May 17, 2016

Our Team

Our Leadership


Executive Director


The Executive Director of Kids In a New Groove, Laura has been employed by KING since 2013.

Having previously served as Program Manager, she not only carries an intimate understanding of our program, the youth in foster care we serve, our partners, and our Mission, but she also has the experience and vision to lead KING to a brighter and more musical future.

Laura received her Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Degrees from Abilene Christian University. After graduating, she began her career in foster care as a Director of Intake for a national child placing agency. She worked there for 5 years prior to Kids in a New Groove, verifying and training foster homes as well as placing children into the foster homes.

She quickly adopted the Austin culture and is a music aficionado who is incredibly involved in the local music scene.

Program Manager


Carmen stepped into the role of Program Manager in September 2016. She is an Austin transplant, originally from Kansas. Earning her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas, Carmen has devoted her professional career to youth empowerment and development.

After moving to Austin, Carmen became a Family Services Worker for a national child placing agency, providing case management and care coordination for youth in foster care. She has an inside understanding of the foster care system and the youth served by Kids In A New Groove. Carmen brings with her a strong combination of education and work experience. She is dedicated to being a champion for youth, to equip them with the opportunity and ability to meet their full potential. 

Carmen and her husband moved to Austin in 2010, to be a part of this vibrant city. They enjoy taking in all that Austin has to offer with live music, amazing food and outdoor activities. Carmen is an avid sports fan and likes to stay active through CrossFit. 

Our Board


Mark Porter

Chairman of the Board

Advisor at Brinson Benefits

Tamsen Cohagan



Chris Bauer


Managing Partner at Bauer & Company, LLC

Elizabeth Rogers

Compliance Officer

Shareholder, Privacy & Data Security at Greenberg Traurig

Clint Strait

Vice President, Strait Music Company

Dana Keeven

Senior Contract Divisions Manager, C3 Presents

Dorian Colbert

Instructor of Psychology at Huston-Tilloston University

Hector Beltran

Program Committee Chair

Systems Analyst, Managing and Reporting Statistics, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Jerri Paul

Business Architect Director for Federal Business at Dell, Inc.

Karyn Scott

Founder of Kids in a New Groove & Lifetime Board Member

Kelly Conway

President of Fleming & Conway Insurance Agency, LLC

Lisa O’Neill

Marketing Committee Chair

Principle at Newton O’Neill Communications

Lowell Keig

Division Director for Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division

Mitch Flax

Committee Chair

Managing Director, Emerging Markets at MassMutual Workplace Solutions

Misty Pennock

Digital Sales Manager, Austin Monthly

Nicole Watson

Director of Marketing and Giving, Hotels for Hope