|Eva Zeisel, Designer
Eva Zeisel, at age 103 is one of the world's best-known industrial designers. As an Artist for Alzheimer's,
Eva will work with plaster and clay modeling to demonstrate to residents how art can transform the everyday to an inspired creation. Her illustrious career has included dinnerware, glassware, and furniture included in collections
at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, among others. Her long
career is the focus of a 2003 documentary film Throwing Curves, directed by Jyll Johnstone.
Eva lives in the Upper West Side and Rockland County.
To learn more about Eva Zeisel, visit her website: www.evazeiseloriginals.com
|Marilyn Walter, Artist
Marilyn Walter is an artist working in mixed media, drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking. She is also a certified teacher with a Bank Street/Parsons degree teaching K-High School, and taught in both NewJersey and New York. Ten years ago, she created a Seniors Art Program in Tarrytown, NY and recently she has been teaching at the Senior Center, 72nd Street where she was trained to work with Alzheimer’s clients in the Art and Memory Program, and teaches an Intergenerational Class at Brookdale Center through Hunter College.
You can see her artwork at www.marilynwalter.com
|Diane Driver, ADPC, CDP
Diane Driver is a Certified Dementia Specialist through the NCCDP and a Certified Activity Director through the NCCAP. Diane is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services at Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Paramus NJ. She is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Committee, and owner of Activityworkshop.com. Diane’s Grandmother also suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. With over 10 years of experience working with Alzheimer’s Clients, Diane has developed Alzheimer’s “Workshops” and Art Groups for Alzheimer’s Clients. Mediums include watercolor, drawing, photography, and Collage art. Diane can be contacted by visiting www.activityworkshop.com
|Hope Sperling, Artist
Hope is a recent graduate of Rockland Community College with an A.S. in human services and is currently working on a Bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation. She likes to combine her passion to create with her desire to reach out to people struggling with disease and illness- be it mental or physical. The moment she knew that working with people with Alzheimer's was what she wanted to do came when a resident who never spoke English to anyone finally said "hello" as she set up for an art class. Something so simple made such a difference in her life. Volunteering is something that she really appreciates and she will continue to do as much as she can to help whomever she can. She would eventually like to work with children who have Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and Williams Syndrome.
|Estelle Sollish, Storyteller
After college and marriage, Estelle enjoyed a fulfilling career as a teacher, a Consultant for a book company (Ginn & Co.), and a Storyteller, retiring in 1986. From then on, she has been enjoying volunteering her time and energy. She has worked with the Literacy Program, worked as a clown for a while, been a docent for the Holocaust Center in Spring Valley, read to a visually impaired man and, of course, do Story Telling whenever the opportunity arises. She keeps herself busy and with the different organizations she belongs to: Orangetown Jewish Center, Hadassah and the Hunter College Alumni Association.
|Joe Spinelli, Pianist
For the past fifteen years Joe has been going monthly into assisted living centers and nursing homes with a program called “Music and Ministry Hour!”, an inspirational program designed to bring encouragement and
comfort to the elderly. The program starts with “sing-a-long” hymns that are familiar to many. He plays the piano
and sings old choruses, songs and hymns. Sometime during the program he discusses the Bible and has a
brief devotional with the participants. Joe says his “music and ministry hour” programs have brought him much
joy and personal satisfaction.
|Aneta Koziol, Physiotherapist, Artist
Aneta has a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy from a University in Poland . As part of the curriculum she had clinical rotations in different hospitals and rehabilitation centers for patients with disabilities, including patients with Alzheimer's disease. During my Master's program I practiced different methods of increasing the efficiency of those patients including music therapy, massage, passive and active exercises improving patients' range of motion and eventually their quality of life. Every patient is a new challenge that requires an individual approach depending on his or her needs. I now live in New City, New York. I will be doing an ARTZ volunteer project at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Palisades . Aneta can be contacted at email@example.com
|David Homan, Composer and Actor
David has had his work performed in New York at Carnegie Hall and overseas in Budapest, Hungary and Florence, Italy. David's major works composed for flute, piano, violin, quartets, and orchestra include At the Edge (2002), Einstein's Dreams (2000), and Ophelia (1999). His acting credits include Orpheus and Eurydice at the Bard College Blackbox Theatre and The Life and Death of Tom Thumb (1999). David lives on the Upper West Side.
|K. Sorur Talaee Rad, Artist
Sorur is originally from Iran. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work, and worked as a social worker in Iran. She recently completed her Master of Social Worker (MSW), with a concentration in older adults and end of life care, at Salem State College in the U.S. Sorur has been painting since her childhood, and her media of choice includes oil, watercolor, and acrylic. While working with older clients with memory impairments, Sorur found art as a viable means of helping her clients to express their feelings and emotional needs more effectively. She created and facilitates an innovative model of expressive art therapy through painting that helps older adult population with moderate cognitive impairment, and people with aphasia, to express their feelings and emotional needs more effectively. Sorur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.