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Empowerment and Recovery Through Creativity!

PSA Art Awakenings is a psycho social rehabilitation program for adults and art therapy program for youth who are challenged by serious behavioral health issues and mental illnesses. Studios throughout Arizona offer therapeutic programs and expressive arts therapy in a supportive setting to promote mental health, personal growth, vocational training, and physical wellness through the performing and visual arts. Old Bisbee, Downtown Phoenix, Casa Grande and Tucson Galleries, art exhibits, First Friday and First Saturday Art Walks and other venues offer artists opportunities to sell their paintings, sculptures, mosaics, jewelry, fine art, music, poetry, and writings to benefit from art sales. Staff include art therapists, behavioral health professionals, peers, family members and volunteers.
Art Saves Lives!


The PSA Art Awakenings team believes in the healing power of creativity and all agree that: Art Saves Lives! A team of dedicated behavioral health professionals, the majority are also artists whose notoriety ranges from cities scattered throughout the United States to across the continents. Visit our parent site at


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Sara Marriott, MS, LPC President & Chief Executive Officer, Founder of PSA Art Awakenings Program

Sara has over 40 years experience working in the mental health field. For over 20 years, she has worked for PSA and for over 16 years she has been the CEO. Sara has a broad background of experience that ranges from working with children and adolescents to the SMI population. She has sat on the Best Practices Committee of the State and has been involved in bringing new and innovative programming to PSA. Sara, along with her staff, helped create Art Awakenings, a new and creative way in working with those with psychiatric disabilities. The motto that she works with is “People, Service, Action” which has helped to expand PSA throughout the State of Arizona.

Administrative Team

  • Karen D. Puthoff President, PSA Art Awakenings

    Karen has dedicated her career to eradicating stigma and promoting recovery related to behavioral illness. As President of Art Awakenings, she offers over 30 combined years in executive level management and public relations, marketing, and fund raising. A Hoosier transplant and graduate of Purdue University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Karen has worked with the full spectrum of behavioral health services, from inpatient to outpatient behavioral health programs in Arizona and Indiana. She also served as chief operating officer of a foundation which restricted funds to support behavioral health programs, services, and scholarships. She is particularly honored to promote PSA Art Awakenings artists and galleries while developing services, in addition to other programs offered by PSA Behavioral Health Agency. Karen is proud to be part of the PSA Art Awakenings team and feels blessed to work with and serve such wonderfully talented individuals. http://issuu.com/richmanmediagroup/docs/ut-0114/17/

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    Camille Smith,Regional Clinical Director, LPC, BHP, ATR-BC

    Camille is a graduate of Lesley University, a board certified, registered art therapist and a licensed professional counselor in Arizona. She has focused her professional practice of 28 years on using creative expression to empower others in achieving their personal potential. Camille has concentrated her efforts in the area of psychiatric disability, speaking nationally and internationally about the power of creative expression in recovery. Previous teaching experience includes art therapy courses for ASU, South Mountain Community College and UCSD-Extension. Camille was also instrumental in the growth and development of the PSA program, Art Awakenings in Phoenix and surrounding counties, where she served as clinical director from 2001-2005. Since 2006, Camille has been the Associate Faculty for the Expressive Art Therapy concentration within the Masters of Science in Counseling degree program and Director of the Expressive Art Therapy
    Summer Institute held annually at Prescott College. Camille served as the interim Chair of the Counseling Program from March of 2009 until March of 2010 and September 2010 until July 2011. “When in art making, we ignite the imagination, we inherently instill hope; a possibility of feeling or being different; the awareness that we have the ability to create a positive future for ourselves.”

  • David (DW) May, Art Coordinator

    David (DW) has degrees in History and Psychology and did Master’s work in Counseling. For 30 years he worked with the world’s most natural canvas, a woman and her wardrobe. He then owned an art and framing company in Scottsdale, AZ. The experience he gained through the years helps him curate the individual art produced in the Art Awakenings studios. He is an accomplished ceramicist who specializes in unique shapes and combining glass with interesting mixtures of glazes.

