Jamie Silvestri

Executive Director, Founder, Art Therapist
Jamie is the founder of ArtVan and has directed the organization since its inception in 2004. She holds a Master’s of Expressive Therapy, a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and is a certified Art Therapist. Jamie has over 20 years of both community and psychiatric care experience working with inner city youth, people with AIDS, women and men in corrections, and children and adolescents with mental illness. Jamie has three amazing teenagers. She believes in giving permission to the creative process and keep the arts rolling.

Bailey Knox

Expressive Arts Therapist
Bailey Knox, LCPC-c, earned her Master’s degree from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy, which focuses on utilizing multiple arts-based modalities including (but not limited to!) music, art, storytelling, dance/movement, and dramatic play. She has experience working with youth, families, groups, and adults as both a clinician and an arts educator in a variety of school- and community-based programs in southern and central Maine. Bailey feels strongly that the arts, through their inherent ability to strengthen communication, creative problem solving, self-awareness, and mindfulness skills, are an essential tool for building and maintaining healthy relationships with self, others and the environment.

Shannon Briggs

Development & Communications Director
Shannon is ArtVan’s Development and Communications Director. Originally from the DC Metro area, she has found a home in Maine, and can often be spotted with knitting needles, diving into a book of memoirs, or weeding her garden beds. She holds an undergraduate in sociology and a master’s in social entrepreneurship. Shannon believes in how art can tell stories, connect neighbors, and harness our power of creative and critical thinking.

Jalin Coleman

Teaching Artist

Logan Dyer


Jo Ellen Salaeby


Board of Directors

  • Blair Atherton, Co-Chair – Educator, Portland Public Schools
  • Rebecca Quigg, Co-Chair – Business owner, Artist, USM student of Social Work
  • Sharon Drake, Co-Chair – Former owner, Sharon Drake Real Estate
  • Patty Cousins, Secretary – Art Director and Graphic Designer
  • Miriam Fraga, Co-Chair – Asst Director, Student Activities at Bowdoin College
These committed individuals are integral in keeping our mission sustainable! Interested in serving on our Board of Directors or as an Advisor? Reach out!

Advisory Board

  • Patty Kimball
  • Keith Spiro
  • Kelly Hrenko
  • Andrew Lardie
  • Paul Cooleen
  • Miranda Gowell
  • Peggy Kapisovsky