Our Mission & Passion

Donny greeting a participantHeart & Hope Musical Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to promoting love, healing, and transformation through our interactive musical programs with special concern for poor and vulnerable people, such as the frail and elderly, the sick and injured, or those who are emotionally troubled.

We enhance the quality of life of those we encounter and share our music, time, and energy in a compassionate, attentive, and nurturing way.

Specially selected music and a bit of humor give comfort, encouragement, and emotional support to the frail and elderly and to ALL who hear it without regard for race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or financial status.

We honor many musical traditions and have lots of fun sharing folk songs, jazz standards, old-time favorites, humorous hits, patriotic songs, interfaith spirituals, and special holiday songs. We offer a well designed interactive program of music that is positive, uplifting, and inspiring.

We encourage singing, dancing, and movement, playing “instruments” and sharing the connections “sparked” by our program.

We strive to entertain residents at Adult Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Hospitals, Retirement Centers, Nursing Homes, and other Elder Care settings, in a meaningful, memorable way.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to extend this charitable work by connecting facilitators with listeners to promote our proven, life-enriching musical program, improving the lives of both the musician and the listener with music as a therapeutic medium.

Board of Directors

Donny Roze
Founder / Board Chairperson

Donny has a BA in Music and Psychology and a K-9 teaching credential and a K-12 Music Endorsement. He has worked many years as an activity director and music therapist and currently is Heart & Hope’s only full-time Music Therapist for elders and mentally and physically disabled adults. He was an elementary school Music Specialist for Central Point District #6 for twelve years and spent 25 years as a professional entertainer. He is devoted to promoting love, hope, comfort, humor, and healing through music as an advocate for vulnerable people, including the frail and elderly.

Ingrid Perry
Executive Director/Bookkeeper

As I wondered how Heart & Hope Music was going to proceed given the restrictions posed by the pandemic, it occurred to me that this could be an unprecedented opportunity for musicians and isolated elders to connect with meaningful music over the internet. I realized there would be a learning curve for all involved, but it would be so worth the effort!

Thus, began my journey to help guide Heart & Hope Music into the 21st century. With good planning, patience, perseverance, and a good bit of luck, I know this organization can not only thrive, but bring special memories to all involved. Music heals. I want to help people heal and enjoy life more. I can see a way with this organization. I hope you will join me whatever way you can if you feel the same.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity!

Rory Tosh
Vice Chair / Treasurer

I am a Rogue Valley native-born and raised. I have a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from Southern Oregon University where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1991. I have worked several positions in the accounting industry, and am currently a partner at KDP Certified Public Accountants. I am also a singer/songwriter going by the name “Tex Tosh” online and have been doing this for many years. My interest in Heart & Hope stems from when my father was going through major health problems and spent much time in the hospital and nursing homes. I would pack up my guitar and harmonica and go play by his bed in his room. I noticed the joy it gave him as he was always closely connected to music. Also, I noticed the nursing staff and other patients enjoyed it as well. I enjoy being on the Board of Directors.

Catherine (Cate) Roze
Co-Founder / Associate / Advisor

Cate is a caregiver for elders, has raised four children, is a grandmother to six others as well as being a helpmate to Donny in all his charitable enterprises. She is a fine singer with the heart of a musician. She has lived in Ashland and been married for 30 years to Donny. Her family and her Spiritual Journey are her heart’s highest priorities.

Diana Roarty

Diana Roarty is a singer/songwriter and long-term member of the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association. Diana plays her 12-string guitar and ukulele for entertainment and therapeutic involvement in retirement homes. Also, lead singer of a gospel-blues band that sings for Celebrate Recovery and other outreach programs in the community. She is also our Community Liaison.

Donald (Don) Davis

Don is a US Coast Guard veteran who retired as an administrator at GTE Telephone Co. He has been a Professional Santa for 30 years. “I enjoy helping people and try to bring a little hope, joy, and a smile to everyone I meet.”

Robbie Crowell
Outreach Coordinator

Robbie has an extensive background in human services and nonprofit work, incorporating many types of music into the daily lives of our elders as well as children.

Before coming onboard at Heart and Hope Music, she was an Enrichment Coordinator at a local senior living residence and worked as the Family Coordinator for Medford First United Methodist Church for 5 years.  Prior to that, she owned her own daycare for 6 years, and saw firsthand what a positive impact movement and music have on our children.

As the Outreach Coordinator for Heart and Hope Music, she is very excited to be a bridge to unite people of all ages to the magic of music!

Cilandria Arnett

As a professional, I am an RN of 43 years most of which was Acute/emergent care in the hospital. The last 7 years have been in Home Health and recently Clinical Nursing. I am also an LMT, Holistic Health Nurse, Herbal Practitioner, Reiki Master, and much more. In the 1980’s I assisted in starting a Waldorf Inspired school in Bend Oregon and served as a Board member in several Capacities. I have also been a Board member of 2 other nonprofit organizations.

One of my passions is to assist people who are in need of services, care that they are not able to obtain easily on their own. Especially finding creative, spiritual and alternative types of services that are flexible for what is needed in different cultures, life situations, and in times of challenge.

When Donny told me about his musical service to elders and those in homes and care facilities, I was so excited that he was bringing that amazing gift to Those in need. I have done my own study in the transformation of people, especially elders who respond and heal with music.

Frankie Hernandez
Musicians’ Advocate

Frankie Hernandez is an institution in Southern Oregon. His infectious smile and radiant optimism have helped him to develop a following and community rapport as a band leader, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and worship leader. He has played nearly every major venue in his area; including performances on stage as a guest artist with Los Lobos and Michael Franti.

Some of the songs that he has written have been featured on television and radio around the world, including: Hotel Hell, LA Ink and Myth Busters. He is also known for his generous appearances at charitable events and has helped to raise money and awareness for causes varying from fire relief and Puerto Rico hurricane victims to local businesses and families in need. Currently he has three recordings available and is recording his first worship, contemporary Christian album. He is a revival artist.

David Rottersmann
Development Director/Interim IT Director

David Rottersmann is an experienced IT professional, business owner, and entrepreneur. He is currently working as President of HOLY COW IT, Inc., a provider of specialized IT Managed Services geared towards manufacturing companies with over 100 employees. With over 30 years of experience in high-tech business ventures and advanced product development, David brings a creative mind with plenty of experiences and exposure to many aspects of the business and entrepreneurial world. David also has a developing interest in internet business models, viral marketing, online advertising, and ironic mischief.

Erica Baker
Social Media and Data Analytics Manager

Erica Baker is a Musician, and former Non-Profit Director who has worked in Human Resources, Executive Management, IT, and the many ‘hats’ one must wear within a community based organization.  Erica studied Music at California State University, Hayward, CA, Cultural Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA and Marketing at Clackamas College in the Portland, OR area.  She has experience performing therapeutic music for elders in Santa Cruz, CA.  Erica believes that Music Therapy is a crucial tool for the healing and well being of mind, body & soul.