Kansas Free For Arts (KFA) is an arts-based 501(c)3 organization founded in 2014 by Hank Osterhout and Megan O'Brien. The two combined their passion and skills for the arts to provide community programming that promotes wellness through creativity.
Board of Directors:
Hank Osterhout, Executive Director
Hank earned his Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Emporia State University in 2014. He began his career in the music industry in 2006 by performing professionally as an upright bass player with various touring acts from the Lawrence/Kansas City area. This lead Hank into various roles within the music industry including: management, booking, publicity and promotion, event production, sound and light engineering and stage management. Hank is the owner/operator of Altissimo Music Productions; a full-service live music and event company serving Emporia and the greater eastern Kansas region.
Sarah Bays, President
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University in 2008. She has spent the last 7 years as a licensed educator, teaching music at various levels in public schools. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Education from Emporia State University. Sarah is now the Vocal Music Director at Emporia High School where she conducts five vocal ensembles, teaches basic guitar, and co-directs a musical production every year.
Valerie Biggs, Vice-President
As a social action Art Therapist, Valerie has written and received funding to work with persons experiencing homelessness in open arts studio projects. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts in 2008, with an emphasis in ceramics and minors in both art history and psychology. She earned her Master’s in Art Therapy from Emporia State University in 2013. In addition to serving in various positions at the Wichita Art Museum from 2009-2015, Valerie has served over 10 years as an arts volunteer and advocate in the Wichita community. She has collaborated with other arts advocates, including Patricia McDonnell, Director of the Wichita Art Museum, and Dora Timmerman-Bayer, award-winning arts advocate. Valerie currently works as a Case Manager III for Comcare’s Community Crisis Center in Wichita where she engages her passion for improving the well-being of marginalized populations.
Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2009, and both a Masters in Art Therapy in 2012 and Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from Emporia State University. She interned in a number of community-based settings in Emporia, including Flint Hills Community Health Center, USD#253, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN), and Community Counseling Services at Emporia State University. Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Autism Specialist (AS) in the state of Kansas. She currently works at Emporia State University as a Graduate Student Advisor in the Department of School Leadership, and works in private practice as a provider with the Kansas Medical Assistance Program/Medicaid.
Jennifer is a counselor and art therapist currently working in Wichita, KS. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boise State University; Master’s Degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Kansas, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a registered art therapist (ATR). Her work comes from a variety of settings such as: community mental health center, foster care agency, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and nursing homes. Populations of particular interest are women/families grieving pregnancy loss, anxiety, and intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. She currently works in private practice and at COMCARE Children’s Services.
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