The HomeAid Austin Team

Board of Directors

Charlie Coleman


President of HomeAid Austin

April Whitaker

Taylor Morrison

Vice-President of HomeAid Austin

Kandis Rushing

Johnson Development Corp

Secretary of HomeAid Austin


Steve Krasoff

Scott Felder Homes

Treasurer of HomeAid Austin

Carrie Ciliberto

HBA of Greater Austin

Amy Martin

FirstService Residential Texas

Becky Collins

United Development Funding

Bryan Havel

Trendmaker Homes

Jeff Pareja

SouthStar Bank

Jennifer Stary

Newland Communities

Jon Samson

First American Title

Lee Whitaker

Pacesetter Homes

McCalle Fryar

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

Melissa Brown

Mid-City Development

Vaike O'Grady


Will Holder

Texas State University

HomeAid Austin Staff

Melissa Nicewarner Daly

HomeAid Austin

Executive Director

Melissa brings expertise and 17 years’ experience in non-profit management, sales, governmental affairs and community relations. After graduating from Southwestern University with degrees in Communications Studies and Sociology, Melissa has worked relentlessly in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Her passion lies in building relationships and connecting individuals with a cause that will strengthen their communities.

Before joining HomeAid, Melissa served as Executive Director for Back on My Feet Austin, which combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. There, she led the fundraising efforts for the chapter and oversaw both program and development operations.

Prior to her time at Back on My Feet, Melissa launched the Hays County edition of Community Impact Newspaper. In this role, she was the face of the business journal, connecting business leaders and dignitaries with readers via quality editorial and advertising.

Previously, Melissa held positions as the Director of Program Services for Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas, Campaign Manager for the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Youth Director for the Texas Quarter Horse Association. At each non-profit, she successfully increased fundraising and services by leveraging her contacts and resources in the community.

Melissa and her husband, Graham, reside in San Marcos with their two daughters, Adelaide and Isla, where they enjoy spending time in nature. They are frequent visitors to the San Marcos River as well as the greenbelt that backs up to their property. A former collegiate swimmer, Melissa now enjoys swimming both competitively on triathlon relay teams and recreationally with her family.

Kelsey Helton

HomeAid Austin

Program & Events Manager

Born and raised in Gulf Shores, Alabama; Kelsey moved to the Big Apple after high school to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.  After graduating with Honors, she spent the summer in Austin, TX.  She loved it so much, she decided to stay!

She was immediately hired by a privately owned, Texas-based home builder as a Sales Assistant and has been working in the Home Building Industry ever since!  Kelsey recently joined HomeAid Austin as Program and Events Manager, after having served on the Board of Directors since the Chapter's inception.
Kelsey and her husband, Jacob, reside in Bastrop with their son, Gibson. They have two cats, Buddy and Eva.