Our Team

Elisa Vinson Borah, Ph.D., MSSW, Program Director
Elisa Borah, PhD, MSW
Program Director

Dr. Borah is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and the Director of the Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness. In addition to serving as project lead for the VSN, she recently conducted an evaluation of the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network, with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Learn more about Dr. Borah.

Hannah O'Brien, MSSW
Program Manager

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work Masters program. As the spouse of a Marine Corps veteran, Hannah is proud to have served as the Program Manager for the Veteran Spouse Network since 2017, helping create, implement, and evaluate supportive programs for military and veteran spouses, partners, and families to ensure they receive the support they need and deserve.  Learn more about Hannah.

Ashley Craig, M.Ed
Outreach Program Coordinator

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Houston in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in Learning, Design, and Technology. As a spouse of an Army veteran, Ashley is dedicated to applying her passion for mental health wellness focusing on delivering and providing resources to veterans and their families, through a peer-support model. Learn more about Ashley.

Laurianne Rodriguez, MS, Program Coordinator
Laurianne Rodriguez, MS
Program Coordinator

Laurianne is a veteran, having commissioned as a personnel officer and serving on active duty in the United States Air Force (USAF) at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Although Laurianne separated from the USAF as a Captain, she remains happily married to an active-duty military officer, currently stationed out of Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. Learn more about Laurianne.

Molly Platz, LMSW
Communications and Design Specialist

Molly Platz received her social work degree from UT Austin. Molly’s work supports a number of projects and initiatives at the VSN and the Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness, with a focus on program management and communications and graphic design. Learn more about Molly.

Rachel Ortiz
BSW Student Intern

Rachel is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work degree, while also serving as an undergraduate research assistant at Texas State University – focusing much of her research on veteran and military family well-being. Learn more about Rachel.

Advisory Board

The Veteran Spouse Network Advisory Board provides feedback on operations, shares marketing, and assists with program development. If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please contact us today!

Stephanie Drake
Executive Director at NextOp Veterans
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
Veteran Spouse
Amanda Tindell
Communication Manager at Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors
Jill Palmer
Jill Palmer, DSW, LCSW
Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Endeavors and U.S. Navy Veteran
Amber Vasquez
Amber Vasquez
Veteran Spouse
Heather Inano