Joseph Kumph
Joseph Kumph
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Joseph Kumph (he/him) is an entrepreneur and software engineer living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1990’s Chris
WIW Facilitator

1990s Chris (he/him) is a queer, working class poet and filmmaker from Hereford, England. Writing primarily for film and audio, Chris has made work for BBC arts and Channel 4’s Random Acts, Art...

Reem Abumeri
Reem Abumeri
Advisory Board Member

Reem Abumeri (she/her) is a college student double majoring in history and social studies with the intent to become a middle and high school teacher. On Reem’s downtime she is an aspiring songwriter, producing...

Jennifer Ancona
Board Member

Jennifer spent her formative years in rural South Carolina and had the opportunity to work amongst film in college. As a student forming her opinions of the world, she became interested in this...

Victoria Anderson-Gardner
Advisory Board Member

Victoria Anderson-Gardner (they/them) is a queer Ojibwe filmmaker from Eagle Lake First Nation in Ontario. They are currently based out of Toronto, Ontario where they recently completed their thesis film for a Bachelor...

Daksha Arora, MS, LGPC, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Member

Daksha Arora (she/her) is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and founder of Serene Therapy & Wellness Center located in Downtown Rockville, MD. Dr. Arora has over 25 years of experience in mental health...

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Nikita Atkinson
Outreach Volunteer + AWI Ambassador

Nikita is a recent graduate from Queen’s University with a major in sociology, who attended one of Art With Impact’s M4MH events last year while in school. Currently working as a legal assistant in...

Gabriela Bazán
Volunteer Data Analyst

Gabriela Bazán is a data analytics consultant from El Salvador but has been living in Chile for the past 6 years. She has a degree in Computer Sciences and a Masters in Public...

Cessa Betancourt
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Francesca Betancourt aka Cessa is an actor, intimacy director, facilitator, and producer originally from the Southwest but is now based on the East coast. She has worked as an artist & theatre/dance/consent facilitator...

Ari Bird
High School Educator

Ari Bird is a California-born visual artist who has a passion for combining mental health/healing with the arts. After receiving a BFA at UC Santa Cruz in 2010, Bird moved to San Francisco,...

Dr. Luba Botcheva
Advisory Board Member

Luba Botcheva PhD (she/her) has more than 20 years of experience in applied research and evaluation with a focus on mental health and wellness. As Research Director at the Center for Dignity, Recovery...

Maya Brown
Special Projects Advisor

Maya is equal parts artist, therapist, and activist, and is so thrilled to get to satisfy all of them while working with Art With Impact. She grew up a third culture kid, being...

Meagan Brown
Advisory Board

Meagan Brown (she/her) is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and assistant editor. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Meagan has worked on a wide variety of productions, from a documentary about women in the prison...

Olivia Buntaine
Wellness In Words Facilitator

Olivia Buntaine (she/her) is an award-winning poet, theatremaker, and general rabble-rouser whose work focuses on themes of liberation after violence. Through plays, poetry, and creative non-fiction, Olivia works most often in the universes...

Megan Rowney
Megan Cameron
President, Board of Directors

As a fundraising professional, Megan (she/her) brings practical experience in strategic fundraising, event planning, sponsorship, donor relations, grant writing and direct marketing. Before transitioning into fundraising, Megan worked as a Journalist with Global...

Amanda Carboni
Outreach Volunteer

Amanda is a contractor for startups in San Francisco. Amanda received her Master’s Degree in Art History from Christie’s Education in London. She started volunteering with Art with Impact because she believes in...

Kari Lee Cartwright

Kari lee Cartwright (she/they) wrote the Jesse, Rona, Jill series of monologues for the 2021-2022 Our Bodies, Our Minds. Kari lee is a Korean American Actor, Writer, and Director based in Los Angeles....

May Chan
May Chan
Volunteer Visual Designer

May Chan (she/her) is a designer, teacher, and advocate from Brooklyn, New York. After teaching in France, she returned home to embrace her passion for the arts and now has eight years of...

Michael Charlton
Advisory Board Member

Michael Charlton is pursuing a major in Liberal Arts which entails minors in Environmental Analysis & Policy, Business Administration and Africana Studies at The University of Cincinnati. Before attending UC, Michael pushed pause...

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Keith Chau
Board Member

Keith Chau (he/him) currently works as a Senior Analyst at the Anti-Racism Secretariat at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Keith is a dedicated public servant who has held progressive positions advising the government...

Skye Christensen
Facilitator and Strategic Partnerships Consultant, 2013 - 2016

Skye is a Community Facilitator and Digital Media Consultant harnessing media arts to facilitate collaborative community programs within diverse communities. Focusing on participatory culture, Skye engages various stakeholders on interpersonal, strategic and organizational...

