Our Founder

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Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami is the Founder and Executive Director for the OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, and an Adjunct Faculty at Chapman University. Her passion is to bring educational opportunities and artistic access to underprivileged families, particularly special needs children and at-risk youth by providing programs that empower youth, build self-esteem and leadership, and lead to higher educational and academic goals.


Dr. Jimenez- Hami has been recognized continuously in the community for her contributions in the fields of Arts & Culture, Social Service, and Education. Most recently she was awarded the "2017 Women who Make a Difference in OC” Award (Also received in 2009). Some of her other awards and nominations include: (2013) OC Register Hero of the Year; (2008) Regional Center of OC Award Nominee for Professional Development, (2007) National Hispanic Business Women Association Award for Organizational Entrepreneurship; (2007) Faculty Award from Chapman University; (2006) Community Building Award by the City of Santa Ana; (2004) Human Relations Award from the Orange County Human Relations Commission for promoting equality, human rights and social justice; (2003) Community Building Award in the fields of Arts & Culture by the National Organization of MANA, and others.

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