Patty Mitchell, Partner Consultant, is among our newest additions at ao. Patty and her longtime friend and colleague Susan Dlouhy will be working on helping nonprofit organizations change their sheltered workshops to successfully function in the “new” CMS Final Rule and State system requirements. Patty currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Abundance Consulting. She has worked for more than 20 years as an artist and social innovator specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived differences. She is the co-author of Upcycling Sheltered Workshops: A Revolutionary Approach to Transforming Workshops into Creative Spaces (Ohio University Press, 2015). Her work is featured in Creative Abundance: a PBS documentary film (WOUB Public Media, 2015). As an Artist in Residence Patty Mitchell has helped organizations nationally and internationally start up arts programming ventures. She is an acclaimed keynote speaker and has presented at conferences worldwide. Ms. Mitchell received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University’s College of Fine Art, Ohioana Citation for Art and Education, Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Citizen of the Year from Civitan and The Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service. Patty Mitchell received her BFA and MFA from Ohio University’s Fine Art Photography program. She is currently a Community Fellow at Ohio University with the Barbara Geralds Storytelling Institute.