Advisory and outreach
Joy Rockwell, LMT, wellness practitioner
Joy has been a mentor to Kristina, founder of TXLA, for over a decade. She is a wealth of information, and serves on our Leadership advisory board. Her roll she serves is physician outreach, Texas historian for Lyme, and has been helpful advising others at advocacy events. She is the original co-founder of the Texas Lyme Disease Association and advocates for patients for decades. She has traveled to Germany for a CDC
sponsored conference and met Dr. Willy Burgdorfer (Lyme is Borrelia burgdorferi named
after this researcher who identified the organism). Joy attended Lyme conferences in the
States, and stay in touch with Lyme practitioners, she is a great resource for patients and those in the medical community alike. Thank you Joy for your support and encouragement, we are honored you give us all you do!
Emily Warren, Marketing and Events
Emily has 2 young children and has a marketing and outreach background working 13 years on the Board for the Special Olympics. Digging into her cheerleading days, she used that go-getter mode to grow the organizations events into a community committee. As the Events Coordinator, she handles the planning of annual parties and occasions. In partnering with other board members, the local branch was able to raise enough funding to help athletes and their families pay for a range of assistance. These funds contribute to a range of needs, uniforms and equipment, competition travel expenses, an annual Fall Festival, Holiday Party, Spring Picnic and community activities. She will help TXLA serve our community well in applying these skills to help fundraise for the Lyme community!
Emily is self-employed over the last 10 years working as an interior design consultant. The ever-energetic mom went from living her dreams to living inside the nightmare of what is Chronic Lyme disease. Although it took years to diagnose and begin to treat, Emily embraced the trial as it led her to study different approaches to healing and how it connects us to our past. Emily enjoys public speaking to share her story of hope and healing with others. She is a great addition to our team and we are grateful to have her!
Major (Ret) Anders Karlsen, Director of Veteran & Military Impact
Maj Anders Karlsen is a decorated combat veteran who has commanded missions in the C17 all across the globe. His home of record is Texas, he went to high school in the Woodland, TX, so he enjoys meeting with both TX and OK legislators. He is a United States Air Force Academy graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. After pilot training at his first assignment, he flew both the MQ1 Predator and MQ9 Reaper in counter terrorism operations before switching back to maned aircraft. Anders had his promising career cut short due to a serious battle with tick-borne illness that almost cost him his life while stationed in Altus, Oklahoma as a schoolhouse Instructor Pilot.
He is now an advocate on a national level helping to support solutions for tick-borne diseases. He is very active with the United States Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program. As an ambassador he speaks on behalf of wounded warriors for the Air Force. As an AFW2 mentor, he directly helps and guides servicemembers dealing with tick borne illness in all branches of service.
Anders also serves as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) with HHS's Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. He also advocates on a congressional level with the Center for Lyme Action.
Most importantly Anders is a Husband and father of two little girls. His amazing wife Brittany has been his rock in the biggest fight of his life. His beautiful daughters are beacons of light that give him strength every day.