Monique Salinas, PhD

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Salinas is the driving force behind Mind Meets Music. She did her undergraduate work at Aquinas College and Central Michigan University, and received her Doctorate in Music Education with a cognate in Conducting from Michigan State University. Monique has won several awards in the community; being named as one of West Michigan’s “50 Most Influential Women” in 2016, Molina Healthcare’s 2016 “Community Champion Award”, and has also been selected as a finalist for West Michigan Women’s 2017 “Woman of the Year” Brilliance Award.

Dee Gross

Master Teaching Artist

Dee first developed her love for music through extensive involvement in community theater. Over the past several years, Dee has taught private piano and voice lessons and been the Music Director for several musical theater camps. Dee holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Grand Valley State University.

“I love everything that Mind Meets Music represents. Using music as a tool to train young minds at an age where it’s most essential is an incredible task that I get to carry out every day.”

Daniel S. Stauffer, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Stauffer holds a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University, and a Doctorate of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Daniel has spent the last 7 years collaborating with various non-profit organizations devoted to bettering the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations throughout the West Michigan area.

Justin Swan

Director of Advancement 

Justin has over 12 years of experience in business management, marketing and philanthropic development, and has guided both private and non-profit organizations in implementing sustainable growth strategies.  He holds a Bachelor of Sciences from Grand Valley State University and has experience in higher education settings.

Mind Meets Music Diversity Mission

To attract and sustain a diverse workforce by recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining high performing employees who work collaboratively to carry out the mission of Mind Meets Music.