Congratulations to all NDNU Ph.D. graduates, including those on the NorCATA board: Deborah, Jen, Cynthia and Joyce!
Top Row, Left to Right: Deborah Sharpe, Jen Mank, Berenice Badillo, Sarah Kremer, Jee Hyun Kim, Angelena Gagliardi, Jennifer Clay, Bottom Row: Serena Coleman, Cynthia Wilson, Joyce Chiang, Fahad al Fahed (sleeve only)
The NorCATA Board of Directors is a governing board, responsible for creating the vision, mission, values and policies for the chapter and ensuring that the principles and finances are properly managed. Board members are expected to attend 10 monthly meetings per year, the annual business meeting, and to help plan the bi-annual conference. Board meetings are held at various members’ homes generally from 10:00am - 12:00pm on Sundays. The Board does not typically meet in July or August. Beginning in 2019 with the completion of an updated Bylaws, the Board may meet via online video call as often as necessary to ensure virtual attendance. Board members are expected to conduct Board business via email and/or text as often as necessary. Items that need open discussion and to be put to a vote occur during Board meetings. Board members and Board liaisons are expected to add their names and issues to Board meeting agendas which are shared, along with other chapter documents, securely, via Google Docs.
Katrina is an Alabama girl who has happily adapted to this California world. Katrina is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling Intern. She is also working on obtaining her ATR with the supervision of Gwen Sanders, ATR-BC. Katrina obtained her master’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in 2016 where she also served as the Graduate Art Therapy Association (GATSA) President. Katrina first became interested in increasing her involvement in NorCATA when attending the 2015 AATA conference in Missouri where she helped to organize NDNU’s annual meet and greet at the conference. Katrina’s love of art therapy extends throughout her life as she has used art to help her get through darkest times and to commemorate the good times. Many of her art pieces involve found or recycled objects that allow new growth to come from things that were once considered trash. She incorporates the use of natural materials frequently and finds that eyes are the most reoccurring themes in her work. Katrina currently works with severely mentally ill homeless adults as well as homeless families at LifeMoves in Santa Clara County. Katrina leads two Creative Arts Groups, a Seeking Safety Group and Anxiety Management ACT Group with art therapy adaptations, and is currently assisting in implementing art therapy assessments into a child parent psychotherapy group that will become part of the behavioral health curriculum at LifeMoves training program. She also works with clients on a one-on-one basis and hopes to have the opportunity to present on her work with the homeless population in the future. Katrina is excited to be part of NorCATA as she begins her path to becoming an art therapist.
Cynthia has been practicing art therapy since she graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in 2005 with her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Certificate in Art Therapy. She has since gained registration and board certification in art therapy and is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in Art Therapy from NDNU. Her clinical dissertation research and individual practicum topics included destigmatization, collaborative care, attunement, communication, trauma and dissociative spectrum disorders. In private practice, she works with children, adults, groups and families with issues of trauma, dementia, dissociation, behavioral and learning delays, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and rehabilitation, skilled nursing and sub-acute placements.
Fiona received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). Fiona’s first career was as an interior designer, where she was able to use her creativity as part of a career. Fiona’s second career was as a project manager in construction, where documentation, adhering to a budget and deadline and establishing strong relationships were essential. She discovered during a particularly difficult time in her life that art became her refuge; a means to effectively express her emotions as well as a visible expression of her healing journey. This realization of the power of art led to her decision to become an art therapist. Fiona is part of Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Re-Entry Program where she provides community based individual counseling and case management to adults with behavioral health issues and criminal justice history. Fiona enjoys working in the community and establishing strong relationships with her clients, and using art as part of the therapeutic process when possible.
Vannesa is a Graduate of Notre Dame de Namur. Originally from Texas, she moved to California to pursue a profession as an Art Therapist. With a B.F.A in studio arts from the University of North Texas, along with a masters in the Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University, Vannesa understands how useful art can be towards empowerment and overcoming barriers, both individually and socially. Vannesa's six years of professional experience in the fields of education, social justice, and self-advocacy have instilled in her the belief can be a catalyst for positive internal and community change.