    Bisbee & Douglas Studios plus Sierra Vista Mobile Services

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      Coriana Eastman, Site Administrator

      Coriana has held several roles in the past for PSA Art Awakenings ranging from site administrator and service provider to gallery manager and guest artist. In addition to her work in the behavioral health field, her art background is as a multimedia artist with a focus on surreal oil painting. She owned and operated a gallery for several years in Tucson, Arizona and is a former military member serving in the Air Force /Navy with as an aircraft mechanic inspector. Coriana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics but really enjoys working with Art Awakenings artists to bring out their creative nature to express themselves. “When an artist dips a brush into paint, it is like dipping into the soul…painting is like a visual diary of our hearts.”

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      Luis Ledgard, Artist Behavioral Health Specialist- Respite

      Luis comes to PSA with over five years of experience as a Medical Assistant, prior to moving to the United States. After moving to the US in 1976 and then to Arizona in 2010, he has been working in behavioral health for an additional five years. Luis originally worked at Art Awakenings’ Douglas site and now primarily works with artists of the Bisbee location.

    • Pat Panther, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

      Pat moved to Bisbee, where most of her family lives, from York, PA. In York she worked as a caregiver, case manager and then program coordinator at a Human Service Agency for 23 years. She has begun singing since she was four years old, playing guitar since she was 14, and performing solo and in various groups since she was 15. Pat believes that music and the arts nourish the heart and soul and allow us to see beyond our day-to-day lives. She is excited to be working in such an innovative and empowering program.

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      Sean Ortega, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist, Douglas

      Sean joined PSA Art Awakenings in April, 2017. A Douglas native, he is a Behavioral Health Technician with five years of experience working in behavioral health arena. Sean learned digital design and embroidery from his father’s family business. In his spare time he is also a multimedia artist. Sean is very engaged with artists in the Douglas studio and enjoys assisting them in exploring their creativity while working on their recovery.

    • Irene Vega, Administrative Assistant, BHPP

      Irene is excited to transfer her skills and caring spirit to the PSA Art Awakenings’ Bisbee and Douglas studios. A Certified Nursing Assistant and Behavioral Health Para-Professional, she possesses a deep level of understanding and compassion for helping others. Irene particularly emjoys working with older adults and appreciates the opportunity to apply her talents to the behavioral health field.

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      Irma Villalobos, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist, Douglas

      Irma joined the Art Awakenings team in March, 2016. As a Behavioral Health Para Professional, Irma facilitates group living skills services in the art studio setting. A caring and compassionate individual, she has three years experience as an instructional paraprofessional working in the Douglas Unified School District which included special needs children and preschoolers. Irma takes pride in her abilities to provide support in creating a safe and nurturing learning environment. She sees art as the “ability to express a person’s inner self which allows one to let go and grow”.

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      Ryan Lee Hunter, Gallery Curator, Old Bisbee Gallery & Ceramics Studio

      An independent mixed media artist, Ryan serves at Art Awakenings Gallery Curator for the non-profit organization’s only free standing gallery in the state. A former curator in a major New York City art scene, Ryan promotes the program through the sales of its artists’ paintings, jewelry, and ceramics while helping to break the stigma of mental health through creative means. Ryan believes that through self-awareness, inspiration and creativity, the mind can heal itself. Also a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Ryan uses his artistic skills and life achievements to bring awareness to those that need a helping hand to find the healing nature of the creative mind.

    Douglas Youth Studio

    • Richard Paun, Youth Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

      Richard is a native of Arizona, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education as well as a Masters of Arts Degree from Northern Arizona University. He has over 20 years teaching experience and is currently teaching Fine Arts at Douglas High School. His students focus on Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics. “I find it very rewarding working with young artists, and feel that the creation of art helps bring balance into our lives.”

    Casa Grande Studio

    • Aimii Martinez, Site Adminstrator

      Aimii has 11 years of behavioral health experience with eight years in an administrative role within the Cenpatico region. Aimii is actively volunteering with community partners in efforts to educate and assist artists and families with available resources in rural communities. She truly believes, “It takes a village”. “I feel fortunate to work in an environment that empowers individuals towards their own recovery.” Aimii expresses her own creativity through drawing, painting and ceramics.

    • Teresa Diaz, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

      Teresa Diaz has worked in behavior health as a customer service advocate for the last 4 years. She highly believes it is every person’s job to give quality care to the people they serve. She is very active in volunteering with several community partners to educate and assist families with available resources in rural communities. Teresa enjoys crafts and painting, and spends her time off encouraging her grandkids with writing and illustrating their own experiences in their lives as they grow. “I enjoy working for an agency that puts people first.”

