Dallas Klein, Community Liaison

Dallas Klein joined the Free Minds team in 2020 after Dallas Head Shot
completing her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry at Texas State University. She was born and raised in the greater Houston area and moved to central Texas in 2012. She has always been drawn to writing and educational support. Dallas’ love for these fields really bloomed while facilitating creative writing camps for adolescents through nonprofit creative writing centers. She believes education should always be accessible and fun. Throughout her years teaching and serving in academic support programs, she has seen many people intimidated by the classroom. She is honored to work for Free Minds because it is an organization that creates inclusive, inviting, and supportive spaces for all students. Dallas can be found curled up with a good book or a ball of yarn and some knitting needles, outside enjoying nature with her partner, Ethan, or out shopping for the next vintage find!


Amelia Pace-Borah, Academic Director

Amelia Pace-Borah began her work with Free Minds in 2012Amelia updated returning to her native Austin after earning her MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and teaching writing to college freshmen. Amelia’s first encounter with a Free Minds-type classroom came when she volunteered for a similar program on Chicago’s north side. There she met a group of students who had braved the bitter cold and multiple train lines to spend their evening unpacking Wordsworth’s, “My Heart Leaps up When I Behold.” She was hooked. Amelia is proud to work on behalf of Free Minds, where she gets to experience the transformative power of the humanities every day. Her other true loves include her daughters, Mirabai and Naomi, partner Andy, a daily walk, and a good cup of coffee.


Natalie Ross, Classroom Assistant

natalie-ross-newsletter-feature Natalie Ross joined the Free Minds team in 2021 through Austin Community College’s work study program. She is a 2015 graduate of the Free Minds program and will be graduating with an associate degree in English from ACC this semester. In addition to offering classroom support to program participants, Natalie works for Vela Families and Zilker Park Boats. She is passionate about providing for her family, including her tween Kit, education, and creative writing. When she isn’t in class or supporting her community, she enjoys gardening, art-making, and practicing radical self-love. Her inspiration comes from the work of female writers of color such as Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldúa and from the idea that rest and art-making are the wildest fantasies our ancestors had for us.