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. Since joining the staff in 2013, she has taken charge of the kitchen and daily operations in the Center while maintaining a few case management clients. In her 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 combines her love for the church, Trinity’s neighbors and volunteers and her communication skills at Trinity Center. Besides recruiting and supervising volunteers, she helps organize events such as the Barbara Jordan Celebration, the Volunteer Appreciation Party and the Neighbors’ Christmas Party.
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.
AmeriCorps Member, Tess Bernhard
Tess grew up in Arlington, Va., and went to school at American University in D.C. She moved to Austin for her AmeriCorps term and so far says she’s “loving it!’ She was drawn to the small, friendly environment that Trinity Center offers and the constant face-to-face interaction that staff and volunteers have with our neighbors. Trinity reminded her, she says, of an organization that she worked with last year in D.C., so she knew she would adapt to the environment quickly. Tess is enjoying learning the ropes of social work and case management and getting to know a new city. In her free time she hopes to do some volunteering at other organizations, join a weekend soccer league, and maybe find some time to horse-back ride.