NOAH BOARD & STAFF
NOAH has 16 volunteer board members, 1 full-time staff member and 1 part-time staff member who put in countless hours to support and advance the organization. Learn more about their interests and expertise below.
Board of Directors
Ferol currently serves as lecturer and undergraduate advisor with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. Prior to joining the Center full time, she was Volunteer Coordinator at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and remains an active musician by performing in chamber groups, orchestras, and healthcare settings. She has completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Arts in Healthcare, co-authored the articles, The effects of arts-in-medicine programming on the medical-surgical work environment and Arts in health: considering language from an educational perspective in the United States, and contributed to the White Paper, Talking about arts and health.
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 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.
Melanie Cohn - Secretary
Melanie Cohn is the Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey where she has led the organization in growing its community programs–including the establishment of an art therapy program with New Jersey Veterans Affairs. Under her leadership, the Art Center has received three NEA grants & two IMLS grants. Previously, she led Staten Island Arts, deepening its programs in art & healing, education and folk art. Before that, she spent seven years at the New Museum of Contemporary Art as an administrator in the Curatorial Department.
Claire de Boer - President
Claire de Boer lives in Mount Gretna, Pa., – an historic, artistic, academic, athletic village tucked within a woodsy trail network and picturesque lake. Claire’s work home is in the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. She serves as director of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage Arts in Health at the College of Medicine and its affiliated hospital, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Claire’s educational background is rooted in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, Ithaca, and Master’s in Global and International Education from Drexel University, Philadelphia. Her studies propelled her to lead arts and education programs in Ithaca, New York, mid-coast Maine and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2011, when she found a happy home in the Department of Humanities, Claire fused her storyline into one culminating project: to found an Arts in Health organization in a large medical center. She has since developed great reverence for the magic of the performing, visual and participatory arts and their striking impact toward health and wellbeing. Her areas of focus within the field of Arts in Health include program efficiency, funding structure and research strategies. Claire is an open water swimmer, long-distance cyclist, trail runner, ensemble musician, multi-linguist and fiber-arts lover. If asked to join someone for a swim, she will never, ever decline.
Maegan Dubois, LMHC, ATR-BC is a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified art therapist creating the Healing Arts Program at Bradley Hospital in 2012, and has been practicing art therapy at Bradley for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience working with the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) inpatient and partial programs, Children’s Partial Program, and the Pediatric Partial Program. Maegan holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy from Emmanuel College, and went on to receive her master’s degree in art therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she received much of her training.
Maegan has been working with PeaceLove for over 9 years as a community artist, advocate, and CREATOR. Maegan has recently joined PeaceLove Studios as the Operations/Programs Manager. Maegan holds a passion for collaboration within community based organizations, and artists in healthcare to promote diverse modes of expression in correlation with high quality mental health care.
Louis H. Hart III, MD
Louis H. Hart III, MD is Director of Equity, Quality & Safety at NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest integrated municipal healthcare system. By ingraining an equity lens into quality and safety infrastructures, his leadership work addresses the historical structural barriers that have caused inequitable inclusion practices within the organization and disparate health outcomes for the patients the System serves. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and sees patients as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Jennifer Lo, MD
Dr. Jennifer José Lo is the Medical Director at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), where she works to advance its mission to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable. She is currently working on programming to improve mental health and wellness in the City of Boston using art and creative expression. Originally raised in Northern California and a product of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, she has since practiced in a variety of settings across the United States. Dr. Lo completed her medical training at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; practiced rural medicine on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii; started her public health career at the Duval County Health Department in Jacksonville, Florida; and led a multidisciplinary team to improve health outcomes for homeless families and children at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Immediately prior to her role at BPHC, she served as Medical Director at the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center, a local community health center, where she implemented programs such as behavioral health integration and complex care management in order to position the health center as an NCQA-certified Patient-Centered Medical Home. In addition, she facilitated the expansion of services such as family planning, community health worker outreach, and residency training clinics offered at the health center. Throughout her career, Dr. Lo has promoted and practiced physician wellness through creative expression. Her hobbies include knitting, pottery, and enjoying music and dance with her two daughters. Dr. Lo is also a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine.
