Dorothy Alexander Muccilli, CEO and President

Dorothy Alexander Muccilli is CEO and Founder of Healing Art Works. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She retired from teaching to raise her family, but pursued other business opportunities during those years. She taught extensive needlework courses in cross-stitch, quilting, embroidery, and needlepoint. Additionally, she co-founded a needlework business called Crossroads. An artist of both watercolor and oil, Dottie currently belongs to several art groups and is represented in galleries. She donates pieces of her artwork to charities on a regular basis. Other charitable works include extensive volunteering for a variety of causes, including local schools, the literacy program at her local library, and homeless shelters.

April Charleston, Esq., Vice President

April has been an artist since childhood, favoring charcoal and pastel, jewelry making, knitting and pottery. During her younger years she could often be found peddling her wares at local farmers' markets and craft fairs. As an adult April, determined to continue in her passion for the arts, obtained her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School in NYC with a view towards representing artists, galleries and estates.
  April is now a third generation attorney with her family law firm, the Law Offices of Robert D. Charleston. In addition to achieving her lifelong goal of representing a variety of visual and performing artists, she handles much of the firm's estate and trust administration and estate planning.
  April is pleased to sit on the board of Healing Art Works and provide corporate counsel for a cause close to her heart.

Lisa Prinzo, Treasurer

Lisa is an artist who primarily works in watercolor, but also enjoys pastel and oil. She is a member of both Flying Colors and Artists Circle fine art groups. She participates in several art shows annually, and often donates art to various causes. She has donated at least one painting to each Healing Art Works project. In 2009, Lisa felt a strong desire to join the board of Healing Art Works, after experiencing the lengthy illness and loss of her sister, Janet Adams, that year.

Allison Cofone

With a background in marketing and business development, Allison serves on the board and functions as marketing director for Healing Art Works. She graduated from Penn State in 1995 with a BA in Advertising and has worked as a professional marketer since 1997. She was an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Marketers of Professional Services (SMPS) for many years, serving on the board as its membership chair for multiple terms. She earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) in 2003. In 2006, she left the full-time marketing world to focus on her family, but has continued to work as a marketing consultant for a variety of projects.

Ellen Covner

Ellen is a former attorney who specialized in health care law. After a number of years in legal practice she started Custom Gardens, LLC where she could focus her creativity on creating beautiful landscapes. She has a certificate in landscaping from the Horticulture program at the Barnes Foundation. Ellen's company seeks to promote wellbeing for its clients through landscaping that nourishes the client as well as the landscape. She appreciates that many of the artists who support HAW projects draw upon nature and the environment in creating art that will benefit patients and their families.
  Ellen is a past board member of Family Services of Montgomery County. She likes giving back to the community and has donated services of Custom Gardens to charitable events. . She is delighted to be a board member of Healing Art Works.

Patty Cunningham - Board Member At Large

A self-taught artist, Patty has worked in the Chester County, PA area for many years. She belongs to Flying Colors, a group of professional women artists who meet regularly to paint together, as well as the Chester County Art Association, and Chester Springs Studio. Shows include juried exhibits in local galleries, annual shows with Flying Colors and others, and invitational and member shows at CCAA and CSS. Patty also frequently contributes her art to charitable causes, and illustrated a children's book in 2010. Patty is also a business woman, having worked as a manager of IT at IBM, a development officer at Westtown School, and currently a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Exton. She has lived in Chester County for over 30 years, raising her family and meeting many wonderful people.

Mary Donald, Art Therapist

Mary Donald, art therapist, has a diverse and enriched background in the arts, business, and medical sectors in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She received her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University, and is a national board certified art therapist and a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. She has developed seminars and workshops for small business development, trained artists in the furniture manufacturing market, and created murals in private and commercial interiors. She also was a representative for decorative arts in the national gift market. For ten years, Mary consulted with a Saudi Arabian women’s philanthropic organization creating a marketing program for regional handicrafts. Mary has developed and implemented art therapy programs at numerous hospitals, most recently at the Cancer Center at Paoli Memorial Hospital in Paoli, PA, and the Hahnemann University Hospital Psychiatric Medical Care Unit in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Frederick A. Kelner, Psychologist

Frederick A. Kelner is a practicing clinical psychologist in Chester County where he maintains a private practice. He has worked extensively with adults ranging from the age of 18 to 105. Over the years he has worked with artists and art therapists and has learned how the production and the stimulation of art can affect a person’s wellbeing. Dr. Kelner was granted a BA by Albright College and a MA and Ed.D. by Temple University. In 1973 he is among the first psychologists licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has practiced in a wide range of settings ranging from maximum security prisons, psychiatric hospitals, drug treatment centers, clinics, retirement communities, and traditional office settings.

Christine Smolenski

Christine Smolenski has been an educator for over 35 years. Trained as a teacher with experience teaching K-Adult, Chrissy earned her BS in Education, Masters in Education, and worked in a Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh, while holding a teaching assistant position at the university. Chrissy worked in the advertising industry for 10 years prior to becoming a wine representative for Vintage Imports from Bristol, PA. Her business, The Wine Wench works with large and small groups for wine education. She pursued and received the Sommelier Designation at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in MIami in October 2010 and continues to challenge herself by earning additional certifications in the wine industry. Chrissy also has been an active volunteer, involved with many organizations. She worked on fundraisers for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society as well as the Lupus Foundation, participated as a team member in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and served as a board member from 2005 to 2008 for RSVP of the Capital Region.

Carol Stinson

Carol Stinson joined Healing Art Works Board in 2012, bringing leadership and business strategy skills from the pharmaceutical industry. Her professional degrees are Bachelor of Science in biology from Millersville University and Masters of Science from The Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Carol is also an artist who has completed course work at the Delaware College of Art and Design and she works privately with Carol Tippit-Woolworth, an established teacher and artist from Wilmington, DE. She has also attended workshops with Lancaster – based artist, Christiane David. Working with oil and gauche, Carol enjoys producing landscapes and still life as well as abstract paintings. Healing Art Works Board service is a unique opportunity for combining Carol’s passions for healthcare and “wellness” with a keen interest in art.

Dr. Robert Wilson Sweeny, Ph.D., Art Consultant

Robert W. Sweeny is an assistant professor of art and art education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is coordinator of the Art Education program, and earned his PhD in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. He has taught art at both middle and high school levels in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is responsible for teaching methods courses for art education majors, supervising student teaching fieldwork, as well as teaching studio courses, art for elementary educators, and aesthetics in the Robert Cook Honors College. Dr. Sweeny is also a working artist, having earned his MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2000. His work explores similar territory as his research, deriving sculptural forms and large-scale drawings from the intersections of complex self-organizing biological systems, networked digital technologies, and cartoons.


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