Our Story

Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to arts and healing.  Since our founding in 2001, by cousins Lori Guadagno and Lisa Landwirth Ullmann, we have served thousands of patients  and their families in Jacksonville, Florida at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Clinic, The Mayo Clinic and St Vincent's Healthcare, Riverside.

 We also provide workshops to many local organizations including Kids Together Against KTAC, and The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund with our heart-centered mission.

Our emphasis on patient-centered creative expression helps humanize the high-tech atmosphere of clinical settings. The physicians, patients, and families we work with report that our services [help diminish fear and relieve pain while empowering patients who find themselves in a powerless situation

We focus on the participants experience with the media —not the end result. We inspire to empower patients by giving them choices in their creative process even whether or not they wish to participate.  

Seven days a week our talented team of artists in residence, community volunteers, and interns from the University of North Florida and the University of Florida develop individualized art sessions in order to meet the unique needs of each patient. Together, artists and patients create art that reclaims the persons sense of self from illness.

Meet our Team

Christy Ponder 

Executive Director and Artist in Residence


Lori Presto, MSW 

Program Director and Artist in Residence

Maddie Firestone 

Program Manager and Artist in Residence


Artists in Residence 

Ajamu Mutima 

Samantha Solley 

Matt Richards 

Maddie Firestone 

Anne Roberts 

Bob Drost 

Alexis Audate 

Jill Olmo 

Brooke McKinney 

Meredith Sullivan

Lisa Miyares

Dylan Bauer

Board of Directors

Brooks Cannon - Board Chair

Kacey Roache- Secretary

Judy Powell- Treasure     


Hillary Whitaker

Casey Cohen

Bebe Alexander

Bonnie Hayflick

Kerri Carter 

Board of Advisors

Lori Guadagno - Co-founder

Lisa Ullmann - Co-founder

Robert Monsky

Cynthia Jacoby Greene

Katherine Loeb

Sam Hall

Guy Cuddihee

Kathy Soler-Sala

Melissa Roland

Jennifer Guthrie

Honorary Trustees

Louise Freshman Brown

Professor University of North Florida


Suzanne Taylor

Community Volunteer


Karen Wolfson

Wolfson Children's Hospital

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841 Prudential Drive Suite 150 Jacksonville, Fl 32207