Deborah Nathan - Founder & Executive Director

is an experienced artist, psychotherapist, art therapist, and manager. She has been a professional mixed media and fiber artist for over 30 years, and has taught art to children and adults, run a retreat center, and directed various art programs. Her focus over the years has been the impact of trauma on youth and family systems, and the use of arts with communities in conflict. She received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University. Aside from being the founder and executive director of Artsbridge, she has a private practice in Salem, MA and is adjunct faculty in the Graduate Program in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.

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Jake Edelstein - Program Coordinator

Jacob  was born near the ocean just outside of Los Angeles, California where he worked as an ocean lifeguard for most of the first half of his life. He graduated from Soka University of America where he studied linguistics and translation and since then, he has worked as a teacher, an interpreter, and a translator. His translations have appeared in publications for the City of Long Beach and, Introduction to the Pacific Basin (Routledge 2017). These days, he teaches English and Media and Society courses at Xavier Educational Academy in Houston, Texas where he is also the school’s program coordinator. He loves to slide on all sorts of boards, enjoys plucking strings, and drums on things too. Jacob is thrilled to be working with Artsbridge this summer.