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 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.
Director of Operations and Volunteers
Monina Mercado began her “career” with CC4C as a volunteer after participating in the Run 2 Uplift in 2017. After a few years of volunteering, she joined the team in January 2020. Monina has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, having worked for Marriott Hotels, Omni Hotels and Camden Properties.
Monina also served on the Goodwill Business Advisory Council in Houston, Texas for several years. Born in Houston, Texas to Bolivian parents, she was able to spend numerous summers and two years of high school in La Paz, Bolivia. She speaks fluent Spanish and would love to “hablar en Español” with you!