Headshot of Heller An Shapiro

Heller An dedicates her professional life to organizations committed to supporting the arts and people with disabilities. She directed nonprofits, served on boards, and worked as a volunteer. She also served as an executive coach and strategic resource for nonprofit organizations around the country, including advising Executive Directors and board members as they hire the right executive director to replace a founding director.
Over a long and very successful career to date, Heller An managed 750 Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers, developed and conducted a three-year national volunteer leadership training program for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and supported local and international arts programs for VSArts. She also founded MVP Arts: Managers of Volunteer Programs in the Arts, a networking and education group. While serving as Director of Volunteers at the Friends of the Kennedy Center, her program received a President’s Volunteer Action Award.
Heller An’s varied roles with The Kennedy Center, VSArts, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and most recently, her very successful 10-year tenure as Executive Director of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease), positioned her perfectly to take the helm of ArtStream.
Heller An currently serves on The Barrie School Board of Trustees. She also served on the boards of Kidsave International, the National Health Council, and the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). She is a member of Leadership America.
Heller An’s articles have been published in The Washington Post, The Journal of Volunteer Administration, ASAE Chapter Relations, Fund Raising Institute, and Leadership Guide. She is the author of the Rebuilding Together: Board Building Manual and contributed a chapter in Managing Volunteer Diversity. She collaborated with a team to write two children’s books, Jason’s First Day and Emily’s First Day, both designed to integrate a child with a disability into elementary school classrooms.
Heller An received her BA from Vassar College, and her MA from the American University.
Heller An sees ArtStream as an opportunity to combine two of her lifelong passions: Her passion for the arts and her commitment to serving people with disabilities.