Thrive Youth Center, Inc. Board of
Directors Biographies

Sherrill Oldham

Board President

Sherrill currently serves as President and has been part of the Board since 2015 as one of the founding members. She has seen the organization grow from an emergency shelter to also having multiple contracts for homeless housing and street outreach.

Also, she serves on the USAA Golden Eagles Board on the Finance Audit Committee. Sherrill has been a non-profit volunteer her entire adult life and served on various Boards to include the Human Rights Campaign in DC as a TX Governor, HRC Black Tie Dinner Treasurer and twice Dinner Co-Chair, San Antonio Aids Foundation as VP and Treasurer, Elf Louise Christmas Project, United Way and other organizations in San Antonio.

Currently, she does some pro bono operational excellence consulting for small businesses to improve operations, employee engagement and productivity. She is a former Director at USAA where she served in a variety of Staff leadership positions and served on the Employee Activities Committee for many years.

Sherrill retired from USAA with almost 35 years of service. Sherrill has an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University and a BAAS from Texas State University. Sherrill is married to Marci Marmor and they have been together for forty years. They are avid travelers, Spurs fans and have two poodles.

Stefanie Gaines, PHR, MBA

Board Secretary

Stefanie has served on the Thrive Youth Center board since 2019. She has been involved with the annual gala, fundraising, reviewing board policies and procedures, and new board member onboarding. Stefanie was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up on Army bases in Virginia and Kansas and graduated from high school in Plano, TX. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Stefanie has worked in HR for over 20 years in manufacturing, ranging from food manufacturing to construction materials.

She proudly joined HEB in March of 2020 and supports HEB Manufacturing plants. Stefanie serves as the HR advisor for the Pride PRG at HEB. Stefanie has been involved with the Human Rights Campaign (in Dallas, TX) and on the Fairway to Equality Committee.

Stefanie relocated from Dallas to San Antonio in 2018 where she resides with her wife, Renee, along with three wonderful stepchildren (Lily, 22; Otto, 20 and Henry, 16) and three dogs.

Ryan Russell

Board Vice President

As a part of the Board of Directors, Ryan provides strategic direction for Thrive Youth Center and approves the organization’s strategies, reviews results, and shapes the overall direction of the organization – particularly in the digital, data, and technology space. Working with the board, staff, and strategic partners, Ryan helps to further the organization’s goal of eliminating LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Through his work with Thrive Youth Center, Ryan has spearheaded evaluations, selection, and implementation of text-to-give/text-to-donate systems as well as a CRM system to help streamline organizational processes and allow better relationship management and scalability.

After joining USAA, Ryan got involved in the company’s LGBTQIA employee resource group “BOLD,” moving on to serve as the communications chair then the enterprise lead of the group. During this time, he wanted to get more engaged with LGBTQ-focused organizations in and around San Antonio and quickly saw the amazing work Thrive Youth Center was doing. Eager to get involved, Ryan started attending events and meetings, eventually joining the Board of Directors in March of 2020.

Ryan grew up in Texas and was a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT throughout high school, after which he joined an NROTC battalion at the University of Washington. He finished his Bachelor of Science at Tarleton State University, later receiving a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Norwich University.

Professionally, Ryan has worked in Telecom, Oil & Gas, and Financial Services, currently at Citi as Vice President, Cloud Security Engineering. He currently holds 8 patents with more than 100 pending and is an avid innovator.
Ryan lives with his husband and dogs in Dallas, Texas.

Callie Hoch

Board Member

Callie Hoch spent over 25 years in the radio industry in marketing, promotions, digital and social brand management roles. Most recently, she oversaw digital and social content strategy, website management, brand design, community and nonprofit engagement, marketing and promotions for 6 iHeartRadio stations in Austin and 8 in San Antonio.

Through her work in radio with non-profit and community organizations, she quickly developed a passion for being actively involved in community in her personal life. Always ready to volunteer, Callie has worked on several committees tied to the community and nonprofit organizations. Callie grew up in rural small-town Iowa with no LGBTQ+ community.

Like many LGBTQ+ youth, she was looking to find a community and selected Dallas Fort Worth as her location for college. She received a bachelor’s degree in art from The University of Texas in Arlington in 1992.

Callie lives with her wife, Andrea, and son in San Antonio.

Paul Villaflor

Board Member

Paul has been serving as a Thrive board member since 2019. He has been involved in decision-making, fundraising, special events and assisted in reviewing policies and procedures of the organization.

Paul was born in Honolulu, HI. The youngest of three, he grew up on several military bases in different parts of the U.S. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has worked in various industries such as healthcare, fitness, hospitality and retail. Based on the learning efforts and results, he would create Living by pH Balanced LLC, a lifestyle consulting business, in 2020.

Paul lives with his husband, Brian, in San Antonio, while the rest of their family, consisting of their children (Tyler, 26; Kassidy, 23), the children’s mother (Jeannette) and Tyler’s son (John Dexter, 2) reside in Kentucky.

Shannon White, MS, LPC-S

Board Member

Shannon White serves as the CEO and Chief Clinical Director at Guardian House. Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is licensed to provide supervision to Licensed Professional Counseling-Interns. With over 20 years of experience in counseling, she works with her team to strengthen families and promote healthy parenting. Shannon is an advocate of creating a safe, therapeutic environment so that children and parents can create healthy bonds and learn new skills.

Shannon’s scope of work includes turning around declining organizations; program and grant management at the local, county, state and federal level; program development, implementation and evaluation; employee and volunteer management; fundraising; outreach and providing counseling to children and families.

Susan MacCabe

Board Member

Susan is an attorney and Fortune 100 executive leader with 20+ years in the financial services industry, including experience in insurance operations, litigation, strategy and planning, risk and compliance, and passionate talent development.

She currently serves USAA’s mission as the CEO’s Chief of Staff overseeing operational aspects of the CEO’s office and providing strategic input to key stakeholders across the company to plan, execute and ensure the effectiveness of initiatives.

Susan is also the Executive Sponsor for BOLD, a USAA Diversity Business Group that promotes an inclusive community for LGBTQIA+ employees and their allies.

Susan obtained her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, a Masters concentrated in Finance from Harvard University Extension School, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Susan served as a military spouse and comes from a family of military officers. She is married with three children, two sons (2012, 2013) and a daughter (2017).

Susan serves as a Board Member for Thrive Youth Center. She is passionate about serving her community by providing pro-bono legal services for the underserved in San Antonio, supporting needs of the homeless and foster children communities, and providing career mentorship to military spouses.

Our Youth

Thrive Youth Center in San Antonio
is a safe space where shelter

Support and encouragement is provided to all LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness, where they can transform their lives to flourish and Thrive.