David has worked with adults with cognitive disabilities for 40 years. He is the Founder/Owner of LiveOak
Living Community, which he started in 2002 with the vision of creating a supportive lifelong living
community for adults with long-term cognitive disabilities.
He has also been the Chairman of the Seaton Foundation, since 1986, which provides education and internship
programs that promote the concepts of LifeLong Living for professionals, students and organizations working
in long-term care.
Laura Latham is the Executive Director of LiveOak Living Community. Laura graduated from The University of
the Incarnate Word in San Antonio with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management. After
graduation, Laura chose to focus her career on improving the quality of life of individuals living with
cognitive disabilities. She has worked with adults living with Cognitive Disabilities for over twenty years
and has been with LiveOak since 2005.
Laura has four beautiful children with her husband for twenty-five years. She is very active at her church
and within the San Marcos community. She loves junking, cooking, high school basketball and Christmas.
Rachel Medina is the Executive Director at LiveOak Living Community. She holds a B.A. in Psychology
and a Master’s in Psychological Research from Texas State University. Rachel oversees the health and
wellness of all residents at LiveOak Living Community. She is also very involved with admissions, community
outreach, marketing, and the LiveOak Internship Program. Rachel is also the Director of the Seaton
Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the next generation of professionals in
long-term care, and a board member for AAIDD- Texas Chapter.
When she is not working, Rachel enjoys cooking, shopping, taking care of her saltwater aquarium, and working on home improvement projects with her husband.
Angie Carballo is the Director of Operations and HR at LiveOak Living Community. She started as a Direct
Support Professional where she gained experience working with individuals with a variety of cognitive
disabilities. Angie obtained her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Psychological Research from Texas State
University. At LiveOak Living Community, Angie focuses her time on human resources, staff development and
business operations. In her free time, Angie enjoys painting, baking and knitting.
Diane Darrington is the Director of Resident Services. She has worked in the mental health field for over
30 years. Diane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Psychology and a Master’s degree
in Counseling and Guidance from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. She has been a Licensed
Professional Counselor in Texas since 1996 and is a certified LPC supervisor.
Diane became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist in 2005. Her passion is working alongside someone and watching them become more self-aware, insightful and experience those “ah-ha” moments. She believes in the importance of providing, support, hope and when needed, challenging adults in being successful at their next level of independence in adulthood. Diane Lives in Wimberley Texas with her husband. She enjoys gardening and cooking.
Megan Gutierrez is the Administrator at LiveOak Living Community. She holds a B.A in
psychology and a
Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University. Megan has worked in the long term
for the past 9 years, and she started her journey working as a Direct Support Professional at LiveOak in
graduating with her Master’s degree, Megan endeavored to work in various capacities within the long-term
always with the goal of helping individuals (residents and staff alike) to live their best lives. After a
hiatus, Megan returned back to LiveOak in a role where she can help the staff to grow through professional
training and education. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter and
with her husband.
Bonnie has been working at LiveOak for eleven years and is trained in Person-Centered Practices. She is the
Director of Smith House where she is integral in programmatic planning and licensing. Bonnie is from
Alabama. She is a huge Auburn football fan and loves her dog Chewy.
Rachelle Gabaldon is the director of the LiveOak Apartments. She started as a Direct
Support Professional in October 2014 and has worked closely with individuals living with cognitive
disabilities at all three programs. She then worked as the Health Coordinator at the LiveOak Apartments.
Rachelle graduated from Texas State University where she obtained her B.S. in Respiratory Therapy.
She enjoys cooking, lake days, and spending time with her family and dog.
Ali Olfers began working at LiveOak on January 1, 2020. She graduated from Texas State University and
earned her degree and credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in 2013. She is also
accredited as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Ali has worked with adults with cognitive challenges for
the past 6 years in long-term and community-based settings and has experience in case management and program
Ashley Franks graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Recreation Administration,
and went on to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
Ashley has spent a number of years in fields including child and adolescent behavioral health,
home and community Recreation Therapy, and residential adult brain injury rehabilitation.
She has been a CTRS for 7 years and has over 14 years of combined experience as a Direct Care Staff, Therapist and Director.
Ashley has 2 dogs, one of which has started joining us at LiveOak for some “pet therapy” days.
She has lived and worked in the Central Texas area her whole life. Her hobbies include camping,
hiking with her dogs, spending time with family and traveling with her husband.
Casey Samples is the director of SmithHouse. She graduated from Texas State University with her MS in Recreation and Leisure Services-
Therapeutic Recreation and obtained her credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in 2019.
Casey has worked with individuals with disabilities in a range of settings including camps, hospitals, private care and senior living.
Casey’s greatest passion is connecting and engaging with residents and staff and helping them enjoy their highest quality of life.
In her free time, Casey enjoys exploring the outdoors, crafting, and spending time with her significant other and their dog.
Nicole Dawkins is the Director of Development at LiveOak Living Community.
She graduated from Texas State with a B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion.
In the Spring of 2019, she began her internship at LiveOak Living, where she found a true passion for
working with those who have cognitive disabilities.
Following her internship, she became a Direct Support Professional and Resident Advocate.
She also became an Intern Mentor and has worked as the LiveOak Health Coordinator, giving her a broad range
In her free time, she enjoys going to the river and spending time with her animals and family.
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