Who We Are

For over twenty years, Art with Heart has been using the healing power of art to help kids in trauma and/or adversity find peace. Our therapeutic, art-based curriculum is a proven path to transforming pain into possibility. Now in our third decade, we’ll help 3.5 million more kids via online learning and collaborative partnerships.


Heidi Durham
Briony Ball
Senior Development Manager
Lacie Braun
Research & Training
David Henning
Community Programs Coordinator
Kelsey Lacanilao
Administrative and Projects Coordinator
Chelsey Thornton
Design & Communications Specialist
Sera Rogers
Creative Learning Specialist


Art with Heart has a board of talented community members with diverse skills and backgrounds. Their leadership guides our work.
Gini Beck
Board Secretary
Jeff Nelson
Board President
Kate Bedient
Member at Large
Kato Wade
Board Vice President
Mark Birzell
Board Treasurer
Rahmin Eslami
Member at Large
Jackie Smith
Member at Large
Thank you for letting me express myself in the book you made. This book made me learn things about myself that I never knew. I love this book a lot. You helped me express my feelings and emotions.


Our advisory team is composed of mental and physical health providers, education professionals, bereavement specialists, developers of social emotional learning programs, and so many more. Their feedback is integral to the creation and development of our resources.
Danie Eagleton, LMHC
Dena Frandsen, LMHC, CMHS
Jill Meyers, MA, CCLS
Karen Summers
Megan Lucas, LSWAIC
Rosalie Frankel, ATR-BC
Sherry Burke
Steffanie Lorig
Tonje Molyneux, M.Ed
Zandi Salstrom, MA, LMHC, ATR
Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW


Annie McCall, MA, LMHC
Helena Hillinga-Haas, MA, ATR, CL
Jen McCormick, LICSW
Louine Verneuil, LICSW

Curated Partner Resources

CASEL’s concepts of SEL are the benchmarks for national organizations.
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's provides hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible through.
American Psychological Association
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma to raise the standard of care while increasing access to services.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders
Committee for Children
Committee for Children advocates for, researches, and develops educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL).
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs provides millions of kids and teens a safe place to develop essential skills, make lasting connections and have fun.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities.
Eluna Network
The Eluna Network’s camps and online resource center are invaluable for families looking to build community with others facing loss, or experiencing family addiction.
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools is the largest K-12 school system in Washington state and has a deep commitment to every student's journey.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools works in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
YMCA of Greater Seattle
YMCA builds communities where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.
Highline Public Schools
Every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need and graduates prepared for the future they choose.
Sound is one of King County’s most comprehensive providers of mental health and addiction treatment services.
National Funeral Directors' Association
The National Funeral Directors Association provides professional resources for all facets of funeral service through education, information, and advocacy.
Neighborcare Health
Neighborcare Health provides comprehensive health care to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care.
Friends of Youth
Friends of Youth partner with youth and families to provide the relationships, resources, and skills they need to attain personal growth and success.

Thank You

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Best Wishes,
Art with Heart