Executive Director, Irit Umani
Irit Umani, the Executive Director of Trinity Center, began work in January of 2010. Ms. Umani comes to us from Berkeley, California, and she is originally from Israel. For nearly 20 years, Irit has lead organizations working with survivors of domestic violence. She has many years of professional experience serving people with needs for assistance, both as Executive Director and as Program Director. Irit says her work is based on and stems from a spiritual commitment for service. In her spare time, she keeps a practice of silent meditation and is deeply fed by being in nature, preferably with friends.
Operations Coordinator, Lindsey Sermons
Lindsey is a Chicago-area native who has made Austin her new home over the past two years. She completed her undergraduate field placement at Caritas of Austin, where she worked as a case manager to newly-arrived refugee families. While earning her MSW from Texas State University, Lindsey completed her final field placement at the Trinity Center. She is excited at the opportunity to continue working with our neighbors as she takes on this new role within the center. In her newfound spare time, Lindsey enjoys live music, movies, yoga, and playing bass guitar and piano.
Communication/Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Holloway
Before joining Trinity Center’s staff, Diane was a weekly volunteer for four years and a former Board Member. A long-time Austinite who moved here from Washington, D.C., she was a feature reporter and the TV critic for the Austin American-Statesman for three decades. Diane then became the communications director for the Travis County Democratic Party. A parishioner of St. David’s, she hopes to combine her love for the church, Trinity’s neighbors and volunteers and her communication skills at Trinity Center.
Case Management Coordinator, Emily Prince
Emily Prince returns to Austin and joins Trinity Center as the Case Management Coordinator, supervising Social Work student interns from surrounding schools. Growing up in many states across the country, Emily graduated with a BSW from the University of Texas, focusing her studies and experience on homelessness and addictions. Emily then moved to Massachusetts where she obtained her MSW from Boston University in 2000, this time studying mental health. She continued to work with homeless adults, then in the aging adult and adults with disabilities field for nearly 7 years before returning to Austin. Emily gains strength from music and nature and finds that running blends the two beautifully. Emily enjoys exploring Austin with her family and friends.
Case Management Aide, Brianna Ehler
Brianna joins Trinity Center as a part of Keep Austin Housed, an AmeriCorps program focused on serving homeless individuals in the Austin area. A recent graduate of the Holistic Psychology program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., Brianna moved to Austin for a change of scenery. Throughout her college career, Brianna was deeply involved in social justice work and serving the homeless through internships and community service. In her spare time, Brianna is slowly eating her way through the endless food trucks and great restaurants Austin has to offer. She also enjoys doing yoga and taking advantage of all of the free, awesome things to do in the area.