Talya earned both a bachelor degree in sociology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of North Texas. She began her professional career in Dallas with the Department of Family and Protective Services as a Child Care Licensing Specialist. She then moved to Austin to assist individuals with disabilities maintain their independence in her work as a case manager for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Following her passion to help others, Talya worked as a Post-Move Monitor at the Austin State Supported Living Centers (SSLC), to support individuals transitioning into a community setting.
In the middle of helping at Foster Village, Talya also serves as the Senior Assistant Independent Ombudsman for the Austin SSLC and has developed online and instructor-led curricula for Local Authorities as a Curriculum Developer for Health and Human Services. As if she’s not busy enough, Talya is also certified as a Person Centered Thinking trainer with The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices.
Talya was born and raised in Grayson County, Texas, and lives in Pflugerville with her husband and two, very-active-in-sports sons.