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The Sandbox at Madeline's Place

Our Story

Be Honest, Be Kind, Be Safe.

In light of the tragic passing of Madeline Haynes, a student at Hutto High School, it became apparent to several of her family members and friends that a message of “Be honest. Be kind. Speak up” needed to be impressed upon teenagers. Honesty in their relationships, kindness in their communication (especially in social media or texting) and speaking up for themselves or others when they can't. Those traits, we feel, can help solve a multitude of adolescent problems from bullying to friendships to romantic relationships. We work to create a positive atmosphere to promote physical, mental and emotional health through a variety of programs. Please contact us for more information or set up an appointment to come visit.


John Haynes

John is our Board president and Madeline's father. He helps guide the strategic direction and mission of the Sandbox within Central Texas and beyond. John's background is in security where he has spent the last 17 years as part of Dell Technologies Security and Resiliency Organization. John lives in Hutto, Texas with his wife Rachael. They attend Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas.

Rachael Haynes

Rachael Haynes is Madeline's mother and a founder of The Sandbox. Rachael brings a finance degree and a background of corporate finance and management to the Sandbox board. She also created two successful small businesses while raising her three children. She serves as the Treasurer of the board.

Lynne Smith

An original board member, Lynne serves as the Secretary. She is a US Army veteran, the wife of an Army veteran and mother of adult twins and lifelong friends of Madeline and the Haynes family. Currently employed by Hutto ISD and she loves riding and competing with her horse Zeus.

George Zuniga

My wife and I moved two Hutto almost 10 years ago, and have had the fortune of raising our 4 children in this amazing community. have been blessed with a successful career in the Tech industry, and have a passion for technology and how to leverage it to empower people. I have been a proud board member of the Sandbox since 2017.

Todd Robison

Todd Robison is the Director of Purchasing for Hutto ISD after previously serving the district as the Director of Communications and Community Relations for six years. Active in the Hutto community volunteering on several non-profit boards. Married to Katy for 31 years and have two sons, Ryan and Landry. Todd and his family enjoy traveling the world and, of course, attending Texas Tech athletic events when they can.

Julie Steed

Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for close to eight years. She is currently employed with Hutto ISD. Julie graduated from Hardin- Simmons University for both Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Education, Counseling in Human Development. Married to Caleb, they have two children, Lincoln Grace (5) and Lyndon Gene (2). They love going on vacations, going outside and spending time as a family watching movies. I love volunteering within Hutto ISD and within the community.

Jason McAuliffe

Jason is a passionate leader who brings over 12 years of experience in public education. McAuliffe holds a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University and a Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University. He has spent his career teaching and leading in Title 1 schools, with the overall goal of positively impacting the lives of students. The 2022-2023 school year will mark his 10th year in Hutto ISD.

Meet The Staff

Billie Logiudice

Director of Development

Sandra Thompson

Program Director

Anna Chuey

Assistant Program Director

High School Team

Lilly Kostroun

High School Team

Maegan Bryant 

High School Team