Purvi Shah, In 2008, I founded an organization that has now grown from providing art to my son, who was battling cancer and his sibling to 1000+ children per year. For someone who did not intend to start and run a non profit organization, a lot of roles and responsibilities from my past life as a Creative Director really came in handy.
As an Executive Director, communication was key with all constituents. In the 5+ years as the ED I worked with an advisory council, set up a Board, created strategic plans, added new programs and processes, streamlined our fundraising efforts, created strategic partnerships, focused on brand development and used my knowledge of branding and the power of communication and storytelling by sharing the organizations impact on social media.
We expanded healing through art as a weekly outpatient waiting room service in two of US News's top hospitals in the Bay Area, Stanford Children's Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
From June 2018, in my new role as the Chair of the Board I'm looking forward to expanding our mission to heal pediatric cancer through art by welcoming new Board members, renewing our fundraising enregy and focusing on art advocacy & research.
Rinat Goren was born and raised in Israel, graduating from Tel Aviv University with a degree in Physical Therapy and later in interior design from UC Berkeley extension. Her interest in art started at an early age; as far as she can remember, she was constantly observing and creating art. In early 2000, she decided to formally dedicate her time to art and launch her professional career.
From the beginning, Rinat was drawn to collage making. For her, collages are a wonderful way to convey abstract messages and values. After a few years using acrylics and mix media on canvas, Rinat discovered encaustic painting, a technique that uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. Using beeswax to create collages improved Rinat’s ability to layer her art, giving it increased depth and added texture.
Rinat has been a full-time encaustic artist since 2008. She loves the medium and as her skills increase, she discovers how much more can be done with beeswax collage making. Rinat’s art explores myriad ways to convey her love for people, her interest in the individual (versus a group) as well as the freedoms and boundaries between individuals and groups. She loves to express her ideas through texture, color and depth using newspaper, images, strings, ropes and other materials in her encaustic collages.
Teri Behm has been a practicing architect for over 35 years. She founded Behm Architects in 1992 and provides architectural services for residential projects in the Bay Area (although projects are also in Idaho, Wyoming, New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina).
Teri’s background includes hotels, multi-family condominium projects, office buildings, schools and single family residences. Projects have been new construction, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and renovations. Teri’s two children grew up in San Francosco where Teri and her husband have lived since 1985. She was an architect in Boston prior to moving to San Francisco.
Art and “Making” have always been an important part of Teri’s life both as a child and as an adult. She feels honored to help Kids & Art provide art workshops for children with cancer.
Caitlin Brown was born and raised in a small beach town on the South Shore of Boston, Caitlin Brown slowly made her way West, living for a time in New York City (AB from Barnard College) and then Chicago (many odd jobs) before arriving in San Francisco with a three week old baby girl and plans to go back to paid employment when she got bored. Life has never gotten boring.
Caitlin is proud to call herself a caregiver. She has cared for two daughters, one husband, a sister, a mother, a father, a mother-in-law, three cats, one dog and many friends. She has had the privilege of helping organizations she cares about thrive through volunteering, fundraising, event planning and philanthropy.
Caitlin believes in the healing power of Art and is honored to sit on the Kids & Art Foundation Board.
Kiran Chadha is a Program Manager at Micro Focus with over 15 years’ experience in management consulting. She brings her core skills of strategic planning, execution and operations. Kiran has been involved with Kids & Art since 2014. Initially, she attended our workshops with her son going through cancer treatment, then volunteered with Kids & Art as Destination Workshops program manager.
Kiran believes Art Heals and is glad to be part of Kids & Art Board as it gives her an opportunity give back to kids & families going through a very tough phase in life. She looks forward to taking Kids & Art to the next level and supporting Kids & Art mission to empower kids.
AJ Shastry is a Management Consultant - Talent & Organization. A management consultant with a functional focus in Process Excellence & Change Enablement and Project & Program Management; Experience developing actionable strategies and facilitating large-scale transformations, serving as an internal change agent and external advisor forBusiness Process Improvement, Organizational Change Management, Project Management & PMO Support, Stakeholder Management, Structured-Problem Solving
Dr. Arun Rangaswami is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in Palo Alto, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Rangaswami accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 32 doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and one of 29 at Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital who specialize in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish, Italian, Hindi and Urdu.
