OUR TEAM

Sarah Beren, LCAT | Director
Sarah holds degrees in graphic design, art education, and creative arts therapy. She is a mixed media artist specializing in acrylic painting, hand-built ceramics, and hand sewing although she’s worked with just about every medium out there. As an artist with a disability her work has been exhibited several times through VSA-sponsored national and international juried competitions in Washington, D.C., as well as in smaller shows locally. Sarah has been an entrepreneur since she was a teenager operating a hand-made beaded jewelry business. In addition to managing Spotted Rabbit Studio, Sarah is the owner and director of REDO and Spotted Rabbit Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC.

Mark Rodgers, MS | Teaching Artist
Mark’s bio will go here.

Keith Handy | Teaching Artist
Keith has been composing, performing, recording, and producing original music since his childhood in the early 1980s. With a focus in progressive or “art” rock Keith has produced several concept albums and a rock opera. He studied music theory at SUNY Fredonia, as well as computer art and film making at University at Buffalo. In line with Keith’s passion for the continual study of the creative process in all forms, he has branched out into improv comedy, computer art in GIMP, programming in C++ for generative art and signal processing, puppetry and puppet making, and video editing. When not immersed in this complicated stuff, he is content to play a few old songs on an acoustic guitar.

Emily Silco, MT-BC, MS | Teaching Artist
Emily has degrees in Music and Creative Arts Therapy and is board certified in Music Therapy. She specializes in vocal music and can play multiple instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. Emily has been a member of choirs, musicals, and operas since she was 14 years old. Along with these performances, Emily has performed in multiple collaborative musical and drama experiences alongside members of the disability community. Her dual passions for music and helping others is what lead Emily to pursue her degree in Music Therapy. In her spare time, Emily enjoys singing and accompanying herself on her acoustic guitar.