Kayla Collier, President
Kayla Collier (she/her) is the music, movement, and visual arts specialist at Cochrane Elementary in Louisville, KY. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky. She completed three levels of Orff-Schulwerk training at the University of Kentucky and has been published in The Orff Echo
Jamie McGlothlin, Treasurer
Jamie McGlothlin teaches K-5th General Music and 4th-5th Choir at Paint Lick Elementary in Garrard County, KY. Jamie received her Bachelor’s in Music Education at Asbury University, and her Master’s in Music at Western Kentucky University. She has also completed all three Orff-Schulwerk levels at the University of Kentucky.
Julianna Nitz, Membership
Julianna Nitz currently teaches at Bridgeport Elementary School in Frankfort, KY. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from University of Kentucky, a member of AOSA, and she has completed all 3 Orff-Schulwerk level certifications and Level 1 Dalcroze eurythmics. Her teaching experience spans public and private schools and prior to teaching in Kentucky, she also taught in Pennsylvania as well as overseas in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Katie Hazelwood, Secretary
Katie Hazelwood teaches PreK-8 Music at John Paul II Academy and St. Athanasius School in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Northern Kentucky University and has completed all-three Orff-Schulwerk Levels from The University of Kentucky.
Katherine Reardon, Social Media
Katherine Reardon is a second year elementary teacher, currently teaching kindergarten through 5th grade at Crestwood Elementary School in Oldham County Public Schools. She also conducts Oldham County Middle School Campus String Orchestra. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education emphasis in Strings from the University of Louisville. She has also completed the International Course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg Austria and has her Level 1 and 2 training in Orff from the University of Kentucky. In addition to teaching, she also plays the double bass in the Indiana University Southeast Orchestra. She has performed in programs in Canada, Costa Rica, and the United States.
Miranda Johnson, Set-Up Committee
Brooklyn Smith, Set-Up Committee
Rebecca Sepulveda, Member-At-Large
Rebecca Sepulveda has taught in private and public schools for the past 9 years. She currently teaches K-5 music at James Lane Allen Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky. She has a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University as well as her ESL Certification. She has completed all 3 Orff Levels and Curriculum Development at the University of Kentucky. Rebecca is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity where she served as Sigma D Province Officer.
Kailey Holmes, Member-At-Large
Kailey Holmes teaches Prek-5th general music and two after-school choirs at Stonewall Elementary in Lexington, Ky. Kailey received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in Education from the University of the Cumberlands. She has completed levels one and two Orff Schulwerk training and levels one and two Dalcroze Eurythmics training at the University of Kentucky.
Chris McDowell Past President
Chris McDowell has been a public school general music teacher for 16 years. He currently teaches kindergarten through fifth grade at Clays Mill Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky. He has a master’s degree in vocal performance from Miami University, is certified by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, has completed four levels of Dalcroze eurhythmics training, and is trained in Modern Band. He is an active member of the Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Dr. Martina Vasil, Webmaster and University of Kentucky Liaison
Martina Vasil is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Kentucky where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and directs the summer music education program (Orff, Dalcroze, Modern Band). She also teaches PreK–6 music part-time at Lexington Montessori School. Martina earned her Bachelor’s and PhD in Music Education from West Virginia University and her Master’s in Music Education from Eastman School of Music. She has completed all three Orff-Schulwerk levels and is on the editorial Board for The Orff Echo, the national journal of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Dr. Rob Amchin, University of Louisville Liaison
Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor and concentration coordinator of music education at the University of Louisville. He enjoys leading undergraduate and graduate classes in teacher education to music.
Dr. Amchin’s studied at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. He was an elementary music specialist in Spring, Texas and still works with children in the Kentucky area as an artist-in-residence guest music teacher locally. He presents workshops locally, nationally and leads Orff teacher training courses throughout the nation and around the world
Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, Morehead State University Liaison
Dr. Michele Paynter Paise is a faculty member and Director of the Kodály Institute of Kentucky at Morehead State University, where she teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate music education. A native of Maryland, Michele is certified in both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk and level I of World Music Drumming. She completed Orff levels I and II at Middle Tennessee State University and level III at Arizona State University. Michele has served as an officer for many state and national organizations and is currently on the editorial board of the Music Educators Journal.