Meet the Board Members
Founder & President
Lisa founded ACT Through Music Inc. after losing her brother Adam to suicide. She spent years successfully raising funds for other non-profit organizations and as satisfying as that was, she felt that she needed to do more. Lisa wanted to be able to know for certain where her donations were going and how they were being used to help prevent and bring awareness to suicide. That desire fueled her passion to start her own non-profit.
Lisa was born and raised in the Orange County, NY area. She has over 20 years of administrative experience and for the last 7 years has been in the insurance industry and is currently licensed to sell Property and Casualty, Life and Health insurance in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Gabrielle was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. She relocated to Orange County, NY in 2002, where she currently resides with her family. After a career in aviation, Gabrielle chose to be a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters. Her love of children led her to volunteer as a teacher’s aide for five years at their preschool. Once her children were of school age, she furthered her interest in childhood education and became a substitute teacher within the Minisink Valley School District. During this time, her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which deeply impacted her daily life. She quickly became an advocate for raising awareness and funds for research and potential cures. She pursued this for several years, and gladly accepted the opportunity to create and deliver her own presentation to elementary school students on the topic. With her desire to continue to assist our youth, Gabrielle has turned her focus to mental health. She is passionate about furthering the mental health outreach in youth and supporting those within her local community. Gabrielle is eager to assist in bringing ACT Through Music Inc. into schools and creating more opportunities to educate students on such issues.
Anastasia is a passionate young woman of many interests. She is currently attending SUNY Plattsburgh and is majoring in biomedical sciences. As an aspiring future physician, Anastasia hopes to widen her mental health outreach both within the local community and surrounding areas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing with her two chocolate labs, and viewing slides under her microscope.
Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass
Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass is a mom of two grown boys and a grandmother. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA), and Certified Governance Risk and Compliance Auditor (CGRCA). Dawn-Marie is currently employed as the Sr. Trust and Compliance Program lead for Redox Inc., a healthcare company that is obsessed with improving patient care and provider performance through healthcare data. She is also the owner of Livelihood Spirit Balance™ where she teaches stressed, burnt-out, overwhelmed professionals and their employees to reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression (aka S.A.D) by helping them to identify with their authentic selves and teaches them to balance their emotions and mind, along with connecting to nature and the Universe as a whole.
She is also the owner of Total Convalescence Nature & Forest Therapy™ where she guides individuals and groups through nature immersions designed to tap into the senses and develop a deep connection and reciprocity with nature with scientifically proven benefits, the focus is to help heal physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Laurie grew up and currently resides in Orange County, NY, with her daughter and son. She has over 25 years of customer service experience and is currently a brand partner for an organic CBD hemp company. Laurie enjoys being able to help people find relief from pain, anxiety, and depression with CBD products.
Laurie was personally affected by suicide when she lost her older brother, Glenn. After many years of struggling with her grief process, she found strength and a true passion for helping others. She is humbled to be a part of ACT Through Music Inc., where she can help educate, encourage, uplift, and inspire others.
Alexandra (Allie) is a young woman of many interests. She is currently a junior at Minisink Valley High School and devotes her time to her studies and the nonprofit's mission. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, baking delicious desserts, and playing with her two chocolate labs.