President: Anna Barker
Anna Barker is a non-traditional student at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI and will complete her music therapy undergraduate coursework in spring of 2020. She earned a BA in Psychology from UW-Madison in 2015 and worked as a line therapist with children who are dually diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in her hometown Appleton, WI. During this time, she discovered the power of music not only in the lives of her clients, but also in the life of her grandmother who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Likewise, she realized how integral music was in her life and decided, with a leap of faith, to return back to school in 2017 to earn a BM in Music Therapy. Anna is the current Vice President of Alverno College’s Music Therapy Student Organization.
Anna’s primary instrument is viola, but she also enjoys learning and dabbling with all sorts of instruments including piano, guitar, accordion, hand percussion, and more! Her passion lies in learning about different cultures and ethnicities, understanding the biological and neurological effects of music on the brain, and teaching. Upon becoming an MT-BC, Anna aspires to offer bilingual services to low-resource community members in the Greater Milwaukee Region. After attending a recent Latino Health Equity Summit, she feels her calling is towards community music therapy and providing services to severely underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees. Aside from music, Anna enjoys spending time with her loved ones, learning about her faith, going Latin & ballroom dancing, volunteering, being outside, and enjoying the simple things in life! Anna is beyond excited to serve as president in the Great Lakes Region this year and would love to get to know each and every one of you!
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Vice President: Courtney John
Courtney John is currently a senior at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will be serving as Vice President for GLR-AMTAS throughout the 2018-19 year. She is originally from a small town in Southeast Wisconsin, but her family now lives in Colorado, where she visits frequently. She is entering her third year as a board member for Alverno College’s Music Therapy Student Organization; this year will be her second term as Vice President. Courtney’s primary instrument is Cello, which she plays in addition to guitar, piano, mandolin, and various other instruments, and her newest favorite instrument to play is the banjo. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career working with individuals who have severe cognitive and developmental disabilities, and individuals with mental illness. In addition to music, she enjoys travelling, thunderstorms, writing, forests, black iced coffee, and peaches. She loves getting to know people and finding the unique facets of identity that all individuals curate in their own lives.
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Treasurer: Dana Tonkinson
Dana Tonkinson is a sophomore music therapy student at Cleveland State University. She will be serving as GLR AMTAS Treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year. Her primary instrument is oboe, and she enjoys playing the principal part in the Cleveland State Orchestra. Along with the oboe, she also plays piano and is thrilled to be learning guitar. Dana loves being with young kids, especially her younger brother, who has cerebral palsy. She loves playing piano with him and noodling around with her ukulele. In her free time, she enjoys reading journal articles, exploring Cleveland, playing her instruments, and being with her friends. After graduation, she plans on earning her Master’s and going through the NICU certification training to work with little babies. Dana is ecstatic to be serving on the Executive Board so early in her academic career and is looking forward to all of the new information and experiences she will learn!
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Secretary: Jennifer Kirby
Jennifer Kirby is currently a Music Therapy senior student at Eastern Michigan
University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She will be serving as Secretary for
GLR-AMTAS during the 2019-2020 academic year. Jennifer has lived in many
places, including six cities in southeast Michigan, England for a study abroad
program during her first degree (Psychology), and Puerto Rico after Hurricane
Maria for disaster relief. This is her second year serving on the board for MTSA at EMU, and her first year serving on the GLR-AMTAS board. Her favorite
instrument to play is the violin. Her preferred population to work with is children who have been affected by natural and man-made disasters, including children with PTSD diagnoses. Other passions of hers include travelling, reading, writing, drawing, drinking tea, and baking.
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Parliamentarian: Ariel Contreras-Peterson
Ariel Contreras-Peterson is a 200-level music therapy student at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Their twin passions are exploring gender expression and identity through music, and performing medieval and renaissance-era repertoire with replica period instruments in several educational reenactment groups. With a well rounded performance background of performing oldies, folk, rock and roll, pop from the 60s through today, punk, country, metal, as well as classical and medieval pieces, Ariel looks forward to learning how they can use their unique talents to reach those who are most in need. This is their first year serving on the GLR-AMTAS board, and as the Parliamentarian, they hope to bring awareness, updated language, and inclusivity wherever they go.
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Webmaster: Collin Lewis
Collin Lewis is currently a Music Therapy senior student at Western Michigan
University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He will be serving as Webmaster for
GLR-AMTAS during the 2019-2020 academic year. Collin has lived in the
Western Michigan area all his life. He previously attended Grand Rapids
Community College where he received an associate degree in both Vocal and
Trumpet Performance. Collin is very involved in his community and has served as president on the WMU-SMTA board. This is his first year serving on the GLR-
AMTAS board and he looks forward to continuing to connect our Great Lakes
schools together. Collin hopes to open his own private practice someday and
specialize with individuals that have Autism Spectrum Disorder. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his beautiful 1 year old daughter Reagan.
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