Jane Baxter

Molly Bombardi-Mount (Chair)

Ann E. Cooper

Kelly Dorsey

Kübra Erkal-Bryant (Vice-Chair)

Jeff Fladen

Joshuah Gregory

Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier

Mary Linden Salter

Evelyn Yeargin

Dance Machine by Tony Fleming

Dance Machine by Tony Fleming

Serenity by Anne Ambrose

Serenity by Anne Ambrose

Sunflower by Ruby Collins

Sunflower by Ruby Collins

Poppy by Kurt Wishing

Poppy by Kurt Wishing


Lynece Benton-Stewart

Executive Director

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Lynece Benton-Stewart oversees teaching and administrative staff; works with the Board of Directors to identify strategic plans and policies; leads efforts to gather evaluative data of HAPI’s programs; and identifies opportunities for growth through fundraising, partnerships, and service expansion. Ms. Benton-Stewart has over 20 years of clinical experience, is a licensed mental health counselor, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision. She  is passionate about the use of art in the recovery process, is an art collector, and volunteered with HAPI for years prior to her appointment as Executive Director.


Marlynda Augelli has a C.F.A. degree and experience with after-school art programs. She teaches art classes and occasional print-making and tie-dying classes.


Jan Batts is HAPI’s Lead Teacher. She studied art at Memphis State University. Jan is now an award-winning artist and has been painting professionally for over fourteen years. She has taught art through the Tennessee Art League, Tennessee Watercolor Society, Plaza Art Materials, and Batts Beaux-Arts. http://www.janbatts.com/


Sharyn Buchleda graduated from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. She is an independent artist. http://www.sharynbachleda.com/


Cindy Gossett has a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences from Middle Tennessee State University.She teaches HAPI’s creative writing classes, encouraging students to tell their story, communicate the ideas represented in their artworks, and share what creating art means to them.


Kay Kennedy is a graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. She is an independent, local artist.


LeeAnn Love has an master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesly University. She is a licensed art therapist and clinical mental health counselor. She has a private practice and has worked to create art therapy programs for children, youth, and families. http://www.leeannlove.com/


Denise Miller is a jewelry and glass artist with formal training at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. She teaches bead weaving, bead stringing, and other crafts.


Patsy Sharpe studied art at Austin Peay State University. Beyond teaching HAPI classes, she also works to publicize art classes and exhibits in the local community. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/patsy-sharpe.html


James Spearman has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He specializes in interior architectural design and space planning. Beyond the classes he teaches for HAPI, Jame has also taught art classes in elementary schools and the YMCA. https://www.jamesspearmangallery.com/


Nancy Thompson has a degree in education and started her art career after a career in information technology. She paints professionally and teaches both art and English as a second language in area schools.


Jill Woodworth-Collier has a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught art in elementary schools and after-school programs with an emphasis on development of self-expression and communication.

Healing Arts Project, Inc. provides opportunities for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to promote healing, community awareness and inclusion. 


PO Box 23584

Nashville, TN  37202

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