Administrative Staff

Larry Elsner, MSSW, Executive Director, elsner@opendoorpreschool.org

"My 28-year-old daughter is an Open Door graduate so I have witnessed firsthand how her early education experiences helped shape her into the pretty incredible person she is today. I believe that all children—regardless of special needs, regardless of family backgrounds—are entitled to a strong start in life. I want every child to have the opportunities that Sophie has enjoyed."

 

Missy Sanchez, Site Director,
Open Door Central, 
missy@opendoorpreschool.org

"I believe that every child should have an opportunity to learn and grow in an emotionally supportive environment that values and fosters their natural curiosity. It is a child’s innate curiosity that makes them our world’s greatest explorers. It is our job, our responsibility, as early childhood educators, to provide each child in our care with a road map that will set them up for success as they pursue their future educational journeys."

 

Sheila Matthews, Site Director,
Open Door East, 
sheila@opendoorpreschool.org

"Every child is special, unique, and deserves a chance to attend a quality, safe, and loving educational environment."

 

Tracey Matchefts, Site Director,
Open Door at M Station, 
traceym@opendoorpreschool.org

"I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a safe, caring, loving, open environment in which to grow emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. I want to assist children in discovering who they are, so they feel free to express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. My goal is to instill in them a life- long love of learning."

 

Board of Directors

Cathy McHorse, Past Chair
United Way for Greater Austin

Leah Meunier, PhD
WorkForce Solutions-Capital Area

Cedric Perry
Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Josh Romero
Jackson Walker, LLP

Cherelle VanBrakle*, MEd
People's Community Clinic

Chris Weimer*
Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP

Elaine Xu, CPA
Maxwell, Locke & Ritter

Hayden Foutch
McCombs School Board Fellow
University of Texas at Austin

Anacely Vazquez-Carrillo
McCombs School Board Fellow
University of Texas at Austin

Tony Clark*, Chair
General Motors

Meghan Alexander*, Vice Chair
Alexander Law Firm

Laura Griebel, MPA, Secretary
Easter Seals Capital Area

Cherisse Robison*, Treasurer
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas

Buddy Beger
3M

Kate Burns, MBA
Rackspace

Laura Hernandez Gold, LCSW-S
Integral Care

Glenn Goodrich*
OneStar Foundation

Coleen Linden, M.A.
National Instruments

John McGlothlin, PhD
Southwest Retirement Consultants

 

*Current Open Door parent