Freda Chu
Freda Chu
Volunteer Bookkeeper

Freda Chu (she/her) is an accountant based in Toronto, Ontario where she works at an accounting firm called 3A Tax Services Professional Corporation. She is a Hong Kong immigrant and loves living in...

Lisa Conn-Akoni, MA, MFT
Advisory Board Member

Lisa has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch...

Jules Cowan

In 2019-20, Jules Cowan (he/they) designed the Movies for Mental Health and Our Bodies, Our Minds posters for the 2019-20 academic year. Those posters hung on walls at over 80 college and university...

Deb Cuny
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Deb Cuny, M.Div., is a storyteller activist, trainer, restorative justice practitioner, and consultant at Deb Cuny Consulting. Deb also serves as a spokesperson and advisory member for the #BornPerfect Campaign to End Conversion Therapy. Deb has shared her...

Richard D’Angelo
Advisory Board Member

Richard D’Angelo, A New York based filmmaker and educator, founded RDA Productions, a full service production services company, in 2001. A lifelong film devotee, he received his BFA in Film Production from LIU...

Natalie Daley
Director, AWI Canada

Natalie is the driving force behind Art With Impact Canada and is responsible for facilitation, programming, outreach, fundraising and partner relationships for our programs north of the border. She also engages students and...

Hamed Dar
Program Associate

Hamed Dar has worked in the health and social service industry for nearly a decade. He started by building youth and recreation programs for city-wide and provincial programs and then transitioned into the...

Olivia DePaul

Olivia DePaul (she/her) is a mental health advocate currently pursuing her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. While earning her BA in Psychological Science, Olivia became involved with...

Yara DeSousa
Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

Yara DeSousa (she/her) is a wife, mom, and mentor. She and her family live and work in Boston, MA. Yara’s family is from the Cape Verde Islands and they value culture, faith, serving,...

Kimberly Diggles
Advisory Board Member

Kimberly Diggles (she/her) is a licensed therapist and mental health expert living in Long Beach and working throughout California. Dr. Diggles has over 15 years of experience and specializes in facilitating healing among...

Joanna Eby
Treasurer

Joanna works in accounting at Farallon Capital Management, LLC, a San Francisco based private equity firm. Joanna brings to AWI her experience combining creativity with economic savvy to fuel community development and awareness...

Liz Eldridge

Liz Eldridge (she/her) wrote monologues for the Our Bodies, Our Minds workshop. Liz is a writer, actor, musician, and stand-up born in Los Angeles, and raised by her mother and a series of...

Jonathan Elliott
Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Elliott (he/him) is a Tuscarora filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since attending York University’s Film Production program, he has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of...

Jane Farley, MFT
Advisory Board Member

JANE V. FARLEY, MFT (46468) Jane is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Training Consultant and Expressive Artist with over fifteen years of experience...

A’raelle Flynn-Bolden

A’raelle Flynn-Bolden (she/her) wrote monologues for the Our Bodies, Our Minds workshop held by Art With Impact. A’raelle is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist who endeavors to tell stories exploring the lives of...

Kadence
Kadence Foster
Advisory Board Member

Kadence (they/them) is a college student working towards their degrees to join other professionals in the unique field of adventure therapy. As well as a writer, poet, and sock enthusiast, Kadence is non-binary...

Kirsten Frantzich
Advisory Board Member

Kirsten (she/her) is a Juilliard-trained actor with a PhD in depth psychology working in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she balanced careers in stage, television, and film...

Rachel Fusco
Advisory Board Member

Rachel Fusco, MA has spent the last decade building and managing programs that promote tangible social change for teens and college students. Rachel is passionate about intergroup dialogues, team-building, diversity and inclusion, racial...

Katie Geurnsey
Treasurer

Drawn to the creative and eclectic, Katie powered her way through a B.S. in Computer Science by taking art history classes at UCSB. After a few bouts with engineering companies and living abroad,...

Nolan Golden
Student Leader

Nolan Golden is a queer, charismatic college student based in sunny California. They have a well-rounded background in leadership and community activism, and have been a mental health and LGBTQ advocate for over...

Cami Gordon
Grantwriting Volunteer

Cami is a San Francisco-based arts educator with experience in program management, nonprofit consulting and research and data analysis. Cami graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors degree in History of Art...

Deborah Greenslit
Advisory Board Member

Deborah L. Sandoli Greenslit, Psychotherapist/LMHC, RN/Wellness Specialist Deborah is a seasoned, licensed psychotherapist and a registered nurse with advanced degrees in psychology, education and health &wellness and has over thirty five years of...

