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, Christian Rodriguez
Christian majored in Social Work and completed his final field placement at Trinity Center before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Before coming on staff he worked for a campus ministry serving college students in the Central Texas area. Christian’s desire to serve and show compassion, combined with communication and organizational skills, brought him to the center as our Operations Coordinator, running the kitchen and daily operations for Trinity. In his spare time Christian enjoys listening to good music, watching movies and spending time with the people he loves.
Communications & 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 handles all of Trinity’s web and social platforms and organizes events such as the Barbara Jordan Celebration, the Volunteer Appreciation Party and the Neighbors’ Christmas Party.
Case Management Supervisor, Emily Seales
Emily supervises our case management interns. Her interest in working with people experiencing homelessness started nearly 20 years ago through volunteer work. While majoring in Psychology at Vanderbilt University, Emily worked with disadvantaged communities in Nashville, Atlanta, Denver and Toronto. These experiences led to serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Atlanta. Emily earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, she worked as an outreach worker and case manager to adults experiencing homelessness and severe mental illness in North Carolina. From there, Emily transitioned to the Veterans Administration and worked for 5 years in homeless programs serving veterans in Durham, Tampa and Washington, DC. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with family and supporting local farms and farmer’s markets.