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2019 Election of AMTA Officers for the 2020-2021 Term

November 15, 2019 09:00 AM

2019 Election of AMTA Officers for the 2020-2021 Term

Reference this information for completion of your individual and confidential electronic ballot for the election of President Elect and Vice President Elect (reference AMTA bylaws for duties) later this month.

Candidates for President Elect:

  • Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC, Recommended by the Nominating Committee
  • Trish Winter, PhD, MT-BC, A Candidate from the Floor

Candidates for Vice President Elect:

  • Andrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC, Recommended by the Nominating Committee
  • Heather Wagner, PhD, MT-BC, Recommended by the Nominating Committee

Meet the Candidates: click here

To see candidate responses to the following questions, click on each link below:


Candidate Bios

For President Elect:

GoodingLoriLori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC earned an undergraduate degree in music education in 1995, completed her master’s equivalency work in 1998, and finished her PhD in 2010. She has worked as a music therapist in a wide range of settings including medical, mental health, older adults, private practice, and special education. She began her career in music therapy higher education at Charleston Southern University and later served as Director of Music Therapy at the University of Kentucky (UK). During her time at UK, Dr. Gooding established the graduate academic program in music therapy as well as a clinical music therapy program at UK HealthCare. She also garnered inclusion of music therapy as a covered service under all UK health care plans. Dr. Gooding currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Florida State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework, supervises clinical fieldwork, and supervises student research.

Dr. Gooding is actively involved in music therapy research and scholarship, and her research has primarily focused on music therapy and psychosocial care and music therapy education. She has earned grants from the National Institute on Aging, AARP, Florida State University, The Awesome Foundation, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs/National Endowment for the Arts. She is editor of Medical Music Therapy: Building a Comprehensive Program and has published book chapters in works like Music Therapy: An Introduction to the Profession. Her work has also been published in journals like the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Journal of Poetry Therapy, General Music Today, Southern Medical Journal, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and she has been engaged in music therapy education and advocacy in the United States, China, and Malaysia.

Dr. Gooding has been actively engaged in service throughout her career, and she has served at the state, regional, and national levels. She is a Past President of the Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA), Co-Chair of the Florida Music Therapy Task Force, and serves as an Assembly Representative on the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Board of Directors. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Music Therapy, has served as a reviewer for other journals including the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and Frontiers in Psychology, and has served as a reviewer for federal grants. Additionally, she served as conference coordinator for the SER-AMTA and as an officer for the Music Therapy Association of South Carolina. Dr. Gooding was awarded the SER-AMTA award for Outstanding Achievements in Service in 2011 and Outstanding Achievements in Research in 2013. In 2018, she was the recipient of the AMTA Research/Publications Award.

WinterTrishTrish Winter, PhD, MT-BC:

Dear Music Therapists and advocates of music therapy:

You could say that I am the “people’s” candidate. I was nominated from the floor by a member of AMTA rather than being chosen for this role by the AMTA nominating committee. I would say that this pathway seems quite apropos for me as a slightly less-conventional sort of person who takes advantage of opportunities for service and leadership even if the pathway to these opportunities is somewhat different than expected.

Recently, I was offering feedback to a music therapy student on their clinical session. The student walked away and I said “great job today!”  They said “are you sure?”  I replied “I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true.”  This I believe sums up the essence of who I am as a person. I am authentic, outspoken, confident, passionate, boundlessly energetic, fierce, loyal, and dedicated. I never say it if it isn’t true. I love a good debate but I also love to learn. I am open to the possibility that I am wrong and I will admit that I am wrong when I am. I am open to the possibility that I do not know, and that my role is to listen to the opinions of others, and to consider them before I make a decision that will impact stakeholders. At my job I am recognized for my interprofessional collaboration and have numerous collaborations across the university campus and within and around the communities we serve. My training as a music therapist has taught me the vital importance of working in a team environment, and has led me to recognize the power that is evidenced when many thinkers join together for the good of a cause.

I am the director of the music therapy program at Radford University, and I have done all of the things that academics do to pass the bar; publishing, presenting, creating, designing, supervising, teaching, innovating, serving, and leading. I continue to provide music therapy services to clients and have worked as a music therapist domestically and abroad. It is not hard to find records of these accomplishments if you, as a reader, are so compelled to do so. But in the world of me, when I am not wearing my professional attire I am a trail running, mountain biking, nature child, who loves her partner, her friends, and her dog, and who, without question, loves music therapy. Every day I get to hear and see the incredible and soul-shaking impact of the work that we do. This position of privilege reminds me that music therapy changes people’s lives, and when music therapists collaborate with clients, families, and other professionals, incredible things happen for everyone in the community. 

AMTA is on the precipice of great change and I am running for the position of President Elect of AMTA because I know that I have the background, energy, and dedication to serve members and non-members as we co-create a vision for our future. 