Kate Griffin
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Kate is a collaborative educator, non-profit leader, and storyteller who has worked in higher education, served as Executive Director for a leading Native American rights organization, and played leadership roles in the fields...

Christine Guais
Christine Guais

Christine Guais (she/her) designed the Movies for Mental Health posters for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a Paris-based art director. Illustrator. Graphic designer. Musician. Proactive dreamer. (c) Sablerouge.com

Jacqueline Hang
Advisory Board Member, Workshop Support Volunteer

My name is Jacqueline and I’m a UCI student with a Psychology and Social Behavior degree. I have a history working with various ages of children, as I have a strong passion for...

Alison Hanson
Vice President

A recent transplant to San Francisco from New York City, Ali began her career working in progressive theater at the Lincoln Center Studios, @45Below, the Culture Project and with Fractured Atlas. She made...

Warda Haq
Volunteer

I am a recent college graduate from SDSU. I have worked with children diagnosed with autism for a little under 2 years and have a great interest in the population. I am currently...

Paula Harris
Grantwriter

Paula is passionate about mental health and is delighted to be furthering Art With Impact’s mission through strategic grant writing. With over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Paula brings a...

Erica Heinz
Erica Heinz

Erica Heinz (she/her) designed the Movies for Mental Health poster for the 2014-15 academic year. The color studies she did for the poster continue to inform Art With Impact’s brand guidelines to this...

Tia Hill
Volunteer

From a young age, arts education has helped Tia develop a sense of lifelong learning, along with museum positions and volunteering. Her monotone voice might catch you off guard or imply otherwise, but...

Arielsela Holdbrook-Smith
Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

Arielsela (she/they) is an interdisciplinary public health educator and artist originally from Los Angeles with roots in Ghana, but currently based in NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health from...

Morgan Hood
Outreach and Marketing Volunteer, and Workshop Support Volunteer

Morgan is a practicing social worker and aspiring journalist who is passionate about activism and systemic oppression. She is a lover of live music, dancing and artistic expression. Morgan decided to partner with...

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Maliha Hossain
Fundraiser Outreach

I’m a pharmacy graduate with a love for the arts: from playing the alto saxophone to improv to card-crafting. I may not be the best at any of them but I certainly enjoy...

Jennifer Houston
Volunteer

Jennifer comes to Art With Impact with a deep appreciation of mental illness, along with a passion to help others and make a positive impact on the world.  She hopes that by marketing...

Katty Huertas
Katty Huertas

Katty Huertas (she/her) illustrated and designed the key art for Art With Impact’s 2021 Voices With Impact program. She is a multidisciplinary artist born in Colombia and based in Washington DC. She holds...

Christopher Humphreys
Summer Outreach Coordinator

Christopher is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, hoping to pursue a career in policy work following the completion of his undergraduate studies. As evidenced by his dual majors—Philosophy & Public Affairs, and...

Jesse Jimenez
Student Leader

Jesse Jimenez is currently going into his sophomore year at NYU, where he majors in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health. He previously lived in Mission Viejo, California with his parents, three siblings,...

Matthew Johnson
Marketing Coordinator Intern

Matthew interned at Art With Impact during the summer of 2011. Thank you, Matt for your hard work, mad biking skills and unfailingly positive attitude! Matthew is, like most folks here in San...

Mikilah Johnson
Advisory Board Member

Mikilah Johnson (she/her) is a lover of food, theatre and children. In 2014, Mikilah graduated with a B.S in Psychology with a minor Drama/Theatre for the young from Eastern Michigan University and in...

Esther Kang
Development Assistant, 2011

Esther worked at Art With Impact during our very first days… the winter of 2011 before we lost her to Los Angeles. Thank you, Esther for all your fabulous writing skills, your competence...

Aurora Kasten
2013, 2014, 2015 Summer Intern

Aurora currently studies Latin American/Latino Studies, with a focus on Media Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is an active member of the UCSC Fashion Team and has enjoyed leading...

Ryan Keefe
Ryan Keefe
Board Member

Ryan (he/him) believes in the power of artists to speak directly with their audiences and to create emotional journeys that involve the viewer in a way that is deeply personal, yet universally understood....

Hilary Kelly
Executive Assistant

Hilary (she/her) is an administration connoisseur with a background in theatre and digital art currently based out of Central Florida. Through her theatre work, Hilary has seen firsthand the capacity artistic storytelling has...

Randy Kelly
Advisory Board Member

Randy Kelly (he/him) is an award-winning film and television director, editor and cameraman based in the Ottawa/Gatineau area in Canada. For over 22 years, Randy has worked on dramatic TV series, lifestyle series,...

