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!

2019-2020 NER-AMTAS Board

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Shari Hallas: President

Shari Hallas is a graduate student of mental health counseling and music therapy at Lesley University. As President, Shari is thrilled to lead this year's energetic and devoted NER student team! She hopes to bolster student professional engagement and interaction by promoting Passages' Conference unique NER history and 20th Anniversary. Shari is also interested in deepening NER student community purpose via greater advocacy to the public and potential music therapy students. As President-Elect, Shari led last year's effort by NER-AMTAS to host a music therapy awareness open mic / fundraiser at The Bebop in Boston, creating opportunity for students to share with performers and venue patrons alike. Shari is passionate about her experience from her first internship with older adults at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Newbridge on the Charles. A long-time creative songwriter and musician, Shari is looking forward to broadening these skills in her second internship at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, supporting adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Diana Cortés: President Elect

Diana Cortés is in her last year as an international student at Berklee College of Music pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. She holds the position of Peer Wellness Education at the Office of Student Wellness Resources and Services at Berklee. With this job, Diana has the opportunity to create and deliver projects that promote holistic wellness for her fellow students. She is also going into her second year as the Newsletter Editor of the Music Therapy Club. Diana is passionate about sharing resources and getting more students involved in the opportunities that NER-AMTAS and AMTA in general provides. 

Liz Hastings: Vice President of Anna Maria College

Liz Hastings holds the Anna Maria Vice President position on the NER-AMTAS board. Liz is a senior music therapy major at Anna Maria College. She is currently an intern at Seven Hills ASPiRE! where she works with adults with intellectual disabilities. Liz loves helping everyone she can and is ready for this upcoming year!

Julia Dwyer: Vice President of Berklee

Julia Dwyer is entering her third year as a Music Therapy major at Berklee College of Music. Julia's principle instrument is flute, but she also studies guitar, piano and vocal technique. At Berklee, where she has received the Music Therapy Advocacy Award, Julia is a member of the Flute Society, the Music Therapy Club, Berklee Women in Action, and the Berklee Christian Fellowship, and has performed with the Berklee Flute Choir and the Music Therapy Ensemble. Julia is passionate about advocating for her field and hopes to work in special education or trauma care after graduating.

Carol Smolenski: Vice President of Lesley University

Carol is a second-year student in the master’s program at Lesley, and serves on the NERAMTAS board as Lesley VP. She is proud to be one of the more ”seasoned” members of her cohort, returning to grad school for a second master’s after nearly 30 years. Her first career was in science museum education, her second in full-time parenting (her youngest child starts college this fall), and music therapy will be her third! She sings, directs, coaches and competes in barbershop-style a cappella singing, in both a quartet and women’s chorus, and teaches voice through a community music school. As a singer, she is interested in exploring ways to use voice-focused music therapy methods to help future clients find or reclaim their voices, through a combination of resource-based approaches and neurologic music therapy techniques. She envisions a future voice-centered practice, which could include individual voicework, therapeutic choirs, and perhaps co-treatment with speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals. Her internship this year will be at D’Youville Life and Wellness Community in Lowell, MA, working with older adults in long term care, rehab and memory care.

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Delia Regan: Secretary

Delia Regan is currently a junior at Anna Maria College, and she is pursuing a major in Music Therapy with minors in Education and Psychology. She served as Anna Maria College's Music Therapy Board Secretary 2018-2019 school year, and will serve as Vice President for the 2019-2020 school year. She is very excited about her position as Secretary on the NER-AMTAS board! Her goal in her position is to bring Berklee College of Music, Lesley University, and Anna Maria College closer by collaborating on more events, and to build an even more connected community of New England Music Therapy students. 

Cammy Gallagher: Treasurer

Cammy is in her third year studying music therapy at Anna Maria College and is thrilled to be serving on the NER-AMTAS board for a second year. As Treasurer, she hopes to aid in the success of all future NER-AMTAS fundraisers and advocacy events, as well as to continue providing scholarships and support to the passionate music therapy students of this small-but-mighty region. She is a student of the Anna Maria College voice studio with a passion for diversity and inclusion, serving as Vice President of the AMC Pride Club.

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Judy Nie: Public Relations Chair

Judy is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music where she is majoring in Music Therapy and Electronic Production & Design. She is honored to be serving on the NER-AMTAS board as Public Relations Chair. To her, music is not just for mere entertainment and relaxation, but also as a therapeutic tool for rehabilitation and healing. Fascinated by sound design, she hopes to use music technology to explore the limitless possibilities of self-expression in music therapy. As the current Vice-President of AMTAS, she is looking forward to connect students from NER-AMTAS to other regions of the country. She also serves as the Vice-President of the Berklee Music Therapy Club. 

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Erin Haney: Chair of Advocacy

Born and raised in Southern California, Erin Haney moved to Boston in 2016 to attend Berklee College of Music. Erin previously held the positions of Research Assistant for the Music Therapy Department at Berklee, and Fundraising Chair for the Berklee Music Therapy Club. She began her music therapy internship with the Community Music Center of Boston in July 2019, where she serves various populations of clients including many who come from underserved communities across the Boston area. She also works as a Music Specialist at Providence House Assisted Living, where her goal is to enrich and enhance the lives of seniors through engagement in music and arts programs. Prior to coming into the music therapy field, Erin worked in the music business for over a decade after attending Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Erin is excited to serve the New England Region as Advocacy Chair while connecting with other music therapy students and professionals and continuing to spread the word about the incredible power of music therapy!

Corinne Burch: Parliamentarian

Corinne Burch is studying music therapy at Berklee College of Music on the path to earning her MT-BC.  She hopes to one day work as a music therapist in a pediatric medical setting.  She is thrilled to serve the NERAMTAS board as parliamentarian, and she hopes to help generate opportunities for student engagement during her time there.  At Berklee, Corinne works as a Resident Assistant and loves hosting programs for her residents.  Outside of school, Corinne works at Camp Hanover in Richmond, VA and learns about youth empowerment through outdoor education.