Gaelen McCormick is the Program Manager of the Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM) program, a part of the University of Rochester. Before joining EPAM in 2018, she was a musician with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995-2017. Since losing her hearing in 2017, Gaelen has forged a new career path as a composer, arranger, and arts administrator. She is grateful that her abilities as a performing artist have shaped the way for her new career path.
Teaching students of all ages has been a significant part of Gaelen’s life. She is the Instructor of Double Bass at the Eastman Community Music School, and teaches career skills at the collegiate level in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music. Her double bass bow pedagogy series, Mastering the Bow, and her first book of compositions, Double Trouble, are published by Carl Fischer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists, and is the editor of their Bass World magazine’s teaching column.
Gaelen holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School where she studied with James VanDemark and Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Jeffrey Turner. She is an alumna of the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestral Management training program.
I have been director of UCSF Art for Recovery since its inception in 1988. I retired in January 2020 and was asked to return as of June, 2020, to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to write a book on art work by cancer patients as well as other special projects. As Director of Art for Recovery’s award-winning program, I have created and facilitated numerous art and healing programs including: the Breast Cancer Quilts Project, Firefly Project, Employee Well-Being Project, Healing Garden Music Series, the Open Art Studio for anyone dealing with cancer at Mission Bay and Mount Zion, writing workshops, art workshops on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and Hematology/Oncology Dept., and the Precision Cancer Medicine Building Canvas Project. In addition, in collaboration with the UCSF Department of Medical Humanities, I have published: The Firefly Project: Conversations about what it means to be alive, Bedside Manners: What to say and what not to say when someone is ill, The Portable Artist Workbook and The Portable Artist Coloring Book, the Art for Recovery Book of Prompts, and Prompts for Reflection, and The Postcard Quote Project. In the spring of 2018, the Patient as Teacher Anthology was published. As an artist, I am a painter, illustrator, and work in mixed media. Along with my Art for Recovery staff we have painted eight murals (six on the ceilings of the Ultrasound suites) throughout UCSF and worked with architects to create the Mount Zion Meditation Room. I am currently serving on the Mission Bay Core Committee for Arts and Interiors for the new cancer center, and the UCSF Patient Family Advisory Board, and currently, co-leading NOAH’s ARC, a national initiative to alleviate burnout and stress in clinicians through the expressive arts. My background is in fine arts, psychology and art history, and my career began doing research in 18th and 19th Century American Painting and Sculpture, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Annette Ridenour - Treasurer
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.
Alan Siegel, MD
Dr. Alan Siegel finished his medical training at University of Virginia in 1997 and has worked since 1999 as a Family Physician within the Bay Area’s Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). Within CCHS, he founded and directs Art of Health and Healing (AHH) since late 2010. In this role, he collaborated with California Institute for Integrative Studies to start a thriving Expressive Arts Therapy training program. Alan became interested in arts in health through his previous work on the board of ArtsChange, an arts empowerment organization, and through his passion as a musician. He has worked on improving healing environments, providing Therapeutic Musicians in the ICU and wards, developing a Therapy Pets program and hospital farmers’ market, helping to develop the community-based Stress Relief Through the Arts program, and starting wellness classes for staff and patients. He has also led and grown a unique staff program, Health Care Workers As Creators, over the last decade. Alan provides leadership for the renowned Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program, specializing in ambulatory education and faculty development, and is presently a UCSF Champion of Change Fellow. He leads an R&B/Motown/Blues band, The Rhythm Method.
Barbara Steinhaus - Vice President
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 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.
Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator and conductor. He earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at Indian River Community College, receiving the honor of Outstanding Fine Arts Graduate. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he served in various leadership roles. Joshua currently serves as executive director of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization which he founded in 2010. This organization consists of thousands of artists in multiple choirs, an adult and youth symphony orchestra, children/youth arts program, theatre, School of Performing Arts and programs for seniors, vulnerable communities and arts and wellness. CFCArts strives to make the arts affordable and accessible as well as a catalyst to create change in the community. Joshua also serves as a consultant for other arts organizations in its beginning stages and a voice for local, state and national arts advocacy.
