Since 2012, our staff has been ably led by Executive Director Patrice Haan. Patrice sets program direction, works closely with clients to ensure their needs are met, oversees the myriad details of daily operation, and directs the volunteers who help us thrive. Patrice brings to Healing Muses over twenty-five years experience in elder care and palliative healing as well as more than thirty years writing and performing music. Patrice's commitment to the organization, our clients and most of all to the work of healing with music, is a continual inspiration.
The "Muses" are the professional musicians on our staff who provide the healing music that is our organization's mission. Each musician commits to a regular schedule, in order to learn each facility's routines and needs, and to support each location's own program of care.
Margaret is a professional Celtic harpist, singer, recorder player and flutist, with a B.A. in Music. She co-leads the Early Music quartet Broceliande and Celtic rock group Avalon Rising. A third-degree Reiki Master/Teacher, she brings her healing skills and awareness to every engagement.
Our Executive Director, Patrice Haan, is our longest-serving Muse, having played harp with Healing Muses since 2004. Outside of Healing Muses, Patrice is known for her intuitive songwriting and beautiful voice. Our CD A Garden of Healing (2010), includes two of her original pieces and a vocal performance.
Shira received her degree in music from UC Berkeley and studied vielle with Margaret Tindemans. She has been a member and leader of several ensembles, including the SF Bay Area's Christmas Revels. Shira brings to Healing Muses' clients the breadth and depth of her knowledge in Celtic, American, and early music traditions.
Healing Muses was founded in 1999 by Eileen Hadidian, a professional flautist and recorder player who found great strength in music during her own battle with cancer. At the time, hospitals were just starting to recognize the power of music and other forms of pain management as key to healing. Eileen's article "Healing with Music" framed the conversation; Healing Muses' program grew quickly to include many Northern California hospitals and in 2001, incorporated as a 501(c)3. We are grateful for her vision.
Board of Directors
Marla Fibish -- President
Musician and Instructor
Philip Batchelder -- Secretary
Trusts and estates Lawyer
Ray Bierl -- Treasurer
Musician and Singer
Retired civil servant
Jacqueline Wish, RN, MS, FNP
Retired, Family Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco Public Health Dept
Former Associate Clinical Professor of Family Heath Care Nursing, School of Nursing, Univ of California San Francisco Volunteer Faculty
Musician and Writer
Managing Director of Pesticide Action Network, Berkeley
Bruce Victor, M.D.,
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Former Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Univ. of California San Francisco