Christie Walser joined Project Create as Executive Director in January 2011, bringing with her nearly two decades of nonprofit administration experience, a strong arts management background, a passionate commitment to child advocacy, and a long-time avocation as a community theater actor, director and producer. Walser holds a Master of Public Administration degree, along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has served on the Board of Directors of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Silver Spring Stage and (currently) the Welders. Walser also serves as a volunteer CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children in the foster care system in Washington, D.C.
Art Therapist/Senior Program Manager, Studio Programs
Lindsey Vance attended the University of Maryland, where she received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Fine Art and Psychology. She holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. Vance is a nationally Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and serves on the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Multicultural and Finance Committees. Vance has worked in an array of community mental health settings as a Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist, including: medical, jail diversion, chronically homeless, school-based settings, and with at-risk youth. Vance’s professional interest and personal expertise focuses on creating art and providing workshops to her community and globally to effect social change. She uses her art to heal, to express, and to give back. Vance was a Senior Art Therapist and Case Manager at Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, D.C. She is also an adjunct professor at Bowie State University.
Program Manager, Community Programs & Partnerships
Vaughan Bradley-Willemann is a project manager, educator, musician and arts advocate. A former 6th grade music teacher at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School – Parkside, she most recently worked for Carnegie Hall’s Community Programs Department, where she designed and managed on-site music residencies for expecting mothers in transitional housing, court-involved youth and incarcerated adults across New York City. She excels in needs-based programmatic development and particularly enjoys partnering with youth and their families. Vaughan received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College, and her M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a concentration on Arts in Education. Her graduate studies centered on the design and development of a socio-emotional based music curriculum intended to revitalize underserved public schools. While at Harvard, Vaughan served as Co-Chair of the Black Student Union, and as the Director of Art and Special Content at the Harvard Journal For African-American Public Policy (HJAAP). An accomplished violinist, Vaughan also composes, records and performs with DC based electro-soul band Columbia Nights.
Intern – Art Therapy
Tori Charles joined project create as an intern in August of 2016. Miss Charles is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an art educator teaching visual art at the elementary school level, including grades K-5. She is currently earning her M.A. in Art Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana. She believes that each student should have the support and guidance they need in order to have a genuinely successful art experience.
Lauren C. Ligon
Intern – Social Work
Lauren Ligon is currently working on her masters degree in Social Work, while also obtaining a certification in ITF (Deaf Infants, Toddlers, and their Families), all at Gallaudet University; this program is how she has come to join the Project Create family as an intern this year. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2014 from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She has worked as a dance and art teacher with the Say Yes to Education summer program in Syracuse, New York, and is passionate about gaining more experience during her time at Project Create.
Jonathon “Pluto” Bethea
Jonathon has been working in Project Create’s Anacostia studio as a studio assistant since the studio opened in 2015. His artistic practice includes yoga, Capoeira Angola, fashion design and graphic/media arts. Jon started his own clothing line called Pluto and is making a name for himself in the art world with books, music, painting, dance, photography, and digital media art.