Meet the Any Baby Can Executive Team

Veronda Durden

President & Chief Executive Officer

Meet Veronda

In January 2018, Veronda Durden joined Any Baby Can in the capacity of President and Chief Executive Officer. She brings a wealth of experience from a career built upon improving the lives of Texans through work with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and the Texas Legislature.

Veronda is former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) where she provided leadership for a statewide staff responsible for ensuring Texans with disabilities and children with developmental delays pursue independent and productive lives. This mission is directly aligned with Any Baby Can’s, and speaks directly to Veronda’s heart.

Prior to DARS, Veronda served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Northwestern University, and a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Texas State University. Active in her church and community she serves on the Board of Directors for United Ways of Texas, United Way of Williamson County and the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.

As Any Baby Can expands to meet the growing needs of Central Texans, Veronda will proactively lead the organization into the future, leaning on her years of health and human services experience and detail-oriented, compassionate, team building skills to establish Any Baby Can as a nonprofit industry leader in Austin.

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Call Veronda at 512-334-4415

Christopher Adams

Chief Financial Officer

Meet Chris

Chris joined Any Baby Can in January of 2015 and has loved every day since. A native of Houston, Chris moved to Austin in 1998 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and simply never left. Like many Austinites, Chris loves tacos, Barton Springs, complaining about the traffic, and bemoans the gentrification of the east side. Before Any Baby Can, Chris spent 13 years working (and bleeding burnt orange) at the big university downtown overseeing financial affairs, grant administration, business operations, and information technology for various world-class academic departments.

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Call Chris at 512-334-4445

Alexandra Alfau

Chief Program Officer

Meet Alexandra

Alexandra Alfau has led the Any Baby Can Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program since 1994. Alexandra is a physical therapist by trade and has worked in the ECI Program since 1988. Alexandra has had substantial influence on ECI during her tenure at the agency. Her experience includes client outreach and assessment, home visitation, implementation of program activities, supervision of 30+ employees, managing compliance standards, collaboration with community agencies, medical billing strategies and program advocacy. Alexandra also serves as a child development program consultant for UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Call Alexandra at 512-334-4417

Patricia Drake

Patricia Drake

Director of Human Resources

Meet Patricia

As our Director of Human Resources, Patricia brings more than seven years of experience within all areas of human resources. Having worked with other nonprofits and global corporations, Patricia brings extensive experience in organizational development, recruiting and staffing, strategic and operational planning, compliance management and more.

Patricia is passionate about providing HR solutions and building a strong infrastructure through technology, compliance and people. She also enjoys mentoring up-and-coming HR professionals.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management. She’s also an active member of Austin Human Resources Management Association (AHRMA) and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Patricia is a native Arizonan who found her way to Austin, TX 10 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, finding new adventures, and meeting new people.

Patricia is honored to be part of an amazing agency that has contributed so much to the community and has made a difference with so many families.

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Call Patricia at 512-439-3259

Eric Maxson

Eric Maxson

Chief Development Officer

Meet Eric

Eric has more than eight years of nonprofit and fundraising experience. For the past two years, he has overseen grants and foundation relations at Any Baby Can and has helped generate $4 million in private and public revenue for the agency. Prior to Any Baby Can, Eric was part of the grants team for the six-campus Tarrant County College system in Fort Worth.

Eric has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida. He began his career in higher education, spending six years at Boston University as a Senior Lecturer in Communications and Organizational Behavior in the School of Management. While in Boston, Eric served as a mentor for the nonprofit Year Up and worked with incarcerated adults as part of PEN America’s Prison Writing Program.

Eric is proud to be a member of such a dynamic and caring team. He especially enjoys connecting people to our mission and helping them partner with Any Baby Can in creating brighter futures for Central Texas families.

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Call Eric at 512-610-3599

Haila Yates

Haila Yates

Director of Communications

Meet Haila

Haila has 13 years of nonprofit marketing and communications experience, specializing in integrated strategy, branding, project management, digital marketing, copywriting and graphic design. She brings a proactive, collaborative approach to her work, ensuring key stakeholders are involved, project goals and tactics are clear, and resources are identified and implemented appropriately.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication–Advertising from Texas State University, Haila began her career at HAND (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled, Inc.). She went on to lead the communications team at Girl Scouts of Central Texas, where she also participated as a member of the executive team. Haila then served as the Communications Director for Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights for Nonprofit Success), where she guided the organization through a complete rebrand while contributing to revenue growth of more than 250%. Most recently, Haila led the communications team at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health while also guiding all foundation staff through the adoption and implementation of project management software.

In addition, Haila is a former board member of TreeFolks, where she served as board secretary and led them through an executive transition.

A native Austinite, Haila loves breakfast tacos, backyard barbecues, gardening, and family movie night with her husband and two daughters.

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Call Haila at 512-334-4426