Meet Our Volunteers

The AH21CW Volunteer Program

Become an AH21CW Volunteer!

Volunteers believe deeply in the societal and professional value of the Arts and Humanities. Through this site, Volunteers have the opportunity to share their ideas, give voice to their experiences, and connect with an ever-growing community of individuals. They  contribute at least three pieces a year toward this site — through the writing of blogs, the conducting of interviews, the creation of videos or podcasts, the sharing of extracts or quotes, among other materials of their choosing.

If you would like to participate as a Volunteer, please e-mail Christine Henseler.


whatChris McDermott

Chris McDermott

Creative Entreprenuer and Arts Advocate

Chris McDermott, M.S.EDU is the founder of McDermott Advising, and a former Arts and Education Administrator. Chris seeks to support Non-Profit Business through Political Advocacy, and by creating solutions to help them best serve their mission.

whatTimmera Whaley

Timmera Whaley

Global Humanist and Activist

Timmera Whaley is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in Global Studies. I am interested in reaching out to other people around the world to hear about their experiences in the arts and humanities.

whatMaya Whalen-Kipp

Maya Whalen-Kipp

Rising Urban Environmentalist

I am 21 years old born and raised in Queens, NY. As a rising senior at Union College, I am very involved with sustainable initiatives on campus and environmental youth activism. I am an interdepartmental major in Biology and Visual arts and a minor in Environmental studies. Growing up in a large city I love the urban environment and am truly inspired by the community and creativity that naturally emerges from urban centers around the world. I hope that one day my scientific knowledge of how ecosystems function and understanding of design will enable me to help cities develop sustainable by creating urban spaces that work with nature–not against it.

whatDiane Kaufman

Diane Kaufman

Child Psychiatrist, Humanism in Medicine Awardee, Poet, and Expressive Arts Educational Facilitator

Diane Kaufman, MD is a child psychiatrist, humanism in medicine awardee, poet, and expressive arts educational facilitator. She is the author of Bird That Wants to Fly, a poignant story about healing from trauma, that has become an inspiring children’s opera. Dr. Kaufman’s passion is healing through creative expression. She is the founder and executive director of Arts Medicine for Health & Healing.

whatSusan Frost

Susan Frost

President, Frost Marketing Communications, Inc.

Susan Frost is president of Frost Marketing Communications, Inc., De Pere, Wisconsin and an Associate Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Frost also gives works shops in critical thinking based in the Humanities.

whatBob Connors

Bob Connors

Public Activist

I am a graduate of Union College with a degree in Spanish and Political Science. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Public Administration and Policy at SUNY Albany

whatAllison Smith

Allison Smith

Art Historian and Humanities Advocate

I am Junior at Union College majoring in Art History and minoring in Public  History. On campus, I play the flute in a chamber music ensemble, and am a member of the dance team. I have been a lifelong advocate for the Arts and Humanities, and have studied how the arts are alive to Millennials through social media and the music industry.


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