Index of Regional Directors and Staff
Treasurer and Secretary: Michael Herships, Ph.D.
Graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1966 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and from Stanford University with a M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Dr. Herships has been working with computers and related engineering design equipment for the past 31 years. From 1968 through 1971 he worked at Grumman Aerospace Corporation, developing computer programs to calculate the fluid flow around the space shuttle during re-entry and low speed flight. He wrote the aerodynamic/heat transfer section of Grumman's space shuttle proposal. He also has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains a private practice on Long Island.
President and Director: Candyce Brokaw
Ms. Brokaw is a survivor of sexual abuse and rape. She founded Survivors Art Foundation after experiencing the tremendous relief and healing power of the arts directly. She used her particular art forms, illustrations and poetry, to express great feelings of pain, despair and rage. "The arts have allowed me to purge many otherwise negative feelings and turn them around into positive healing experiences."
"I hope to help clear the path of obstacles and to better enable survivors to find the resources to market their particular art skills, thus allowing them both the monetary and emotional rewards they deserve. I would also like to introduce survivors with limited art backgrounds to new skills and a vehicle to help them process their pain, allowing them a positive and non- self-destructive path to use in their healing. Art can create a new outlet for frustration and pent-up feelings, removing old behaviors, that could in the past destroy families and further continue the cycle of abuse. The goal is to enable both parent and child with a shared appreciation of each other and the arts."
"The Survivors Art Foundation is cause for hope and celebration, and survivor helping survivor."
Leiden, NH, Holland
Mark Kramer was born in 1963, on the Isle of Korfu, in Greece. With an original background in Law, Mark, currently employed for Hewlett-Packard as netserver support agent, is owner, founder, and System Administrator of Asarian-host.org: a dedicated server for survivors, with its primary focus on providing anonymous access to the Internet. The organization offers free anonymous email accounts and website hosting along with design assistance to survivor's of sexual abuse. He is well-versed in Perl, HTML, UNIX, assembly language, and various other computer languages. He has committed himself to helping survivors with computer related issues to the maximum of his ability. Asarian-host.org currently hosts several sites, the least of which is not Survivors Art Foundation, for whom he is the System Administrator too. "Although I leave the executive matters in the more than capable hands of Candyce, I handles the technical, administrative side of the SAF, such as the creation of user-accounts and managing their mail-server, cgi-programming, mailing-lists, and the like." Creatively, being a naturalised Dutchman with a propensity towards English Literature, he primarily writes personalized poetry for fellow survivors: an activity which may not bring him fame and glory, but is not any less rewarding. Most satisfying poem for him so far was the one for "geode."