About our organization

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas is a volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to supporting families affected by perinatal mood disorders (PMAD). PPHA was created in May of 2011 in collaboration with mothers in search of community and healing, and mental health care professionals who specialize in PMAD. Our mission is ambitious but simple.

We provide three primary functions to serve the Central Texas community.

  • The first is to be a resource for local families who may be in need of help. We do this by providing public access to a network of providers that specialize in perinatal mood disorders.

  • Second, we seek to educate. We hold training and participate in educational seminars for health professionals.

  • Finally, and perhaps most notably, we offer three core programs for underserved mothers in the Austin community. These include a postpartum doula program, a therapy voucher program, and a psychiatric voucher program. All of these are available to mothers who qualify and give care to those who might not be able to afford it otherwise.

 

 

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Kristi Couvillon-Wise Memorial Fund

Kristi Couvillon-Wise lost her battle with a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder in 2010. Kristi touched many lives, including the five founders of PPHA. The Kristi Couvillon-Wise Memorial Fund honors her memory by providing women with vital mental health services when they need it the most. In this way, Kristi’s passion for helping others will be a part of her lasting legacy in Austin.

Who We Are

Elaine Cavazos, LCSW-S, PMH-C   President

Elaine Cavazos, LCSW-S, PMH-C

President

Alexis Edwards, LCSW, CD   Postpartum Doula Program Manager

Alexis Edwards, LCSW, CD

Postpartum Doula Program Manager

Claudine Lucena   Social Media/Communications

Claudine Lucena

Social Media/Communications

Melissa Bentley   Programs Director

Melissa Bentley

Programs Director

Beth Thomas, LCSW   Psychiatric Voucher Program Coordinator

Beth Thomas, LCSW

Psychiatric Voucher Program Coordinator

Nicole Carr   Grants Writer

Nicole Carr

Grants Writer

Kristin Lasseter, MD   Medical Director

Kristin Lasseter, MD

Medical Director

Sarah McElvain, LMSW   Doula Coordinator

Sarah McElvain, LMSW

Doula Coordinator

Kelly Stockwell   Secretary

Kelly Stockwell

Secretary

Lacey Fisher, LPC-S, RPT-S   Clinical Director

Lacey Fisher, LPC-S, RPT-S

Clinical Director

Mary Jane Philpy-Dollins, MSN, RN, CPLC   Community Outreach Coordinator

Mary Jane Philpy-Dollins, MSN, RN, CPLC

Community Outreach Coordinator