There have been a few changes in the WFMT Council in May 2016. Today I want to thank our resigning Council members and introduce you to the new members of our team.WFMT Accreditation & Certification Commission Chair, Public Relations Commission Chair, & Regional Liaison for Western PacificOn behalf of the WFMT Council, I want to thank Dr. Dena Register for her work as the WFMT Accreditation & Certification Commission Chair; Ms. Rose Fienman for her function as the WFMT Public Relations Commission Chair; and Ms. Melanie Kwan for her role as the Regional Liaison (RL) for Western Pacific from July 2014-May 2016. As of May 2016, Dena, Rose, and Melanie have stepped down from their positions.Please join me in congratulating Dr. Krzysztof Stachyra as the new WFMT Accreditation & Certification Commission Chair, Dr. Anita Gadberry as the new Public Relations (PR) Commission Chair, and Ms. Vivian Chan as the new RL for Western Pacific. These 3 Council members have been appointed by the President with support of the WFMT Council to serve as the interim chairs and RL, respectively, until the next WFMT Council elections in July 2017 at the WFMT General Business Meeting to be held during the 15th WCMT. I am pleased to share brief biographies for Krzysztof and Vivian, as they are new members of the Council. Dr. Anita Gadberry is the current RL for North America and will carry both this role and her new appointment as the PR chair.
Krzysztof Stachyra, PhD, MT-BCKrzysztof is a board certified music therapist and music teacher. He is the head of the Postgraduate Music Therapy Study Program and Assistant Professor at The Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. Krzysztof is the President of the Polish Music Therapists Association (PSMT) and founder of the music therapist certification system implemented in Poland. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Therapy Through Arts journal. Further, he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the 10th European Music Therapy Congress in Vienna, 2016, and an author/editor of 5 books and several dozen articles in the field of music therapy.
Vivian Chan, MMT, MTA, MT-BCVivian obtained her Masters of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and holds advanced training as a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). Recently, she has continued her professional training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in Singapore. Vivian is currently a practicing music therapist in Hong Kong whilst serving as an ethics committee member of the Hong Kong Music Therapy Association. Her clinical experience involves working with a variety of clients, from individuals with medical diagnoses to those pursuing personal growth. Her most recent presentation was on her work in guided imagery and music at the 11th International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Conference in Hong Kong. Warm Regards from Canada,Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTAFellow of the Association for Music and ImageryPresident, WFMT