THE HISPANIC ALLIANCE STAFF
PATRICK SLEVIN - EXECUTIVE AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Since launching Austin Soundwaves in October 2011, Patrick has grown and developed the program to serve more than 300 students in grades 1-12 across seven sites in Austin. He received degrees in Music and Urban Studies from Northwestern University and subsequently completed the “Sistema Fellows Program” at The New England Conservatory. Patrick has taught in over 15 El Sistema inspired programs in the United States, Mexico, and in Venezuela. He is a past board member and Governance Committee Chair of El Sistema USA and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for KMFA Classical 89.5. He has worked for The Center for Study of Art and Community, The Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University, and the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts. Patrick performs regularly with the Bravos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Round Rock Symphony and has performed with orchestras and in festivals around the country, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Philharmonic, Texas Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Castleton Music Festival.
MOLLY CRUZ - DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Molly has an extensive background in nonprofits and higher education and has worked for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The University of Texas at San Antonio and most recently UNT Health Science Center. Molly currently volunteers with the Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association Congressional Team, Foster Village and other passion projects that focus on protecting the environment and helping underserved and minority populations. Molly loves spending time with her friends and family, and making new experiences!
MARCELA RODARTE - DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Marcela is the co-owner and founder of TARRO Media, a multimedia company established in 2010 that produces and publishes the digital magazines Reporte Austin and Más Mujer Austin. Both magazines are known in Central Texas for their relevant information in Spanish for the Hispanic community. She became the co-Founder, co-host, producer and editor of audio content for NotiHispano, the first radio newscast in Spanish in Austin, TX, from August 2010 to June 2014 through Fiesta 97.1 FM. She also participated in Radio Mujer Internacional in 2013 as an audio and content producer. Marcela is passionate about social issues and has also collaborated with other non-profit organizations to raise funds to help women victims of domestic violence.
KAREN DAHL - DIRECTOR OF STRINGS EDUCATION
Karen is an active performer in both symphonic and chamber ensembles, as well as classical and alternative music projects. Karen grew up in California then Minnesota, and has been playing both violin and piano since the fourth grade. Ms. Dahl moved to Austin from Cleveland, where she completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance, studying with Erich Eichhorn of the Cleveland Orchestra. She also studied environmental science and wildlife rehabilitation during her undergraduate schooling, and is passionate about gardening and sustainable living.
JULIE FAULKNER - COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Julie graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Spanish/Graphic Design. She has always had a vested interest in the nonprofit sector and has worked at other mission based organizations such as the Central Texas Food Bank, Side by Side Kids, and Active Minds. She is currently a mentor and volunteer with GirlForward Inc. and works as a freelance graphic designer/photographer. Julie is also passionate about creative writing and self published a book of poetry in 2014 called Fragments.