NPM Mission Statement The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.

National Staff

Jennifer Kluge
Executive Director
Amanda Bruce
Senior Associate Director
of Marketing and Communications
Keisna Sosa

Keisna Sosa
Assistant Director of Membership

Additional Staff

Nancy Douglass, Editor

Deirdre Whitty, Finances

Board of Directors

Elected by the NPM Council, its seven members, together with the NPM Executive Director, governs the association on behalf of its members. 

Dolores Martinez, Chair

First term, ends 2024

Anna Betancourt, Sub-Chair

First term, ends 2025

Christopher Ferraro

First term, ends 2025

Paul Ford

First term, ends 2027

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

First term, ends 2024

Janet Loo

First term, ends 2027

Jennifer Kluge

Executive Director

National Council

The NPM Council is made up of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, 8 Forum Chairpersons, 14 Regional Representatives and  the Episcopal Moderator. The Council represents the interests of NPM members, advises the Board, and elects the directors. The chapters and members of each region of the United States are represented and forums of members advance the mission of the Association in collaboration with the staff. (All terms conclude at the end of the calendar year.)

Forum Chairpersons

Forums are groups of NPM members with responsibility for a specific area of organizational life that advances the Association’s mission. If you have a particular set of skills in these areas and want to contribute (or have a question about these forums), please contact the Forum chairpersons by emailing them:

Preston Dibble, Programming (Second term, ends 2025)

Kristen Donahue, Finance/Development (First term, ends 2026

Anne Vasile, Membership (First term, ends 2025)

Hank Bauer, Directors of Music (First term, ends 2026


Stephen Obarski, Certification (First term, ends 2024)

Karl Pierce, Cultural Diversity (First term, ends 2026)

Lena Gokelman, Affiliation/Advocacy (Second term, ends 2025)

Emily Strand, Communications (First term, ends 2024) 

Regional Representatives

Region 1 (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island)

Jonathan Capece (First term, ends 2024)

Region 2 (New York)

Richard Putorti (First term, ends 2023)

Region 3 (Pennsylvania and New Jersey)

Dr. Frank Klose (Second term, ends 2026)

Region 4 (Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia)

Remi Bauer (First term, ends 2025)

Region 5 (Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana)

Marcus Browning (First term, ends 2024)

Region 6 (Ohio and Michigan)

Dr. Richard Jeric (First term, ends 2027)

Region 7 (Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana)

Stacy Sienko (First term, ends 2026)

Region 8 (Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota)

Kellen O’Grady (First term, ends 2025)

Region 9 (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri)

Danny Baker (First term, ends 2024)

Region 10 (Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas)

Dr. Daniel Girardot (First term, ends 2027)

Region 11 (Nevada, California and Hawaii)

Kimberly Wargo (First term, ends 2026)

Region 12 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska)

Bill McNamara (First term, ends 2025)

Region 13 (Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico)

Jaime Cortez (First term, ends 2024)

Region 14 (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida)

Dónal Noonan (First term, ends 2027)

Episcopal Moderator (ex officio)

Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz


Registration is still open!

Register today for the 47th Annual NPM National Convention (Kansas City, Missouri, July 8-11, 2024). Registration closes on July 3, don’t delay!