Brianna Foraker, MA

A Lead Toddler Teacher at the Kent State University Child Development Center has  a love for outdoor exploration and mixed media artistic expression. Brianna has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and she believes that the process of investigating a wide range of open-ended materials with young children is central in her role as a teacher. Being with children as they discover and create is her greatest joy.

Jenny Lampe, MA

A Lead Toddler Teacher at the Kent State University Child Development Center with her Master's in Early Childhood Education. As an educator of young children, Jenny believes in supporting the child's journey and explorations into their surroundings and the materials through which they can express themselves. Seeing children as capable is at the heart of her work with young children and is something she strives to integrate into all aspects of her approach to teaching and learning.

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Kathrine Shepherd, PhD

After recently completing her PhD in  clinical psychology at Kent State University, Dr. Shepherd is currently working at the Cleveland VA Medical Center as a Post-doctoral Fellow. In her research and clinical work, she is interested in better understanding how mindfulness practices can support mental health and well-being. She likes drawing and painting, meditating, spending time in nature, and hanging out with her tuxedo cat, Ziggy.

Jen Yensel, LPCC-S

Owner of and mental health clinician at Thompson, Yensel & Associates in Beachwood, Ohio. Jen's education includes Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Recreation Therapy, a Masters in Community Counseling and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University.  She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and is looking forward to running groups at Akron Artworks!


Danielle Howe, BA Art Ed

Currently an art teacher at the Canton Museum of Art with her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. As an art educator Danielle believes in the process of creating art. Whether that process is exploring new techniques and methods or exploring an individual’s emotions, she wants to be there to provide support and guidance for her students as they embark on the journey of creating art.


Mellissa Redman, MFA

Earned her Masters in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design of
Ferris State University and a Bachelors in Painting and Drawing from The
University of Akron. She is presently the Art Specialist at the Shaw JCC of Akron’s Camp JCC and the visual art coordinator for Akron’s 2017 High Arts Festival. During the 2015-16 school year Mellissa was a featured artist in the Midwest Artist Studios ProjectTM. Watercolor is her favorite medium to work with and her paintings tend to include drawing, serigraphy and collage.


Nancy Nierman Baker, ATR-BC, ATCS, PCC-S

She spent 20 years as a registered, board certified art therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, setting up and supervising art therapy interns in the partial hospitalization program at Akron General Medical Center, in the Behavioral Sciences; and 11 years on the adjunct faculty at Ursuline College. She is currently in private practice, at The Artists' Circle of Ohio. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Masters' in Art Therapy and Masters' in Counseling.