Our Mission

The mission of Foster Angels is to improve the lives of children in foster care ensuring each child has their basic needs met and providing life-enhancing, life-enriching opportunities whenever possible.
See how we carry out our mission every day.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

The mission of Foster Angels of Central Texas is to improve the lives of all children who are experiencing time in foster care. We do not discriminate based on gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, race, religion, or national origin. We see each child for who they are – as individuals, and address their individual needs as such.  

Children in the child welfare system are disproportionately impacted by racism and Foster Angels works to eliminate barriers for the families, youth, and children we serve. We will always uphold our commitment to a simple and efficient process so that we can quickly respond to needs ultimately building on our foundation of trust with those we serve, Child Protective Services, and other nonprofit partners. 

We are stronger as a group when diversity and uniqueness are valued, and we strive for equity in our staff and team. These workplace values will directly impact our work so that every child in foster care can thrive.

How We Started

Founded by a father daughter duo. In 1999 Ted Oakley sought out to impact the lives of children in the care of Child Protective Services when he founded Foster Angels of South Texas. 11 years later, Ted’s daughter, Sarah Smith, saw the same needs of children appearing in Austin during her career as a teacher and so Foster Angels of Central Texas was founded in 2010.

Meet the Team

Tania Leskovar-Owens

Tania Leskovar-Owens

Executive Director

Maggie Sheppard

Maggie Sheppard

Communications Director

Kendall Clark

Kendall Clark

Senior Program Manager

Sarah Crocker

Sarah Crocker

Senior Program Manager - Thrive

Kelley Fowler

Kelley Fowler

Development & Grants Manager

Bliss Boaz

Bliss Boaz

Program & Events Coordinator

Board of Directors

Thom Farrell

Thom Farrell

President

Suzy Balagia

Suzy Balagia

Vice President

Blair McBride

Blair McBride

Secretary

Jon Berry

Jon Berry

Treasurer

J. J. Gottsch

J. J. Gottsch

Past President

Ted Oakley

Ted Oakley

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Co-Founder

Leon Chen

Leon Chen

Quan Cosby

Quan Cosby

Danielle Delgadillo

Danielle Delgadillo

Allison Edwards

Allison Edwards

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Cuatro Groos

Cuatro Groos

John Hampton

John Hampton

Jay Hanna

Jay Hanna

Shannon Hicks

Shannon Hicks

Steve Hicks

Steve Hicks

Richard Leshin

Richard Leshin

Matt Martin

Matt Martin

MP Mueller

MP Mueller

Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie Phillips

Allen Plunket

Allen Plunket

Richard Suttle

Richard Suttle

Gary Valdez

Gary Valdez

Robin Ward, Ph.D.

Robin Ward, Ph.D.

Eric Wright

Eric Wright

Advisory Board

Laura Beckworth

Derek Lewis

Vilma Luna

Hannah Nokes

Kathy Petet

Bill Walker

Contact Us

Physical Address
Foster Angels of Central Texas
101 Westlake Drive Suite 210
Austin, TX 78746

Mailing Address
Foster Angels of Central Texas
P.O. Box 152575
Austin, TX 78715