Board Members & Staff

Ari Albright NOAH

Ariadne (Ari) Albright

Ariadne (Ari) Albright is a fine artist and natural traveler who has spent nearly three decades generating narrative paintings that explore themes of identity and belonging.

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ariadne (air-ee-odd-knee) received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Washington and M.F.A. in Painting from the University of South Dakota. Ariadne is employed as an artist, arts educator, arts administrator and artist in residence. 
She is the Arts Program Coordinator at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center; an active roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s (SDAC) Artists in the Schools and Communities Program since 2007; and teaches related courses at the University of South Dakota as they explore building an arts in health curriculum within their college of fine arts. Based on the quality of life outcomes of arts programming at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, Ms. Albright presents extensively on best practices in the mid-west region including the 2014 MAYO Clinic Arts in Healthcare Symposium, MN; 2015 Pioneer Network Conference, IL and 2016 South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO). Her first book, Self-Service: An Artist in Healthcare funded in part by the SDAC is due this fall. Ari resides in Vermillion, South Dakota with her son Cyrus and their parrot named “Bird.”

Claire de Boer NOAH

Claire de Boer


is the Director of Center Stage arts in health at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, which resides within the Department of Humanities. She hails from Ithaca, New York. Claire holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University. She has worked in many capacities in education and the arts in mid-coast Maine, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Hershey, PA. Since moving to Hershey, she had opportunity to fuse her storyline into one culminating project: founding an Arts in Health organization in a large medical center. She has since developed a reverence for the magic of the performing and visual arts for patients, caregivers, staff and students. She is especially interested in how such a program can fit sustainably and smoothly into a large institution. Her areas of focus are thus program efficiency, funding structure and research strategies. Claire is an open water swimmer, cyclist, runner, musician, multilinguist and fiber-arts lover.

Ferol Carytsas NOAH

Ferol Carytsas

Ferol Carytsas currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. In addition, she is the Undergraduate Certificate Advisor and an adjunct lecturer with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and remains an active musician by performing in chamber groups, orchestras, and healthcare settings. Ferol’s interest in Arts in Medicine flourished while attending the Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive through the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. She has completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Arts in Healthcare and has co-authored the article, The effects of arts-in-medicine programming on the medical-surgical work environment. Ferol graduated from the University of Florida with a M.M. in music education after receiving an Undergraduate Diploma in viola performance from Longy School of Music and a B.A. in music with a minor in psychology from Florida State University. Prior to attending FSU, she worked in arts administration assisting in the management of youth orchestras, volunteers, and database maintenance for non-profit music organizations. While at UF she served as the Editorial Assistant for the International Journal of Music Education: Practice and was an assistant editor of the publication, Music assessment across cultures and continents: The culture of shared practice.

Linh Dang

Linh Dang currently supervises patient and staff enrichment activities at the New York City Health + Hospitals/Kings County branch in Brooklyn, New York. She previously managed the Arts in Medicine program at Stanford Health Care (Palo Alto, CA), ameliorating the patient experience with art for health and various art forms during hospitalization for 12 years. Linh came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Vietnam War as a young child. She learned to use the power and beauty of the arts to overcome adversity. She is the founder of FreedomCollage139, a group which teaches impoverished and disadvantaged women in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco how to reimagine new identities and opportunities as artists. Linh keeps herself busy creating and teaching art journaling to cancer survivors. She is currently working on her book How to Hear God’s Voice through Art Journaling. Linh has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising with a minor in Studio Art from San Jose State University. She completed the Master Certificate Program for Arts in Medicine. Besides her love for book art, Linh enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and hiking.

Todd Frazier NOAH

Todd Frazier


Todd Frazier is Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) and Founder of American Festival for the Arts and Houston Arts Partners. His work in the non-profit sector focuses on the arts as a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration and innovation. He has spent 20+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between K-12, university, hospital, and arts and culture communities throughout the nation. For CPAM, he directs specialized artists health care; integration of the arts into the hospital environment; therapy that utilizes the arts in clinical patient care; and research that seeks to harness the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and human performance. Frazier attended The Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music and his love for history and work in the medical field inspire his compositions: We Hold These Truths, from Thomas Jefferson, was premiered at the Kennedy Center with Renee Fleming; Save the World: In Memoriam Richard Smalley, commemorates the discovery of nanotechnology; Buffalo Altar, a Texas story, is in actor Barry Corbin’s repertoire, and Breath of Life, an opera set in a hospital, tells the transformational story of a heart transplant.

Jackie Hamilton NOAH

Jackie Hamilton

A background in studio art, English literature and dance led Jackie Hamilton to a 30 year career in communications, marketing and advertising both in the corporate world and for ad agencies.  In 2007, she was hired by UK HealthCare to manage development communications in support of the new patient care facility and to staff an advisory art committee who were charged with developing an art program for the organization.  Jackie directed the development and implementation of the UK Arts in HealthCare Program from its inception.  Ultimately the program will include a $10 million permanent collection; 3 rotating galleries in the hospital that feature regional and national artists for six months; a weekly performing arts program; art therapy, music therapy; therapeutic workshops; annual concerts by internationally renowned performers; and integrative medicine modalities.  The visual art collection extends to all UK HealthCare locations and clinics and is dedicated to creating a healing environment and fostering patient satisfaction.