Claude Kerven
Advisory Board Member

Kerven (he/him) is the Chair of the Filmmaking Department at the New York Film Academy. His career began with the debut of his short film, “Candy Store,” which won an Academy Award for...

Beth Killian
Lead Educator

Beth Killian (she/her) is a Rhode Island based songwriter, youth worker, mentor and advocate. Having recently completed an MSW program at Smith College, Beth is committed to creating and supporting spaces where therapeutic...

James Kim
Advisory Board Member

James Kim is a filmmaker and playwright based near Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Dartmouth College. His short film “After Her” won the monthly Art With Impact short film contest in 2014 and...

Andrew Kirschner
Managing Director

Andrew (he/him) is a jack-of-all trades digital strategist with a background in community management, graphic design, and content creation, and a laser focus on building lasting relationships with audiences. At Art With Impact,...

Abbie Kopf
Guest Blogger

Abbie Kopf is a writer, editor and nonprofit consultant who has worked for some of the nation’s finest arts, social justice and education organizations. She is exceptionally passionate about cause-based communications, because a...

Jeff Kosciejew
Board Member

Jeff has a background in photography and multi-media production, graduating with honours from Seneca College’s Audio Visual & Multi-Media Techniques program many, many years ago. His career has taken him into all sorts...

Kristin Kosyluk, Ph.D., CRC
Advisory Board Member

Dr. Kristin Kosyluk received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Rehabilitation Counseling Education program in December 2014. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law &...

Hope Kuehne
Partnerships Manager

Hope (she/her) brings her passion for art and background in partnerships to eagerly grow our relationships at Art With Impact. Hope has a personal relationship with art as a radical tool toward healing...

Laurie Kyser
Laurie Kyser
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Laurie was born and raised in Tampa, Florida receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of South Florida and her MBA in Marketing from Florida Institute of Technology. She worked in Digital...

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Andrea Lamarre
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Andrea LaMarre is a writer, speaker, researcher, and filmmaker-in-training based in Guelph, Ontario. She has spent the past 4 years working on a PhD at the University of Guelph, studying eating disorder recovery...

Stephanie Landes
Outreach and Marketing Volunteer, Workshop Support Volunteer

Stephanie Landes is a recent college graduate that is in her first year working. She has loved art as long as she can remember. She is interested in entering the field of art therapy because she believes...

Lori Lane-Murphy
Board Member

Lori has intimate experience with mental illness and is passionate about stigma reduction. Her message is simple. Everyone has mental health and the focus needs to be more on preventative action to stay...

Amanda Lederle
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Amanda (they/them) is a recovering perfectionist and empathic human. They are based in Tkaronto, also known as Toronto. Amanda has focused their time to create discussions around wellness and community care. As the...

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Meg Lehmann
Board Member

Meg is the Vice President and Managing Director at the Gochnauer Foundation, a family run foundation that primarily supports organizations and programs that promote spiritual, medical, cultural, and educational growth or provide essential...

Kara Leman
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Kara is an Edmonton, Alberta-based health promotion professional specializing in mental wellness. She earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Business Administration from McMaster University. Kara spent seven years in marketing &...

Jade Lenier
Advisory Board Member

Jade is an artist and advocate residing in sunny SoCal. Jade likes to talk about neurotic charts they make to show their therapist, how The Read is the best podcast ever, their passionate...

Angelo Leotta
High School Educator

Angelo is a freelance filmmaker, editor and photographer from Oakland. His artistic interests focus on time, minimalism, and metaphysics.  Working with AWI is important to Angelo for several reasons; having been a teacher,...

Chaun Lewis-Green
Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

Chaun (she/her) is a Brooklyn native currently based in Los Angeles with over a decade of experience in program, project, and people management. Her mission-driven approach to work led her to AWI because...

Rebecca Lieb
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Rebecca Lieb (she/her) is a Masters of Counselling student based in what is currently commonly known as Calgary, Alberta, where she also co-owns a local LGBTQ+ retail shop called The QUILTBAG. She has an...

Rudi Lion, MFT
Advisory Board Member

Rudi Lion is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy with a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She loves working with couples of all configurations. Learning to speak our truth...

Amanda Lipp
Advisory Board Member

Amanda Lipp, 26, is a filmmaker and consultant in the fields of mental health care, non-profit development, and social entrepreneurship. Since age 19, she has given over 150 speeches across the U.S., and...

Thea Loo
Advisory Board

Thea Loo (she/her) is an emerging film producer and director who holds a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University. She began her producing career through an administration internship at the Vancouver...

Lumi Lopez
Wellness In Words Facilitator

Frank Antonio López (Lumi) is a Dominican poet, filmmaker & artist-educator born and raised uptown New York City. He is an alumnus of The Brotherhood Sister Sol and a founding member of the...

