Artist and Art Therapist
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Masters of Art in Art Therapy
Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Watercolor
Secondary Major in Creative Writing
Minor in Psychology
Hilgos Award - 2016
Annual endowment provided by the Hilgos Foundation and awarded to select students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago working with individuals experiencing memory impairment.
American Art Therapy Association
Illinois Art Therapy Association - Board Member Conference Co-Chair
Chicago Bridge: Emerging Professionals in the Field of Aging
Guild of American Papercutters
Certifications and Trainings
Music & Memory Certified
TimeSlips Storytelling Certified Facilitator
*References available upon request.
Clinical Work and Experience
Arts Programming Coordinator September 2016 – Present
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services - Chicago, IL
Develops and implements arts programming for older adults living in 3 continuum care/rehabilitation communities. Provides art therapy and therapeutic art services for residents. Educates staff on benefits of therapeutic art practices and ways to engage with residents in order to develop more meaningful relationships.
Community Support Specialist August 2015 – September 2016
Thresholds – Chicago, IL
Provided part-time therapeutically-informed support promoting socialization and positive coping skills for mental illness symptom management.
Art Therapy Intern September 2015 – May 2016
Lieberman Center – Skokie, IL
Facilitated art therapy and provided therapeutic engagement with older adults experiencing cognitive, physical, and co-occurring disabilities in a skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit setting.
Art Therapy Intern June – August 2015
York House/Thresholds – Chicago, IL
Facilitated art therapy and therapeutic engagement with adults and older adults experiencing mental, physical, and co-occurring disabilities.
Art Therapy Intern January – May 2015
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
Facilitated and co-facilitated art therapy groups for adults experiencing mental illness, trauma, and substance use.
Administrative Assistant IV 2008 - 2014
Wells Fargo Bank – Chicago, IL
Provided advanced administrative support for multiple members of senior management. Assisted over 40 employees in 9 offices throughout the United States and Canada.
Chicago Cares 2013-2014
Assisted with events and services for children, adults, and older adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Ravenswood ArtWalk 2013-2014
Board of Directors, Co-Chair assisting with volunteer services for a prominent Chicago annual art fair.
Envision Gallery 2013-2014
Coordinated exhibits, assisted in planning fundraising events to support local, non-profit organizations.