Aubrey is a junior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Communication Management and English. She has always loved singing, dancing, and acting and in high school, Aubrey began assistant directing children’s musical theatre. Her passion for writing can be found in blogging for Gather and the Odyssey network. Aubrey has always loved working with children and is so happy to be a part of the Gather team, where creativity is constantly encouraged.
Briana grew up in Chicago and is pursuing her dream of preparing for a career in teaching. She loves working with kids and hosting at Gather.
Nicole Rodin Jaworski
Nicole Rodin Jaworski is a musician and mama living in Evanston. She has recently accepted a position to become the head of music programming for Gather. She is a trained classical singer with degrees from Rice University and the New England Conservatory of Music. After spending years travelling the country singing opera, Nicole returned to the Chicago area and began to explore additional ways to bring joy, healing and growth to others using music. This pursuit has led her to teaching music classes, private voice lessons, stage directing and music directing musical theater as well as a study of music therapy.
Jackie is an art therapy graduate student at The School of the Art Institute. When she is not busy studying or making art she teaches elementary art in Naperville where she lives. She received her BS in Art Education at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. There she discovered her interest in artistic development through choice based arts and emphasis of cultural enrichment.
Peta is a life-long crafter and quilter whose love affair with textiles and fabric was formed over decades from childhood to today. She is an accomplished quilter and an expert long arm quilt artist. Her works have hung in the 2014 International Quilt Festival Chicago, Fine Art of Fiber 2016 Machine Quilting Expo Midwest 2016 and EvanstonMade 2017 exhibits. She is a Masters candidate in Art Therapy at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Peta received her BA from Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Angela Lyonsmith, ATR-BC, LCPC, is a mother of three, an artist, art therapist, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an instructor and doctoral student at Mount Mary University. Angela has served as a therapist, administrator and consultant for several agencies in Chicago. She provides art therapy services for children and families and clinical supervision for art therapy clinicians. Angela also collaborated with Global Alliance for Africa to provide therapeutic arts paraprofessional trainings in Tanzania and Kenya for artists and cultural workers reaching vulnerable children in their communities.