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Katie Olse
Chief Executive Officer

Katie Olse was appointed executive director of the Alliance in December of 2016, and CEO in December 2018. She formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Prior to her role as Deputy Commissioner she was Associate Commissioner for DFPS and Chief of Staff for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Commissioner for DFPS and the former Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. She was previously the Director of the Center for Consumer and External Affairs at DFPS where she worked closely with the DFPS Commissioner and the Legislature on critical issues within the child protection, regulatory, adult protective and prevention/early intervention realms.

Prior to joining the HHS system, she was the executive director of a statewide nonprofit organization where she worked on health and human services issues as well as other issues including education, criminal justice, and mental health. Katie has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has completed graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


Jesse Booher
Vice President for Policy and Innovation

Jesse joined TACFS as the Director of Policy and Research in November 2017, and became Vice President for Policy and Innovation in December 2018. Jesse comes to TACFS from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) where he served as the Division Administrator of the DFPS Regional Systems Improvement team. Jesse was the creator of this continuous quality improvement (CQI) team which supported CPS regional management in understanding which assets (people, policy, process, etc.) contributed to a particular area's performance and using those assets to address issues before they became crises. Jesse previously served as a CPS Investigator and supervisor in Dallas County, as well as a member of the CPS Analytics and Evaluation team in Austin. He has a BA in Sociology and Political Science from Austin College in Sherman Texas, two masters' degrees in Sociology and Urban Affairs from the University of Texas-Arlington, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Sarah Combs Boruff
Director of Operations 

Sarah Combs Boruff joined the Alliance as policy analyst and program coordinator in 2007, and became the Association's manager 2014, and Director of Operations in December 2018. She oversees all membership services and ensures that the needs of Alliance members are met and exceeded. Sarah also plans and manages the annual Texas Child Care Administrators Conference. She also assists in Texas Center work, Alliance committees and caucuses, legislative and regulatory issues, and makes sure the Alliance office runs smoothly and efficiently. Sarah serves as a resource to Alliance member agencies, Alliance staff, and the TACFS and Texas Center boards of directors. 

Before joining the Alliance, Sarah was the Director of Communications for  the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, a tax policy think tank in Austin, and worked for many years as an editor for an Austin-based educational publishing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Austin Community College.


Katie Elseth, LMSW
Continuous Quality Improvement Analyst

Katie joined TACFS as a Continuous Quality Improvement Analyst in April 2019. Katie comes to TACFS from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) where she served in the Division of Systems Improvement on the DFPS Regional Systems Improvement team. This continuous quality improvement (CQI) team supported CPS regional management in understanding which assets (people, policy, process, etc.) contributed to regional performance and using those assets to address issues before they became crises, create strategic plans, and develop targeted strategies. Katie previously served as a Child Protective Services conservatorship caseworker in Bexar County, as well as the Community Initiative Specialist in Child Protective Services’ Region 08. She has a BS in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Georgia at Athens, GA and a Master of Social Work with a major in Social Work Administrative Leadership from Texas State University- San Marcos.

Alyssa Jones
Director of Outreach

Alyssa joined TACFS as the Director of Outreach in December of 2018. Alyssa comes to TACFS from the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services where she served as the Deputy Committee Director. Prior to her employment in the Texas Senate, she served as the Legislative Director in Representative Cindy Burkett’s office. She spent her time as a staffer in the Texas Legislature focusing on health and human services policy, specifically child welfare policy and legislation. Alyssa has a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed her graduate studies at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, focusing on health policy and nonprofit management.

Alyssa will be working on the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP), a Federal grant partnership with UT School of Social Work, as well as helping to lead our advocacy efforts in the upcoming legislative session.



Natalie Sowinski
Director of Special Projects

Natalie joined the TACFS team in August 2018 as the Associate Director of Training and Research, and became the Director of Special Projects in December 2018. Previously, Natalie served as a member of the Applied Solutions Group at KaleidaCare Management Solutions, the consultation and customization department of the organization. While at KaleidaCare, Natalie spent time in implementation before moving to serve as the product manager of the revenue management system. Most recently, her focus was around foster parent recruitment and retention. Natalie has a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.


Jenn Vigh
Member Services Coordinator

Jenn joined TACFS in May of 2018. She is a 2017 graduate from the University of Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and two minor degrees in Dancing and Public Health. During her years as a student, she danced and marketed for the university dance department’s aerial and contemporary dance company. She also served as the Social Media Expert for the student- run, public relations firm, Creative Consultants during her senior year. Immediately following graduation, Jenn moved to Austin to intern and train with Blue Lapis Light, Austin’s site-specific aerial dance company, for the 2017 Summer Season. Ever since, she has been pursuing marketing contract work with Blue Lapis Light along with other aerial and contemporary dance projects. She has loved living in Austin, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the TACFS team and contribute to such an empowering mission!


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