A native of Westmoreland County, Mary Briggs returned to the area in 2012 from Arlington, Virginia where she worked as a potter and arts manager. She was director of the Lee Arts Center Studios in Arlington for eleven years, before going on to oversee services to artists and to develop programs in folk and traditional arts within Arlington County. Currently she is an artist member at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts ceramics program, grant writer, folklore associate with Folk Art PA, and an adjunct lecturer in the Masters in Cultural Sustainability program at Goucher College, Towson, Maryland.
Childhood cancer and its aftermath led Jen Costello to study and practice psychology, then, ultimately, to art. In 2013 a prognosis of progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in her legs and arms compelled her to give up her career in counseling, and she found that the prescribed medical canes made her feel self-conscious and depressed. It was then that she began to design and carve her own canes, using recycled and repurposed materials whenever possible to create functional and spirited art works. In 2014, she recognized that what art had done for her it could do for others and she began, upon request, to design and carve canes, at no cost, for others with mobility problems. Thus, the Lean On Me Project was born and has grown to include 20 carvers with over 150 canes having been donated in 28 states. Jen continues to create and exhibit her personal canes throughout the region and to garner recognition for her work. Lean On Me Project has joined You Are Here to promote accessible and sustainable art for everyone.
Ambitious and passionate, Maddie Jaynes knows her way around the media world. With a background in marketing and branding, she has worked for various companies promoting and advertising. She is currently working in management and continues to run her own personal blog.
You Are Here is happy to announce that Dan Overdorff has joined our creative team. In fact, we have appointed him as our Creative Maestro. Born in Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania, Dan received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University in 2008, Associate of Fine Arts from Westmoreland County Community College in 2011 and Vocational Certification in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He is the founder and chief curator of the Headkeeper Artist Initiative along with organizer for various charity events in the Greensburg area. Dan currently teaches landscape design as an instructor at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville. See more about Dan at www.danoverdorff.com
"Lean On Me Outreach Coordinator"
Richard “Dick” Nagle joined the Lean On Me Project in 2017. He is a self-taught carver and is willing to make a cane to fit any personal style and need. He is a veteran and understands the need for a cane that increases self-confidence in persons with disabilities. Dick is more and more a driving force in sharing Lean On Me with new communities and in raising interest among young people in using one’s artistic talent to benefit others.
Phoebe is a student at Seton Hill University majoring in art history and minoring in both 2D studio art, and gender and women's studies. Set to graduate in the fall of 2020, Phoebe works as a resident assistant on campus.
Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and grew up down the river from there. He now lives in Pittsburgh. His poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and have been collected in the three books: Unattended Fire (2012), The River Underneath the City (2013), and Muskrat Friday Dinner (2017). He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.