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FIRST AID ARTS STAFF

 
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.

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.

Alyssa Griskiewicz, LMHCA

Program Development Specialist

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.

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.

Curtis Romjue

President, Co-Founder

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.  

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.  

Kirsten Musgrave

Creative Director

 
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.

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.

Michael Zuch

Research & Development Assistant

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.

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.

Ruth Yeo-Peterman, LMHC

Vice President, Program Development and Training

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.

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.

Shabrae Jackson Krieg

Creative Community of Care Coordinator


TRAINERS

 
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.

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.

Alyssa Griskiewicz, LMHCA

Matthew Smith  brings his experience in the fields of mental health, international relief and development, creative storytelling, and social justice to his work. A long time advocate for peace and equality, Matthew turned his focus to mental health and trauma care after interviewing survivors of gender violence in Eastern Congo.  He holds his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and serves the Seattle area as a mental health counselor.  A native of Colorado, Matthew has (very happily!) lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past eleven years. He enjoys reading, writing, long bike rides, exploring national parks, and the beauty of the quotidian. He's especially thankful that he gets to share it all with his wife Jenah and brand new, Baby Smith.  

Matthew Smith brings his experience in the fields of mental health, international relief and development, creative storytelling, and social justice to his work. A long time advocate for peace and equality, Matthew turned his focus to mental health and trauma care after interviewing survivors of gender violence in Eastern Congo.  He holds his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and serves the Seattle area as a mental health counselor.  A native of Colorado, Matthew has (very happily!) lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past eleven years. He enjoys reading, writing, long bike rides, exploring national parks, and the beauty of the quotidian. He's especially thankful that he gets to share it all with his wife Jenah and brand new, Baby Smith.  

Matthew Smith, LMHCA

Mylinda Baits brings her experience working across cultures both in the United States and internationally. She worked with the S’Klallam community in WA State before living in Costa Rica for over a decade.  Having worked alongside beautifully diverse populations throughout the world for almost two decades, she values and honors the deep wisdom, creative expression and resilient healing resources that can be shared through the arts. She now travels throughout Latin America as a regional consultant with International Ministries ABC-USA.    Mylinda finds joy watching diverse communities come together in collaborative art making by designing and creating opportunities for group formation and connection through participatory and experiential practices, weaving metaphor and meaning through accessible and culturally sensitive processes. Mylinda has facilitation certification from Training for Change, a nonviolent social change organization using a direct education approach and Build A Bridge International, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to engage creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing  Mylinda holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Masters of Divinity. She has been an ordained clergywoman for over 27 years.

Mylinda Baits brings her experience working across cultures both in the United States and internationally. She worked with the S’Klallam community in WA State before living in Costa Rica for over a decade.  Having worked alongside beautifully diverse populations throughout the world for almost two decades, she values and honors the deep wisdom, creative expression and resilient healing resources that can be shared through the arts. She now travels throughout Latin America as a regional consultant with International Ministries ABC-USA.  

Mylinda finds joy watching diverse communities come together in collaborative art making by designing and creating opportunities for group formation and connection through participatory and experiential practices, weaving metaphor and meaning through accessible and culturally sensitive processes. Mylinda has facilitation certification from Training for Change, a nonviolent social change organization using a direct education approach and Build A Bridge International, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to engage creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing

Mylinda holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Masters of Divinity. She has been an ordained clergywoman for over 27 years.

Mylinda Baits

 
Ruth Yeo-Peterman was born in Singapore and raised in South Africa. As a performer trained in expressive arts therapies, Ruth believes in the power of the arts for expression and reflection, building connection, creating possibilities for growth and change, and inspiring hope and healing.  Ruth has more than a dozen years experience working as a facilitator, trainer and program manager in diverse and challenging environments in both South Africa and the United States. These include diversion and offender rehabilitation, restorative justice and peacemaking, HIV AIDS education, youth development, senior care, and community based mental health. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, Ruth worked as a community based mental health clinician with immigrant and refugee families, and piloted a dating violence prevention program with middle and high school youth in the Seattle area.  Ruth also serves as the regional trainer for the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute and ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and Workplace Performance based out of Canada. Ruth holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington.

