Our spring interns have arrived! We are so thankful for the hard work and fresh perspective that each of these talented professionals will bring to Austin Angels over the next few months.
Hi! My name is Cassidy Mercier and I am one of the Case Management Interns this semester. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but spent most of my childhood years living in Fairfax, Virginia. Growing up, I played competitive soccer and was recruited to play at the NCAA Division 1 level. I accepted an athletic scholarship to play at George Washington University where I continued my education, pursuing a Bachelors of Science from the Milken Institute School of Public Health. I moved to Austin, Texas in May of last year in hopes of attending graduate school at the University of Texas, my parents' alma mater.
Choosing to intern for Austin Angels was an easy decision. My passion for community development and encouraging positive somato-psychosocial influences during childhood drove me to Austin Angels. My goals for the Spring of 2018 are focused on benefitting children in foster care mainly by educating parents and caretakers on the benefits of attachment parenting and problem-focused coping mechanisms. I hope to utilize my knowledge of public health and developmental psychology to benefit children in the foster care system in Austin, Texas and beyond.
Hi, I’m Cecilia Valadez (or Ceci for short), and I am the Marketing Intern this semester. I just turned 25 in December and will be graduating from Texas State in May, with a degree in Communication Studies. I was born and raised in Dallas, which is where I plan to live after school. I have two younger brothers Emilio and Phoenix, a beautiful niece, Gabby, who will be 1 in March.
I chose to intern at Austin Angels because I love helping people. I feel as if this is the perfect place for me to give back to my community and really feel as if I’m making a difference in someones life. I truly want to make a difference in this world and help as many people as I can. I am excited to be in the non-profit world and gain knowledge along the way!
Hi! My name is Margarett, and I am one of the Case Management Interns this semester. I grew up as a military brat and have lived up and down the East Coast as well as in Europe. My family resettled in South Carolina once my father retired and I consider that home. I attended the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!). My degree was in Women and Gender Studies. I planned to work with the HIV/AIDS population providing sexual health education. I moved to Texas for my current job, which is working for the Department of Family Protective Services at Statewide Intake. I process all the calls for Texas for abuse/neglect/exploitation of children, adults and disabled adults. I married the love of my life in March 2017. I live with my husband and my adorable four-legged baby- Famous Amos.
I chose Austin Angels because I wanted to see what the other side of social work can be. I deal with the reasoning on why children are taken from their homes due to abuse and neglect, so I wanted to see what an agency looks like that actually provides resources and care. I think Austin Angels does such a great job helping families and provided the extra attention that these children in care deserve. I hope through my internship I learn what a great helping hand Austin Angels is and learn to give back to a much deserved community.
My name is Valeria Suarez, and I am one of the Case Management Interns this semester. I am a student at Austin Community College, and am pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Human Services. My interest in this major comes from the happiness I find when helping those in need. Currently, I work as an assistant manager at Alfredo’s, a family-owned restaurant. I am a first-generation college student who is motivated to make a difference in the community and determined to set the right path for my younger siblings.
I chose to intern at Austin Angels because I am passionate about helping those in need. I have a special place in my heart for children and believe that providing them with love and support at an early age is very important. I want to supply the tools necessary to empower the less fortunate and help them develop into the person they are capable of becoming. Making a difference in an individual’s life is what I am determined to do, and Austin Angels has provided me the opportunity.
Hi! My name is Wesley Frank, and I am the Non-Profit Leadership Intern for this semester. I will be working directly with Susan Ramirez. I graduated from The University of Texas with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. I aspire to attend George Washington University sometime in the future to study International Development. Fun Fact: born in Cuba, not Cuban.
I chose to intern at Austin Angels because my ultimate career aspirations are to work with communities in war-torn countries, specifically Afghanistan. Working at Angels and with Mrs. Ramirez would allow me to acquire the knowledge of how non-profits work successfully in the face of daunting challenges.
Our goal at Austin Angels is to improve the lives of all children in the foster system. We are so blessed to have these amazing interns on our team and we cannot wait to see all the things that they will accomplish this semester.