Music Program Staff 2018-07-19T10:56:07+00:00

Music Program Staff


Sandy KoteskeySandy Koteskey, MT-BC
Music Therapy Assistant Director

Sandy Koteskey graduated from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, with Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2005.  She has been with the Franciscan Life Process Center for more than five years working with individuals and groups of children with autism and multiple impairments. She also teaches trumpet and guitar, and manages the music therapy contracts for the Center. She has presented on the music therapy program throughout Kent County, and works with the Autism Support of Kent County Board of Directors to keep music therapy integrated into the public schools.

Sister Ann FrancesSister Ann Frances Thompson, FSE, M.A., MT-BC

Sister Ann Frances Thompson is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, whose motherhouse is in Meriden, CT. She received her Bachelor of Music from Siena Heights College in Adrian, MI, her Master of Music in Music History from the University of MI, Ann Arbor, her Master of Arts in Musicology also from the University of MI, Ann Arbor, and her equivalency in Music Therapy from Michigan State University, East Lansing. She completed post-graduate work at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in Guided Imagery and Music.  She has also completed Orff Schulwerk certification from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Recently she received her PATH Intl. certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.  She has taught music education in elementary and middle schools for over thirty years, as well as worked as a music therapist specializing in psychiatric music therapy with children and adolescents in hospitals and in residential treatment. Presently, she is teaching in three area Catholic Schools, teaches private music lessons in piano, trumpet and horn through the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, MI, and teaches special needs horseback riding at the Equest Center, Rockford, MI where she is developing a program integrating music therapy with equine therapy.

Sister Margaret DahlSister Margaret Dahl, FSE M.A.

Sister Margaret Dahl is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, whose motherhouse is in Meriden, CT. Sister has taught piano in Idaho and Washington for 15 years and at The John Duss Memorial Music Conservatory for 15 years. She is a proficient accompanist.
Sister has a Bachelor of Music Education from Idaho State University and a Masters of Art in Musicology from City University in New York. She also has an accounting equivalency degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

Kylie Chivington, MT-BC

Kylie Chivington completed her Master’s of Arts/Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy at Florida State University after completing her bachelor’s degree in music history at Trinity International University. She has also received her certification in NICU-MT from the National Institute for Infant & Child Medical Music Therapy and was certified in 2015 as a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). Kylie has experience working with many diagnoses among the pediatric population and within a medical setting. It brings her great joy to work with children and elders. Kylie maintains her musical skills through active participation in the performing arts and by teaching voice and violin at the Center.

April CuullumApril Fausch Cullum, MA, MT-BC

April Fausch Cullum completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 and a MA/Equivalency in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2005. April’s work has included owning a private practice in Laramie, Wyoming which included a contract with Laramie County School District #1; employment at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut; Creative Development Programs for children birth through age 3; the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center Extended Care; and Adam’s Camp, a therapy camp for children with special needs in Colorado. She has specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). She has experience teaching adapted music lessons and saxophone. April has presented locally and nationally on music therapy and therapeutic uses of music with special populations.

Miranda EdenMiranda Eden, MT-BC, HP-MT

Miranda Eden graduated from Michigan State University, East Lansing, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in 2000. As a board certified music therapist she has been with the Franciscan Life Process Center for more than 10 years. Miranda has worked with a variety of populations including early childhood, oncology and autism spectrum disorders.  She has presented to a variety of organizations, most recently The Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT). She is currently Director of the Internship Program and has recently completed her HP-MT (Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy) credentials.

Lindsey Perrault, MT-BC

Lindsey Perrault graduated from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy in 2011. Lindsey works with the elderly, oncology patients, cognitively impaired, and autism spectrum populations. Lindsey has been asked to speak about the efficacy of music therapy at the Great Lakes Regional music therapy conference, the Council on Aging and both the Grand Rapids and Zeeland Better Breathers Groups. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Choir, Opera Grand Rapids Chorus and the St. Andrew’s Schola Choir. Lindsey teaches classical vocal technique at the Franciscan Life Process Center.

amanda-partloAmanda Partlo, MT-BC

Amanda Partlo graduated in 2005 from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. She worked with Sonata, Inc. and Capital Hospice as a contractual music therapist in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. She continued on to conduct music therapy sessions in a maximum security forensic facility in Florida before beginning an eight year journey providing music therapy and therapeutic activities in nursing facilities. Amanda has a passion for seniors and has a big heart for hospice work as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia care and is currently working to complete her Hospice and Palliative Care MT Certification. She started work at the Center in February 2016. Amanda also teaches piano and violin.

Eric Beric-buschusch, MT-BC

Eric Busch received his Bachelor of Music Therapy from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, in 2015. He has provided services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, adults deemed incompetent to stand trial for criminal sexual conduct charges, and geriatrics in hospice and palliative care, as well as memory care for adults with dementia. Eric is interested in the use of music technology in augmenting the scope of practice in music therapy. He also teaches percussion at FLPC.


Sam Parks

Sam Parks, guitar instructor, has studied at Grand Rapids Community College with Brian Morris and Duane Davis. Sam currently works with many different artists in the West Michigan area including pop singer Mark Sala and American Idol’s Matt Giraud.