Team Members Profile

John Mitterling

Director of Development

John Mitterling has over 30 years of experience in development, having served organizations with missions that served those in need in the Triangle (NC), the Southeast, and nationwide. He began his development career at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued his work in educational development at Ruffalo CODY in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving colleges and universities across the Southeast, then expanded his work with national fraternities and joined the national staff of his own fraternity, Chi Psi, in Ann Arbor Michigan.   He then began an eight-year focus in healthcare development, first at the North Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association,  the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, where his work created more opportunity for medical students to pursue Family Medicine as a specialty and to practice in underserved areas. He then changed his focus back to North Carolina as the Vice President for Development for the North Carolina Symphony for five years, managing annual, capital, and planned giving. He left the Symphony to begin an eight-year focus on youth development, first at the YMCA of the Triangle (NC), then the John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle (NC). He brought this background in youth services, healthcare, and education to his work at MDC in Durham for the past three years to develop increased support for its work on economic mobility, opportunity, and equity in all 13 Southern states.  He joins Voices Together at a time of significant growth for the organization to increase our base of support so that more people can benefit from our evidence-based, proven model for empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to transform their own lives.   He has served in numerous roles in his professional association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive for the North Carolina Triangle Chapter in 2001. He served in leadership roles in his church, including as a Deacon, Elder, Stephen Minister, Stewardship Committee Chair, and Foundation Chair. He is a native North Carolinian; he was born in New Bern and has lived in the Triangle since 1986.  He has two daughters—21 and 26—both also in North Carolina.   John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986.  He received his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 1993.

Carrie Boone, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Carrie Boone, MA, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist currently working with Pre-ETS clients of Voices Together. After earning a Master of Arts in music therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, she worked as a music therapist with the Community Music Center of Boston and Rogerson Communities in Brookline, MA.

Upon moving to North Carolina, Carrie provided music therapy services at Piedmont Health Senior Care in Pittsboro and spent some time in related fields, including outreach services and music education, before being called back to full-time clinical work. She is delighted to be working with such supportive and knowledgeable colleagues, and looks forward to seeing Pre-ETS students blossom in Voices Together’s program.

Fun Fact: Carrie used to own a baking business! Yum!

Joyu Lee, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Joyu Lee, MM, MT-BC - The musical path of board-certified music therapist Joyu Lee has taken her from New York, Taiwan, Ohio, Japan, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Chicago, to Raleigh/Durham, NC.

Joyu received a Masters of Cello Performance degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, and completed her Equivalency in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University. She is also an advanced trainee of the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).

Joyu has been with Voices Together since August of 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Cherry Hospital and Central Regional Hospital as a creative/expressive arts therapist serving clients with a wide range of mental health concerns, and conducted daily music therapy groups for at-risk youths, adults, and older adults.

Joyu's core values are client-centered and multicultural. Her therapeutic approach includes compassionate care, collaborative team work, intentional communication, and celebrating cultural diversity.

Fun Fact: Joyu is the cellist of Vida Strings, a professional string quartet that focuses on innovative research combining music & medicine.

Louisa Oswald

Music Therapist

Louisa Oswald was born and raised in Athens, OH. She received her bachelors in music therapy and minor in Spanish at Ohio University in May 2019. She completed her internship with Gaston County Schools in Gastonia, NC. Louisa is a new member of the Voices Together team and is especially excited to work with school-aged clients as well as Spanish-speakers.
Fun fact: Louisa recently adopted a 1 year old, hound-mix rescue dog named Ray. He is full of love!

Wendi Su

Executive Assistant

Wendi Su is a North Carolina native who grew up in Chapel Hill. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Social and Economic Justice in 2019. Wendi has always had a strong interest and background in music, and loves that Voices Together incorporates music into therapeutic techniques to help empower and uplift the voices of those who need it. She truly believes in the mission of Voices Together and is very excited to help Voices Together continue to make a positive impact in the community!

Yasmine White

CEO and Founder

Yasmine White has spent nearly three decades as a music therapist and has devoted most of her career to working with children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism. She is the founder and CEO of Voices Together which has grown exponentially as it has provided a specialized music therapy program to school districts and the community in Central North Carolina since 2007.  She has built the organization by leveraging partnerships in the community – a substantial research partnership with Duke University, raising millions of dollars in foundation grants from partners like the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, working closely with the Department of Public Instruction to develop statewide programming. She is a board certified music therapist, has a degree from the University of Maryland and has taken advanced graduate studies in music therapy. The mid-Atlantic Music Therapy Association recognized her with its annual achievement award. In 2016, Yasmine was co-author of an academic article published in Autism Research and Treatment, a major international journal, in partnership with a Duke research team and three more academic articles that she coauthored with Duke University are pending publication. She has appeared on radio programs and has been profiled in newspaper articles. She has written articles and has presented at regional, national and international conferences. Contact Information: yasmine@voicestogether.net

Cassandra Slay

Pre-ETS Program Manager

Originally from Georgia, Cassandra moved to North Carolina to attend UNC-Chapel Hill where she graduated with her B.A in psychology. Since graduating, Cassandra has provided direct support to children, teens and adults in educational and therapeutic settings. It has always been her passion to partner alongside an agency whose mission is to create equal access to evidence-based practices for those often forgotten or disregarded.   Cassandra is very excited to bring her clinical expertise and passion to the role of Program Manager for the Pre-Employment Transitional Services program. She truly believes in Voices Together’s motto “it all begins with a song” and is very proud to be an accompaniment to its moving melody.    

