After a full career in education, teaching art at levels ranging from elementary school through university and then advancing in administration as a fine arts college presidency, Dr. Jaffe responded to a call to ordained ministry. The response took her in search of connecting factors between art and spirituality.
After retirement from presidency of Kendall College of Art and Design, Jaffe worked for many years as an international management consultant to developing countries where she set up new women’s craft programs and regional art centers. Her work took her to the Eastern European countries, including two projects in Russia. Her longest assignment out of the country was spent in Nepal and India.
Jaffe’s style developed through a series of transformations from textile wall hangings to decorative symbolic images to landscape, drawings and paintings. She has received recognition and awards in the mid-west and east coast. Art remains her primary interest, where she continues painting, concentrating on developing her Impressionist style, and writing.
Her professional preparation is grounded in art and education degrees from Ball State University BA, Michigan State University MA, and Indiana University EdD and an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design. Jaffe served as Hospital Chaplaincy at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD and Sibley Memorial Hospital and George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC. Throughout her professional career, she produced and exhibited art at the local and national level. Friends, colleagues and a few art museums own her work. Retired, she paints and writes, while remaining active in regional arts organizations. She and her husband divide their time between Washington, DC and Salisbury, MD.