2017-2018 NPM–Grand Rapids Chapter Board

Chapter Director:


Mary Cusack began serving in music ministry in the 4th grade at St. Cajetan School in Chicago when she was asked to play the church organ for the school Stations of the Cross. She continued playing there through 7th grade until her family moved back home to Ionia, Michigan, and SS. Peter and Paul Church, the parish where Mary had been baptized, receivef her First Communion and eventually married her husband. Mary resumed playing as an adult and continued for 40 years, serving as Director of Music for 30 years until her retirement in 2012. Pastor Fr. Henry Dondzilla sent Mary to the 1981 NPM National Convention in Detroit and has continued since then as a member of both National and NPM-GR Chapter, serving a co-chair of the NPM-GR National Convention in 2015. Mary has spent many years on the GR Chapter board, holding various offices, was recently elected to serve Grand Rapids Chapter Director. She is a past member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and is currently serving on the Diocesan Church Art & Architecture Commission. Mary still plays organ and piano as a substitute for several parishes, accompanist for 5 choirs in the Ionia Public Schools, and is Director of Ionia Young People's Theatre.



Aline Snoeyink works full time for Mary Freebed Hospital. She is an accomplished flutist who who in addition to her parish, plays frequently for the 7:30 Contemplative Mass at the Cathedral, occsional diocesan events, and for the monthly Taizé Prayer for Peace. She is a member of the West Michigan Flute Orchestra and serves on their board. Aline has directed the youth choirs at Holy Family, Caledonia, since 1987, where she was instrumental in establishing the young people’s choir program. She has also directed the Saturday evening music ensemble for 7 years, and has served as interm music director during the absence of a permanent director. Aline has served on the NPM Board for many years, is a former Chapter Director and currently serves as Treasurer. She served on the core committee for the 2006 and 2015 Grand Rapids NPM Conventions.

Recording Secretary:


Wanda Toohey has been singing and playing guitar since her school years in Germany, when she was the only elementary student in the high school choir. She next sang in the school choir when living in California, and then in Bolivia began playing guitar while helping to form the choir at the English speaking church. Upon arriving in Michigan she began playing and singing at SS. Peter an Paul Church and West Catholic HS, and in college began directing the music group at Holy Spirit Church. More than 20 years ago she help start the Spanish choir at St. Mary’s church and has been serving as cantor and singing in various English choirs at St. Mary’s for 18 years. She holds an eduation degree, currently serves as business manager for St. Mary’s, and serves on the boards of Migrant Legal Aid, River City Charter School, and as secretary for NPM Grand Rapids.

Membership Coordinator:


Marcelle Marcelletti plays string bass, cantors, and sings alto in choir at St. Francis de Sales, Holland, and has done so faithfully for almost 30 years. She is the co-principal bass for the Holland Symphony Orchestra, and occasionally plays in the pit orchestra for musicals. Marcy grew up participating in the music ministry of the Charismatic Renewal. Although she works as a high school teacher outside of the field of music, Marcy has long been active in diocesan music including being the “resident” bass player for the Grand Rapids NPM 2015 convention. She has just been elected as the Membership Coordinator for NPM-GR.



Michelle Ogren serves as Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Patrick Parish, Parnell. She is an adjunct faculty member at Aquinas College. Past ministry includes Liturgical Musician for the Motherhouse of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters, Coordinator of Catholic patient care as part of the Chaplaincy Office for Spectrum Health. She has served as Director of the Office for Worship in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and has ministered as a Pastoral Musician for over 40 years beginning at St. Alphonsus. She holds degrees from Aquinas College and the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy. Michelle is our Program Chair through summer, 2018. She has served is many capacities on the Grand Rapids NPM board including Director, Newsletter, Hospitality, Prayer and Membership. She has also been an At-Large member of the National board.. She and her husband Bob are the very blessed parents of four young adults and grandparents to two spectacular grandchildren.



Kathleen Lally is serving as the Publicity Coordinator. After growing up in the GR area, she attended Michigan State and earned a BS and MS in Zoology. Her first career was in biomedical research, though her avocation has been music since she started piano lessons in the third grade. After six years in religious life with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, she returned to college to earn a Bachelor of Music in Liturgical Music from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Following a stint with AQ’s Campus Ministry, as the pastoral musician, she is currently the music director at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Remus, Michigan.

Hospitality Coordinator:




Olivia Vargas is a senior at Aquinas College studying Liturgical Music with an emphasis in voice. Originally from Canton, MI, she found her roots in her home church choir of St. Thomas a'Becket and grew to love contemporary praise and worship music. Vargas is a singer in the praise band "Islands of Mercy" based out of the Detroit Diocese. Vargas also cantors occasionally at St. Paul the Apostle as well as St. Jude's Catholic Church. She is currently serving her secong term on the board as Student Member at Large.


