Creative Lives Staff

Maureen Burford, M.Ed.   -   Director

Creative Lives Founder and Director Maureen Burford, M.Ed. has spent the past 32 years helping thousands of children and adults improve their lives via the creative and contemplative arts and education. She has taught, lectured and performed nationally and internationally. 

As Artistic Director of Revels North from 2006 through 2015 , she developed year-round programming, formed a regional afterschool program, and created large-scale productions playing for capacity audiences at Dartmouth College's Spaulding Auditorium.

Burford's extensive educational background includes a Master's degree in creative education and years of study in meditation, philosophy and A Framework for Wise Education with Ellen Tadd.

Pieter Bohen - Director of Strategic Planning & Development

Pieter Bohen has led youth-leadership-oriented environmental organizations throughout his career. He served as the Executive Director and President of the Farm & Wilderness Foundation in Plymouth, Vermont for a ten year term, ending in 2016. He was a founding staff member as the Director of Programs for EarthCorps, a Seattle based international Conservation Corps, which trains international and American young adults in leadership and habitat restoration skills.

From EarthCorps, Pieter was recruited to serve as Vice President of the Stewardship Program of Forterra, where he co-founded the Green Seattle Partnership, a twenty-year public-private partnership to restore Seattle’s urban forests, and the Green Cities Program, which now serves eight cities in the Puget Sound region.


Consultant to Creative Lives


Ellen Tadd is an internationally known clairvoyant counselor who has been teaching and advising tens of thousands of individuals for over forty years. 

She is widely respected for the integrity of her work, the accuracy of her perceptions and guidance, and the clarity and usefulness of her teaching.  She has lectured at colleges, universities, hospitals and community groups across the United States. 

Tadd's work has been described in books and articles, including articles in Newsweek Magazine and Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer's Book "Extraordinary Knowing:  Science, Skepticism and the Human Mind."  She is the author of three books:  "Death and Letting Go,"  and "The Wisdom of the Chakras: Tools for Navigating the Complexity of Life," and "The Infinite View" (soon to be released by the Penguin Group).  Her work has been endorsed by such internationally known figures as Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard.  Her teachings are embraced by people of all faiths and perspectives.  

Ariana Mercado, Development and Communications Assistant
Ariana joins our team to support our on-line presence and our fundraising and organizational development work.  

Kevin Brotman, Research  Associate
Kevin brings his experience in business and research to the Creative Lives Team, supporting in particular our investigation of helpful educational practices from approaches around the world.

Debora Han, Research and Development Associate
Debora shares her non-profit experience to bear in researching grants and outreach opportunities for Creative Lives, and helping build our organizational capacity.

Adaeze Nduaguba, Research and Development Associate
Adaeze is providing support to the Board of Directors, while participating in our grant writing, research, and outreach planning.