Tiana Marie

Tiana Marie (they/them) is a non-binary artist located in the Pacific Northwest. In 2020, they self-published their first book, Let The Crimson Flow, a menstrual memoir. They have written monologues for the Our...

Britt Martinez-Hewitt
Wellness In Words Facilitator

Britt Martinez-Hewitt (she/they) is a queer artist and community organizer born and raised in Miami & currently based in Los Angeles. She focuses on healing justice for survivors, popular education for tenants, pleasure...

Josie Mattson
Board Member

Joanna Mattson, RN (Josie) (she/her) has been a registered nurse for 13 years, working in both the acute hospital setting and in community health.  For the last 5 years she has worked with people...

Aisha Mayne
Board Member

Aisha (she/her) is an expert in Marketing Strategy and Communications with 10 years of experience in the the food and beverage industry. She has led big national brands at companies like Mars Canada...

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Laurie McFarlane
Community Outreach Specialist

Laurie McFarlane is an organizer, relationship builder and fundraiser with a passion for arts programming and social services. She is responsible for helping AWI with communication, outreach and fundraising efforts to support inspiring...

Dawn McGuire
Secretary, Board of Directors

Dawn McGuire (she/her) is a physician who is board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry. She trained at UCSF. She is also a poet, whose most recent collection, The Aphasia Cafe, received the Indy Book...

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Dr. Dave McIntyre
Advisory Board Member

Dr. Dave McIntyre is a licensed and board certified Clinical Psychologist. He retired after a combined 30 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U. S. Public...

Carl McQueen
Carl McQueen
Volunteer Data Analyst

Carl McQueen is a Saint Louis, Mo based data scientist for a major financial institution. He has an Information Systems degree from Calvin College in Michigan and a passion for problem solving inside...

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Cary McQueen
Founder and Executive Director

Cary (she/her) is the founder and executive director of Art With Impact and a firm believer that art is the answer (and it doesn’t even matter what the question is). She considers mental...

Nicole Medina
Nicole Medina

Nicole Medina (she/her) created the illustrations for the 2022 Voices With Impact program focusing on grief and resilience and substance use disorder. Nicole is a Latina illustrator based in Philadelphia, PA who has...

Nichole Meredith
Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

Nichole is a graduate from The Ohio State University where she majored in Public Affairs with an emphasis on Education Policy, as well as a double minor in African American Studies and Women’s, Gender,...

Aidett Meyer
Workshop Coordinator

Aidett has spent the last ten years of her career in the non-profit sector serving diverse groups throughout California and Hawaii. She is passionate about working with and advocating for underserved populations and...

Jen Meyers
Special Event Intern, Winter 2012

Jen is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, and a heavy concentration in indoor and beach volleyball. She currently provides technical support at Demandforce,...

Laura Misuk
Grants Manager

Laura brings over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit program management and fund development and her wry sense of humor to the Art With Impact team. Her experience ranges from serving as the...

Erin Morgan
Bookkeeper

Erin’s passion for helping others in the non-profit world drew her to Art With Impact. She found herself connecting with AWI’s mission and vision as a way to continue her journey in helping...

Helena Murphy
Outreach Coordinator, November 2011 - June 2012

Helena is an educator and social advocate, who has been involved with grassroots work for over 10 years. Her long-term passion for human rights has drawn her to the heart of many conflicts...

Yasaman Nassab
Advisory Board

Yasaman Nassab (she/her) is a passionate community college student who is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She is working towards completing her bachelor’s degree to become a Licensed Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist,...

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Neha Patel
Canadian Outreach Intern

My name is Neha and I am a BAS student at the University of Guelph. My minors, Psychology and Neuroscience, involve using both arts and science to better understand issues in society. I...

Cleo O’Brian-Udry
2014 Summer Intern

Cleo recently graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. with Honors in English. She is from New Haven, CT but will be staying in the Bay Area to complete her Master’s in English...

Victor Frank Okoye
Advisory Board Member

Born in Nigeria, Victor Frank Okoye (a.k.a Victor O’Frank) is one of Nigeria’s most promising upcoming film directors. Coming from a science background and a trained medical doctor, Victor has defied all odds...

Emilio Ortega Aldrich

Emilio Ortega Aldrich (he/him) is a writer who contributed to the Our Bodies, Our Minds monologue series. Originally from Riverside, CA, Emilio has written for such television shows as Arrow and Supergirl while...

Andrea Oseas
Advisory Board Member

Andrea is former Executive Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH), a research partnership of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University. CMCH’s flagship research study, VIA, designed by Michael Rich,...

