Health care shouldn’t be a luxury for musicians in the Live Music Capital of the World. The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness.
Many of Austin’s musicians juggle two jobs on top of music, and still struggle to pay for food and shelter. With no money for health care, issues with teeth, hearing loss, heart health and more get ignored, and become expensive emergencies.
HAAM and our partners provide care to improve musicians’ health and save lives while preserving their careers and quality of life.
Reenie brings a wealth of health care and nonprofit administration experience to her role as HAAM’s executive director. Her time with Seton Healthcare Family – part of 25 years in the industry – shaped her skills in leading system change and developing mission-driven programs. DOWNTIME PLEASURES: live music, queso, Netflix.
Rachel relies on her 10 years in nonprofit leadership while overseeing all HAAM operations. Her background blends clinical experience in behavioral health with program direction and team management. HAPPY BEGINNINGS: before joining HAAM she helped steer a musician friend to the agency, which helped him stay healthy and start his own family.
As HAAM’s development director, Veronica manages major gifts, donor relations and annual fundraising. A Buda native (we’ll allow it) she is a member of Junior League of Austin and Association of Fundraising Professionals, and volunteers for Girls Empowerment Network. FUN FACT: Her beagle is named after punk singer Henry Rollins.
Rikki manages major events including HAAM Benefit Day and Corporate Battle of theBands as the marketing and fundraising coordinator. A San Marcos native with a passion for nonprofits, she started volunteering for HAAM in 2009 and now also manages brand and community partnerships. KEY MENTOR: blues hero Clifford Antone.
Jane handles HAAM’s digital presence and logistics for all HAAM-related events. An Austin native who left to pursue policy research, she’s happy to be back surrounded by live music while pursuing an MBA from the University of Texas. HIDDEN SKILLSET: catching M&Ms in her mouth.
Alex Beyer is an Austin native who is passionate about music and caring for people, which is crucial for an office manager and volunteer coordinator. A Texas State University graduate who previously worked in the Seton Healthcare Family. NAME GAME: at age 14 she was the lead singer in The Condoleezza Rice Krispy Treats.
Stephanie’s background in social work and mental health program development strengthens her role as HAAM’s program services coordinator. Her education at University of Texas, among others, allows her to develop new programs and help HAAM members utilize health care resources. CHALLENGERS WANTED: she’ll vanquish pretty much anyone in Name That Tune.
Emily helps HAAM members navigate health care resources and helps to further develop member programming. Her experience in immigrant and refugee resettlement, the foster care system and medical social work gives her the background to serve as program services coordinator. DOWNTIME PASSIONS: traveling with her husband; spoiling her dog, Franklin.
Karl helps HAAM members access health care services, and assists with navigating the medical system. As lead eligibility specialist he educates members in services offered by HAAM and other agencies. BRUSH WITH FAME: taking Poison’s Brett Michaels on a beer run in his dad’s station wagon when he was 15 years old.
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