Executive Director and ADRN Founder
Nearly a lifelong Austinite, Daniel Geraci founded the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) in March 2009. Since then, ADRN has grown to a network of nearly 200 churches, assisted more than 43,000 disaster survivors, trained thousands of volunteers, and donated an estimated $16 million to rebuilding and recovery, emergency funding, transportation, short-term housing, and goods and services to help families and individuals get back on their feet.
ADRN’s support spans five counties in the greater Austin area (2.4 million people). ADRN’s network of churches has deployed volunteers to eighteen significant disasters, such as the Bastrop Fires (2011), Moore Oklahoma Tornado (2013), West Texas Fertilizer Explosion (2013), October Floods (2013), Memorial Day Weekend Floods (2015), October Floods (2015), Hurricane Harvey (2017) and Hill Country Floods (2018).
ADRN’s primary focus in disaster response is to equip the body of Christ to shepherd families/walk with families until they’re back on their feet. ADRN also provides emotional/spiritual crisis intervention, financial assistance, case management, call center support, warehousing, mass distribution, mobile thrift store, clean-up, repair/rebuild, and church network development. In order to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of those affected by disaster, ADRN trains between 1,500-3,000 heads per year. ADRN will also develop new church networks outside of greater Austin to help the local church develop a long-term recovery strategy, shepherd families, raise funds to help families get back into clean and safe homes, and ultimately advance His kingdom through the transforming power of Jesus Christ. ADRN’s hope is to help the church be relevant in the eyes of the community in times of crisis so multitudes come into the kingdom.
Inspired by the Lord while sponsoring two surviving families from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Daniel was given the vision to build a network of greater Austin Churches who would set aside theological differences and mobilize, organize, and train together to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of those impacted by disaster. To develop ADRN, Daniel leaned on God's handiwork in building a Christ-centered, prayer-centered core team of volunteers who were passionate to see the body of Christ unite together under one vision, one purpose, and one mission.
Daniel lives in Leander, Texas, with his wife Allison, and his two daughters.
Chief Operations Officer
As the new Chief Operations Officer for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Robert looks closely at opportunities to improve business continuity and establish processes. He looks closely at debrief reports from past disasters to recommend improvements to the board of directors while overseeing day-to-day operational management.
Robert has been involved with disaster relief and operations for most of his career. He most recently served as the Chief Operations Officer of a cleanup firm that managed the emergency response for the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, managing a team of 950 staff working seven days a week. He previously served as the administrator of a law firm for eleven years and as the director of operations for a venture capital firm. Robert also received training from the Army Corps of Engineers in Unified Facilities Criteria as part of his work for a company involved with antiterrorism force protection, providing systems and technology
for government agencies.
Robert married his high school sweetheart. They live in Smithville, Texas, with great pride in their three adult children and grandchildren. He enjoys Texas barbecue and outdoor activities, such as hiking and backpacking.
As Associate Director of the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Stephen manages the ADRN command center in times of disaster and coordinates ongoing response efforts. He works closely with the more than 170 churches in the ADRN network, building and maintaining relationships with pastors, liaisons, and church volunteers.
Stephen joined ADRN professionally in 2011, after serving as a certified financial planner. He first participated in disaster relief as a volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse after Hurricane Ike in 2008. He finds the most reward in seeing the impact of ADRN’s work on both survivors and volunteers, and he has personally sponsored families affected by disasters during his tenure.
A graduate of the University of Texas, Stephen lives in a group “discipleship house” in East Austin, where he enjoys serving as a positive role model to the men in the house as well as youth from the neighborhood. He enjoys travel and outdoor activities, such as camping, biking and running. Stephen also serves on the prayer team at the Austin Stone Community Church.
Sharon is Director of Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) Training Program, which has trained more than 4,500 volunteers to date. Under Sharon’s leadership, ADRN provides nationally recognized credentialed trainings like Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and FEMA-backed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). These trainings, amongst others provide ADRN, network churches, and volunteers credibility with government officials during deployment. The ADRN Training Program includes more than 16 training courses comprised of disaster response training, spiritual training and organization developmental training.
Sharon spent 25 years as a professional photographer, including 10 years managing her own preschool, family & wedding photography business. She first joined ADRN as a volunteer in 2011 during the Bastrop Fires; at a time when ADRN just offered general orientation and a spiritual training. In addition to expanding the program, she has established protocols and procedures to standardize ADRN’s training experience for all volunteers.
Sharon has two adult sons and enjoys spending time with them, friends, swimming, walking, and gardening.
Philanthropic and Donor Engagement Manager
With twenty years of marketing, sales and management experience, Allison’s career has spanned a variety of industries from real estate to hospitality to retail to event planning and more.
She joined Austin Disaster Relief Network in 2016 to oversee the philanthropic and donor engagement, fundraising and grant acquisition efforts. She collaborates with business and community organizations to proactively identify ways they can support disaster relief efforts, from financial commitments to in-kind donations and supplies to logistical support. With on-going communications with these donors, partners and sponsors, she helps generate the necessary funding and resources to support the organization.
Allison values her involvement with the Austin Disaster Relief Network because she feels it serves as a forerunner ministry in our nation, using disaster relief as a platform, by networking churches together to bring hope into crisis. She is honored to be serving with an organization that shares God’s love to survivors impacted by disaster.
Allison graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business Administration - Marketing. She lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys raising her family, camping, watercolor painting and gardening.
Marketing Creative Director