Phoebe obtained her Creative Arts Therapy Certification from the New School in Manhattan. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and her Master of Divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary. For the past ten years, Phoebe has been involved in creating programs for families within the Chinese immigrant community that have children and youth with special needs. Aside from directing programming at Center for All Abilities, Phoebe works at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades-Manhattan, and facilitates the community program at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She is passionate about making connections through visual arts. In her free time, Phoebe enjoys photography, arts and crafts, and running.
Creative arts Director / Lead Therapist
Wen is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a board-certified music therapist. As director of the Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Center for All Abilities, she oversees program development, provides supervision to creative arts therapists, and provides clinical services to neurodiverse individuals. Wen obtained her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University and received internship training at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. As a former staff at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Wen has extensive experience working with a variety of client populations throughout the lifespan. She currently owns a private practice in Queens. Outside of music therapy, Wen’s favorite thing to do is to sing, play, and have dance parties with her two amazing children and her wonderful husband.
Fund Development Director / SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Jacqueline is a board-certified music therapist and a graduate of Molloy College, where she obtained her Master of Science in Music Therapy. She also holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from McGill University. Jacqueline joined CAA’s Creative Arts team as a music therapist in 2016. She has held internships at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Beth Abraham’s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, through which she gained experience using music therapy to meet diverse needs across populations. Jacqueline resides in Washington, D.C., and now holds administrative roles at CAA. She also teaches piano lessons to school-age children in the D.C. area. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys making music, cooking, and going to the park with her dog, Charlie.
Naomi is a mixed-media artist whose work engages with with neighborhood formation and Asian American communities. She utilizes drawing, painting, collage, quilting, and socially-engaged art to make connections between societal systems, built environments, and individual experiences. She believes that art can help bring communities together and promote mutual understanding. Naomi received her Master of Fine Arts in Social Practice from Queens College, and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English from the University of Texas. Naomi is also the Visual Arts Program Associate at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the Associate Coordinator for Social Practice Queens (Queens College Art Department). Previous positions include teaching artist with the Bowery Mission Women’s Center and Thrive Collective School Murals, and artist-in-residence then staff with Transform Arts. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys nature walks and taking afternoon naps.
Family Coordinator / blue hat vocational training coordinator
Desmond received his Mentoring Supervision Certification from Big Brothers & Big Sisters of New York City. He has been working with Center for All Abilities for the past four years and is the coordinator of CAA’s newest program, the Blue Hat Vocational Training Program, through which he teaches youth and young adults with special needs cooking skills and encourages them to collaborate, explore, and experiment to discover their favorite recipes as a team. Outside of CAA, Desmond is employed at Minis Design Inc. and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades-Manhattan, where he holds administrative positions. In his free time, Desmond enjoys cooking, going camping, watching movies, and listening to music.
Music Therapist in training
Joanna is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Music Therapy at New York University. In addition to her work at Center for All Abilities, Joanna is a music therapy intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she provides bedside visits to patients and leads a Healing Harp group for patients and caregivers. Joanna has experience working with individuals of varying needs and ability levels throughout lifespan through her past internships at The Jewish Board's Harlem Child Development Center and Mary Manning Walsh Home. Prior to moving to New York, Joanna volunteered as a harpist in hospice and special education settings in Singapore. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys taking long walks, and is slowly but surely expanding her harp repertoire.
it consultant / bookkeeper
Kenny obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History from Brooklyn College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Network Administration from Western Governor University. Kenny initially began volunteering with the CAA team as an IT consultant in 2015, and is now the bookkeeper for the organization. He is also employed at Mediterranean Shipping Company, a global container shipping company, as an IT systems administrator. Kenny has worked in a variety of fields, including accounting, office administration, sound engineering, and music. He was the lead guitarist in a band called Crystal Tear that has a professionally-released album and has performed throughout the country. In his spare time, Kenny enjoys traveling the world, embracing the outdoors, and running. He has run three marathons and aspires to run the six major marathons of the world.
Mentoring Program coordinator
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Lehman College, with a Minor in Business Administration. She joined the CAA team in 2019 to manage social media and assist with programs and special events. For the past several summers, she has been a spiritual coordinator at Camp Herald in Central Valley, where she is involved in program planning, counselor training, and office administration. Jessica also volunteers with the Blueprint Ministry in Flushing, where she collaborates with other leaders to plan and execute team objectives. Prior to her position at CAA, Jessica was employed as the Reading and Writing Stations Administrator at the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s afterschool program in Flushing. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring museums, practicing calligraphy, and playing with her pup, Luna.