Our Team

Jan Papirmeister
Executive Director

Jan Papirmeister is a registered nurse who believes in the importance of caring for the whole person, an artist who deeply understands the power of art to inspire, comfort and heal…and is passionate about bringing works of art created by youth into healthcare environments. Jan has worked in a variety of nursing specialties – pediatrics, hospice, home health, school health and cancer care navigation. While working as a pediatric nurse, Jan would sit and draw with her patients when time allowed. As a school nurse, Jan had art supplies available for students to create drawings that decorated the walls of the health office. While supporting people living with cancer and their loved ones, Jan was inspired to bring art for comfort and healing into the oncology unit. She was awarded a Society for the Arts in Healthcare consultancy grant to bring art carts to patients and their families, and staff on the oncology unit. Jan received her first art commission when she was 11 years old, sold notecards with her designs of marine life, historic college buildings and private homes, and donated artwork she created to an environmental organization, a hospice volunteer group and a camp for children with cancer. As a volunteer, Jan coordinated an art project with a Walt Whitman High School art teacher and her students who created works of art for healing that were installed in two Fisher Houses at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. This collection of experiences has strengthened Jan’s passion for bringing youth art into healthcare environments. As Executive Director of Youth Art For Healing, Jan is dedicated to working collaboratively with schools, hospitals and other healthcare organizations in order to bring works of art created by youth to patients, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals so they too may feel comfort, inspiration and healing during very challenging times.

Board of Directors

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Judith Epstein, CAPT MC USN
Chair

Judith E. Epstein, MD, is the Department Head of the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) Clinical Trials Center, a division of the Translational Research Office (TReO), located on the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) campus. She has spent the last 14 years working as a physician-scientist in the U.S. Military Malaria Vaccine Program, Naval Medical Research Center. She comes from a family which is heavily involved in the arts. Both of her parents were painters and she has a brother who is sculptor, another brother who is a painter, and a sister who is a poet. After over a decade as a professional ballet dancer, CAPT Epstein returned to school and received her B.S from Columbia University (1985) and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School (1990). She did her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Since arriving at NMRC, CAPT Epstein has led clinical trials of candidate malaria vaccines covering a number of platforms including DNA, recombinant and adenovirus-vectored vaccines. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific manuscript and book chapters. The major focus of her research has been the development and testing of a whole-parasite malaria vaccine. Her first-author publication providing the results of the first clinical trial with a radiation-attenuated, aseptic, purified cryopreserved Plasmodium falciparum vaccine appeared in the journal Science in 2011. A Board certified physician in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Epstein holds a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, serving as an Attending Physician at WRNMMC. She is member of multiple NIAID Safety Monitoring Committees and Vice-Chair of the NMRC Institutional Review Board. Dr. Epstein is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on the Scholarly Oversight Committee for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow Research, National Capital Consortium and has served as a research mentor to numerous students, residents and fellows.

Carol Rubel Berman
Vice Chair, Art Advisor

The importance of health, honesty and spirituality in your life are Carol’s driving forces. She received her B.A., 1975 and M.A., 1977 from the University of Maryland in Speech and Language Pathology with an emphasis in Psychology and Children. She had a Private Practice until her second child was born in 1981. Throughout the childrearing years, she attended Bible Study, participated in Public School PTAs, and led Jewish Community endeavors. These included facilitating many committees and teaching challah baking, art and Jewish Meditation at Congregation Bnai Tzedek. She spearheaded the ICE – The Initiative in Congregational Education through The Jewish Federation and The Board of Jewish Education to help re-energize congregational education at 43 synagogues throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Family Grants Initiative grew out of this program bringing children and their parents together for learning Jewish Ethical Values and Rituals. At the time of her mother’s death in 1988, she began painting. She studied and painted with Dan Mistrik, Eric Butters, Walt Bartman, Glen Kessler and currently, Virginia Levy. Portraits and scenery are her passions. She has taught Art to 7th graders with the theme ‘Where is God in your Life?’. In 2010, she and the Landscape Designer H. Paul Davis designed a 36-foot educational carousel for the Downtown at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Eight personal paintings are on the center round. Another journey has been Regression Therapy and Energy Work training. She is a Board Certified Regression Therapist since 1995. Kabbalah learning began in the 2000 decade. The hypnosis, energy work, art and Jewish studies began to merge. Healing, art, and charitable endeavors are her passions. However, her first priority has always been her family. She lives happily in Bethesda with her husband of 42 years and has three married sons and seven grandsons as well as a large extended family.

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Charlotte McGuinness
Treasurer, Secretary

Charlotte McGuinness received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Rutgers University and a law degree from Georgetown University. An intellectual property attorney, she is currently employed at the National Cancer Institute where she heads a group that supports patenting and strategic alliances for NIH scientists. Dr. McGuinness has had a long term interest in understanding the connectivity of sensory processes. As a graduate student, she studied the interactions of somatic sensation with pain. Her background in brain research has given her an understanding of the importance of positive mental stimulation for all people. She believes in the importance of art in people’s lives and the connections between art and other mental processes. Dr. McGuinness is also a strong supporter of art in schools and is excited by the prospect of using her skills to benefit people.

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Cherry Goldblatt
Art Advisor

Cherry Goldblatt (www.CherryGoldBlatt.com) has been interested in the arts and involved in crafts throughout her life. In the 1970’s, she designed handmade one-of-a-kind handbags that sold in craft galleries on Madison Avenue and Soho in New York City. In 1985, she became the co-owner of Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery in Bethesda, MD, assisting clients purchasing beautiful works of art to enhance their environments. In 1997, Cherry returned to her love of creating art using beads as her medium and boxes, teapots and various plaques as her canvases. Cherry’s beaded panels were placed on the arc of B’nai Tzadek Synagogue. Her teapots have been on display at SOFA Chicago, National Liberty Museum Glass Now (Philadelphia, PA), Hot Tea! del Mano Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), ART Palm Beach, Thomas Riley Galleries and others, and in the Sparta Teapot Museum. Cherry has been married for 50 years, has three married children and nine grandchildren.

Judy Cohen
 

Judy Cohen has been an artist her whole life, learning an appreciation for the arts from her parents at a very early age. Following college at American University, as a young woman, Judy worked as an elementary school teacher before leaving to be a full-time mom and active volunteer as well as to pursue her passion for art and writing. While caring for her three growing children, Judy authored of The Mayflower Hotel – Grande Dame of Washington, DC, a history of the iconic Washington, DC landmark as well as From Generation to Generation, which tells the story of her family dating back to the 1400’s. Judy continues to be an active volunteer and supporter of many local and national organizations including The National Holocaust Museum, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Jewish Group Homes, The National Gallery, The National Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Judy and her husband Richard have been married for 51 years. Today, Judy spends her days painting, traveling and enjoying her nine beautiful grandchildren.