Jane VanHouten – Immaculate Heart of Mary, GR


Jane VanHouten is the Director of Liturgical Music at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) parish and school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her tenure, Jane has measurably grown the opportunities for parishioners to participate in music. Three attributes underpin Jane’s beliefs about how to build a vibrant music ministry: creativity, inclusiveness and a passion for engaging people in the call to discipleship. She is an accomplished musician studying piano under Benjamin Yu, Ralph Votapek and Deborah Moriarty as well as attending an organ masterclass at BYU. She was accepted into the Oberlin Choral Conducting symposium in 2014 with instructors Dr. John Michael Scheibe, Dr. Janet Galvan and Jason Harris culminating in a masterclass with Maestro John Nelson and conducting full orchestra and 80 voice chorus in Haydn's Creation. Jane is a rousing choral and instrumental conductor who believes choral and instrumental works are offered not as performances, but as a form of prayer. She serves on the NPMGR board as Member–at-Large.

Sheri Proulx – St. James, Grand Rapids


Sheri Proulx is retired from Gordon Food Service’s corporate office, where she spent 34 years in various roles, including buyer, marketing manager and most recently, events coordinator. Sheri was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area, attending several different parishes over the years, as her family grew and moved throughout west Michigan. She began participating in music ministry as a teen and was always a member of the choir and cantor in whichever parish she was attending. For 10 years she was president of the Wyoming Civic Chorus, has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and participated for many years in local theater productions. She currently cantors and assists her husband Gordon with the music ministry at St. James parish in Grand Rapids. She joined the local Grand Rapids chapter of NPM 17 years ago. She was recently elected to serve the NPM-GR board as Member-at-Large.





































































                  Ex-officio Members (non-voting)

                  Immediate Past Chapter Director

                  (ad hoc Newsletter Editor)

                  Robert J. Batastini – St. Francis de Sales, Holland



                  Robert J. Batastini is the retired vice president and senior of GIA Publications, where he remains active on a part-time basis, and will celebrate 50 years with GIA on Oct. 1, 2017. He became the organist of his parish church in 1955 at the age of 13, choir director at 16, and has remained an active parish musician ever since. He was one of the first to join NPM when it was founded in 1975. Bob has served on the NPM-GR board for six years as Member-at-Large, and Chapter Director. He was a member of the Bishop’s Committee on the Litugy that drew up the document Sing to the Lord, and is a past president and Fellow of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Since moving from Chicago to Southwest Michigan in 2005, he has assisted Phil Konczyk at St. Francis de Sales, Holland.

                  Deacon Dennis Rybicki, Diocesan Director of Music

                  Prayer Coordinator



                  Dennis Rybicki began his teaching career for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in the fall of 1990. In 1993, he graduated from Aquinas College with a degree in Music Education and Liturgical Music. Dennis joined the faculty of Catholic Central in 1995, the same year he earned his Masters of Music Education from Calvin College. In 1997, he joined the staff at Aquinas College as pastoral musician. As well as a Catholic school teacher, he serves as the Diocesan Director of Music and is a professional harpist. As Diocesan Director of Music, he has served on the NPM Board for many years. Dennis was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in June, 2017.

                  Charles Nolen – St. Andrew Cathedral



                  Charles Nolen is the newly appointed director of music for the Cathedral of St. Andrew. He comes to the Cathedral with 20 years of professional experience serving the Sacred Music community as organist, choirmaster, and director of music for churches in Tennessee, Michigan, and most recently, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree in Organ Performance from Rhodes College in Memphis, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis, where he continued with doctoral studies in Organ Performance and Musicology. As an organist and choral conductor, he has had the privilege to study with David Ramsey, Dr. Jon David Peterson, Dr. Joe Galema, Dr. Larry Edwards and Dr. Timothy Sharp. He, his wife Virginia, and their three chuldrenare members of the Cathedral parish. Charles serves as an ex officio member of the NPM board.

                  Phillip W. Konczyk, Web MaestroSt. Francis de Sales, Holland





                  Phil Konczyk began his liturgical music life at the age of 13 playing masses at St. Thomas Parish in Muskegon. A graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central and Aquinas College, his degree is in liturgical music with an emphasis in organ. Additionally, he studied vocal performance at Grand Valley State University. Phil is a member of the NPM-DMMD National Board, the Holland Chorale Board and the Holland Chorale’s Artistic sub-committee, and is the webmaster for NPM Grand Rapids. He served as Worship Chairperson for the 2015 NPM Convention in Grand Rapids. He has served several terms on the NPM-GR Board. Phil has been the director of music and liturgy at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Holland since 2005 where he has worked toward bringing unity in worship to the very diverse multi-cultural, multi-lingual community. He plans, organizes and plays for the Spanish and bilinugal celebrations of Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and has an active teaching studio for organ and piano students. In his rare spare time, he enjoys Cooking, eating, kayaking and reading in the hammock.