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.
Kristi Rood, MA MT-BC NMT LPMT
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
Brian Jantz, MA MT-BC NMT LPMT
Brian Jantz joined the Hands in Harmony team 6 months ago as a consultant. Brian earned his MA from Berklee College of Music. Brian currently works at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for the last 18 years and specializes in adult and pediatric psychiatric settings, neurology and oncology settings and in special education. He supervises Berklee student during internship and practicum experiences at Boston Children’s Hospital and is a full-time Professor in the Music Therapy department at Berklee, where he has been teaching for 9 years. Brian earned his NMT and is a representative of AMTA’s internship committee (AIAC).
Beth Katz, MT-BC NMT LPMT
Board-Certified Music Therapist
Beth Katz joined the Hands in Harmony team in September 2019. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance, and pursued her Master’s in Music Therapy from Augsburg University. Beth completed her clinical internship at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA, while also earning her Neurologic Music Therapy certification in 2018. She specializes in working with individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries and strokes, as well as individuals with disorders of consciousness, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jeniris Garay, EdM, MT-BC NMT LPMT
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.
Chief Operating Officer/Office Manager
Katie joined the Hands in Harmony team 8 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.
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.