Keith Hansen is the Vice President for human development at the World Bank Group overseeing the global practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and labor. He was the human development director for Latin America and the Caribbean responsible for the World Bank's activities in education; health, nutrition, and population; and social safety nets in the region. Keith Hansen also previously served as the head of the World Bank AIDS campaign team for Africa. He holds a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a law degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the Yale University. Keith Hansen had a long interest in the transformative power of art, which supported his decision to Chair the Board of Pro-Cure Art since December 2017.
Dr. Donna Kaiser (Vice-Chair)
Donna Kaiser, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and is Executive Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. She has expertise in attachment-informed approaches to individual and family therapy and is certified in Mindfulness-based Art Therapy (MBAT). Dr. Kaiser is a licensed counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and board-certified art therapist with over 20 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy in a variety of settings.
Dr. Kaiser received a Master of Science in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a PhD in Counselor Education from The College of William and Mary. She has taught in several leading graduate art therapy programs including Eastern Virginia Medical School, Drexel University, Lesley University, George Washington University, and Albertus Magnus College. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on art therapy and counselor supervision. Dr. Kaiser is pursuing research on mindfulness-based art therapy and the importance of the creative process in art therapy practice.
Dr. Mercedes ter Maat (Director)
Mercedes ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology in Ft. Lauderdale. Prior to joining NSU she was the director of the school counseling graduate program at the George Washington University, Alexandria, VA campus and an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. Dr. ter Maat also served as adjunct and guest faculty at Barry University, George Mason University, Trinity College, and Florida State University. She has nearly 30 years of combined working experience as a counselor educator, mental health counselor, school counselor, and art therapist. Dr. ter Maat participates in local, state, national, and international leadership undertakings for the fields of mental health counseling, school counseling, and art therapy and frequently presents on topics related to multicultural counseling, ethics, supervision, and the use of art in counseling and therapy.
She actively participates in humanitarian work, most recently in Argentina and Lebanon, and her research interests are in enhancing the quality of life of immigrant, minority, and families in cirsis by identifying risk and promoting protective factors through school- and community-based interventions. She is a past-president of the American Art Therapy Association. Dr. ter Maat is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed school counselor, and a board-certified/registered art therapist.
Dr. Aneta Georgievska Shine (Director)
Aneta Georgievska-Shine is a lecturer at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to this academic position, she frequently develops lectures and courses for museums and other art institutions in the Washington D.C. area, including the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Smithsonian. She is the author of two scholarly books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Beyond her academic areas of specialization (Renaissance and Baroque Art) she often writes on modern and contemporary art for journals and exhibition catalogues.
Her curatorial experience includes numerous projects that have involved the selection and writing about works of art from a wide range of periods and cultures. She is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization Insight Institute, which brings art-based programs to different professional contexts, with particular emphasis on medical training and practice.
Zukhra Boyette (Director, Ex-Officio)
Zukhra is the founder and executive director of Pro-Cure Art. She holds master's degrees in international development, and in regional and comparative studies. Since 2000, she's been working for international development organizations implementing, monitoring and evaluating their maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable disease control and prevention programs and projects. Through her summer 2014 volunteer experience at a pediatric cancer hospital in hometown Tashkent, Zukhra discovered a calling for the arts in medicine. Her experience at the hospital and other medical encounters developed a strong interest in the medical art therapy and therapeutic art. In November 2015, Zukhra founded a nonprofit organization Pro-Cure Art in Washington D.C. to deliver trauma-informed art therapy to people and communities affected by adversity.
Diana Seveney (Treasurer)
Diana Seveney is a Senior Finance Professional with advanced technical knowledge and sophisticated understanding of the financial concepts involving profitability analysis, financial sustainability, budget formulation, expense monitoring, and fundamental financial/expense controls. She is well skilled to coordinate and streamline the most chaotic processes and people, and bring them along to tread on the path of success.
Diana has received Master’s degree in Finance from the Moscow State Social University (Russian Federation) and has over 18 years of professional experience in the Financial Management with private and public sector organizations such as Japan Transportation Consultants, Daimler Chrysler Ag, US Peace Corp, UNICEF and World Bank Group. Diana has Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional degree from the Management and Strategy Institute (USA).
Queenie Wong (Secretary)
Queenie Wong has been a dedicated supporter of the mission of Pro-Cure Art since its inception in November 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Psychiatry (M.Sc.) at McGill University in Montreal and has the Honours Bachelors in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (B.Sc.) from McMaster University in Hamilton. Queenie's academic research interests include mood disorders, substance abuse, addictions, and other global health related problems.
Besides her academic pursuits in psychiatry, Queenie is a talented watercolor artist and musician, and successful social media promoter. Under her artist name, Coco Bee, her watercolor videos have garnered the following of over 80k individuals and 2 million views across the globe. Queenie aims to continue developing her art as a platform to raise social awareness for important health issues and to support humanitarian efforts to change the world.