            • Sasha Anspaugh-Kemp, Peer Support Specialist, ABHS

              Sasha is a Certified Peer Support and Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist with an immense passion for recovery and wellness. She firmly believes that support is a key to recovery for all and everyone can be successful in recovery. Sasha, specialized in the behavioral health field for five years, brings new aspects to recovery and support from her own lived experiences, providing education and support to adults and their families on mental health. “l feel fortunate that I can empower others and their progress in recovery.” Sasha expresses her creativity through many aspects of art, including music, theater and painting.

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      Sable Barney, MS, LAC, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

      Sable graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Master’s degree in professional counseling and is licensed by the state of Arizona. She moved from Idaho where she worked as a psvcho-social rehabilitation specialist. Sable loves working with the youth at Art Awakening’s studio in Casa Grande, and is dedicated to the positive growth and recovery of all her artists. Sable looks forward to continuing her professional development with Art Awakenings while making a difference in the lives of those around her.

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      Yvonne De’louth, BHT, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

      Yvonne De’Louth, originally from Southern California, loves art and cheerleading. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years, including with developmentally disabled adults and children. She studied at CSUN after attending LAPC for Sociology to become a police officer and later changed to continue working in the mental health field. Moving to Casa Grande, in 2006, she now shares her love for the arts, bringing new and great ideas to the studio.

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      Jessica Pratt, BS, BHT, Administrative Assistant

      Jessica, an Arizona native, attended college in Flagstaff where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology. She’s always excited to dive into the world of art as a form of therapy and enjoys interacting with artists and the behavioral health community.

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      John Freshley, Youth Driver

      John joined PSA after many years of self-employment. He enjoys transporting youngsters and being an integral part of the Art Awakenings team.

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      Violet Lopez,BHT, Peer Support Specialist

      Violet offers Art Awakenings and its artists support, understanding, and positivity. Her interests in art, history, music and poetry reflect in her work. Violet has experience in peer support and provides support to all artists. Violet works with both the adults and children providing support and understanding. “l enjoy making people happy and seeing people succeed. I think it is amazing that art can be used as a skill to help one manage emotions. l’ve worked in the behavioral health field over five years and this program is by far the best.”

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        Shari McCay, Behavioral Health Specialist – Youth

        Shari received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services/ Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology. Shari has worked with children, adults, and families in foster care, behavioral health, and special education systems for the last 8+ years. Shari loves her work at Art Awakenings and finds working with youth and adults to be a joy. Also, Shari combines her love of art with her passion for helping others see and understand the world in new ways.

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            Lori Vawter, BHT, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

            Lori brings 17 years’ experience in the behavioral health field including residential and inpatient. She enjoys painting in oil and acrylic and, since joining the Art Awakenings team, has developed a love for clay sculpting. Lori’s love for art and helping others makes Art Awakenings a perfect fit for her. “I have seen and experienced the many benefits of art and I am honored to be a part of the PSA

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            Paul Verberg, Artist In Residence

            Paul VerBurg is the Artist in Residence for the Kingman and Bullhead Studios. Drawing and painting for over 45 years, he earned his BFA from the School of The Art Institute Of Chicago. Over the years Paul has shown his work from coast to coast, won many awards, and been published in several national magazines. “I have come to believe an artist’s vision is at its most pure when the veil between the conscious and subconscious states is thin and the artist is able to translate that vision of the beyond/within for others to experience. I also believe this imagery is for the most part autobiographical in the sense that at that moment the artist is honestly relaying his life experience.”

    Maricopa County Phoenix, Tempe & NW Phoenix Studios

Northwest Studio

  • Amanda Foley, Site Administrator

    Amanda has always had a passion for art. Exploring various mediums, she found art as a way to express herself. Amanda focuses on creating and sharing techniques in spray paint, acrylic, watercolor, and ceramic. A Certified Peer Support Specialist, she finds great purpose in using her experience to help others. She enjoys giving back to others through shared experience. “Art is a powerful tool that gives people an outlet for self-expression, to feel confidence, and feel productive in their recovery journey.”

