Ilona van der Ven is a critical care nurse at The Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. She co-created the arts in health program at her previous place of employment, Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown NY. Ilona served as adjunct clinical nursing instructor at Bassett for Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where she also attended nursing school. She was a travel nurse for two years, learning a variety of evidence based clinical practices. Ilona is an author on the publication in the Journal of New York State Nurses Association, The Effect of Creative Therapy on Patients with Dementia. She plans to attend The University of Alaska in Anchorage this fall to further her education and better serve the healthcare team. Ilona comes from a family of musicians and artists and has a profound love for the arts.