I am a graphic designer and illustrator from Ohio, where I am also the principle of my own creative studio, Ullman Design.
It seems my life has always been about defying the odds. My high school was very small and didn't have a girls track program. The reason? My principal told me running wasn't "lady-like." I refused to take "no" for an answer. So, along with five other female runners, I established the first women's track team at my high school, which still exists today. After finished college and graduate school, I was hired as an assistant professor at age 24 and then became the chair of the art department of my alma mater at age 30--the youngest woman to do so at the college. Am I an over-achiever? No. I have simply lived by these words by Arthur Blank: "You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought." While he was talking about running, I believe it applies to my life.
This became apparent to me when I was diagnosed nine years ago with a rare, inherited autoimmune disorder. I was very, very sick for a long time. There would be days I would be so weak that I would fall getting out of bed because my legs were so shakey. I saw numerous doctors, who all told me I would just have to live with the disease. I had to accept it, but I refuse to let it beat me. So, I decided to take things into my own hands and start running again. As it turns out, running has been the only thing that has helped to keep it in check and keep me healthy.
I joined team CMOM because as an artist, I believe creative outlets are vital in inspiring young minds. Providing children with opportunities to use their imaginations and to expose them to possibilities of positive creative expression is important to their development and education. In addition to the museum's programs, I am very inspired by the outreach work for kids living with cancer. Cancer has affected many of my family members, so I understand and believe that offering this type of healing through art therapy is so very important.
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