Roz Gutierrez, Interim Executive Director
Rosalind (Roz) Gutierrez, MTS, is the Interim Executive Director for the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Council of Austin. She supports the conferences and districts of the council as they serve those in need in the Central area. Born in Dallas, Texas, Roz along with her brothers and sister grew up in a loving home with a deeply spiritual family, where her grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, instilled the sacredness of the teachings of Christ in everyday life.
Roz studied music composition at North Texas State University and is a published composer of reflective music some of which is liturgically based, some is life based and all of it straight from the heart full of humor and grace. She holds a Masters Degree in Theological Studies with Certification in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Administration from the University of Dallas.
Roz’s experience is steeped in faith, having served in leadership roles in the worship communities of Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona, as Diocesan Director of the Office of Worship. She is a nationally-known motivational speaker and retreat master with special interests in Spirituality, Holistic Living and Team Building. She grew up in the family food business, so as an added bonus, she brings many years of management experience in the food industry, having served as General Manager for Texadelphia, as well as being owner – operator of Roz’s Hot Tamales Restaurant and business manager for El Sol Tortilla Co, Inc.
“I am always ready to go where the Spirit leads, I will follow. We are all called to be people of faith who serve those in need. I am passionately motivated by the motto instilled in me through my education at Ursuline Academy, ‘Serviam’ (I will serve) and ‘Koinonia,’ which calls for inclusive hospitality while respecting each other with Christ in our midst. The perfect balance of Serviam and Koinonia is an idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ, and those outside of the Christian faith. Working with the Diocesan Council is a wonderful opportunity to support the efforts of the Society as they deepen their faith by serving those in need.”
Roz has recently relocated to North Austin. Her two grown daughters followed her example and live as the Spirit leads. Roz volunteers in the religious education program in her parish and various other non-profit organizations, with a particular emphasis on the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. She continues to entertain and lift people’s spirits, performing her music at various events around Austin, feeding the body and the soul of those around her and finding Jesus in places she works, lives and plays.
Katie Conyers, Director of Marketing and Development
With a wide array of administrative experiences and a deep commitment to service, Katie first joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as Executive Office Manager in May 2015 and took over as Assistant Director of Development three months later. The South Carolina native graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 2010 with her BA in Spanish and Political Science.
During her undergraduate years, Katie interned with South Carolina Legal Services, assisting with translation work for the Limited English Proficiency Coordinator. This internship informed Katie’s ongoing interest in access to justice and working with underserved communities; using her education in this tangible, client-centered way was fulfilling and eye-opening. Katie then spent two years pursuing her MA in International Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she served as a graduate assistant at Sustainable Carolina. Following a stint working with the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, she moved to Austin in 2014 to take an opportunity working in development at the University of Texas at Austin.
Having spent so many years in universities, however, Katie began seeking opportunities to engage with her new community and grow in her Catholic faith. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has afforded Katie the opportunity to put her education and passion to work, and she looks forward to building lasting partnerships with the many dedicated volunteers and partners of the Society. In her spare time, this lifelong cinephile can be found at the movies, trying out a new cake recipe in her kitchen, or exploring Austin.
Midge Beard, Executive Office Manager
Midge Beard joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as Manager of the Diocesan Council of Austin’s Executive Office in September 2015. A native Texan and resident of Austin for over 20 years, she brings with her a well-rounded and extensive list of administrative, marketing and creative skills.She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M, and has for the past 20 years, owned and managed a graphic design and marketing studio, while raising a family and working part time for various Austin non-profits. She has endeavored to create and sustain a wide variety of collaborative relationships without losing sight of her “true center” – family.
Midge lives with her husband of 20 years, two daughters, two labs, one cat and myriad of wildlife on their 3-acre property just outside the city limits. As an integral part of the Executive Office staff, she looks forward to continuing her work with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, whose mission is to provide community service to Central Texans in need.
Clarisa Marcee, VFC Manager/Disaster Response Coordinator
Clarisa joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Diocesan Council of Austin in June after having served the Council as its Disaster Response Coordinator from November 2015 through March 2016 assisting with the Society’s work on the 2015 Memorial Day and Halloween floods and the Hidden Pines Fire.She holds a BA in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin with a minor in music theory and composition and an MS in emergency management and homeland security from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
She worked as a journalist for several years writing for multiple local and regional publications including the Austin Business Journal, New Texas Magazine, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. She also worked as a proofreader and legal editor for the Texas Legislative Council. While volunteering with the American Red Cross – Central Texas chapter and the City of Austin’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), she was inspired to work on a Masters degree and switched her career to the world of emergency management and disaster response. She ended up working for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) as an emergency planner, ultimately focusing on mass care planning.
Her interests include journaling, Flamenco and Salsa music and dance, photography, visiting other countries, experimenting with vegetarian and gluten-free cooking, Sudoku puzzles, and reading books ranging in topics from natural and man-made disasters to the lives of Catholic saints. She has no pets but dreams of one day having two miniature horses that can double as service animals.
Borrowing a term from a former supervisor, Clarisa’s motto is: Semper Gumby (Always flexible). “I love finding ways to help people who find themselves in difficult situations. Working with the Society allows me a platform to use my communication and disaster-management skills. Every person who walks in needing assistance is dealing with a personal disaster. The Society exists to help ease their suffering.”