Chief Executive Officer
Cara was born in Belgium, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She grew up in Houston and is a proud two-time Texas Longhorn graduate (Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master of Public Affairs). Cara has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit administration, including executive leadership roles at child welfare and grief support organizations. She loves connecting people with each other, resources/supports, and ways to make a difference - so CC4C brings daily opportunities to live out her core values of Support, Connect and Impact.
At home, Cara and her husband wrangle the adventures of life with three teenage boys and four cats. In her spare time, what brings her joy is family/friends, running, reading, and volunteering with organizations she loves (including Westlake United Methodist Church, The Christi Center, Generation SERVE, and The Junior League of Austin).
Chief Strategy & Development Officer
Brian has served in healthcare leadership for over 25 years and earned both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Health Administration from Texas State University.
His primary focus and work experience involved developing community facing clinical programs and facilitating strategic relationships to improve access to care and education for patients, delivery of care for providers, and process improvements for healthcare delivery systems, leveraging innovation and technologies to ensure positive outcomes for all stakeholders involved in their communities.
Brian is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as President for the Central Texas ACHE chapter, as well as advisory boards and stakeholder committees for the Texas Medical Board and the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center at Texas Tech University.
His non-profit experience includes serving as Executive Director for HaleyCurls for Hope Foundation, a pediatric cancer effort providing non-medical, financial assistance to families with critically and chronically ill children at Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Improving the healthcare experience for families, children, and the healthcare providers that surround them is his passion and his loves are spending time traveling with his wife, Jerimi, and their two dogs, Eva and Aly, in their newly restored RV.
Director of Programs
Monica Gelinas has been with CC4C since 2015 spanning roles across operations, volunteer management, and family services. As Cheyanna's aunt, she brings a deep passion for the mission that stems from her personal connection to CC4C's founding story.
Monica earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from the University of New Mexico. She is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Practitioner in Applied Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center in NYC, and certified in Life Coaching from the Coach Training Alliance. Monica is also the founder of New Season New Vision Life Coaching and author of Savor the Day, an interactive journal to inspire gratitude.
She has experience working with people navigating life transitions and coaching them to move forward and embrace a flourishing life. Monica is a mother of quadruplets and this unique perspective and heart for children inspires her work every day.
Danelle Kemp joined the CC4C team in 2022. Danelle was born in New Mexico, raised in West Texas, and proud to call Austin home for over 25 years. She served as an elementary educator for 7 years after graduating with a master's degree in Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Danelle is mission-driven and has 5 years of experience as a development professional in nonprofit healthcare. Joining CC4C has allowed her to combine her skills with her passion - to care for others. She is deeply connected to CC4C’s mission because she has walked alongside her sister and niece as they navigate the rare journey.
Danelle is a mother to two incredible girls and two incredibly sweet dogs. She and her husband love to enjoy the outdoors with friends and be of service to others.
Programs and Operations Manager
Alison started volunteering with CC4C through National Charity League in 2020. The mission of CC4C spoke to her heart with her personal experiences with her oldest daughter and nephew who have rare and undiagnosed conditions. After a few years of volunteering, she joined CC4C as the Program and Operations Manager.
Alison graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Alison has almost 20 years of teaching experience and her love and working with children is evident. Her experience in education will help families with understanding how to navigate the school system.
Alison has lived in the Austin community for 16 years and has a passion for serving others in her church and with her family. Alison and her husband have 2 teenage daughters and enjoy hiking in the summer in Colorado, running, and volunteering with First United Methodist Church Round Rock.
Rachel Koen joined the CC4C team in 2022. Rachel was born and raised in Colorado and grew up constantly searching for opportunities to work with children, whether through babysitting neighborhood children or volunteering in Sunday School. She attended Wheaton College, where she volunteered with World Relief to tutor immigrant children while earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Rachel was admitted to graduate school to become a Pediatric Audiologist but decided to take her life in a different direction. Following undergrad she worked as the Children’s Ministry Operations Coordinator at her church, where she was able to serve children of all ages and abilities, spreading the name and hope of Jesus.
Rachel’s true passion lies with caring for children and their families. After moving to Austin with her husband, Rachel searched for a place where her passion, talents and experiences could be used for good. CC4C’s faith-based community and vision strongly align with her beliefs and desire to make a positive difference.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys staying active, making tasty recipes, and spending time with her husband and dog exploring their new home in Texas.