A note from Education Connection, Executive Director

In reflecting on the ambiguity of what a global pandemic brings with it, there were many positives that came in the midst of a pool of negativity. I observed determination, persistence, and resilience. These qualities of sheer strength and will came from all around — Education Connection, the districts and schools, teachers, the students, and their families. It was not easy, no doubt – and collectively we did it and kindness prevailed! 

Now, seems like an appropriate time to say once again thank you from the bottom of our EC heart, for the encouragement we received, the support, and participation with the non-direct opportunities in which we were able to serve, as we navigated the uncertainty of the 2020-21 school year. It made an impact and touched many lives of students, teachers, volunteers, and beyond. As we quickly approach the 2021-22 school year, we are thrilled to announce that we will be going back to in-person volunteering, in most of the school districts that we partner with. We can hardly contain our excitement! Whether you have volunteered with us before or are searching for a worthy and impactful way to serve the students of the Greater Austin area, we invite you to come alongside us on our mission by sitting with elementary students for 30 minutes a week, to read one-on-one, and ensure that every child is reading by the end of 3rd grade. 

We are focusing on the glows and grows in 2021-22! Won’t you join us? For more information, please explore our website or email us at info@education-connection.org

Be Safe,


Amy Hagen, LMSW

Our Leadership Team

Joe Bland
Education Connection Chairman
Joe Bland Construction, L.P.
Church Home: Hill Country Bible Church – Steiner

Rachel Kubicki Collins
Education Connection Co-Vice President of Development
ACG, Inc.
Church Home: Emmaus Catholic

Pastor Larry Coulter
Education Connection Vice President of Finance & Governance
Senior Pastor
Church Home: The Lakeway Church

Scott Crossett
Education Connection Co-Vice President of Development
Apple Leasing
Church Home: Austin Christian Fellowship

Shannon Eakin
Education Connection Administrative Assistant
Church Home: The Journey Bible Fellowship

Kerrie Miksch
Education Connection Vice President
Vantage Properties
Church Home: Hill Country Bible – Austin

Rev. Dr. Daryl Horton
Christ Together Greater Austin, Chairman
Education Connection Pastor Liaison
Church Home: Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Pete Inman
Camino Real Financial Strategies
Church Home: Celebration Church

Mel Jones
Education Connection Co-Vice President of Marketing & Events
Church Home: Hill Country Bible – Austin

Pastor Herb Moffett, Jr.
Restoring God’s Family Ministry (RGF)
Church Home: Restoring God’s Family Ministry

Darla Wegner
Fifth Generation, Inc.
Church Home: Gateway

Amy Wilke
Education Connection Manager
Church Home: Bethany United Methodist Church