evita Cruz
Dove Springs Food Access Team

Irene Castaneda
Dove Springs Food Access Team

Patricia Williams
Asst. Principal, Widen Elementary; Coordinated School Health Team

Elisia Ramirez
Little Hands Home DayCare; Early Childhood Sector

Diedre Leban
Conquistadors Geo Team; South East 78745

Gloria Lugo
Houston Park Adoption Team & PA Sector

Bro. Clifford Spencer
Pastor Edward Clarence Craig, Jr. (formerly Franklin) Park Adoption Team

Organizational Representatives

Ladye Anne Wofford
Austin Parks Foundation - Chief Missions Officer

Andrea Albalawi
Foundation Communities - Director of Health Initiatives

Joy Casnovsky
Sustainable Food Center - Deputy Director

Sue Carpenter
United Way of Greater Austin - Vice President, Success by 6