has lived in Northern Kentucky all her life. She received her BSA in 1974 and BFA in 1976 from NKU. She worked for the Post Office delivering mail for 29 years and retired in 2009. During this time, she continued to keep up her art work and participated in many exhibits. She was president of the Craft Guild of Greater Cincinnati during the 1990s. Now she is doing whatever she desires, including making and exhbiting art. She is a clay artist and works in porcelain and building natural forms in clay. Presently, she is making leaves of all sizes and shapes.
worked at New Perceptions for four years leading client and staff employees in assembly and packaging jobs, teaching diverse work skills and increasing independent functioning skills. He started Capano Photography in 1994, performing portrait and event photography. Currently, he is exploring fine art through photography with his apprentice. Dave is also a 'computer geek,' professional life coach, and is the Vice President of Education for Triangle Toastmasters.
Nancy Cooper has 19 years of teaching experience, a BA in Art and a Master's Degree in Education. In addition to teaching at Rising Star, she has taught Confirmation classes and Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Church in Florence, KY.
Peg Kendall has worked at New Perceptions for ten years, initially as a Develop-mental Interventionist and currently as the Coordinator of the Art/Life Abilities Program. Peg has provided therapeutic, educational, behavioral and developmental services to children and adults with developmental delays since 1987, while working in West Germany for Department of Defense Dependent Schools. After returning to the states, she worked with agencies such as Brighton Center, Holly Hill, Salvation Army and First Steps. She enjoys traveling, photography, drawing, painting, playing music and spending time with family. Peg lives in Independence with her husband, youngest daughter Kelli and their three dogs. She also has two older children, Patrick and Barbara, and a grandson.
Paul Meisenhelder has worked at New Perceptions for over 20 years where he is the Support Employment Manager. Paul enjoys playing Frisbee Golf, hiking, watching epic movies, and listening to anything pre-1980s, especially Folk Music. He lives in Newport with his wife, Mary Beth, a teacher at Blessed Sacrament; his daughter, Rachel; and dog, Bella.
“My son loves the other kids,
and the instructors are wonderful.” ~Anonymous, parent
is a native Northern Kentuckian, born in Covington and raised in Crestview Hills. She attended Edgecliff College for her undergraduate degree and Xavier University for her Masters. She holds a Kentucky teaching certificate and is certified to teach Fine Art K-12 and Reading K-12. She previously taught Art at Summit Country Day School and has also conducted private Art lessons. She worked for Clinique Laboratories for many years where she helped individuals custom fit their skin care and makeup needs. She is an Aqua Aerobics instructor, teaching in Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati. In her words: “As an instructor in any realm, I believe that individual assessment is key to effective instruction. Through observation and interaction, I determine what the instructional needs are for the student(s) I will teach. It gives me tremendous joy to share in the satisfaction that my student(s) feel when they achieve their goals to produce Art or learn to Read.”
is a native Northern Kentuckian, born in Independence, but raised in Washington State. She holds a paralegal degree and has worked most of her life in law firms and in commercial banking. Renee currently works full-time at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, was on the Board of Rising Star Studios, and has volunteered/ worked for Rising Star Studios for the past eight years. She enjoys working with children with special needs and has volunteered with other organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Northern Kentucky Children’s Home. Her passion comes from the love, knowledge, spirituality, and strength that her baby sister, Kristen, taught her. Kristen was born with spina bifida and passed away at 3 years old – she holds a special place in her heart, and she misses her so. Renee has two children, one of whom was diagnosed early with Aspergers. She enjoys working out at the gym, music, dancing, running, hiking, shooting, camping, fishing, and being outdoors.
Born in a small Romanian village and growing up in a family of teachers and artists, Cezarina learned to appreciate models of education that inspired wisdom, creativity and virtue. She became an elementary school teacher at 19, teaching first grade for a full year before her life journeys brought her to the USA in 1995. As a certified professional life and wellness coach, yoga teacher and visionary educator, Cezarina also had the wonderful opportunity to explore firsthand new creative dimensions of education in an international school community in Niger, West Africa ( between 2007-2010) where she taught a K-1 class for three full years. She is now passionate about bringing many of her creative coaching resources and yoga tools to anyone who would like to experience life balance, well being and peace of mind. She currently teaches yoga to kids and adults in Cincinnati, OH and facilitates coaching tele classes online to empower parents and teachers with new skills to enhance their lives. You can visit her websites (www.wellnessplay.com and www.cezarinatrone.com) to read more about her work, or you can email using this address: email@example.com.
is a music therapy non-profit organization. It opened its Conservatory Program Fall 2010 for adults with disabilities and has also provided services for the Stepping Stones Day Program, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the TALL Institute, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, Starfire University, and the Marjorie Book Continuing Education Society. Melodic Connections provides group services throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.