A Message from the NER-AMTAS Board:
Welcome to our Board page! We invite you to get to know us all a little better, and encourage you to consider running to become a member of the NER-AMTAS Board or subcommittees in the future. Please don't hesitate to reach out and ask any of us any questions you might have about ourselves, our roles in the organization, or how you might be able to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you!
2016 - 2017 NER-AMTAS Board
Kayla McBrien: President
Kayla McBrien is a Junior music therapy student at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. After serving for a year on the NER-AMTAS board as President Elect, she is excited to continue serving as President for music therapy students in the New England Region.
Alison Dagger: President Elect
Alison Dagger is a current Masters of Arts candidate at Lesley University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Music Therapy. She finds great joy from connecting with and helping others through music, which is what brought her to the field of music therapy. Alison is honored to serve as President Elect for NER-AMTAS this year and looks forward to meeting professionals in the field and students throughout the region. As a flutist, she is classically trained in music performance and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College. Outside of classes, Alison plays regularly as a member of Santosha, a Boston area Kirtan band, and enjoys collaborating with artists of all modalities to create art that gives back to the local community. During her first year at Lesley, Alison presented at Passages and the New England region conference on the importance of Jewish music and cultural awareness within the field. She hopes to continue these discussions as a board member, as well as advocate for the development of literature that supports music therapy work with diverse populations. This fall, she will begin her internship working in the memory care unit at Goddard House and using music therapy to encourage healthy aging with the residents at Center Communities of Brookline.
Emily Hawley: Vice President of Anna Maria College
Emily is the Vice President for Anna Maria College and is excited to advocate for music therapy locally and regionally. She is a junior music therapy student and is beginning her first year on the NER-AMTAS board!
Meera Sinha: Vice President of Berkle
Meera Sinha is entering her final year at Berklee College of Music. She serves as the Vice President of Berklee on the NER-AMTAS board, as well as the President of Music Therapy Club at Berklee. She believes in the power of music and dreams to combine human rights activism with choral singing and songwriting in order to influence positive change throughout the world. Meera is very excited to serve as the VP of Berklee and looks forward to working with the rest of the board to provide opportunities for students of the New England Region!
Jessica MacLean: Vice President of Lesley University
Jessica is master's student at Lesley University who will be entering her final year this fall. Jessica is serving as the NER-AMTAS Vice President of Lesley University for the 2017-2018 school year. Jessica's primary instrument is flute and earned two bachelor's degrees from Boston University in Flute Performance and Musicology in 2014. She currently runs her own flute studio and performs with the award winning Valley Winds ensemble. Jessica found her way to the field of music therapy through her love of music and passion for helping people. She is currently very interested in music therapy cross-culturally and will be traveling to Vietnam this summer to conduct research at an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City. Jessica hopes to spread the field of music therapy into MA public schools during her time on the board.
Kathlynn Sell: Secretary
Kathlynn Sell is a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She loves helping people and has dedicated her life to serving others in many capacities; this is what inspired her to join the NER-AMTAS board. As the new secretary, Kathlynn is excited to be a part of the change and advocacy that comes with the music therapy profession. In the fall of 2017, she will begin her internship working at the Franciscan Children’s Hospital and Kennedy Day School in Brighton, MA, and with Up Beat Music Therapy serving a variety of populations through music. She is excited to begin working with the board on all the great events in the upcoming year, and she hopes to get to know everyone involved in the NER-AMTAS!
Mary Reinsch: Treasurer
Mary is a senior music therapy major at Anna Maria College, and the Treasurer of the NER-AMTAS Board. Previously she served as the Treasurer of the AMC Music Therapy Club, and she is excited to continue this new journey representing the New England region of student music therapists! Mary loves spreading knowledge and awareness to her friends a family, and she hopes to do so on a larger scale on the NER-AMTAS Board. She is excited to connect with students and professionals around the region, and spread the love for music therapy!
Laura Sekarputri: Public Relations Chair
Laura is an Indonesian music producer, composer, and a junior Music Therapy student at Berklee College of Music. She hopes to serve the wider music therapy community in the New England region through NER-AMTAS. Laura believes in the ever effective, healing power of music as a memory-enhancing tool and mood-boosting medium, as well as in advocating for our beloved profession. Laura recently released her first single, Indonesian pop song— “Tiada” (meaning ‘Gone’) by ImpromToo.
Bryanna Tobin: Chair of Advocacy
My name is Bryanna Tobin and I'm a senior Music Therapy and Psychology double major at Anna Maria College. I'll be interning at Perkins School of the Blind in Watertown, MA with Lisa Martino, MT-BC, LMHC. I'm the goalie for Anna Maria's DIII Field Hockey team, Vice President of the Worcester Student Government Association, and am the President of the Class of 2018. After college, I hope to open a music therapy program working with individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. I'm stoked to be a part of the NER-AMTAS board and can't wait to see what this year has to offer!