Staff and Board

Colin's Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members are passionate about saving children's lives and helping aid in the prevention of child drownings.  For additional inquiries and information about how you can become involved with Colin's Hope, please email us.

Executive Director

Alissa Magrum -


Alissa began as a volunteer when Colin’s Hope was founded in 2008 and transitioned to the role of Executive Director in December 2010. She is a mom to an energetic 9 year old named Ella who loves to swim. Alissa's own love of the water and her passion for keeping Ella (and all children) safe has led her to her dream job with Colin’s Hope. The mission of Colin’s Hope and the message that drowning is preventable is one she believes deeply in.

Alissa’s background is in nonprofit and volunteer management. She holds a Master’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Organizational Leadership and Ethics and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator. She worked for Communities In Schools of Central Texas for almost 10 years helping to bring much needed resources and support to children who were struggling in school. She is excited to bring her energy, leadership and expertise to Colin’s Hope.

Alissa is also a Colin’s Hope Athlete Ambassador. Each year, she uses her athletic skills, positive attitude and infectious passion to raise awareness and funds for Colin’s Hope by participating in competitive and non-competitive events. These events serve as a platform to help spread the Colin’s Hope mission and raise awareness for drowning prevention and water safety.

Program Director

Jess Rains -

Jess' initial involvement with Colin's Hope was as a Got2Swim participant, and a volunteer in 2012. She had heard about Colin's story, and like so many others, she knew she had to become involved. A competitive swimmer in middle and high school, and like other teens, a lifeguard during the summer, she knew keeping safe around water was obviously important. However, she was surprised by facts she learned while chatting with Alissa and others during training swims. For example, only about one third of Americans knew how to swim. And that swimming is the number one cause of accidental death for children under 5 years of age. Armed with this knowledge, she made a mental note to volunteer more come 2013.

Jess' love of the water (and the creatures that live there) led her to initially go into the field of biology, specifically ichthyology while working in a natural history museum. After 12+ years in that field, she found herself wanting to do "more". Already familiar with the non-profit world, she felt a stadium sized lightbulb go off when the posting for a Program Coordinator postion opened up. Here was an ideal opportunity to do "more". A lot more. Things worked out, and she has now been "on the job" for a little over one month and has loved every second of it so far. She's looking forward to helping with increasing the reach and impact of Colin's Hope with a new educational outreach program, an enewsletter, and expanding the volunteer base. Want to get involved? Send Jess an email!


Board of Directors


Katharine Teleki - Chair

Karen Weir - Vice Chair

Michele Strain - Treasurer

Susan Mills - Secretary

Board Members

Ben Archer

Megan Arnold

April Bennett

Barrett Criswell

Jordan Hefton

Jana Holst

Jeff Holst

Liz Owen

Jaime Slaughter

Board Fellows

Alex LePage


Key Volunteers

Colin's Hope would like to express it's sincerest gratitude to the following people for their committment and support to our mission of drowning prevention:

Jenny Stafford, Debbie Stack ( original board members ), Amy Domecq, Katie Hutcheson, Erica Jaimes, Justin Simmons, Michele Arceo, Marj Shoobe, Bob Fonseca, Aaron Harrell, Chris Garcia, Joe Richmond, Tiffany Wilkinson, Ari Brown, Carrie Wilkin, Rob Cunningham, Julie Neas, and Joyce Flint (Colin's Grammy).