Our Story

Using Music To Cope

In 2013, Corey Bergman, a life-long musician, began volunteering at local hospitals in Miami, Florida as a way of coping with the tragic loss of his son, Jared. As he played guitar for young patients and their families, he says, “I could plainly see that the act of listening to and playing music, and holding an instrument, has a deep positive effect on a child. All the anxiety and fear of the hospital just fades away and this kid becomes a kid again.

Then, two developments quickly brought the future UKC sharply into focus. First, Corey connected with music therapists at Miami Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and others, and gained exposure to the field of music therapy. Through music therapy, certified professionals help patients use music to achieve clinical goals, which in the case of young children might include lowering anxiety and stress, improving vital signs, and a multitude of other results. Second, the simplicity and small size of the ukulele made it seem like the ideal vehicle for music therapy with even the smallest patients. In 2014, Corey and his wife Edda incorporated the UKC. Its mission was, and remains, to support music therapy for hospitalized children, by giving children a ukulele to use during their hospital stay, and to keep when they go home. Each year, the UKC delivers thousands of ukuleles, to a growing network of more than 200 hospitals in the U.S. and in North America, Europe and Asia.

Meet Our Founders

Corey Bergman

Corey Bergman founded the Ukulele Kids Club Inc. in 2014 . In his TEDx Coconut Grove talk "Music Heals", Corey explains how music helps and inspires, even in the toughest times.
Watch "Music Heals" on YouTube

Edda Bergman

Founder
Senior Manager, Talent Business Advisor for Deloitte Services LP, retired.

Ambassadors

JOSHUA TURCHIN

Ambassadors

CELINE JOSE

Ambassadors

RYDER TIPLITSKY

Ambassadors

CHARLOTTE BISHOP

Ambassadors

National Board Of Directors

Our board members are the fiduciaries who steer Ukulele Kids Club Inc. towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure that we have adequate resources to advance our mission.

Marlén Rodriguez-Wolfe

Chief Executive Officer

M.M Music Therapist

Tom Bales

Board Chairman

President Symbiosis Foundation

Casper Casparian

Vice-Chair

Owner at CMC, LLC Strategic Marketing Communications

Lynda B. Scearcy

Treasurer

MST, CPA Member of the Board of Directors at Bank of the Sierra BSRR

Meg Kerr

Secretary

Judge of Compensation Claims, Miami District Division of Administrative Hearings

Steven Burghart

Director

President SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Saint Louis, MO

Connie Ryan

Director

Registered Nurse RN, BSN TEDx Organizer Volunteer

Jay Lichty

Director

Luthier, Lichty Guitars

Ann Hannan

Director

Director, Riley Cheer Guild and Music Therapy MT-BC Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health Affiliate Faculty, Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics

Casey Paton

Director

Co-Founder Encore Apparel Co.

Advisory Board

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum

Stephana Sneed

Advisory Board

Director, Partner Engagement with International Justice Mission or IJM

Neal Chin

Advisory Board

Ukulele Musician Teaching and Recording Artist

Stephanie M. Epstein

President

MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT Board-Certified Music Therapist Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Amber O'Leary

Vice-President of Operations

Administrative Assistant Excelcia Music Publishing

Abby Jaros

Advisory Board

Director UKC Broadway Professional actor, dancer and singer

Laura Benanti

Advisory Board

UKC Broadway Tony Award Winning Actress

Eric Kraus

Advisory Board

Partner, New York City Phillips Lytle LLP

Terry Glynn

Advisory Board

Partner IGM LLC President Glynn Enterprises Inc.

Joe Zenas

Advisory Board

Owner/CEO Thinkwell Group thinkwellgroup.com

Tom Duffy

Advisory Board

Broker Associate Berkshire Hathaway HS Verani Realty

Jay Della Valle

Advisory Board

Owner & Event Producer Spinners Entertainment Owls & Lions NJ/NY & Montreal

Gena Rositano

Advisory Board

Stage Manager Saturday Night Live New York City

Ashley Orlando

Advisory Board

Musician Lead Singer for Vintage Point Leader of Houkulele, Houston’s Ukulele Club

Corrie Woods

Advisory Board

Lichty Guitars Tryon, NC

Music Therapy Advisory Board

Our board members are the fiduciaries who steer Ukulele Kids Club Inc. towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure that we have adequate resources to advance our mission.

Kimberly Bell

MT Advisory Board

MM, LCAT, MT-BC Board-Certified Music Therapist Neurologic Music Therapist Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Amy Furman

MT Advisory Board

M.M., MT-BC Past President of the American Music Therapy Association Lead Music Therapist Minneapolis Public Schools

Marial Biard

MT Advisory Board

MM, MT-BC, NMT Board-Certified Music Therapist Texas Children’s Hospital Houston, TX

Kelli McKee

MT Advisory Board

MA, MT-BC Music Therapist SM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital St. Louis, MO

James R. Maxson

MT Advisory Board

MM, LCAT, MT-BC Music Therapist Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center

Jeniris Garay

MT Advisory Board

EdM, MT-BC, LPMT Licensed, Board Certified Neurologic Music Therapist and Clinical Educator

Rich Abante Moats

MT Advisory Board

MA, MT-BC AdventHealth Central Florida Division Program Manager Music Therapy Integrative & Creative Arts Therapies

X