Sara Miller Arnon has been in early childhood education for 35 years, the last 21 years as an administrator of an early childhood center which serves 100 – 125 families each year. She has taught administration and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate college level. She has been an active leader in the local branch of her professional organization (NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children) for 35 years. She has developed curriculum for the early childhood classroom, developed administrative and marketing tools for other administrators, and has created many training opportunities for education staff as well as parents. She is currently collaborating with local agencies in Westchester County, New York to offer a series of training workshops for parents that is planned to reach a potential audience of 500 – 2000 families. She is a consultant to Educare, an Early Childhood center-based program for disadvantaged families in many states, pioneered by Doris Buffett. The projected opening on Sept 2010 in Waterville, Maine will be the first in the state of Maine.
Wendy Miller, sculptor, writer, expressive arts therapist and educator, has 30 years of experience as both a clinician and practicing artist. She has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State University, Southwestern College, Lesley College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and The George Washington University. She is the co-founder of Create Therapy Institute, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in expressive arts therapies. She is a founding member and past executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and on multiculturalism. She continues research on the cultural responsibility of the arts to promote understanding and education, and is included on various films/videos about art and art therapy – Retirement Living TV: Healthline on Art Therapy; Healing Through Art: Darcy Lynn, The story of an artist’s experience with lymphoma; and Expressive Media, Inc: Art Therapy with Older Adults.
Julie Miller-Soros is a retired educator, having taught in special education resource rooms, as well as an assistant principal, and a program manager for school districts. She has counseled, taught, and trained in therapeutic environments with educationally and developmentally challenged children and adolescents; taught graduate studies education courses at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and has trained special education teachers in Santa Cruz County. After retiring from the school district, she worked as a private educational college counselor as well as started a jewelry design business. Also, she is a volunteer at the Santa Cruz Arts and Cultural Foundation where she combines her educational background with her love of the arts. She has been published for articles she has written on Memory, Arts and Attention Processing in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Accompanying these skills, Julie has 25 years of experience managing properties for her family real estate businesses as well as managing investment properties.