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ALISON ESPARZA has recently completed her coursework at Southern Methodist University and will be starting her internship at Dallas Academy in Fall 2020. During her time at SMU, she has completed five practicums and a summer field study in music therapy. She was the public relations officer for SMU’s music therapy organization for two years, is in her second year of being the student representative for the continuing education committee, and is excited to begin her role as president for SWAMTAS. After completing her internship, Alison hopes to go to graduate school for clinical mental health counseling and do music therapy and clinical counseling with adolescents in mental health settings.


HANNAH ROMO is currently a junior at West Texas A&M University. She is an active member in her Music Therapy organization as well as other organizations such as Mu Phi Epsilon. After she graduates, Hannah sees her future career in working with children and adolescents. She is super excited to be the treasurer for the SWAMTAS e-board for this year! 


ELIZABETH CARR-JONES is currently a senior at Southern Methodist University, majoring in music therapy and minoring in psychology. During her time at SMU, she has completed clinical practicums in a variety of settings, including the memory care unit of an assisted living facility, pediatric hospitals, and one-on-one sessions via telehealth. She also served as the president-elect and the president for SMU’s music therapy student organization. After graduation, Elizabeth plans on exploring internship opportunities with children and adolescents. Elizabeth’s main instrument is the bassoon, and she is looking forward to serving the Southwestern region’s students this year.


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ANNA BOCANEGRA is a senior at University of the Incarnate Word. Anna has been an active member and officer in the Music Therapy Student Association at her university. She has also been a Resident Assistant helping students adjust to campus life and being a first responder to residents' needs. Anna would like to work with mental health and psychiatric care of all ages and disabilities. 


CAITLIN HAZZARD is currently a junior at West Texas A&M University, majoring in music therapy with an instrumental emphasis. Her primary instrument is trombone. Caitlyn serves as the Drum Major of the Sound of West Texas Marching Band, as well as the President of WTAMU’s chapter of Music Therapy Organization. After graduation, she plans on pursuing an internship in a hospital setting or with adults with developmental disabilities. She is honored to have this position to serve SWAMTAS this year!

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