Originally from the Northeast, Kathy and her family have lived in San Antonio for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Special Education and a Masters in Public Health with emphasis in Community Health. She started her career as a caseworker and teacher in a juvenile court and an academic children’s psychiatric hospital. Her dissertation research was conducted in a regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit with families of hospitalized newborns assessing risk for parenting disorders and maltreatment among parents of these high risk newborns. She continued work with this population of mothers and babies at the Newborn Center at the University of Tennessee where she developed a parent-to-parent program, parent education for teen mothers and developed and coordinated the developmental follow-up clinic. At the UTHSCSA and at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, she participated in developing several local programs in maternal-child health and prevention, including school based clinics in Guadalupe County and the David Christopher Goldsbury Center for Miracles. She was a founding Board member of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers and Voices for Children of San Antonio. She returned to Voices as CEO in April, 2011. She is the mother of two grown children born in Peru and the delighted grandmother of four.
Early Childhood Program Associate
Elizabeth Escamilla was born, raised, and homeschooled in Waco,Texas. She is known to most people simply as “Ms. Ellie.” Moving to San Antonio in 2008, she attended Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio and received her bachelor’s degree in Early Elementary Education with a specialty in Early Childhood Education in 2013. She has over 10 years of experience working with young children as a teacher, mentor, and coach. Ellie also enjoyed her time as music and movement teacher, using her minor in Vocal Music and Competitive Gymnastics experience to create and develop an engaging and educational curriculum for children 0-5 years of age. She has spent 5 years working as an administrator in a child care center, where she mentored teachers, created professional development trainings and coordinated their annual fundraiser. During that time, she became a Child Care Health Consultant and Texas Trainer. She has presented at the Texas AEYC Annual Conferences and Voices for Children Conferences for the last 3 years.
Ellie plans our Early Childhood Training events and is the ROSES (Reach Out Stay Strong Essentials) Trainer.
Ellie is a newlywed and hopes to set down permanent roots in San Antonio with her husband Abel. Ellie enjoys learning new skills and is always up for challenge and new adventure. She enjoys traveling, reading and playing board games with her family.