maggie johnson, MT-BC
brenda walleman, MT-BC
Lillieth Grand MS, MT-BC
Secretary Kelly hoff, MT-BC
Treasurer Richard Stubbs, MT-BC
Rob Sozda, MT-BC
emily ross Ma, MT-BC
cody mills, MT Student
Government Relations Task Force Co-Chair
Melissa Potts, MT-BC
Born and raised on the Southern Oregon Coast, Maggie is the Music Therapy Director of Earthtones Northwest; she works alongside a team of music therapists, horticultural therapists, and art therapists throughout Oregon and Washington. With eight years experience in both community-based and private clinical settings, Maggie utilizes improvisational music therapy with groups and individuals and provides consultation for caregivers. She studied music therapy at Marylhurst University, double majored in music composition and math and statistics at Grinnell College in Iowa, and trained in neurologic music therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. At Earthtones Northwest, she currently develops music therapy-informed programming with the Oregon Symphony, and has previously directed Sing Here Now: the Alzheimer’s Association-Oregon Chapter’s first choir for people with dementia. Recently, Maggie participated in Sundance: a pilot program through Portland State University and Volunteers of America for families experiencing the effects of dementia-related sundowning.
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. She also has experience in adolescent and adult psych as well as hospice music therapy. 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.
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC has been a music therapist since 1993. She has a bachelors in music education and music therapy from the University of Kansas and a masters degree in special education from National University. Lillieth owns Milestone Music & Therapy and is passionate about raising up the next generation of music therapists and giving back to the community of music therapists. Her career has primarily been in pediatrics. Lillieth is a sensory integration specialist, auditory processing expert, and is trained in neurologic music therapy, sprouting melodies, nicu music therapy, and more. She currently works primarily with children, though some adults, with autism, developmental disabilities, brain injury, and the like. Lillieth trains music therapists in and performs music therapy assisted childbirth services. She was instrumental in Oregon achieving licensure for music therapists and is a passionate advocate for our field. Lillieth has served in many state, regional, and national volunteer positions including 18 years on the Executive Board of WRAMTA in elected positions. Lillieth also leads seminars for Landmark Worldwide, a personal and professional development company that exists to empower people. She's excited to be the party planner (vice president) for OAMT again this year and is open to any suggestions membership has for continuing education opportunities and gatherings.
Kelly is a new music therapy professional having received her board certification and license in 2018 after graduating from Marylhurst University. She completed her internship with Willamette Valley Hospice in Salem where she was able to hone her skills working in end of life care and found her passion for bringing music to older adults and their families. Prior to pursuing a career in music therapy, Kelly attended the University of Oregon where she received her bachelor’s degree in harp performance. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys knitting, reading, and hiking.
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.
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.
Emily is a native Oregonian, having grown up in Eugene and spent her first professional career in rural Benton County as a public school music teacher. After two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in central Asia, Emily pursued graduate school, receiving her MA in counseling psychology/music therapy from Naropa University in 2003. For 13 years, Emily ran her private practice, Self Express Music Therapy Studio, and served as adjunct faculty in music therapy at Marylhurst University. From 2015-2018, she held a full-time position at Marylhurst as Clinical Coordinator. Emily is excited to be back in private practice (HoofnHorn Music Therapy) full time while developing her dream of combining horses and music therapy. She specializes in working with folks with communication challenges, especially autism. She enjoys hiking, reading, and playing French horn in the Portland Wind Symphony. She previously served OAMT as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Cody Mills is a music therapy major at Pacific University, located in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. His primary instrument is drums/percussion, and through his time in the program he has come to especially enjoy playing the marimba and singing baritone in various choirs. Cody moved from the town of Sandpoint, all the way up in North Idaho where he enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and hiking. He could also be found playing drums in various jazz, blues, and rock bands, and teaching young drummers at the local music conservatory. He is a year and a half away from his internship, and sees himself working in mental health, specifically trauma-based care such as with adolescents/teenagers or military veterans. He is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and feels as though his experiences can help others to overcome their challenges and be their best selves.
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.