The Board of Directors is NPM’s governing and policy-making body. Its five members, together with the NPM President/CEO, set the direction for the work of the Association. The members of the Board are elected by the NPM Council.

Jeremy Helmes Headshot

Mr. Jeremy Helmes, Chair
Second term, ends 2023
Director Office for Divine Worship & Sacraments Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio

Ms. Meg Matuska, Vice Chair
Second term, ends 2023

Director of Music Ministries
Communion of Saints Parish Diocese
Cleveland, Ohio

Ms. Valerie Lee-Jeter
First term, ends 2023

Minister of Music
St. Vincent dePaul Parish
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ms. Mary Prete
First term, ends 2021

Pastoral Musician
St Mary's Church
Riverside, IL

Mr. Dan Wyatt
First term, ends 2021

Pastoral Musician/Liturgist
Chatham, NY

Non-voting Board Members

Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner
Director of Ecclesial Mission and Identity

Pastor at St. Joseph Parish
Cockeysville, MD

Dr. Bob McCarty
Interim Executive Director


The NPM Council has two purposes: to elect members to the Board of Directors and to advise and guide the Board on the direction of the Association. The Council is composed of one representative from each division and standing committee. It also includes a number of representatives elected by the members of NPM by mail ballot. Some of the elected members serve as chairs of committees of operation.
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At-Large Representatives
Ms. Anna Betancourt (1/2022)
Mr. Chris de Silva (1/2020)
Ms. ValLimar Jansen (1/2020)
Ms. Jessica Koch (1/2020)
Mr. Cliff Petty (1/2022)
Ms. Andrea Ramos (1/2022)
Dr. John Romeri (1/2020)
Mr. Christopher Wilcox (1/2022)

National Committees
Dr. Jeanne Downey-Vanover, Certification (1/2024)
Mr. Preston Dibble, Publications (1/2020)
Ms. Karen Kane, Education (1/2022)
Mr. Robert McCaffery-Lent & Ms. Mary Beaudoin, Chapters (1/2022)
Ms. Jennifer Odegard, Music Industry (2/2022)
Mr. Stephen Schad, Finance & Development (2/2022)

Interest Sections
Ms. Amanda Bruce, Technology (1/2022)
Ms. Kristin Dabaghian, Organists (1/2020)
Mr. Lowell A. Davis, Chant (2/2020)
Mr. Nicholas Dragone, Pianists (2/2020)
Mr. Christopher Ferraro, Pastoral Liturgy (1/2020)
Dr. Michael Accurso , Diocesan Directors of Music (1/2024)
Ms. Lena Gokelman, Hispanic Musicians (2/2022)
Ms. Maggie Howard, Music Education (1/2020)
Mr. Matthew Judy, Ensemble Musicians (2/2020)
Mr. Tom Kendzia, Composers (2/2020)
Fr. Glenn LeCompte, Clergy (1/2022)
Ms. Lynné Gray, African American Musicians (1/2024)
Ms. Maria Nieva, Asian Pacific Musicians (2/2020)
Sr. Barbara O'Neill, IHM, Musicians Serving Religious Communities (1/2020)
Ms. Tammy Schnittgrund, Cantors (1/2020)
Mr. Roy Spicer, Choir Directors (1/2022)
Ms. Angela Stramaglia, Campus Ministers (2/2020)
Youth (To be filled, 2020)

Ex-Officio Representatives
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Episcopal Moderator
Mr. Jeremy Helmes, Board of Directors Chair
Mr. Christopher Reilly, DMMD President
Ms. Berta Sabrio, NPM Staff Representative

The Executive Director and the NPM Board members also serve on the NPM Council without a vote.

New Bylaws Approved Effective January 1, 2021

By a unanimous vote of all 31 voting members present for the Oct 26, 2020 meeting of the NPM Council, this joint resolution passed, replacing the current NPM Constitution and Bylaws with the new NPM Bylaws, effective January 1, 2021.




NPM is governed on behalf of its members (owners) by the Board of Directors through written policies in 4 distinct categories:
  1. Ends: Why does NPM exist? What difference does NPM make in the world? Details...
  2. Governance Process: How will the board do its own job? Details...
  3. Board-Management Delegation: How does the board delegate to the CEO and staff? Details...
  4. Executive Limitations: What CAN’T the CEO and staff do in fulfilling NPM’s mission? Details...