Our People

Since its very first days, Art With Impact has been blessed by the contributions of incredibly talented, motivated, and fun people. Be sure to check out the past pages: if it weren’t for every person who has contributed along the way we wouldn’t be here now.

Deepika Mittra
Advisory Board Member

Deepika Mittra is a therapist, stress expert and self-care advocate. She is a certified practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine, and a trained practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)....

Dale John Allen
Advisory Board Member

Dale John Allen is a Brighton based filmmaker, writer and editor, currently studying BA (Hons) Moving Image at the University of Brighton. Through visual arts and film, he aims to explore themes surrounding...

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...

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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...

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,...

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...

Natalie Daley
Director, Art With Impact Canada + Social Media and Engagement Manager

Natalie’s passion to work within mental health stems from her own experiences and challenges, which has continually translated into a strong personal advocacy on the topic. She’s inspired by resiliency and the courageous...

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...

Trina Epstein
Advisory Board Member

Trina, Psy.D., C.Psych. is a psychologist working with children, adolescents, and their parents in Toronto, Ontario. She obtained her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked for over...

Brett Exnowski
Web Magician

Brett is a combination of front-end developer and magician. No matter how many projects he’s working on, he relentlessly churns out flawless code at lightning speed. Brett is also a thoughtful problem solver...

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...

Kirsten Frantzich
Advisory Board Member

Kirsten 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 while...

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,...

Josie Gonzales
Board Member

Joanna Mattson Gonzales, RN (Josie) has been a registered nurse for 7 years, working in both the acute hospital setting and in outpatient community health.  Her professional experience with mentally ill patients allows...

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...

Maya Grodman
Program Manager

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bethany Killian
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Bethany Killian is a Providence, RI based songwriter, youth worker, mentor and advocate. After earning a degree in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College, she spent two years teaching in Dar...

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...

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 of Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Texas at El...

Laurie Kyser
Laurie Kyser
Board Member

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...

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...

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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...

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...

Sara Leonard
Board Member

Sara Leonard was born and raised in San Diego County. She is privileged to work as the Principal of a small high school (with a big name) located on a community college campus....

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,...

Amanda Lipp
Advisory Board Member

Amanda Lipp, 25, has seven years’ professional experience designing programs, curricula, and telling stories through multimedia products with local, state, and federal projects related to mental health and education. Amanda provides leadership as a...

Dawn McGuire
Board Member

Dawn McGuire 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 Award...

Cary McQueen
Founder and Executive Director

Cary 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 health...

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,...

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...

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...

Mariana Osuna
Secretary, Board of Directors

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....

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
Director

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leslie Poston
Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Since entering her first writing program intensive at age 10, Leslie has been a true believer in the ability of words and images to evoke healing and inspiration. A second generation Angeleno born...

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...

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...

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...

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
Visual Designer

Megan Rose is a visual designer specializing in user-focused interactive design. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Northeastern University, she began her career in Los Angeles, working at a digital design...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...