Patty Mitchell is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Abundance Consulting. She has worked for more than 20 years as an artist and social innovator, specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived differences. She founded one of the first collaborative art studios in the country in 1998 - Passion Works Studio in Athens, OH (www.passionworks.org) After a ten-year hiatus, she recently returned as the CEO/Executive Director.
Patty Mitchell received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Art. In 2010, she received an Ohioana Citation for Art and Education, which recognizes outstanding Ohioans in a variety of fields. She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Citizen of the Year from Athens Civitan, and The Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service. Patty Mitchell received her BFA and MFA from Ohio University's Fine Art Photography program. She is currently a Community Fellow at Ohio University with the Barbara Geralds Storytelling Institute.
Susan Dlouhy is the Chief Operating Officer of Creative Abundance Consulting. She has worked for more than thirty years in a variety of administrative and executive roles supporting people with disabilities. She served as the director of two non-profit agencies in Ohio and has consulted with organizations in more than 20 states. She is currently the Operations Director for Passion Works Studio in Athens, Ohio.
Susan Dlouhy worked as the administrator for a statewide association for twelve years, where she developed training and provided technical assistance to sheltered workshops and day programs across Ohio. She was also a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities surveyor for more than 25 years.
She is the Managing Director of Norwich Consulting Services, which provides technical assistance and training in the areas of community employment, strategic planning, and executive leadership mentoring. She has served as the interim director for numerous organizations and has helped transform programming to the Creative Abundance Model. Susan Dlouhy obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The Ohio State University.
Sara Sherman has nearly 30 years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities and other specialized populations. Her experience includes work in for profit, not for profit, and government; facilities, home and community based services, housing, case management/service coordination, provider oversight, compliance, policy development, individual planning, staff development, operations, strategic planning, vocational habilitation, grant writing, management, administration, and more.
Sara works with businesses and organizations who know their brand and operations need a refresh in order to standout and remain competitive, but aren’t sure how to make that happen. She studied brand with Julie Cottineau, Richard Branson’s former VP of Brand for Virgin and author of “TWIST”. Sara “twists” her knowledge of the disability world with proven branding strategies to revitalize brands and businesses, and set them apart from the competition.
Sara has been organizing people and work for decades. Her intuitive business sense is on target, and she gets to the root of your agency's issues quickly.
Sara excels at assessing workflows, streamlining communication, defining outcomes, solving the right problems, and developing the plans needed to reach your companies goals.
Sara holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a master's in Public Administration. In the disabilities field Sara has provided residential service, community employment, case management, housing, program management, investigations, services and supports, vocational rehabilitation, state policy development, compliance audits, and more.
First of all, I am not now, nor have I ever been a princess. Princesses sit around and look pretty, We all know who does all the work...the Queen. I am the Queen of my own little world, and I like it just fine.
I live in the country, outside of Athens, Ohio in a small town named Shade. Yep, I have it made in Shade.
I not only clean my own house, but mow the grass and plumb the pipes as well. The neighbors have grown accustom to seeing me getting the mail or riding the mower while sporting a fine tiara. (well maybe not grown accustom, but they have stopped staring.)
My Honey of 12 years, John and I share our home with many animals. Currently: 3 dogs, 3 cats, 12 chickens 5 ducks and a large tortoise.
I have been designing and making tiaras for 12 years. The first ones as holiday presents for my Diva girlfriends. Well, the Divas squealed with delight and proceeded to wear them everywhere. Their friends saw them, liked them and the rest is history.
It is a huge blessing that I can support us by making tiaras. This is my passion and all I think about. I finally quit my day job and now I get to live in the land of tiaras all the time. Life is good!