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.
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 20 years as a volunteer, program director, grants director and board member. She currently serves on three nonprofit boards in the Austin area. Harriett became involved with Truth Be Told through an opportunity to mentor a formerly incarcerated woman who participated in and benefited from Truth Be Told programs while incarcerated and after her release from prison.
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.
Since moving to Austin in June 2017, Sandy Wolff has been a familiar face in Truth Be Told’s volunteer community. While she did not participate in Truth Be Told programs during her incarceration, Sandy says this Austin nonprofit “holds a special place” in her heart.
“I decided while incarcerated that when I gained my freedom, I would become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, and that heartfelt passion is exactly what I am still doing,” she says. “I speak my Truth any time that I am asked to do so.”
Sandy was a key organizer of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition's first-ever Women's Injustice Day at the Capitol in March 2019, in which several Truth Be Told graduates participated. As a community of formerly incarcerated women, Sandy and her peers raised awareness on several bills affecting the more than 12,000 justice-involved women in Texas. Eight of those bills became law.
Sandy also uses her voice and lived experiences to support initiatives led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, Caritas of Austin, Texas Homeless Network and Crime Victims Advocacy. She is a 2019 graduate of the Free Minds Project and is furthering her education in criminal justice, psychology and nonprofit management.
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 is a volunteer facilitator for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Speaking class at Lockhart Correctional Facility. She 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.