Board of Directors

<a href="https://independentidentity.org/board/#sarah-rayburn">Sarah Rayburn, M.P.A., President</a>

Sarah Rayburn, MPA
President

Sarah Rayburn, MPA, is the Director of Finance at It's Time Texas, a statewide nonprofit focused on building healthier communities. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Public Administration at The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Sarah has spent her career in various finance and operations positions for a number of non-profit organizations. She has expertise in strategic planning, operations management, public and nonprofit finance, grants management, and human resources. Sarah has served in consulting capacities for a number of organizations, and enjoys spending her free time volunteering with youth organizations across Austin.

<a href="https://independentidentity.org/board/#caroline-nelson">Caroline Nelson, J.D., Vice President</a>

Caroline Nelson, J.D.
Vice President

Caroline Nelson's 29-year career as an attorney and educator developed in tandem with personal experience raising a son with a disability and his sisters.  She began as a high school teacher, found her way from the classroom to law practice, learned special education as a mom, and
circled back to public school as a special education Family Liaison and Transition Specialist.  There, she focused on neutral dispute resolution, post-secondary planning and community outreach.

She is the founder of MiddleWayLaw, a private law and mediation practice designed to help parents of kids with special needs and their school teams engage in collaborative dispute resolution and person-centered strategic futures planning.

<a href="https://independentidentity.org/board/#billie-jean-holcomb">BJ Holcomb, C.P.A., Treasurer</a>

Billie-Jean Taylor Holcomb, CPA
Treasurer

Billie-Jean Taylor Holcomb, CPA is an accountant with the firm of Charles T. Holcomb, CPA, PC, licensed in 2008.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, attended the McCombs School of Business, the Texas School of Trust Banking, and received her Professional Accounting Certificate from Austin Community College. BJ enjoyed working as a teacher in Austin ISD before becoming Vice President and Trust officer at Chase Bank (formerly Texas Commerce Bank and Capital National Bank), administering Personal Trusts and Estates. Additionally, BJ has served as Dependent Administrator in several cases in Travis and Bastrop Counties while also serving in a position as a CPA at her current firm. BJ has served on as an officer and member on numerous boards around the area and has a heart for helping the Austin community.

<a href="https://independentidentity.org/board/#billie-jo-king">Billie Jo King, Secretary</a>

Billie Jo King
Secretary

Billie Jo King currently serves as the IDD Program Coordinator for Caldwell and Guadalupe Counties, connecting families of adults who experience Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, Autism or Down syndrome with services and programs in their community at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. Billie Jo has more than 14 years of experience working within this population of all ages. Billie Jo served as Jill's House Camp Texas Supervisor for 4 years, an Austin-area yearlong respite camp for children 6-17. She was an Intense Skills Trainer for one the first IDD Crisis Teams to serve families and caregivers in home with intense behavior training programs and ABA therapies. She has served as Alaska's Special Olympics Volunteer Coordinator and Arc of Anchorage's Rec Center's Team Leader.

Billie Jo has extensive of experience and shows an amazing amount of compassion and joy working with individuals who experience unique abilities. She is dedicated to educating and integrating our individuals within the community.

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Amanda DiGangi, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Amanda DiGangi is Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. DiGangi has been actively engaged in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education across a variety of settings.  As a former special education teacher, Dr. DiGangi collaborates with public schools on issues related to challenging behavior and programming for students with autism and other disabilities.  She has worked with individuals ages 5 months through adult and has provided training and supervision, face to face and online, for a wide range of participants.  Dr. DiGangi has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in special education and ABA for over 20 years, specializing in the application of ABA to real world settings.  Dr. DiGangi is a Past President of the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities for the Council for Exceptional Children.

<a href="https://independentidentity.org/board/#nicole-cagle">Nicole Cagle</a>

Nicole Cagle

Nicole Cagle is the mom of a teenage daughter with autism. She brings experience from a parent's perspective. Nicole has expertise navigating a variety of therapies, including several years of ABA. She brings first hand knowledge of raising a child with autism and the joys and challenges of every day life advocating for a child who cannot express herself or communicate her needs adequately. Nicole also brings experience guiding her daughter through special education in the public school system and knowledge of the ARD process.