Core Faculty 

Lanie Bergin, M.Ed, Registered Somatic Therapist and Educator. Lanie is the Master Teacher for the 500-hour training program, as well offering on-going supervision for graduates. Lanie is on the Board of Directors for Bergin Learning Arts, Nonprofit School for Expressive Arts.

Guest Facilitators  

Tom McLaren, Creative Operations Officer for BLA. He is a filmmaker (Environmental Grace Productions), writer, musician and software developer. With persuasion from his wife, Lanie, he is a swimmer. He facilitates Expressive Arts workshops in music and writing and especially likes working with people who are new to writing, enjoying the discovery along the way as much as the destination. Tom is on the Board of Directors for Bergin Learning Arts, Nonprofit School of Expressive Arts.

Donna Otter, MA, REAT, is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist who received her Master’s training from the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego and the European Graduate School. A lifelong artist and writer, she is active in the Portland storytelling circuit and loves sharing the power of artmaking with others to increase life’s meaning, fulfillment, and enjoyment. Donna is the lead expressive arts therapist for the students enrolled in the Bergin Learning Arts, 500-hour Expressive Arts Training Program. Donna is on the Board of Directors for Bergin Learning Arts, Nonprofit School of Expressive Arts.

Erin Libby, M.A., holds a MA in Theatre and Dance from the University of New Mexico, and her Primary AMI Montessori diploma from the Montessori Institute Northwest. Erin’s background in early childhood education and special education inspire her to remain a life long learner and advocate in the field of childhood development, education and social justice. Erin’s website.

Laura Paradise is a certified life coach, longtime Authentic Movement practitioner and graduate of Tamalpa Institute Levels 1 and 2. In her coaching practice, Laura focuses on career and business development with particular attention to self-promotion skills. Laura has developed a unique coaching methodology that integrates movement, art, and voice. Website:

Christine Toscano, L.Ac., GCFP is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Feldenkrais Practitioner, singer and composer. She believes creative expression is the birthright of every human being and lack of access to innate creative impulse contributes significantly to dis-ease in our modern culture. Fusing Awareness Through Movement® and sound, she explores the  desire to create as a basis for health, joy and learning. Website:

James Galluzzo is the founder of Diversity as Gift, a non-profit 503c organization. He is an artist, teacher, priest and spiritual director whose great passions in life include social justice work, ending oppression of any kind, authoring books on spirituality, and expressing his creativity through painting, glass fusing and candle making.

Wendy Kathryn Tucker, MA, ATR, CYT, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Wellness Consultant and Bereavement Counselor. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy with supplemental studies in Ecopsychology. Wendy brings to her support offerings experiences steeped in the arts as fine artist, performer and educator—in the health and wellness arena as presenter, facilitator and consultant—and a love of wilderness and outdoor adventure. Awen-Arts

Marissa McInerney, MA, As a life-long healer, Marissa poured her gifts into the arts, social service and child advocacy. She has worked with children for fifteen years in child development centers, autism agencies and public school systems. As well, she has designed, implemented and facilitated creative-therapeutic programs that serve to educate about well-being.  She studied Drama and Performance Theatre at Central Connecticut State University and Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching & Education at the European Graduate School and the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego. She is a Reiki Master and Energy Alchemist.

Margaret Hartsook, LPC, ATR, has extensive background as a bereavement counselor and helping families who are faced with end of life issues, serious illness and loss. She is currently working at Legacy Good Samaritan in the Cancer Healing Centers as an Art Therapist. She uses a wide variety of art mediums such as collage, paint, clay and sand tray in her work.

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