MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND AUTMHQ

The AUTMHQ team is comprised of incredibly talented people with extraordinary life stories and professional backgrounds who will inspire you to support and follow the work we do.

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Marquita Fagan

Marquita Fagan is an Administrative Professional with over ten years of experience working alongside the executive teams. She specializes in organizational administration and is responsible for carrying out managing multiple tasks while managing various calendars, scheduling appointments, and keeping the office running efficiently. Marquita is a strong force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

 

Marquita is a native Austinite who has enjoyed growing up in the city and witnessing its development. She has also witnessed firsthand how the tech industry has impacted the city as her father worked in Industrial and Manufacturing for 3M when she was a child.

 

Marquita treasures sending quality time with her two children, who greatly inspired her daily, as well as her family and friends. In her free time, Marquita likes to listen to music, take walks to enjoy nature, binge-watching series on Netflix, and travel.

 
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Mia White

Mia White works as a Digital Media Specialist with AUTMHQ. She is also an AUTMite herself, pursuing her studies in Cybersecurity with the hopes of concentrating on PCI compliance. She completed some college studies at Ashford University for a degree in Business Information Systems but had to withdraw due to difficulties in covering the costs of completing the program.

 

Mia’s goals are to continue finishing up her Cybersecurity program with AUTMHQ, as well as build her social media and marketing skills as AUTMHQ’s Digital Media Specialist. Mia’s hopes are to continue to share her experiences to date with AUTMHQ, with the understanding that her story can be the beacon call to those who are interested in acquiring the necessary skills to attain a career in the Technology field. Mia also wants to show others that completing this program without having to obtain a four-year college degree is possible, through hard work and persistence.

 

Mia resides in Austin, Texas but was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From there, she resided in the Atlanta, Georgia area for twenty years. Mia currently works as a Claims Representative handling workers’ compensation claims for the University of Texas System. She holds an Associate in Claims insurance designation from The Institutes in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Mia is a member of the Austin Lions Club, which is a local chapter of the Lions Club International. The Austin Lions Club spearheads various volunteering projects throughout the city, with their focus on completing volunteer work for Keating Middle School, the first junior high school for Black students in Austin, Texas.

 
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Alejandra Alcaraz

Alejandra Alcaraz has been a community advocate in the Austin area for the last 5 years working with trailblazing organizations to reach equity like AUTMHQ. Alejandra attended Texas A&M where she learned of Americorps and ignited her passion for serving the community through advocacy and engagement. After serving for 2 years as an Americorps leader Alejandra took on roles as a Case Manager, Employee specialist, and Mentor coordinator.

She works with individuals by providing resources to enhance soft and hard skills as well as connecting them with various organizations alike.

 

Alejandra is always ready to learn and engage. She is eager to learn from her peers. Alejandra is passionate about healthy lifestyles and accessibility for all. She loves swimming at Barton Creek and going on hikes with her two dogs.

 

Alejandra is passionate and eager to continue to work at a national, state, and local level to increase opportunities for Black and Latin Communities.

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Sweet Van Loan

Sweet Van Loan is a longtime Education and Arts patron and supporter. With over 10 years of non-profit and education experience, she has been a part of various organizations throughout Austin working to continue the expansion of access to education and the advocacy of DEI initiatives in Texas and beyond. She is a STEAM and Digital Developer & Advocate with a passion for supporting the elevation of marginalized communities through education, advocacy, and training.