CEO, Creative LEAPS
Board Certified Music Therapist
Fellow of the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy
Marion obtained her Master’s Degree in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a multi-instrumentalist trained as a mezzo-soprano, with clinical and performance proficiency on guitar, violin, piano, viola, bass, percussion, and various world instruments. She has an extensive knowledge in music composition, theory, and history, and is skilled in improvisation, arrangement, teaching, and conducting. Her clinical experiences have taken place in Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado, working with a broad range of populations including older populations in memory care, adult rehabilitation, integrated classrooms, and many more across the lifespan. Her research has involved investigating the effects of rhythmic seated exercises on Parkinson’s gait parameters. She has presented at various national and regional conferences, advocating and raising awareness for the Music Therapy scope of practice, ethics, and current research that supports Music Therapy interventions. She is always eager to share her knowledge with future Music Therapists and anyone interested in learning more about the field by continuing to create university-affiliated internship programs, welcoming volunteers into our programs, and during her Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Colorado State University. Born in Venezuela, Marion is fluent in Spanish and English, and has learned French at the conversational level. Marion continues to perform throughout the Tampa area in various ensembles and bands ranging from a classical string ensemble, to Japanese drumming, to her own eclectic band, to name a few. She has extensive training, education, and experience developing programs that maximize the benefits of the arts in all areas of learning, development, and rehabilitation, taking into account individual differences, and unleashing the creative being that resides within each person.
Managing Member, Creative Leaps
Chris completed his Music Therapy education at St. Mary of the Woods College, in Indiana. He began his undergraduate Pre-Med studies at the University of South Florida but quickly came to the conclusion he could not give up his passion for music so, instead, he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance at USF’s School of Music, focusing on Opera and Classical Cross-over. He has had the opportunity to perform internationally and continues to perform regularly for the St. Petersburg Opera Company and St. Mary Lady of Grace Church. He also performs in other ensembles and bands, and as a solo performer. Chris has been working with various clinical populations including individuals with Parkinson’s disease, children with exceptional needs, and adults with mental health diagnoses. He is proficient in various musical instruments including the piano, guitar, ukulele, hand percussion, trumpet, and world instruments.
Managing Member, Creative Leaps
Myles has 15 years of improvisational and classical performance experience on trumpet and other brass and woodwind instruments. he is well-versed in all areas of music including theory, history, arrangement, instruction, and composition. He attended the College of Central Florida’s music program and has continued to pursue his passion for music with local bands and ensembles. He continues to write and arrange music for horns as a freelance musician, and has experience teaching the creative process of music to individuals of all ages.
He has joined the CreativeLEAPS team to assist in the creative building process, and to help people find focus through music, art, and dance. he is a strong believer in connecting the mind and the body with the use of musical instruments.
His deep passion for music has resonated with him since childhood. Sounds and rhythms are everywhere, and musical composition can be brought to life no matter the location.
Personally, music has given Myles focus, with the purpose to educate and show others how to develop their creative process and bring what they hear to reality. Music is a constant stable source of growth, to share, to educate, and to bring people together.
Volunteer, Creative LEAPS
Monica is a Visual Arts student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, currently working as an exceptional volunteer at Creative LEAPS. She has an Associates degree in Art from Hillsborough Community College and is currently working towards completing her Bachelor’s degree with the goal of continuing her education to become an Art Therapist. She has volunteered in many organizations in the Tampa Bay community, including Metropolitan Ministries, TherAbilities Performing Arts Center, Autism Walk, PFLAG Tampa, and Tabernaculo de Dios Church. She has worked as a counselor at Sulphur Springs YMCA’s after school program and as Coordinator of a Specialty Class for the YMCA Summer Program at Springhill Community Center. After spending many years in Corporate America, Monica re-evaluated her life and realized that her passion has always been painting and working with children and the elderly. She would like to continue having a positive effect on the lives of children and adults within the Autism Spectrum as well as individuals diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. Monica loves seeing the smiles on children’s faces and the parents’ proud reaction upon seeing the joy making art brings to their day.
CFO, Creative LEAPS, LLC
Nathan received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he trained in various art media and styles .He has worked as a freelance photographer since 2003, with experience in many genres of fine art and commercial photography. He has a passion for creativity in all forms and loves to see people of all ages grow, learn, and create. He enjoys living and working in a place where art and creativity can be the principal forms of expression and communication.
Member, Creative LEAPS, LLC
Melissa is a vital pillar at Creative LEAPS as a key decision-maker and supporter of its mission. She embodies compassion and understanding in her everyday life, and carries that over in every endeavor she takes on. She has influenced the lives of many children by providing them with an enriching, challenging, and loving environment as a caregiver, a friend, and as a family member, and continues to do so in her community and beyond.
Pan-American Movement Disorder Society Congress, Research Poster Presentation, Miami, FL
University of South Florida College of The Arts, Art Student Independent Study Program, Tampa, FL
Parkinson Place, Voice Power and Neurologic Music Therapy, Sarasota, FL
ProTherapy Plus, Music Therapy and the Arts, Lutz, FL
Sutton Psychology Services, Music Therapy and the Arts, Tampa, FL
St. Pete Opera Company, Winter Recital 2017, St Petersburg, FL
Tampa Taiko, Tampa, FL
St. Mary of the Woods College, University-Affiliated Music Therapy Internship, St. Mary of the Woods, IN
Resurrection Catholic Church, Spring Recital 2017, Riverview, FL
Creative Clay, Music Therapy Internship Programming, St. Petersburg, FL
Jubilee Gymnastics, Summer Camp Music Program, Ruskin, FL
Superior Residence of Brandon, Winter 2016 Recital, Brandon, FL
The Crossings at Riverview, Spring 2016 Recital, Riverview, FL
Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Project Promise Music Therapy Program for Children’s Home, Tampa, FL
University of South Florida – Performing Arts Medical Association Conference, Music Therapy in Parkinson’s Research Presentation, Tampa, FL
TherAbilities Performing Arts Center, Music Therapy and the Arts, Tampa, FL