Maria Lupo

Maria Lupo, MFA, MA-ATR, a registered art therapist, is the Healing Arts Manager for Atlantic Health System which includes Morristown, Overlook, Newton and Chilton Medical Centers and she presides over The Healing Arts Coalition, a community group sponsored by Atlantic Health System. Ms. Lupo received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College (CUNY), NYC and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, NJ. Ms. Lupo also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell University with a Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy. Currently, Ms. Lupo is a doctoral student in Medical Humanities at Drew University.

Ms. Lupo has presented her Healing Arts initiatives, research and case studies in many venues including: The Mayo Clinic, NJ Medical School-Rutgers, Global Alliance for Arts and Health and University of Pittsburg, KS. In addition, she has held various visiting and adjunct faculty positions. Ms. Lupo is Past-Chair of NJ Alliance for Arts and Health and received the 2010 award for Outstanding Arts Professional from the Arts Council of the Morris area. Ms. Lupo, a recipient of a NJ State fellowship award, is a nationally recognized artist and her artwork is included in many public and private collections.

Annette Ridenour NOAH

Annette Ridenour


Annette Ridenour has been a leader in health care design for 35+ years as president and founder of Aesthetics, Inc. She has been described as a practical visionary for her ability to combine explorative thought with strategic thinking focused upon implementation. Annette is also President emeritus of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, co-author of “Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts”. Numerous articles by and about her have appeared in such national art and healthcare publications. She has lectured on Arts in Healthcare in six countries. She won the 2012 award for Arts in the Patient Environment from the Academy for Health and Design.

Barbara Steinhause

Barbara Steinhaus


Barbara Steinhaus began her vocal training in Atlanta, Georgia, though a native of Madison, Wisconsin. She won honors, scholarships, and degrees: a BMusic from Georgia State University, a Music University of Illinois, and a DMA from the University of Georgia. Articles based on her doctoral thesis, “An Investigation of Marian Andersons’s Interpretation of Black Spiritual Art Songs in Selected Recording,” have been published in journals such as the NATS Journal of Singing. Highlights as a professional soprano include Steinhaus singing with Georgia Opera and Atlanta Opera Studio; in Francis Poulenc’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1990; and in art song recitals such as Das Spanische Liederbuch (Wolf) with John Wustman at the piano. Currently she is the Department of Music Chair at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and music history courses. She has students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Syracuse University. In 2014, she went back to school earning a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. Steinhaus is initiating new curriculum in this field serving both fine arts and health science majors, all the while maintaining a bedside musician practice at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Katherine Traponovski NOAH

Katherine Trapanovski

Katherine Trapanovski is the Director of Events and Outreach at the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo and Program Director of the Center’s Arts in Healthcare Initiative. She has been an active member of the Center’s staff since 1994 creating and managing many special programs including Explore the Arts, a theatrical arts program for youth; Music is Art LIVE at the Center, a television show focusing on local musical and artistic talent and the Arts in Healthcare Summer Intensive, a program designed to educate individuals about the Arts in Healthcare field. Katherine was integral in the creation of the Center’s Arts in Healthcare Initiative in 2008, and has served as Program Director since its inception. As Program Director Katherine successfully established the Arts in Healthcare Initiative at two partner hospitals; managing various elements of the program including artists in residence, funding, education and touring artist residencies. Katherine has focused her management career on the administration of arts organizations having served as the Marketing Director for the Greater Buffalo Opera Company before joining the University. She has also worked as a consultant for the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Katherine has represented Center staff on the organization’s advisory board and was elected senator to the university’s Professional Staff Senate. Katherine is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Management with a Masters of Business Administration in International Management and Marketing.

Naj Wikoff NOAH

Naj Wikoff


Naj Wikoff, MA, is a two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar, past president of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, former director of the Healing Arts program of the C. Everett Koop Institute at the Dartmouth Medical School, and director of Arts and Productions at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Wikoff is a founding member of the National Initiative for the Arts in Health in the Military and Lesley University’s Institute for Arts and Health. Fifteen years ago Wikoff established Creative Healing Connections, which uses the arts and nature to support the healing of women living with cancer, military spouses, and active duty & veteran service women living with PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. Wikoff regularly consults on arts and health, healing spaces, and arts and trauma issues to health and arts institutions, and has worked with victims of terror and war in Palestine and Israel. In addition, for the past six years Wikoff, as arts coordinator for Connecting Youth and Community, has been using the arts to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by teens.

Katie Swanson NOAH

Katie White Swanson

Katie White Swanson is the Administrator for NOAH. She resides in Helena, Montana, where she serves as Principal Viola for the Helena Symphony, maintains a private studio, and conducts arts in health work in the community. She holds a D.M.A. in Viola Performance with a Supporting Area in Arts Administration and Arts in Healthcare Management from the University of Oregon, where she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Originally from Texas, Katie earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Viola Performance from Baylor University. Katie’s research interests include mapping the arts in health field in the United States (featured in the 2016 book Managing Arts Programs in Healthcare, ed. Lambert), arts in aging, and incorporating community outreach education into collegiate music curriculum.