Johnna is an inspirational leader and visionary who is respected as a passionate operator with a solid track record of building successful and sustainable health care businesses in the private sector. As Music4Health’s President she oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations, strategy and growth.
Johnna has held various senior management positions in the managed health care industry. In 2002 Johnna joined Meridian Healthcare Management to develop and implement an integrated technology platform. In 2006, after the successful launch of that technology, she joined March Vision Care, Inc. as their Chief Operating Officer and collaborated to build a vision benefit technology platform and a national vision benefits organization for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries based in Los Angeles, CA. Johnna is a 2011 graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Program.
As a health care executive, Johnna studied the root causes of poor health outcomes and the stressors on our health care system. She has watched with deep concern as the cultural focus continues to encourage stimulus overload despite numerous medical studies that correlate rising suicide rates and chronic disease to toxic stress in childhood and unhealthy coping skills.
By partnering with co-founder Kelli Schofield to create Music4Health, Johnna saw an exciting opportunity to develop an innovative offering that will provide school-aged children with evidence-based and evidence-informed methods for managing and mitigating stress through the use of music, recreation and the arts. Johnna has contemplated an organization like Music4Health since the age of fifteen and with the encouragement of Board Member, Robert Heinze, her dream became a reality.
In 2019 Johnna relocated to her hometown of Redlands, where she lives with her life partner and their three children. Johnna makes it a priority to maintain her daily meditation practice and enjoys time with loved ones, playing with their Aussie, trail running, hiking, biking and staying close to nature.
Johnna is a survivor of child abuse and is an advocate for raising awareness about the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) science.
Kelli is a Licensed Music Therapist and Music Educator. In her role as Vice President, Kelli is responsible for overseeing community partnerships, program development, and implementation.
Kelli discovered her passion for music at a young age. She began piano lessons at age eight and pursued her studies until she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in piano pedagogy years later. Kelli began teaching piano lessons at age 16 and continued teaching while raising her five children.
After 30 years of teaching music, Kelli became intrigued by how music influences and changes behavior through its impact on emotions, especially in children. Wanting to pursue this knowledge further, she returned to school in 2009 to earn a choral music teaching certificate and a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.
As part of her music therapy training, she sought out and completed an internship at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her internship, she worked with children, teens, and young adults struggling with self-harming behaviors due to anxiety and depression. This confirmed her belief that children needed to be taught the positive coping skills she had learned at UNI in their classrooms, starting in Kindergarten.
Upon graduation, Kelli worked as a Behavioral Health Assistant at Oakridge Elementary and as the music director for the after school program at Guadalupe School both in Salt Lake City. The following year she taught music at Fremont Elementary in Sunset, Utah, where she created lesson plans that combined music education with mental health education, emphasizing positive coping skills, social skills, emotional awareness, and of course, the use of music as a stress reliever and mood elevator.
Through her education and numerous years of working with young people, Kelli strongly believes that if children learn early to recognize and manage the stressors in their lives, they will be less likely to fall into harmful coping strategies such as drugs, alcohol, and self-harming behaviors.
Kelli enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, swimming, and learning new sports like golf, tennis, and skiing to keep up with her husband, children, and three grandchildren.
Robert is a financial advisor and has held multiple non-profit board leadership positions. He specializes in public agencies, private institutions, non-profits and high net worth individuals.
As Managing Director of Investments and Branch Manager of the Redlands Stifel location, Robert brings a wealth of financial expertise and non-profit experience to M4H. He holds a bachelors in political science and business administration from the University of Redlands.
Robert is a current board member and Finance Chair for the Family Service Association of Redlands and President of Kimberly Shirk Events. Robert is eager to support Music4Health’s ongoing development and growth and is elated to witness Johnna’s life-long dream take shape.
Matthew Hager is a multiplatinum American record producer, musician and songwriter. Originally from Houston, Texas, Hager now lives in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles, Hager studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has written and produced several number one hit singles, several critically acclaimed albums and has worked with many major recording artists. He has achieved unusual success crossing many genres from hard rock to jazz to teen pop.
His credits include Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Justin Timberlake, jazz superstar Mindi Abair, Scott Weiland and Timbaland, just to name a few. In 2012 Hager started the innovative indie alternative band Halo Circus with ex American Idol star Allison Iraheta to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone called them “critically underrated” and under Hager’s management, they were the very first band in history to crowdfund an entire US tour and were featured in Forbes Magazine.
Hager expanded his company 76 Steps Music to the full service entertainment
company 76 Steps Entertainment which has a tv show in development with a major studio, manages actors and provides original music for television, film and video games.
Paul has served as Chief Executive for a number of hospital systems and physician groups. He is known for leading transformations, growth initiatives and strengthening community ties.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Having worked extensively in both hospitals and physician clinics, Paul has gained experience in managing employees, expanding physician groups, negotiating contracts and mediating difficult issues that can arise in the medical community.
At present, Paul is CEO of the Visalia Foundation Medical Group in Visalia, California. Previously, as CEO, Paul expanded the Ogden Clinic in Utah by adding 5 new locations and more than doubling their physician base.
Paul has always supported music, arts and recreation in the lives of his 5 children and is excited to contribute to the growth and success of Music4Health.
Dr. John Riesenman, MD, graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1981. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with additional training in Nutrition and Functional Medicine — integrating conventional psychiatric therapies with natural approaches to healing. He has over 35 years of experience treating adult psychiatric conditions and has developed music and art therapy programs for both inpatient and outpatient treatment of psychiatric disorders since his residency training in 1982. Dr. Riesenman is an associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Loma Linda University and is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He has enjoyed sound design on analog and digital music synthesizers for more than 35 years.
In his role as Medical Director, John oversees the development of clinical protocols, procedures and outcome measurements.