The National Committee for Chapters advises and works collaboratively with the NPM President and Board of Directors to coordinate the establishment of new chapters and guide the development of existing chapters.

 

MARY BEAUDOIN holds a BS in music and education from Dickinson State College, a master’s degree in music and liturgy from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in religion and culture from The Catholic University of America, where she has begun work on a doctorate. in liturgical studies. Mary is a pastoral musician, liturgist, and catechetical leader who has served in Catholic parish, campus ministry, and diocesan positions. She was director of the Washington, DC, NPM Chapter from 2003 to 2009, during which time NPM/DC was selected as NPM Chapter of the Year. [Phone: 301-754-2444, m.beaudoin3@verizon.net]


MICHAEL BEDICS currently serves as pastoral associate for worship and music at the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, after serving as director of music for St. Peter Celestine Church. (In 2009, St. Peter Celestine merged with Queen of Heaven Parish—also in Cherry Hill—to form Christ Our Light.) Mike has previously served as musician and youth minister / director of LifeTeen at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, in Cary, North Caroline, and director of music / music teacher at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and School in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Mike lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Molly, and their four children. He holds a bachelor of music degree in education (organ), from Moravian College in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and he has studied liturgy and music at Duquesne University. [Phone: 609-230-8855; email: mbedics@christourlight.net]


William “Bill” Berg began playing the organ at age 5. He attended Benedictine University and completed his undergraduate degree at Westminster Choir College. He did his graduate work at Northwestern University, and also holds a Liturgy Degree from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of St. Anselmo, in Rome Italy. Since 2006 Bill has served as Music Director for St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church in Kendall Park, NJ.  In 2007, Bill was appointed as the Metuchen Diocesan Organist. Bill is the Chapter Director of the Metuchen NPM Chapter. [732-297-3000, Ext. 41, musicdir@staugustinenj.org]


PETER BROCKMANN is the director-emeritus of music ministries at St Rose of Lima parish, Northborough, Massachusetts, and current president of the Worcester (pronounced “Wuhster”) Chapter. A US-born citizen of both the USA and Canada, Peter is a forty-year practitioner of music ministry in Canada, Texas, and now Massachusetts. In addition to a degree in engineering (University of Western Ontario) and a master’s in business administration (McMaster University), Peter also earned an associate degree in piano performance from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. Peter has held organist responsibilities at Catholic Central High School, St Mary, and Mary Immaculate parishes in London, Ontario; Christ The King Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario; St Jude, Allen, Texas; St Gabriel, McKinney, Texas; St Michael, Garland, Texas, and temporary director of the Spanish choir at St Paul, Richardson, Texas. In 2003, the St Gabriel choir was voted “Best in Collin County.” Peter is a member of the DMMD.
Since 1990 Peter has worked in the high tech industry for a number of companies and startups including Nortel, 3Com, and Apple. Today, he is an iOS engineer and creator of a number of purpose-built apps—including the NPM Convention app for iPad, which debuted at the 2014 National Convention.[Phone: 508-904-0171, peter@brockmann.com]


BONNIE DeSALVO has a BA in accounting/economics from CUNY/Queens College and an MBA in executive management from St. John's University. While she was studying at St. John's, she began singing with their Sunday Community Choir, and she has been there ever since . . . almost twenty-five years! Bonnie also served for several years as music librarian at Saint Anthony's Parish in Yonkers and as an occasional member of the choir there. Prior to that, she spent many years on the planning and liturgy committees for young adult ministry conferences in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Bonnie has been a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians since 1996. She currently works as an administrative director of Social Services at the NYC Department of Homeless Services, the agency which oversees the city's shelter system. [Phone: 917-754-8648, bdesalvo325@yahoo.com]


MATTHEW JUDY is a liturgical drummer, brass player, baritone, technologist, and youth music ministry director at St. Brendan parish in Hilliard, Ohio, Diocese of Columbus.​ ​He serves on the NPM National Council as the Chair of the Ensemble Section​, and he is the Chapter Director for NPM Columbus. Professionally, Matthew has been a software developer and designer since 1993, having worked for tech companies such as Apple, Netscape, and AOL.He is currently a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co., focusing on the development of their suite of mobile apps. [Phone: 614-805-2620, matt@nibfile.com]


