Art with Heart’s purpose is to spread the healing power of creative expression to kids facing trauma or adversity. Coming soon, we will be relaunching our website which will serve as a forum for greater connection and inspiration.

We know that evolution and self-expression go hand in hand. As we enter our third decade, we are evolving our brand expression to represent the greater possibility and momentum experienced through partnership. It will be a place where you can read stories of incredible personal growth, experience the impact that your engagement and support have on kids around the world, and connect with others.

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The following individuals possess a variety of professional expertise that helps us carry out our important work. Together, we are committed to improving the lives of youth in crisis through creativity.

Board of Directors

  • Jeff Nelson, Attorney, Cairncross & Hempelmann, Board President 
  • Kato Wade, Director of Client Experience, Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank, Board Vice President & Treasurer
  • Dan Moore, Manager, IT Business Services, TalkingRain Beverage Company, Board Secretary
  • Virginia “Gini” Beck, Principal, Exceleration Coaching, Member at Large
  • Mark Birzell, Founding Partner, Loft 9, Member at Large
  • Kate Bedient, Director of Urban Programs, IslandWood, Member at Large
  • Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, Parent Coach, Speaker, and Author, Member at Large
  • Rahmin Eslami, Vice President, Creative, Hornall Anderson, Member at Large

Interested in joining our board of directors? See the AwH Board Expectations.doc and if you are interested, please download the Board Application Form and submit to


  • Rosalie Frankel, MA, ATR: Art Therapist & Therapeutic Play Coordinator, Seattle Children’s Hospital, WA
  • Peter Drury: Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Jeanean Jacobs, MA, ATR-BC, CPAT, CPC: Louisville, KY
  • Hallie Holton: Youth Advisor / cancer survivor, Issaquah, WA
  • Steffanie Lorig: Art with Heart Founder
  • Melissa Morrisette, MSW, CDP, CMHS: Sound Mental Health
  • Dena Frandsen, LMHC, CMHS: Sound Mental Health
  • Donald Summers: President, Altruist Partners, Seattle, WA
  • Barbara V. Wollner: Artist & Activist, Healdsburg, CA
  • Howard Wollner, Retired Senior Vice President, Starbucks Coffee Company, Healdsburg, CA


  • Heidi Durham: CEO
  • Brooke O’Neal: Development Director 
  • Lisa Caldwell: Data & Development Specialist
  • Erica Sklar: Communications Director
  • Chelsey Thornton: Communications & Marketing Associate
  • Sera Rogers: Creative Learning Specialist 
  • Ellen Rose Kret: Bookkeeper
  • Nancy Stillger: Training Consultant
  • Lacie Braun, LHMC: Contract Research & Evaluation Consultant
  • Annie McCall, MA, LMHC: Contract Trainer
  • Lulu Verneuil, MSW: Contract Trainer
  • Jen McCormick, LICSW: Training Consultant


Interested in a paid position? Please check our careers page for any openings.The staff can be contacted by writing to