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    Marilyn Baxter, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Marilyn came to PSA 12 years ago after 25 years in the Cosmetic Industry. Marilyn went back to college, and earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and a certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Agency Counseling from Ottawa University Phoenix. Marilyn shared that God blessed her with an artistic soul, but led her first to working with people in recovery, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders, along with general mental health issues. Marilyn says that her passion is working with people and witnessing that “Aha” moment within those that she serves. My joy comes from supporting and encouraging others. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization where “Art Saves Lives”.

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    Breanna Wandrych, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Born and raised in sunny Arizona, Breanna developed an early passion for all things creative. In 2014, she graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Intermedia Art, specializing in drawing and digital media. After graduating, Breanna began her career in the behavioral health field working with vocational services, teaching digital media job skills. Currently, as an Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist as the Northwest Studio, Breanna feels honored to be able to connect and empower other through art. “I believe in the power of art; It can transmit joy, transform sorrow, create community, and says what words sometimes can’t.”

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    Irena Horodynska, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Born and raised in Poland, Irena graduated from Elmhurst College with a BA in music and spanish. She then went on to recieve her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University which led her to a position in the Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services serving youth, women, children, and people from various economic backgrounds. Irena later moved to Arizona where she worked at Hovland Conservatory of Music where she taught piano to children with behavioral health challenges. Irena currently serves as an Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist where she can continue to serve and develop.

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    Gabriel Rojas, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Born in Sinaloa Mexico, Gabriel eventually moved to Arizona where she obtained a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. Gabriel has experience working as a medical assistant, case manager, and rehabilitation specialist. With a passion for the arts and behavioral health Gabriel believes, “art sets our soul free and allows the imagination to create our own world on canvas”.

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    Rebecca Lopatin, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    With a Bachelors of Fine Art’s in painting, and a Masters of Social Work, Rebecca is a graduate of Arizona State University. Rebecca’s experience in the field of social work has included working as a crisis responder for the Glendale Fire Department, supporting children and families while working at UMOM New Day Center, a homeless shelter in Phoenix, and working at the Boys and Girls Club. Rebecca has also worked as an independent artist showing and selling her art in the greater Phoenix area, and focuses her attention to painting, primarily with oil and watercolor, as well as drawing.

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    Nanette Tanner, Art Instructor, BHT

    Nanette offers PSA Art Awakenings and its artists a broad experience in all mediums of Art. She is presently attending ASU and will be graduating in the fall of 2016, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Sculpture and Painting. She has been involved with Art Awakenings for the past 13 years. “I deeply believe in healing through arts, and carrying out the purpose here at Art Awakenings. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with a strong and dedicated staff here at North West.”

Tempe Studio

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    Renee Caccamese, Site Administrator, BHT

    Renee has 30 years of experience in the human service field. She has a wide array of experience working with clinically and culturally diverse populations, ranging from youth and adolescents to adults and families. She has been a proud member of the Art Awakenings team for 10 years. She currently serves as the Site Administrator for the Tempe Studio. An artist herself, Renee uses all mediums, but finds that she gravitates most towards clay and wood. With a background in psychology and theater arts, she is a certified Life Coach and is currently pursuing her certification in meditation and alternative healing methods.

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    Tiffany Ducey, Lead Clinical ABHS

    Tiffany earned her graduate degree in social work from Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree in Counseling & Human Services from the University of Scranton. Currently licensed as an LMSW, she is actively working toward her independent licensure. Tiffany has over 10 years in the field with extensive involvement working with clinically and culturally diverse populations. At PSA, Tiffany has been able to blend her passions for art and social work. She believes that self-expression is an integral part of the healing process. Her approach tends to be integrative and holistic while using evidence-based practices to meet each person’s needs.

  • Leslie Fort, Receptionist for Tempe Youth Studio & Warehouse 1005

    Mildred Leslie Fort is originally from Florida and has since become a “native” of Arizona. Her long-time interests have been art, music, writing, and public speaking. In recent years Leslie has taken up singing and playing the piano again. Leslie has helped PSA Art Awakenings in various jobs, her latest endeavor is helping with the Tempe Youth Studio and continues to help Warehouse 1005 for First and Third Fridays.

