How the foundation began
The Engage & Heal Foundation began with the creation of the Erik Hanson Scholarship in 2019. Erik was a highly accomplished 2017 Lake Travis High School graduate. He was a varsity football player and an Eagle Scout, and then was a cadet in the Corps at Texas A&M. The foundation raised over $10,000 in his honor and awarded three $2,000 scholarships to Lake Travis football players who did not receive athletic and academic scholarships. In our second year, we opened the scholarship to all athletes and club members at Lake Travis High School.
Erase the Stigma
Our mission: Encourage a conversation about mental health.
Our goal is to help start conversations so that we are more aware of the traits and triggers associated with mental-health issues. We also aim to be an excellent source of mental-health resources, educating and caring for first responders and their families, teachers, parents, seniors, and veterans. One effort to accomplish this is hosting conversations at libraries, churches, and community groups.
Meet the Team
As a mother of 2, Amelia has held the position of Vice President for fund raising at several booster clubs at the local High School where she consistently exceeded budget goals. During this time she witnessed first-hand our youths’ challenges, struggles, and determination inspiring her to co-found the Erik Hanson Scholarship in memoriam for one of her daughter’s friends who lost his struggle. Because of the need Ms. Floyd has seen in our community, she co-founded the Engage & Heal Foundation to erase the stigma of mental health and shatter the silence that surrounds this issue. Her determination and devotion to community will help her excel as President of the Engage & Heal Foundation.
Kerri Cohen Elliott
Kerri Elliott’s experience is directly applicable to her role as the Treasurer of the Engage and Heal Foundation. In her own businesses, as well as being a Scout Treasurer and fund raiser she has demonstrated her financial expertise and extraordinary ethical standards in service to her community.
David also has been extremely involved in the Lake Travis/Bee Cave community. His wife grew up in Lake Travis and he has three daughters who were also born in the area. He has become extremely involved in the district and eventually served as president for the Lake Travis Education Foundation. He is still on the advisory board for LTEF and continues to support the school in any way he can, such as volunteering at the CAVS Lounge, attending as many sporting events as he can and supporting various clubs. He also serves on the board for A Kind Hart Foundation and is the current treasurer for CC4C, a non-profit for children with Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases.
In his spare time, you can find David with his family, who are involved in cheerleading, sports and dance. He loves the Lake Travis community and enjoys giving back in any way that he can.
Bob is a local resident with 38 years experience working for a large energy company in management, planning, operations, marketing and sales. He also has 20 years of experience volunteering for charities and managing fundraisers. He is dedicated to assisting those in need throughout our community and will use his expertise/experience to promote mental health awareness and raise necessary funding for the foundation. Bob is a graduate of Washington State University.
Engage & Heal helps coordinate a panel discussion on ‘Screenagers’
This local panel of experts sheds light on how screens, social media, family dynamics, and today’s landscape of uncertainty all affect teen mental health. Learn tools to equip yourself as a parent, community member or friend around supporting teen mental wellness. The panel also discusses tools to help youth grow with resilience and confidence.