Continued Post-Master's Level Counseling Education
University of Dayton at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling
Master’s Thesis: "Phototherapy Life Books: Improving  Self-Esteem  and Psychosocial    Perceptions for  Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Learning Disabilities"            
Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio   GPA: 3.669
Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
             Minors: Secondary Education, Psychology
             Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
             GPA: 3.174

Professional Memberships

American Art Therapy Association  *  Buckeye Art Therapy Association

Professional Experiences

  • Registered, Board Certified Ohio Art Therapy Counselor [serving individual clients throughout Ohio]
  • Behavioral Health Art Therapy Counselor [short & long-term individual and group art and process therapy for child, adolescent, and adult inpatients and outpatients]
  • Currently working under guidance of ATR-BC and LPCC supervisors for additional credentials and professional status in upcoming months.
  • Genesis Health Care, Zanesville, Ohio
  • Art therapist [art therapy for children w/special physical and emotional needs and their siblings]
  • Kya’s Krusade, Gahanna, Ohio
  • Direct Service Provider [personal care for individuals with MR/DD needs in a 24-hour group home]
  • REM-Ohio, Highland Heights, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
2007 - 2010
  • Alternative Instructor [art therapy counseling & special needs education]
  • Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools, Gahanna, Ohio
2005 - 2010
  • Art Therapist; Lead Facilitator of adolescent Kaleidoscope program [adolescents whose parents currently have or recently passed away from cancer or a related illness]
  • The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Substitute Teacher [all areas; primarily art or special education]
  • Gahanna, Groveport, New Albany, Ohio
  • Art Therapist [recovering adolescent male sexual offenders, aged 11-18]
  • Boys Village, Columbus, Ohio
  • Long-Term Art and Special Education Intervention Substitute Teacher
  • Springfield City Schools, Springfield, Ohio
1999 - 2003
  • Substitute Teacher [all areas; primarily art or special education]
  • Mayfield Heights, South Euclid - Lyndhurst, Ohio
  • Home Instruction Art Therapy Teacher [adult home-bound student with autism]
  • Twinsburg City Schools, Twinsburg, Ohio

Internship Experiences

Twinsburg City Schools, Twinsburg,Ohio                                   
Grades K-10: Began the first district art therapy program; provided group and individual therapy for children with social, emotional, and learning difficulties
REM-Consulting of Ohio, Inc, Highland Heights, Ohio
Adult clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome and mental retardation:  Began the first group and individual art therapy program in two group homes for adults with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs
The NBA Cleveland Christian Home for Children, Cleveland, Ohio
Low-income children with emotional and behavioral needs: Group  and individual art therapy interventions in a nurturing residential children's facility
General Medical Center: The Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Partial Hospitalization Program, Akron, Ohio
Adult psychiatric outpatient and inpatient group clients:  Assisted in art therapy assessments, psychoanalysis, and goals with clients
Julie Billiart School, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Special learning needs students, grades 1-8:  Assisted in art therapy lessons and assessments in a private school for children with  SBH/ ADD/ ADHD needs
Crestwood Local Schools, Mantua,Ohio 
Grades K-8: Designed and taught creative, age-appropriate art lessons in my final art education practicum
Summit County Juvenile Detention Center, Akron, Ohio
Incarcerated students, ages 7-21:  Designed and taught art lessons to students, many with emotional and behavioral needs
Crestwood Local Schools / Hattie Larlham School, Mantua, Ohio
Disability classroom, ages 7-21: Designed and taught art lessons to students with moderate to severe disability needs


  • Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist, 2014 
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, 2006
  • Recognized for work in the clinical application of art therapy for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Learning Disabilities, 2003
  • State of Ohio Department of Education Licensed K-12 Teacher (1999-Present)

Artistic Activities

2005 -Present
Began and maintained a successful small business of handmade dichroic fused glass jewelry, sold on-line and at Ohio craft fairs.
1999 - Present
Created unique, handmade dichroic glass designs, papermaking, calligraphy, wedding invitations, hand-thrown clay, polyform, beads, wire, and paintings.
1997 - 1998 
The Art Studio: Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio:  Assisted Registered Art Therapists in therapeutic goals for patients with various ages and needs on a weekly volunteer basis

494 Dover Pond Dr. * Blacklick Ohio 43004
Phone: (614) 204-0974  * Fax: (270) 294-7835