Music Program Staff

Sandy KSandy Koteskey, MT-BC
Music Therapy Assistant Director

Sandy Koteskey, MT-BC, graduated from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in 2005.  She has been with the Franciscan Life Process Center since completing her internship, working with individuals and groups of children with autism and multiple impairments. She also teaches trumpet and guitar. In 2018, she was appointed the Associate Director of the Music Therapy Program. She expanded her teaching experiences in 2019 when she taught an Introduction to Music Therapy course at Grand Rapids Community College. Sandy has given presentations on music therapy throughout Michigan and works with many businesses and care providers to develop music therapy programs for their clientele.  Any inquiries about enrollment in services or general questions, please email

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.

KylieKylie 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. 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.

AprilApril 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 experience teaching adapted music lessons and saxophone. April has presented locally and nationally on music therapy and therapeutic uses of music with special populations.

LindseyLindsey Perrault, MT-BC, NMT

Lindsey Perrault graduated from Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN, with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy in 2011. In November 2018, she received a designation in Neurologic Music Therapy, which allows her to use specialized techniques while working with Parkinson’s, stroke and traumatic brain-injured patients. Lindsey works with the elderly, oncology patients, the cognitively impaired, and autism spectrum populations. She has been asked to speak about the efficacy of music therapy at the Great Lakes Regional music therapy conference, the Council on Aging, and the Michigan Association for Play Therapy, to name a few. In her spare time, she enjoys singing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Choir and the Diocesan Schola Choir. Lindsey teaches classical vocal technique, guitar and piano at the Franciscan Life Process Center.

AmandaAmanda 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.

Kamilla Akmuradova, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Kamilla Akmuradova, MM, MT-BC, NMT, has a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy and Piano Performance from Michigan State University and completed her Master’s Degree in music therapy at Western Michigan University. She worked as a hospice music therapist for six years, where she had the privilege of working with individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer to name a few. In December 2018, Kamilla obtained her Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training.  She has also taught piano and theory for the past 11 years.

Eric Busch, MT-BCEric

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.