Staff 

Jennifer Biundo, MPaff // Director of Policy and Data

A statistics wonk who loves few things more than a good data visualization, Jen works to develop evidence-based public policy priorities and foster collaboration with stakeholders and partners throughout the state. Jen started her career as a small town newspaper reporter and managing editor. After clocking thousands of hours covering city council and school board meetings, she decided to shift from an observer to a shaper of public policy and earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She served for five years as a data and budget analyst for the Legislative Budget Board, focusing on health and human services and public education. Jen spent two years living abroad in Australia and New Zealand, and still loves to travel with her husband and two sweet sons. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, throwing over-the-top dinner parties, and analyzing ballot returns by precinct. When exploring a new city or country, she somehow always seems to wind up under a capitol dome. Email Jen at Jen@txcampaign.org.

 

Casey Brzozowski // Finance and Operations Manager

Casey backs the Texas Campaign’s mission by providing the daily management of the organization’s operations and finance functions.  Additionally, she provides staff support for the Board Development & Governance Committee. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology and completed her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University in March 2021. Her professional background includes accounting, finance, operations, and marketing roles in both the business and nonprofit sectors. Casey became a mother at the age of 18 allowing her to experience the challenges and opportunities met by teen parents in the state of Texas. Her experience has incited a passion to improve her community through the nonprofit industry and volunteer work.  Outside of work and school, Casey loves spending time with her family both human and fur. In her alone time, she enjoys podcasts, music, comedy in all forms, and a good book. Email Casey at casey@txcampaign.org.

 

Melanie Chasteen // Sr. Director of Community Engagement

Melanie has more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations including 16 within non-profit organizations. In her role as Sr. Director of Community Engagement, Melanie identifies, grows, and strengthens relationships in order to raise awareness about the Texas Campaign’s work throughout the state.  She also helps execute the organization’s communication strategy, leads a broad range of public relations activities, oversees the annual statewide symposium and regional summits and serves as a key ambassador for the organization. Before joining the Texas Campaign in November 2014, she served as the VP of Marketing and Communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and as Director of Communications for the Center for Child Protection.  Melanie earned her Bachelor of Journalism Degree with a focus on Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in Blue Bell country – aka Brenham, Texas – Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and her canine daughter, Coco Puff Chasteen. Email Melanie at Melanie@txcampaign.org.

 

Jessica ‘J.R.’ Chester // Project Director 

J.R. is certified Community Health Worker (CHW) with a demonstrated history of program development and community outreach, in the hospital and health care industry. With her professional background as a sexual health educator and her lived experiences as a former repeat teen parent, J.R. embodies both the dedication and passion that are needed in the field of adolescent health. She has made it her life’s mission to help individuals and families achieve optimal pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences through informed decision making, reproductive life planning, equitable access to care, education, and support. J.R. holds a double degree in Molecular Biology and Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas, where she became a proud member of the illustrious organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, as well as a Data Science Certification from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, J.R. provides care as a birth doula, certified lactation counselor (CLC), childbirth educator, and certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) to growing families in her community. J.R. is a former board member of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and a seasoned volunteer in her city and local school district. Lastly, but always first in her heart, J.R. is the mother of five amazing young people: Skylar, Ivory, Kameron, Ava, and Jessika “Ana.” Email J.R. at JR@txcampaign.org.

 

Molly Clayton, MBA // Executive Director

Molly Clayton is responsible for advancing the mission of the Texas Campaign through leadership of strategic initiatives and efficient management of human and financial resources. Prior to this role, she served as the first Executive Director of the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST), a nonprofit statewide network dedicated to increasing the quality and availability of after school and summer learning opportunities for Texas youth. Molly has also served as the Vice President of Statewide Initiatives for United Ways of Texas, managing efforts to address education, family financial stability, and disaster recovery issues. Her background includes 12 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, consulting, and business administration. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Manchester in the UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. Molly played a couple of seasons of banked-track roller derby with the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls before retiring from the sport to go to grad school. She gets most of her exercise these days chasing her two young boys, who are just as fast and almost as reckless! Email Molly at Molly@txcampaign.org.

