MTAW

The Music Therapy Association of Washington exists to promote the evidence-based practice of music therapy and to provide support to students, interns, and professionals.

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Meet the Board

Marissa Renella, MT-BC

President

Marissa Renella is a music therapist who graduated from Seattle Pacific University and completed her internship at Saint Elizabeth's Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, DC. Her work in these communities fueled her passion for integrating music therapy into standard psychiatric care. She pursues this passion at Seattle Children's as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist and in her role as MTAW president. Marissa is excited to serve music therapists in Washington through personal connections and holistic support.

Em Gordon, MA M.Th

Vice President

Em Gordon trained and qualified in the UK, graduating with a Master’s in Music Therapy. She moved to the US and WA in October 2015. She has a psychodynamic approach to Music Therapy. Em works within Child Development at a local College in their parent infant education department and a Music School. Em is thrilled to be on the MTAW board and looks forward to seeing Music Therapy grow and blossom throughout Washington State.

Riley Kua, MT-BC

Secretary

Riley is a music therapist and piano instructor at Music Works Northwest, where he works with individuals of various abilities and ages. His passion for performing music and collaborating with others led him to studying at Seattle Pacific University, where he graduated with a degree in Music Therapy and Music Performance (Piano). Riley also currently works at his alma mater as a staff accompanist who collaborates with students in the music department.

Dianna Rose, MA

Treasurer

Erica Lee, MA

Media Relations Coordinator

Dianna Rose is completing her MA in Expressive Therapies / Music Therapy specialization from Lesley University, after working in radio for over 25 years and earning an MA in Broadcast Journalism from USC. She is currently at Aegis Living Callahan, is the Music Director of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, part-time radio personality, and voice-over artist.  Her interests include Neurological Music Therapy, wellness and preventative mental health, and intermodal work with dance/movement, art, and play therapies.

Erica believes wholeheartedly in the power of music therapy. She completed the first two years of the music therapy major at Seattle Pacific University. However, due to medical reasons, she changed directions to earn a BA in Piano Performance. After owning a full-time piano studio, Erica graduated from the University of Kentucky with an MA in Arts Administration. Presently, Erica serves as the Marketing & Programs Manager at the Snohomish County Music Project.