Donna Snyder began her relationship with Truth Be Told working directly with incarcerated women as a volunteer program facilitator. She is a retired attorney who held various senior executive positions in the legal department and in business operations for SBC Communications, now AT&T. Donna has served on various community boards, including the Executive Women’s Roundtable of the Greater Dallas Chamber, the North Dallas Chamber’s executive committee and board of directors, and the boards of the YWCA Women’s Resource Center, Legal Services of North Texas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Alcuin Montessori School and the Southwest Advisory Council of the American Arbitration Association. She also participated in Opportunity Dallas and Leadership Texas. Donna was the first woman commissioner of the Texas Workers Compensation Commission. Since retirement, Donna has been a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster children. She was the chair and co-chair of Zach Theatre’s $24 million Topfer Theatre Campaign and is currently on the executive committee of the board of the McDonald Observatory. She also mentors law students for The University of Texas. Donna is very grateful for her blessings and she has a passionate commitment to helping women. A native of Austin, she earned degrees from the University of Colorado, The University of Texas and the London School of Economics.
Emily Hooks is an author, speaker, coach and Texas REALTOR. She also volunteer facilitates classes at the Travis County Jail for Truth Be Told. In 2016, Emily founded the Forgiveness Academy.™ The academy’s mission is to help individuals and organizations become empowered and compassionate by learning the true nature of forgiveness.
Her first book, “The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness,” was published in April 2017 and has been warmly received. Her second book, “Beyond Forgiveness: Implications for a Compassionate World” is due out in early 2020.
Emily speaks on forgiveness and self-empowerment throughout the United States and facilitates workshops in person and online. She offers exclusive coaching services on a limited basis.
In addition to her work with the Forgiveness Academy, writing and speaking, Emily is a licensed real estate agent in Central Texas.
Emily received her MBA in entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Dallas and her bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University. When she’s not busy with work and community service, she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations, hiking until her legs give way, kickboxing and driving until she gets lost. Her son, Zach, lives in Denver with his girlfriend, Jackie; dog, Cooper; and begrudged cat, Pursius.
Jeremiah Bush began his career as a banking officer and now serves as the director of business banking for a regional bank in Austin. He also serves as the executive director of operations for a nonprofit organization that specializes in early childhood education. Over the years, Jeremiah has worked in many different capacities within the banking industry. He is a frequent public speaker on the topics of financial education and entrepreneurship.
Jeremiah earned an associate’s degree in economics from Nicholls State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University. He is a member of the American Banking Association and the Texas Banking Association.
Annette Price works at the Texas Fair Defense Project as the intake/outreach coordinator and is serving a two-year fellowship with the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable. She is the founder of Annette’s Behind Me: Transitional Living, a transitional home for women returning to the community from prison. Annette shares her passion for criminal justice reform as a member of the Reentry Advocacy Project and Texas Advocates for Justice. She also facilitates “Transition from Jail to Community” classes at the Travis County Correctional Complex. Annette, who was previously incarcerated, often shares her life story as a speaker in the community and inside prison. She believes sharing her story with those who are incarcerated gives them the courage to live life differently and the knowledge to know there is life after incarceration.
Annette graduated from Grand Canyon University with master’s degrees in professional counseling and in substance abuse counseling.
Steph Adriaenssens is an experienced development professional, passionate about connecting people who want to make a difference with causes that speak to their hearts. She works full time as a development manager for the Austin nonprofit Miracle Foundation and volunteers for the Get Up Movement and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club. She also is a facilitator-in-training for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Speaking class at Lockhart Correctional Facility. Steph believes everyone has a desire to make change in the world, and her work in nonprofit fundraising helps give more people that opportunity. Steph attended The University of Texas, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in public health and a Bridging Disciplines certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits.
Savannah Kumar has been deeply involved in Austin’s social sector for more than seven years, starting when she was in high school. She has served as a grant writer, researcher, board member, and monitoring and evaluation consultant for a wide range of organizations. Locally, Savannah has worked with the Amala Foundation, a youth-centered, peace-building organization, and the SAFE Alliance’s SafePlace, which provides safety to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, Savannah has served as a fellow at the United Nations in Washington D.C. and has performed research in several disciplines, including philosophy and public policy. She is a student at The University of Texas School of Law.
Savannah studied in the Plan II Honors program at The University of Texas, where she also received a degree in philosophy and a certificate in human rights and social justice. She was a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate, one of the top graduates in her college. Savannah is passionate about criminal justice reform, healing through storytelling and community-based problem solving.