Lisa Keegan - Board President
There is nothing more beautiful in this world to me than love. To truly love your brothers and sisters, you need to understand them as they are. Compassion and selflessness are traits that I believe all board members and staff of Creative Healing Connection possess. So, for me, joining the board was a natural fit.
I am the daughter of an Airforce Veteran. Having been a child who grew up in many parts of the world was fascinating. I was fortunate to have experienced various cultures first-hand and to learn how to love so many different people. But this had its challenges too. Moving every 2-4 years, always having to make new friends, switching schools, the constant bomb threats, and my father being gone for long periods was difficult. I am proud of my father, who served in 3 wars, but I longed for him when he was away. Communicating with each other was not easy. The stress of not knowing if he was okay or if I would see him again was taxing on my well-being and my
education. As a method to cope with my anxiety, I journaled, started volunteering, and got involved in the arts. I bring this up as it relates to the Creative Healing Connection’s mission, which is to “provide creative experiences using the arts and nature to promote healing and growth, develop a sense of community, connection and empowerment and growth.”
Today I live in a small town with my husband and our four dogs. We have two beautiful adult children, Nikaio and Kenya. I work as a registered nurse at a small rural hospital where I have been since 1995. Caring for those when they are most vulnerable is an art, and I learn every day from my patients and their families. My journey thus far as a nurse has been one of the most incredible and humbling experiences of my life.
Wanda Burch - Board Vice President
Wanda Burch (hamlet of Glen, Montgomery County, NY) [MA, SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program] is a historian, writer, and retired historic house museum administrator, whose published works include: She Who Dreams. A Journey into Healing through Dreamwork (New World Library, 2003); The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs [McFarland Publishers, summer 2017]; and Dreaming of Home, an 8-page liner-note booklet showcasing dreams of soldiers in the American Civil War, which accompanies a music CD by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, “Come Dearest the Daylight is Gone” (2015). Articles include New York History [“Sir William Johnson’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” July 1990; “A Little World Formed at His Hand, 2009], Dublin Seminars [Medicine and Healing in the 18th Century, “Sir William Johnson & 18th Century Medicine in the NY Colony,” 1990]; contributor to Celebrating Johnstown: A Community Looks Back
on 250 Years, edited by Bill Ackerbauer; and articles on dreams and imagery in various women’s and self-help magazines, most recently featured in Sibyl Magazine: For the Spirit and Soul of Woman. Poems have been published in Persimmon Tree (2017) and have received an international award of merit from the Atlanta Review (2017). Wanda Burch’s writing was also published in Black Lives Have Always Mattered, a Collection of Essays, Poems and Personal Narratives, edited by Abiodun Oyewole and in Dreams that Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases, by Dr. Larry Burk and Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos (2018). Wanda is a long term breast cancer survivor and advocate, a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s LEAD, a science-based institute and listed on the national Speaker’s Bureau for the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is an advocate research grant proposal peer reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense; and is a staff member for Creative Healing Connections’ Adirondack arts retreats for women surviving chronic illness and for women who have served in the military
Lynn Hart - Board Secretary
Lynn Hart has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Masters in Social Policy, Human Services. She has worked in various settings, intensive care, sports medicine and most recently, School Nurse Teacher at SLMS for 22 years. Lynn is now retired, and wants to remain proactive helping others and working within her community. She lives outside of Saranac Lake with her husband Tom and their two dogs, Stone and Cedar. They enjoy their three grown daughters and their families, including five grandchildren, and they often visit with her sister's family and her dad in Leesburg, Florida. Lynn became interested in the mission of CHC and joined the board in 2019, currently serving as board secretary.
Gail Brill - Board Trustee
Gail has been a member of the Creative Healing Connections Board for over 6 years. During that time she has been secretary and President. Gail believes that what CHC does for women is righteous work. She believes that all women need to be heard and it is our calling to listen, comfort, empower and love. Helping women veterans and women with illness find joy and expression in creating art has been a highlight in her life.
Bonnie Ohmann - Board Trustee
An Adirondack native, Bonnie loves providing service and opportunities for women with chronic disease to find joy in everything we do as women in theAdirondacks.After working in management and health care for 50 years, Bonnie retired in2018 and has been able to devote her time to helping people realize their full potential through arts and healing and through government-entitled services for the individual.Living and working in Washington, DC for graduate school, opened up a whole new perspective on public policy and how it affects women, the elderly and the economically disadvantaged of this country.Working was definitely the most important aspect of Bonnie’s life for a longtime, and now being retired, she has a new appreciation and joy in her heart for not only those around her, but now for her own health and self-care.Staying physically active and connected to her “tribe” is of the utmost in her life today and she couldn’t be happier.