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.
As the Training Director for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Kelly oversees the online training platform ensuring all current and future training is effective in equipping churches and volunteers with the skills needed to serve others in times of crisis. Under Kelly’s leadership, ADRN provides nationally-recognized credentialed training like Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and FEMA-backed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Kelly is passionate about building relationships with others and providing multiple layers of support to ensure individuals have what they need to thrive in all that the Lord is calling them to do, for His name and glory.
Kelly has a background in education and previously taught in both Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD. She has experience in developing curriculum and evaluating the quality and effectiveness of program services. Kelly recently received her master’s in social work where much of her research was centered around adult learning theory and ensuring content is delivered in ways that are relevant, engaging, and significant to the audience.
Kelly lives in Round Rock, TX with her husband, Garrett. They are partners of the Austin Stone Community Church where they lead a small group as well as serve in the KIDS ministry. They enjoy finding the best coffee shops and dog parks in the area.
Sharon manages the Austin Disaster Relief Network training program, which trains more than 4,500 volunteers each year. Under Sharon's leadership, ADRN provides training on nationally-recognized credentials, such as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and the FEMA-backed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), that provide ADRN, network churches, and volunteers credibility with government officials during deployment. ADRN's training program includes more than 16 specific training programs spanning advanced, spiritual, and general volunteer training.
Sharon spent 25 years as a professional photographer shooting weddings, sports, proms, and family portraits, including 10 years managing her own business. She focused primarily on preschool portraits. She first joined ADRN as a volunteer in 2011, when ADRN only offered a general orientation and spiritual training. In addition to expanding the program, she has established protocols and procedures to standardize the ADRN training experience for all volunteers.
Sharon enjoys spending time with her two adult sons, gardening, alternative medicine, and dining and traveling with friends and family.
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.
Shepherd Program Manager
Originally from Michigan, Lisa completed a psychology/counseling undergraduate degree at Rochester College as well as a community and school counseling masters at Spring Arbor University. After graduation, she worked as a school/community counselor in Michigan from 2008-2015. In 2014, she completed a graduate certificate in Spiritual Formation from Moody Theological Seminary. She felt called and prepared, and was sent by her church/missionary agency to serve as a mission in Spain in October of 2015. She was blessed to have taught middle school Bible (and other courses including elementary PE for a year!), counseled students and others, and held various leadership and leadership development positions. God also opened the door for her to serve in care and support, prayer, and women's ministry at her churches in Michigan and Spain.
As the Shepherd Program Manager, Lisa's past experience and passion for others to know and grow in Christ helps her team and the church shepherds to work together to provide emotional, spiritual, and physical care to the survivors of natural disaster. Lisa will tell you that it is not an easy job, but God has prepared her well and she is humbled to be able to work with such an amazing team of people at ADRN to shine the light of Jesus into the darkness.
Field Operations Manager
As the Field Operations Manager, Tim provides leadership and management of volunteers and staff during ADRN's disaster preparedness and response activities. He works closely with all ADRN departments, key volunteer leaders, and badged volunteers to achieve the defined objectives in a timely and God-honoring manner.
Tim joined ADRN in 2018 with over 28 years of professional experience in the private and non-profit sectors in areas of project management, field operations, and volunteer management. As a trained hygrogeologist, Tim planned and led field operations for the collection of scientific data and subsequent analysis and reporting. Afterwards, God called him to transition to the non-profit world where he trained and led churches across the country in implementing a social-capital based relational model to walk alongside those within their community that are in need. Tim became an ADRN CISM-trained volunteer in 2011 and first deployed during the 2011 Bastrop Fires. These experiences have come together to provide Tim with an understanding of how to plan and lead God-centered field operations to be a blessing to survivors of disaster.
Tim graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Mineral Engineering and from Texas A&M University with a Master's degree in Hygrogeology. Tim and his wife Toya are long-term members of Grace Covenant Church. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Since 2013, Tim and Toya have been on the Grace leadership team of a small-group-style, Christ-centered, marriage discipleship ministry called ReEngage.
Chief Information Officer
As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ADRN, Bill is responsible for overseeing all aspects of information technology (IT) for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, including the volunteer portal, field deployment tools, tools for staff, and general IT support. Bill started his career at ADRN as the volunteer Director of the HAM Radio Core team, and he continues in this role as well. He has deployed as a HAM lead on several deployments with durations of one or more weeks, oversaw trucking distribution and setup of a ride share system during Hurricane Harvey, and oversaw the 4x4 deployment during the 2021 Winter Storm.
Bill is an Eagle Scout and has been a life-long outdoor enthusiast with extensive experiencing camping, backpacking, kayaking, off-road jeeping/rock crawling, and high angle Search and Rescue. He was also a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster in 3 Scout troops where he taught winter tent camping and dutch oven cooking in Colorado and Virginia. He also took 4 crews to Philmont Scout Ranch.
While not out in the woods, Bill has had an extensive career in the software development and database management, including roles as Directory of Database Engineering for both Electronics Arts and advertising.com. He was a Principal Consultant with both Oracle and ambassador Consulting, an Operations Architect for AOL, and the Lead Database Administrator for both Kellogg's and Royal Sun Alliance/Guarantee National Insurance company.
Bill met his wife Patrice in high school, they married after college, and together raised 2 boys (both Eagle Scouts) and 4 girls. The adventure continues as they now live full time in a motorhome, supporting ADRN during blue skies but always ready to move out into the disaster field, fully self-contained, should the need arise.
Hope Prayer Center National Prayer Leader
As the National Prayer Leader for the Hope Prayer Center, Charlie is responsible for equipping and empowering national prayer teams and worship movements. He first met ADRN's founder, Daniel Geraci, in 1999 at a Citywide Prayer Gathering, and the two have been friends and prayer warriors ever since. He spent eight years in the Marine Corps, traveling to every continent and climbing the world's largest mountains, including Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
For 30 years, Charlie has served in ministry in the Austin area and worked to train and build prayer teams worldwide. He's the founder and leader of the Nazarite Kingdom Alliance, served as the Prayer Pastor and filled other pastoral duties for 17 years at Austin Powerhouse Church, and as a Chaplain for The University of Texas Police Department.
His heart and life mission is to help call forth and grow powerful prayer in the lives of those the Lord entrusts to him that believers today may experience and operate in signs, wonders, and miracles for the glory of God.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Kat serves as the Marketing and Communications Director at ADRN, joining the staff in 2020. She oversees a team of talented individuals producing all of the organizations communications including graphics, emails, website, social media, videos, printed materials and other assets. This team stewards the overall messaging and image of the organization fostering relationships with local churches, volunteers, donors and the public at-large.
Before joining the ADRN staff, Kat served for 10 years on the senior staff of Austin Oaks Church. She held positions as the Women's Ministry Director, Small Groups Director, and Communications Director. A student of Scripture, she has written multiple Bible studies, devotionals, and other materials for her church and other audiences, and sometimes speaks at women's events in the area. She also holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas at Austin - one in Broadcast Journalism and one in Government.
Kat lives in Leander, Texas with her husband Derry. They're proud of their two grown children and serve at Austin Oaks Church as one of the mentor couples for the Young Adults group.
IT Operations Manager