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Ursuline hires full-time Department Chair of Art Therapy Undergraduate Program

July 18, 2014

The Board of Trustees of the Art Therapy Studio (ATS) announced Jennifer Schwartz Wright has accepted a full-time position as Department Chair of the Art Therapy Undergraduate Program at her alma mater, Ursuline College, starting this fall.

Schwartz Wright joined the Art Therapy Studio in 2011 as Program Manager with more than 15 years of clinical experience and 20 years of volunteerism with ATS. She was named Interim Director in June 2012 and Executive Director in January 2013. Schwartz Wright is a board certified art therapist, art therapy educator, and community organizer and advocate among art therapists. Prior to coming to ATS, she served as President of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association and Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the American Art Therapy Association’s 2008 national conference held in Cleveland.

“Jennifer’s passion and dedication to the Art Therapy Studio and what we stand for has been instrumental in growing our client base in recent years and providing quality services and programs to people in the community,” said Board President Maura Hughes. “We will truly miss her leadership, passion and goal-oriented management style, and appreciate her desire to stay involved with us going forward in at least a volunteer capacity. She has been a part of the ATS family as a volunteer or staff member for more than 20 years.”

The Board has named previous ATS Executive Director Karen Peterson as the Interim Director. Peterson served as ATS Executive Director from 2003 to 2012. “We’re fortunate that Karen is able to come back to help the organization through this transition period as we determine next steps,” said Hughes. “Her leadership skills and extensive knowledge of ATS will be invaluable in keeping all of our programs on track and moving forward as we continue to strive each day to enhance the quality of life for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges through the therapeutic use of art.”





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