Get to Know Austin

What drew you to the work you do?
My belief in the value of connection. Watching people “light up” when their connection to self, others, and God are enhanced. I always knew I wanted to be in some type of helping profession—early on I thought that was medicine. Gratefully, I found the field of marriage and family therapy and knew that was the route I wanted to take. I’m also drawn to the circular healing that goes on when people are striving for growth and improvement—we all help each other. I am (as is my family) a benefactor from all my previous relationships with group participants and therapy clients. For me, there is a reverence about this endeavor. We’re all in this work of growth and healing together!
What do you love most about Onsite? In your eyes, what is unique about this team?
From the first time I set foot on the campus I could feel there was something special here. Miles’ leadership and the relationships of the staff are both enjoyable and inspiring. Staff are here because they are passionate about the work done at Onsite. They care about people and want to make a difference in the world. They know how to have fun! Excellence and humility make a transformative pair—Onsite has that and I’m excited to be a part of it.
Who is your hero? Who inspires you?
Oh man. I have so many. My father is certainly at the top of that list. I hope I can be more like him when I grow up.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Again, I have so many. Here are a couple:
• “From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half truth, from the arrogance that thinks it has all truth—O God of truth deliver us.”
• Gordon B. Hinckley: “The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”
Would you like to share about your family?
This year my wife and I will have shared 14 years of marriage. Marrying Cristina is the best decision I have ever made. Together we have three children—Taggart is 10, Lillian is 8, and Anna is 5. They are my four miracles. We are moving from the “contemplation” to “determination” stage of change regarding adding a dog to the mix.
What’s on your bucket list?
I’m a nature guy, so many of them are along those lines:
• To see the northern lights in some picturesque setting with my wife. Any recommendations?
• Visit Glacier National Park in a nice cabin with my wife.
• Fly into the Canadian wilderness via float plane for a private camping/fishing trip with family and/or friends.
• I want to go on a variety of humanitarian service missions.
• To see my children as best friends in their adulthood.