Our Team



Hillary Rubesin, MA, LPC, REAT
Interim Director, Expressive Arts Therapist 

Hillary Rubesin received her MA in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. She utilizes diverse arts forms (i.e. visual art, drama, music, songwriting, storytelling, videography, movement, and creative writing) to promote mental health in various therapeutic settings.

Currently, Hillary works in local school systems with newly-arrived refugee and immigrant students, and also leads community-based expressive arts groups for refugee women. Hillary co-facilitates the Arts and Peer Support Group, a free, weekly, outpatient arts group for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. She is also a PhD candidate in the Expressive Therapies division at Lesley University, conducting arts-based participatory action research with refugee women from Burma.


Courtney Powers, MA, LPCA, ATR
Art Therapist

Courtney has provided art therapy services with the Art Therapy Institute since 2010.

She facilitates individual art therapy with newly immigrated children and adolescents. Courtney also co-leads weekly outpatient expressive arts groups for adults living with mental illness. In addition, she works with the Memory Care Program for older adults facing Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Stacey Hayes, MPA, MA, LPCA
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Stacey has a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. She has worked with a range of populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and couples.

She works primarily with the Burma Project, providing therapy for refugee/newly arrived students in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. Stacey has also co-led art groups for refugee women to increase their social support. Stacey has a passion for helping others to explore self-care using the arts and has led self-care workshops at ATI and in the broader community. She enjoys working with watercolors and collage.


Uli Schempp MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC
Art Therapist

Uli Schempp received a Master’s Degree in fine arts from UNC-Greensboro in 1985 and has worked as a ceramic artist since then. He taught as a technical instructor and taught ceramics in the sculpture department of the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2003, he obtained Master’s Degree in art therapy from New York University. He conducted art therapy groups with Liberian refugee children and adolescents through Safe Horizon/Solace and the International Rescue Committee on Staten Island and worked for five years as a creative arts therapist in adult inpatient psychiatry at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. He is currently working with the Art Therapy Institutes exceptional children’s program.


Anna Hicken MA
Art Therapist

Anna is a graduate of the George Washington University where she received her MA degree in Art Therapy. She has experience working in a variety of settings including an acute inpatient psychiatric unit, public and private schools, community youth centers, adult day programs, and a residential camp for students with special needs.

Through ATI, Anna currently works with the Exceptional Children’s Program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system, facilitating group art therapy sessions with students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

In her personal work, she enjoys drawing with chalk and oil pastels. She is also very interested in empathy and has researched the effects of the presence of art on art therapist empathy in sessions with individual clients.

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Mallory Schellhorn, MA, Art Therapist

Mallory is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary-of- the-Woods College where she received her Master of Arts in Art Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Art in Studio Art with a concentration in Art Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2008. She has experience working with a range of populations including children and adolescents with exceptional needs, children with behavioral and emotional disorders, refugee and immigrant students, and senior adults in memory care facilities. In her personal work, Mallory enjoys painting with oils and acrylics and drawing with pastels.


Jailene M. Nieves-Mercado, MA, Art Therapist

Jailene received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University in 2017. She has experience working with immigrant and refugee students within Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham public schools. She has also worked with students with developmental disabilities and adolescents with eating disorders in a hospital setting. Jailene is currently working on publishing her thesis, which focused on the influence of art therapy on identity expression and empowerment within Latina adolescents. She hopes to pursue a PhD in trauma-informed counseling in the future.

Kristin Linton, MA, LPCS, ATR
Co-founder, Art Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Kristin is a co-founder of the Art Therapy Institute. Trained at NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Kristin brought passion and drive to create a home for art therapy in NC. She has worked tirelessly to commune with arts therapists, artists, academics, allied professionals, and other spirited and passionate members of this community to create, expand, and drive home the mission of ATI. The possibilities are endless, and her work continues to feed her passion.