Who We Are

Your Creative Wellness Professionals

Saliha Bazmjow

Executive Director/Founder

Saliha holds a Masters in Global Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, a BA in Anthropology from the University of California Riverside, and a BA in teaching at California State University-San Marcos. Her passion for education lead her to a career as an international teacher for many years. After repatriating to the United States, she realized the lack of diversity in the field of education as well as the underrepresentation of minorities in so many professions across the United States. As a result, she started Creative Opening, with the mission to educate organizations and help bridge these disparities through the modality of art.  


Amir is a trainer and project manager for Creative Opening where he organizes workshops and creates programming. Previously, Amir worked in Talent Development in Hilton, Pew Research Center, and Urban Institute. Amir holds a MPS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Psychology from Boston University. For fun, Amir is often drawing, painting, playing sports, or trying to cook a new recipe for his friends.

Amir Nili

Project Manager

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Alison Carlock

Curriculum Development

Alison has a deep appreciation of the creative process and its power to heal, build community, and educate. After earning a BA in Art History and Sociology at the University of Redlands and a teaching credential from CSU San Marcos, Alison went on to work in the field of education for nearly 10 years. She started as a public-school teacher and later went on to earn a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Education & Student Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) and to transition to work in a university setting. Through various positions she gained experience in coordinating intercultural programming, working abroad in Hong Kong, and supporting the success and retention of low-income students. In her free time, Alison loves to express herself through painting, song, dance, and fitness.