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Executive Director: Ashleigh R. Lassiter

Ashleigh joined ICC Austin staff in March 2014 as the membership director focusing on education and conflict resolution. She moved into the executive directive role in October 2018 and continues to guide ICC Austin as an organization rooted in the values of community, equity, and cooperation. Ashleigh is passionate about access to higher education and believes all students should be able to attend college without a significant financial burden.  Read Ashleigh’s full executive bio.

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Operations Manager: Billy Thogersen

Billy Thogersen has been with ICC Austin for over 17 years serving in multiple capacities including facilities director and executive director. Billy knows the ICC Austin houses inside and out and is responsible for most of the capital improvements over the last 20 years. He has helped ICC Austin grow through major organizational shifts and was instrumental in the development of our newest community – Ruth Schulze. Billy is a graduate of the University of Texas and an alumni member of  House of Commons and New Guild. Outside of work, Billy enjoys woodworking, listening to music, and playing games.

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Cooperative Living Program Director: Shaheem Lilly

As the program director for cooperative living, Shaheem brings with him 8 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector. As a personal trainer while completing his undergrad, Shaheem learned the valuable lesson of interpersonal relationships fostered through empathy and compassion. After completing his BA in psychology, Shaheem went on to deliver reproductive health and social emotional learning skills to youth on Long Island, New York. Moving to Texas, Shaheem worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist as well as a counselor for those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault all while completing his Master’s in Organizational Psychology. Shaheem values cooperation, humility and curiosity. Using these 3 main ideas, has helped shaped Shaheem’s career in human development. Shaheem is a huge Patriots fan and loves to listen to current and 90’s r&b. If you want to have a long, drawn out conversation with him, just mention the philosophy of Batman v. Superman and he can give you about 2 hours without needing to stop for a breath. 

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Facilities Manager: Chris Hegar

Chris Hegar joined the ICC Austin team in November 2016. Chris oversees all aspects of facilities including conducting and coordinating repairs, managing contractors, and generally keeping the houses in working order. Chris started his career by working with his father and learning the carpentry and construction trade. He then moved on to work at Brackenridge Hospital, Seton Shoal Creek Psychiatric, and the Conservatory. Chris spends his time outside of work with his wife, son, 3 dogs, a cat, lizards, and fish. He loves exploring all that Austin has to offer from the food, event, concerts, etc. One of his favorite past times is traveling to see music all around the country.  He’s also mastering the fine skills of BBQ’ing.

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We provide quality, affordable, and healthy cooperative housing for students with financial need.

2305 Nueces Street

Austin, TX 78705

512-476-1957

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