Our Team



Kristin Linton, MA, LPC, ATR
Executive Director, Art Therapist

Kristin is the Executive Director and 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.

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

Hillary Rubesin received her MA in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2008, and, since that time, has utilized intermodal arts forms (i.e. visual art, drama, music, songwriting, storytelling, videography, movement, and creative writing) to promote mental health in various therapeutic settings including schools, nursing homes, outpatient counseling centers, hospitals, and community health programs.

Hillary works primarily in local school systems with newly-arrived refugee and immigrant students, and also leads expressive arts groups for refugee women within the greater community. Hillary also 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 currently a PhD candidate in the Expressive Therapies division at Lesley University, conducting arts-based participatory action research with refugee women from Burma.

Liz Aldag, MA, LPC, ATR
Exceptional Children’s Program Coordinator,
Art Therapist

Liz is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Masters degree in Art Therapy. She also has an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology and Studio Art from Lawrence University. Liz has conducted research on the therapeutic use of art making with the family members of children with special needs.

Liz has worked in community mental health centers, residential substance abuse programs, hospitals, and public and private schools.  Currently, she works as an art therapist in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro city school district’s exceptional needs program, where she works with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Liz also works with children affected by cancer. In 2013, she pioneered a digital art therapy program on the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at Duke hospital, and has since  expanded her work at Duke to include art-based caregiver support groups and outpatient groups for patients and their families at the Ronald McDonald House.

In her personal artwork, Liz primarily works with clay, but also dabbles in paint, printmaking, cut paper, and photography.

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.