Founder | Artist
The tragic loss of my son, Devin, in Feb 2018 has presented me with a wonderful gift…INTO LIGHT. Through this project I am able to look into the eyes of so many wonderful people, many of them at the prime of their lives, and see the intensity of their compassion, kindness, spirit, zest, humor, their troubles, their pain, and so much more. I get to sit and visit with them quietly. I treasure this time and I hope that through the portraits that are produced, others can see that we are all more alike than different. Thank you. Devin, for leaving this gift for me to find. Peace, my son.
Board of Directors | Narrative Writer
Shortly after meeting Theresa, she told me her heartfelt and emotional story about the loss of her son Devin, from an accidental drug overdose. Her feelings associated with Devin’s loss, paralleled some of my own experiences and deeply resonated with me. She talked about setting up a non-profit organization, INTO LIGHT, that would use her love of portrait drawing to shed light on the insidious disease of addiction. I was immediately inspired to offer my help. One of her needs was for someone to gather information from loved ones and write narratives to tell their stories. My experience in writing coupled with my background as a psychologist was a perfect fit for this role.
I am committed to the Mission of INTO LIGHT, “erasing the stigma of drug addiction.” Writing the narratives of the loved ones in this project provides me with an opportunity to help in changing the hearts and minds of those who have bought into the limiting and negative stereotypes of people with substance use disorder. Seeing their faces and hearing their stories is an important step in realizing they were not different from you, me, or those we love. I feel honored to write their stories.