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

Jeanne Johnston

Director of Resource Development

Jeanne started with Voices Together in 2016 and hit the ground running. Her talent and passion were evident from the beginning. She has always loved building relationships with supporters through solid stewardship efforts.  Jeanne believes in ongoing communication with donors and helping donors realize their dream of giving back in a manner that feeds their own soul. Jeanne said, "The Voices Together supporters are some of the nicest and most authentic donors I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I look forward to coming to work, knowing what terrific supporters we have." Jeanne has a Bachelor of Science in business from James Madison University and a Masters in Public Affairs from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She also completed required studies at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Government in Economic Development and the Community Development Academy. After 25 years travelling in the corporate sector, Jeanne did field research and internships in downtown development, grant writing and nonprofit organizational structuring during her MPA program. Jeanne is experienced in the creation and execution of strategic plans for businesses nonprofit sectors. She is skilled with the preparation of printed materials and branding for campaigns and community involvement. Jeanne’s strategic skills involve review and analysis of fundraising models with models ranging from human services, museums to economic development organizations.  Jeanne’s fundraising skills include relationship building, observation and strong listening skills. Jeanne's goal is to continually bring in additional resources, through expansion of the revenue base, its donors and Voices Together's overall reach. Jeanne loves to hike, bike, and kayak all around North Carolina along with her newly acquired skill for oil and pastel painting. Contact Information: jeanne@voicestogether.net

McKenna Lakin

Program Coordinator

McKenna has returned to Voices Together after several months away. Her previous tenure as our Office Manager really showed us what a great team member McKenna is and what strong skills she has working with the MT's, teachers and in the classroom setting. We are delighted to have her back in this new role as Program Coordinator.  Her primary focus will be P.E.T.S.; organizing and coordinating all the various people, tasks and paperwork that comes along with this new project.   Bio to come

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 Laricchiuti, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist currently serving the clients of Voices Together. She presents a therapeutic presence of warmth and compassion to foster and encourage success amongst clients. She implements her counseling skills acquired from working with acute populations to allow the clients to feel heard and validated when communicating their feelings. She also hopes to continue her work and interest in counseling for bereavement and trauma. 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 and completed my clinical internship at Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee, Florida. During my internship and professional experience in the mental health setting, I’ve grown to understand the importance of fostering healthy family and client relationships in order to achieve the best therapeutic outcomes. Q: What do you love about music therapy? I love that music therapy provides new opportunities for clients to be successful in unique ways, I love the creative space that it provides for expression, and I especially love the connection between client and therapist that only music can foster. Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why? Great question! I’ve always been told that each therapist has a population that they prefer, however, I’ve yet to find one that hasn’t left a special imprint on my heart. There are needs amongst so many individuals, and I’m immensely grateful that this career path has prepared me for and allows me the flexibility to work with many different populations efficiently. Q: What you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together? I enjoy being involved in and observing the progress obtained through the program itself. It’s incredible to see what an individual is capable of through encouragement and a unique approach. I’m incredibly grateful that we are always striving to learn more about our clients while providing them space to find out more about who they are. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy?  In my free time, I love to create watercolor stationary, cook with my husband, and spend quality time with my friends and family. I’ve also been fortunate enough to volunteer with Transitions Life Care, which serves several counties around the triangle. It’s a great way to meet new people who have incredible hearts for helping families in need.

Hailey Kater, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Hailey has a passion for working with individuals with special needs and fostering the growth of each client. Her diverse experience working with early intervention, special education and adult enrichment programs makes her a perfect fit for our team. She is a strong advocate for the power of music therapy and believes deeply in our mission. 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, you need to receive a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from a music therapy program accredited by the American Music Therapy Association. After this coursework, you are required to complete a six-month internship and pass the board certification exam. I graduated in May of 2017 from Queens University of Charlotte, with a major in Music Therapy and minors in Psychology and Spanish. After graduation, I completed a year-long internship at Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, New York, providing music therapy services for students with complex disabilities. I couldn’t have imagined a more wonderful place to intern! Q: What do you love about music therapy? There are so many things that I love about music therapy! It's hard to name just one. I love its creative potential. It’s so versatile and there are so many exciting ways to address goals; the possibilities are basically endless! Music is naturally motivating, organizing, and non-threatening— therefore the perfect medium to uniquely address any need. I also love the fact that music therapy is inherently relationship-based. The therapist and the clients naturally work together to create a therapeutic relationship, which then becomes the foundation for so much progress, trust, and encouragement. Through this, we can grow and learn from each other. Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why? I love all populations for their unique qualities, but I’ve come to have a special passion for individuals with special needs— especially children and adolescents. In a world where their voices can often go unheard, it is so important to provide a space and relationship where they can be listened to and validated. The energy and joy that children carry with them is so refreshing and exciting to have in a session; plus, I can be silly with them and they’ll be silly right along with me! With adolescents, I love helping them be their most creative and courageous selves; adolescence is such a difficult time, so I love how music therapy can provide a safe space for teens to express themselves and grow in confidence. Also, figuring out “cool” ways to approach therapy for adolescents is always a fun challenge! Q: What do you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together? I love the emphasis that Voices Together places on validating our clients’ thoughts and feelings, and encouraging them to self-advocate. So often in leading music therapy sessions, it’s easy to get caught up in the “leader” role and my responsibilities as the head of the group. Voices Together completely turns this around, giving the power to the individuals in the group to lead the session, while I simply facilitate the structure. This gives everyone an equally important voice and opportunity to express themselves. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy? Some of my hobbies include making art, running, exploring, finding new coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family. I love working on DIY or crafty projects, but I’m also intensely organized— so you can probably find me either making a mess or cleaning one up. I’m currently obsessed with The Office, but sad because I’m on the last season. If you want to know more about my nerdy side, talk to me about theology/faith, logic, C.S. Lewis, or Harry Potter! Happy musicking!    

