Gwendolyn Short, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Gwendolyn Short, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is CREATE’s 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.

Lisa Pascal

Lisa Pascal is CREATE’s Art Therapy Program Manager. 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. Lisa 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. She 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.

Sheila Kelleher Berman

Sheila Berman, a graduate of George Washington University’s Art Therapy masters program, has worked with seniors, children and teens.  A mixed media and textile artist herself, Sheila is passionate about using the power of art for healing and resiliency, mood regulation, focus and self-esteem.  She approaches art therapy from positive, strengths-based view and believes that anyone can use art can for help and growth.


Laura Goss, LGPAT/LGPC

Art Therapist Laura Goss, LGPAT/LGPC,has worked with children, teens and adults in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, day programs for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, both child and adolescent inpatient units, residential and outpatient programs. Laura received her Master of Art in Art Therapy from George Washington University. Laura is a printmaker who also enjoys painting, sculpture and mixed media.


Tamar Hendel, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Tamar Hendel art therapistTamar Hendel, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a teacher, artist, art therapist and CREATE’s Founder. Art changed Tamar’s life when she was a young Jewish girl in hiding during World War II and her mother and teachers encouraged her to make art. Years later, this inspired her to found CREATE Arts Center in 1986 to bring the pleasure and healing power of the arts to others. Tamar retired as CREATE’s Executive Director in 2010 but continues to bring her vivid and expressive techniques to enhance cognitive, behavioral and emotional expression for art therapy clients of all ages. In 2010 Tamar was recognized with the Montgomery County Executive’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award.

Luisa Marino Garcia, MA, ART-P, LGPAT

Luisa Marino Garcia, MA, ATR-P, LGPAT, has over a decade of experience in providing group, family and individual art therapy services in English, Spanish and French to individuals of all ages. She supports healing from trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, mood disorders, life adjustment issues, among other life challenges. She earned her Masters Degree in art therapy at George Washington University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano- Bogata, Columbia.


Min Shin, MA, LGPAT, LGPC, is a bilingual art therapist (English and Korean) who has worked with diverse populations in ages, settings, and goals. It makes Min feel special that she fulfilled professional Master’s training in art therapy at George Washington University with her fine art undergraduate background at MICA. She uses various creative ways of art making process and communicating through visual expressions that offer clients safe space, encouragements, validations, self-awareness, growths, and healing power. Min values therapeutic relationships and empathetic communications to understand one another as important parts of interactions.