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2014 Year in Review 
Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides personalized fine art experiences that enhance the healing process 
for patients and their families. 

Since our founding in 2001 by cousins Lori Guadagno and Lisa Ullmann, Art with a Heart in Healthcare has served more than 45,000 children and their families at Wolfson Children's Hospital, and Nemours Children's Clinic and in Jacksonville, Florida.


Our talented team of artists in residence, community volunteers and interns from the University of North Florida develop individualized art sessions in order to meet the unique needs of each patient. Together, artists and patients create art that reclaims the child's sense of self from illness.


Our emphasis on patient-directed creative expression helps humanize the high-tech atmosphere of clinical settings. The physicians, patients and families we work with report that our services help diminish fear and relieve pain while empowering children who find themselves in a powerless situation.



We believe that creativity is fundamental to the human experience; that artistic expression promotes physical health and mental well-being that leads to improved patient outcomes.

"Express Your Selfie" Exhibition 2014
Shawn Age 18



 Over 45,000 patients and families served from 2001 - 2014



  • 11,615 Patients Served:
    • Wolfson: 10,788 patients
    • Nemours: 429 patients
    • RMDH: 490 patients
 Patient Contact Hours: 18,714


       % Increase from 2013

  • Wolfson 59%
  • Total 71%


  • Number of interns: 6
  • Number of patients served: 257
  • Number of patient contact hours: 341
  • Number of Volunteers: 15
  • Number of patients served: 739
  • Number of patient contact hours: 788 
 Visiting Artists
  • Bob Drost  
  • Angels for Allison
  • Linda Altman
  • April Sham
  • Megan Bardol
  • Jack Spellman
  • Tracie Thornton
  Patient artist and mother
at a monthly Visiting Artist Session



AWAHIH extends our appreciation to the many philanthropic organizations, businesses and individuals who supported our mission during 2014.  The success of our programs would not be possible without you.  We look forward to a prosperous and exciting 2015.



Baptist Foundation

WCH Services and Programs


Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation  Nemours Children's Clinic Services   

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.

Ronald McDonald House Services   

Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation for the Arts, Inc.

 Music and Storytelling for  

WCH Behavioral Health Services 


Christ Episcopal Church of

Ponte Vedra Beach 

Artist in Residence   



Hall-Halliburton Foundation

WCH Behavioral Health Services   


Taylor and Mathis of Florida Inc.

Donation of AWAHIH office 

Black Knight

Services and Programs


Cummer Family Foundation

WCH Services and Programs


The Price Family Advised Fund

Services and Programs  




Art with a Heart is grateful for the selfless devotion of our volunteers.


Wolfson Children's Hospital

Patsy Moore

Pati Merrill

Deana Plymale

Edmarie Hernandez

Matt Richards

Karen Flautt

Laura Meier

Tyler Nelson-Brunner

Rachel Smith

Alexis Audate

Jennifer Guthrie

Rhanna Baker  


Ronald McDonald House

Sujin Yu

Maddie Firestone

Bradi Bergesen 

Board of Directors

Melissa Roland - Chair


Guy Cuddihee
Cindy Meide

Brooks Cannon

Jennifer Guthrie 

Board of Advisors
Lisa Ullmann - Co-Founder

Robert Monsky

Katharine Loeb

Cynthia Jacoby Greene

Honorary Trustees

Louise Freshman Brown
Professor University of North Florida

Suzanne Taylor
Community Volunteer

Karen Wolfson
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Art with a Heart
in Healthcare
841 Prudential Drive, Suite 150
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
(904) 306-0390


Achievements and Events
  • Expanded Services in WCH Behavioral Health to three days a week
  • Renewed partnership with Ronald McDonald House to 1 evening a week.
  • Partnered with Kids Together Against Cancer for family art sessions
  • Addition of Christy Ponder as Program Developer 
  • Addition of Samantha Solley as Artist in Residence
  • Added 13 Volunteers
  • 600 Art-to-Go bags distributed at WCH
  • 100 Days of Summer Campaign
  • Printed 1000 Funky Coloring Pages designed by former UNF intern Michael Guy Tomassoni and fully funded by the David Garrard Foundation.
  • "Express Your Selfie" Mixed Media Photography exhibition featured at MOCA, The Downtown Library and JIA.
  • Featured Article in Arbus Magazine Oct. 2014
  • 7 community visiting artists sessions at WCH
  • Remembrance Weekend with The Jay Fund (over 30 Families Attending)
  • 12 pieces of patient art generated for The Jay Fund fundraising Auctions.
  • 9 pieces of child art generated for Children's Champions Honorees foEpiscopal Children's Services  
  • Tracie Thornton presenter  4th Annual Conference on Children and Spirituality.
 "Art with a Heart definitely enriches the lives of our patients, siblings and parents and gives them a wonderful opportunity to express themselves. Each artist, volunteer and student with the program is an asset and brings with them very special talents to share.


- Pat Kirkland, WCH - Manager Family Support Services 
We appreciate the people and organizations who helped in community outreach through supply drives and donations.


David Garrard Foundation

Crazy Coloring Pages Funding


Bolles, C.H.A.M.P.S

Original Art Donations

The Pinapple Post
Jewlery Supply Drive

Wolfson Auxiliary
Jewelry Supply Drive

Will Engel
Jewelry Supply Donation

Shannel Mett 
Art Supply Donation
In Honor of Ellie Kavalieros

Jacksonville Country Day
Art supply drive and fundraiser

Mila Kavalieros & Grant Szymanski
Original Artwork Donations

In Honor of Catie Carter


Catie Cares

Art supply drive and fundraiser 


Christ Church Academy &

Bishop Snyder



Sarah Hedden

Art to Go Bags


CR Bard Foundation

Art to Go Bags


JB Coxwell Contracting, Inc.

Art to Go Bags   

"Starry Night" -Wolfson Children's Hospital Patient

AWAH logo-verticle
"Majestic the Dinosaur" -Wolfson Children's Hospital Patient

Art with a Heart Team

Lori Guadagno
Co-founder, Program Director 
 Artist in Residence

Lori Presto, MSW
Director of Operations 
 Artist in Residence

Josh Bergesen
 Program Manager 
 Artist in Residence

Christy Ponder 
Program Developer
Artist in Residence

Ajamu Mutima
 Artist in Residence  
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Tracie Thornton 
 Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Cheryl Borja
 Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Samantha Solley
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Deana Plymale
Artist in Residence
Kids Together Against Cancer