Executive Director & Co-Founder
Austin hails from the great city of Chicago where he was raised and where he attended school at Northwestern University (06'). After completing his degree, he released a record as a singer-songwriter and was persuaded to move to Music City - Nashville, TN in 2008. A few years into his time in Nashville, a beautiful girl named Sara moved in next door to Austin and changed the course of his life forever. The idea for Sing Me a Story was born in 2011 and started to take shape in May of 2012 after Austin resigned his position at his day job in Nashville. Austin carries an MBA from Pinchot University in Seattle and was married to that beautiful girl next door, Sara, in 2013. They have two dogs (Fat Sam and Coli) and currently reside in the great state of Minnesota. Austin makes a mean Texas bar-b-que and enjoys the relationships he shares with those he loves the most.
Director of Operations
Autumn is a Chicago native and a University of Illinois graduate, with a bachelor's degree in Communications. She first became involved with Sing Me a Story in 2018 as an intern, and since then, has continued to fall in love with Sing Me a Story’s mission. With a background in marketing, non-profit development, and graphic design, Autumn was excited to join the team full-time in 2022. Autumn grew up in a family full of musicians and artists, and is grateful to work for an organization that encourages her to use the arts to inspire and help others.
Elle Chrampanis is a senior at Bucknell University, originally from New Jersey. She is pursuing a double major in psychology and music. With her psychology degree, her focus has surrounded child development, educational practices, and well-being. She has found the profound effect music has on childhood through her own musical experiences as a cellist and through her studies. As the oldest of six, Elle has been surrounded by children and works at a nature school in her freetime. With this background, Elle is so excited to be working with Sing Me a Story to truly see what music can do for children in this therapeutic context.