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.

Caitlyn Diroff

Director of Community Engagement

Caitlyn is a 2017 graduate from Grand Valley State University. She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration along with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She has experience with fund development and communications, along with website design and photography.

Traci Pethick

Chief Financial Officer

Traci has over 16 years of experience in finance.  She holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting in addition to a bachelor degree English and Business Administration degree from State University of New York at Fredonia.  In addition, Traci also has experience in an education setting.

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.

Emily Westmaas

Director of Education 

Emily graduated from Calvin College with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is an accomplished musician as well as bilingual. Before joining Mind Meets Music she worked as a transitional foster care case manager and spent time teaching third grade in Honduras. Prior to becoming Director of Education, Emily served as a Master Teaching Artist for two years. Emily has worked with a diverse population of children of all ages.

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.