Hal is a graduate of New Braunfels High School and the University of Texas at Austin. Hal is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced in New Braunfels since 1982. Hal has served on various boards in the community. The non-profit boards include the following: the McKenna Health System, Connections, New Braunfels Noon Lions Club, and New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation. He currently serves as a board member on First Commercial Bank and was previously on the bank boards of Citizens Bank (now Wells Fargo in New Braunfels) and First State Bank (now Prosperity Bank in New Braunfels). Connections is a special organization to Hal because it helps provide choices and empowerment to children and families who do not have the same opportunities as their peers. Hal is married to Karen Holtman. They reside in New Braunfels. They enjoy the outdoors and their nine grandchildren.
Amy has 20+ years of experience in the social services field. She currently works remotely as a project coordinator for The Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) in Peoria, IL, an organization that provides social and recreational programming for individuals with disabilities. Her current role consists of coordinating special projects; grant writing; creating and revising staff training; revising program handbooks; and coordinating a yearly basketball field trip for over 2000 students with disabilities. Before relocating to New Braunfels in 2017, she served as a program manager, supervising a year-round day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Amy has a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Bradley University and served as a family counselor at Catholic Charities in Peoria, IL. While living in Belgium, she was a volunteer counselor at the British School of Brussels and on a private basis for individuals and families. Amy, her husband, and two children love living in New Braunfels and are proud to call it home.
Jane is a Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Trinity University. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor, and an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from UT-Austin. In addition to teaching courses in child development, she has an active research lab studying children’s early verbal learning. She lives in New Braunfels with her family, and is an active member of Christ Presbyterian Church.
A lifelong Texan, Brent moved to New Braunfels in 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies along with minors in Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling from Texas Tech University. Brent later went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker College in Dallas. He is a founding doctor of Airrosti and co-owner of three dental practices with his wife Lara. Brent is also the proud adoptive father of two beautiful little girls. Brent’s passion for working with at-risk youth can be traced back to his time on staff at a residential treatment center in Lubbock. He looks forward to continuing this service by supporting the mission of Connections to help children and families of New Braunfels and the surrounding communities.
Caleb is currently a junior at New Braunfels High School. During his freshman year, Caleb co-founded FloatMe, a company dedicated to financial wellness of employees by providing early access to pay, a way to save, and financial health. After a summer at Stanford, Caleb started a new startup, Lecturely, with a mission on providing a platform that tracks students' interests inside the classroom and bases the curriculum taught on those interests, keeping students more engaged and providing a more personalized learning experience.
Alex is currently an IT Analyst at Caterpillar Inc. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from WIU. Alex recently graduated from the Caterpillar Digital and IT Development three-year program where he spent one year in each of the following divisions: Corporate Treasury, Network Services, and Industrial Power Systems. Alex spends additional time coaching interns through case competitions and college recruiting.
Laurie is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has spent her career managing projects and programs across industries and channels, with a focus on digital marketing. She is currently a Marketing and Technology consultant, assisting clients with marketing strategy, design, social media, web development, audio/video production and technology implementation. She has been a member of New Braunfels Rotary since 2012 and has served on the scholarship assessment committee for New Braunfels Area Community Foundation for several years. She joined the board of Connections Individual and Family Services in 2020 and is excited to contribute to its mission.
Amanda is the co-founder and owner of Anding Environmental Consulting, LLC, headquartered in New Braunfels. She is a Texas State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Geography. Amanda began volunteering with Connections in 2014 within the Transitional Living Program. Given her past experience with board development and her interest in helping foster care youth, she decided to join the Connections Board of Directors in 2021. Amanda lives in New Braunfels with her husband, Matt, their two daughters, Dutchez and Gracie, and their four-legged companions, Duke (dog) and Navani (cat).
Whitney is a long time Texas resident and highly regarded member of our community. Working as a licensed real estate agent with Real Estate Haus, Whitney enjoys building positive relationships with clients while maintaining both a servant heart and professional demeanor. Whitney has served in many capacities professionally including small business ownership for more than 30 years. She has also served on the auxiliary board of the Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram, Texas. While staying active in her church and family, Whitney is the proud wife of local handyman, Jack, and mother of three children and eleven grandchildren. Whitney joined the board in 2021 and is joyfully committed to the vision and purpose of Connections Individual and Family Services and looking forward to serving in their mission.