Board of Directors

MTNA directors and officers are elected by the membership for two-year terms; directors are elected in even-numbered years, officers are elected in the odd-numbered years. There is one director for each of MTNA's seven divisions. To learn more about your MTNA officers, click their photo.


Peter Mack


Peter Mack, NCTM
Seattle, Washington

Kevin Chance


Kevin Chance, NCTM
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

William Chapman Nyaho, NCTM
Normandy Park, Washington


Barbara Fast

Vice President for Membership

Barbara Fast, NCTM
Norman, Oklahoma

Heather Smith


Heather Smith, NCTM
Centerville, Utah

Karen Thickstun

Immediate Past President

Karen Thickstun, NCTM
Nashville, IN

Gary Ingle

Executive Director & CEO

Gary L. Ingle
Cincinnati, OH


Andrea McAlister
Andrea McAlister, NCTM
East Central Division, Lakewood, Ohio

Andrea McAlister, DMA, NCTM, is professor of piano pedagogy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and senior editor for The Piano Magazine: Clavier Companion. McAlister has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences, serves on the Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Executive Committee and was president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association from 2014–2016.

Jacqueline Herbein
Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM
Eastern Division, Export, Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM, is an independent teacher, workshop presenter and musician-wellness advocate. In the past 10 years, she has served as MTNA National Junior Competitions coordinator, Pennsylvania MTA state president and treasurer and held leadership positions at the local level. She was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2017 and has received PMTA’s Distinguished Service and Teacher of the Year awards.

Mary Kaye Owen
Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM
Northwest Division, Renton, Washington

Mary Kaye Owen, NCTM, teaches piano in Renton, Washington. Currently the MTNA Northwest Division Performance Competitions chair and senior coordinator for the state MTNA Performance Competitions, Owen is also an active local association member. A past president of Washington State Music Teachers Association, she was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2018.

Lauren Schack Clark
Lauren Schack Clark, NCTM
South Central Division, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Lauren Schack Clark, DMA, NCTM, teaches piano at Arkansas State University. She is an MTNA Foundation Fellow, was South Central Division Competitions chair from 2014 to 2017 and is chair of the Arkansas MTNA Competitions. Clark has been a State and Local Association president and ASMTA Teacher of the Year. She has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and in China.

Thomas Swenson
Thomas Swenson, NCTM
Southern Division, Greensboro, North Carolina

Thomas Swenson, PhD, NCTM, teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The Music Academy of North Carolina. A specialist in teaching adults (andragogy), Swenson has given presentations, workshops and lecture-recitals throughout the U.S.

Noreen Wenjen
Noreen Wenjen, NCTM
Southwest Division, Torrance California

Noreen Wenjen, NCTM, is past-president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), a leader in business and technology, she is author of Two-Year Waitlist: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers.

Mary Beth Shaffer
Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM
West Central Division, Ankeny, Iowa

Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM, is a former president of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. She received BM and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. A member of MTNA for more than 35 years, Shaffer has resided in three of the West Central Division states during that time. She has also served in various leadership roles in state and local associations.