Meet the Austin Team: Leadership Council & JoyRx Staff

As the impact of JoyRx reigns in Texas, we are thrilled to introduce an extension of our homegrown Oregon leadership with the new Austin Leadership Council, formed by a group of local professionals who believe in the healing power of music.

Meet the Austin Leadership Council

Codey Allen is a perceptive brand marketer with 16 years of experience developing and orchestrating brand and campaign strategies and storytelling; artist relations; lifestyle and nonprofit marketing; compelling content creation; sponsorships/events; and strategic partnerships for Gibson Brands. Codey is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.

Zane Collins graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Economics and concentrations in Real Estate and Business. He is an active member of Real Estate Council of Austin, staying up to date with the development of Downtown Austin and the surrounding areas.

Taylor Ellison is a lifestyle host, producer, and speaker. She is the creator, host, and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning late-night program, “Austin After Hours.”

Elena Garcia Slaton has been with Nine Branded Whiskey since 2019, and previously worked for Texas Monthly, ESPN, and C3. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she played volleyball.

Darin Klein has been with SXSW for over 27 years and is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.

Bob Lum is currently Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of PRO-ED, Inc., an educational publishing company. Prior to this position, he practiced law in the corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy section of a Houston law firm. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Bob holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

Sarah Marshall has extensive experience in brand development, storytelling, communications execution, communication training and executive coaching. Before her current role as the VP of Communications at Ivanti, she founded Sarah Marshall Communications, where she worked with clients to protect their brands. Sarah received her degree in Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin.

Caleb Noel is a finance leader with NFP and has played an integral role in building and executing its strategy across its three business lines, Property & Casualty, Corporate Benefits, and Individual Solutions for over 15 years. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Brock Purslow joined BenefitMall in the summer of 2022 as Vice President of Sales for Texas, bringing with him more than 20 years of sales and operations experience. Prior to this, he served as Market President of Texas at Humana Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, where he also played on the university’s golf team.

Bruce Romine has been with Gallagher Insurance for 41 years and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.


Our Growing Austin Team

As of the beginning of 2023, we have four Austin staff members servicing local pediatric healthcare facilities in Central Texas. Take a moment to meet the inspiring group:

Christy Medley is a multi-talented professional musician with close to 20 years of experience teaching music to children and teens of various backgrounds and abilities in a classroom setting. She is our first Austin-based JoyRx Music Specialist.

Allison Moore is the Director of Programs, South. She is a certified child life specialist (CCLS) with fifteen years of clinical experience working in hospitals, community-based settings, and nonprofit organizations.

Christina Whitford is a singer and songwriter with a Masters of Music in Voice Performance. She has worked as a music teacher and taught private voice lessons to children before transitioning into our newest JoyRx Music Specialist.

And finally, Alyssa Williams serves as the Director of Development, South, in Austin. She has spent most of her professional career raising funds with a healthcare focus.


Our Austin team is still growing! With plans to add more music specialists for in-person performances at pediatric clinics and hospitals, we’ll be seeing more friendly JoyRx faces around the town soon.

Learn more about JoyRx Music in Austin and explore opportunities to spread Joy throughout Texas!




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