Jane Franz, CM-Th
Executive Director

Jane Franz has been a certified music-thanatologist for more than twenty years, holding both CORP and MTAI certifications. From 2001-2015 she served as lead music-thanatologist for PeaceHealth Medical Centers and Hospices in Eugene, Springfield, and Florence, Oregon, working with patients at end of life, their loved ones, and staff in intensive care units, emergency departments, medical oncology wards, and throughout hospital and hospice settings. Her articles and interviews have been included in a variety of healthcare and spiritual publications, including Supportive Voice, Healing Spirit, and Ethos.  She is a seasoned presenter for music-thanatology within healthcare and the broader community.

A member in good standing, Jane presides as the Chair of the Ethics committee for the Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI).

In 2015, with Sandra LaForge, Jane co-authored From Behind the Harp: Music in End of Life Care, Harpstrung Press.

With co-founder and co-director Sharilyn Cohn, Jane developed the Music-Thanatology Training Program through Lane Community College, in Portland, OR, where she also served as a faculty member from 2007-2015.

Jane received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, where she received a Jacob Van Ek award. She currently resides in Henderson, NV.

Laura Moya, CM-Th
Program Director

Laura Moya has been a practicing music-thanatologist for over 25 years.  She is a 1996 graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project in Missoula, Montana and is certified through the Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI). Laura served as the inaugural President of the MTAI from 2002-2006.

Laura has been a full-time staff music-thanatologist at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center since 2001. She is actively involved with the development and coordination of the Art, Healing and Wellness Program at St. Vincent’s, which promotes the Arts in Healthcare. Laura was a core faculty member, clinical mentor, and voice instructor for the Music-Thanatology Training Program through Lane Community College from its inception in 2007 through 2015.

Board of Directors

Kay Doxilly
Henderson, NV
Board Treasurer

Kay has a strong passion for community service and has served in many areas of community outreach over the years; as a Rotarian of 8 years, and a member of the Canadian Military. In a personal capacity, Kay has served on boards and committees. Kay is a Certified Forensic Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in Industry. She has provided auditing and accounting services in the private and public sectors in various countries including Canada and the United States. Kay is owner of a bookkeeping and clerical service business registered in Clark County, Nevada.

Judy Fay
Helena, MT

Judy Fay’s passion for assisting others through periods of transition has marked her professional service for nearly 40 years. As a counselor in private practice she specialized in grief and bereavement care, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship difficulties, and spiritual growth – using a variety of modalities to address both psychological pain, and spiritual suffering. Her experience has given her an acute appreciation for the depth and breadth of human experience; psychologically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Judy served on the staff of an early alternative education school for at-risk youth, and as the staff counselor of an adult education and retraining program for displaced homemakers. She is a founding member of several Helena non-profits including the Helena Women’s Center, a domestic violence shelter, and Helena Life Transition Network, a community organization dedicated to providing end-of-life education. Over 20 years ago she trained as a music-thanatologist at the Chalice of Repose Project (CORP), Missoula, MT. She has since provided music vigils for those at end-of-life and their loved ones in Helena, MT, through her palliative care service, Sacred Passages.

Jen Hollis
Lexington, MA
Board President

Jennifer L. Hollis is a writer, music-thanatologist and the project director of Harps of Comfort, an organization that began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harps of Comfort provides live, remote music to isolated patients; those with COVID-19 and other serious illness; patients nearing the end of life; and their loved ones and caregivers. Hollis is the author of Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger), and a contributor to Religion and Healing in America (University of Oxford Press). She researched and prepared an issue brief for The Pew Charitable Trusts called “How Faith Communities Facilitate Conversations Around End-of-Life Concerns.” Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Review, and other publications. For more than twenty years, she has been a certified music-thanatologist, offering harp music and singing to accompany dying patients in Montana, Oregon, Chicago, and Boston. She is the former president of the Music-Thanatology Association International. She has a degree in child development from Connecticut College, and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where, once upon a time, she was the assistant director of admissions. She lives outside Boston with her family.

Tony Pederson, CM-Th
Glenview, IL
Board Secretary

Tony Pederson is a Certified Music-Thanatologist who has been working with the dying since 1993, and with JourneyCare Hospice in the Chicago area since 2003.  He studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion, and received his BA from Northeastern Illinois University. In a previous life, he spent 6 years on an Alzheimer’s/ dementia care unit as a Certified Nursing Assistant. It was there that he first encountered music at the bedside of those in the terminal phase of their illness. He has been the subject of numerous articles and publications, and is also the past President of the Music-Thanatology Association International.

Bob Scheri
Henderson, NV

Bob Scheri has been involved in the Catholic Healthcare Ministry through his entire career, beginning as Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care in Boston at St. John of God and St. Elizabeth Hospitals. He served in various Mission and Ministry roles in Oregon and Washington within PeaceHeath for over 24 years. He most recently retired from his position in Ministry Leadership as Vice President of Mission Integration at CHI Memorial Health in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Throughout his ministry career in Mission Leadership, Health Care Ethics and Spiritual Care, he has focused much of his energies around care for the dying, the integration of the arts in healthcare, ministry leadership and education, and more recently addressing mental health, addiction, and homelessness. Bob was an early adopter of music-thanatology, introducing “Strings of Compassion” at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon – later expanding the service to other PeaceHealth facilities. He was instrumental in the further growth of Music Thanatology with other hospitals within the northwest.

Martha Twaddle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Mettawa, IL

Dr. Martha Twaddle combines over thirty years of experience in the care of seriously ill people and their families in a variety of areas of service. She currently serves as the Waud Family Medical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines, and models of care for healthcare professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings. She works with others at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, exploring how technology and also prescriptive nature can improve health outcomes, as well as collaborating nationally in the development of patient-family centered quality metrics. On behalf of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Dr. Twaddle served as the Co-Chair for the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which completed the 4th edition of the clinical practice guidelines for the field in late October 2018.
Dr. Twaddle’s unique talents and contributions to the field of Palliative Medicine have helped increase the understanding of and access to this continuum of care, regionally and nationally. In 2013, she was named one of the 30 most influential visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by nomination of her peers via the AAHPM. She served as President of the AAHPM from 2002-2003 and on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 1997-2004. She represented the AAHPM in the creation of the initial NCP Guidelines published in 2004. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005. She was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumni of Purdue’s College of Science and “an exemplary educator and pioneering contributor to end-of-life care” as the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University in 2015. She was the recipient of the AAHPM Lifetime Achievement Award conferred in March 2019.
After graduating summa cum laude from Purdue University, Dr. Twaddle received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed her residency in Internal Medicine through Northwestern University McGaw School of Medicine, where she was Chief Resident. She currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

University of Washington’s Graduate Certificate Program in Palliative Care, and has mentored nursing students at University of Portland as a part of their Theological Dimensions of Suffering and Death course. Having witnessed the powerful impact music thanatology interventions have had on the patients and families she has served in her work, she feels incredibly honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Accorda Music Thanatology Institute. Outside of work, Mari enjoys relaxing and completing DIY projects at home with her partner, spending quality time with family and friends over great food and fun games, and celebrating her Japanese/American heritage.