AwH Experts & Bios

STEFFANIE LORIG left a successful and award-winning design career to become the founding director of Art with Heart in order to focus her talents and heart on helping children in crisis. Before doing this, she enjoyed working for clients such as Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Harcourt, Nordstrom, Microsoft, and other high-profile companies. She is the visionary and author behind all of Art with Heart’s therapeutic books. She also co-authored a children’s book, Such a Silly Baby (Chronicle) with her husband.

ANNIE McCALL, MA, LMHC, received her Master’s degree in psychology from New York University in 2000. She joined Art with Heart as a Trainer in 2005, teaching school counselors how to use Chill & Spill in group settings and as a tool for managing school crisis. She is a contributor to the Therapist’s Companion to Chill & Spill. Annie has a private practice providing one-on-one and group treatment to adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and
treatment of self-harm and suicidal behavior, and is co-founder of Youth and Family DBT of Seattle. Prior to studying psychology, Annie taught high school English, which forever solidified her love and respect for teenagers.

HELENA HILLINGA HAAS graduated with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University. She has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing with a minor in International Banking and Finance from Georgia State University. Her quest to merge art with business has been a life long interest. Helena has conducted workshops and open studios in many countries including Greece, Lebanon, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Canada, and the U.S. She owns Art & Shelter, an organization focused on collaborating with businesses to promote creativity, curiosity, empathy, leadership, and team building.

KATE GARDENER, CCLS received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life. She completed her Child Life internship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC and a Child Life fellowship position at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (IFHC) in Falls Church, Virginia. Kate then stayed at IFHC until 2010 as the primary Child Life Specialist on the inpatient adolescent unit. Chill & Spill quickly became her favorite resource to engage hospitalized teens in both group and individual settings. Kate then connected with Art with Heart where she first served as an advisor for the book Magnificent Marvelous Me.