Our Staff

Operating from Both East and West Coasts

Barbara Reuer

PhD . LPMT . MT–BC

Barbara Reuer

CEO and Founder
Staff

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.


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Jessica Blaisus

M Litt . CFRE

Jessica Blaisus

Consultant and Grantwriter
A passion for the performing arts led 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 in Shakespeare and Performance.  Jessica hopes to engage the San Diego community in the great work that Resounding Joy’s music therapists and Joy Givers share with those in need throughout the year.  She is the author of Gatewright.


Adessa Campbell

MT

Adessa Campbell

Music Therapist
Staff

Adessa grew up on a farm in Central Montana singing and playing fiddle in a classic rock and country band.  Before moving to San Diego to complete her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc., she received her bachelor of arts degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. 


Annela Flores

Music Therapist
Staff

Coming soon. 


Rachel Gant

MT-BC . NMT

Rachel Gant

Healing Notes Therapist
Staff

Originally from Kansas, 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 a 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), Hematology/Oncology unit, PICU (pediatric intensive care unit), and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego.


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Natasha Brewer

MT-BC

Natasha Grossfeld

East Coast Semper Sound Program
Contractor | East Coast Satellite

Natasha was born into a military family and never identified with any one place as “home” until she moved to Boston to study music therapy at Berklee College of Music. Now a board certified therapist, Natasha’s passion is to utilize her musical and clinical skills to assist combat veterans in working toward various clinical goals. Having personally witnessed the negative impact war can have on veterans and their families, Natasha makes it her mission to give back to military personnel what they have so nobly given for their country. Currently, Natasha is a contractor with Resounding Joy’s East Coast Semper Sound program where she is able to realize her passions through music therapy work with veterans from WWII through Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) via music wellness and clinical music/instrument education.


Whitney Hewlett

MT-BC

Whitney Hewlett

Music Therapist
Staff

Whitney is a Board-Certified music therapist from Austin, Texas. While in Texas, she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Whitney began her musical journey singing along to all of her favorite Disney movies as a child. Growing up, she got involved with music at every opportunity by performing in musicals and leading and arranging music for her college a cappella group. Eventually, Whitney moved to San Diego to complete her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc.

Whitney is passionate about her work with Resounding Joy as a music therapist for children in palliative care through the Healing Notes Program and as the Junior Joy Givers Coordinator. She strives to share her passion along with Resounding Joy’s mission and values through her presentations throughout the community.


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Noelle Pederson

MT–BC . NICU Specialist

Noelle Pederson

Contract Music Therapist
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. 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!


Noelle Pederson


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Jamie Rosenfeld

Jamie Rosenfeld

Office Manager
Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She comes to Resounding Joy as the Office Manager to run the day-to-day duties. She is an organizer and one that enjoys working with numbers. Her previous background was working in the accounting department at a nonprofit.

In her free time, she loves running with her dog, gardening, swimming at the beach, and spending time with her family and friends. She is a mother of four children.


Brooke Wilder
MT-BC

Brooke Wilder

East Coast Semper Sound Program
Contractor | East Coast Satellite

A Massachusetts native, Brooke graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in music therapy in 2014 from Berklee College of Music. Now a board-certified music therapist, she currently serves as an independent contractor for Resounding Joy, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Berklee College of Music. Her work is primarily focused on children with special needs and trauma, but she also works with the geriatrics community in memory care and veterans affairs. She is also the a co-founder and program director of the Ubuntu Music Therapy Initiative, a non-profit program which strives to create sustainable music therapy practices in underserved communities in East Africa through advocacy and education.


Cory Cruz Woodrow
MT-BC

Cory Cruz Woodrow

Director of Semper Sound
Staff

Cory received his bachelor of arts degree in music therapy from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  In Arizona, he facilitated group and individual music therapy sessions for at-risk youth, adults with varying traumatic brain injuries, hospitalized children and individuals on the Autism spectrum.

After graduating from Arizona State, Cory moved back to his hometown of San Diego, California to begin his music therapy internship with MusicWorx, Inc. and Resounding Joy, Inc.  During his internship he provided music therapy services for a variety of populations at numerous locations such as Camp Pendleton, The Naval Medical Center, Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, Scripps La Jolla Memorial Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Belmont Village Senior Living Sabre Springs, and the Sam and Rose Stein Education Center.  

Currently he works for Amplify Music Therapy, located in Miramar, where he facilitates music therapy sessions with children, teenagers and adults who have varying developmental delays.  He also works for Resounding Joy, Inc. and hosts individual and group therapy sessions for active duty military stationed at Camp Pendleton as part of the Wounded Warrior Battalion.  

Cory is grateful to be back in his hometown where he can give back to his community using music!


Nora Woofenden MT-BC

Nora Woofenden

East Coast Semper Sound Program
Contractor | East Coast Satellite

Nora grew up in Washington state, before moving to Pennsylvania for undergrad. She completed her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy at Immaculata University, and was Board Certified in 2015. Nora then moved to Southern California, where she worked for 3 years with a variety of populations including adults with developmental disabilities, pediatric palliative care, and teenagers in recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues. Nora has recently moved to Massachusetts where she is pursuing her MA in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University. Nora works as an independent contractor with Resounding Joy, in between classes and studying, and is grateful for the time spent working directly with people. In both her professional and volunteer work, Nora enjoys using music to create connections, support growth, and acknowledge the value in each person she works with.


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Lindsay Zehren

MT–BC . NMT

Lindsay Zehren

Director of Special Projects
Staff

Lindsay received her bachelor degree in music education and theater from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. She taught music at the high school and elementary school levels in Indiana, South Africa, and Jamaica before pursuing her equivalency degree in music therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She moved to San Diego from Indianapolis to complete her music therapy internship with MusicWorx Inc.» and is thrilled to now be a staff music therapist for MusicWorx as well as the special projects coordinator for Resounding Joy.

Lindsay also is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and level-one certified in healing touch and reiki. She is passionate about incorporating her knowledge of yoga and energy therapies with music to create a holistic approach to music therapy for her clients and their families.

Lindsay’s favorite yoga mantra is lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, which translates to “may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts, words, and actions in some way contribute to that happiness and freedom.” Ellen Browning Scripps said, “The most important and beautiful gift one human being can give to another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live.” These quotes help to guide me through my life, and I wholeheartedly believe that through music, I am able to increase the quality of life and happiness of my fellow human beings.

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