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Meet the Board of Directors

Craig Laubacher – Co-Founder – President – Austin, TX

“After meeting with the teenagers who have struggled with and are overcoming addiction problems, I realized that once addiction is dealt with, life truly starts. Without financial and expert assistance, many young adults are not well equipped for the real world.  Starting Real Life Angels has given us an opportunity to help these kids to realize their tremendous potential.”

Craig lives in Austin, TX, with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Gray.  In addition to running the Real Life Angels organization, he currently is the Founder and Vice President of CSA Soliance. Craig has an MBA and a degree in electrical engineering from Baylor University.

John Simon – Co-Founder – Director of Operations – Dallas, TX

“After visiting one of the rehabilitation academies and hearing the stories of the students, I immediately knew I wanted to give back. I am excited to help the teens and young adults continue their education and develop skills they will be able to use for years to come.”

John lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Katie, and children, Khloe and Jase.  He currently works for Novation. John received an MBA from Baylor University and BBS from Texas A&M University.

Scott West – Director of Finance - Austin, TX

“I am excited to be part of a non-profit organization that has the opportunity to help many young adults continue their education in any field of their choosing.  I look forward to seeing what paths the individuals choose and how they advance along those paths.”

Scott lives in Cedar Park, TX, with his wife, Meredith, and two kids, Ellis and Maddox.  He currently works for CSA Soliance as the controller.  Scott received a Masters of Accountancy and a BBA from Baylor University.

Phil Garcia – Director of Fundraising & Development – Austin, TX

“As a front line professional in the field of Recovery for ten-plus years, I realize the extreme vulnerability that true Recovery requires for those seeking sustainable change. By investing in young people battling life-threatening conditions, we make a statement acknowledging the immense work that they undertake daily and we seek restoration… not only with our families, friends, and society… but with ourselves.”

Philip lives in Austin, TX with his wife Chelsea and daughter Chloe. He is a self-employed consultant and investor, receiving his MBA from Concordia University Texas and BA from Baylor.

 

Jessica Baxter – Director of Marketing, Technology & Fundraising – Kingwood TX

“I first learned about Real Life Angels through my life long friend and RLA’s co-founder, Craig Laubacher. When he told the story of how they started and their mission, I knew it was a perfect fit for me. My top goals in life are to help others believe in themselves, motivate them to work hard by setting positive goals and inspire others to live their best lives. When you reach a goal, it empowers you and gives you motivation to set new and higher goals. Everyone deserves to live their best life! Helping people have a chance at that life through this organization is an honor and I’m blessed to be a part of this team.”

Jessica lives in Kingwood, TX, with her husband, Keith, and sons, Austin and Ashton.  Besides being a mom, she is a triathlon and running coach and athlete and sports nutritionist.