 

Julia Kranzthor, MBA // Development Director

Julia enjoys connecting resources to get things done; this fresh approach to fundraising incorporates hard data with personal relationships. A self-proclaimed nerd, Julia often seeks the technological solution and geeks out big time over databases and organizational metrics. Julia formerly worked for the Workers Defense Project, building power for working families across Texas. After graduating from San Diego State University, she received an MBA from St. Edward’s University. As a graduate of the TX AFL-CIO Ruth Ellinger School for Labor Leaders and a former board member of the Young Active Labor Leaders, Julia spends her free time organizing from within the labor movement to address the challenges that face young workers. Originally from the Bay Area in California, Julia is a huge sports fan and can be found watching the Sharks most nights during the hockey season. Email Julia at Julia@txcampaign.org.

 

Alondra Medina // Community Engagement Coordinator

Alondra (She/Her/Ella) is a strong Mexican-American reproductive health and LGBTQ+ advocate. She strives to create a safe space for all and be other people’s voices who need help accentuating their needs. As a previous university lead mentor and sexual reproductive health intern, she has expanded on her desire to help others. Alondra is pursuing a Masters of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at UTRGV as she has become firmly committed to bringing change to her community. She continuously pursues experiences that focus on helping and guiding others and has joined as a Community Engagement Coordinator to support The Texas Campaign mission (all the way from the RGV!). When she is not reviewing her planner and working, Alondra enjoys watching bad reality TV shows, going for a stroll at Target, going on adventures while drinking good iced coffee, and finding new Hello Kitty items to add to her collection! Alondra also speaks/writes fluently in Spanish. Email Alondra at Alondra@txcampaign.org.

 

Carolina Salmeron, MPH // Project Director

Carolina is a fierce reproductive health advocate with a strong interest in health care access for vulnerable populations, particularly youth. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins where she specialized in health in crisis and global health. In her most recent role as a Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins, she directed multiple projects and initiatives including a global youth family planning champions project and co-chaired the Youth Subcommittee of the largest scientific family planning conference in the world. She brings extensive research, leadership and strategy development experience, as well as extensive experience working with youth, immigrant populations and community partners. Carolina leads both of the Texas Campaign’s projects targeting youth in-care, the Houston-based Collaborative for Youth in Care ( CLYC) and the statewide Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI). When Carolina isn’t leading projects and checking off things on her to-do list, she enjoys adventure filled traveling, testing new recipes, critiquing her husband’s new guitar designs, spending time with family across both borders of the US, cuddling with her dogs and splashing paint on a canvas. Email Carolina at carolina@txcampaign.org.

 

Mayra Yundt-Pacheco // Policy and Data Intern

Mayra works to support the mission of The Texas Campaign through research, data science and soaking up information like a sponge to better educate herself. A fast-talking data enthusiast with a passion for evidence-based policy, Mayra is pursuing a dual degree Master’s in Global Policy and Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin. She recently worked at the IC2 Institute studying human trafficking and digitally modeling the interactions of day laborers and their exploitive employers. She is married to her best friend, a fifth-year UT architecture student, together they parent their increasingly curious young daughter. Mayra enjoys a good conversation, spending time with her family, reading and exploring new places, preferably via scuba diving. There are three continents she has yet to venture to. Email Mayra at mayra@txcampaign.org.

 

Ana Belén Zelaya // Project Coordinator

Ana Belén Zelaya has over five years of experience working for non-profit organizations across the greater Houston area and has experience in community outreach, health education, and recruitment. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and hopes to return to school to receive a Master’s in Public Health where she wants to focus on adolescent health. Issues that interest her include access to healthcare, equity in health, and policy advocacy. Outside of work, Ana Belén enjoys going to local coffee shops, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and partner Elliott including their two rescue Pit bulls, Sammie and Hope.

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