LORI GREENBERG, M.ED, LCAS, FOUNDER, BOARD CHAIR
Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, who has been working in the field of human services for over thirty-five years. Her interest in people started at the age of 14, when she began spending her Saturdays with children with developmental disabilities. Her passion has evolved into community support which has included: families and youth at risk; people with HIV/AIDS; persons affected by mental health needs, addiction, homelessness and concerns around the environment. While living in Vermont, Greenberg was an avid volunteer/supporter of the local monthly Gallery Walk, the annual Women’s Film Festival, the HEALS Expressive Arts Loss Support Program, the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont and Brattleboro Community Radio. She moved to Asheville in 2010 and founded Aurora Studio & Gallery in May of 2012, where she has spent the last seven years developing its workshops.
Carol Anders, Board Member
Retired in 2006, from a 20 plus year career with Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, a national real estate relocation and real estate company. My duties included training real estate agents and sales managers in selling skills, and using franchise products & services. In addition, I was a business consultant to many of our mid-sized companies, coaching them in recruiting and team development practices. I was able to travel to 48 states, meet many interesting, passionate affiliates.
As a member of the Aurora Board I plan to orchestrate fundraisers, community awareness events and exhibits, as well as assist with workshops when needed.
Kelsey Holland, Board Member
My name a Kelsey Holland, I live in Asheville but am originally from Tuscaloosa, AL. I hold a bachelors and a masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. I currently work as a LifeSet Specialist at Youth Villages. In my position I assist youth who are either coming out of the foster system, have a mental health diagnosis or just need a little extra support navigate through adulthood, with the end goal being independent living. I have a 11 year old lab and live near downtown with my boyfriend. I take kickboxing classes and enjoy hiking and staying active. While I lived in Tuscaloosa, I ran a theatre department at a local high school and directed for our local community theatre. I also sat on the development committee for our habitat humanity, and started a homeless veteran program partnered with the VA.
While I’m not an artist, I am a performing artist who has been passionate about the arts since I was five. I am very passionate about mixing the arts with mental health. I have also seen firsthand how Aurora can help someone who is struggling. I plan to assist Aurora with networking Aurora and event planning. I think Aurora has a lot of potential to grow and help so many people.
Barbara Kimbrell, Secretary
My name is Barbara Kimbrell (Barb). I am a soon to be 65 year old woman with a young heart. I recently semi-retired and work part-time at Second Springs Counseling doing DWI assessments. I am an author and currently writing my second book, Paper Planes. I am also an artist-in-the-making and am currently putting together a ten series mindful art therapy workshop to be held in the studio of my home. I have my Masters in Social Work and am a licensed clinical addiction specialist. I have worked over 30 years in human services and most recently was the substance use disorder counselor at the Women’s Prison in Swannanoa. But more importantly, I am a person with a dual diagnosis: substance use disorder/addiction and depression. I have my own history and struggles which included hospitalization and shock treatments. I am a “thriver” and believe the arts and having a positive support network were a huge part in my ability to manage these issues and change my life. My belief is that we are much more than our diagnoses AND sometimes can even use them to aid us in being more compassionate, empathetic, creative individuals. A friend of mine volunteers with Aurora Studio(s) and told me about the need for volunteers. I have been intrigued by the possibilities ever since. And then I met Lori and became wrapped up in her vision and energy which convinced me that this was something I wanted to commit to. I believe in volunteering and have done so all my life. It is my way of making amends and giving back.
Brook Reynolds, PSS
“Creative expression has always been healing for me. Aurora gives me the opportunity to explore that process while in connection with others. Finding common ground, practicing acceptance, and being inclusive while exploring self-expression creates a shared experience of healing and growing. It brings my life meaning and joy to be a part of the community of mutually supportive artists that participate in Aurora.” www.brookreynoldsphotography.com
Some call it luck, some call it God… or the universe itself, but on April 8th 2019 when I met Lori, they were all in my favor. From the time I became volunteer for Aurora, each second spent there has been a gift. As volunteer I assist in the coordination and execution of Aurora, helping beautiful people discover ways to grow, feel the freedom of expression, and become empowered regardless of traumatic/unhealthy circumstances. Little do they know, as someone diagnosed with depression and PTSD, being there with the group, beside others, creating and feeling… does much more for me than I could have ever anticipated.
I hold a love for expression and truth at my foundation, and from that, the creation of art was the first thing I heeded. “Artist” has been tied to me from about 5 years old. I have a great deal of experience working with those who are disabled and affected by mental illness. My ambition grew even more since meeting Lori, who embodies many of the same passions I hold. My business, called Kyley’s Faces, is a dedication to advocacy and helping provide people with the recourses they need to prosper and find their truth. Check it out! And find more about me at KyleysFaces.bigcartel.com
OUR INTERNS – Fall Semester 2019
ALICE CLEARY, INTERN
Hello, I’m Alice. I am really pleased with the opportunity to combine my passions of art and healing through community in my involvement with Aurora Studio. My artistic interests lay in pottery and dance, and I enjoy experimenting with all mediums of expression. I currently study anthropology at UNCA.