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 Hight 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 Vice President of Circle F Media LLC, Amelia Floyd produces local market TV segments covering toys, gaming and STEM/STEAM. She also participates in the day-to-day operations of the company with her husband, which has been in business for 18 years. Prior, she was responsible for overseeing event planning at National Geographic Magazine.
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.
Mr. Kilgore is retired US Army officer. Following his public service, he worked in the Energy Industry with public corporations and private equity. His specialties include strategic planning, risk management and fund raising. As the Foundation Vice President, he will use those skills to help direct the foundation’s fundraising and service mission. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, and of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Kerri Cohen Elliott
Ms. Elliott is a self-employed local entrepreneur who currently owns and operates two local businesses. She has been in the Lakeway community for over 17 years. She is an active and long-term volunteer in the city. Her contributions include volunteering with LTYA as a baseball coach for my son and a cheer coach for my daughter. She has also worked with the Boy Scouts of America as the pack treasurer, and fund raiser (popcorn kernel mom). She has also volunteered as the Team rep for a national all-star cheer team.
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.
Mr. Sheehan is a local small business owner, Sheehan Farmers Insurance, who is heavily involved in the Lake Travis community. Previously he had a US and internationally based career with Nestle. His core skills are sales, marketing, networking and being a local advocate. As the Foundation Ambassador, he will use those skills to help build awareness and engagement for the foundation's mission. He will also help lead engagement with key community leaders. He is a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Kathleen Hassenfratz, LPC (licensed professional counselor) has embraced working with youth for 30 years in various roles: middle school teacher, middle school counselor, chemical abuse prevention counselor, ropes course manager, health/social-programs coordinator, teen whisperer (and mom of 2!) She is an experienced counselor and psychotherapist who utilizes experiential strategies to guide youth beyond life's barriers into a healthy and productive life! She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State Univ). She also is licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of Texas (LPC) and specializes in supporting young people struggling with anxiety, depression and self regulation. Kathleen is also the founder and President of a Texas Non-Profit called Tune into Life, with the mission of giving rise to safe, healthy communities by equipping parents with tools, and teens with a voice, to be better equipped in supporting youth mental wellness while decreasing the rate of suicide amongst 15-25 year olds.
As a health and mindset coach, Jen Brinsmade has been empowering others to live their healthiest self in mind and body with her simple approach for over 25 years. Experiencing a life of vibrant health and working with her clients, she firmly believes that nourishing the body well, moving the body often and connecting to one’s self, others, and nature all have a roll in impacting how one feels both mentally and physically. Her mission is to build awareness & inspire the community to take an active part in their mind-and-body wellness by creating educational, fun, and interactive health-and-fitness events.
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.