Faculty

Sulis Cerddeu, RN, CM-Th
Harp Instructor

Sulis served on the faculty of the Lane Community College Music-Thanatology Training, from 2007-2015, and she had an independent hospice practice as a certified music-thanatologist in Oregon, from 2003-2018 
 
In addition to a long history as an registered nurse in Maternal Health, Adolescent Health Care, Public Health and Elder Care (from 1963-2008), Sulis is a co-founder of SacredFlight, a private music-thanatology practice in Portland, OR (in 2001). 
 
Sulis certified through the Chalice of Repose School of Music-thanatology, Missoula, MT in 2000, and later with the Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI).

She did course work in music, education, and humanities at Marylhurst University and Portland State University 1981-1989, and received a Certificate of Bible from Multnomah University in 1964. She is a graduate of Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, RN Diploma, 1962. 

Anna Fiasca, CM-Th

Anna is a graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project School of Music Thanatology, Class of 2000. She certified with Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI) and served on the leadership council between 2002 and 2004, as well as co-chairing the Education Task Force. As a founding member, she served as music-thanatologist for SacredFlight from 2001 to 2004. She was staff music-thanatologist for Mid-Columbia Medical Center, serving patients in the Columbia River Gorge from 2001 to 2015. She served as music-thanatologist on contract with Providence Hospice of the Gorge until September 2018. Anna was a core faculty member for the Music-Thanatology Training Program through Lane Community College from 2007-2015, and has also been a voice instructor, harp instructor and clinical mentor for students in that program.

Kyle Higaki, CM-Th

Kyle Higaki graduated from the music-thanatology training program under the sponsorship of Lane Community College in 2015.  He completed his professional certification in music-thanatology in 2016 through the Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI).  Kyle has served as a music-thanatologist with Providence Health & Services since 2015 and has been at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, since 2018.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Information Technology from Montana Tech and previously worked in the field of ethics and compliance for 10 years.

Chris McCullough, RN, CM-Th

Chris discovered music-thanatology while working as a hospice nurse in Portland, OR. She subsequently attended the Lane Community College training program and certified as a music-thanatologist in 2013. As an RN, Chris graduated from University of Michigan, and enjoyed a 40-year nursing career in a variety of healthcare settings. As a music-thanatologist, she was a Lane College faculty member and taught Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical terminology for the class of 2015. She currently works for SacredFlight, a not-for-profit charitable organization of certified music-thanatologists that serves the greater Portland area.

Tony Pederson, CM-Th

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.

Raya Partenheimer, CM-Th

Raya Partenheimer graduated from the Chalice of Repose Project School of Music-Thanatology in Missoula, MT in 2000, and certified as a music-thanatologist in 2001.  In 2002, she began the music-thanatology programs at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA and Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice in Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties. She currently works as a staff music-thanatologist at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR. Raya served as a mentor and faculty member of the Music-Thanatology program through Lane Community College from 2007 to 2015.  She co-developed the initial certification process for Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI), served two terms on MTAI’s certification team and is an active member of MTAI.  She co-authored the March/April 2006 article “Music thanatology: Prescriptive harp music as palliative care for the dying patient” in American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Roberta Rudy, CM-Th

Roberta Rudy is co-teaching Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Medical Terminology.  She was a registered nurse for 30 years and worked in hospital and outpatient settings.  She was credentialed in emergency and critical care nursing, and pursued continuing education as an EMT and RN with a medic unit.  She is a graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project School of Music-Thanatology, and is an MTAI-certified music-thanatologist.  She has been providing musical care in the hospice and hospital settings since 2004.  She is currently a contractor with Kindred Hospice of Seattle and an employee of Harps of Comfort.  She provides virtual musical care in both of these settings.  Roberta will share her enthusiasm for learning, and deep understanding of the body with the students.

Kieran Schnabel, CM-Th

Kieran graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. He is a multi-instrumentalist who first began musical studies with the piano at age 5. After completing his vocal performance studies at the University of Oregon, Kieran went in search of a meaningful way to utilize music beyond stage performance. In music-thanatology Kieran found a depth of purpose and went on to attend the Music-Thanatology Training Program at Lane Community College. He graduated in 2011 and has become a certified professional member of the Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI), where he serves as President of the Leadership Council. He has worked as a music-thanatologist with Children’s Cancer Association, SacredFlight, and PeaceHealth where he is currently employed. 

Joshua Ward, CM-Th

Growing up in Ohio, Joshua began playing the classical harp in the fourth grade.  For two years he was the principal harpist for the Toledo Youth Orchestra.

As an adult, Joshua became active in several different Folk/Americana bands, forging deeper in the world of performance music, inspired by collaboration and improvisation. Joshua has produced several albums and has toured cross-country with his music. 

Joshua received his MTAI certification in 2015 and is currently employed as a staff music-thanatologist at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.  He also works with SacredFlight, a private music-thanatology practice in Portland, OR.