A Livestreamed Series by Sam's Fans
Sam's Fans started with a story, the story of Sam and her family. It is amazing how much love, resilience, struggle, and courage there is in that story, as you can experience better in the interview with Nikki in the video below.
Nikki has been able to transform that story of struggle and profound sadness into a beautiful mission to bring music and art therapy to seriously ill children and their families.
Inspired by Nikki's story, The Power of Stories will be a livestreamed series featuring therapists from the partner institutions that Sam's Fans supports. Join us as we hear the stories they have to share with us.
The story of Sam, Nikki, and the McCarthy's:
Elizabeth Harman, PhD, MT-BC
Elizabeth Harman, PhD, MT-BC has been a music therapist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for nearly 10 years, focusing on patients undergoing stem cell transplant. Dr. Harman received her PhD in Music Therapy from Temple University in 2021. She had presented for regional, national, and international audiences. Her research focus is music therapy is it relates to pediatric medical trauma.
Christine Bomberger and Jackie Kolenz
Christine, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist. She joined Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute in 2014, and provides music therapy sessions to inpatient units at Cleveland Clinic Children's. A Virginia native, Christine received her Bachelor's of Music Therapy from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She is committed to supporting pediatric patients by providing opportunities for control and improved coping during their hospitalizations.
Jackie, MA, ATR, PC, is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor. She joined Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute in 2016, and provides outpatient art therapy services to patients in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic at Cleveland Clinic Children's. Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Fine Arts from Cleveland State University. She received her Master’s degrees in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2016. Jackie specializes in plaster hand-casting with patients and their family members.
I thrive on community unity. People coming together to share common goals, grow together and hold each other accountable is where I find hope for the world. At Flying Horse Farms, I get to do a little of everything as the Camp Operations Coordinator: food service, camp program, and recruitment and outreach are my top areas of experience (and I’m excited to develop more psychosocial support skills!). I started at FHF in 2015 as a Cabin Counselor and have worked each summer since in a variety of roles, including collaborating with Sam’s Fans to revamp camp’s Spotlight program area into a music therapy experience for campers in 2017. Outside of camp, you can catch me slowly learning skateboard tricks, having (distanced) park picnics with my friends, playing music, cooking delicious food, and dreaming of a better world without exploitation or domination, one in which every person is able to meet their needs and share their gifts.
Jennifer Walker, MA, MT-BC
Jennifer Walker, MA, MT-BC, joined the Family and Child Life Services team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in 2013, having gained previous experience in pediatrics, pediatric rehab, schools, and community settings. She became a board certified music therapist in 2004 after completing her undergraduate education at Baldwin Wallace College.
In 2012, Jennifer completed her master’s degree in music therapy at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, which included conducting research on the role of music therapy in increasing comfort for pediatric epilepsy patients. She divides her time at Rainbow between seeing patients and families (primarily in the NICU, Oncology, Pulmonology, and Neurology units) and running the national roster internship program.
Emily Grabo, ATR-BC, LPC
Emily Grabo is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio specializing in pediatric medical art therapy, grief and loss, substance abuse, and trauma informed care. She graduated from Ursuline College in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling. She has been proudly serving families, children, and staff as the Art Therapy Coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, OH since 2017.
Jessica Bogacik, MS, MT-BC
Jessica Bogacik, MS, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist and works on Nationwide Childrens Hospital’s home-based hospice and palliative care team. Jessica received her Master of Science in Music Therapy from Radford University, under the supervision of Jim Borling MM, MT-BC. Jessica completed her clinical internship at Cleveland's University Hospitals Case Medical Center with Dr. Deforia Lane, PhD, MT- BC. She has participated in research using music therapy interventions with critically ill patients, and with hospitalized patients demonstrating depressive symptoms. Jessica’s experience as a music therapist is varied, including work with the elderly, medically and psychiatrically hospitalized adults, children with disabilities, and individuals receiving hospice care. Jessica has worked at Nationwide Childrens Hospital since August 2015.
Listen to a recording of the story Jessica told in this episode here:
Jennifer Rundberg, MA, NCC, ATR-P
Jennifer Rundberg is an award-winning art director and graphic designer, as well as illustrator and fine artist. A seasoned professional, she has over three decades of experience in advertising, marketing, and publishing. She is a strong visual design communicator who is passionate about creating art in any medium, approaching any work with eagerness and professionalism.
As a working visual professional, Jennifer recognized first-hand the therapeutic processes that the arts have on people. She completed a Masters in Art Therapy Mental Health Counseling so that she can use her years of experience in the arts to assist others who may be challenged with medical or mental health issues, as well as persons who are seeking emotional and creative growth. Jennifer has collaborated with The Center for Courageous Kids, one of Sam's Fans partners, as their art therapist.
Ella Guillard, MT-BC
Ella Guillard is currently a board-certified music therapist on the behavioral health unit at Dayton Children's Hospital. Guillard is also earning a Master's in Music Therapy in the inaugural class at the University of Dayton. She is proud to have served the Greater Dayton community's children and adolescents for nearly a year and a half now.
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