Megan Gallik, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Megan has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy and joined our team from northeast Pennsylvania. There she worked at an organization to help create and implement a music therapy program for children and adolescents with mental health. She will utilize her counseling skills and everything she has learned to serve the people at Voices Together. She is very excited to be able to continue to use her passion of music to help others! Q: What are the qualifications for becoming a music therapist and how did you attain them? I attained the qualifications of becoming a music therapist by receiving my Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from Marywood University, an accredited university, in Scranton, PA in May 2016. I then completed a six-month clinical internship at Heartland Hospice in Allentown, PA. From there I was eligible to sit for my board exam where I received the credentials of MT-BC (music therapist – board certified). I have had the pleasure of being able to serve a variety of populations throughout my clinical and professional experience! Q: What do you love about music therapy? Is everything an appropriate answer? Honestly, I feel the power of music is huge in self-expression, communication, and a lot of other areas of development for people who have a disability. I also love that music therapy allows me use my passion of music to help others live up to their best potential and express themselves in such a creative way. I love that music therapy is so motivating, relatable, and creative. It really allows for a safe space for the clients to express and be themselves! There is always something I am learning about this amazing field of work… I could talk about it forever! Q: What you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together? I am eager to begin sessions with clients and be able to serve the amazing people involved in Voices Together. I love how our organization is client centered and how it really gives the opportunity for our clients to have a voice, gain skills, and live up to their best potential through the use of music. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy? I love being outdoors and exploring new places whether it is running on a new path or finding a new workout class, taking a weekend trip somewhere I’ve never been (the beach is my favorite!) or finding a new place to eat! While I love being outside, I am also a big fan of binge-watching TV shows on Hulu or Netflix, most especially The Office, playing guitar, and doing crafty projects. I am always up to discover and experience something new and fun!

Meng-Ying (Alice) Lee

Music Therapist

Meng-Ying (Alice) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and joined our team from Taiwan. She presents a natural therapeutic presence of openness to her clients. She implements her cultural diversity skills acquired from working with people from all over the world to be more sensitive to her clients’ needs and to help her clients grow as individuals. Q: What are the qualifications for becoming a music therapist and how did you attain them? A board certification in music therapy requires a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from an accredited university followed by a six-month internship. When the student completes the necessary coursework and internship, the final step is to pass the board certification exam before being certified to practice. I acquired my bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University and completed my clinical internship at Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. During my internship, I was able to practice creativity and sensitivity in my work with students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The clinical skills and experiences I have received from professionals in my music therapy training have played a key role in shaping me to become a professional music therapist. Q: What do you love about music therapy? Music is a universal language. No matter where we come from, we can all communicate through music. Music is such a powerful language. I love working with individuals to improve their quality of life and seeing their transformations to becoming more holistic individuals. That’s what makes music therapy so unique and meaningful to me. Q: Do you have a preferred population? Why? I love working with people who have special needs - specifically with children. As children begin their life journey, they have to face challenges and changes in every stage in their lives. If we can help them to develop important life skills and awareness of their needs at a young age, it would all the more beneficial for the children and their families. Q: What you enjoy about working at Voices Together as an organization and your role at Voices Together? Voices Together is an organization that cares for people with special needs. The structure of the program focuses on helping individuals reach their maximum potential. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work at Voices Together and I am honored to be a part of its vision in my role as a music therapist. Q: What other interests do you have outside music therapy? In my free time, I love to jam with friends and play a variety of styles of music. I also love to travel and especially enjoy visiting national parks. Cooking is one of my personal therapy times, and I enjoy trying out new recipes. I also enjoy making traditional Taiwanese food, which is wonderful to eat and can often help keep me from getting homesick.  

Vicki Parks

Operations Manager

Vicki Parks Operations ManagerVicki started with Voices Together managing the finances and getting our systems organized and updated! She is a proven team leader with excellent project management and problem solving skills. Her process improvement helped so much,  Voices Together convinced her to come on board full-time as our Operations Manager, making a huge difference in her first 30 days!

Vicki's background as a business owner, starting and running a successful business for eight years and as a former Construction Project Manager for a national retail chain, demonstrates her multiple skills and ability to manage through all types of challenges and opportunities. She earned her accounting degree from Phillips Jr. College in 1991 and completed coursework for her PMP Certification in 2009 at Central Carolina Community College. Her ability to manage details while being able to see the broader vision is an important asset to have in a non-profit organization like Voices Together. Vicki wears multiple hats and thrives on doing multiple tasks. Everyone should have a Vicki in their organization! Outside of the office Vicki enjoys interior decorating and space planning. She likes to cook, but believes recipes are just guidelines and is not afraid to experiment in the kitchen.  She is still married to her high school sweetheart and has two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and one granddaughter, Leah, who is quite adorable!

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

Admin Assistant

Heather is our 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 is an administrative assistant has her helping out in a variety of tasks, but her main focus is on our P.E.T.S. 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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