Katie Muir, MT-BC, ECE

Senior Music Therapist

Katie Muir Music Therapist

Katie Muir, ECE, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist originally from Charleston, SC. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2016. Since then, Katie married her best friend, worked as a pre-school teacher, earned her Early Childhood Educator certification, and joined the Voices Together team in 2017.
 
Katie is one of our Senior Music Therapists with Voices Together, where she enjoys collaborating with her amazing teammates and working to reach all in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina. Katie's favorite part about working at Voices Together is being able to interact and connect with different people everyday, using music as a tool for self-expression, growth, and empowerment. Katie is passionate about supporting others to independently find their voice and become the best version of themselves. 
 
Fun Fact: Katie is an indoor cycle instructor in Cary, NC! She views her classes as a workout and a party all in one!
 

Sierra Laricchiuti, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Sierra Laricchiuti, MT-BC, grew up in the small town of Carthage, NC, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University. Sierra joined Voices Together in November of 2017 and she quickly realized that she enjoyed songwriting for groups, as well as the incredible team dynamic at Voices TOgether! To Sierra, the most important aspect of her job is that clients feel encouraged and supported. When she's not a music therapist, Sierra loves creating her own watercolor stationary, strength training, and scouting our new breakfast spots in the Triangle with her husband on the weekends. Fun Fact: Sierra and her husband are BOTH ambidextrous!

Hailey Kater, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Hailey Kater, MT-BC is a North Carolina native and music therapy is her passion! She grew up in Hendersonville, NC, and went on to attend Queens University of Charlotte, where she majored in music therapy with minors in psychology and Spanish. She graduated in 2017, and proceeded to complete her music therapy internship at Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, NY. There, she helped plan and lead music therapy sessions for students with complex disabilities. 

Hailey has been with Voices Together since July of 2018. Her favorite part about working here is the people! She loves working with our strong and compassionate team of therapists, and having the privilege of getting to know and serve so many beautifully unique individuals. Her core values include authenticity, intentional communication, and loving people where they are. When she’s not practicing music therapy, you can find Hailey drinking copious amounts of coffee, making lists, listening to nerdy podcasts, or dancing in her car when she thinks you aren’t looking. 

Fun Fact: Hailey has a pet rabbit named Nala!

Megan Anthony, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Megan Anthony, MT-BC was born and raised in a small town called Honesdale, PA. She attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy in 2016. From there, she completed her internship in Allentown, PA at Heartland Hospice. Right after her internship, Megan obtained her MT-BC credentials and worked for Children’s Service Center of the Wyoming Valley in Wilkes Barre, PA where she worked with children ages 5-18 in partial hospitalization program, group homes, and outpatient services. 

Living in PA her whole life, Megan was ready for a big change, so she applied to become a music therapist at Voices Together and got the job! Megan has been part of our team since August 2018. What she loves most about working at Voices Together is the clients. She loves being able to be an advocate for them and loves empowering them to become advocates for themselves. They teach her so much about life, and truly bring her pure joy. What Megan values most in her practice is putting the clients first and focusing on their needs and abilities before anything else. When she’s not practicing music therapy, you can find Megan at a baseball game with her husband, at the gym, with her friends, drinking coffee, or watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix.

Fun Fact: Megan is a dog mom to a beautiful German Shepard named Auggie!

Nicole Camareno, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT

Music Therapist

Nicole Camareno, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT is an experienced Music Therapist who is new to Voices Together. She graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and Music, followed by a Master's degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University. She is excited to work with diverse students in the Triad area and help them grow and progress! 

Fun fact: One day, Nicole wants to own her own bookstore with lots of comfy couches.

Kelly Frick, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Kelly Frick, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and completed her education at Appalachian State University in 2013. While Kelly is a native of North Carolina, she ventured out to Minnesota for her internship experience and fell in love with the snowy winters. She spent four years there before deciding to return to her home and family in Greensboro. Within Kelly's professional experience, she has acquired a strong compassion for validation of clients' experiences and for creating opportunities that allow individuals to express themselves and feel heard. She works within a humanist and resource-oriented theoretical model. Kelly is excited to be a part of the team at Voices Together where she hopes to incorporate her professional experiences to serve and guide clients to self-empowerment. In her spare time Kelly enjoys yarn crafts, spending time with her cat, Lyza, and listening to live local music.

Kristie Matocha

Finance Manager

Kristie is the finance manager at Voices Together. She makes sure all the bills are paid and that your donations are put to good use.  She has many years of experience that come from helping small business and volunteering as school PTA treasurer.

Kristie has always been interested in helping children and adults with special needs. She believes everyone should have a voice and be able to live the best life possible. Working for Voices Together is extra rewarding to Kristie because her beliefs and values align with the goals of the organization. In her spare time, Kristie enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kristie can be reached at finance@voicestogether.net

Heather Rudkowski

Pre-ETS Program Coordinator

Heather is our Pre-ETS (Pre-Employment Transition Services) Program Coordinator.  She's a northern girl in a southern world! Born and raised in Massachusetts, she moved to North Carolina in 2012. She has had almost 20 years in customer service and retail, but the most challenging job she's had is being a Mom to six boys. Two of her sons were diagnosed as having autism at the ages of 7 and 12. It was a huge relief to finally get answers to a lot of the challenges they had faced. She has been busy educating herself about autism, and she loves the unique quality that each and every person brings to the table. Heather was honored to be able to observe a class with our Sr. Music Therapist, Katie Muir. The connection between the students and the music therapist was simply amazing, and it helped her to understand why her sons had always been soothed by music. Heather loves to see our music therapists helping the students find their voices. Her job as an administrative assistant has her helping out in a variety of tasks, but her main focus is on our Pre-ETS program and the record keeping involved.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading, exploring the area with friends, volunteering at her sons' schools and going on adventures with her boys.

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