Cam Busch, MEd, RN, CS, LPAT, ATR-BC, has extensive training and experience in diverse roles in the helping professions. She is in private practice serving children, adults, and geriatrics as a licensed and board-certified art therapist and advanced-practice nurse in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing. She is an exhibiting artist and photographer, and is active in the arts medicine and arts-in-healthcare movement. Cam serves on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and the Association for Visual Artists. She is president of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association. Cam has given numerous presentations throughout the U.S. and in Ireland, China, and Russia.
Dr. Leah Dickstein received her MD degree from the University of Louisville. She is currently Professor at her alma mater, Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, director of Attitudinal and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Dean for faculty and student advocacy. She has developed junior faculty seminars and support programs for women, gay/lesbian/bisexual and minority students. Since 1984, she has directed the Health Awareness workshop for incoming medical students, which stresses holistic health promotion, including the expressive arts. She has edited six books, is involved in many national organizations, including the vice presidency of the American Psychiatric Association. Her awards include the 2000 Humanism in Medicine Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.
Janet Eskridge holds a Master of Professional Studios Degree from the Pratt Institute, New York, with an emphasis on Art Therapy. She is a board-certified art therapist. Since 1997, she has been an art therapist at the Children’s Hospital, University of Omaha, Nebraska, where she coordinated the Healing Environment Program in the hospital and its outpatient clinics. She has extensive experience as an art therapist in family counseling services, working with individuals and groups, and performing comprehensive clinical assessments and therapy. She has been Chair of the Art Therapy Credentials Board Certification Committee and President of the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
Amy Hamblin has 12 years experience in arts administration, and has been a hospital arts program director for 1 1/2 years at the University of Washington. She has extensive non-profit board experience, and is leading a group of arts and healthcare professionals in Seattle, WA, as the chair of the 2001 SAH Conference Committee.
Gerry Herbert is the Director of the Creative Center for Women with Cancer (CWCC) in New York City, which she founded seven years ago. This non-profit organization offers free workshops to people with cancer at sites such as museums, print shops, and paper mills. She exhibits the work of artists with cancer, for example at the ABC TV Gallery, and has created and Artists-In-Residence Program at seven New York City hospitals. Before founding the CWCC, Ms. Herbert worked on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit with children and adults at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.
Lynn Kable has been involved in the arts in healthcare movement in New York City since 1976, serving as In-Facility Director for Hospital Audiences, Inc (HAI) for over 17 years and supervising over 3,500 performances annually. Since 1993, Lynn has worked as a consultant for HAI; the Youth Health Corps, a program of the Hospital League/1199 Training and Upgrading Fund; and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, among others. A frequent lecturer and presenter, Lynn has traveled internationally to conduct workshops with refugee children and pediatric cancer patients in places such as the Macedonian State Hospital in Skopje. Additionally, she has served as a panelist for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration. She has been a SAH member since its inception, and is a past-president of the organization.
Julia Kristeller holds an MA in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley College and has 20 plus years of experience in early childhood education, the creative arts, professional development, community service, publishing and consulting. She has designed and developed on-site child-care programs in hospitals and office buildings. She is currently on the faculty of the Art Therapy Department of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the coordinator of Special Programs and Projects. She has presented at national and international conferences, and has been a consultant for Unicef, Children’s TV Workshop, and Brooklyn Public Library.
Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane, RN received her nursing degree and her doctorate from the College of Nursing, University of Florida. She is currently Co-Director of Shands Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, and Founder of the Artist-in-Residence program at Shands Hospital. She is the Research Director of The Center for Arts and Health Research and Education at the University of Florida. She has been a painter in oils and mixed media since 1990. She is co-author with Michael Samuels of three books, Creative Healing (Harper, 1998), The Path of the Feather (Putnam, 2000) and Spirit-Body Healing (Wiley, 2000) as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has given presentations throughout North America and has been a guest on NBC and NPR on several occasions. She is the recipient of many grants for her work in art and health, and is the co-chair with John Graham-Pole of the SAH Conference in 2002, which will be a major focus of her work for SAH over the next year.
Paula Most is Coordinator for the Arts at Lifespan in Providence, RI, and provides consultation on all matters pertaining to the arts at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH), Hasbro Children’s Hospital (HCH), The Miriam Hospital (TMH), Bradley Hospital, and other Lifespan affiliates. She is Director of Museum on Rounds (an art program for inpatients and outpatients at HCH) and of Art on Rounds (an art program for adults at RIH and TMH). She also is a printmaker and has exhibited her work throughout the New England area. Paula has taught at Rhode Island College in the Department of Art Education and in the pre-college program at Rhode Island School of Design. She was affiliated with the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design for over 10 years. Paula is a board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and CITYARTS, a community-based arts organization, and serves as a mentor for a young woman in the City Year program.
Annette Ridenour, a past-president of SAH, has been President of Aesthetics, Inc. for 20 years. She has coordinated hundreds of art programs in hospitals across the United States. She is committed to the field as a national and international educator on the use of the art in healthcare settings. Her goal is to help SAH reach more artists and hospital administrators and be on a more solid footing to meet the needs of its members in the future.
Judy Rollins is a registered nurse with a fine arts degree in the visual arts and a masters of science degree in child development and family studies. She currently is working on a PhD in Health and Community Studies at DeMontfort University in Leicester, England. As a visual artist, she has worked as an artist-in-residence in several children”s healthcare settings in the United States and overseas. She is the Director of Arts-in-Healthcare at WVSA arts connection (formerly Washington Very Special Arts), where she developed “ART is the heART,” a project with the Visiting Nurse Association that brings artists into the homes of children in home or hospice care; Coordinator of Studio G, an arts program in pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center; and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She is an associate editor of Pediatric Nursing; editor of APONcounts, the newsletter for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses; and consults, writes, researches, and speaks on children’s healthcare issues, with a special interest in the use of the arts for children in healthcare settings and a special love for children with cancer and their families.
Gregory Stavrou is Director of the Arts and Humanities Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN. He designed the program in 1995, after extensive interviews with patients, families, staff, administrators and artists. It has become a well-recognized resource for people facing life-challenging illness. The program is guided by cross-cultural experiences of illness, loss, healing and death. He holds a profound respect for the art and science of medicine. Mr. Stavrou has also worked throughout Minnesota as a theatre director, designer, educator and administrator. He is Artistic Director of Opera Vivace Theatre and on the Board of Directors of Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts.