Board of Directors

Ruthanna Metzgar, SongShine President and Founder

Terry Huff,
Vice President, Home Life Division, State Farm Insurance (Retired), SongShine Secretary / Treasurer

Christine Engelhardt, Speech Language Pathologist,
SongShine Director

Paul Barnes,

Chaplain, Covenant Village of Turlock,
SongShine Director

Ellie Smith,
Owner and Business Manager at Conrad Smith and Former Project Manager for Hughes Aircraft,
SongShine Director

Steve Hanson, 
Owner and General Manager of KLOG-AM and KUKN-FM Radio Stations (Retired),
SongShine Director


Peter HarrisDirector of SongShine Palm Desert / Coachella Valley, Director of SongShine Singers and Players, Teacher for ‘The Words are the Thing’, Certification Trainer for new SongShine instructors

Carroll Jorgensen
, RN

Dr. Mark Jones, Neurologist

Welcome to the SongShine Foundation

A. Provide effective music-based vocal therapy classes for persons whose
speech has been damaged by Parkinson’s disease, stroke, other neurological
disorders, or aging voices.
B. Present workshops to introduce SongShine
music-based vocal therapy methods.
C. Train and certify instructors to teach SongShine
music-based vocal therapy method.
D. Continue creating course material using music as a therapy for treating
neurologically related speech disorders. 
The organizational aspects of speech are in the brain's left hemisphere.  Music engages many other areas of the brain.  Speech can be enhanced and strengthened through alternative neurological pathways when stimulated by music, especially singing.
Qualified instructors use:
A. Vocalises (singing exercises)
B. Breath management techniques
C. Consonant and vowel patterning
D. Rhythmic movement
E. Group singing for enjoyment and to strengthen and gain control of the voice
SongShine Foundation’s music-based vocal therapy classes are taught in a positive learning atmosphere in which music:
A. Lifts spirits
B. Touches hearts
C. Releases memories
D. Builds community
E. Strengthens damaged speaking voices through the power of music


SongShine Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donation in any amount is always welcome and appreciated.

SongShine Foundation relies on volunteers to assist in our classrooms, help with administrative details, help with concerts, or become certified SongShine teachers and establish new satellites. If you would enjoy getting involved or just want some additional details please contact us.