Brianna Foraker, MA

A Lead Preschool 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

A clinician at Avenues of Counseling and Mediation in Fairlawn, Ohio. Her 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.  Jen enjoys working with individuals of all ages and is looking forward to running groups at Akron Artworks!