Shawn Bouman

Shawn is a former Greenville High School teacher, working with students with cognitive impairments. Prior to joining Mind Meets Music, Shawn also served as a substitute teacher to numerous preschool to high school classrooms throughout Kent and Ottawa county. Shawn studied music at Grand Rapids Community college and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Kelly Garbarino

Kelly has spent her entire career working with music and/or youth. In addition to her position as a Master Teaching Artist, Kelly has extensive experience as a youth choir director, private voice and piano teacher, and camp counselor. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Lee University.

Dee Gross

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.

Terri Hagberg

Terri has worked with a variety of students in many different settings. Prior to living in Michigan, Terri had the opportunity to teach at-risk students in Chicago, after which she worked as an early elementary teacher and served as a special education as a paraprofessional in the West Michigan area. Terri holds Bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education from Trinity International University.

Malia Huffman

Malia has devoted her career to teaching music to children. She has extensive experience in working with youth theater and musical productions both as a director and a choreographer.  Malia studied music theater at the Boston Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater from Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Morgan Moss

Morgan is a seasoned educator who has taught at-risk early elementary students in the West Michigan area. During her tenure as an early elementary teacher, she was also an integral member of student intervention groups for literacy and mathematics. Morgan graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

Ruth Nelson

Ruth joined Mind Meets Music with 18 years of combined experience in social work and education, serving children, youth, young adults, and educators. She is passionate about art and community, and has dedicated herself to encouraging innovation in education. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Education from Aquinas College, and a Master of Arts in Reading/Language Arts from Grand Valley State University.

Michelle Patterson

Michelle joined the Mind Meets Music team with 14 years of elementary classroom experience.  She has taught most recently in the Grand Rapids Public School district, and has experience working with ESL students.  Michelle graduated from Hope College and holds her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in music.

Paige Towery

Paige has brought music into the lives of many students; ranging from preschool through 12th grade. Over the past years, she has led several music classes and choral groups in schools and in her community. Paige joined Mind Meets Music after graduating from Aquinas College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Emily Westmaas

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. 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.