Veronica Llanos Butler
Veronica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and Master’s degree in Education K-12, Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, Veronica is licensed in several other therapeutic modalities and is a Fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists (NMT). Over the years Veronica has presented on and worked with a variety of populations and age groups in and around the Houston area. She is currently on several different boards and holds memberships advocacy groups to help educate and promote music therapy awareness locally, regionally and nationally.
Ida Rodriguez Balderas
Ida received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2014 and her Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017. Ida is a budding author and currently works in The Woodlands specializing in Human Capital services. As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum Ida has been a strong supporter of parents with children newly diagnosed on the spectrum. Ida has long been a supporter of local music and its ability to bring people together. A true believer of the power of music to help people from all walks a life joining the board of The Music Therapy Center of Houston was a natural step for Ida.
Vanessa founded Family First Speech Therapy in January 2014 and is dedicated to understanding the whole child. As one of only 2 fully certified speech pathologists in Profectum and ICDL in DIR® / Floortime™ here in Houston, she understands her clients challenges – how they process language, how they become regulated and how they move their body in order to build a strong foundation for communication. She is passionate about this model and in her sessions, family members are encouraged to join and be part of the interaction with their children. With over 10 years of experience, Vanessa is the guiding influence behind the Family First Speech philosophy.
Lee holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Sandra and they have two boys. Their youngest son is on the autism spectrum. Lee and Sandra are very active in serving those with special needs. Sandra is a writer for Key Ministry and blogs at Not Alone. They have written a Bible study for parents of kids with special needs entitled, Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip. Their passion is to help families and equip churches to be more accommodating to families with special needs.
Holly Griffith Terrell
Holly is an attorney in Houston with a practice focusing on helping families with children with special needs with special education and health insurance issues. Holly graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 and South Texas College of Law in 2005 cum laude. In 2012, Holly gave birth to a beautiful baby girl with Down syndrome and discovered a strong passion for helping families of children with special needs navigate the complicated education and health insurance systems to receive necessary services for their children. Having witnessed her daughters’ growth as a result of music therapy, Holly is a staunch believer in the power of learning through music.
Rachelle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2001. She completed her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2007. Over the years Rachelle has worked with various populations and in multiple settings ranging from school districts, outpatient clinics, and home health agencies. The best fit for her is working in the home health setting. Patients with Autism have always been a wonderful challenge and passion of hers. She founded an annual benefit called Dance for Autism in 2010. The inspiration came after witnessing the amazing effects music therapy has on patients with Autism. In 2013 she was asked to become a board member of The Music Therapy Center of Houston which she happily accepted.