Meet the Team

Erin Jester

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC)

As a founder of Beyond Words, Erin is passionate about bringing music and dance to children of any ability. Erin studied at Eastern Michigan University as a double major in Music Therapy and Dance Performance. She was a music therapist at non-profit company for 5 years, then found her niche for children with autism through working as a Lead Behavior Therapist at STEPS Center for Autism. At STEPS, she also led group music therapy sessions. Erin strives to incorporate successful behavior management, sensory integration, presuming students’ intellect and positive reinforcement into her practice.

Click HERE to email Erin or call at 440-230-6100, extension 700.

MARSHA JAPUTRA

BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC)

Marsha is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH, where violin was her primary instrument . She completed her internship at Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH, working with individuals of various ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. During the day, Marsha leads music therapy groups at Kids First School, TOPS School, Fairview Park School, Hobbitts Preschool, Regina Health Center and Lifeworks Adult Autism Center. After school, she sees students at the North Royalton, Medina, Avon and Highland Heights studios.

Click HERE to email Marsha or call at 440-230-6100, extension 707.

MADELEINE LANDRY

BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC)

Madeleine is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH . She completed her internship at New Avenues to Independence in Cleveland, OH, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities at Broadmoor School and other various New Avenues to Independence facilities. Prior to Beyond Words, Madeleine worked at a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. During the day, Madeleine leads music therapy groups at Capstone Academy, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools and Brunswick Schools. After school, she sees students at the North Royalton and Independence studios.

Click HERE to email Madeleine or call at 440-230-6100, extension 708.

ELIZABETH KAHLER

BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC)

Elizabeth graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a B.M. in Music Therapy. She completed her internship at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare in Florida, where she worked with children and adult patients in all hospital units. Prior to Beyond Words, she was a music program director for a summer camp for children and adults with special needs. During the day, Elizabeth leads music therapy groups at Orange Integrated Preschool, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation and Garfield Heights School. After school, she sees students at the North Royalton, Independence and Highland Heights studios.

Click HERE to email Elizabeth or call at 440-230-6100, extension 705.

MACKENZIE SIMMONS

BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST (MT-BC)

Mackenzie received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University. Mackenzie completed her internship at New Avenues to Independence in Cleveland, working with a variety of ages in group and individual sessions, as well as children with a various disabilities. During the day, Mackenzie leads music therapy groups at Hobbitts Preschool, Barberton Schools and Brunswick Schools. After school, she sees students at the North Royalton, Medina and Highland Heights studios.

Click HERE to email Mackenzie or call at 440-230-6100, extension 709.

EMILY SWEENEY

ADAPTED DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Emily graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mild to Moderate Special education, with a concentration in language arts and social studies, and a minor in dance education. She has been dancing for 20 years and teaching dance for 11 of those years. Prior to Beyond Words, Emily was the lead dance instructor at a local non-profit social club for children with autism, as well as, extensive experience volunteering with children with disabilities. Emily is a certified K-12 Intervention Specialist. During the day, Emily is a Kindergarten Teacher at the Julie Billiart School in Akron which caters to a variety of students, all of which are on IEP’s. After school, she teaches our adapted dance program at the North Royalton studio.

Click HERE to email Emily or call at 440-230-6100, extension 706.

AVERY JESTER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Avery is currently studying Speech-Language Pathology at Cleveland State University. Her office is at the North Royalton location and she is available to meet with you, Monday-Friday 3-7pm.

Contact HERE to email Avery or call at 440-230-6100, extension 710.

OLIVIA LAWRENCE

MUSIC THERAPY INTERN FOR 2019-20

Olivia is currently completing her music therapy internship, including 1040 field study hours before graduating from The College of Wooster and sitting for her Board Exam.

Contact HERE to email Olivia or call at 440-230-6100.

OLIVIA RAYBURN

MUSIC THERAPY INTERN FOR 2020-21

Olivia will be starting with Beyond Words in September/October 2020 to complete her music therapy internship, including 1040 field study hours before graduating from Baldwin Wallace University and sitting for her Board Exam.