"Cathy’s positive attitude
and knowledge of this field make her a great addition to any program
or project. She is both compassionate and passionate, and an eloquent
speaker. Because of her performing background, she is always aware
of the audience and their needs, and this serves her well in her
consultant and problem-solving work as well."
--Mary Rockwood Lane, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Assistant Professor,
UF College of Nursing
"As the Director of Volunteer Services at
Hospice of Marion County (Ocala, Florida), I asked Cathy to present
a full day of training and demonstration on the topic of the therapeutic
value of music in the health care setting. In June 2011, Cathy presented
techniques to hospice employees and volunteers, which was followed
by a demonstration at a nearby assisted living facility.
Her knowledge on this topic is exceptional and Cathy worked diligently
to tailor her presentation based on the needs and interests of the
audience. Cathy is a highly respected and accomplished musician,
song writer and performer. But in addition, she knows how music
can be utilized in the health care setting to heal the heart and
soul of patients who perhaps do not respond to any other stimuli.
During her presentation to the employees and volunteers, Cathy effectively
presented content on the topic and included several experiential
exercises with musical instruments that she had brought with her.
At the assisted living facility, Cathy not only performed for the
patients but also encouraged them to play the instruments and participate
in sing-alongs. I saw first hand how some patients, who had come
into the room lethargic and disengaged, began to brighten up, become
alert and fully engaged. It was a joyful experience for all involved."
--Kathleen M. Berning, Hospice of Marion County
“Cathy was our invited guest speaker at the
Oak Hammock annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s kick-off event.
What she brought to this year’s event was a topic everyone
could relate to: music and memory. She wove together facts about
the disease and data about music and how the arts affect patients.
She told remarkable stories about recoveries from comas and years
of non-speaking. She conveyed to her listeners the power of melody
and interwove her singing and piano playing to involve the audience.
She is so personable, accessible, and straight forward that everyone
could relate to what she was saying and immediately apply the concepts
Although we have had research scientists also speak
in the past and many medical doctors as well, Cathy spoke to the
group as someone who has lived with a family member who has suffered
from dementia. She has the ability to connect with people whether
she is performing, singing, or speaking. I can recommend her for
any type of speaking engagement as I know she will bring her many
and varied talents to anything she does.”
--Star Bradbury, Director of Life Planning, Oak Hammock at the
University of Florida
"Cathy presented a history of the research
on music and the aging process, with a special focus on music's
role in enhancing memory. This was followed by an interactive and
experiential music making exercise that was the highlight of the
entire event. These doctors, nurses, lawyers, therapists, and administrators
all got a very personal and immersive experience in how music can
trigger recall and stimulate cognitive functioning, yet at the same
time provide an opportunity for active participation in a creative
We got many positive comments about
Cathy's presentation, including one therapist who said, 'she was
so knowledgeable, and so skilled at getting us to drop our inhibitions
and participate.' As a result of her work Superior Residences will
be adding music as a regular component of their activities for residents.
--Rob Rothschild, President, ArtThread Foundation