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AMTA Government Relations Team

AMTA Government Relations Team


Director of Government Relations - Judy Simpson, MT-BC

Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level.  In this role, she has provided testimony to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Administration on Aging, and legislative committees in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Representing AMTA as a National Partner, Judy serves on the Legislative Planning Committee for Arts Advocacy Day, an annual national arts initiative sponsored by American for the Arts. 

For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. Judy has personally met with state and federal legislators and state agency officials to support increased access to quality music therapy services provided by qualified board certified music therapists. 

In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.


Senior Federal Policy and Programs Analyst - Rebecca Preddie, BA

Rebecca Preddie is responsible for National Representation of AMTA, including meeting attendance with numerous Washington, DC-based coalitions; and monitoring, recommending, coordinating, and implementing organizational Federal advocacy strategies. She is involved in raising Congressional and Federal Agency awareness of the efficacy of music therapy services. Rebecca has given presentations to the Congressional Arts Caucus, Arts Advocacy Day participants,  Health Professions Network, and many other coalitions and alliances. In addition to representing AMTA, Rebecca regularly educates AMTA members on advocacy issues of national significance while simultaneously engaging them in the advocacy process.  Rebecca also serves as Co-Chair of AMTA’s Government Relations and Reimbursement Committees.   Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park.



Government Relations Specialist - Maria Hricko Fay, LSW, LCAT, MT-BC 

Maria Hricko Fay has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 1995, a Licensed Social Worker in PA since 2000, A Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery since 2004, and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY since 2006. Maria brings 10 years’ experience working in mental health and 11 years’ experience as the Coordinator and Supervisor of the Music Therapy Clinic and Adjunct Faculty at Marywood University. She has over 17 years’ experience supervising music therapy pre-internship and internship students through Marywood University.  Maria served on the Mid-Atlantic Region Executive Board for 6 years as Government Relations Chair, working closely with AMTA and CBMT on the State Recognition Operational Plan.  In this role for MAR, Maria participated in nearly every state task force call in the region, as well as supported, managed and coordinated the regions’ state task forces.  She also participated in Hill Days, hearings, advocacy trainings, and meetings with state legislators and state agency officials.  In 2015, Maria was hired as a part-time Government Relations Specialist for AMTA. She works very closely with Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, and Dena Register and Kimberly Sena Moore, CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff, implementing the AMTA and CBMT State Recognition Operation Plan.