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    Lindsey Becvar, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University (go Devils!) in Family and Human Development. She has worked with children, adults, and families for over a decade in the foster care, children’s behavioral health, and special education systems. Lindsey remembers spending her summers as a child creating her own comic strips and writing poetry with a slew of green calligraphy pens. As an adult, she has studied ceramics, mosaic, acrylic painting, mural art, and chalk art. In the past several years, she has participated in numerous street painting festivals throughout the Valley and fondly recalls her appearance on a crafters’ show on the Home & Garden Television network. Lindsey loves her work at Art Awakenings, combining her love of art with her passion for helping people to see and understand the world in new ways. Outside of the studio, she is the proud parent of two terrific teenagers.


    Jennifer Data, ABHS

    Jennifer has spent the last 15 years in the counseling field, starting with the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey teaching art to children and teenagers ranging in age from kindergarten through 12th grade. After receiving her Bachelors of Art degree with a concentration in Art Therapy, Jennifer interned at the Broadway House in Newark, NJ to facilitate art to adults living with HIV/AIDS. Jennifer continued her education, earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at NJCU. Here, she interned at Community Services to counsel parolees while implementing classes offering career guidance. A lifelong artist, Jennifer knows firsthand the guarantees of being creative and using art to push past self-defeating limitations. Now living in Arizona and working for Art Awakenings, Jennifer is more convinced that participating in creative expression is essential for personal growth and self-acceptance.

Maricopa County Youth Phoenix & Tempe Studios

  • Nicole Gordon, Director of Youth Services

    Nicole comes to Art Awakenings with 20 years of experience and a foundation rooted in art and social change. As a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Temple University School of Social Administration, Nicole has worked in a variety of behavioral and public health settings, including as a consultant facilitating cultural diversity workshops and planning community building initiatives. Nicole connects art with not only healing, growth and development but also as a tool of social transformation and consciousness raising. Helping individuals seek their path of recovery. Nicole is honored to be a part of the Art Awakenings movement of hope and change.

    • Eden Sassaman, LAC, ATR-BC, Tempe Youth Studio

      Eden, a Houston native, comes to PSA Art Awakenings with six years of experience working with youth as a volunteer with a community arts program in Arizona. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State, Eden completed her Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychology at Prescott College with a concentration in Expressive Arts therapy. Eden believes in the healing power of emotional expression through art and is passionate about sharing expressive art experiences with people of all ages.

    Tucson Studio

  • Janet Fuhriman,MS,LPC, Clinical Director of Youth & Adult Services – Pima County

    Janet Fuhriman has been with Art Awakenings for the past 5 years. She braids her passion as a Certified Trauma Informed Care trainer with the healing power of art. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she is approved to provide Clinical Supervision by the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. By providing a ‘Culture of Compassion’ she truly believes “Art Saves Lives!!”

  • George Perez, Recovery Support Specialist/BHT

    George is an Arizona State Certified Recovery Support Specialist who has provided behavioral health services, in Arizona, since 1991. He is an award-winning artist whose artwork, in various media, has been exhibited throughout the Southwest. George combines his experience and expertise, in assisting PSA Warehouse 442 participants to develop advanced behavioral health recovery skills and successfully integrate into the local artist community.

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    Megan Cavato, MS, LAC, Youth Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Megan is a therapist in the Youth program at PSA Art Awakenings. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling, specializing in art therapy. Megan has experience with a variety of populations, but has spent much of her career in substance abuse counseling. She believes in helping others find their identities as artists and using the creative process to facilitate empowerment, hope, and healing.

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    Nathan Rogers, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Currently serving as an Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist in the Tucson Adult studio, Nathan Rogers joins the Art Awakenings team after working with children and adults at another local behavioral health agency. As an alum of the University of Arizona, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Studies and Human Development. Nathan has always held a passion for art since early childhood and enjoys leaning about art histories of other cultures. His current artistic outlet is photography. Nathan is looking forward to practice new mediums of art and is excited for the opportunity to provide his experience and skills to support artists on their journey towards wellness.

  • Irlanda Cuevas, Intake Specialist

    Irlanda is originally from Nogales, Arizona, a border town south of Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Sociology. Irlanda is a certified BHT with previous experience working with children and youth at Casa de los Ninos behavioral health. She appreciates the importance of art, culture, and creativity and is thrilled to be part of PSA Art Awakenings and the “Art” community.

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    Leticia Galaz, Administrative Assistant

    Leticia is a Tucson native who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona. She is experienced in the customer service field, most recently at Pima Community College with student life and cultural activities and as a former Pima County Superior Court intern. Leticia is, “Excited to work in the behavioral health field and PSA Art Awakenings!”