Mariana Osuna
Advisory Board Member

Mariana Osuna Perez, (1981, Mexico) has always been inclined to tell stories. She started working as a radio host at a very young age, eventually moving to T.V and film while in university....

Brent Pace
Brent Pace, LCSW
Advisory Board Member

Brent (he/him) is a mental health therapist. For eight years, Brent was Clinical Director of Utah Health and Human Rights: a nonprofit agency that provides holistic mental health services to refugees, immigrants and...

Marlene Padron
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Marlene Padron (she/her) comes to Art With Impact as a 1st generation Mexican-American immigrant raised in Michigan. Also a 1st generation college student that pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan...

Lisa Pan
New Works Project Intern, 2011

Lisa Pan recently graduated from University of San Diego School of Law with a concentration in International Law. Her experience with nonprofit organizations focuses on international justice and human rights issues. She is...

Vandana Pant
President, Board of Directors

Vandana specializes in creating and implementing scalable models for social impact and organizational growth. In her current engagement with Sutter Health-Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Innovation Center, Vandana leads strategy, program deployment, operations and...

Kiran Patel
Our Bodies, Our Minds Facilitator

Kiran Patel is passionate about preventing and healing violence through empathy, spirituality and self-expression. Weaving together Eastern and Western psychological and spiritual traditions, Kiran has served crisis hotline callers, survivors of communal violence...

Natalie Patterson
Director, Black + Mental Health + Matters; Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Natalie Patterson (she/her) is a highly acclaimed African American poet and teaching artist. Over the last 15 years, she has traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges, and high schools.  Natalie...

Gayle Pazerski
Featured Blogger

Gayle Pazerski is Pittsburgh, PA-based writer, actor, and teaching artist who holds and a BFA in acting from the University of Kentucky and studied in the MFA acting program at Rutgers University. Her...

Kitkat Pecson

Kitkat Pecson (she/her) is a Filipino American artist creating colorful art in NYC. She created the 2021-2022 Art With Impact “Movies for Mental Health” and “Wellness In Words” workshop designs. She started her...

Josh Peters
High School Educator, 2015-16

Josh has been involved in the arts and social causes for 20 years.  He taught acting for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as an Artist in Residence for LEAP in...

Shawn Pham, MSW, LSWAIC
Advisory Board Member

Shawn (he/him) is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist in training. He graduated with his Bachelor of Social Work at George Mason University and Advanced Standing Master of Social Work...

Rosie Choo Pidcock
Advisory Board

Rosie Choo Pidcock (she/her) is an actor and filmmaker living on Unceded Musqueam Territory. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Acting from Vancouver...

Amanda Pistillo
Fundraiser Outreach

Amanda is committed to helping children and youth with a mental health diagnosis recognize their potential and the tremendous impact that the arts can have on their lives. With her background in Psychology,...

Jenn Pliner
Outreach and Marketing Volunteer

After earning a BA in Early Childhood Psychology and Education from Tulane University and attending UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Jennifer Pliner worked in tech sales for 12 years. She has recently...

Olivia Prado
Advisory Board Member

Olivia left sunny San Diego to join the fog in San Francisco to pursue a degree in Communication Studies at SF State. She spends her time avoiding homework in bookstores, convincing her friends...

Pattie Pryma
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Everyone has a story to tell. Through her many years of experience Pattie has learned the importance of people sharing their story in creative ways. Her PhD dissertation utilized a photo-voice method to...

Ilana Ramos
Advisory Board Member, Outreach Volunteer

My name is Ilana and I am a non-traditional college student who is perusing a B.S in Psychology. I was born in Berkeley, CA and raised in Oakland, CA. I love nature, reggae...

Faryl Reisman
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Faryl Reisman is a Toronto based digital marketing and design coordinator at the award winning real-estate firm Great Gulf. With a BA in film studies from Queens University and a diploma in sound...

Alex Reynolds
Alex Reynolds
Workshop Manager

Alex (they/them) is a Midwest USA native. They grew up studying theatre and completed the High School Repertory program at the Theatre of Western Springs. They attended Columbia College Chicago as a film...

David Rezaei
Outreach Volunteer

David is a nonprofit professional with a passion for education equity and boiled peanuts. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in English-Film/Media Studies, he spends most of his off hours...

Caroline Rhoads
Outreach Volunteer

Caroline Rhoads has two favorite quotes: “Until further notice, celebrate everything” and “comedy equals truth plus spontaneity.” She has resided in the city of brotherly love (Philly) for over 8 years and has...

Eric Roache
Advancement Associate, July 2012

Eric is a yoga teacher and the Founder & Chairman of ForWorld Thinking, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting cultural exchange through international volunteerism and supporting local initiatives in developing countries. He has...

