Founder & President
Julie has been leading and supporting foster and adoption ministries across Central Texas for more than a decade. Julie is an approved Educator in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) and an Empowered to Connect Trainer. Her experience includes working directly with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Texas Christian University to develop trauma-informed church ministries in Central Texas. As an adoptive parent to her own three children, Julie has mentored and trained hundreds of foster and adoptive families.
Amanda Keeter is the Executive Director of Fostering Hope. She has 15+ years of nonprofit experience, with more than a decade in services to children and families. Amanda has served on numerous boards across Central Texas including current service to Concordia University Texas’ College of Business and Communications. She holds her undergraduate degree from Southern Nazarene University and MBA in Organizational Management and Leadership from Concordia University Texas.
Director of Programs
After a couple years teaching, Anna Valdez served for five years at an international organization in Monterrey, Mexico. Along with being a Program Coordinator, she was the primary caregiver for 17 teenage girls. She has successfully implemented programming as a Texas Christian University Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner and a Trauma Competent Caregiver Affiliate Trainer for Back2Back Ministries. As the Director of Programs, Anna trains, develops audience specific curriculum, and coordinates trauma informed efforts for volunteers, churches, support groups, foster parents and caregivers, and institutions, locally and internationally, to move them through the continuum of trauma informed care.
Mallory started as an intern with Fostering Hope in Summer 2019 and is thrilled to be a part of the team in her new role as the Communications Coordinator. She recently completed her degree at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in Marketing and Communications, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit and Social Innovation. A proud sister to two adopted brothers, Mallory has experienced life as a foster/adoptive sibling since a young age. Her professional experience includes marketing and UX internships in varying business roles with two local Austin nonprofits and one international nonprofit.
Jordan Hope Vera
Jordan Hope is a Texas Christian University Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner in the Austin area. She officially began her professional journey in the foster care system through direct care positions at an emergency shelter and residential treatment center (RTC). After over 5 years, she completed her time as a houseparent with the intention to carry her trauma informed care into other social services spheres of influence in the Austin area. She has implemented trauma informed care into her work with aged out foster care youth who are court involved, experiencing homelessness, and/or are survivors of trafficking. In early 2020, Jordan completed the single parent adoption of her 17 year old daughter, Lizzy. Jordan Hope has been a fan and advocate for the mission of Fostering Hope as a foster to adopt parent, church member and professional. We’re thrilled to now welcome her to the team!
Cynthia is a former foster mom, who has partnered with Fostering Hope since 2014. As a former educator, foster parent, and Accounting Assistant, she is uniquely equipped to help managing the growing needs of Fostering Hope.