Board of Directors
Jessica Kim B.Sc. Health Sciences, JD, MHA, CAPM
Founder & Executive Director
Jessica founded MINS as an undergraduate health sciences student at SFU with a team of young community-minded leaders in the fields of music therapy, music performance, health sciences and gerontology. She is dedicated to serving vulnerable populations and has extensive volunteer leadership experience with various non-profit organizations in BC. She received several awards and nominations for her contributions to the community, including the Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 Under 25 Award. Previously, Jessica held the position of principal cellist of the Surrey Youth Orchestra and she loves to perform with the volunteers when possible. Outside of work, she enjoys going on food adventures!
Melissa Yau Xu B.A. Health Sciences, Diploma in Medical Radiography
Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with double minor in Kinesiology and Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. She also completed a diploma in Medical Radiography at BCIT. Currently, Melissa is employed as a CT Technologist by Vancouver Coastal Health. Previously, she worked as a Behaviour Interventionist, supporting families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In her spare time, she volunteers as a Recreation Assistant to assist residents living in aged care facilities. Melissa is passionate about healthcare, healthy living and prevention of age-related diseases.
Jenny Lee B.Mus. Piano Performance, M.Mus.Ed.
Director of Talent Management
Jenny is a pianist, organist and teacher based in Surrey, BC. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in South Korea and immigrated to Canada with her family in 2002. Currently, Jenny is a pianist in several local music ensembles and performs a diverse repertoire from classical to jazz. She is also an experienced organist in sacred music. Outside of her professional career, Jenny regularly performs at residential care facilities and at benefit concerts to raise funds for charities. Apart from the piano, she was a cellist in a municipal orchestra in South Korea, and now plays the acoustic drums.
Madeleine Bourdages B. Music Therapy., MTA, MT-BC, M.A. Gerontology
Music Therapy Professional Advisor
Maddie is an accredited, clinical music therapist with over 6 years of experience. Maddie specializes in older adults, mental health and dementia, but has experience helping individuals of all ages, needs, and abilities reach their goals through music therapy. Maddie runs a private practice, "Howe Sound Music Therapy," out of her Squamish studio and in client's homes from Vancouver to Whistler. Maddie is also working on a master's degree in gerontology through Simon Fraser University. Currently, Maddie is conducting qualitative research looking at the influence of group music therapy on residents with dementia living in care homes.