Donna Austin, Integrity Advisor
Donna Austin, Casey’s mother, retired from LSU in Shreveport, Louisiana, after teaching MIS (Management Information Systems) for over 20 years. During the last five years of her distinguished career she held the position of Dean of Continuing Education for LSUS. She holds both an MBA and a Doctorate in Quantitative Analysis/MIS. After retirement in 2008 she and her husband, John, moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. In 2014 they moved to San Antonio, Texas, to be closer to Casey after John was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Sadly, John passed away in April of the following year. Donna’s strong faith is an extremely important part of her daily life and is what enables her to cope with the deaths of both her husband and daughter in less than one year, along with the loss of her only son, Colby, in 2006 from heart arrhythmia. Donna’s courage and perseverance are a source of hope and strength for everyone involved with Project BRAVE. With all she has endured, her ever-present smile, love, genuine warmth and kindness shine through her with so much intensity that it’s contagious – she is the very heartbeat of the organization.
Randi Belisomo, Operations Advisor
Randi is an accomplished multimedia journalist, currently serving as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago. She is a three-time Peter Lisagor Award winner in television news for best in-depth series, best feature and best sports story, and is also a contributor to Reuters Health and Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Belisomo serves on the boards of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition and Mental Health America-Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and is chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University. She is a Respecting Choices First Steps certified advance care planning facilitator and instructor.
As the co-founder of Life Matters Media, she is well-versed in the development of non-profit organizations as well as how to make them successful. As the Operations Advisor to Project BRAVE, Randi is able to assist in building a strong foundation for the goals of the program.
Dr. Patrick Cullinan, Outreach Advisor
Patrick is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Throughout the scope of his career he has directly treated victims of abuse as well as their families, and with that experience is able to provide guidance for the direction of the program in relation to the lasting medical effects of domestic violence. He is a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, and is an active lecturer and speaker for all three organizations. Dr. Cullinan currently serves on both the Board of Directors and as the San Antonio Coordinator for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Texas Chapter.
Carol Dixon, Fundraising Advisor
It is a privilege to work with Project Brave to inspire actions that result in prevention of domestic violence through community awareness and education. Though my interactions with Casey were limited, I feel a personal responsibility help create a positive and lasting legacy in her memory.
Carol’s history of philanthropic involvement offers expertise in the areas of fundraising strategies and collaboration. Her background as both a corporate liaison to the non-profit sector and community volunteer has provided her with unique opportunities to gain invaluable experience in the areas of fundraising, campaign strategies and foundation oversight. Carol resides in San Antonio with her husband and children.
Sean Wedige, Website and Technology Development
Sean currently serves as CTO for the Enterprise division of Rackspace. In this capacity, he oversees a team of technology architects in designing solutions to complex business problems leveraging cloud computing technologies. In addition, he assists in guiding Rackspace’s overall product strategy and roadmap. In his 20+ years in technology, Sean has had responsibility for managing diverse organizations in areas of professional services, product management, and systems development. Sean is a San Antonio native, an active Cub Scout leader, and mentor for Rackspace’s POWER (Professional Organization for Women’s Empowerment) resource group. He and his wife Rochele have 3 children.