Phone: 847.859.2312

Helen JiSoo Kim

Helen graduated from Northwestern University in 2016, where she received her BM in Percussion Performance. She will be pursuing a career in arts administration and later hopes to open a therapy center for performing and visual artists.  During her free time, she works as a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Helen loves working and playing with the children and families here at Gather and is very excited to be part of the team.

Aubrey Woolford

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 Kirkwood

Briana grew up in Chicago and is pursuing her dream of preparing for a career in teaching. She loves working with kids.

Jamieson Werling

Jamieson graduated in the spring of 2017 from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre and an Integrated Marketing Certificate. When she’s not at Gather hanging out with awesome kids (and their awesome parents!) she can be found working in Chicago as a free-lance Stage Manager, hanging out with her cats or making oversized art with her mom in Minnesota.

Jackie Chaidez

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 Minerof-Bartos

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, Owner

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.