President Brenda Walleman, MT-BC
Brenda Walleman is a board-certified and licensed music therapist having over 20 years experience working with children and their families, and 14 years experience as a board-certified music therapist. Before completing her degree in music therapy, Brenda studied Early Childhood Education and was a Teacher and Director for KinderCare Learning Centers. She received her degree in music therapy from Western Michigan University, was trained in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University, and was certified in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) music therapy through Florida State University as well. Brenda has worked extensively with children with Autism, and a variety of other physical and cognitive diagnoses, and she has experience in adolescent and adult psych, and hospice music therapy as well. Brenda opened her clinic, in Medford, Oregon, in February of 2017 and is hoping to grow the business in order to serve more people in her community.
President-Elect Maggie Johnson, MT-BC
Maggie Johnson is the Music Therapy Director of Earthtones Northwest and works with a wonderful team of music therapists, horticultural therapists, and art therapists working in Oregon and Washington. With seven years professional experience in community and private clinical settings from long-term care, hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation settings, homes, day programs, schools, camps, and more, Maggie utilizes improvisational music therapy in groups and individual sessions and provides creative consultation for caregivers. She holds degrees in music therapy from Marylhurst University and music composition and math & statistics from Grinnell College. Recently, Maggie participated in a research program through Portland State University by providing evening therapy for people with dementia who were living at home and experiencing the effects of sundowning. She directed Sing Here Now, Oregon’s first choir for people with dementia, and has supervised over 25 interns. Maggie loves musicing, dancing, art journaling, and going to the beach.
Vice PRESIDENT Jessica WEstern, MT-BC
Secretary Tonya Fisher, MT-BC
Tonya Fisher is originally from Limerick, Pennsylvania and settled in Oregon with her family in 1990. She is the wife of Tim Fisher and mother to Thaddeus Fisher and Lauren (Fisher) Larsen. Tonya also has two grandsons, Levi and Emmet. She earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University, interned with Earthtones Northwest, and was subsequently hired as a music therapist with Earthtones in 2016. Tonya has worked with a variety of populations including Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Memory Care, and Mental Health. She has also completed the first tier training for NICU work.
Treasurer Richard Stubbs, MT-BC
Richard is a licensed and board-certified music therapist and professional counselor with a private practice in Medford, OR. He specializes in experiential interventions such as songwriting and lyric analysis, attachment-focused music therapy, and an innovative integration of tabletop role-playing games in group therapy. He is experienced in working with youth, adults, families with a history of trauma and suicidality, and has training in a variety of evidence-based practices including Collaborative Problem Solving, Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Therapies.
Public Relations Rob Sozda, MT-BC
Rob Sozda grew up in Pennsylvania but has called Oregon home since 2005. He received a Bachelor's degree of Music Therapy from Marylhurst University and has been board certified since 2013. Rob completed his internship at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, OR where he found his passion for serving the adult psychiatric population. He previously has worked in residential treatment facilities and has recently returned to work at the Oregon State Hospital's Junction City campus. Rob enjoys camping and hiking in his spare time, along with volunteering with White Bird's Rock Medicine crew providing crisis intervention services at events like the Oregon Country Fair and last year's Oregon Eclipse Festival.
Media Coordinator Alexis Baker, MT-BC
Alexis Baker is a licensed and board-certified music therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in 2013 and completed her clinical internship the same year at Earthtones Northwest. Alexis is the founder and owner of Bridgetown Music Therapy, a private practice specializing in the senior population. She has also been a music therapy practicum supervisor at Marylhurst University since 2015. Alexis maintains professional membership in the American Music Therapy Association. She was published in the 2013 issue of Imagine Magazineand has also received several academic scholarships and awards. Her primary instrument is guitar, although she plays and uses many different instruments in her practice. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, hiking, reading, traveling, educating others about essential oils, and being a youth leader.
Student Representative calvin Porterfield, MT Student
Calvin Porterfield is a student at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. A Portland native, he has been studying Music Therapy for four years, and hopes to work with corrections or forensic populations. His favorite pastimes include acting on stage, adventuring outdoors, and playing board and video games with friends. He is excited to be a member of the Music Therapy community in Oregon, and looks forward to working with his fellow execs (and many other music therapists) professionally.
Government Relations Task Force Co-Chair Melissa Potts, MT-BC
Melissa received her training at Marylhurst University while concurrently finishing her Masters in Music Education at Willamette University. She completed her internship at Oregon State Hospital. Melissa has been employed at Salem Health Psychiatric Medicine Center for the past 8 years and is also the owner of Willamette Music Therapy Services in Salem, Oregon. She has served a variety of populations including individuals with autism, dementia and mental illness as well as at-risk youth and foster youth. Melissa’s hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, singing and playing keyboard in a band and duo.
Government Relations Task Force Co-Chair Jodi Winnwalker, MT-BC
Jodi Winnwalker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Board Certified Music Therapist. As founder and CEO of Earthones Northwest, Jodi has over 35 years of experience developing music therapy programs for children, adults and seniors in Oregon and Southern Washington. Jodi is committed to informing the public about the power of music and increasing people’s awareness of how they can use music to promote their own health and access music therapy services for those they care for. She served as Chair of the Oregon Association for Music Therapy 2000-2002 and has served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Oregon MT Government Relations Task Force 2008-to present.