Kim Wiese is the Vice President of Portfolio Management and Growth for Hennepin Healthcare, an integrated system of care that includes a nationally recognized Level 1 adult and pediatric Trauma hospital, as well as a clinic system with ten primary and over 40 specialty clinics located throughout Hennepin County, serving 3,000 patients every day.
Kim joined Hennepin Healthcare in 2015 from ActiveHealth Management (part of Aetna) where she was the SVP of Product Marketing and Strategy. Prior to that, Kim led national and international care and population health support initiatives for Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Kim began her post-MBA career at General Mills as a product manager. She worked for Publicis, a multinational advertising agency, where she led global brand presence initiatives and a start-up company before moving into the health care industry.
Kim earned her masters of business administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.
Kim is passionate about the arts and healing program initiatives. She serves on the Arts Council at Hennepin Healthcare to help raised awareness and funds for arts programming. Kim has also supported Arts and Healing at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
She is an avocational mosaic artist, a twin and one of 13 children.
Naj Wikoff - Vice President
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. Naj 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. Twenty years ago, he established Creative Healing Connections, which uses the arts and nature to support the healing of women living with cancer, military spouses, and active duty and veteran service women living with PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. Naj 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 as arts coordinator for Connecting Youth and Community, Naj has been using the arts to reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by teens.
Immediate Past Board Members
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.”
Linh Dang is Senior Director of NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine, an Artist, and SoulCollage® Facilitator. Before joining the largest public health care system in the country, Linh oversaw the art collection and arts in medicine program at Stanford Health Care for 12 years. With over 15 years of experience, her specialty is improving the patient experience and staff engagement utilizing art for health and visual imagery.
Linh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and minor in Studio Art from San Jose State University as well as a Masters Certificate in Arts in Medicine from University of Florida. In 2018, Linh is proud to join the nearly 700 certified patient experience professionals.
Linh enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and hiking. She currently lives in Manhattan, NY. In addition to overseeing the art collection and arts programs for 11 acute care hospitals, 5 nursing homes, and 70 clinics, she keeps herself busy creating and teaching art in her spare time.
Todd Frazier - Immediate Past President
Todd Frazier, past President of NOAH, 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.
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.
Danielle Acerra - Operations Manager
Danielle is the Operations Manager for NOAH. She has worked in arts administration and nonprofits since 2002, developing afterschool STEAM programming with immigrant communities, instituting new programs and services to meet community needs, administering grant funding, and coordinating disaster response community arts projects. In her previous roles as Community Engagement Manager / Arts Access Coordinator for Monmouth County Arts Council and Coordinator for Atlantic Health System’s Healing Arts Program in NJ, Danielle worked with artists, arts organizations, creative businesses and more to connect the arts to other sectors and the public. Today she continues this work at NOAH while managing daily operations and in-person and virtual events, coordinating board activities and providing a bridge between board direction and staff implementation. She earned her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her licensed artworks have been distributed nationally through Target, Kirkland, and HomeGoods stores. Her paintings draw inspiration from the ocean and her yoga practice. Danielle co-created a public art policy for the city of Asbury Park, NJ and has painted over 40 murals in public and private spaces.
Debi Puccinelli - ARC Project Manager
Heidie Ambrose - Events & Communications Assistant
Heidie Ambrose has five years of administration experience in arts and community nonprofits; facilitating after school arts-based programming, producing large and small scale events, and providing organizational support for operations. She focuses on effective communication through creative digital content and clearly expressed goals. Heidie is also a multimedia artist who thrives working on collaborative projects- murals, comics, book designs and illustrations. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is deeply passionate about learning and unlearning towards antiracism and LGBTQIA+ advocacy.
Former Founding Staff
Katie White Swanson
Katie White Swanson was the Strategic Operations Manager and Project Manager for NOAH. She resides in Helena, Montana, where she performs as a violist, maintains a private studio, and conducts arts in health activities 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.
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