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    Margo Glen, CRSS/BHT

    Coming from a construction background, Margo earned an Associate Degree in construction carpentry and shortly found herself working as the first women apprentice carpenter at United Steel Mining Corporation on the “Iron Range” in Northern Minnesota. After earning another Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting, Margo moved to Tucson, AZ. For over 25 years, she worked as a Structural Steel Estimator and was involved in many large projects; including the metal sculpture in front of Tucson’s Main Library, The Snake Bridge, Renovations to the Fox Theater and the Structural Steel for the Ronstadt Transited Center and various railing art along city overpasses. Margo has been committed to a Recovery program for over 37 years, and became a Certified Peer Support in 2015. Margo, has been happily employed for Tucson’s Art Awakenings, as an Administrative Assistant, Receptionist and BHT, CPSS.

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    Suzy Deigan, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Suzy, a New York native, is a Board Certified Art Therapist who earned her Master of Science degree in Art Therapy Counseling from the College of New Rochelle in New York. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, geriatric, substance abuse, and various individuals with disabilities in inpatient and outpatient settings. Suzy enjoys creating all types of art, especially drawing, painting, and ceramics and is the lead for the youth Autism Spectrum Disorders program. “I truly believe in art’s powerful healing abilities for individuals and love being a part of such a wonderful team of artists and staff at Art Awakenings.”

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    Aisha Malik, ABHS, BHT, CRSS

    Aisha comes to us with a long history in art and marketing. Learning the basics of design and composition as a child roaming her father’s ad agency, she became enamored with the creative process. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, and an MBA with a focus in Leadership and Marketing. Eventually, through her journey into recovery, Aisha became a certified Recovery Support Specialist and a passionate advocate for peer support. “It’s wonderful to be able to work on my two favorite things every day, art and recovery. I am so happy to be here, and so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the development of growing artists. Art is such an important part of my own recovery, and Art Awakenings allows our artists to grow that part of themselves every day.”

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    Corbin Frame, MFA, Certified Peer Support Specialist, ABHS, BHT

    Corbin is a mixed multi-media visual artist who recently relocated to Tucson from New York City. With an MFA from NYU in Interactive Art and a BFA in sculpture/critical theory from CalArts, Corbin’s work ranges from sculpture installation and environmental art to immersive interactive environments (physical computing, virtual reality). He served as a Rural Community Development/Appropriate Technology Volunteer in Mali with the U.S. Peace Corps, and with Operation Crossroads Africa on an archaeology excavation in the Ivory Coast. Corbin has studied music in India and yoga in NY and he brings a passion for the healing power of creativity, especially in community settings, to his role as a recently certified Peer Support Specialist and an alumni of the Tucson studio.

  • Ecaterina “Cat” Islas, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist, Young Adult and NT19 Coordinator

    Cat, a Tucson native earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in criminal justice and chemistry from the University of Arizona. She previously worked with adolescents in a residential substance abuse program, where she facilitated creative and expressive art therapy groups. Cat is excited to join the PSA Art Awakenings team and truly believes in the healing potential of art. “I have a passion for the arts as well as helping people, through creating art and reflecting on the process, people can increase awareness of self and others, which is an amazing journey to be a part of.”

  • Jessica (JJ) Sturdevant, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Before graduating high school, “J.J.” began her artistic training with the Art Institute of Chicago Oxbow program and an intensive at Carnegie Mellon University. While attending Audubon Expedition Institute, Leslie University, she developed an affinity for the concept of experiential teaching in natural settings. At Goddard College her interests in the fine, healing and teaching arts merged, leading to her emergence as an Expressive Arts Therapist, arts educator, visual artist, and dancer. After moving to Bisbee, she expanded her training to apprentice with a local herbalist, a Mexican Indian curandero, and Reiki master. J.J. is also a graduate of Tamalpa Institute in Movement-based Expressive Arts Therapy, specializing in Ideokienisis body work and personal mythology. She has used her training to develop art and art expression classes by working with individuals and groups of all ages, with a specialization in adolescence and substance abuse.

