Meet the ABME Board, a dedicated and engaged group of volunteers working tirelessly to create engagement, increase benefits and provide support for our members, and execute the vision of our organization. Our seven voting members and three non-voting members (a trainee/affiliate member, the Director of Training, and our Immediate Past President) meet monthly from September through June. 




A faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College, Vanessa Mulvey guides musicians to uncover the powerful relationship between musical expression and healthy movement. To help musicians embody high quality movement, she enhances her teaching by including movement lessons from a variety of modalities that range from Parkour to flying trapeze. Vanessa has presented workshops around the world for musicians and people from all walks of life at venues that include the Shepherd School of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and the Frost School of Music.  For more information:


Vice President

Newfoundland native Dr. Andrée Martin teaches at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. She has performed at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, Lincoln Center, and the National Flute and American Musicological Society conventions. Andrée has taught Body Mapping and Renaissance history in Italy, France, and Oxford, England. She serves on the boards of the Association for Body Mapping Education and the Atlanta Flute Club and has been published in Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk. She blogs about her experiences with focal dystonia at



Melanie M. Sever is an active freelance musician, recitalist, lecturer, conductor, and teaches flute and music courses at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras program and performs with the DSSO and other regional orchestras. An advocate of performance health for musicians, she teaches Body Mapping and is active with the Biotensegrity Interest Group. Published in Fluit (Netherlands) and Flöte Aktuel (Germany). BA, St. Olaf College; MM, University of MN-Duluth; Licensed K-12 Music Educator; AMBE Licensed Body Mapping Educator.


Affiliate/Trainee Representative

Dr. David Dick is the Principal Trombone of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and serves as Department Head for the Department of Music at the University of Regina, where he directs the jazz ensemble, teaches music theory, brass classes, and trombone studio classes for the university and the conservatory. His previous teaching appointments have included the University of Memphis, Jackson State University, Belhaven University, and Briercrest College. Previous to his current performance position, he was the Principal Trombone player of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.


Mezzo Soprano Melissa Malde has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, the Bangor Symphony, Kentucky Opera, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival.  She holds degrees from Oberlin, Northwestern, CCM, and the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich.  She teaches at the University on Northern Colorado and is a co-author of What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body.  In her spare time she enjoys working in her organic garden, hiking, and cycling.

Immediate Past-President

Bridget has been involved in somatic disciplines for nearly thirty years. In 1998, she was the first person to become a Licensed Body Mapping Educator under the direction of Barbara Conable. In 2019, ABME awarded her the prestigious Barbara Conable Teaching Award. She is the author of Body Mapping for Music Ministers (GIA) and is the founder of the Choral Mapping program. She is the full-time Director of Music at St. Matthew Parish in Akron, Ohio. In addition, she maintains a private piano studio and is a sought-after accompanist in the Northeast Ohio area. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including as Immediate Past-President of the ABME Board.


Board Member At Large

Michèle is an active teacher, adjudicator, and examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music and Music Development Program in Canada and the United States. She has conducted in-depth research at the University of Ottawa Piano Pedagogy Laboratory into the role and management of tension and relaxation in pedagogical approaches to piano technique. She is committed to teaching musicians to play with more ease and freedom and presents Body Mapping masterclasses, workshops, and private lessons. Michèle performs both as a solo and collaborative pianist with a wide variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs.

As founding Artistic Director for a highly successful classical concert series, Michèle has a passion for making music a vital part of community life.

Board Member At Large

Judy Palac received her Body Mapping licensure in 2012.  At Michigan State University, where she is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Education and Director Emeritus of the Suzuki Program, Palac founded the interdisciplinary Musicians' Wellness Team in 2004.  She is published in the fields of performing arts medicine, string teacher education, and the Suzuki method in such journals as American String Teacher, Michigan Music Educator, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education. She was ASTA's Michigan String Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Michigan Music Educators Association Teacher of the Year in 2016. Currently, she also serves on national committees for the Society of Music Teacher Education and ASTA.   As a violinist, Palac currently plays in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

Board Member At Large

Max Mendez is a Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For the last fifteen years he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Cardinal Voices. Choirs under his direction have performed concerts in Mexico, San Francisco, and Carnegie Hall.   As a singing artist, Max has performed on stages throughout the Northwestern United States as a soloist and ensemble artist.  Max is a licensed educator through the Association for Body Mapping Education and is available for group workshops and individual coachings, both in face to face and in online formats.