Meet Our Staff

MARNEY SCHORR – Founding Director

Marney Schorr is an Art Therapist, Teaching Artist and Founder/Director of Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY).  She designed the program with both her professional background in art therapy and her lived experience as a suicide attempt survivor. Her work in AIRY has received four awards including the 2018 MA Statehouse Award and Official Citations from Senator Hinds and State Rep Tricia Farley Bouvier. Marney is the author of the first book on art therapy and youth suicide prevention with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, to be released in 2021. She has taught at Springfield College, Annamaria College, Empire State College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is an internship supervisor for MCLA and Springfield College. Marney earned her Master’s in clinical art therapy from Long Island University and and her Bachelor’s in visual art from Empire State College. She presently runs a private practice at an artists cooperative in downtown Pittsfield known as NUarts Studios & Gallery. For more info about Marney, visit her website at http://www.marneyschorr.webs.com. For more info about NUarts, visit http://www.nuartsgallery.com.

KIARA BRESETT – Lead Skills Counselor

Kiara is an undergraduate student at MCLA with a double major in art and psychology. She plans to study art therapy in graduate school. Since 2018, she has worked with AIRY as an intern and skills counselor of both our teen and young adult groups.

Kiara is a passionate advocate of suicide prevention, and has been a public speaker at the AFSP Out of Darkness Walks, the Berkshire Conference for Suicide Prevention, the Massachusetts Annual Conference for Suicide Prevention and Annamaria College. She runs her own small business creating and selling original mixed media art, photography, and all-natural scented puddy with essential oils. For more information, contact Kiara at kiarasphotos7@gmail.com.

 

RACHAEL BENTZ – Program Assistant & Teen Skills Counselor

Rachael Bentz has been with the AIRY program since 2017. She works as a program assistant in outreach and skills counselor in the AIRY Teen group. She also runs a Digital Art Group for youth.

Rachael is a masterful digital artist who designs original characters, comic books and short films such as the Story of Indigo Phoenix.  Her commissions and other art work have been featured in multiple art shows. Contact Rachael at rachaelbentzart@gmail.com.

 

JACK KELLY – Research & Studio Assistant, Young Adult Skills Counselor

After graduating the AIRY program, Jack Kelly became a skills counselor in the AIRY Young Adult Group. His research skills assist AIRY in developing community partnerships. Jack is an artist and avid writer. He regularly presents his poetry at local arts venues such as the Whitney Center and The Colonial Theatre.

He has worked as an art dealer, and appeared in AIRY’s documentary, Messages of Hope. In 2018, Jack was a Presenter at the MA Annual State Suicide Prevention Conference. He also has a passion for performing arts. As an actor, he has performed in several plays in the Playwright Mentoring Program at Barrington Stage Company and at PHS. For the last two years he has been a Presenter and Coordinator for Berkshire Theatre Group’s Love Yourself event.