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 evolved into community support which has included: families and youth; people with HIV/AIDS; persons affected by trauma 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 eight years developing its workshops.
Catherine Gabe, a Minnesota native, began her career as a journalist. She was a reporter at newspapers in Minnesota, Iowa, Massachusetts and Ohio. For a time, she was the Health Writer at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Over the years she has worked in marketing, radio, television and as a freelance writer. She shadowed a class of Early College high school students for a year as part of a grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She became a Certified Prevention Specialist coordinating community coalitions to reduce underage substance use and risky behaviors among youth. That job included public speaking, presentations, data collection and grant writing. She is proud to say she is a person with long-term recovery, which means she has not had to use a drink or a drug since 1986. She also has lifetime experience dealing with mental health issues such as depression. Ms. Gabe has a seat on the Executive Board.
Catherine moved to Asheville in September 2019. She works at Hopey and Company in the warehouse helping in the bulk and grading departments. She is the mother of three young adults and four parakeets.
Annie Gustely is an artist and teacher. She uses her role as a Creative Grief Practitioner to support people in times of loss, grief and life transitions. She retired in 2012 from a 30 year career as a school counselor and educator with Asheville City Schools and Akron Public Schools. Annie’s art practice always found a way to weave itself into her counseling of students and into her classroom.
Ms. Gustely has a seat on the Executive Board. Her goal as a board member for Aurora Studio and Gallery is to support a program that provides a safe space, materials and time for members of the community to create, express themselves and heal.
Hi, I am 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.
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.
Maribeth Collins – is on the Community Development Committee, info forthcoming.
Drew Hanagan– is on the Media Development Committee, info forthcoming.
Pax Cleary. 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 recently graduated a study in anthropology at UNCA.
Carol Anders 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.
Kyley Shurrona – 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
Evie Lindemann, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMFT, is a licensed marriage & family therapist and a board certified art therapist, and until recently she has been an Associate Professor in the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Albertus Magnus College. She also taught at Yale University’s Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute of Bioethics for seven years. Deeply influenced by the teachings of Meher Baba, Evie has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Israel, and India. She has implemented humanitarian art therapy projects in India, Jamaica, and the US. She is active in hospice care, teaches courses on mortality, and uses the visual arts to facilitate the inward journey. Additionally, she has worked with combat veterans who have complex trauma, using art therapy as a modality for healing. She has studied the Jungian tradition extensively and is certified as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst. She is a printmaking artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. For some years, Evie has worked with mandalas as a symbol of wholeness, has taught a system of symbols and colors (the MARI) to clinicians around the world, and offers consultations to individuals and groups interested in depth exploration using the MARI as a tool of integration. She also served as a board member on one of the oldest arts organizations on the East coast, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. Ms. Lindemann will be Aurora Studio & Gallery’s clinical consultant.