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]


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]


WILLIAM FAY (Bill) earned a BM Degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia and a MS in education from SUNY Buffalo.  Bill taught mostly high school for 33 years in the Niagara Falls, NY City School District.  After studying liturgy and church music in the summer program at the University of Notre Dame, he began a second career as a parish music director at Saint John XXIII Parish in West Seneca, NY.  Bill is the Chapter Director for the Buffalo Chapter. [Phone: 716-873-0180, musicman08@verizon.net]


Jason Hart HeadshotJASON HART has served at St. Lawrence in Muncie, Indiana since 2002 where he is the Director of Music and Liturgy and teaches elementary general music and choir.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Ball State University and a master’s degree in music education from Anderson University.

 

 


SUSAN HUGELMEYER is the Assistant Director of the Liturgical Music Institute, and is currently the Chapter Director of NPM Rockville Centre, which was selected as chapter of the year for 2017. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Susan has worked as a cantor, conductor and Director of Music for parishes throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre, as well as for the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York. As a soloist, she performs regularly as a recitalist with pianist and collaborator Jonathan Bley. She is a certified Somatic Voicework™ instructor, and has a large private vocal studio in Glen Cove, NY. Susan is a regular speaker/presenter at workshops and meetings for cantors, choral singers and music directors in the art of liturgical music performance throughout the tri-state area. [Phone: 516-621-7109, shugel@optonline.net]


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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]


KAREN MAURER is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of NPM and is currently the Coordinator of Ministry and Safe Environment Coordinator for St. Margaret Parish in Pittsburgh, PA. Karen was a Special Education Teacher for over thirty years. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Diocesan Choir and Schola, and has been a cantor and chorister for many years. Karen has served on the Core Committee for the 2012 NPM Convention in Pittsburgh.   [Phone: 412-922-8816; email: kabm2000@aol.com ]


KEVIN MAURER is the Chapter Director for NPM Pittsburgh and the former Director of Music Ministries and organist for St. John Capistran parish in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also the former Chair of the Fine Arts Department at South Fayette High School where he taught music theory and keyboard, and was the Choral Director for thirty-one years. He is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Educators,” and has also been a finalist for the Teacher Excellence Foundation on two occasions and nominee for the Pennsylvania “Teacher of the Year.” Kevin is recently retired from full time music ministry and is a member of the Pittsburgh Diocesan Choir and Schola and has served on the Core Committee for two of the Pittsburgh NPM Conventions.  [Phone: 412-922-8816; email: kmcm1@aol.com.]


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]


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 taught 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 (2009–2016). 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 served as chapter director from 2015-2018.  Mailing address: 1165 Southwest Blvd., Wichita, KS 67213. [Phone: (316) 761-2053; email: mosern@adorers.org.]


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]


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]