JOEL S. KUMRO, NPM member and scholarship recipient, is the choirmaster and organist at Saint Benedict Catholic Church, Richmond, Virginia, where he administers the parish music program, directs the choirs, and plays the two-manual, twenty-four-stop tracker organ, opus 5, built by Martin Pasi in 1996. Mr. Kumro completed his master of arts in liturgical music at Saint John’s University in Collegeville Minnesota in May 2016. Joel is an active performer. As an organist, he has played for several organizations, and as experienced accompanist, he has played organ, piano, and harpsichord for soloists and ensembles. Joel is a member of the Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is also a member of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard Street, Richmond, VA 23221. [Cell: 716.803.4699; office: 804.254.8810 x112. Email: jkumro@saintbenedictparish.org | joel.s.kumro@icloud.com]


KATHLEEN LEOS currently serves as the chapter director of the NPM Dallas Chapter, but her affiliation with NPM began when she attended the Scranton convention in 1978. She received her B.A. in Music Education and English from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980, and taught in Catholic high schools in Cleveland and Chicago before moving to Dallas. Since 1983, she has been the choral director at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.. In addition to her work as a music teacher, Kathy has served as a music festival adjudicator, and continues to work in parish music ministry. [Phone: 214-324-3607 Ext. 4296, Kathy.leos@bishoplynch.org]


ROBERT McCAFFERY-LENT holds a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Humanities from the University of Detroit, did post graduate studies in classical guitar at The College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned a K-12 choral teaching credential from Pacific Lutheran University.  He has served consecutively as director of music and liturgy at two Jesuit parishes in the northwest since 1986: St. Leo in Tacoma and St. Joseph in Seattle.  Bob is active as a performer in several ensembles ranging from choir to traditional Irish music to a Beatles tribute band and is a liturgical clinician in the Northwest.  Bob served as founding chapter director for the Seattle NPM Chapter from 2004 to 2005 and then again from 2006 to 2011. He also served two terms on the DMMD Board from 2004 to 2011. [Phone: 253-301-7184, rmclent@stjosephparish.org]


JEAN McLAUGHLIN has retired from a full time position but currently serves as handbell director, small ensemble director and choir accompanist at St. Cecilia Parish in Fort Myers, Florida. She directed the National Catholic Handbell Festival several times and also was instructor for the NPM Handbell Institute.  Jean is a past member of the NPM Board of Directors as well as the NPM Council.  In addition, she was the founding Chapter Director of the Toledo Chapter as well as past chairman of the Toledo Diocesan Music Committee and a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. [419-866-8764, ringjeanmac@aol.com]


SISTER NYLAS MOSER, ASC, has served since 1997 as music minister and/or director of liturgy for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita, Kansas. From St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, Sister earned an MA in music with a concentration in church music and liturgy and with an emphasis in composition. Sister Nylas has taught elementary music, served in parish ministry, and has studied and teaches Italian. Initial exposure to NPM was at the 1983 NPM Convention in St. Louis. Sister has served in the NPM Section for Musicians Serving Religious Communities as secretary (2006–2009) and as chairperson (2009–present). In June 2015, Sister Nylas and several other musicians initiated a temporary NPM Wichita Chapter. In July 2016, at the NPM convention in Houston, the Wichita Chapter was granted permanent status. Sister Nylas is the chapter director. Mailing address: 1165 Southwest Blvd., Wichita, KS 67213. [Phone: (316) 942-2201 x 1417; email: mosern@adorers.org.]


KATHYRN MUMY holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Heidelberg College, a master of music degree in church music from Valparaiso University, and a master of arts degree in religious studies from the University of Dayton. She is currently the director of liturgy and music at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio. Kathy has previously served in parishes in Fostoria, Ohio, and Appleton, Wisconsin. [Phone: 419-475- 4348 Ext. 125, email: kmumy@cktoledo.org]


JILL MARIA MURDY is director of liturgy and music at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend, Wisconsin, Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She received a BS in composite music education from Dickinson State University and an MA in liturgical theology from the University of Notre Dame. She has served on the Archbishop’s Liturgical Commission and the Archdiocesan Sexual Advisory Board for Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Services, and she is a liaison to her local ecumenical ministerial association. Jill Maria also has a strong monastic background. She is an active member of the ALMA-NPM Chapter in the Milwaukee region. She manages the website and listserve and much of the PR for the organization. She is also a busy speaker, author, and composer who writes for many liturgical publications. [Phone 262-338-2366 Ext. 16, jmurdy@wbparishes.com]


JACQUELINE (JACKIE) SCHNITTGRUND’s career spans the range of music educator—a teacher in elementary, middle school, junior high, and senior high vocal music in both public and parochial schools. In addition, Jackie has taught religion. She attended her first NPM convention in the late 1970s in Chicago and has attended regularly since that time. From 1982 to 1984, her family lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where she served on the archdiocesan liturgy commission and later served on the diocesan liturgy commission in the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota. Jackie has served NPM as a member of the Council of Chapters and the NPM Council; she was instrumental in establishing three NPM chapters; and she has been a presenter on chapters at NPM conventions. At the local level, she has held several offices in the Rapid City NPM Chapter and currently serves as chapter director. In 1977, she initiated and continues to conduct a parish choir. [Phone: 605-342-6132, jschnitt@rap.midco.net]


THOMAS V. STEHLE has been in full-time music ministry for thirty-nine years.  He is currently pastoral associate for liturgy and director of music ministries at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC.  A native of Butler, Pennsylvania, he has served in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Peoria, Illinois, and for the past twenty-seven years, in the Archdiocese in Washington, DC.  For eighteen years prior to his appointment at St Matthew’s Cathedral,  he was at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, Maryland, where he was deeply involved in the design of the new church building and the installation of a sixty-six rank French-romantic pipe organ.  In January 2008, Tom was appointed by Archbishop Wuerl as the director of music for the Papal Mass of Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park in Washington.  In 2015 Cardinal Wuerl appointed him as the principal music director for Pope Francis’s Washington visit with the Midday Prayer at St Matthew’s and, later that same day, the Mass on the campus of the Catholic University of America and the National Shrine.  Tom is currently overseeing the completion of the Lively-Fulcher 65-rank Great Organ of the Cathedral.  He served NPM as vice chair of the Board of Directors after having served for ten years as the chair of the Council of Chapters. [Phone: 202-587-5141, tstehle@stmatthewscathedral.org]


DAMARIS THILLET studied music education/vocal concentration at Temple University, and she studied Liturgy at La Salle University. She has worked at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than sixteen years as an archdiocesan liturgical music coordinator for the Hispanic Community and as a music education program director at the Catholic Institute for Evangelizaton. She is currently an associate director for the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation at the Diocese of Camden and is also the music/Liturgy director at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, New Jersey. Damaris is one of the team members who were assigned by the USSCB to prepare the chants for the new Roman Missal in Spanish. [Phone: 267-972-4085, damaristhillet@gmail.com]


ROBERT WOLF, DMA, holds degrees from Butler University and The University of Michigan. He has been a full-time director of music ministry since 1974 and is currently at St. Patrick Church, Brighton, Michigan, where he has served for eighteen years. Dr. Wolf is the founder and current director of the NPM Chapter in Lansing, Michigan. He has been president of the NPM DMMD Board of Directors for the past six years, and he also serves as chair of the NPM Academic Scholarships Program. [Phone: 810-229-9863 Ext. 206, musicdir@stpatchurch.org]


LEI RAY YU began her conducting career at age twelve. Her formal education as a conductor began in Beijing, China, where she was a student of Madam Zheng Xiao-Ying in the Central Music Conservatory of China. Ray studied organ after moving to the United States, and she is currently the director of music at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester, Massachusetts. She helped start the Worcester NPM Chapter and serves as its chapter director.  In the summer of 2014, Ray and her family moved to Edinburg, TX, where she is the Music Director for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  She has taken up the challenge of changing a Catholic school into a choir school. [Lyu13@mac.com]