OUR TEAM

Linda Marson, CEO/Executive Director

Linda Marson has over 25 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, managing national and local grassroots political campaigns and as a business development consultant for a variety of national and local organizations. She has managed a global PR and Marketing Agency based in D.C., and led successful national and local political campaigns for US House and Senate races.  Previously, she was National Communications Director for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and an Assignment Editor for WUSA 9 TV News. Linda is a strong, team-focused leader with a deep commitment to growing the impact of CREATE’s arts education and mental health programs.


Allie Berg, Deputy Director

Allie Berg brings a unique fusion of nonprofit experience meshed with the visual arts to her work with CREATE Arts Center. She has over 15 years of experience with a variety of DC-based nonprofit organizations. Through her half-decade work with the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, she brings a deep well of experience with grants, communications, and corporate social responsibility programs. She specializes in crafting communications that reach across multiple audiences with powerful messaging. In addition to her work within the nonprofit field, Allie went back to school and earned a degree in photography in 2010. She spent five years as a freelance photographer, focusing on wedding and portrait photography, and photo retouching, and digital restoration. She returned to the nonprofit field when her children began attending full-time school, joining the staff of CREATE in 2016. Along with photography, her personal artistic practice is in watercolor painting.


Gwendolyn Short, Art Therapy Director

Gwendolyn Short, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is CREATE’s Interim Art Therapy Director and Director of our Studio Downstairs program. Before joining CREATE in 2015, Gwen served as Founder and CEO of Cradle of Art, a community art center in Capitol Heights, Maryland, and worked for the Prince George’s County Health Department for more than 30 years specializing in addictions, mental health, and rehabilitation services. A member of the American Art Therapy Association’s Board of Directors, Gwen also assisted with the creation of the film Wheels of Diversity: Pioneers of Color in Art Therapy. She is a recipient of AATA’s Clinician Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical work with Adults.


Yael Ginossar, Arts Program Director

Yael Ginossar brings with her a diverse career in the field of community arts, positive/creative youth development, and informal education. In her most recent positions, she focused on developing partnerships and collaboration across sectors to bring quality youth-centered programs in the county. As education director at ArtReach Orlando, Yael oversaw several art-based educational programs aimed at marginalized youth in Central Florida, where she developed curricula that support social-emotional growth through the arts. Her combined experience in social work and art education, especially with youth of marginalized communities, had deepened her passion to create accessible, equitable, and exciting opportunities for people of all ages to engage in the arts in a meaningful way.


Lisa Pascal, Art Therapy Program Manager

Lisa Pascal, LGPAT, ATR-P, is a mixed media artist, emerging professional art therapist, and lifelong Montgomery County resident. Lisa began her journey at CREATE Arts Center in 2016 as a volunteer, and quickly transitioned to teaching artist, eventually becoming director of CREATE’s smARTkids™ program before going back to school to obtain her master’s degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University. She has always been fascinated by the healing aspect of art and remembers tapping into its therapeutic value as a young child when she would retreat to her easel and paint to soothe herself. Lisa holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland and appreciates the potential of the arts to transcend language barriers and communicate across diverse cultures. She aligns with a person-centered approach and is passionate about using the visual arts to support the development and well-being of all individuals.


Audrey Simmons, Registrar & Office Manager, Hendel Gallery Manager

Audrey Simmons is CREATE’s Registrar and Office Manager, the manager of CREATE’s Tamar Hendel Gallery, and one of CREATE’s teaching artists. She graduated from Murray State University where she received a B.S. in Art Education, certified in K-12. Audrey is originally from western Kentucky where she was a high school art teacher for over 7 years. Audrey knew when she relocated to the DC area that she wanted to take the chance to grow professionally while still being immersed in the arts and her roles at CREATE fulfill that perfectly.

 

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