Annette brings to ACED more than 50 years of professional experience. She has worked as a registered nurse and board-certified art therapist with individuals and groups in a variety of healthcare and educational settings worldwide. She has worked at ACED since it beginning as a nurse and art therapist.

She earned her RN degree from Georgia State University in affiliation with Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Annette holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., a Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

Annette serves as President of the Alabama Art Therapy Association and is the founder, director and steward of a 501(c) (3) nonprofit historic sacred site, Manitou Cave of Alabama. She has worked as a service volunteer in India, Russia, Bosnia, Africa, and Haiti and currently helps prepare and serve meals to the homeless population in Birmingham. She enjoys dancing and performing with multicultural dance groups and being with her grandchildren.

Annette weaves her vast, diverse experience into a multidimensional professional practice that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual facets of clients. Her greatest gift professionally and personally is that of gratitude and service. “My intention is to ‘walk the talk,’ be a role model of healthy creative living, and align my professional life with my heart, authentic self and spiritual path.”

I started working here in 2008 in the evenings and weekends as my second job, not because I needed the extra income, but because I believed in the mission and vision and wanted be a part of the program and team. I still do and that’s why I’m still here. And I’ve seen the results.
— Annette