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HAAM names new executive director

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 18, 2013

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, which provides health care to about 2,000 Central Texas musicians, has a new leader.

Reenie Collins took over as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director Monday.

She replaces Carolyn Schwarz, who departed in October to serve as executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas.

Collins was most recently director of community outreach and marketing at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital. She previously worked for Seton Healthcare Network, Tenet Health System and Presbyterian Healthcare System.

“We’re excited to welcome Reenie, who was involved in the initial development of HAAM, has worked extensively with not-for-profit organizations and is fully committed to our mission,” said Chris Adams, HAAM’s chairman of the board. “She is a native Austinite with strong ties to the community, which are critical as HAAM strives to serve the health care needs of its constituents.

“Reenie is a strong leader who brings a wealth of experience and creative energy to HAAM as we continue to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s uninsured, low income working musicians.”

A University of Texas graduate, Collins said she has more than two decades of fundraising experience.

“I’m extremely excited about joining HAAM,” she said. “I look forward to working with our board, providers, volunteers and the musicians to continue carrying out our mission.

“HAAM has and will continue to play a unique and vital role in the promotion of the music community here in Austin. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead HAAM in engaging the community, our membership, city leadership and critical community partners to fully realize our shared vision for affordable access to medical and health care services for Austin’s musicians.”