Meet the Team
Mary Gatlin Hearon, New Milestones Foundation Director
Hearon brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, program development and building collaborative community partnerships. Mary has served as the Executive Director of four non-profit organizations, Vice President of Mental Health America of Dallas, and Director of Development at Mental Health America of Texas. Her experience also includes seven years in private practice as a child therapist in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston and her master’s degree in child development and therapeutic counseling from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Mary is excited to help raise awareness of mental health issues and support the programs and services of Integral Care.
Peter Herlin, Foundation Associate
Peter Herlin joined New Milestones Foundation on May 29, 2018 as the new Foundation Associate. Prior to joining NMF, Peter worked as a Program Manager for the Texas PACE Authority, a statewide nonprofit in clean energy finance. He has also worked at the Texas Governor’s Office in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, as well as at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the City of Austin.
Peter is passionate about serving nonprofits that make the world a better place, from mental health and nervous system disorders to clean energy finance. After helping his mother found the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas in 2011, Peter has been developing early-stage nonprofits ever since. He is skilled in nonprofit business development, operations, and digital marketing, and has experience working with local governments, nonprofits, entrepreneurial ventures, and corporations.
Peter holds a BA in history from Wheaton College in Illinois. He studied Russian at Middlebury College in Vermont, and Japanese history and culture abroad in Inzai City, near Tokyo.
David Evans, CEO
David Evans serves as Chief Executive Officer of Integral Care and New Milestones Foundation and has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in behavioral health and developmental disabilities. He is adjunct faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the Austin Wellness and Prevention Committee, Community Action Network Administrative Council, Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers Executive Directors’ Consortium and is a board member of Tejas Behavioral Health Services. He is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). Previously, Evans served as State Commissioner in Georgia for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse, State Director in Nebraska for Mental Retardation Services, Trustee for the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and President of the National Association for State Mental Retardation Program Directors. He also served on the Georgia Governing Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and the National Association of State Mental Health Directors.
Meet the Board
Rachel Gunner, LCSW, BCD, CPC, President
Board member since 2015
Gunner is the New Milestones Board President-Elect and Chair of the Nominating Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in the State of Texas. She began her private practice as a psychotherapist in 1984 and continues to provide individual, couple and family counseling. She is also a certified professional coach and a trained mediator. She has lectured and appeared on radio talk shows discussing relationship and sexual concerns, personality disorders, resistances to growth, women in management, and setting healthy boundaries. She has been a member of the Board of the” Centre for Attitudinal Healing”, Vice President of the Board of “The Care Communities,” and President of the Board for “Trella’s Foundation.”
Scott Hector, Ph.D., Immediate Past President
Board member since 2010
Scott Hector is President of the Board of New Milestones. He has served on the Board of New Milestones since 2010, most recently serving as chair of the committee on Friends of New Milestones since 2014. He has previously served on the Board of the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of Central Texas. Scott holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has more than 25 years of experience as a technologist in the semiconductor industry.
Nickie Froiland, Secretary
Board member since 2017
Froiland is the New Milestones Board Secretary. She is a business consultant and national speaker who does not see life in terms of barriers, only the what-ifs that can bridge a client or person to their BHAGs, their Big Hairy Audacious Goals. As a born entrepreneur, by the age of 7 she found her girl power in winning sales contests and before turning 20, she was managing business operations, calibration systems, product consistency, labor costs and employee retention. She ultimately created company training programs and built several businesses of her own. In her philanthropic and volunteer efforts, Froiland is wholly focused on eradicating the stigma of mental illness in this country. She is addressing this through public policy work and an ongoing public awareness campaign. Nickie credits her mother as the fuel in her work.
Frank Hoffman, Treasurer
Board member since 2017
Hoffman is the New Milestones Board Treasurer. He was an Employee Benefits consultant and adviser with Deloitte Tax and has over 30 years of experience counseling and advising clients. Frank has broad-based expertise in qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, fringe benefits, and health and welfare matters. Frank specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and for profit businesses from assisting a start-up company to become operational with established infrastructure and protocols to helping established organizations and companies achieve the goals and rewards aligned with an organization’s business strategy.
Board member since 2017
Hempel joined the New Milestones Board of Directors in 2017 and is co-chair for the 2018 Bridging the Gap Gala. She is currently a Product Marketing Manager at IBM, working on the IBM Power Systems brand. She also serves as a member of the Women of IBM Austin steering committee, and co-chaired the group’s activities for International Women’s Day in 2017 and 2018. Hempel has also been active in the Austin community, serving as a board member for The Junior League of Austin and Young Women’s Alliance, as well as volunteering for other organizations including Rodeo Austin, BookSpring, Keep Austin Beautiful, and Capital Area Food Bank. Hadley received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and she is a past president and long-time board member of the USC Alumni Club of Austin and recipient of USC’s Widney Alumni House Award for volunteer service.
Board member since 2016
Hopkins serves on the board of directors for both New Milestones Foundation and Integral Care. A native of Mississippi, Hopkins provides expertise in the area of human resources and employee issue. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of many community organizations, among them the Austin Capital City Lions Club and the Austin Sickle Cell Anemia Associates. Hopkins has been instrumental in the creation and development of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference, a free community event hosted by Integral Care. Currently, he is the Director of Programs for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and is an active member of the National Rehabilitation and Texas Rehabilitation associations.
Board member since 2016
Katz serves on the board of directors for both New Milestones Foundation and Integral Care. He is a partner at Husch Blackwell and is Board Certified in Health Care Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He focuses his representation on clients doing business within the health care industry. His clients include physicians, hospitals, provider networks, managed care organizations, governmental entities, diagnostic centers and other health care providers across the state of Texas. Representation of these clients includes advising on corporate, transactional, regulatory and public policy matters. Katz was chair of the CommUnityCare board, where he served from 1998-2010, and is also the Vice Chair of the Austin Arts Commission.
Board member since 2015
Prather is a member of the New Milestones Board and the Co-Chair for the 17th Annual Bridging the Gap Gala. She is founder and owner of FIG Marketing + Events in Austin. She is a dynamic strategic marketing and events professional with over 10 years’ experience, specializing in Marketing, Public Relations, Events, and Social Media Management.
David Springer Ph.D.
Board member since 2019
Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and a Fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997, where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Springer began his professional career as a clinical social worker in community and school-based settings with adolescents and their families. Today, his research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities, especially at the intersection of juvenile justice and positive youth development. He received his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University.