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!

2021-2022 NER-AMTAS Board

Toby Rodriguez: President

Toby is a senior at Anna Maria College. She will be interning at Tewksbury Hospital in DMH Rehab, focusing on young and older adults with rehabilitative, psychiatric, and mental health disorders. Toby hopes to make an impact on clients, ensuring their health is benefited well from music. She also enjoys photography, songwriting, and animals.

Emily Kropo: President Elect

Emily (she/her) is currently a junior Music Therapy student at Anna Maria College, double minoring in Psychology and Jazz Studies. As a pianist, she teaches piano lessons to younger students in the Worcester, MA area. Emily is very passionate about building connections with others, especially through music. While working with older adults in her Pre-Practicum experience, she used songwriting to further explore self-expression and emotional freedom with her clients, and hopes to continue using this skill in her future work. In her spare time, Emily enjoys performing on the piano, marimba, and guitar, as well as writing and recording her own original music.

Adri Celeste: Vice President of Anna Maria College

Adri is a junior Music Therapy Major from Anna Maria College, double minoring in Psychology and Vocal Performance. Her primary instrument is voice and her dream population is working with pediatric oncology patients. A fun fact about Adri is that she has a bunch of pets, including chickens and a turtle, and her favorite color is blue!

Maria Aguilar: Vice President of Berklee College of Music

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico; Maria (she/her/hers) considers Newnan, GA to be her home. She strives to demonstrate that music is a medium for expression in which every person can utilize, in which she transfers to be her principal instrument: flute. With the help of her multifarious instruments, Maria hopes to find each person's voice so that they may be heard. She hopes to one day make music therapy accessible to all in order to bring people together from all over the world; to share the gift of music through the universal principle of love. The feeling of having a universal form of expression drives Maria to want to work in a hospital setting where she can help others use the nonverbal power of music to manage pain and improve their quality of life. At Berklee College of Music, where Maria is a 7th semester Music Therapy major and Psychology minor, she is the recipient of the 2021 Music Therapy for social justice award. She also hopes to expand and incorporate an accessible music therapy program at Colorful Bridges Non-profit Organization. As Vice President of Berklee, Maria hopes to offer new opportunities and connections to students and diffuse music therapy throughout the United States.

Katherine Perakis: Vice President of Lesley University

Katherine Perakis (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year student at Lesley University. She previously completed her bachelor's degree in Music and Neuroscience at Lesley University and went straight to her master's in music therapy. Her primary instrument is voice, secondary piano, and she plays guitar, ukulele, and harmonica as well. This upcoming year,she will be interning at Arbour Partial Hospitalization Program in Woburn, MA as well as working at a school for children with developmental disabilities as a program assistant, and a PCA for a child with developmental disabilities. Post grad, she hopes to work in school, hospital, physical rehab, and NICU settings. 

Taylor Brunett: Secretary

Taylor Burnett (she/her/hers) is a third year graduate student at Lesley University. She previously received a bachelor’s degree at Lesley University in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is interning at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA this up coming school year and works as a Behavioral Health Professional for children with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in Southern Maine. Outside of music therapy, Taylor records and performs her original music around the NH and ME Seacoast solo and occasionally with fellow local musicians. 

Kitty Coolidge: Treasurer

Kitty is entering her final year at Lesley University where she is pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Music Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, where she created her own major entitled "Wellness Through Music." Kitty has previously completed an internship at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center and will be beginning her second one this fall with Spurwink Services in Maine. Outside of school, she loves performing in her acoustic duo around her home state of Maine. Kitty is very excited to continue serving as the treasurer for the NER-AMTAS board this year!

Shyla Sundar: Public Relations Chair

Shylaja( she/her) is a senior at Berklee college of music, minoring in Psychology. She is from India and has lived in Qatar for 9 years. She is passionate about NMT and working with children. Trained in South Indian Classical music, she believes in combining her Indian roots with the music therapy techniques in providing support and improving the quality of lives of the clients .

Sarah Ames: Chair of Advocacy

Sarah Ames (she/her/hers) is a second-year graduate student at Lesley University, where she is pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Music Therapy. She holds a self-designed B.A. in Music Therapy from Keene State College in Keene, NH, where she currently resides with her partner and cat. This school year, Sarah will be interning at a residential school for children with complex medical and developmental disabilities. Outside of school, she is the minister of music at her church and provides affordable and adaptive music lessons to people of all ages. Sarah is passionate about community building, advocacy, and inclusion and hopes to build a non-profit community arts organization one day.

Bridget Venuti: Parliamentarian

Bridget Venuti is a junior student of music therapy at Anna Maria College. Her instruments are guitar, bass, voice, and piano, as well as electronic sampling and synthesis. Bridget records and produces her own music under the pseudonym, Aether Jag. She became interested in music therapy while working at an arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities called RHD-RI in Rhode Island, where she lives. When Bridget graduates, she would like to work in a rehabilitative setting. She is most interested in neurological music therapy, and how it can help to shape motor skills. Bridget would like to work with stroke patients and people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. She hopes to take NMT training during her senior internship. Bridget thinks music is a very powerful motivational tool and is fascinated to see how it works to inspire healing and adaptation in the human brain as well as the human soul.