Cynthia has been CEEP’s Executive Director since November 1, 1999. Prior to the Consortium, she worked at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, the largest child welfare agency in the state of Illinois, first as Communications Director and grant writer and then as Assistant Director of Development. Before coming to Lawrence Hall, she worked for Episcopal Charities and Community Services in Chicago where she coordinated special events and publications. Cynthia holds a B.A. in English Literature and was a 1995 recipient of a Polly Bond Award of Excellence in Writing (National Episcopal Communications). She has an extensive background in writing, event planning, and association management,, When the Consortium moved to Austin, TX in May of 2007, she was blessed to meet and marry Darien Auburn McWhirter. Darien and Cynthia and their two cats live happily in the on two acres in the Texas Hill Country.
Jennifer joined the Consortium staff in 2007. As Associate Director, she manages the day-to-day operations of the two-person office, and also works with the Executive Director and member volunteers to shape the outcomes of CEEP programming, committee and board meetings, and special projects. Prior to working for the Consortium, she was the first Event Director at St. David's Church, Austin, TX, which serves as a special event facility in downtown Austin, providing full service event management, including catering (the program remains very strong). Before coming to St. David’s, Jennifer worked in the catering and event planning industry for 8 years, including music industry events and independent projects. Her degree is from Texas State University, in English & Women's Studies. Jennifer loves to read about farming, city planning and most anything.