Meet Our Staff

Mary Gatlin Hearon – Executive Director

Responsible for planning, implementing, and meeting contributed income goals for the organization, including major donor giving, grants, electronic and direct mail appeals, and overseeing and implementing special events. Mary has over 25 years of accomplishments in non-profit organizational leadership, fund development, organizational systems and operations, program development and evaluation, community coalition building, and direct services program delivery. Mary received her master’s degree in counseling and child development from Texas Woman’s University. Mary joined Care Communities in August 2016.

Mary Hearon | 512-459-5883 x 705 |

Jim Anderson – Program Director

Responsible for general management of all Care Communities social service programs. These programs include the care teams, care match, and health care facility visitation. This position supervises program statistics and outcome measures as well as direct client service managers. James brings 25 years of social work and project management experience. He recently moved to Austin from California where he managed multiple-system improvement efforts focused on improving outcomes and eliminating racial disparities in the California child welfare system. James received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. James joined Care Communities in July 2016.

Jim Anderson | 512-459-5883 x 704 |

Z Blair – Care Manager

Z is a native of Los Angeles but has lived in Texas since 1983. Z received her BA in Social Work from St. Edward’s University in 2008 and earned her MSW as a graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos. She is happy to be able to serve our community as part of the wonderful team at Care Communities. Z shares her life with her husband Jeffrey and their Labrador/Red Heeler mix Saffron. She loves traveling, organic gardening, being a volunteer and is invested in the arts; visual, audible and performance of all distinctions.

Z Blair, MSW | 512-459-5883 x 706 |

Esther Camacho-Care Manager

Esther was born and raised in Alpine, Texas and moved to Austin via El Paso, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso with a BBA and a secondary teaching certification in Business Education. Esther moved to Austin after retiring from education as a high school counselor and secondary education. She began her career with the Texas Education Agency as the Trade & Industrial Education Director under Career & Technical Education. She served on many state and national education organizations and was the Texas Corporate member on the National Skills USA student organization. She holds a Masters in Education and another in Occupational Training and Development.

Esther Camacho | 512-459-5883 x 709 |

Roger Temme, M. Div.-Outreach Manager

Roger Temme| 512-459-5883 x 702 |

Leah Petts-Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Leah Petts | 512-459-5883 x 701 |

Leah Petts | 512-459-5883 x 701 |


Ed LeBlanc, President

Pauline Lewis, Vice President

Jack Hendren, Treasurer

John Coburn

Cheryl Johnson

Rachel Leinin

Jessica Nero

Patricia Vojack

Rigo Zevada, Jr.

Jaime Avila

Teresa Buroff

Diana Resnik, The Hispanic Alliance