Aubrey joined our team this February as the Director of Hospitality & Homeowner Relations. She's a San Antonio native with a passion to love her community well. We can't wait for you to get to meet her!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and then spent four years in Abilene studying marketing at Abilene Christian University. After moving to Austin, TX and receiving an additional degree in graphic design, I married my husband Michael and *happily* became Aubrey McKissick. Having both grown up in San Antonio, Michael and I shared a dream of learning Spanish and being able to communicate with our Spanish-speaking neighbors. We accomplished that goal when we moved to Costa Rica in December of 2016 for language school. After a year of Spanish immersion and the "Pura Vida" culture of Costa Rica, we are now confident Spanish speakers!
What is your ministry background?
Since I've been old enough to hold a baby in the nursery, and not be in the nursery myself, my sisters and I have served in Children's Ministry at Oak Hills Church. Our mom has served in several capacities in Children's Ministry at Oak Hills and is still the Preschool Director. In turn, our whole family has the pleasure of volunteering alongside her! My husband and I have also had the pleasure of serving with the Austin New Church Kids and Youth in Austin, TX.
What is your history with BP?
As a middle school and high school student, I double-dipped youth groups and would attend activities with both my home church and University United Methodist Church where Dee Dee Sedgwick was the Youth Pastor. As part of the UUMC youth group, some of my very best friends and I traveled to SOS in Memphis, TN to help rebuild houses there. I knew Dee Dee and Blueprint had adopted a very similar model to SOS, so I was already familiar with the work that Blueprint was doing here in San Antonio. After spending many years away from my hometown, I came back to San Antonio and heard about a job opening at Blueprint. Of course, I had to apply because of Blueprint's mission and vision help to rebuild my favorite city in the world, San Antonio!
What are you most excited about working with BP?
I'm excited to connect with our homeowners and see first hand how improved housing improves their lives'. It's also exciting to come alongside volunteers who already know the in's and out's of Blueprint! It is rare that you have an equally equipped staff and group of volunteers.
In your free time, what can we find you doing?
My husband and I are both from San Antonio so you'll find us, with our families' and some of our best friends, eating Mexican Food at Garcia's, watching the Spurs, drinking coffee or going to the movies. My husband and I both share a love of letters and typography, so you may also catch us designing or painting something. Check out Mike's Instagram (@michaeljmckissick) to see his work and lots of Costa Rica pictures.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Unequivocally anything on the menu at Garcia's Mexican Food. Give me any mixture of tortillas, brisket, rice, beans, pico and salsa...guaranteed, I'm a happy gal.
Is there anything else you want the world to know about you?
I have three men named "Bart" in my family (my dad and two uncles on the same side), two aunts named Lezli and Leslie, and both my grandmas are named "Shirley". Sounds like we're not very creative when it comes to naming people…
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Aubrey a little bit more! We can’t wait for you to come meet her in person.