Originally from Charlottesville, VA, Jennie Thollander moved to Austin, TX in August 2013 to be closer to family and join the team at BiG. With a background in therapeutic recreation, special education, and adult social services, Jennie brings a myriad of experience within the field to Brookwood in Georgetown. Jennie served as the Program Director for the main campus, overseeing up to 50 adults with special needs in the vocational program. In June of 2018, Jennie shifted her role to the Director of Program Expansion where she now oversees the growth of the main campus, two satellite locations, and new programs.
Erin Kiltz was inspired by the youngest of her three children, Gracie, who was born with Down Syndrome, battled leukemia, and suffered severe brain damage after serious complications. Erin previously co-founded His Grace Foundation, a ministry that provides physical, emotional, and financial support to patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital. Erin’s love for her daughter and family, combined with her years of experience in nonprofit management and development, interior design, and education made her a visionary for the BiG community. Erin’s daughter Gracie departed for heaven unexpectedly on September 8, 2018. Although Erin grieves her absence every day, she knows the Lord has called her to continue Gracie’s life and legacy to further the mission of Brookwood in Georgetown.
Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG) is a vocational community that empowers adults with special needs (Citizens) to become artisans, bakers, gardeners, and more. BiG’s fully-integrated program equips its Citizens to realize their God-given talents and provides opportunities for them to engage in truly meaningful work. All items created are then sold in BiG’s award-winning retail shop, café, and greenhouse, which offers additional vocational opportunities for their Citizens. BiG's mission is to not only provide their Citizens with a place to belong, but to change the way the world views those with special needs.