Margaret Baco, RN, Director
For 40 years, Margaret has worked to bring Holistic Nursing Practices to these settings:
Pittsburgh: Allegheny General Hospital, Orthopedic Trauma
The Rehabilitation Institute, Neurology, Head Injury
UPMC, Liver Transplantation ICU
New York: Roosevelt Hospital, HIV, Cardiac Care ICU
Having studied Art Therapy at the New York School for Social Research, and The Art Student’s League, NFew York, Margaret brings the power of visualization and relaxation into her expressive art’s studio experience. As an artist, her ability to draw the human figure and convey an uncanny range of deep human emotion is coupled with a profound connection to the natural world. The life and death seriousness of nursing informs her art, as does her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
She brings great heart, care, scientific skill and imagination to the team.
Laurie Marshall, MA, Co-Director
For thirty years, Laurie has helped young people, their families and their schools beat the odds in rural, urban and suburban settings – nurturing creativity, a love of learning and a collaborative spirit.
With a B.A. from Antioch College in history and education, and an M.A. in art and education from Beacon College, she is a certified K-12 art and secondary social studies teacher. In addition, she’s used visual art, mural making, drama and storytelling in consensus building, leadership training, conflict prevention and values clarification with government organizations, schools and businesses.
Shari Karn Mastalski, MS3, Community Artist
Shari has a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems (MS3).
Shari is a profoundly aware and attuned dancer, adept in ways that the earth knows, creating movement stories that seem to move like nature herself, called ~ She Dances on Water.
These stories told through words and movement demonstrate powerful ways to discover hidden aspects of our imagination. Shari has collaborated with us to develop movement programs that are tools for community-building arts-centered dialogue. Her connection with InterPlay fuels her passion to engage everyone in a Movement ~ Movement by setting Dreams in Motion. This artist, and scientist, skilled in horticulture and organic gardening, shares the vision of bringing innovative approaches in education and collaborative art to bear on social, economic, and environmental issues.
Lili Lopez, Community Artist
Lili is an artist.
As a graduate of The Arts and Ethics Academy in Santa Rosa, California, she inspires all those who join in the collaborative painting to let go, and play.
Fluent in Spanish, she specializes in trauma-informed approaches with young people. Her expertise is in collaborative murals painting.