Judge Karen Sage has served as the presiding judge of the 299th District Court since January, 2011. Judge Sage also presides over the Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) Re-entry Court , which is a specialized Drug Court for SAFPF graduates during the aftercare portion of the SAFPF program.
She has been an active member of the KAF board for over a decade and is currently completing her term as Board President.
The Honorable Karen Sage
Currently board secretary for KAF, Meryl says she enjoys serving with her diverse, brilliant and creative fellow board members.
Meryl has always been passionate about the arts and graduated from The University of Texas with a BA in Theatre.
After college, Meryl went to work in the corporate world, as Director/VP of Human Resources for various high-tech companies out West, while her husband took a sabbatical from his day job as a lawyer at Vinson and Elkins and accompanied her to skydive for the US skydiving team.
In 1999, Meryl left her 5,000+ employee company to join her husband in his new start up called iFLY.
Meryl is currently CEO of Ubiquitous Entertainment Group, and serves as a board member on The University of Michigan’s Parent Board and the Anti-Defamation League. Meryl and her husband of 24 years have four spectacular daughters and say if they were younger, they’d have four more!
Joel Pace is an attorney at Levatino Pace PLLC, and has been known to introduce himself as “The Big Subpoena.” Joel has been practicing law for 24 years, and perfecting the role of “Theatre Dad” for almost ten. He enjoys parading around in spandex (cycling), gesturing wildly at his television (UT football), and feels oddly comfortable in a speedo (swimming). Joel is known for constructing elaborate Harry Potter Halloween displays with his wife and co-conspirator of what feels like 125 years, Amanda. Joel has a full head of hair.
Joel was inspired to get involved with the kidsActing Foundation after seeing his own son grow and flourish in the KA programs over the years. Joel truly believes that ALL children should have access to the arts, and the benefits that come with participation in quality programs. He remains dedicated to the efforts at The kidsActing Foundation.
Christine Faulkner is a new member of the board. She is honored to be part of an extraordinary program that enriches all the lives it touches. Christine grew up on the east coast where she graduated from Penn State university with a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.
After college she found her way to Austin, TX, where she worked at the University of Texas as the Events Manager for the Texas Union. She left the University to concentrate on raising her two sons, Noah and Nate, with her wonderful husband of 13 years, Jared. Over the years, Christine has worked with various non profits in Austin, and joined the board after her sons took part in the ASTARS 2017 summer camp. She is deeply grateful to be a part of such an exemplary organization as KAF, whose mission is to profoundly impact children’s lives for the better!
Christi Marrufo is a Managing Director for Knowledge Management & Collaboration at Applied Materials, Inc. Christi has worked in a global role at Applied Materials for 24 years and has been fortunate enough to travel to many places around the world as a result.
Christi is also a "theater mom" who became involved with kidsActing Foundation because her now 17 year old daughter was participating in the program for young people with Down syndrome in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. Christi has seen the huge impact participation in theater has had in her daughter's life and strongly believes that the joy and sense of accomplishment of being a part of a show and performing should be available to kids of all abilities and backgrounds.
Christi and her husband Daniel live in Northwest Austin with two of their four kids (2 are grown and on their own!) and enjoy camping, scuba diving, and sports.