Spatial Medium Team at Van Alen

terra design team (l-r): sarah vitti, jade esplin, tori sparks, valerie farber

TERRA Team

Our multi-disciplinary team came together to solve a challenge inspired by Mayor DeBlasio's campaign ThriveNYC around mental health support and quickly realized that our passion and desire to shift the conversation was much larger than our hometown of New York City. 

In our vision:

  • We spark a global movement for accessible, affordable, and safe treatment for all.
  • We facilitate a future where mental health is stigma-free and out-of-the-closet.
  • We create the potential for organizations across all sectors to support individuals in learning and sharing their stories and creating better self-care routines.

Because we know that by coming together, we build healthier, more connected, resilient communities. 


 “A great deal of my life has been spent struggling silently with anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I heard others share similar stories and experiences that I allowed myself to fully realize the social and health benefits of a support system.”

“A great deal of my life has been spent struggling silently with anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I heard others share similar stories and experiences that I allowed myself to fully realize the
social and health benefits of a support system.”

Jade Esplin

design strategist + planner

Jade Esplin graduated from the Interior Architecture & Design department at Moore College with a focus on social-impact and human-centered design strategies. She is currently a Design Strategist at Margaret Sullivan Studio where she develops programmatic solutions and strategic visions for public libraries nationwide.  Projects include Facilities Master Plan for  Las Vegas Clark County Library District, Strategic Visioning for Salt Lake City Library, and The Future of Public Libraries Report for Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa, FL.  

Jade is dedicated to providing community-focused solutions to each project and brings a deep care for place-making, experiential design, and physical/mental well-being to each community she serves.

 
 “I have utilized the services of a therapist for 14yrs in order to "keep my stars aligned”. I am a yoga practitioner certified in Hatha yoga and routinely seek holistic self-care services in acupuncture and massage, among others.”   

“I have utilized the services of a therapist for 14yrs in order to "keep my stars aligned”. I am a yoga practitioner certified in Hatha yoga and routinely seek holistic self-care services in acupuncture and massage, among others.”

 

Tori Sparks

horticulturist + performing artist

Tori enter the Horticulture world in 2011.  She obtained her Certificate in Horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2015.  After training with the Brooklyn Grange Farm during the 2014 growing season she joined the team to develop the Micro-greens department.  As the Micro-green Manager she now grows a variety of 20 crops for an ever-growing roster of five-star chefs and local restaurants.  Additionally, Tori personally manages upwards of 15 perennial gardens in the metropolitan area, from design to garden maintenance, for private home and businesses. 

Tori Sparks has had a professional career as a dancer in New York and internationally since 1999 working with an array of  award-winning choreographers, artists and dance companies.  Most notably she was the original cast for the acclaimed Sleep No More, originating many roles such as Lady Macbeth. 

Fusing her talent and skills as a performer with her passion as a grower and gardener, Tori has found a union in two career fields were creativity, movement, intuition and instinct join together.

 
 "Having dealt with both grief and trauma, I've struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life.  Even with a strong network of support, I still find it hard to ask for help or seek treatment when I need it and I'm determined to change that for others."

"Having dealt with both grief and trauma, I've struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life.  Even with a strong network of support, I still find it hard to ask for help or seek treatment when I need it and I'm determined to change that for others."

Sarah Vitti

cultural strategist + nonprofit consultant

Sarah Vitti has six years of multifaceted experience in community organizing and advocacy, working with social change nonprofits to educate and mobilize communities around pressing social issues. Currently, as Associate at Moore + Associates, Sarah acts as the liaison between the firm’s advocacy work and the entertainment industry (specializing in comedy), including talent, producers, directors, and writers. She helps develop the creative content and relationships between creatives and nonprofits that bridge the worlds of social change with comedy and pop culture. Sarah also manages the successful execution of client accounts from inception through completion, and actively seeks new and innovative ways to leverage the work of social change nonprofits by interjecting the pop culture narrative. 

Sarah received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Ithaca College, where she also studied Political Science and became increasingly interested in the intersection between the two. At M+A, Sarah has found the opportunity to combine her passion for social change work with her lifelong admiration of the worlds of pop culture and comedy.  She is a board member of the Ladies of Comedy Association (L.O.C.A.), and the Lower East Side Film Festival.

 
 “It took me a long time to understand my depression and ask for help - we are not a “therapy” family.  I’m grateful I reached out as I was introduced to tools that I use every day to keep me grounded. Now, I want to provide that opportunity for others.”

“It took me a long time to understand my depression and ask for help - we are not a “therapy” family.  I’m grateful I reached out as I was introduced to tools that I use every day to keep me grounded. Now, I want to provide that opportunity for others.”

Valerie Farber

FOUNDER, spatial medium

Valerie Farber is the founder of Spatial Medium, a multidisciplinary creative visioning studio.  Notable projects include Annapolis Public Library, The Centre for Social Innovation, and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Valerie fiercely believes that design should improve the lives of all who interact with it (stakeholders, staff, and patrons alike) and strives to provide functional, sustainable, and delightful solutions for each of her clients and their communities. 

Valerie holds a BArch from Syracuse University and has over 18 years of experience as an architectural designer and entrepreneur.