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. AIRY has received four awards including the 2018 MA Statehouse Award and Citations from Sen. Hinds and State Rep Tricia Farley Bouvier.

Marney is the author of the first book on art therapy and youth suicide prevention, When Art Saves Lives, to be released in early 2022 with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has taught art therapy at Springfield College, Annamaria College, Berkshire Community College, Empire State College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is an art therapy 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 has received extensive training in art therapy, adolescent development, social and emotional learning, suicide prevention, dialectical behavior therapy, internal and family systems therapy, addictions and motivational interviewing, best trauma-informed practices, somatic experiencing, poetry therapy and fine arts including drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as self care practices for secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue. She presents locally and nationally for others in the field and for parents and educators. She presently runs individual, family and group art therapy at an artists cooperative in downtown Pittsfield known as NUarts Studios & Gallery.  For more info visit her website at http://www.marneyschorr.webs.com. For more info about NUarts, visit nuartsgallery.com.

 

KIARA BRESETT – Lead Skills Counselor

Kiara is an art therapy apprentice under the supervision of Marney Schorr. She is undergraduate student at MCLA with a double major in art and psychology on a track to study art therapy in graduate school. Since 2018, she has worked with AIRY as both an intern and lead skills counselor in 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, Berkshire Conference for Suicide Prevention and the MA Annual Conference for Suicide Prevention.

Kiara has received training in art therapy, arts management, grant writing, counseling techniques, youth mentorship, peer support practices, fine and performing arts, best practices for suicide prevention, safe talk, dialectical behavior therapy skills training, trauma-informed practices, motivational interviewing, managing work-related secondary traumatic stress and self care practices, and ethics and communication.  Kiara has assisted Marney in her guest lectures at Springfield College, Berkshire Community College and Annamaria College. She runs her own small business creating and selling original mixed media art, photography, all-natural scented puddy with essential oils and hand sewn masks. For more information or to place an order, contact Kiara at kiarasphotos7@gmail.com.

 

RACHAEL BENTZ – Skills Counselor & Digital Art Group Facilitator

Rachael Bentz has been with the AIRY program since 2017. She works as a program assistant, skills counselor and facilitator of the AIRY Digital Art Group for teens and young adults. She is the designed of the AIRY short film (animatic), The Story of Indigo Phoenix. She is currently attending college for animation. Rachael has received training in animation, character design, digital art, fine arts, musical and acting performance, counseling techniques, youth mentorship, peer support practices, fine and performing arts, best practices for suicide prevention, safe talk, dialectical behavior therapy skills training, trauma-informed practices, motivational interviewing, managing work-related secondary traumatic stress and self care practices, and ethics and communication. 

Rachael is a masterful digital artist who designs original characters, comic books and short digital films.  Her commissions and other art work have been featured in multiple art shows. Rachael takes orders on commission. Contact her at rachaelbentzart@gmail.com.

 

 

 

JACK KELLY – Skills Counselor, Studio Assistant & Community Liaison 

After graduating the AIRY program, Jack Kelly became a co-facilitator and studio  assistant in the AIRY program, as well as a liaison for AIRY in developing community partnerships. Jack is an artist and avid writer. He has regularly presented his poetry at local arts venues like the Whitney, and has also worked as an art dealer. In 2018, Jack presented at the MA State Suicide Prevention Conference and shared his experience in the filming of AIRY’s documentary, Messages of Hope. He also has a passion for performing arts, having performed in plays at Barrington Stage Company and Pittsfield H.S. In 2019 & 2020, he was a Presenter & Coordinator for ¨Love Yourself¨ at the Colonial Theatre.

Jack has received training in counseling techniques, youth mentorship, peer support practices, fine and performing arts, best practices for suicide prevention, safe talk, dialectical behavior therapy skills training, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed practices, managing work-related secondary traumatic stress and self care practices and ethics and communication.

 

JAMIE BADORE – Outreach Assistant

FB_IMG_1636026354665FB_IMG_1636026369669Jamie is new to our staff and provides phone outreach to teens and young adults outside of our regular programming. He has experience in mental health and peer support. He is also an expert in fiber arts, spinning yarn from sheep’s wool, knitting, weaving and other fiber arts.

Jamie has worked for several years in his capacity as a fiber artist at Hudson Valley Sheep & Wool. Jamie is a watercolor artist and also an LGBQT+ advocate.

FB_IMG_1636026314933Jamie received training in outreach with youth and youth development and best practices in suicide prevention as well as safe talk, ethics and communication.

 

 

 

MEGAN COOPER – Per Diem Outreach Assistant

Megan joined the AIRY team in 2020 as our Outreach Assistant and provides support to our youth, parents and alumni. She is a graduate of UMass Amherst where she received her BS in Psychology. She is currently working on her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on using art to help people. She loves nature and the outdoors and enjoys incorporating this into her art.

Megan formerly worked as a Therapeutic Mentor, In-home Therapy Assistant and Intensive Care Coordinator. She is currently a Counselor at AdLib, assisting young adults with independent living skills.  In her business, Bloom Resin by Megan, she creates resin jewelry and decor. For jewelry, decor or other info contact Megan at mncooper2014@gmail.com