For Vice President Elect:

DaltonAndreaAndrea Dalton, MA, MT-BC, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a master’s equivalency degree in music therapy, after receiving a dual bachelor’s degree in music and psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She has worked as a music therapist primarily in inpatient behavioral health facilities, as well as in residential nursing facilities and in private practice with a variety of clients. She has served as both an internship supervisor and director for National Roster internship programs, establishing the internship program at Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health Acute Care in Kansas City. Andrea also established the first music therapy peer supervision group at Truman Medical Centers and she continues to mentor newer music therapists on a regular basis. Currently, Andrea is employed in the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation at Truman Medical Centers, serving as a facilitator for culture change and growth toward trauma informed practices for various healthcare, education, and social service organizations, where she also has the unique opportunity to advocate for music therapy in those organizations that are unfamiliar with the benefits. She has served the music therapy community locally, regionally, and nationally in various capacities. She is currently the Regional Presidents’ Representative to the AMTA Board of Directors, where she also serves as the chair of the Disaster Response Task Force. Andrea was President of the Midwestern Region from 2015-2017 and this year completed her term as Past-President of the region. She has served as either an alternate or full delegate for the Midwestern Region to the Assembly since 2011. She has served as a local committee co-chair (2015) and as an instrument coordinator (2006) for the AMTA National Conference in Kansas City, and was the local committee chair for the Midwestern Regional Conference in Kansas City in 2011. Andrea served for 6 years as president of the Kansas City Metro Music Therapists, during which time she established the organization as an approved provider of CMTEs, founded and coordinated the Missouri Music Therapy Institute, and established a regular local event called SPARCS! (Student & Professional Advice, Reflections, Connections, Success!), which brings together music therapists and students for presentation opportunities, networking, and mentoring. Andrea was honored with the Midwestern Region Service Award in 2012 and the Anne Emory Kyllo scholarship in 2009. She was also the winner of the AMTA National Conference Songwriting Contest in 2010 for her song, “Rockin’ Out.” She has presented at numerous conferences on topics related to music therapy in psychiatric facilities, spirituality, compassion fatigue, trauma informed care, navigating change, and music therapy supervision. She has been interviewed twice about music therapy for local Kansas City publications and served as a consultant for an author writing a novel about a music therapist.  Andrea enjoys learning more about design thinking, neuropsychobiology, implicit bias, and transformational leadership. Andrea participates in a regular music therapy journal club, her children’s school PTO, and leading worship and Stephen Ministry at her family’s church. Andrea lives in Kansas City with her husband, and two children.

WagnerHeatherHeather J. Wagner, PhD, MT-BC currently works as both a music therapy clinician and Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She earned her PhD and MMT at Temple University, and her BS at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Heather has served a variety of clinical populations throughout her 23 years of practice. She started her career in a maximum-security forensic psychiatric facility, then a therapeutic day school. Currently, she is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, and is training to be a trainer of the Bonny Method of GIM. She maintains a private music psychotherapy practice, as well as work in several facilities. Heather provides services in medical, psychiatric, rehabilitative, hospice and palliative care, and adaptive music settings. Heather is skilled in job creation; all of her current music therapy contracts are positions that she has developed.

Heather provides clinical supervision for music therapists, often utilizing the creative arts as a supervisory technique. Heather has published her research in the Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy on these techniques.

In the academic realm, Heather served as adjunct professor at several universities since 2011 including Anna Maria College, Molloy College, Temple University, University of Hartford, and Berklee College, leading to her current appointment as Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, with special interest in guiding graduate students through the thesis process.

Heather has a long history of service to the field of music therapy. She currently serves the AMTA on the Academic Program Approval Committee, and as an Assembly Delegate for the New England Region. She is the chair of the Connecticut State Task Force, and provided testimony that led to the enactment of title protection for music therapists in 2016. She has served a variety of posts for the NER, including President, Vice-President, and Affiliate Relations representative. In her role as President of the NER, she instituted strategic planning, and continues to lead this committee. Nationally, she was a presidential appointee for the Judicial Review Board.

Heather has served as a reviewer for Voices and for the Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy. Her dissertation focused on the use of music for wellness using a resource-oriented approach. Her current research interests range from clinical and supervisory applications of music and imagery, further exploration of resource-oriented music therapy, and issues impacting practicing music therapists.

Heather is a frequent presenter about music therapy and music for wellness. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of topics including music therapy and technology, resource-oriented music therapy, trauma, research, music and imagery, and ethics. Recently, Heather has been frequently presenting about the use of music in healthcare for medical professionals throughout the state of Connecticut.

Heather maintains an active freelance music career through Connecticut. She plays flute and piccolo in a community orchestra, professional flute orchestra and quartet, and pit orchestras. She also plays string and electric bass in a big band and pit orchestras.


All current Professional, Retired and Honorary Life members are eligible to vote. Refer to the AMTA Bylaws, Article III.  Membership, Sections 2-9 at this link: bylaws/

Professional membership must have been paid in full by 9/30/19 to be eligible to vote.


All current 2019 Professional, Retired & Honorary Life AMTA members should be prepared to vote electronically using a ballot invitation sent to their “Primary” email address listed in the member profile located at . Ballots for this election will be provided only via primary e-mail address.  The online ballot sent for this election will be managed by Your ballot will arrive in a personalized, individual e-mail which will provide you the opportunity to cast a confidential ballotCheck your spam folders; the email will come from   You must vote online during the stated timeframe.  No exceptions will be made.

You must have contacted the AMTA national office to have your email address added to your record by October 1, in order to be eligible to vote in this election.