As the Family Network Coordinator, Austin oversees the Family Ambassador and Brand Ambassador Programs, acts as a moderator for online support groups, organizes gatherings both digital and live, acts as liaison between families and DSF, and other duties to further the mission of DSF.
Originally from Northwest Washington, Austin lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband Stewart, son Owen, daughter Dylan, and dog Jax. In 2014, at 13 months old, Owen was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. As a family they love camping in their motorhome, playing games, going on adventures around town, and traveling.
Austin has been involved with DSF for nearly a decade in various ways. Starting as a participant in the online support groups. Then, as a family they have raised funds for DSF by hosting Goin’ For Owen: 5K for Dravet, co-chairing of Raising Hope Boise, and participating in other DSF virtual fundraisers like Dye it for Dravet and Give Up Your Cup. In 2021, she held her first official role as a Parent Ambassador.
Prior to becoming a full-time caregiver for her son, Austin was an elementary school teacher specializing in language development. Austin is also a belly dancer, writer, backpacker, adventurer, traveler, and perpetual learner. Moreover, she is incredibly grateful to be a part of the DSF family.