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:
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.
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.
Jessica Bogacik, MS, MT-BC - March 4th
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.
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