Vice President of Prevention and Community Services
Coni has 26 years of experience in the social services field, including 20 years with SAFE. She has worked in, or supervised, almost every direct service area at SafePlace – starting out as volunteer services coordinator, she went on to work in shelter, in the courts, lead transitional housing, and serve extensively in the community. Coni is highly regarded for her expertise in domestic violence systems advocacy and Coni’s mantra: Violence is wrong. We can do better.
Currently, Coni provides leadership in Austin/Travis County through the Family Violence Task Force and the Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT); she previously served the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) and the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas. In 2015 Coni traveled to Cairo, Egypt as part of an expert team to train government officials, prosecutors and law enforcement on best practices for sexual assault prosecution. Coni has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. in Human Services, Psychological & Sociological Services from St. Edward’s University. A great day for Coni is when she feels she’s supported her team – not only in helping to better serve their clients, but to also help strengthen their own resilience.
Coni Recommends Reading: The Shack by William P. Young, The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving