Staff and Board of Directors

ACC Staff

SamParrottphotoSam Parrott- Artistic Director

Sam Parrott is excited  to start his second year with the Austin Children’s Choir. Sam was recently named the Choir Director for A.J. Briesemeister Middle School in Seguin ISD.  Sam also spent three years as the Music Specialist at Brooke Elementary School in Austin ISD. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Studies and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Texas State University.

Sam has performed and conducted at state and district music conferences, as well as presented original research at the most recent Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio. This summer, Sam traveled with the Texas State University Symphonic Choir and conducted and sang in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

MaryAshtonPhoto  Mary Ashton-Managing Director

Mary is a Soprano, active vocalist, choral director, and voice teacher in the Austin community. She sings with several choirs in Central Texas including Texas Choral Consort, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and Austin Baroque Orchestra Choir. Mary is on the staff of St. David’s Episcopal Church where she is a member and soloist of several choirs, Program Coordinator of the Children’s and Youth Choirs, and Director of the Joyful Noise youth choir. She is also on the Communications team where she offers some basic graphic design skills, manages many of the church’s social media accounts and websites, and assists the Retail Director with planning and implementing marketing strategies for the church’s coffee shop, Holy Grounds Café.

Mary is from Virginia, where she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education. After teaching high school for a couple of years, she moved to Austin to find a better balance between performing and teaching.


 Board of Directors

JoseHeadshotJose Mendez-Board President

Jose Mendez, an Austin native, developed a love for music early in his adolescence. He graduated from Westlake High School with several choral accomplishments as a young performer. Jose recently moved back to Austin after completing an MBA at the University of Maryland and has now enrolled his 7 year-old son as a new member of ACC and accepted a position on the Board of Directors with ACC to share in his growth and joy of choral music. Jose currently works for Smith and Associates as an international trader of semiconductor components, conducting market research and networking with clients from all over the world.


Gino Drake-Treasurer

Gino is the Founder and CEO of New Quest Staffing Solutions, LLC, with an extensive background in Healthcare Operations Management. He has worked with the Department of Defense and various Hospitals and Physician Group Practices. His studies have included Business Management and various certifications relating to healthcare. A native of San Antonio, he has volunteered with many Non Profit organizations in both San Antonio and Austin, including the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Texas, Octopus Club, Hill Country Ride for Aids and United Way. Through those contributions, he brings a wealth of experience in many areas of a non-profit organization.

                            Pam Trefny- Secretary

Pam Trefny was appointed to the Board in the summer of 2012. She received her BS in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. After working in the veterinary field for 7 years, Pam became a full time stay-at-home mom, home schooled for several years, and has volunteered in several organizations including the PTA, Boy Scouts of America, and the Austin Children’s Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling, has done many triathlons over the past 9 years and recently completed her second marathon. Pam has 2 boys, ages 12 and 15. The oldest, Anthony, has been in the choir since 2007.

                          Ray Schafer – Board Member (Development Committee)

Founder of InQuinox, a data storage company. He is regarded as an authority on data storage, protection, and restoration solutions, and has nearly a quarter century of information technology and data protection industry experience. Shafer holds a BA in Microbiology from UT Austin.  His daughters were members of the Austin Children’s Choir for 10 years.


Robby Bars- Board Member (Event Committee)

Robby is originally from Houston, TX., but now resides in Austin and works as an Event Coordinator with a local real estate firm.  Music has always played a large role in his life, as he has been singing since the 6th grade and continued through college earning a music degree in vocal studies. Robby was recently participating with the Capital City Men’s Chorus of Austin.  When not at work he is active in the community, and keeps a balanced, healthy lifestyle.



Jeffrey Jungbauer- Board Member 

Jeffrey is currently a Personal Stylist for J. Hilburn men’s clothier. He was most recently a Senior Account Executive at Yodle, Inc and  the Associate Director of Beer and Wine, and Project Manager for the Wine Steward Program for H-E-Butt Grocery, where he placed top wine stewards and coordinates with beer and wine vendors to merchandise and maintain stock with sales.  Previously, he was the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Whole Foods Market, Portland, where he developed in store marketing, managed all in-store events and managed strategic opportunities. He has also been the Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations for DragonFly Chai , where he initiated expansion plan into natural foods, specialty stores and food cooperatives. He has also been the West Coast Regional Sales Manager of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day at The Caldrea Company, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and public relations of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day aromatherapy natural cleaning products and a Procurement Team Coordinator, Marketing & Procurement Office Healthy Living at H-E-Butt Grocery.  In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys the outdoors, cycling, snow sports, music of all types, concerts, gardening and playing with his two dogs Beau and Henry.  Jeffrey has a 2 year old niece, Vivian, and is expecting a nephew this January.  A University of Texas at Austin graduate, Jeffrey recently moved back to Austin from Portland, Oregon to be closer to his friends and family.  He plans on pursuing a PhD in Pharmacy in the Fall of 2014 at UT.

Don Hill – Board Member (Development Committee)

Don Hill is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and comes from a musical family. Once he started piano lessons at the age of 5, he has kept music in his life ever since. He possesses Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and has worked in non-profit performing arts his entire life. A veteran of the performing arts stage, having appeared in over 60 professional and amateur productions for such companies as Theater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Opera, Ohio Light Opera, The Arkansas Rep,  and New Orleans Opera. Don has also taken the stage professionally for pops and oratorio concerts with Miami Valley Dinner Theater, Baton Rouge Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Austin Symphony and New Orleans Symphony. Don has served as Development Associate for The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Director of Patron Services for Baton Rouge Symphony and Arkansas Symphony, Executive Director for Acadiana Symphony and Associate Director of Development for the Austin Symphony. Don is Director of Development for San Juan Diego Catholic High School in Austin and is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals with a certification as a Fund Raising Executive in the Fall of 2014.

Parent Liaison

Beatrix Paal-Parent Liaison

Beatrix grew up in Hungary , immersed in a Kodaly-inspired choral tradition.  She has sung in various amateur choirs throughout her life, and is now an alto in Chorus Austin’s Symphonic Chorus.  The youngest of her three children started singing with Austin Children’s Choir as a kindergartener, and Beatrix joined the board of directors with the aim of contributing to the mission of the organization, and giving back to the choral community.

In her professional life, Beatrix is an economist, who teaches and advises Masters’ students at the University of Texas at Austin.  She received her PhD in economics from Cornell University.  Beatrix is also co-owner of an online Hungarian children’s bookstore.

Advisory Committee

TQP_135Matt Everett 

For twelve years, he was active as a private piano instructor in Houston, TX and also worked as a freelance pianist and music director.  Mr. Everett served as the Director of Music and pianist/organist at Church of the Redeemer Episcopal in Houston where he conducted the adult choir, instrumental ensembles, and handbells. Before moving to Austin in 2008, he also was the Director of Music at Covenant Lutheran Church. During his tenure at Covenant, he founded the church’s children’s choir, VOCIS. Mr. Everett holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. His principle area of focus was piano performance with supplemental studies in composition, voice and choral methods.

With Austin as his home base, Mr. Everett continues to work as a freelance musician and composer. His setting of the Lamb of God is published by the Neil J. Kjos Music Company (

Patricia ‘Pat’ Martin 

Pat Martin grew up in Houston, and attended and graduated from Spring Branch High School.  She moved to Austin in 1965 to attend the University of Texas, where I earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with honors and a Master of Arts in Art History. She was employed by the Austin Community College in 1976 to teach art and art history.  In 1988 Patricia accepted a position at St. Edward’s University where she taught art history, design, and the humanities.

Patricia attends Faith Presbyterian Church here in Austin where she has served on the Session for several terms, has been Clerk of the Session, and served as a member of the Child Development Center (CDC) Board. As a member of the CDC Board, Pat wrote and applied for numerous grants to benefit the program which was created by the church to specifically serve children from low income families.