Our mission is to foster achievement and the realization of potential in all aspects of life for people with all abilities.
Phoebe obtained her Creative Arts Therapy Certification from the New School in Manhattan. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and her Masters of Divinity degree from the Alliance Theological Seminary. Phoebe has worked the past 9 years in creating programs for those within the Chinese immigrant community that have children and youth with special needs through her work at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades-Manhattan and facilitating the community program at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She is passionate about making connections through visual arts. Her interests include photography, arts & crafts, and running. (She will be running the NYC Marathon in November)
Associate Executive Director/ Lead Therapist
Wen Chang-Lit is a Licensed Creative Arts therapist and a board-certified music therapist. As the 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 MA in music therapy from New York University and received internship training at the Nordoff-Robbins Center. Wen has extensive experience working with individuals with neuro- developmental differences and neurotypical children with emotional and behavioral challenges. As a former staff at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Wen has gained experience working with a wide 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.
Jacqueline is a board-certified music therapist and a graduate of Molloy College, where she obtained her MS in music therapy in 2015. She joined CAA’s Creative Arts Program in 2016, and works with children preschool-aged and up in individual, dyad, and group settings. Jacqueline 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 these internships, she has gained experience in using music therapy to meet the diverse challenges of various populations. From a humanistic approach, Jacqueline practices music therapy with the intent of helping people recognize their value and actualize their unique, individual potentials. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys playing her flute, and can occasionally be seen playing with various singer-songwriters in the New York City area. She has a twin sister who is a professional oboist, with whom she also performs from time to time.
Ann is an LCAT-LP Art Therapist and a graduate of New York University, where she obtained her MA in art therapy in 2017. She obtained her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons the New School for Design. Ann joined the Creative Arts Program at CAA this past January. Ann also works at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, an acute inpatient psychiatric facility where she facilitates individual and group sessions for adult and geriatric patients. She has had several art therapy internships, including one at Millennium High School (NYC) where she worked with students in individual, dyad, and group settings, and another through NYU’s Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, where she provided art therapy for children and adults with Down Syndrome for a summer. Ann has spent several summers volunteering at Camp Good Grief (East End Hospice) facilitating art therapy groups for bereaved children and adolescents. Some of Ann’s interests are painting, collecting rocks at the beach, and drinking Jasmine tea.
Operation and Family Coordinator
Desmond holds his Mentoring Supervision Certification from Big Brothers & Big Sisters of New York City, and is currently working toward earning his High School Diploma. Desmond has been working with CAA for the past 3 years. He is currently the program coordinator for the Walk With You and MAX Mentoring programs. In the past, he has facilitated program and operation coordination within the program. Desmond also works for Minis Design Inc. and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades-Manhattan, where he holds similar duties to those at CAA. Desmond has recently begun leading CAA’s cooking group, Blue Hat, through which he teaches youth cooking skills and encourages them to collaborate, explore, and experiment to find their favorite recipes as a cooking group. Desmond is passionate about caring for people and likes to cook, go camping, watch movies, and listen to music.
Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Alison is currently in her final year of study at Macaulay Honors College, where she is studying to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She joined the CAA team in 2016 and is currently the program coordinator. She is involved in volunteer outreach, activity and event planning, and program advocacy on social media. Alison has also spent the past several summers working as the program coordinator at Camp Herald in Woodbury, a camp for youth to learn about character, responsibility, and independence through the Bible, teamwork, and daily life at camp. In February 2015, Alison held the position of Volunteer Coordinator for the Better Chinatown Society of New York, through which she managed over 100 volunteers during the Chinese New Year Parade. In her free time, Alison enjoys arts and crafts, baking delicious treats, and spending time with family and friends.
Office Manager/ Bookkeeper
Justin is currently attending Baruch College, where he studies Psychology and Interpersonal Communications. He joined the CAA team as office manager in 2017. Justin also works with Donel Associates, LTD as a junior accountant. During his summers, he acts as Camp Assistant Director/Program Director at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, where he does administrative work, supervises staff, directs the Herald Gospel Camp, and provides spiritual counseling to those in need. Justin has an artistic side as well, having studied the violin for ten years. He had the opportunity to perform in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with the New York International Symphony Orchestra before pursuing his college education. He is a certified Tri-M violin tutor, and worked for several years as a private tutor for school-age children. During his free time, Justin likes to explore the outdoors, swim, and try new foods.