Our Team

Ping Ho, MA, MPH – Founder & Director

Ping is Founder and Director of Arts & Healing Initiative, an organizational member of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative, of which Ping is a steering committee member. She was founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, which led to the privilege of writing for Norman Cousins and co-writing the professional autobiography of George F. Solomon, M.D., founder of the field. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford—where she was appointed to establish the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff, an MA in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in community health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health.

Ping is associate editor for the Creative Arts Therapies section of the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine and has been Co-Chair of the annual Expressive Therapies Summit: Los Angeles, which has offered 150+ workshops on creativity and the arts in healing. She developed the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and the SEA on a Shoestring program of supportive art, movement, music, and writing for individuals or groups in any setting. In addition, she co-developed and served as principal investigator for the evidence-based program, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming.  She is co-author, with Erica Curtis, of the 2019 National Parenting Products Award-winning book, The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art (Ohio University/Swallow Press, March 2019).


Krista Beagin – Operations & Communications Director

In addition to earning a BA in literature from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts, Krista has over a decade of experience in the publishing and product-design sectors. As a seasoned editor and administrator, she brings an organizational aptitude and a detailed eye that is integral to her role at Arts & Healing Initiative. As the Operations & Communications Director, she wears many hats—from managing our monthly newsletters to captaining our website to codifying best organizational practices —which allows her a unique opportunity to utilize her skills and experience, be part of something she wholeheartedly believes in, as well as be a member of an extraordinary team that continue to promote the creative arts as an indispensable element of mind-body healing and wellness.


Heidi Parker – Community Initiatives Manager

As Community Initiatives Manager, Heidi forges connections with individuals and groups at the intersection of public health, expressive arts, and community engagement. Drawing upon her background in nonprofit management, Heidi also currently serves on the Southern California Art Therapy Association Board of Directors. As a certified California Climate Steward, she maintains an active eco-arts practice that focuses on repurposing found materials. Originally from Chicago, she developed a profound appreciation for the arts thanks to the city's vibrant cultural scene, including its museums, music, theatre, and dance. She graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Studio Art, received a MA in Art Therapy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and completed an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. 


Jessica Fuquay – Programs Manager

Jessica Fuquay is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and organizer whose practice focuses on the role of sound as a tool of community resilience and cultural expression. She began her career as a teaching artist in K-12 schools and after-school programs before gaining a decade of experience in administrative roles within arts, media, and publishing organizations such as Fred Rogers Productions, the Warhol Academy, and OpenStax. A lifelong learner, Jessica received an MFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University, a BA in Visual & Dramatic Arts from Rice University, and is an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing. As an advocate for alternative and accessible educational opportunities, she loves to learn and grow alongside other creative, compassionate individuals as part of her role as Programs Manager at Arts & Healing Initiative.