Our Mission

The Refinery exists to serve as a space that fosters connection between creative individuals doing incredible things. We hope to be able to provide Austin's creative community with the environment, tools and resources they need to launch and grow their dreams.

 

 

meet the team

  Hayley Swindell | Founder + CEO   Hello Lovelies! I'm Hayley - The founder over here at The Refinery, and I am beyond excited to invite you into my space (Ahhh is this real life!?) I am a passionate eater of tacos and all the queso, love the smell of pages from an old book, always enjoy the company of a good old fashioned, and love Austin more than I can emphasize in a paragraph. Guess you will just have to come in and say hey to to learn more! You can pretty much always find me buzzing around The Refinery so stop in anytime or drop me a cheeky line so we can set up a coffee (or a queso) date!    

Hayley Swindell | Founder + CEO

Hello Lovelies! I'm Hayley - The founder over here at The Refinery, and I am beyond excited to invite you into my space (Ahhh is this real life!?) I am a passionate eater of tacos and all the queso, love the smell of pages from an old book, always enjoy the company of a good old fashioned, and love Austin more than I can emphasize in a paragraph. Guess you will just have to come in and say hey to to learn more! You can pretty much always find me buzzing around The Refinery so stop in anytime or drop me a cheeky line so we can set up a coffee (or a queso) date! 

 

  Dani Parsons | Creative Director   Hi friends! I'm Dani — The person behind all things creative over at The Refinery! Whether it's graphic design, social media management, community engagement, event planning, or photography, you can almost always find me running around doing something creative with a cup of coffee in hand. I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in architecture/graphic design, moved to Austin, and truly haven't looked back since! I have a love affair with traveling the world, art museums, #vanlife, intimate concerts, and  jeep wranglers. When I'm not at The Refinery, I can usually be found at a local coffee shop working on fun, creative projects! Feel free to drop me a line anytime. I'd absolutely love to meet you!     

Dani Parsons | Creative Director

Hi friends! I'm Dani — The person behind all things creative over at The Refinery! Whether it's graphic design, social media management, community engagement, event planning, or photography, you can almost always find me running around doing something creative with a cup of coffee in hand. I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in architecture/graphic design, moved to Austin, and truly haven't looked back since! I have a love affair with traveling the world, art museums, #vanlife, intimate concerts, and  jeep wranglers. When I'm not at The Refinery, I can usually be found at a local coffee shop working on fun, creative projects! Feel free to drop me a line anytime. I'd absolutely love to meet you!  

 

  Jill Faulkner | Community Director   After more than a decade serving others in executive roles, I decided to bring my expertise in business & communication together with my passion for people. I'm an event producer, admin extraordinaire, random job lady, all while running my own business, Stick With It Co.. In 2015, my desire to share my journey of self-love with others seeking similar fulfillment led to the creation of Stick With It Co., and my mission is for people to love themselves wholly – with a little help from affirmations that stick.   

Jill Faulkner | Community Director

After more than a decade serving others in executive roles, I decided to bring my expertise in business & communication together with my passion for people. I'm an event producer, admin extraordinaire, random job lady, all while running my own business, Stick With It Co.. In 2015, my desire to share my journey of self-love with others seeking similar fulfillment led to the creation of Stick With It Co., and my mission is for people to love themselves wholly – with a little help from affirmations that stick.

 

  Callen Hamilton | Events Coordinator   Hi! I'm Callen and I have a knack and a passion for creating one-of-a-kind experiences and having fun. I am a versatile team player who brings my experience in PR, events, sales, and social media to The Refinery in order to create the best possible experience for each of our clients. I am a detail-obsessed planning aficionado, and you’ll never meet a bigger fan of the Bachelor, a good meme, or sea salt ice cream. 

Callen Hamilton | Events Coordinator

Hi! I'm Callen and I have a knack and a passion for creating one-of-a-kind experiences and having fun. I am a versatile team player who brings my experience in PR, events, sales, and social media to The Refinery in order to create the best possible experience for each of our clients. I am a detail-obsessed planning aficionado, and you’ll never meet a bigger fan of the Bachelor, a good meme, or sea salt ice cream. 

  Javier Gerena | Sales + Operations Coordinator   Hey y’all! I’m Javier, a native Austinite, an aspiring accountant, and a longhorn by heart. I’ve always had an interest in supporting the arts and those who wish to show their heart and soul to the world. I’m looking forward to be the Sales + Operations Coordinator here at The Refinery! Other than being a part of this amazing team, you can find me practicing some self-care at Black Swan, grabbing a quick cup of coffee at Cafe Medici, or going through a rigorous escape room at Project Panic!

Javier Gerena | Sales + Operations Coordinator

Hey y’all! I’m Javier, a native Austinite, an aspiring accountant, and a longhorn by heart. I’ve always had an interest in supporting the arts and those who wish to show their heart and soul to the world. I’m looking forward to be the Sales + Operations Coordinator here at The Refinery! Other than being a part of this amazing team, you can find me practicing some self-care at Black Swan, grabbing a quick cup of coffee at Cafe Medici, or going through a rigorous escape room at Project Panic!

  Margy Arendes | Hospitality Coordinator   Hello! I’m Margy and I’m thrilled to be joining The Refinery team this summer. A proud native Austinite, I’m a rising junior at the University of Texas and loving it. A few of my favorite things are relaxing on Lake Austin, my daily Topo Chico, and the funky and fun energy of this city! Come see me this summer and I will be more than happy to give a tour of our space, discuss events and membership, or answer any questions.

Margy Arendes | Hospitality Coordinator

Hello! I’m Margy and I’m thrilled to be joining The Refinery team this summer. A proud native Austinite, I’m a rising junior at the University of Texas and loving it. A few of my favorite things are relaxing on Lake Austin, my daily Topo Chico, and the funky and fun energy of this city! Come see me this summer and I will be more than happy to give a tour of our space, discuss events and membership, or answer any questions.