Dane, age 19

key staff

Catherine O’Neill Thorn, Executive Director/CEO
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Jessica Jarrard, Director of Operations
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Celeste Seiler, Agency Administrator
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Sarah Lanzarotta, Lead Facilitator and Director of Programs
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Laura Peña, Lead Facilitator and Program Manager
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Theo E.J. Wilson, Community Liaison
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staff demographics:

Female: 5 LGBTQ+ 0 Hispanic/Latinx 1
Male: 1 African American 1 Caucasian 4

AfA facilitators

Art from Ashes facilitators range from Master’s degree experts in counseling and professionals in the field of child development to poets and artists. Professional development in the form of curriculum training and an adult workshop series, as well a background check is required. Facilitators also are provided ongoing supervision with bi-annual reviews, and monthly trainings from experts in various fields of study relevant to facilitating youth, including group dynamics, adolescent brain development and drug/alcohol counseling. Volunteers who wish to work directly with youth are required to enroll in an adult workshop. Cost for the workshop is reimbursed after the volunteer assists at eight youth workshops.