Laurence Vandenborre is the Founder and Managing Director of “The Red Pencil” and a Registered Arts Therapist, with a background of professional Counselling and Life Coaching.
She started practicing arts therapy at Raffles Hospital, in Singapore, 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).
Joyce has been working in the communications and research field for more than 10 years. She has a master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree in Digital Communication Leadership from University of Salzburg and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of the Philippines.
Joyce is originally from the Philippines and has lived in Singapore, Austria and Belgium. Growing up in a developing country, she is passionate about becoming an agent of social change and hopes that her work at The Red Pencil will enable her to do that.
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 🙂
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.
Kathleen Vandenborre-Lein holds a degree in economics(K.U.Leuven, Belgium; MBA Univ of Chicago), and has 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 partnerships (financial sponsors and partners who help us promote arts therapy).
Project Leader, Belgium,
Registered Art Therapist – Dipl (A Th)
Natacha discovered arts therapy in 2009 and fell in love with it. She is motivated by bringing the benefits of arts therapy to a growing number of people in Europe, by contributing to the recognition of arts therapy locally and by advancing the research field.
Trained first as civil engineer, she tries to reconcile the scientific and art therapy approaches, building on the left-brain and right-brain skills she has developed in her career so far.
Ambassador & Adviser in Arts Therapy,
Dmin (Cand), MA,
CCC, RCAT, RP
Ara is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Art Therapist, Certified Canadian Counsellor, and current on full-time faculty with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, teaching Expressive Arts Therapy.
Dr. Mercedes ter Maat, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology in Ft. Lauderdale. Prior to joining NSU she was the director of the school counseling graduate program at the George Washington University, Alexandria, VA campus and an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. She has over 30 years of combined working experience as a counselor educator, mental health counselor, school counselor, and art therapist.
Dr. ter Maat participates in local, state, national, and international leadership undertakings for the fields of mental health counseling, school counseling, and art therapy and frequently presents on topics related to multicultural counseling, ethics, motivational interviewing, and the use of art in counseling and therapy. She actively participates in humanitarian work, most recently in Argentina, Swaziland, and Lebanon, and her research interests are in enhancing the quality of life of immigrant, minority families in crisis by identifying risk and promoting protective factors through school- and community-based interventions. She is a past-president of the American Art Therapy Association, the current president of the Croatian Art Therapy Association, and the current president of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.
Dr. ter Maat is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified/registered art therapist.
Patricia, a registered art therapist, is the Co-ordinator of the Master of Art Therapy in the Department of Counselling and Psychological Health of La Trobe University, Australia. For over a decade she worked in the public mental health sector in psychiatric rehabilitation with a specialization in residential services, group work and group supervision. Patricia studied art therapy in Melbourne and Berlin and has worked with diverse populations. Initially an art teacher in secondary schools, she has also worked as a freelance community artist in Europe and Australia.
Patricia has research interests in both art therapy and the arts and health. Her research is focused largely around the role of art making and art therapy on the psychosocial impacts of health conditions and their treatment. Current and past research projects and publications include art making and mental health recovery, art therapy and cancer care, and the needs of carers of people living with cancer.
Patricia embraces the perspective that art can play a variety of roles in health care with individuals, groups and communities.
Iva Fattorini, MD, MSc, is Founder of Artocene and currently serves as Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute.
Iva was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. The paternal side of her family comes from the island of Korcula, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast where Iva spent many summers as a child. This is where she developed a deep love for arts, the sea, purity and nature that have become integral parts of her life philosophy.
Iva attended Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb and became a medical doctor at the age of 23 after graduating from the University of Zagreb Medical School. She lived in Croatia during Balkan wars, which had a profound impact on her. During that time she completed postgraduate study in Biology and Biomedicine and got her Master of Science Degree. She completed her Dermatology Residency in Zagreb, then undertook an International Training program at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She then founded the first laser center of its kind in Croatia and Southeast Europe.
She moved to the United States and joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004. With strong motive to help international patients with limited access to good healthcare, she became Director of International E-health. Spending time with many out of town patients and their families she noticed the need to address their emotional needs and help fill the voids of a stressful time with positive and enriching content.
As a reaction to that, Iva founded the Arts and Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic in 2006 as part of Executive Board Office reporting directly to CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic. Under her leadership, first as Executive Director and then as a Chair, the Institute has grown in all areas and has become an integral part of the culture of one of the best and largest hospitals in the United States. The Institute has set up a new paradigm and standards in the area of arts and medicine.
In 2011 Iva moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, to work with the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi team on expanding an arts and medicine culture to the new hospital facility.
Her global work took her further to Asia, Middle East and Europe where she continues to spread the awareness about the importance of arts in health.
She founded Artocene in 2014 with a vision to activate the latent therapeutic power of the arts on a global level with the highest professional standards.
“Following a life shared across four continents and a successful career in law (as a partner in an international firm and then as General Counsel of a world leading innovator in capital markets), the London Business School Sloan MSc, which I recently completed, led me to reflect on my dreams and aspirations. I look forward to contributing the breadth of my experience to the Red Pencil cause, whose therapeutic approach and values strike a deep chord with me."