Therapeutic Artists Resource

A nonprofit dedicated to the therapeutic power of the art experience.

Meet Our Board

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Orion Crook, LPC, LMHC

Executive Director

In the West End of Atlanta and virtually in NY, Orion Psychotherapy’s art-studio-office holds space for adolescents, adults, couples, and families who are seeking to engage in a therapeutic-relationship-ritual with an open minded Licensed Therapist. Grounded in their Humanistic Praxis Certification and their Person Centered foundation from the University of West Georgia, they often encounter the lived struggles of trauma, gender, sexuality, and loss with compassion, a direct and honest approach and an interest in experiential Expressive Therapies as a means towards healing. As an artist, Orion centers their own process by materializing and substantiating their core through a series of mixed-media-paintings and sculpture. At the intersection where art and therapy meet, Orion founded the Therapeutic Artists Residency that is currently in its third season and just became a non-profit.

Crystal Desai

Creative Intuitive & Tiny Earth Studio

Mathew Lehosit

Marketing Chair


Steph Pharr (&Tommie Rose)

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Chair

Steph Pharr (she/they) provides Diversity, Inclusion and Equity support, as well as archival/data analysis and grant writing to the TAR team. Steph is a Georgia native who has served in the arts and nonprofit advocacy for over a decade. Her background in the arts, psycho-social education and equine assisted services deeply informs her interest in DEI. Currently, they serve on the DEI committee for the Professional Associations of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International and has recently received their MA in Critical Psychology and Human Services. Steph has developed a strong since of devotion to the nonprofit sector serving other Atlanta initiatives such as Living Walls, Eyedrum and Chastain Horse Park. In 2013, She was voted the Top 30 under 30 Artist of Atlanta by Arts ATL, and in 2014 was awarded the WonderRoot Artist Fellowship. These experiences have instilled a profound appreciation for the therapeutic and transformative power of creative nonprofits. Currently, Steph is living in North GA with her 4 year old and two cats.. with hopes of expanding her family to include goats and horses in the near future!

Kelsey Smith, LPC

Therapeutic Art Party Committee

During the day, Kelsey is a therapist and clinical director at Grant Park Counseling Group. Here, she sees clients who want to focus on improving their relationships, both with themselves and others. She uses a combination of techniques to foster a sense of love and acceptance for even the biggest and most uncomfortable of emotions. When she’s not seeing clients, she’s very active in Atlanta’s political scene – most notably Atlanta Jail Support. Her work in radical politics keeps her oriented toward community care and anti-carceral thinking. She’s also an avid gardener and beginning astrologer. Her contributions to the TAR team include and aren’t limited to facilitating relationship building with the larger community, creating fun and exciting events for networking, and finding creative approaches to everyday problems we all face due to the pitfalls of late stage capitalism. 

Kristen Guevara, PHR, SHRM-CP


As a Miami native, Kristen has always been exposed to a multitude of cultures.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Kristen wondered if there were alternative methods to help the community.

Kristen currently works in Human Resource Information Systems for a large healthcare organization based in South Florida. In her free time, Kristen enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures (especially the food).

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