Sarah Souder Johnson
co-founder and Board chair
Clinician at Sentier psychotherapy
Sarah is a mental health therapist and educator with a background in the arts as a performer, teacher and director. She believes people develop as a result of their genetics, environment, beliefs and lifestyle. She is particularly interested in how people with creative personalities learn, function in the world and approach change. She started Dissonance along with David Lewis to provide broader access to wellness resources and to challenge the notion that artists must struggle to be successful.
carl atiya swanson
associate director at springboard for the arts
Carl has always been an artist, whether in theater, drawing and visual work, or as a writer. He got sober in 2008, after years of buying into the myth of self-destruction-as-creativity. Being with people who believe in change and having conversations and support is what has made his new, creative life possible. Carl wants to spread that conversation and help people realize they are not alone.
minnesota public radio
Ali has a 25-year history of working in the music, arts and nonprofit community in the Twin Cities. She has worked extensively in both large organizations and on behalf of independent artists, producing events, booking shows and providing management and marketing/pr consultant services. She is passionate about creating safe spaces for creative people to do good work, while also creating moments of celebration that bring communities together, and believes both outcomes can be achieved with empathy and honest conversation.
board mEmber, Blog Editor
Director of Communications & public affairs at hazelden betty ford foundation
Jeremiah is a licensed addiction counselor and recovery advocate with a background in journalism, business and music. Sober since 2006 and grateful for what recovery has meant to his health, relationships and spirit, he now devotes his career to educating others about the promise of recovery, smashing the stigma of addiction and speaking into related public policy issues.
Singer-SongwriteR at Katy Vernon
Katy is a London-born singer-songwriter and ukulele player. A self-described "Singer of Sad Songs on a Happy Instrument," she likes to tackle tough subjects like grief, substance use and mental health but always with a view to connect, entertain and bring joy. Katy also has a successful ABBA cover band that makes both her and her audiences happy! In addition, she works as program coordinator for The Convenings, a statewide event series about living and dying well, and runs a small store called Songbird Treasures in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Therapist at Brian Zirngible, LMFT
Brian is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a solo private practice in Burnsville, Minnesota. He also is an actively working musician and performer in two different Twin Cities bands. Brian exudes positive energy and is passionate about helping fellow musicians and artists live more peaceful and balanced lives. His goal is to serve the community by building a healthier, more vibrant and thriving creative arts scene.