Toica Parker

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Toica is our newest HEARTist so stay tuned for her professional portrait! Toica is a beautiful young woman who has been overlooked in our community with very little opportunities to help her find support. Until one day, Toica went to Code Camp invited by her bible studies teacher, Valerie Sessions and met HEART supporter and BoomTown! powerhouse, Nina Magnesson. Nina connected Toica with HEART in November 2018 and we are enjoying getting to know Toica . She is sweet and the most genuinely grateful person I have ever met. We are grateful to have Toica’s spirit at HEART and will love nurturing her growth as an artist!

Daniel Carlough

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Daniel Carlough is one of HEART’s newest members and our youngest at 19 years old. He is funny and unique. Daniel has a unique style of visual art and performing arts. We love watching him gain confidence and enjoyment from his self expression. This photo by Arielle Simmons is of Daniel’s first role in a HEART production and HEART’s latest production, STAR - Super Talented Actors Rasslin’. Daniel chose his own wrestling character, The Screamer with his signature move, The Scream.

Donna Allison

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Donna is one of our newest and oldest member at 50 years old. She loves puppets and has a real talent with making them come to life. Donna is a huge Burt & Ernie fan. She is discovering her lost love of making art. Her mom says she has not seen Donna draw or color since she was a little girl but that since coming to HEART, that’s all she wants to do. This makes us so happy at HEART! We love learning more about Donna as she is soft spoken, shy and slow to reveal herself.

Nicolás Lyford-Pike

 Nicolás is a savant artist. He knows the constellations in the night sky on any given day, past or present. Nicolás is also deaf but is the greatest communicator one could ever know. When Nicolás has any free time, he draws (freehand) car wheels (imaginary and real) and constellations. We love having Nicolás' sweet nature and brilliant talent at HEART.

Nicolás is a savant artist. He knows the constellations in the night sky on any given day, past or present. Nicolás is also deaf but is the greatest communicator one could ever know. When Nicolás has any free time, he draws (freehand) car wheels (imaginary and real) and constellations. We love having Nicolás' sweet nature and brilliant talent at HEART.

Christian McInnis

 Christian is a true genius. He is a walking encyclopedia and knows a vast amount of information on science and wildlife. Christian loves to read and is a good friend to others at HEART. He loves to perform, act, and sing. Christian is quick to get nervous but does not let that stop him from trying new things. Christian's talents surface everyday, he is full of great potential as an artist and performer. We love watching Christian discover his creative side at HEART!

Christian is a true genius. He is a walking encyclopedia and knows a vast amount of information on science and wildlife. Christian loves to read and is a good friend to others at HEART. He loves to perform, act, and sing. Christian is quick to get nervous but does not let that stop him from trying new things. Christian's talents surface everyday, he is full of great potential as an artist and performer. We love watching Christian discover his creative side at HEART!

Asher Maier

 Asher is a bright and beautiful soul. He is smart, talented, and an amazing performer and singer. Asher is extremely sensitive, kind, and caring. He has a great commentator's voice and is full of wise and quirky "Asherisms". Asher is a big teddy bear and everyone loves him. Asher says his favorite thing to do is "make sure everything is just right" and we love having Asher keep us all centered at HEART! Unfortunately Asher moved and we miss him terribly at HEART. We will keep him up here because he will always be a HEARTist to us!

Asher is a bright and beautiful soul. He is smart, talented, and an amazing performer and singer. Asher is extremely sensitive, kind, and caring. He has a great commentator's voice and is full of wise and quirky "Asherisms". Asher is a big teddy bear and everyone loves him. Asher says his favorite thing to do is "make sure everything is just right" and we love having Asher keep us all centered at HEART! Unfortunately Asher moved and we miss him terribly at HEART. We will keep him up here because he will always be a HEARTist to us!

James Bethea

 James is a character with a wonderful sense of humor. He is friendly, an attention seeker, clever, and charming. James loves country and pop music and enjoys singing at HEART. He loves taking photographs with his digital camera. When we can get James to draw, he has real talent. James is also a great narrator and loves performing for a crowd.

James is a character with a wonderful sense of humor. He is friendly, an attention seeker, clever, and charming. James loves country and pop music and enjoys singing at HEART. He loves taking photographs with his digital camera. When we can get James to draw, he has real talent. James is also a great narrator and loves performing for a crowd.

Eliza Kerrison

 If you look up adorable in the dictionary, you'll likely find a picture of Eliza and if not -- there should be. Eliza is a sweet and gentle soul who is typically shy but has a shocking theatrical side. She is fun and funny. Eliza is a great artist with a graphic designer eye. She is playful and game for anything! Eliza captures the heart of everyone she meets. We love having Eliza's playfulness and feminine energy at HEART!

If you look up adorable in the dictionary, you'll likely find a picture of Eliza and if not -- there should be. Eliza is a sweet and gentle soul who is typically shy but has a shocking theatrical side. She is fun and funny. Eliza is a great artist with a graphic designer eye. She is playful and game for anything! Eliza captures the heart of everyone she meets. We love having Eliza's playfulness and feminine energy at HEART!

Ryan Thornhill

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Ryan is sweet, friendly, observant, and curious. Ryan makes everyone feel special with his kind words. He is healthy, active, and social. Ryan has good rhythm and enjoys performance art. He enjoys the outdoors, horse back riding, exercising, and being engaged in an activity. We love having Ryan's participation at HEART and he is a positive and loving influence on those around him.

Jimmy Miller

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Jimmy is so many things wonderful including thoughtful, engaged, sincere, helpful, honest, athletic, creative, and gentle. Jimmy's girlfriend, Eliza comes to HEART too. They have been boyfriend and girlfriend since kindergarten. Jimmy is a talented artist and loves performing, singing, and dancing.

John Agostino

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John is a gentle, sweet, and quiet soul. He excels at drawing and can color with both hands at the same time. John loves nature and animals and is happiest watching the ducks at the pond. John is mostly non-verbal. When he is happy, he lights up a room with his smile and laughter. We love having John's sweet energy at HEART!

Austin Livingston

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Austin is a sweet, gentle, and quiet soul who is mostly non-verbal. He is an active and engaged participant at HEART. He loves going for walks at the park and playing kickball. Austin enjoys playing the djembe and riding the bike at HEART. He is helpful and offers support to staff and peers. We love having Austin's sweet nature at HEART!

Joey Iler

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Joey lights up a room with his enthusiasm and friendliness. He is a wonderfully talented masseuse and would rub shoulders all day long if we let him. Joey is a wonderful artist, musician, and loves performing on stage. We love Joey's sweet spirit and watching him sing and dance is as good as it gets! Joey has never met a stranger and everyone who meets Joey, falls in love with him.

Stuart Barth

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Stuart is a sweet soul and a pure joy to be around. He is our official time keeper and keeps us on schedule at HEART. He is smart and can put a complex 100 piece puzzle together in less than 20 minutes. Stuart is engaged and has a great attitude. He was our inspiration for making t-shirts transfers because that's all he has been wearing since he was a boy. He chooses images and his parents iron them on t-shirts for him. Stuart loves 1980's culture and reciting various tv dialogue, jingles, etc... Stuart doesn't talk much but when he does; he speaks well and with enthusiasm. We love having Stuart's style and delightful ways at HEART!