Elisa Borah, MSW, PhD, Director
Dr. Borah conducts research to identify effective programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. She collaborates across sectors to successfully develop, test and implement innovative initiatives. As part of the institute, she leads the Veteran Spouse Network, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. Learn more about Dr. Borah.
Hannah O’Brien, MSSW, Program Manager
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work Masters program, where she completed the Administration and Policy Practice concentration. During her time at the University, she fell in love with a Marine veteran and began immersing herself in the unique culture of the military. It wasn’t long before she knew she wanted to make a career of serving veterans and their families. Learn more about Hannah.
Molly Platz, LMSW, Program & Communications Manager
Molly Platz received her social work degree from UT Austin. Throughout her social work experience, Molly has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, sexual health and education, adult mental health and peer support programming. Molly’s work supports a number of projects and initiatives meant to support the institute as a whole, with a focus on strengthening partnerships and engaging communities to ensure access to proven programs and supports. Learn more about Molly.
Ashley Shwarz, BA, Program Coordinator
Ashley Schwarz is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences. During her studies, she explored various topics including cultural competency, international education, and psychology. After earning her undergraduate degree, Ashley held several positions working with foster families, international college students, and middle school youth. Learn more about Ashley.