Katherine Roggeveen
Bookkeeper Extraordinaire, 2015-2016

Katherine’s passion is empowering mental health non-profits to thrive with greater abundance and efficiency: “helping great people do great things.” She brings 15 years of financial and organizational expertise from a variety of...

Jason Romero
Jason Romero
Advisory Board Member

Jason Romero (he/him) is the Operations Manager for NAMI Glendale, a Los Angeles-based chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where he works to bring the organization’s no-cost programming to all those whose...

Nicolas Rosa
Development Director

Nic (he/him) comes to Art With Impact as a social impact professional, having worked at education nonprofits across California. Most recently, Nic led fundraising for LA Promise Fund, an organization serving Black and...

Jennifer Rose
Co-Founder

Always active in social issues, as well as the Bay Area’s art and film communities, Jennifer has been involved with many small start-ups and co-ops and understands the need to create cohesion between...

Megan Rose

Megan Rose (she/her) designed Art With Impact’s website, the Movies for Mental Health Posters in academic year 2015-16, the Voices With Impact and Our Bodies, Our Minds posters in for 2018-19, and the...

Adam Rosenberg
Advisory Board Member

Adam Rosenberg is a student currently Majoring in Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont California. He loves film and theater, especially when they create a platform for discourse about contemporary issues. Adam...

Brian A. Ross
Advisory Board Member

Homegrown out of the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Brian left the bluegrass state in 2004 to pursue a career in film and television. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts...

Asha Rudrabhatla
Advisory Board Member

Asha Rudrabhatla (she/her) studies Psychology at Colorado College with a minor in Spanish. She’s passionate about social justice, mental health advocacy, and sharing art with her community. She has a particular interest in...

Paul Sanbar
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Paul Sanbar has spent a lifetime in pursuit of nudging others towards their goals and dreams, whether it be through therapeutic means, powerful coaching questions, or merely by performing inspirational poetry. Through the written word,...

Kelly Scherer
High School Educator

Kelly is a program specialist at a Crisis Center in the east bay, which focuses on providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention assistance and awareness within the Contra Costa region. She is a...

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Shaadman Sakeeb Shaan
Advisory Board Member

Shaadman Shaan (he/him) is a university student pursuing a degree in Geology. He has been an active member of his community raising awareness on poverty and homelessness, giving back to the underprivileged. Having...

Pooja Shah
Outreach Volunteer

Pooja Shah is a junior in Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. An avid musician, Pooja has been playing the violin and piano for over 10 years. When she is not...

Summer Si
Communications Coordinator, June - August 2013

As a Public Health Major and Gender and Women Studies Minor third year student at the University of California, Berkeley, Summer is interested in how our multi-faceted society influences health and vice versa....

Iqvinder Singh
Project Director, Annual Auction and Party

Iqvinder is a seasoned veteran in market planning and creative solutions.  He has served some of the biggest retailers in the country providing solutions in marketing, creative strategy, project management, and process improvement....

Alanna Snow
Outreach Assistant

Alanna completed her BA Honours in English, Sociology, and Psychology at the University of Guelph. During this time she volunteered at The Homewood Health Centre for mental health and addiction; assisting in the...

Catherine Steblaj
Catherine Steblaj
Advisory Board Member

Catherine Steblaj (she/her) is a fourth-year student at McGill University and is completing a Joint Honours in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies. Having first found Art with Impact...

J. Stephenson
Movies For Mental Health, and Black + Mental Health + Matters Facilitator

J.Stephenson (she/they) is a radical social worker and artist based in Detroit. Recognizing the ever-present barriers and the unlimited potential, they aspire to connect individuals to supports that affirm their experiences, acknowledge their...

Beli Sullivan
High School Educator

Known in schools as Ms. B., Beli Sullivan is a freelance teaching artist and digital media instructor currently working with Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection’s ArtEsteem program as an Artist In Residence within the...

Cat Tanchanco
Community Manager

Cat (she/her) is a Filipino-American storyteller and mental health advocate from the arts and movie-making industries. She is based in Los Angeles and holds a BFA in Film & Video from CalArts and...

Sirin Thada
Sirin Thada

Sirin Thada (she/her) created the illustrations for the 2021-22 academic year Our Bodies, Our Minds workshops as well as the artwork for the January 2022 Our Stories, Our Voices festival. Sirin is an...

Sherry Thomas-Zon
Board Member

Sherry is a digital media technology executive, a film arts enthusiast and arts education advocate. While completing her master’s degree in Arts Education from San Francisco State’s Creative Arts School, she joined the...

Josh Thompson-Persaud
Student Leader

Josh Thompson-Persaud is a fourth year student at Western University taking an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature alongside the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities...

