The My Voice Music Team



Ian Mouser
Founder/Executive Director
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Ian founded My Voice Music in 2008 to provide a creative outlet for youth living in foster care and residential treatment settings to express themselves and find their own voice.  Prior to founding MVM, Mouser worked as a Program Director at Wilderness Trails (a free wilderness camp for youth in foster care), and as a Treatment Counselor and Music Teacher at Albertina Kerr Centers, serving youth experiencing mental health challenges.  Music and songwriting was a way to build real relationships with youth and it became a transformative tool in his work.  The stories Ian shared about his work soon inspired others to get involved...and the rest is history!

Since founding MVM Ian has received a Skidmore Prize, presented by the Willamette Week to excellent emerging non-profit leaders (2011); he was one of 32 recipients nationally  to receive a “Top of the Class” recognition by the National Afterschool Alliance, "celebrating passion, creativity and commitment to youth" in after-school settings (2014); and was a “runner up” for the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” awards recognizing leading executives under the age of 40 (2012).  As a musician, Mouser has performed with NW bands whose songs have been played at the MTV Video Music Awards and other interesting spots.  He continues to write and perform original music in his spare time.

Monica Metzler
Programs Outreach Coordinator

Monica is in charge of all things program related.  Contact her to learn how to sign up a young musician, or have MVM come to your school or program.  She also runs many of our groups with a specific for using music as a therapeutic tool.  Monica, aka Moniker, is a musician, performer, singer-songwriter, and recording engineer with years of experience working with youth in the community. She has worked as an Educational Instructor, Program Coordinator, Music teacher, and Music therapist with various schools and non-profits in the Portland area, including Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls, Ethos Music, and Youth Music Project.  Her creative passions include songwriting, poetry, creative collaborations, recording, and playing live shows. 

Luke Hall
Studio Manager, Program Leader

Luke is My Voice Music’s Studio Engineer and Producer.  If you are looking for studio time and information, he is the guy to speak to.  Luke also runs our therapeutic program at Albertina Kerr and various rock camps.  He is a Portland, Oregon based singer/songwriter, producer and artist manager. Born in Nebraska and the son of an opera singer, he lived all over the world as a military brat before calling southern Oregon home in 1999. In 2009 he received a B.S. in Music Industry from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and worked in music publishing until 2013 when he returned to Oregon. While in LA, he worked for Chrysalis, Bug and BMG in Film/TV and A&R as a scout and creative point person for various artists.

Trent Finlay
Development & Communications Coordinator

Trent is My Voice Music’s communications shepherd, corporate relationships liaison, and general go-to-guy.  He is also a multi-talented musician who works with our Artist Mentorship Youth.   Trent began volunteering for My Voice Music in 2010 and has been integral part of the MVM team since.  His passion for serving Portland nonprofits is profound.  Many local charities can point to Trent as a vital resource who assisted them at a critical time including, PHAME Academy, p:ear, Live Wire Radio, The Pongo Fund, and others. He's a founding member of northwest bands Sweet Lou & the Trent Foundation and Wester Daywick, and co-hosts a podcast with his friends that will probably never be published (or named, for that matter).

Karen Mouser Darr
Development & Operations Coordinator

Karen is the logistical master of event operations and individual donor communication.  Karen is from San Francisco and has sung in choirs throughout her life.  She has a B.A. in psychology from Lewis & Clark College and has worked with children and families in various settings from residential treatment, to foster care, to early intervention.  Karen has lead My Voice Music's fundraising initiatives since it's founding in 2008 and has a passion for people and connection.

Calley Ekberg
Summer Programs Coordinator

Calley comes to My Voice Music with a background in both music performance and experience working with children and families.  She has worked as a Psychiatric Technician and Case Manger for Albertina Kerr Centers, a foster home certifier for the State of Oregon and is currently a School Psychologist in the public school system.  Calley earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  While in college, she played percussion in the university's wind ensemble, pep band, jazz ensemble and percussion ensemble. Calley recently graduated from Lewis and Clark College's Graduate School of Education and Counseling with an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology.

James Calkings
Program Leader

James, aka JPoetic, is a Portland born and raised mc, beat maker, and spoken word artist. Wanting to make the listener think, he blends metaphor, theology, and philosophy through passionate lyricism and wordplay. His sound is unique in that it unifies different genres such as folk and hip-hop with heartfelt acoustic indie vibes, abstract samples, boom bap breaks, and North West soul. 


Board of Directors

Amy Hoven, Board Chair/President
Attorney, Kennedy Watts Arellano LLP

Cari Schwerd, Treasurer
Assistant Professor of Accounting at Concordia University

Elia Unverzagt, Vice President
Executive Communications Manager, Caldera Arts

Benna Gottfried, Secretary
PR & Marketing Director, NW Film Center

Richard Hannan, Immediate Past President
Plant Operator, Lakeside Industries

Beth Burns
Executive Director, p:ear

Peter Shaver
Attorney, Sound Advice: Art and & Entertainment Law

Advisory Board

Alison Arella
Community Investment Specialist, Cambia Health Solutions

Cort Buchholz
Owner, Singlemind Consulting

Brian Hoven
Owner, HovenMedia LLC

Ariel Stephenson
Senior Associate, Key Bank