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 an account manager for Social Solutions, a company that designs software to empower nonprofit organizations. She also volunteers for the Get Up Movement and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club. Steph has served as a volunteer facilitator for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Speaking class at Lockhart Correctional Facility. She 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.
Harriett Choffel is a retired educator and administrator of educational programs in public and private schools in Texas and Arizona. She currently works as an educational consultant and private tutor. Harriett has been actively involved in the nonprofit arena for more than 20 years as a volunteer, program director, grants director and board member. Harriett became involved with Truth Be Told through an opportunity to mentor a formerly incarcerated woman who benefitted from Truth Be Told programs while incarcerated and after release.
Rakhi Agrawal moved from Chicago to Austin in 2015 to involve herself in community efforts focused on building equity and justice for marginalized communities. Once in Austin, she served as a public school teacher for four years, teaching middle school and high school math in Title I schools. She then returned to her passion for working in nonprofit development, serving as a grant writer, development director and development consultant.
Rakhi has served as chair for the Young Women’s Alliance and has helped lead New Horizons Lacrosse, an organization dedicated to growing the game of lacrosse in Austin’s marginalized communities. She also is an active participant in The New Philanthropists’ inaugural Board Mentors of Color Program.
Rakhi is always seeking to connect genuinely with other folks who are striving to impact and transform lives and reimagine structures so that they effectuate racial justice, economic empowerment and community for all. She identifies as an abolitionist. In her leisure time, she enjoys going to the movies, exploring new restaurants, supporting local creatives and healing through nature. She studied applied mathematics and philosophy at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York, N.Y., where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 2014.
Jean Boone is a retired Justice of the Peace from Waco. She was the first Black woman elected in that capacity in McLennan County, where she served for 14 years. She has worked tirelessly with community-based organizations, volunteering with vulnerable populations within her church and community. In 2019, she served as a volunteer co-facilitator for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Writing program at the STRIVE Center, housed within the Mountain View Women’s Unit in Gatesville.
Because of her experience as a volunteer facilitator for Truth Be Told, Jean chose to apply for the organization’s Board of Directors. Being a formerly incarcerated woman and a survivor of the federal mass incarceration experience, she felt her perspective would enable her to engage with the board in a meaningful manner.
She is an avid community and social justice activist for underserved communities. Previously, she has served on the boards of Neighbor Works, a Waco-based nonprofit whose mission is to build stronger neighborhoods through homeownership, and the Heart of Texas Community Health Center, an organization that ensures high-quality, equitable health care for all.
Jean is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in education from Texas Southern University. She is a certified Texas Master Gardener and a Special Olympics fan. She enjoys playing Scrabble and reading.
Originally from Los Angeles, Bianca Neal is a music industry executive and an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in arts and entertainment and multimedia production. She is committed to advancing equity in the arts and has served as the lead juror for the City of Austin’s National Arts Program and as a panelist for the Cultural Funding Program within the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division. She has played an integral role in various education, community public art and cultural arts initiatives.
Bianca tells stories through film, spoken word and the written word. She has presented on the art and power of storytelling at SXSWedu, The University of Southern California and, most recently, at Harvard University. She empowers people to tell their stories to enrich and energize others personally and professionally.
Bianca is a graduate of the City of Austin's Fast Forward Business Accelerator Program and Leadership Austin’s Essentials program. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree from The University of Southern California and her master’s degree in fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
Heather has spent the past 15 years rebuilding her life after being incarcerated for one year. Her promise upon release was to grow, be honest and do good things. Today, Heather's mission is to change food through strengthening local food systems so that everybody wins: the community, our health and our planet. In 2016, Heather founded Austin company Prep To Your Door in an effort to make that a reality. Serving Austin and Houston, Prep to Your Door delivers organic, farm-to-table meals in zero-waste packaging. All products are plant-based, gluten and dairy free.
Heather graduated from The University of Texas with dual degrees in mathematics and linguistics. This year, she earned a master's degree from Harvard University.
At Prep to Your Door, she co-leads a team of 25 people. She says her proudest accomplishments of late are winning "FAVE Sustainable Business" in 2019 and being invited to serve on Truth Be Told's Board of Directors. Heather was also a finalist for Austin Under 40 Awards this year.