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!

2020-2021 NER-AMTAS Board

Diana Cortés: President

Diana just finished her last semester of classes at Berklee and will be starting her internship at Spaulding Hospital in August. She aspires to be an NMT Fellow and help expand neurorehabilitation programs in Massachusetts.

Toby Rodriguez: President Elect

Toby is a junior music therapy major at Anna Maria College. Her principal instrument is voice and someday in the future, she hopes to work as a NICU Music Therapist!

Jessica Gelineau: Vice President of Anna Maria College

Jess (she/her/hers) is an upcoming senior at Anna Maria College. She is so excited to be completing her dream internship at the Kennedy Donovan Center, where she will be working with children ages 0-3 in Early Intervention. She hopes to further advocate for how music therapy can be used to accomplish similar or supporting goals to speech, occupational and physical therapy during co treatment sessions. In her spare time, Jess enjoys spending quality time with friends, singing and playing piano at her church, and doing yoga! 

Ruslan Mamedov: Vice President of Berklee

Ruslan is entering his fourth year as a Music Therapy Major at Berklee College of Music. He is an experienced guitarist and saxophonist who is passionate about using music as a tool to help heal and unite. He is very excited to serve as vice president of Berklee and hopes to bring social change, as well as advocacy for the use of music in bringing people of all backgrounds together. In his spare time, he enjoys exercise, video games, and spending time with friends.

Joshua Min: Vice President of Lesley University

Joshua is entering his final year in the Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Music Therapy at Lesley University. He has studied piano and flute at the Manhattan School of Music, voice at Yale University, and neuroscience at Harvard University.

Katie Parker: Secretary

Katie is currently a senior at Anna Maria College. She is completing her internship with Sing Explore Create, LLC, where she works with individuals and groups of various ages and abilities. Katie’s goal after receiving her MT-BC credential is to become a NICU-certified music therapist. She is passionate towards using a music-centered approach to therapy, as well as always following trauma-informed care to best support her clients’  needs.  As secretary of the  NER-AMTAS board, she is excited to grow as a leader and to use her voice to advocate for all music therapy students throughout the NER region.

Kitty Coolidge: Treasurer

Kitty is a second-year graduate student studying mental health counseling and music therapy at Lesley University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where she created her own major entitled “Wellness Through Music.” Prior to graduate school, she taught elementary and middle school music and was an assistant dance instructor. She also completed a summer-long job shadow internship at Infinity Music Therapy Services in Southington, CT. Outside of school, she loves performing in her acoustic duo around her home state of Maine. Kitty is very excited to contribute her ideas and experience to the NER-AMTAS board as treasurer this year! 

Emily Kropo: Public Relations Chair

Emily is currently a sophomore at Anna Maria College where she is majoring in Music Therapy. As a pianist, she teaches piano lessons to younger students from low-income schools as part of a program at Anna Maria College called "OpporTUNEity." Her creativity is used through songwriting, where she hopes to use the rhythm of words to further explore self-expression and emotional freedom in music therapy. In her spare time, she is very passionate about videography, creating and editing fun videos for other organizations as well as her family and friends. As the youngest board member, Emily still has so much left to learn within the music therapy field, but she is very excited to help make sure this organization receives the recognition and awareness it deserves!

Meghan Pope: Chair of Advocacy

Meghan is an incoming senior at Anna Maria college. Her main instruments are flute and piccolo, and she enjoys utilizing guitar and piano within sessions. She is completing her internship this year in Worcester MA at Notre Dame Health Care’s Pedi Pal program. In the future, Meghan hopes to work with clients between ages 0-18, and  to advocate for music therapy services with school districts.

Sanying Cao: Parliamentarian

Sanying started the music therapy program from the introduction class in September 2018, had her practicum in the special education setting in Public School, Nursing Home, Women's Shelter, and Soldiers' Home. She learns more about herself and others by working, solving problems, and learning together with a group of amazing people. She believes that she has something to offer.