Laurence Vandenborre is the Founder and Managing Director of “The Red Pencil”, an International Arts Therapy Humanitarian Foundation whose mission is to bring the benefits of arts therapy to children, adults and families on their pathway to well-being, with a particular attention to those facing overwhelming life circumstances. Laurence is a Registered Arts Therapist, with a background of professional Counselling and Life Coaching, and who has first been practicing arts therapy at Raffles Hospital for a few years before opening her own private practice “The Arts Therapy Studio”. For years, her interest has included working with adults and family dynamics, in a multicultural context, helping them to journey through their challenges towards a happier, more fulfilled and hopeful life.
Laurence has served as a Board Director of Very Special Arts Singapore, a charity whose mission is to bring the benefits of the arts for people with disabilities. She is currently a Board Member of The Art Therapy Association of Singapore (ATAS) and of the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (ANZATA).
Laurence holds a Masters of Arts in Germanic Philology (Dutch and English) from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve (LLN, Belgium) and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy (LASALLE College of the Arts, accredited by the UK Open University). She has also received diplomas in Teaching Aggregation (University of LLN), Corporate Coaching (USA Corporate Coach U), Applied Skills Counselling (Singapore), and Expressive Therapies (Australian Institute of Expressive Therapies and US National Institute of Expressive Therapy).
Originally from France, Johanna has lived in numerous parts of the world over the years, including the United States, Latin America and the Middle-East. She worked for several non-profit Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations and then for the French agency in charge of asylum seekers and refugees, serving as a case officer and then as Communications executive. She moved to Singapore mid-2017 where she joined The Red Pencil a few months later as Marketing and Communications Manager.
Janet is a passionate researcher and evaluator in love with her life and the people in it. She has been working in the Development sector for more than 10 years and have had the privilege to work with people from across South East Asia. She likes to look for solutions and is guided by what Scarlett O’Hara says in Gone with the Wind- “After all, tomorrow is another day!” She has a lovely daughter at home who makes sure that she remembers rhymes as well as she does 🙂
Audrey’s growing curiosity about the arts therapy profession led her to join The Red Pencil team in 2018. A graduate from the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), she strongly believes that art-making can be a cathartic process for anyone who partakes in it. In her own time, she enjoys reading, travelling, watching films and visiting exhibitions in different parts of the world.
Heather is an experienced operations manager having worked in the UK non-profit sector for over 20 years. Previous to her role at The Red Pencil she was Founder and Managing Director of a counselling charity and brings a wealth of experience in psycho-social support, project development and financial management. Heather loves to collaborate on new projects in order to facilitate positive change for vulnerable populations across the world.
Christina is a multi-lingual American art therapist who has lived in Geneva for over 20 yeInternational Missions Coordinator, Genevaars. She formerly served as Protocol and Events Specialist for the United Stated Mission to the United Nations and brings a wide range of international experience to The Red Pencil including partner collaboration, logistics and project development. She has a passion for inspiring children through the arts and is an avid supporter of the creative process both in healing and problem solving
Kathleen Vandenborre-Lein is an economist ( K.U.Leuven, Belgium; MBA Univ of Chicago), and worked for several international companies ( Maroquinerie Delvaux) and Foundations related to educational and entrepreneurial topics.
She joined the Red Pencil International team in 2017, and is in charge of the development and follow-up of the partnerships (financial sponsors, partners who help us promote Arts Therapy).
She works in close cooperation with Natacha Pirotte, in order to create more awareness about the benefits of Arts Therapy.
Project Leader, Belgium
Registered Art Therapist – Dipl (A Th)