OUR TEAM

BOARD

Molly Bombardi-Mount

Kelly Dorsey

Joshuah Gregory

Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier (Secretary)

Mary Linden Salter (Chair)

Evelyn Yeargin

Claudia Bonnyman (Vice Chair)

Jennifer Jones 

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

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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.

Ashley Wroten

Art Inventory & Volunteer Manager

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Ashley has over eight years of experience working directly with people in underserved communities and also currently serves as Volunteer Executive Director with Creative Artists of Tennessee (CATs) where she works to be a resource to a diverse group of culinary, visual and performing artists. In addition to her role at CATs, Ashley also works as the Artists Manager for Daybreak Arts. With a degree in communication and a background in entrepreneurship and media arts, Ashley regularly utilizes her skills to amplify artists and empower business owners to create communication strategies through media production and marketing. As a creative herself, she understands the value in not only believing in yourself, but being amongst others that believe in you. She encourages others that through faith and positive vision you can accomplish the unthinkable.

Alyssa Tepfenhart

Development & Art Event Coordinator

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Alyssa moved to Nashville in 2019 after graduating from Kent State university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communication. Her background stems from working in nonprofit and commercial radio, serving the community through the healing powers of music. Alyssa grew up in the performing arts and is an active singer-songwriter on the Nashville scene. She is first and foremost a writer, creating stories and poetry from a young age as an outlet to express herself. She also loves yoga, hiking, and being surrounded by nature (where she feels most connected to God). Alyssa believes that all forms of art can transcend the soul and that is why she is passionate about the work she does for HAPI.

Brianna Fearing

Assistant Art Event Coordinator

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Brianna is an artist/zoologist from Rhode Island who has lived in Tennessee for about 10 years. She resides in Hermitage with her wife of 3 years, and her 6 year old daughter. Her background varies and is split evenly between zoology and art. Brianna most recently held a position working at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN and is also an artist herself, primarily working with acrylics. She is very active in the mental health recovery community and volunteers with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Brianna is a certified therapeutic art life coach through the transformation academy as well as certified in psychological first aid by the American Red Cross. Additional education includes, contemporary LGBTQ+ issues, education psychology, deaf culture, and therapeutic  uses and history of medical cannabis. Her absolute favorite things include cats, chocolate, naps, reading, learning new things (she is currently learning American Sign Language) and Rupaul's Drag Race.

TEACHERS

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.

Marta Beatriz is a contemporary artist/poet/singer who lives in Memphis, TN since 2013. She is also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Therapeutic Art Coach with Transformation Academy. She uses healing arts as a tool to help people cope with symptoms of mental health creatively. 

Emily Brazzel is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana where she studied Studio Art. Later she earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University where she took part in the Theology and the Arts Initiative. In addition to being a teacher for Healing Arts Project Inc. Emily also works at Safe Haven Family Shelter where she helps parents transitioning out of homelessness find jobs. 


Crystal Brown is a multi-faceted artist, well-versed in the healing arts. She explores her professional passions through painting commissions, murals,  portrait art as well as playing acoustic instruments at Sound Bath events. As a reiki master and yogi, she brings a powerful skill set to world communities.

Selina Hyzer graduated from MTSU with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. In 2020, she joined HAPI as the Outreach and Arts Coordinator. As her ministry in Coffee County began to grow, she felt lead to pursue it full time. In 2021, Selina stepped down from her administration position with HAPI, but is still involved today as a HAPI instructor, and independent 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/

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/