Art, travel, social justice and creative introspection have shaped and transformed Alyssa’s life in profound ways, making her work as a First Aid Arts Trainer incredibly fulfilling and inspiring. Alyssa honed her skills at the University of Vermont and continued her education at Antioch University Seattle, earning an M.A. in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy. Her studies focused on the use of art as a tool for social action, trauma-informed care, and cross-cultural initiatives in art therapy.
Alyssa is the founder and lead-guide at Ebb & Flow Adventures, a travel company dedicated to immersion based intercultural learning. She has worked in a myriad of domestic and international settings, from psychiatric hospitals to the UN’s refugee resettlement center, maintaining a focus on culturally competent care and locally-driven initiatives. She is honored to have served as adjunct faculty at Naropa University and Antioch University Seattle. Alyssa can reliably be found practicing yoga, creating in clay, or spending time out on the water.
Curtis Romjue serves as President of First Aid Arts. He was raised in the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seattle Pacific University where he studied Latin American Studies and Philosophy. He traveled extensively during college and learned about modern slavery. He developed the philosophy "Do what you love to fight what you hate" and formed JUBILEE in 2004 as the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit rock band in the United States using music to combat human trafficking. Curtis has worked closely with International Justice Mission since 2003 and developed First Aid Arts in response to the needs of IJM social workers serving survivors of sex trafficking and slave labor. Curtis enjoys surfing and sailing with his wife Grace and daughters Harper Sparrow and Malia Eden.
Kirsten Musgrave was born and raised in Colorado, and enjoys hiking and snowboarding. Kirsten moved to Seattle in 2010 to study Communication, Art and Spanish at Seattle Pacific University. She loves bringing truth and beauty to the world through visual storytelling.
Michael Zuch is the Research & Development Assistant where he oversees program measurement and evaluation, researches program adaptations based on population-specific needs, and facilitates community and learning on First Aid Arts HQ, the online post-training platform. Michael is an Austrian-American from Vienna and currently makes his home(s) in the Southeastern United States. He is a classically trained oboist and lover of baked goods and tea.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he is now pursuing his Masters in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. He is passionate about creating spaces of individual and collective healing, justice movement-building, and using research as form of social change advocacy and trauma prevention.
Ruth Yeo-Peterman was born in Singapore and raised in South Africa. As a mental health therapist trained in expressive arts therapies, Ruth loves the performing arts and believes in the power of the arts in all forms - for expression and reflection, inspiring hope and healing, building connection, and creating possibilities for growth and change. Over the past 15 years, Ruth has been responsible for projects in a wide variety of fields and in various capacities; these include youth development, diversion and rehabilitation, reintegration and restorative justice, inter-generational programming, prevention and psychoeducation, hospice and assisted living communities, people living with disabilities, street children, and incarcerated youth. Ruth moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, and worked as a community based mental health clinician with immigrant and refugee families. She also piloted a dating violence prevention program with middle and high school youth in the Seattle area. Ruth is the regional trainer for the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute based out of Canada, is a community arts consultant with Silver Kite Community Arts Consulting, and performs as a playback theater artist in the Pacific Northwest. Ruth holds a BA in Communication Science from University of South Africa and an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.
Shabrae Jackson Krieg is a social worker with more than 18 years of experience working in urban communities domestically and internationally. She enjoys partnership with others to research and implement innovative projects that work towards individual and community change. Together with her husband Shabrae founded Transformación Urbana Internacional in 2006, a NGO that works for transformation and holistic development in Mexico City. Shabrae currently works as a Trainer, Coach and Practitioner with international teams around the world and is also the Director of Learning and Collaboration with Servant Partners, an international organization based in California.
Shabrae received her BA in Social Work from Anderson University, a post graduate degree in the UNESCO Masters in Sport for Social Coexistence and Conflict Resolution program at the University of Catalonia in Spain and is currently pursuing a Masters in Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation & Peace-building at The European Graduate School in Switzerland.