  • Gina Valencia, CRSS, BHT

    Gina is a mother of five children and completed Apollo College for Medical Administrative Assistant in 2000 and began a journey from pediatrics to optometry. Gina loved the administration aspect of all, but just felt something was missing. She became a homemaker for several years, reentered the workforce again in housekeeping, retail, and then landed in behavioral health. She has grown to love this work and feel it is her calling to reach out to others and relate to them due to her own past experiences. Now life has led her to work with both adults and children who receive respite which leads me to believe I’m exactly where I need to be not only to assist others, but to learn and grow with them.

  • Karen Wunder,MC Therapist, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Karen came to PSA Art Awakenings with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Her background and experience include working with youth, adults, and families in a variety of settings, and include her interest in working with substance abuse issues and co-occuring disorders, along with general mental health issues. She believes that art plays an important role in the therapeutic process, allowing for a unique opportunity for change, growth, and healing.

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    Denise Ramirez, CRSS-BHT, Lead Peer Support Partner

    Denise Ramirez, currently working as a Lead Peer Support Partner in the Tucson INC and Youth Respite Programs, has been with Art Awakenings for five years. After graduating from the Recovery Support Specialist Institute in 2012, Denise began her career at PSA. Her passions are in recovery and wellness; practicing yoga and meditation on a regular basis, all of which have the benefits of utilizing alternative healing methods to improve overall well-being. “While working here at PSA I have witnessed tremendous growth in the agency and in our members. I am very passionate about my work of teaching our members the skills that have worked for myself in my own recovery journey.”

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    Julian Islas, Youth Respite

    Julian is a Marine Corps Veteran of six years completing two deployments, with one in Afghanistan. After receiving his Associate’s degree from Pima Community College, he is studying Psychology and Government and Public Policy at The University of Arizona. Believing in art’s foundation and capability to heal the mind and soul, Julian continues to thoroughly enjoy his work through the past two years at PSA. He loves working with the youth and with the adults in the studio as well. And in his spare time he enjoys sketching with lead and ink due to its permanence once a stroke has been placed.

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    Lindsey Klingenberg, LAC, ATR, Art Therapist

    Originally from the Midwest, Lindsey moved to Tucson to expand her career in art therapy. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in art therapy, working with various populations. Currently, she is interested in learning about eco-art therapy to incorporate into her practice. Lindsey enjoys working with all types of media including jewelry, ceramics, painting, drawing, and mixed media. As an artist and therapist, she believes in the potential art and creativity hold for increasing well-being, working on recovery, and building community.

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    Yoseline “Josie” Martinez, BHT, Intake Specialist

    Josie, completed her first year with PSA after being hired on as an administrative assistant and now growing with the company as an intake specialist. She provides services in both English and Spanish and has a background of working with families involved with the Department of Child Services. Her passion to provide support and assist others in need has encouraged her to work towards receiving a degree is social services.

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  • Brenda Gilkey Studio Assistant

    Quirky, elegant or just plain pretty jewelry, Brenda adores it all! She has been creating art from found objects since she was a child. Even now she see the potential to create art, like chandeliers, chimes, whirly-gigs, and refurbished furniture. Through her creativity Brenda is able to work with fellow artists in the Art Awakenings Studio. And as a previous Art Awakenings graduate she is loving every opportunity to inspire and be inspired.

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    Leon Tremmel, Handyman

    After a thirty year career with Sodexo Health Care Services as an Administrative Director of Facilities in Health Care, Leon joined PSA in 2014. Working as an electrician and mechanic for several years, Leon transitioned from Pima Community College, where he studied liberal arts and photography. As the Maintenance and Safety Coordinator with PSA Tucson he enjoys providing a safe, clean, and attractive environment for Artists to work. He loves to support the artists when they need mechanical or logistical support for their projects. Leon is also an ordained Chaplain at the Adult Detention Facility with the Pima County Sheriff’s Correction Department working with the Adult SMI inmate population in Tucson.

Yuma & Parker Studios

  • Patricia Quiroz, Site Administrator

    Patricia Quiroz has a passion for helping other and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Arizona State University. She has worked in Behavioral health for 14+ years and has been with PSA Behavioral Health for 7 years. She started with Art Awakenings as an administrative assistant, and later became the Site administrator for Yuma/La Paz regions. “I have seen the power of art and the transformation in an artist right before my eyes, (it happens every day at our studios) and aside from spirituality I don’t think there is a greater healing power such as art. I strongly believe that ART and its power of healing are ready to be activated in all of us at any time.”

