Executive Director and Founder
Dr. Reuer is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music-for-wellness and music therapy. As founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc.», her San Diego-based contractual and consulting agency, Dr. Reuer manages a team of therapists serving children with special needs, medical patients, hospice patients, and individuals dealing with substance abuse, lifestyle change, and bereavement. Through the MusicWorx Inc.» international music therapy internship program, Dr. Reuer focuses her professional attention on music therapy program development and job development in San Diego County. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Reuer provides wellness, community-building, stress-management, and pain-management workshops and seminars for health care professionals, educators, and corporate clients all over the world. Dr. Reuer is a past president of the National Association for Music Therapy, later renamed the American Music Therapy Association. In 2000, Dr. Reuer received the American Music Therapy Association national Professional Practice Award. And in 2008, she received the prestigious American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Originally from Rhode Island, Mikayla holds a bachelor degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts. In 2014, she relocated to San Diego to complete her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc.». She joined Resounding Joy in early 2015. Mikayla’s passion for music and helping others has expanded her experience across a wide range of populations and locations, including Panama to engage in service work for at-risk youth and hospitalized children.
Director of Development
A passion for the performing arts lead Jessica to pursue a career as a professional fundraiser. After graduating summa cum laude from Cleveland State University, Ohio, she continued her education at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she earned a master of letters degree in Shakespeare and performance. A recent transplant to San Diego, Jessica previously worked for Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was selected as a Diversity Scholar for the 2015 AFP International Conference. Jessica hopes to engage the San Diego community in the great work that Resounding Joy music therapists and Joy Givers perform daily.
Representative, East Coast Programs . Technology and Production Consultant
Contractor | East Coast Satellite
Demi is a combat veteran of Afghanistan and a former corporal in the United States Marine Corps. After completing the first Resounding Joy Semper Sound internship», Demi relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, and was accepted to the Berklee College of Music inaugural online music-production degree program. As a supporter of and advocate for the expansion of music therapy services in active and veteran military communities and international areas of armed conflict, Demi is dedicated to using her personal and professional experiences to help others. Her passion is assisting those experiencing the debilitating psychological changes resulting from combat-stress injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Demi currently develops community programs for veterans, assists Semper Sound projects, networks, promotes military music programs, and consults on Resounding Joy military affairs.
Originally from Kansas, Missouri, Rachel is a board-certified music therapist, who earned a bachelor degree from The University of Kansas in 2008. She completed her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc.», before embarking on her graduate studies, currently underway. Rachel is passionate about working with children of all ages and has accumulated vast experience in hospitals, private practice, and school districts in both Kansas and San Diego County. She has served as a volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations, including Banding Together, Best Buddies, Children’s Mercy hospitals, Guitars in the Classroom, and Special Olympics. For Resounding Joy, Rachel provides direct music therapy and supervision to MusicWorx interns within the Healing Notes program that operates from the CVICU (cardiovascular intensive care unit) and the hematology/oncology unit at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego.
For MusicWorx Inc.», Mandi provides music therapy services to older adults and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For Resounding Joy, Mandi facilitates Sound Mind outreaches. Additionally, Mandi provides in-home family music classes and private lessons in piano, violin, and voice.
Director of Education and Training
Noelle is a board-certified music therapist with a bachelor degree from the University of North Dakota and certification in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) music therapy. She joined the Resounding Joy team in spring 2008. Noelle coordinates general program development and oversees Resounding Joy music therapy and community music-making events throughout San Diego County. She is the lead program facilitator of the Mindful Music program offered at the local Alzheimer’s Association headquarters. And as a skilled presenter and advocate, Noelle communicates the Resounding Joy mission, programs, and training experiences with groups throughout the country.
Resounding Joy is the meeting place for music in community, expression, fun, therapy, and volunteerism. I feel honored to help facilitate that!
Resounding Joy Director of Education and Training
Mindful Music Program Coordinator . Bilingual Specialist
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aida spent her formative years in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, before moving to the United States in 2008. Aida holds a bachelor degree in music therapy with a minor in psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During her internship at MusicWorx Inc.», San Diego, she gained experience in medical settings, the neurologic rehabilitation field, and the childhood special needs field. Aida now caters to Resounding Joy program sites in South County San Diego and works with families, the homeless, low-income communities, and older adults. Aida has participated in international music therapy service learning projects in both France and Jamaica.
Kristine has a master of arts degree in communication from UC San Diego and a bachelor of arts degree from UC Davis. Her diverse work history in academic, corporate, labor and nonprofit spheres has given her a wide breadth of skills in the communications field. Kristine joined Resounding Joy in November 2014.
Director East Coast Programs . Resounding Joy National Military Consultant and Liaison
Contractor | East Coast Satellite
Rebecca is a Massachusetts native who earned her bachelor of music degree in music therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and her master of education degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A board-certified music therapist, Rebecca has achieved her fellowship in neurologic music therapy and is a neonatal music therapy specialist. For Resounding Joy, she developed the Semper Sound music therapy program, is the director of East Coast Semper Sound programming in the Greater Boston area, and serves as their national military consultant and liaison.
For MusicWorx Inc.», Rebecca developed a telemusic therapy program that provides continuing music therapy to veterans who relocate to remote, unserviced areas and the curriculum for two Toolbox self-study courses:
- An Introduction to Military Music Therapy Programming: Working with Active Service Members and Veterans»
- Group Music Therapy Interventions Working in Neurologic Rehabilitation»
Rebecca frequently travels across the United States, lecturing at universities, academies, and regional and national conferences. Her passion for international music therapy has led her to Africa, India, and Japan, and each year, Rebecca visits Jamaica with the Jamaica Field Service Project to supervise music therapy students facilitating music therapy services in hospitals, infirmaries, orphanages, and schools of hope. Currently, Rebecca works at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, providing music therapy services to returning veterans and their families as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Partnership.Email Rebecca.»
Director of Operations
Paola grew up in Brazil, and, as a member of the Brazilian national water polo team, she competed internationally in both high school and college. Paola earned a bachelor of arts degree in tourism from the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paolo before relocating to the United States in 2000. Paola manages both financial and administrative aspects of Resounding Joy operations, and, as a frequent witness to the benefits of music therapy, she is proud to support the Resounding Joy mission to make health and happiness.