Our Mission & Vision
The mission of the Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance is to ensure that expressive therapies are available to every individual with mental health needs who might derive benefit. Through collaboration, education, awareness, and advocacy, we will erase barriers to access for consumers and practitioners. Our focus is on enhancing understanding and acceptance of the benefit of expressive therapies including prevention, coping, healing and progression to overall wellness.
The Northeast Ohio Healing Arts Alliance was founded on April 17, 2013 through a generous grant from the Peg's Foundation to the Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children's Hospital. The hopes for the alliance were to bring together individuals interested and working in expressive therapy and behavioral health fields to network, communicate, and promote awareness of expressive therapy and behavioral health treatments for the community.
Our members include art therapists, music therapists, social workers, physicians, mental health therapists, writers, poets, community members.
Our Steering Committee
The NEOHAA Steering Committee oversees policies and direction of the Alliance. Steering Committee members have an interest or experience in the expressive arts and/or mental health fields and the committee is made up of members equally representing the expressive arts community and the mental health community. The committee meets at least 10 times per year and consists of several active subcommittees and workgroups. In addition to oversight of the Alliance, the Steering Committee plans and organizes quarterly education events that are open to the community. Steering Committee members may serve a two-year term with the option to renew up to three terms. After the term limit is reached, members may be reappointed after a one-year hiatus and serve up to three more terms.
Chair: Jessica Cole-Robinette, MA, LPCC, MT-BC, Encompass Christian Counseling and Independent Contractor
Co-Chair: Sarah Gaither, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Past Chair: Nicole Robinson, M.F.A., Creative Writer in Residence, The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital
Coordinator: Sharetta Howze, Cr3ative Expressions
Steering Committee Members:
Emily Hionides-Horner, MSW, LISW-S, Outpatient Behavioral Therapist, Traumatic Stress Center, Summa Health Medical Group
Beth Kuckuck, LISW, Children’s Program Coordinator, ADM Board
Chris Miller, Communications and Community Investment Officer, Akron Community Foundation
Lacy Vitko, MA, Expressive Arts Administrator, Community Support Services
Melissa Krager, Expressive Therapy Office Coordinator, Akron Children's Hospital
Jennifer Betz, Consultant, Whole Self Productions
Jenna Savago, MA, LPC, CCTP, Outpatient Therapist, Coleman Behavioral Health
Molly (Mary) Kometiani, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC, Art Therapist and Owner, Art Therapy Heals, LLC
Carrie Burrier, Youth Services Coordinator, Akron-Summit County Public Library
Marina Vladova, Creative Writing Facilitator, Kent State University
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