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Nicole O'Malley MA MT-BC NMT/F LPMT

Executive Director/President/Board Member

Nicole O'Malley founded Hands in Harmony in 2003 after receiving her BM in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College. She completed training in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2007 and her Fellowship in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2016. Nicole received her MA in music therapy through Berklee college of music focusing on researching the neurobiology of the role of music in the stress and relaxation response.  Nicole received level 1 NICU training in 2017.  She serves as the chair of the Government Relations Committee for the New England Region American Music Therapy Association and chair of the music therapy task force of Rhode Island throughout the passing of the music therapy licensure in RI.

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Brian Jantz MA MT-BC LPMT


Brian currently teaches in the music therapy department at Berklee College of Music . He has been active as a clinician, practicum site supervisor, course instructor, and researcher for over 23 years. Brian has extensive experience working and supervising within pediatric medical and psychiatric/substance use disorder facilities. He was involved with clinical work, research, and program development at Boston Children’s Hospital for over 20 years. Brian presented this past year on the topics of telehealth and promoting resilience at the International Association for Music and Medicine conference, Expressive Therapies Summit, and a global nursing webinar for SIGMA/ANPD. He is the current President of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association, AMTA Speaker of the Assembly on the Board of Directors, and the New England Region Representative for the Association's Internship Approval Committee. 


Kristi Rood, MA MT-BC NMT LPMT

Licensed Board Certified Music Therapist

Kristi Rood joined the Hands in Harmony team 8 years ago. Kristi completed her MA in Music Therapy from the University of New York, specializing in Early Intervention and completed her NMT training. She is Level One certified in Guided Imagery (GIM) and received level 1 NICU training in 2017

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Jeniris Garay, EdM, MT-BC NMT LPMT

Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapist

Jeniris Garay is a licensed, board certified music therapist and clinical educator with a passion for humanitarian work. She completed her master's degree in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelor's degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology at Berklee College of Music. She also has specialized training as a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist (NICU MT). Aside from training students in a variety of clinical settings, Jeniris has over 7 years of experience working with individuals experiencing intellectual, developmental, behavioral and physical health needs including prematurity, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, and bone marrow transplant. Fluent in 4 languages and proficient in over 10 musical instruments, she has pioneered international service learning trips and presented at numerous conferences across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. Currently, Jeniris is excited to be part of the Hands in Harmony team serving clients and facilities across Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. She looks forward to leading more global service learning projects, particularly within the context of natural disasters and social justice, as well as supporting the University of Rhode Island in the development of their first music therapy degree beginning in the fall of 2020.

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Jeongyeon Hwang, MT-BC NMT LPMT

Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapist

Jeongyeon Hwang, MT-BC, NMT 

Jeongyeon joined the Hands in Harmony team in March 2022. He graduated from the Berklee College of music with his Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in September 2021. He completed his music therapy internship at the Sherrill House, skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center, in Boston, MA, while earning his Music Therapy Board Certification and Neurologic Music Therapy Certification in 2021. He specializes in working with individuals who are diagnosed with various stages/forms of dementia. Jeongyeon is excited to be part of the Hands in Harmony team serving clients and facilities across Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.


Olaia O'Malley Gorbea MT-BC NMT LPMT

Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapist

Olaia joined the HIH team in June 2021 as part of a Music Therapy Internship. She completed four years of undergraduate studies at Loyola University New Orleans, where she also obtained a double major in Psychology. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is bilingual and has experience working with diverse musical traditions, populations, cultures, and ages. She is a founding member of the Music Therapy Association of Puerto Rico and currently manages their social media. In the coming months, she is looking forward to obtaining her Music Therapy license and Neurologic Music Therapy certification. She is excited to be deepening her knowledge of music therapy and gaining hands-on experience with guidance of the HIH team.


Katie Little

Chief Operating Officer/Office Manager

Katie joined the Hands in Harmony team 10 years ago as the Office Manager. Katie studied education at Wheelock College and worked as a behavioral specialist for over 10 years. She oversees day-to-day operations and administration. 


Richard Boucher

Director of Finance/Board Member

Richard has been volunteering with Hands in Harmony for 4 years. He has been the Treasurer of NEACT for 10 years, and the Treasurer of Whitinsville Fish and Game Club for 5 years. Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Fitchburg State University and has taught chemistry for 17 years in addition to being a Chemical Engineer for 17 years.