Eryn Tonaj
Student Leader

Eryn Tonaj’s mental health story starts when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 22. Through her journey, she learned the power self-resilience, emotional awareness and family support. These were...

Hawa Tuli
Outreach and Community Coordinator

Hawa is a public health professional with experience working with projects in academic and nonprofit settings. She was born in Tanzania and raised in the Middle East. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from...

Tanya Turton
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Tanya Turton is a Black Femme artist, entrepreneur and educator. With a focus on wellness, Tanya has committed her practice to using art as a medium for...

Lila Tyler
2016 Summer Intern, Advisory Board Member

Lila Tyler, a recent graduate of UC Davis, is excited to have the opportunity to work with such an inspiring company that combines both her major (Psychology) and minor (Film Studies). Growing up with...

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Katherine Vanderberg
Board Member

Katherine (she/her) is passionate about mental health and believes in the transformative power of film and media. She brings her personal experience with mental health along with professional expertise in social psychology and...

Aron Vellekoop León
Aron Vellekoop León

Aron Vellekoop León (Fuerteventura, Spain 1987) designed the imagery for our Sanctuary Space program for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. Aron is a Dutch/Spanish illustrator and visual artist, currently living and working...

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Catherine Wachter
Advisory Board Member

Catherine is passionate about art and education – and the intersection between the two. She completed a theatre degree at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and then pursued acting in New...

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Calvin J. Walker
Advisory Board Member

Calvin J Walker (he/him) is an award-winning filmmaker based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Calvin has been active in the independent film world since 2012. During that time, he’s written for producers from...

Arthur G. Ward
Advisory Board

Arthur G. Ward (he/him) is a Los Angeles-based college student majoring in history with interests in science, medicine, public health, and public policy. His passions run deep and include education, advocacy, diversity, inclusion,...

Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff
Advisory Board Member

Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff (she/her) is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. She has a special interest in writing creative nonfiction on themes of mental health....

Sarah Wasko
Sarah Wasko

Sarah Wasko (she/they) designed the illustrations for the 2020-21 Movies for Mental Health and Poetry for Mental Health programs. She is a Georgia-born illustrator and designer who works with clients who believe in...

Samantha Wechsler
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Samantha (Sam) Wechsler is a non-profit consultant specializing in group facilitation, executive coaching, leadership and personal development, fundraising, and board development. She also develops and leads workshops on building healthy organizational cultures. Sam...

Carly Weckstein
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator and Our Bodies, Our Minds Lead Facilitator

Carly D. Weckstein (she/her) is a director, sex educator and intimacy choreographer living and creating in Los Angeles. She is the Artistic Director & Founder of The Illyrian Players (est. 2011), a nurturing...

Arianna Wheat
High School Educator

Arianna is a Mental Health Professional and Theatre Artist from Los Angeles. She is dedicated to changing how we have conversations around mental illness, using creativity and the arts to build stronger communities....

Jamari Michael White
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Jamari is a Buckeye-born and raised social worker, healer, and creative with a passion for working with diverse youth and young adults. He graduated from The University of Chicago with an A.B. in...

Dr. Rob Whitley
Advisory Board Member

Rob Whitley is the Principal Investigator of the Social Psychiatry Research and Interest Group (SPRING) at the Douglas Hospital Research Center. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at...

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Amy Wong
Program Manager

Amy (she/they) is a multi-disciplinary artist and activist, based in Tkaronto in the Dish with One Spoon Territory. As a descendant of indentured labourers, she recognizes the importance of nuanced, inclusive mental health...

Vermonte Wong, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Advisory Board Member

Vermonte Wong is a registered clinical counsellor for young adults and youth, as well as LGBTQ+ population, who is passionate about helping to break the stigma of mental health.

Kareem Worrell
Programs Intern, Winter and Spring 2011

Kareem worked with Art With Impact in winter and spring, 2011. Thank you, Kareem for all the incredible camerawork, outreach, editing, good humor and fun! Kareem experienced his early artistic endeavors as a...

Megan Young
Student Leader

Megan Young is a senior at the University of Cal State, San Marcos working towards a baccalaureate in Psychology with an emphasis on mental and physical health. She is a part of multiple...

Miinkay Yu
Grantwriting Volunteer

Miinkay hails from Houston, Texas and brings southern hospitality everywhere she goes. She is a bike enthusiast, yoga instructor and lover of the outdoors. Her journey to better mental health began by getting...

Hao Zhou
Advisory Board Member

Hao Zhou (he/they) is a filmmaker and photographer from Nanchuan, China. Across mediums, Hao develops work with experimental tendencies, often centering LGBTQ+ characters and themes. His notable creative experiences include making two feature...