  • Kevin Arrant, Recovery Support Specialist

    Kevin is a peer support specialist who has served as the Recovery Support Specialist for Yuma and Parker studios for the past 6 years. Along with running support groups for Art Awakenings, he uses the recovery experience in the INC program, providing members with experience, strength, and hope for their future. Kevin enjoys working with glass, and ceramics during his promotion of the processes of art as a parallel to the processes of recovery, one step at a time. “I enjoy being able to share my love for life and to share H.O.W. it works, “Honesty, Openness, and Willingness”, in all aspects of the recovery journey”.

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    Becky Ann Stubblefield, CPSS

    Growing up with a father who is an artist, Becky learned basic art concepts at an early age. As a psychology major, Becky always had hopes of joining art and psychology in her professional future. After years of battling behavioral health and personal life challenges, she found herself enrolled as the first artist in the Art Awakenings programs in Parker and Quartzsite. After graduating from the program, Becky was hired as a Studio Assistant and later became Certified Peer Support Specialist. Today, after more than three years as a CPSS and Behavioral Health Paraprofessional, Becky continues to balance her work and family while using art to manage any behavioral health challenges. “I am thrilled and grateful seeing both sides of the coin with the PSA Art Awakenings program. WOW, life, what a thrilling ride.”

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    Valerie Guerrero, Youth-Driver/Studio Assistant

    Valerie offers Art Awakenings and its youth artists with transportation. As someone with a strong sense of compassion, Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. Valarie comes to PSA with a wide array of work experience ranging from retail, to merchandising, then to customer service, all the while maintaining her focus on helping people. “I have an interest for art, and I dabble from time to time, but I’m certainly not top-notch. Everyone here is extremely talented, and it really draws my attention; they really know art, and that’s what I love about PSA Art Awakenings”.

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    Kurt Fredricksen, Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Kurt was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and moved to Arizona with his family five years ago. He offers approximately 14 years of experience in the behavioral health field, primarily providing direct case management to serious mentally ill adults in Alaska. “I was exposed to art at an early age, as my mother is an artist and practices the Norweigan art of Rosemaling and Tole Painting.” “I love all forms of art and believe strongly in the effectiveness of art as a therapeutic tool.”

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    Denisse Molina Fisher, Adult ABHS

    Denisse, a Yuma native, received her Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse from Grand Canyon University. Denisse is a PSI CHI member of The International Honor Society in Psychology and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist and believes in the power of healing through creativity, positive thinking skills, empowerment, resiliency and developing an internal strength based perspective. In addition to ceramics, Denisse has experience working with acrylic paints, watercolors, and clay. “The arts allow you to express your feelings, hopes, dreams and to be able to heal, repair, mend and renew.”

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    Anyssa Ortiz, Adult/Youth ABHS,Yuma

    Anyssa Ortiz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology which helped to develop her love to help others. Anyssa offers Art Awakenings and its artist a broad experience of art skills. Her interest in art has always been a part of her life from “do it yourself” projects with her older siblings, to learning how to crochet with her mother. In addition to targeting her own art , Anyssa has experience as a case manager. “I am thankful to be in this position to promote therapeutic expressive art because I believe that art opens doors that help artist heal and improve their lives”.

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    Fernanda Rodriguez, Youth Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist

    Fernanda offers PSA Art Awakenings and its artists a broad experience in all aspects of counseling services. Her interest in art began at a young age under the tutelage of her uncle and continued into high school where she learned basic art and ceramics that she still utilizes. Fernanda earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and has been working with children 0-17 years old for over 10 years. She also serves as the lead counselor for Yuma’s Autism spectrum disorder program, which serves youth ages 6-17.

  • Angela Figueroa Administrative Assistant / Medical Records

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    Ralph Gray, Driver

    Ralph has lived in Yuma since 1989 and retired in 2008 as a golf course mechanic. He have been a musician all of his life and is currently President of Yuma Community Theater. As a producer, director, singer, actor, set builder, he has seen all forms of art that has to do with live stage productions through community theater. “I truly cherish the time I have spent with these new friends who stay real, on a daily basis. As a maintenance man I may not be painting gorgeous pictures or forming awesome creations but I will strive to meet the needs of our facilities with the best care and service I can provide.