Team Members Profile

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

McKenna Lakin

Pre-ETS Program Manager

McKenna joined Voices Together in 2016. As a musician with her Masters of Library Science and Bachelor's in English, she enjoys being able to combine her interest in music and background in managing data with serving families and students. McKenna is the Program Manager for the Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program in partnership with the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). This program provides Workplace Readiness training for enrolled students ages 14-21. McKenna coordinates Pre-ETS services in five school districts, community groups, and summer programs across the Piedmont. She works closely with the music therapy team to deliver services, communicate with teachers and VR staff, and analyze and report data for over 350 students. In her free time, McKenna enjoys tap dancing, going to shows (music/film/comedy/theater - Durham has so much to offer), reading, and exploring nature.    

Katie Muir, MT-BC, ECE

Senior Music Therapist

Katie Muir Music TherapistKatie Muir, MT-BC, ECE is a board certified music therapist with Voices Together where she uses her music and clinical skills to implement creative and motivating music experiences, in order to serve others and improve quality of life. Q: What are the qualifications for a music therapist and how did you obtain them? I earned my four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in August of 2016. This degree required four years of coursework and six months of a clinical internship, which I completed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Upon completion of my internship I put my professional dream on hold to marry my best friend and settle in Raleigh, NC. In June of 2017 I passed my board exam and earned my certification, which is required to practice as a music therapist. Along with my music therapy certification, I am a certified Early Childhood Educator (ECE). I worked as an Assistant and Lead Preschool teacher for ten months at a local private preschool in Cary. I earned this certification through my coursework at Appalachian, as well as an online course through Stanley Community College. Q: What do you love about music therapy? This is never an easy question to answer. There are so many aspects to music therapy and it is always evolving, which means I am constantly learning and that is amazing. But the thing I love the most about it would be helping others reach their goals through a unique, motivating, and expressive art that is personalized to meet the client where they are in life. I could seriously go on and on about everything that I love about music therapy, but you are reading a short biography, not a 300-page novel. Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why? Yes, My preferred population is pediatrics, specifically I enjoy working with children with neurological/developmental disabilities in a hospital setting. Living life with a disability is already difficult, but once you’re admitted to a hospital it becomes immensely more difficult. Music therapy offers a safe, creative, and fun environment to assist in normalizing a child’s life, as well as the opportunity to redirect a child’s attention from a painful procedure or address physiological needs prior to a procedure. Music therapy also provides an outlet for emotional expression that cannot always be provided by a medical team, as well as address needs that are seen outside of the hospital, which are not always a priority in the hospital. Q: What do you enjoy about working at Voices Together and your role at Voices Together? Voices Together serves many different individuals and groups throughout the Triangle and Piedmont areas of North Carolina and is constantly expanding. I enjoy working with different people everyday and using music as a tool to connect and grow. I also enjoy helping the company expand to reach all who would greatly benefit from our program. As a senior music therapist, I am able to collaborate with the entire staff of Voices Together to create an effective and supportive work environment and in turn create a successful program. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy? Outside of music therapy, I serve with my church in the children/students branch. I also teach beginner piano lessons and instruct a music class for toddlers and parents to increase bonding in a predictable, fun environment, and work on fine tuning motor skills through music. A huge part of being a music therapist is self-care and I love some “me time.” I enjoy being with my husband in my down time. We love working out, being outdoors, cooking, watching movies/Netflix, and hanging out with family and friends. I am a Charleston, SC native, so we love going there, spending time with my family and getting in as many beach days as possible , even in the winter! We also enjoy traveling and adventuring to new places.

Hannah Yanik, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Hannah Yanik, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who is excited to serve the clients of Voices Together. She utilizes her diverse experiences of working with people with special needs and strives to enable clients to be empowered through their own choices. Q:  What are the qualifications for becoming a music therapist and how did you attain them? In order to become a board-certified music therapist, a Bachelor’s Degree is obtained from an accredited university, a six-month internship is completed, and the board certification exam must be passed. I acquired my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University, as well as acquired a minor in Psychology. My clinical internship was completed at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  During my internship, I was able to expand my clinical skills in working with pre-term infants in the NICU all the way to adolescents dealing with neurological pain disorders, and everyone in between! Q: What do you love about music therapy? I love that music therapy provides a flexible, open space for clients to be successful in ways that might not come as easily in everyday life. By providing this space and opportunity for our clients we are able to see how capable and unique they are! The moments where a client is encouraged, speaks for the first time, or makes a connection with another client are the moments that drive my passion for music therapy. Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why? My favorite population to work with is people with special needs.  I learn so much from people who have different challenges and talents, and I am encouraged to grow as a person and professional through these experiences.  I have a special place in my heart for children with autism spectrum disorder as one of my first jobs was working at Camp G.R.A.C.E., a YMCA based camp for children with special needs where children with autism truly impacted the way I see the world and consider how others perceive it.  I have so much respect for those with special needs, and I find it truly an honor to serve them through practicing music therapy, as well as in non-clinical settings. Q: What you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together? I enjoy working with the wide variety of clients that Voices Together serves.  We provide services to an expansive age range of clients who have varying abilities and gifts!  I am thrilled to be a part of a non-profit organization in the Triangle area where there are many innovative projects and ideas being put into action to serve people with special needs.  I’m excited to take on several school groups, as I love being immersed in the classroom and assisting in students reaching their communication, social, and emotional goals.  The community groups are truly a joy as the relationships foster such a supportive environment for the adults in the program. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy? In my free time, I love to be outside hiking, running, or exploring a new part of North Carolina (or returning to the mountains or the beach!)  I love to try out a new healthy recipe or just make a really good chocolate dessert.  I am interested in furthering my involvement in the community through service as I have just returned to Raleigh from traveling around NC and beyond! I’m excited to be back as I love North Carolina and all that it has to offer.

Sierra Laricchiuti, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Sierra grew up in a small town, Carthage, NC and attended Appalachian State University. Joining Voices Together in November 2017, she found out quickly that she enjoyed songwriting for groups and 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 out new breakfast spots in the Triangle with her husband on the weekends.

Hailey Kater, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Hailey is a North Carolina native! 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. 

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 our clients and also empowering them to become advocates for themselves. They teach her so much about life, and truly bring pure joy into her life. 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, drinking coffee, at the gym, watching The Office, or with her friends.

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

Music Therapist

Nicole, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT, is a board-certified music therapist currently working in with clients of Voices Together in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Multidisciplinary Studies at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Shortly after, she was accepted into the Equivalency music therapy program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where she graduated with a Master of Music degree in music therapy, as well as a NICU music therapist certification, after completing the necessary coursework which included a six-month internship at Healing Hearts Music Therapy in Tallahassee, Florida. During her internship she focused on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, bilingual community groups for children, and wellness programs for older adults. Nicole has been with Voices Together since July of 2019. What she loves about working here is the family-like environment and the focus on community. She is very excited to serve the diverse clients of Voices Together and looks forward to forging new relationships with them all in Greensboro. She loves using music therapy to provide a safe space for self-expression, as well as an authentic relationship between the clients and herself through the shared medium of music. When she’s not working, Nicole can be found reading at coffee shops, online shopping, listening to true crime podcasts, and practicing yoga.

Kelly Frick, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Kelly 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 Administrative Assistant

Heather is our Pre-ETS (Pre-Employment Transition Services) Administrative Assistant.  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 to 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 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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