Susannah Erler

interim executive director


Susannah’s experience includes being the Executive Director & Station Manager for a National Public Radio affiliate, fundraising for education and workforce initiatives, and hosting and producing programs for public broadcasting. Susannah grew up in Austin and the Bronx, and holds a master’s degree in Business with an Arts Administration (Nonprofit) specialization from the University of Wisconsin School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and a Certified member of Mission Capital’s Interim Executive Director Placement Program. She writes about nonprofits at, and on Twitter at @GreaterGoodGeek. Ask Susannah about her history of playing the fiddle with a number of Austin bands. To contact, email:

Danea Johnson


Danea is usually wondering when patriarchy will end, and why it's taking so long. Until that happens, she is programming Alt Girl Cinema, helping make the Women's Empowerment Conference (WE Con) happen, and answering emails. She’s also a film, and photo maker in Austin, Texas.  She is constantly inspired by the struggles, and consequent triumphs of women. On the side, Danea teaches young filmmakers as part of the  Austin Film Society’s Film Club after school program. Danea has lived in Austin for more than seven years with her 11-year-old son. To contact, email:


Rocío Villalobos

board chair

Rocío is a native Austinite and works as an Community Outreach Coordinator at Texas Appleseed. She obtained a B.S. in Applied Learning & Development at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, Rocío graduated with an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction. You can find Rocío reading a book, drinking coffee, watching Netflix, hiking or camping when she's not working for social justice.


Koreena Malone

Board treasurer

Koreena is the CEO of KM Business Solutions, LLC, Fun Financial Facts, and White Lotus Coaching. She is a graduate from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Koreena recently received recognition for her hard work as a progressive activist and speaker for affordable housing. Financial literacy is an important part of the work she does with women and she has published numerous articles about the subject. Koreena lives with her three children and has lived in Austin for over 32 years!


Alesha Istvan

board secretary

Alesha moved to Austin in 2014 and is the mother of a young YouTube enthusiast. For over twelve years, she has worked in the movement to end all forms of gendered violence and is currently the Director of Community Initiatives at Break the Cycle, a national organization committed to empowering youth to end violence. In addition to her paid work, she is an aspiring community and environmental justice activist. Along with her M.A. in Women’s Studies, and PhD candidacy in Sociology, Alesha is an expert in watching movies, eating good food, and excessive laughing with her partner and kiddie.