Our Board


Back Row (left to right): Sara Sweeney, Christine Korb, Liska McNally, Lillieth Grand, Emily Murer, and Alexis Barker
Front Row (left to right): Dawn Iwamasa, Kimberly Thompson, Angie Kopshy, and Karla Hawley


President: Dawn Iwamasa, MA, CCLS, MT-BC has been a board-certified music therapist for the past 13 years, and currently owns a private practice, Music and Medicine Northwest. She also teaches for the Music Therapy Program at Marylhurst University and has supervised music therapy interns and practicum students.  Dawn has experience in program development and implementation; grant writing; and she presents at both regional and national music therapy conferences. Her primary areas of focus as President will be to continue advocacy and legislative recognition for music therapy in the State of Oregon, increase accessibility to information and participation by OAMT membership, and to facilitate partnerships with area facilities and organizations to increase education and awareness of music therapy.


Vice President: Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC loves music and was blessed with the opportunity to begin studying piano at a young age. While teaching, performing and songwriting, Angie volunteered in the community on the side. It became clear that her two greatest passions, music and helping others, could be united through music therapy. Angie received a Master’s in Piano from Boise State University before returning to Portland, Oregon, to pursue music therapy at Marylhurst University. Angie completed her internship in Portland, Oregon, where she currently works as Board-Certified Music Therapist for Music Therapy Services of Portland. Angie has additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, which focuses on the impact of music on the brain. Angie is also certified in Music Imagery, a psychoanalytic music therapy approach that allows clients to explore issues at a deeper level with the assistance of music and mandalas or writing.


Secretary: Emily Murer, MS, MT-BC, is a Neurologic Music Therapist and contract music therapist in Portland. She specializes in working with pediatric and young adult clients with diagnoses of developmental disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disabilities, emotional disturbances, and behavior disorders. Emily also enjoys providing administrative support services to fellow MT-BCs in private practice and has recently expanded her business to formally offer these services. When she is not making music, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and son, being an active part of the US Scottish Highland Dance community, knitting, sewing, reading, and organizing anything/everything she can get her hands on! Emily is thrilled to be serving her second consecutive year on the OAMT Board as Secretary in 2013.


Treasurer: Karla C. Hawley, MT-BC holds a Masters in Education and founder of RAP IT Music Therapy Services. She employs a variety of music therapy techniques such as Neurologic Music Therapy, Sensory Integration, as well as many other evidence-based-best-practices. Karla specialize in meeting the mental health needs of the adjudicated youth, at risk youth and their family/intimate community circle through the use of individual, family and group treatment.  This may mean dealing with issues of post-traumatic stress, abuse, personal communication and social/emotional skills, and collaboration with county child protective and probation officials.


Historian: Liska McNally, MT-BC is owner of Meadowlark Music Therapy Services based in Portland, Oregon. Meadowlark Music Therapy serves diverse members of the adult population and specializes in therapy for older adults, especially those living with dementia. In addition to her work with older adults, Liska is a practiced supervisor for music therapy students, interns, and professionals. She is an experienced classroom lecturer and has presented at a variety of conferences. Liska is highly involved and invested in the Oregon music therapy community. In previous years she served on the OAMT board as CEU and job shadow coordinator and is delighted to serve again as historian.


Public Relations: Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC has been a music therapist since 1993. She is the single mother of three amazing boys in Tualatin, OR and is in private practice with Milestone Music Therapy. Lillieth has served on the Executive Board of the Western Region of the American Music Therapy as President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary, several terms as Vice President, and is currently Vice President-elect and Conference Chair. She has sat on the AMTA Assembly of Delegates as a Western Region Delegate or Alternate Delegate since 1996. It is with joy that she joins the Board of the Oregon Association for Music Therapy and she is looking forward to serving the music therapy community here at home in the Northwest!


Media Coordinator: Sara Sweeney, MT-BC is excited for her first year as a professional member of OAMT! Sara completed her internship at Self Express Music Therapy and passed her board certification examination in the fall of 2012. Sara is enjoying life as a new professional and recently opened her own practice, Notable Connections Music Therapy, LLC, which specializes in working with children with special needs. Before beginning her studies at Marylhurst University, Sara worked as a music educator in both Minnesota and Iowa. Sara is delighted to serve the Oregon music therapy community as the OAMT Media Coordinator.


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CEU Coordinator: Christine Korb, MM, MT-BC, has presented at numerous AMTA Regional and National Conferences, and the World Congress of Music Therapy. With 13 years of educational leadership as a music therapy Program Director, Chris seeks to use her experience in serving as a consultant for universities interested in developing music therapy programs. She has previously served as Historian on the OAMT Board, with on-going service to the Oregon music therapy community as supervisor, clinician, composer, and musician, while continuing work as Principal Investigator for the Soul Song Project. Chris is currently writing a book entitled, Music Therapy: Pearls of a Journey, which she hopes will illuminate the path towards a career in music therapy for enthusiastic prospects from many musical persuasions. Chris feels grateful to be able to serve as the CEU Coordinator for OAMT.


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