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Chapter Leadership

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Chapter Director


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Melissa Gali-Bird


Melissa found her love of music at the age of 5, when she began studying piano with her mom and, eventually, with a friend of the family.  At the age of 10, she enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department with her older sister.  There they studied piano with Miss Olga Radosavljevich and music theory with Marshall Griffith, Joe Ogrin, and Adeline Huss. Melissa continued her studies there through high school, joining the Young Artist program her senior year, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from CIM in 1995.  She furthered her education in voice at Baldwin Wallace College and theology at St. Mary’s Seminary.  For the past 24 years, she has directed music ministries for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, and is currently the music director at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Euclid, OH, where she plays the organ and piano, cantors, composes, coordinates a program of more than 100 people­– youth and adult, and partakes in a few ecumenical events throughout the year.  She lives across the street from her parents in Brook Park, with her husband Greg and their 3 children: Nolan, age 16, Nina, 13, and Anthony, 5.  



Jon Thibo


Jon Thibo began serving the church as an organist; cantor and choir member in 1977 at his home parish, St. Ann in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is now celebrating forty years of music ministry within the church. Jon is in his tenth year as Director of Music Ministry at St. Columbkille Church, Parma, Ohio. He has eight choirs there, plays organ, piano, cantors, directs from the keyboard and is a member of the Handbell Quartet there as well. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Indianapolis, Cum Laude, “With Distinction.” He studied voice under Elaine Norwood and Jena Adrianson, piano with Dr. Richard Ratliff and conducting with Dr. Paul Krasnovky and Dr. George Weimer. Jon was a choral director in high schools, middle school and elementary for sixteen years before finally taking up the role of full-time church Director of Music in 2002. Jon performed in The Stephen Foster Story, The Fantasticks, The Music Man, South Pacific, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Boheme, and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as many other school and community theater and opera productions. Jon is a member of the National Pastoral Musicians and DMMD Division of that professional organization as well as past member of ACDA and MENC.​

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Dan Bergen


Dan Bergen, MSEE Carnegie Mellon University, is a retired electrical engineer who enjoys developing web sites, preparing taxes for area immigrants and music of all styles.  An active member of NPM since the mid-1990s Dan has been cantor, choir member, guitar accompanist and Music Director in various area churches and has enjoyed teaching and developing musical appreciation and skills in others.   Serving the Cleveland Chapter of NPM is a labor of love and I look forward to an active chapter.  Dan and his wife, Marilyn, live in Painesville Township. 


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