Meet the Team

Darvin Tan, Associate Missionary

Darvin joined SYM as our journeyman missionary after successful completion of his internship. Darvin graduated from University of Texas at Austin and volunteered for Lifeworks serving street youth while a student. He has an MA in Christian Leadership from Ekklesia Theological Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a part of the City Life Church of Austin. He can't have enough Texas BBQ and Mexican food.

Joined in February 2016

Billy Barnes, Drop-in Worker and Volunteer Coordinator

Billy has always been committed to helping others and currently works with children in foster care and provides a safe, neutral, relaxed atmosphere for noncustodial parents to see their children and for children to rebuild relationships with their parents. Billy has extensive experience with the foster care system in several roles and is a Stephen minister.

Joined 2016 as Volunteer coordinator and transitioned in 2017 to Drop-In Worker

Suzanne Zucca, Drop-In Worker

Suzanne joins us after graduating Bible college and has a degree from UT in English. She is an experienced worship leader. She and her husband, Nic, have two grown daughters. She loves writing, reading, cooking, swimming, and preaching the gospel. Her favorite thing is loving those in front of her, praying, calling believers into who they are in Christ, and inviting those who don’t yet know Him to join the family of God.

Joined in August 2018

Porshia Sauls, Drop-In Worker

Porshia Sauls born and raised in Austin, Texas recent graduate of University of Phoenix with a bachelors degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and dancing. She has a passion for others and believes everyone deserves to have a fair chance at life.

Joined in November 2018

Tondra Daily, Drop-In Worker and Community Engagement

Tondra Daily is a budding entrepreneur and was a SYM client many years ago. Tondra loves art and animals and is a passionate Christ-follower.

Tondra joined us in October 2018. She transitioned in May 2019 to being a member of our Community Engagement Team

Yolanda Ezqueda, Drop-In Worker

Born in Mexico, Spanish teacher until 2001, she moved to California to raise her kids and then to NY and get a degree in Business. She moved to Texas in 2015. She loves music, movies and travel. Her passion is cooking and feeding with love for her family and friends.

Joined in October 2019

Nate Oinonen, Drop-In Worker

Nate grew up in Massachusetts and spent a decade in Boston before moving to Austin in 2013. He has been transitioning into ministry after running a small business over the past ten years. He leads a local hiking ministry called Worship in the Woods. Nate loves fostering special needs dogs, connecting with people and sharing the Gospel.

Joined in March 2020

Sean Allen, San Marcos Intern

Sean Allen is our San Marcos Intern. He is working on a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Mass Communication degree. He enjoys being with friends, playing guitar and performing stand-up comedy in the local San Marcos scene. His heart is set on worshipping God and loving people.

Joined in February 2020

Sophie Ward, Austin Intern

Sophie Ward was born in Austin, TX and is currently a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is enthusiastic about running, spending time with family, and serving her community.

Joined in June 2020

Terry Cole, Missionary & Founder

Terry is a commissioned missionary of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was baptized at age 13 by Calvary Baptist Church, Borger, Texas. He joined Covenant Presbyterian Church in 1999. Terry was an intern at Lifeworks Street Outreach for one year. Prior to ministry, Terry worked as an electrical engineer for 25 years. Most notably Terry edited international standards for Wi-Fi and ADSL. Terry began serving the street-dependent youth in 2003 and left high tech for this calling in 2008.

Rosie Cole

Rosie is our counseling animal. She loves working with our clients. She is always up for showing our clients unconditional love. She never tires of receiving pets or sitting in laps. She is a registered Maltese. She's non-allergenic and doesn't shed and is welcomed by most of our church partners!

Joined 2010