Ellen Brook, born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1963, she found her way to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. After calling many cities and towns ‘home’ and traveling extensively, she began her artistic journey in California. Investigations into consciousness and meditation paralleled her introduction to painting. After a career in investor and corporate communications, Ellen reoriented her life to focus on her art. While largely self-taught, she has supplemented her self-education with art classes, workshops and privately. Ellen holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.P.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to her art practice, Ellen also designs and creates original, hand-made women’s clothing on silk. Her artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows and her artwork and clothing have been recognized on the cover of the San Francisco Open Studios Guide, in Fiber Arts Now Magazine and on the runway in FashionART Santa Cruz 2013, FashionART Santa Cruz 2014, and the ART Party. Ellen is on the Advisory Board of the Fashion & Design Department at Canada College, Redwood City CA.
Justin Loring is Senior Director, Commercial Strategy and Corporate Development at Natera. He is a crossover professional with background in healthcare finance, consulting / corporate strategy, and private equity. Expertise across all major healthcare verticals with focus on healthcare IT, services and tools/diagnostics. Key skills: financial and strategic planning, modeling and analytics, commercial and operational due diligence, business case development, market and competitive analysis, complex process management and strategic partnerships. Extensive experience leading teams, managing relationships with clients and negotiating with counterparties
Pam Simon, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON. After graduating from Creighton University with a BSN in 1988 and receiving a Master’s in Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner degree in 1997 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Pam started her nursing career in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She then moved to California in 2001 and worked as an inpatient oncology nurse practitioner and Patient Care Manager of the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH). In April 2015, she launched The Stanford Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer (SAYAC) Program, serving AYA cancer patients at LPCH & Stanford. She recently completed an online Mater’s Certificate in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care through Coventry University in London. She lives in Menlo Park, CA with her husband Bret and teenage sons, Ben and Jake.
Dr. Subha Aahlad joined Foster City Pediatrics Medical Group in 1994 after completing her residency at the Kaiser Permanenete Medical Center in San Francisco. Her professional interests include Neonatal Intensive Care, Travel Medicine, Asthma and General Pediatrics. She serves on the board of the California chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics, is an active participant in hospital and medical group committees, and works with volunteer health care organizations such as the Samaritan House Medical Clinic.
Dr. Tanya Manyak is a family and cosmetic dentist, and has a long-established practice in downtown San Mateo. She lives in San Mateo with her husband and 3 children, and has been an active member of the community for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry. Member of ADA (American Dental Association), CDA (California Dental Association), and SMCDA (San Mateo County Dental Association).
Apurva Shah is a co-founder of robotics simulation startup Duality and founder of Whamix, equal part creative studio and tech lab focused on consumer experience innovation. These endeavors draw on prior roles as head of creative technology and design systems at Capital One, visual effects supervisor and member of the technical brain trust at Pixar, and SVP of global technology at Rhythm & Hues Studios. He is adjunct professor in the interaction design program at CCA. He has previously taught animation at Ringling in Sarasota, Art Institute and Academy of Art in San Francisco. His film credits include Ratatouille, Shrek, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 3. He holds several innovative patents in simulation, rendering, and digital payments. He has served on the Siggraph committee and on the board of the Visual Effects Society.
Davina Moussa has over 20+ years of experience in managing and executing clinical trials for pharmaceutical drug development. She is responsible and accountable for managing and leading cross-functional teams, vendors, and medical centers to coordinate and manage phase I-IV international trials with a focus in oncology. Davina has always had a passion for art and for working with kids. Whether running Science Fairs and math labs or being an entrepreneur coach at her children’s schools, Davina enjoys working with kids and is thrilled to support The Kids and Art Foundation. Davina has run workshops, assisted with fund raisers, and has been a speaker for Kids and Art to local organizations.