MHTP’s Board of Directors is responsible for all governance of MHTP, including both short- and long-term guidance of the organization.  MHTP is the only therapeutic music training program governed by a Board of Directors.  This is a ‘working Board’ comprised of volunteers who put in many hours in service to MHTP.  Most Directors have at least one major MHTP project for which they are responsible and serve on one or more active committees.  Directors have a wide diversity of education, experience, and interests that collectively and synergistically combine to create a powerful and highly-skilled group of individuals who deeply love MHTP and are dedicated to its highest good.

Carol J. Spears, CMP, MS, RMT – MHTP President, helps clients access their abilities to heal themselves—body, mind, and spirit—through her work as a CMP (since 2002), Reiki Master and teacher (since 2000), and Meditation Instructor.  Carol has an MS in Zoology, and completed three years of Doctoral studies and research in Wildlife Ecology. She worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and worked 28 years for the National Park Service (NPS) as a park ranger and manager in parks around the country and on international assignments.  She retired from the NPS in 2008 to devote her time to complementary medicine.  Carol worked in a Cleveland, Ohio hospice as a CMP and as a Reiki Practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years before moving to central Florida in 2012.  Since then she continues to study and teach about the benefits of sound, music, and meditation, including teaching for MHTP since 2005.

Kris Snyder, CMP, BA – MHTP Vice President, is a fourth generation harper with over 45 years of musical experience, including more than 28 years with the harp.  She owns five harps, including her great-grandmother’s Clark harp.  As a CMP since 1999, she works at a progressive care community and with a local hospice.  Kris has been a teacher for MHTP since 2009, served as MHTP’s Secretary for many years, and is the Advisor Administrator.  She also has a private harp teaching studio in Glenville, Pennsylvania, is the director for The Muses, and has multiple recordings.

Susan Krysiak, CMP – MHTP Secretary, is a professional harpist, harp teacher, and Reiki Master.  As a CMP since 2000, Susan has provided therapeutic music to patients in hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, dialysis centers, and private homes.  Before relocating to Florida in 2013, Susan was MHTP’s Ohio Area Coordinator in Cleveland for 10 years and worked as a CMP in an Ohio nursing home for 11 years.  Susan is serving her second term as MHTP Secretary and also serves as MHTP Exam Administrator.

Cheryl Zabel, CMP, BA – MHTP Treasurer, works full-time as a CMP and professional harper and singer, serving the South Puget Sound region in Washington in hospices, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and memory care facilities.  A 2007 graduate of MHTP, she also serves as MHTP’s Washington Area Coordinator.  Cheryl came out of a successful career in industrial sales and marketing and has a BA in German Literature and Language from the University of Washington.  She leads enrichment webinars for MHTP on business development for therapeutic musicians.

Debby Hix, CMP, PhD, is a CMP since 2000, and has since then been employed continually by hospitals and hospices in Blacksburg, Virginia to provide therapeutic harp music for a variety of patients.  She plays often for healing and memorial services, as well as festive occasions, and gives presentations on MHTP and her experiences with healing harp music.  Debby was MHTP’s Curriculum Reviewer for 10 years, during which time the curriculum was completely updated and standardized across all modules.  Debby is retired as a Senior Research Scientist from the Computer Science faculty at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and continues to study the growing scientific body of literature on the effects of therapeutic music.

Rachel Allen, CMP, BA, is a CMP since 2007, as well as a Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework.  She has 20 years of experience working with some of the most amazing people on the planet:  hospice patients and their families; survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence; those in recovery from substance abuse; adults with mental illness; and incarcerated women.  Rachel gives training for intensive self-care to caregivers to reduce compassion fatigue.  Both locally and nationally, she teaches Creative Movement and yoga, weaving the two into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation.  Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.

Karen Peterson, CMP, BA, is employed part-time at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, outside New York City. She plays therapeutic harp music at the bedside for patients in all areas of the hospital, including ICU, CCU, oncology, pulmonary, cardiac, renal/transplant, and hospice. Karen has a BA in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University, where she also studied pedal harp. She plays the double-strung harp for her patients.

Former directors and/or executive directors:

  • Angi Bemiss
  • Stella Benson
  • Kathleen Bingaman
  • Randolph Case
  • Faye Clerget
  • Allen Dec
  • Margo Drohan
  • Sue Hoadley
  • Glenn Huels
  • Peggy Jaegly
  • Barbara W. Lepke-Sims
  • Carol Joy Loeb
  • Nick Magerl
  • Mona Peck
  • Ruthann Ritchie
  • Cynthia Snodgrass
  • Donna Snead