Members of the Board
Laura C. Jones
Laura is an RN with experience ranging from Transitional Care, Orthopedic and Med-Surge, to Memory Care, who has a deep and long standing passion to serve the elderly. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from The Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, as well as The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement. She believes in using her voice to bring about positive changes in her community.
The Wise Owls Initiative was planted in her heart several years ago while she was working as a staff RN in Cincinnati, OH. Shortly after she relocated with her family to central Texas, she enlisted as a registered volunteer with the Williamson County Medical Reserve Corps. With them, she shared her love for the elderly, and her goals and strategies for elderly outreach were received with much enthusiasm.
After becoming the Lead Volunteer Captain for Elderly Outreach, and implementing her initiative with her fellow volunteers, she formed her own nonprofit organization, and continues to work closely with the MRC to bring free, and COVID-19 friendly engagement activities to senior citizens living in long term care facilities.
With the resources generated from generous donations, and with compassion from her network of loving volunteers, she is well on her way to helping to improve the lives of the generation who paved the way for the rest of us. She is determined to continue to give back to the elderly, and to remind them of the enormous impact that they have had on the world around them. At her core, she believes that through engagement, we thrive.
Timothy St. Peter
Tim graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Emergency Administration and Planning. After graduation, he began working with the Red Cross in Fort Worth as a Disaster & Volunteer Specialist with a great group of 435 volunteers. While with the Red Cross, Tim also worked with chapters in Beaumont and Corpus Christi to help increase the volunteer base.
When he left the Red Cross, Tim and his volunteers had responded to 380 house/apartment fires, 8 tornado events, 11 flood events and 9/11. Next Tim accepted a position as Program Administrator for the FEMA Crisis Counseling Program where his team of 12 counselors worked with families along the gulf coast to address mental health issues related to hurricanes, tropical storms and the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Tim accepted a position with the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management working with in Public & Individual Assistance. Before coming to WCCHD, Tim has also worked with Lutheran Disaster Response during the Bastrop fires and with Catholic Charities in Austin. Tim is currently the Williamson County MRC Coordinator with a team of 270 medical and non-medical volunteers.
Tara Huynh currently attends Texas A&M University and is pursuing a degree in Allied Health for nursing school. Tara worked as a certified medical assistant in a specialty medical clinic called The Allergy and Asthma Center of Georgetown. Tara was the only high school student the clinic has hired as part of the nursing team. She has a warm, welcoming personality and her enthusiasm for the medical field is clear. In the clinic, she worked directly with patient care. She roomed patients, obtained vital signs, performed spirometry, updated history, and completed charts in our electronic medical record system. She assisted the nurses and the administrative staff in various tasks each day. In addition to her dedication to the clinic, she was extensively involved in her local community and volunteered at the Round Rock Serving Center, Round Rock Public Library, Changemakers, and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.
Before entering into real estate, Amanda Shamsie was a school teacher for almost 15 years. Amanda strives to bring the same passion she had in the classroom to the real estate world by educating her clients on the process. Amanda’s heart is in helping seniors navigate their housing options.
Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and a master’s in Educational Leadership from University of Texas at Tyler. Amanda lives in Round Rock with her fiance and three boys.