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Meet Our Staff

Brenna Nunes
Director of Admissions and Family Engagement

Deaconess Brenna Nunes served churches and schools in the Michigan and Chicago areas, where she added creativity to programs, wrote curriculum and launched initiatives that brought children with families closer to Christ and His people. Before coming to Texas, Brenna served on the Board of Directors for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, and she was a speaker at the LCMS National Youth Gathering.

Brenna studied psychology and child studies at Brock University, and she earned her deaconess certification and a Master’s Degree in Religion from Concordia University Chicago. She and her husband Justin have five children: 18-year-old Taeya, 16-year-old Dominik, 12-year-old Naomi, 9-year-old Malachi and 6-year-old Sophia. The Nunes family has also opened their home and their hearts to children as foster parents since 2004.

Katie A. Wnukoski
Office Manager

Over the past five years, Katie has worked as a substitute teacher in public schools and inner city after-school arts and sciences programs. During that time, she developed a passion for individualized, hands-on learning. Katie will channel that passion toward enhancing Upbring’s innovative programming and connecting with families through her role as office manager. Katie earned a bachelor’s in fine arts with a major in photography and a master’s in early childhood education.

Eilonwy Hewlitt

Eilonwy earned her bachelor’s in education from Concordia University Texas in 2011. She taught at St. Paul Lutheran School from August 2015 through May 2017 before transitioning to Upbring.

Prior to teaching full time at St. Paul, Eilonwy served in child care and after-school programs with St. Paul, Redeemer and Our Savior Lutheran Schools. Eilonwy loves working for Upbring and helping children grow.


Leigh Savacool

Leigh brings 15 years of teaching experience in New York and North Carolina to her new role at USAS. She believes education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world (Nelson Mandela), and she loves watching the “light bulb moments” with her students as they grasp new concepts.

Leigh earned her associate’s in early childhood education from Mohawk Valley Community College in New York and her bachelor’s in curriculum and instruction from State University of New York at Oswego State. She is also working toward her master’s in elementary education.

Audrey Walker

At Messiah Lutheran School, a nationally accredited blue-ribbon grade school, Audrey taught kindergarten, as well as physical education for grades K-5. She has also served as a home school teacher, mentor, foster parent and in-home caregiver.

Audrey believes children process and learn about the world around them through exploration of their natural curiosity, collaborative and individual play, and exposure to a variety of literature. She enjoys igniting children’s imaginations, provoking ideas and encouraging problem-solving skills based each child’s interests.

Audrey earned her bachelor’s in education from Concordia University Texas in 2009 and her master’s in education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri in 2011 with an emphasis in gifted education.

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