Gary Kersch

Director

Mr. Gary Kersch is the Chief Executive Officer of a real estate development corporation which developed approximately $12.9 million in Texas real property. His background as an affordable housing CPA, auditor, consultant and problem-solver enhances his experience in developing, owning and managing affordable apartments.

Natalie Archambo

Director

Ms. Archambo is a clinical research associate at a medical device startup. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt University. She practiced as a PA at Stanford Health Care in orthopedic spine surgery for almost five years. Ms. Archambo is originally from Phoenix, AZ.

Blake Tilley

Treasurer

Mr. Tilley is an experienced finance professional currently working as a Private Equity Associate in Austin, Texas. He supports the Board of Directors of multiple organizations providing financial, analytical and operational assistance. He has significant experience working within all aspects of an organization and implementing management’s strategy and vision.

Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Mr. Tilley received a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Blake now lives in North Austin with his wife, Clare, and dog, Millie.

Leo de la Garza LMSW-AP

President

Mr. Leo de la Garza, LMSW-AP is retired. Mr. de la Garza was the Director of Special Mental Health Projects at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. He has 34 years of experience in the mental health field, both with inpatient and outpatient services. His areas of expertise are in crisis intervention and recovery services.

Anita Garner

Director

Ms. Garner is a retired Medical Case Manager and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked in many rehabilitation settings assisting those with disabilities including people who have mental illness. She advocates for those who need services in order to assist them improve their lives and maintain wellness. Ms. Garner has served on the PLANCTX Board in various positions over the years including  Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. Ms. Garner has ties to PLAN of North Texas as her sister is a long standing member and her mother served on the Board there for many years.

Tanya Birks

Vice President

Ms. Tanya Birks is a native of Texas, born in Houston, but enjoying living and working in Austin. Ms. Birks serves as the Vice President of PLANCTX and works on grant writing, fundraising and member recruitment for the organization. She is involved in several nonprofit organizations in Austin and is always seeking new ways to contribute to the community. Currently, she is the Director of Real Estate for Austin ISD where she is responsible for the professional direction and strategic leadership of the district’s long-term real estate portfolio and long-term facilities master plan. In her spare time, she enjoys learning piano, working towards fluency in Spanish, traveling to beach locales and lounging with her Frenchie named Raegan.

Natalia Leon, MPH

Secretary

Ms. Leon has a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Speech Communication from St. Mary’s University. She has several years of experience working as a Data Analyst, and currently is a Research Specialist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.