Executive Director and ADRN Founder
A lifelong Austinite, Daniel Geraci founded the Austin Disaster Relief Network in March 2009. Under his leadership, ADRN has grown to a network of more than 170+ churches and supported more than 18,000 survivors, trained more than 5,000 volunteers and donated more than $4.5 million to rebuilding and recovery.
ADRN’s support spans five counties surrounding Austin, Texas. ADRN network churches together deployed volunteers to five significant disasters, such as the Memorial Day Weekend floods of 2015 and the October 2015 floods, which each impacted more than 1,800 families.
Inspired by his personal volunteer experience sponsoring two surviving families from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and evacuees of subsequent disasters, Daniel envisioned a network of Austin churches who would set aside theological differences and mobilize together to embrace people in times of need. To develop ADRN, Daniel built on his career in sales and entrepreneurship and his experience organizing city-wide religious programming, such as the House of Unity ministry, which reached individuals in high-crime areas, and the Celebrate 2000 prayer service ushering in the new millennium.
Daniel lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. He serves on the worship team at Church of the Hills, where he plays the bass guitar.
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