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Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill
Safe Schools Texas Team Coordinator

Amanda received her undergraduate diploma from the University of Maryland in 2003 with a degree in Marketing and Women’s Studies. She joined Texas Civil Rights Project as the Director of Community Outreach and Development in April 2007. Since then, she has raised multi-millions in donations from foundations and individuals for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

In addition, in 2008 she created TCRP’s Safe Schools Texas, an educational project aimed at preventing harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) students in school.

In her free time she enjoys pit bull rescue and spending time with her dogs, Rory, Clementine, and June.


Jenny Horton

Jenny Horton
Safe Schools Texas Facilitator

Jenny is the child of a low-income single mother who grew up in rural Arkansas. Her childhood experiences led her to pursue an education that supported progressive advocacy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Gender Studies from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Since graduating from college she has worked primarily as a community organizer. She has also completed two terms with AmeriCorps — one with Circle of Sisters (an after school program for at-risk girls) and another as a Vista for the Clinton Foundation.

Jenny is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Community Administrated Leadership in Social Work, and completing a one-year internship with Safe Schools Texas.


Jennifer Chance

Jennifer Chance
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

Jennifer Chance is a native Southerner with roots in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. She came out in high school, despite being raised in a Southern Baptist home, rejected by her parents for being gay, and being sent to “ex-gay therapy.” She’s happy to be a volunteer with Safe Schools and began in 2012. Chance studied computer science in college and now manages the business school’s Web Team at a local, prominent university. She lives on a small farm outside Austin, where she raises animals, and enjoys spending time with her friends.


Jeff Goodwin

Jeff Goodwin
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

Jeffrey Harold Goodwin grew up in Stephenville, a small dairy town in central Texas. At 18, he came out of the closet, moved to Austin, and began attending University of Texas. While pursuing his degree, he started volunteering for Safe Schools as a guest speaker. He has volunteered since 2010 and has begun expanding his role in Safe Schools to include video, media, and web projects, in addition to his continued role as a guest speaker. Jeff recently received a degree in Radio, Television and Film at UT with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is currently pursuing his career.


Megan Kilgore

Megan Kilgore
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

Megan grew up in Austin, Texas and attended The University of North Texas at Denton (UNT) where she studied English Literature and Spanish. Growing up, Megan was always interested in community service and civil rights. Her extracurricular activities at UNT helped to solidify these interests; she worked with at risk youth and participated in peer education programs designed to prevent harassment and violence on campus.

After graduating, she moved back to Austin and started looking for volunteer opportunities as a productive and fulfilling way to fill the hours she no longer spent studying. The TCRP Safe Schools Program was a perfect fit.

Megan is currently attending graduate school at Texas State. She hopes to carry her knowledge and sense of social responsibility that she cultivated while volunteering with Safe Schools with her as she continues her education and begins her career.


Candace Lopez

Candace López
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

Candace is originally from the Texas panhandle, but moved to Idaho with her family when she started high school. She’s the youngest of four siblings and comes from a religious upbringing, with her father being a pastor in the Church of Christ for more than 30 years. Candace received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pepperdine University and her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a strong history of working and volunteering in development for several non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and Austin. She is currently the Director of Development at SafePlace. Candace is happy to volunteer for Safe Schools Texas to share her journey of coming out to family and friends.


Alex Messenger

Alex Messenger
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

Alex is from San Antonio, TX and moved to Austin six years ago to attend UT, where she graduated with bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Women’s and Gender Studies. She became involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism through her work with the Feminist Action Project and the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT. She has worked with a dating violence crisis line where she developed trainings on intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships in order to raise awareness. Alex began volunteering in the Spring 2013 and looks forward to working with students to prevent the kind of bullying and hostility she witnessed in middle school and high school. She hopes to pursue a career in social work and counseling in the near future.


David Wright

David Wright
Safe Schools Texas Volunteer

David is from San Antonio, TX and moved to Austin in 2010 to attend St. Edward’s University. David is majoring in Psychology, specifically focusing on social cognitive constructions. He will graduate in December 2013, and plans to attend graduate school for adolescent counseling. In his free time, David enjoys training and spending time with his Siberian husky Niko, catching up with television shows, and exploring the outdoors.