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 a toddler, Joshua.
Community Engagement Coordinator
I have professional experience of over 26 years in the field of early childhood education and leadership. I have served as a public school educator in Title One schools, as an early childhood center director and teacher in nationally accredited NAEYC centers, a caseworker and investigator with the sate working with children and families, and as an adjunct professor and Cooperative Teacher training both childcare providers and future educators in our community. Advocating for children and families continues to be a commitment and a calling. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I hold a Master of Education degree in School Administration from Trinity University and a Master of Education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in Early Elementary Education with a Specialty in Early Childhood Education. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, as well, from Our Lady of the Lake University. I am most proud of my family who have always supported me in my educational goals and love of learning. My husband Michael and I have been married for 26 years. He has served the City of SA as a Case manager for 26 years. We are blessed with two sons, Michael Nicholas, a college graduate from the Univ. of North Texas and Samuel, a sophomore at Our Lady of the Lake University. Last, but not least, we have our two dogs, both adopted from the Animal Defense League of SA, and a feisty cat who have all become a fun part of our family.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Miranda Cushman has 10 years of experience working with children and families in the community. She has worked in child developmental centers as a Lead Teacher, after school programs, and has a background in Event Mangaement. Miranda found her love of events at The Chidren's Hospital of San Antonio as a Child Life Assistant. She holds a Child Development Associate and is a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant. She studied Psychology with an empasis in Sociolgy at the Universoty of Texas in San Antonio. Miranda has planned and coordinated close to 300 events to include weddings, corporate and social events.
Miranda has two rambunctious toddler boys and is a Military Spouse. Miranda and her family love taking day trips to surrounding Texas cites and visiting family in Oregon.