Katie Olse was appointed executive director of the Alliance in December of 2016. 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.
Sarah Combs Boruff
Sarah Combs Boruff joined the Alliance as policy analyst and program coordinator in 2007. She participates in various state policy and regulatory meetings, tracks and analyzes legislative and regulatory issues, researches and writes on issues that affect members, and serves as a resource to Alliance member agencies. Sarah also manages the planning and development of the annual Texas Child Care Administrators Conference.
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.
Director of Policy and Research
Jesse Booher joined TACFS as the Director of Policy and Research in November 2017. Jesse comes to TACFS from DFPS where he served as the Division Administrator of the CPS Regional Systems Improvement team. Jesse was the creator of this continuous quality improvement 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 caseworker and supervisor in Region 3, as well as a member of the CPS Analytics and Evaluation team. He has a BA in Sociology and Political Science from Austin College in Sherman Texas and completed two masters' degrees in Sociology and Urban Affairs at the University of Texas-Arlington