Helen Obermeyer Simmons is a former professor of Communications Media at Fitchburg State University where she taught courses in drawing, illustration, graphic design, photography and printmaking. She is a visual artist who works in alternative photographic processes and mixed media. She is currently working on a documentary film titled Nokota Blues in collaboration with the Nokota Horse Conservancy of North Dakota.
Simmons earned two bachelor's degrees from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She serves on the National Board of Directors of the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Executive Board of the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance. She is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and a former Docent at the Fitchburg Art Museum.