Co-Founder & Executive Director
Denise Fisher co-founded Arts of Life, Inc. in 2000, and has served as the Executive Director over the course of development for the last eight years. She has become known and respected in the disability field for her innovative programming, as well as her compassion and advocacy for adults with developmental disabilities. As a child, Denise assisted her mother in a special education classroom. She went on to volunteer at several Special Olympics and worked as a summer counselor and cabin leader at New York’s Camp Jened for three summers. In her professional career, Denise worked for over ten years in residential and support services for people with developmental disabilities. As founder of Arts of Life, she led the development of an innovative program model, recruitment of artists, staff, and board members, and achieved a 3-year accreditation with The Council of Quality & Leadership (CQL), a respected international accrediting body. She continues to inspire the artists in our community, those who work for her, and all those who come in contact with our studios. Denise has her B.A. in education and psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She is also a qualified support professional (QSP), trained to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities.