About Us

The Latin American Music Therapy Network was formed in 2012 by Patricia Zárate Pérez and Cynthia Pimentel Koskela as a way to unify Latin American and Hispanic music therapists living in the United States and abroad. That year, Jeniris Garay also participated in what was the Latin American Music Therapy Alliance, the first name was chosen for the network. Patricia and Cynthia were instrumental in scheduling Latin American meetings at the American Music Therapy conferences and were able to hold the first meeting that year. In 2014 Marlén Rodriguez-Wolfe joined the organization and assisted in establishing and moving forward the efforts for more unity amongst Latin MTs. Since then, the LAMTN has grown as an online community that seeks to support Latin American music therapists and allies that seek to become more culturally responsive when working with Latin American clients.

 

Founders

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Patricia Zárate Pérez,
Music Therapist 

Perez graduated with the first generation of music therapists from Berklee College of Music in 1999. She has worked advocating for the development of music therapy in America and the world for over 20 years. She is the Founder of several organizations and music therapy centers in America, and works in Panama and Chile with Community, Medical, and Performance Music Therapy. For more info visit www.patriciazarateperez.com

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Cynthia Pimentel Koskela

MT-BC, Ed.M.

Cynthia Pimentel Koskela, MT-BC, Ed.M., holds a Bachelors degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music and a masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate school of Education. Cynthia has clinical experience as a music therapist in early intervention, hospital, and school settings in the Boston metro area. As a first generation Mexican American music therapist, her passion has always been to advocate for the expansion of  music therapy services for diverse communities. She currently holds a position as Esperanza Academy’s first music therapist and is one of the founders and current president of the Latin American music therapy network.

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Marlen Rodriguez Wolfe is a music therapist currently living in Queretaro, Mexico. She holds a bachelor's in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Miami. A compassionate, young executive, Marlén strives for creating spaces that are inclusive and highlight different perspectives, values, mindsets, and ways to provide solutions. A strong advocate for music-making as a wellness practice, Marlen has over 14 years of experience in music therapy research, teaching, and clinical music applications. She is currently CEO of the Ukulele Kids Club, a nonprofit that supports music therapy for medically fragile children around the world. She is passionate about increasing access to music for children and youth facing hardships that impact their physical and mental health.

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Jeniris is a board certified music therapist, clinical educator, adjunct professor, and co-founder and past president of the Latin American Music Therapy Network. Fluent in 4 languages and proficient in over 10 musical instruments, Jeniris has pioneered international service learning trips and presented at numerous conferences across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. She currently serves as Early Intervention Music Therapist and Service Coordinator at North Suffolk Mental Health Association, and she is on the Advisory Board for the Ukulele Kids Club. Jeniris holds a masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a bachelors in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music.

Marlén Rodriguez Wolfe

M.M.

Jeniris Garay,
EdM, MT-BC

Past Leadership
2020-2021

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Jeniris Garay, EdM, MT-BC, LPMT
President-US

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Lic. Cecilia Di PrinzioVice
President of the Latin American Region

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Natalie Cole, MA, MT-BC
Vice President-US

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Marta Hernández Candelas, Ph. D., MT-BC 
Outreach Coordinator

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Veronica Abigail Tienda, MT-BC, NMT
Outreach Coordinator

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Bethany Lindeblad, MT-BC, CTRP
Region - Mid-Atlantic

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Cindybet Pérez Martínez, PhD, MT-BC, NMT
Region - The Caribbean

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Marianela deVries, MMT, MT-BC, NMT
Region - Central America 

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Jessica Hernandez, MT-BC
Regions - South America & US Southwestern  

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Mabel Ortiz Guzman, MM, MT-BC
Social Media Manager 

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Mariagracia Rivas Berger, MT-BC
Social Media Manager 

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Steven Franco MA, MT-BC
Website Manager