Ruth Yeo-Peterman was born in Singapore and raised in South Africa. As a performer trained in expressive arts therapies, Ruth believes in the power of the arts for expression and reflection, building connection, creating possibilities for growth and change, and inspiring hope and healing.

Ruth has more than a dozen years experience working as a facilitator, trainer and program manager in diverse and challenging environments in both South Africa and the United States. These include diversion and offender rehabilitation, restorative justice and peacemaking, HIV AIDS education, youth development, senior care, and community based mental health. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, Ruth worked as a community based mental health clinician with immigrant and refugee families, and piloted a dating violence prevention program with middle and high school youth in the Seattle area.  Ruth also serves as the regional trainer for the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute and ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and Workplace Performance based out of Canada. Ruth holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington.

Ruth Yeo-Peterman, LMHC

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.

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.

Shabrae Jackson Krieg

Natalie has a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy under Graciela Bottoni in Buenos Aires and trained in Berkeley with the IEATA. She has found the Expressive Arts, including surfing and outdoor therapy, to be transformative for individuals and communities overcoming trauma and abuse. Her therapy career has included: working as a culture shock therapist for young expats in Buenos Aires, running expressive art therapy intensives for survivors of trafficking in Peru, using yoga and art therapy in schools with middle and high school students and their teachers, working in therapy and social work with the homeless and hospitalized population in San Diego, and her favorite: facilitating surf therapy for women and girls overcoming abuse, addiction, and trauma. As a therapist, Natalie focuses on adolescent development and helping her clients overcome anxiety and trauma and she has found the First Aid Arts' Healing Arts Toolkit Program a fundamental tool in her San Diego-based individual and group therapy practice. She is excited to continue training those working in the field of "heart" care on how to apply the arts to the healing process.

Natalie has a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy under Graciela Bottoni in Buenos Aires and trained in Berkeley with the IEATA. She has found the Expressive Arts, including surfing and outdoor therapy, to be transformative for individuals and communities overcoming trauma and abuse. Her therapy career has included: working as a culture shock therapist for young expats in Buenos Aires, running expressive art therapy intensives for survivors of trafficking in Peru, using yoga and art therapy in schools with middle and high school students and their teachers, working in therapy and social work with the homeless and hospitalized population in San Diego, and her favorite: facilitating surf therapy for women and girls overcoming abuse, addiction, and trauma. As a therapist, Natalie focuses on adolescent development and helping her clients overcome anxiety and trauma and she has found the First Aid Arts' Healing Arts Toolkit Program a fundamental tool in her San Diego-based individual and group therapy practice. She is excited to continue training those working in the field of "heart" care on how to apply the arts to the healing process.

Natalie Small, LMFT


GOVERNING BOARD

 
 

Greg Abell

Board Chair

Greg is the Principal at Sound Options Group, LLC, a Conflict Engagement firm.  In this role he coordinates the design, implementation and delivery of all services. His particular area of expertise is in assisting agencies, organizations and communities in designing and implementing systems for more effectively engaging conflict, and facilitating productive and collaborative work environments. As a professional mediator, he has 25+ years experience mediating highly contentious, multi-party community and institutional disputes. He has the ability to weave this experience into his consulting and teaching as he assists individuals and organizations in collaboratively navigating conflict and change.  Greg consults nationally and works primarily in the context of Education and Social Services Systems.

 

Stephanie Dalton

Board Member

 

Jennifer Kim

Board Member

Jennifer Kim is Director of Major and Planned Gifts for Virginia Mason Medical Center.

 

Curtis Romjue

Co-Founder, President

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.

 

Grace Romjue

Co-Founder

Grace Romjue is a mother and professional musician. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for First Aid Arts, she also volunteers her time as a coordinator for Healing Arts Toolkit trainings. She is a Justice Advocate with International Justice Mission, and co-leads the musical worship at Cross Sound Church on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband, Curtis. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Theology and Spanish.