Devora received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). As a licensed MFT and board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) in private practice in Redwood City, Devora provides psychotherapy in the form of trauma-informed and neurodevelopmental art therapy (NDAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness training for anxiety and depression, self-harm, suicidality, anger and stress management, and other trauma and psychosocial stressors for children 10+, adolescents and families. Devora is also an outpatient provider for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. As an art therapist and clinician at Sunnyvale Behavioral Health clinic (Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System) from 2014-2016, she provided Trauma-Focused (and art-based) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children with PTSD symptoms, depression, behavior problems, and other difficulties related to traumatic life experiences. She also provided staff trainings in art therapy. Devora is a substitute group supervisor at CHAC in Mountain View, her internship site.
DEBORAH SHARPE, Ph.D. cand., ATR-BC, MA
Deborah received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from New York University in 1991, Art Therapy Registration in 1992 and Board Certification in 1996. She has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Deborah is an adjunct faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University and in Saint Mary’s College of California Counseling Department. Deborah is currently serving on the ATCB Board of Directors. She served four years on the Board of Directors for the American Art Therapy Association. Deborah previously served for ten years on the NorCATA Board of Directors as Director of Membership, Programs, President-elect, and President.
Jen received her Ph.D. in February 2019, received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Mt. Mary University in 2007, and received Art Therapy Registration and Board Certification in 2011. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Art from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2004 and is currently a doctoral candidate in Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University. Jen’s clinical activities include working with older adults and with adults with chronic and severe mental illness. Jen has interned and worked in a variety of settings in CA and WI facilitating individual and group art therapy as well as marriage and family therapy. Jen has received drum circle facilitation training and is active in drawing, painting, textile arts, and creating drums.
Gabriel is an Oakland-based multimedia artist and musician earning a living as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist (graduate NDNU) practicing in a school setting with children (6 through 20 years old) and their families (one-on-one, family, and groups). Prior to becoming a therapist, he spent 10 years working as a registered nurse (BSN) in a psychiatric inpatient setting with an emphasis on acute/intensive psychosis and dual diagnosis with clients across all ages. He is active in the Oakland community as an art-gathering organizer and volunteer at Creative Growth. He moved on from nursing to pursue a career as an art therapist after being inspired by his colleagues working in the partial hospitalization program (PHP) at the hospital he worked at as a nurse, and he now specializes in engaging with children, their families, and communities healing from the trauma of physical, sexual, emotional, and substance abuse. He scaffolds his creative healing, advocacy, care, and teaching on a foundation of existential and metacognitive theory, positive psychology, neurobiologically informed research, healing-centered and process-focused art therapy. His passion is in advancing evidence-based and peer reviewable research for art therapy (the science of art) as an imagination-based healing tool for clients and communities recovering from any and all trauma.
Joyce is a Taiwanese native who is pursuing her Ph.D in Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. She previously served at Ackerley Child Inpatient Unit and Seven Counties Services, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky, combining her passion and experiences of yoga, dance, and drama in supporting children and adolescents who have experienced intra and interpersonal difficulties due to complex traumas. With the intention of expanding her experience in human services, she continues to explore possibilities in California. Joyce currently works with seniors at Mission Hospice in San Mateo and will collaborate with On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco for her research project in spiritual care and art therapy. Joyce started her first book translation in 2016 and is looking forward to more opportunities to travel and promote art therapy in Asian communities.
Robin is a board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor and practicing artist. She received her graduate education and training at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and has recently relocated to Northern California from the Philadelphia area. Robin has more than 26 years of clinical experience helping people develop understanding, inspiration, confidence, security and comfort through the use of the creative arts. She specializes in the treatment of children who suffer from severe physical, spiritual and emotional neglect, abuse and violent victimization. Robin has been a clinical art therapy supervisor and educator of art therapy since 1993. She has taught and lectured for academic institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, University of Evansville and Mount Mary College. She is a long term member and former chairperson of the American Art Therapy Association’s Art Committee. In addition to her role as clinician, healer and artist, Robin is a committed violence prevention activist and child advocate.
Kamaria’s path to Art Therapy encompassed growth and discovery in the fields of education, social services, mental health, community organizing, vocational rehabilitation, political, and legal fields. During these varied experiences she was introduced to art making and discovered the therapeutic nature of art through personal process. Nature inspired mixed-media creations comprised of paintings, sculpted paper and photographs is the foundation of Kamaria’s artistic blossoming, as she enjoys various modes and looks forward to exploring further in 3D-design and other art forms. The universality of Art Therapy is beautiful, every individual ranging from nonverbal with physical limitations to extremely able cognitively and physically, can benefit from it. With a BA in International Studies from UNC-Charlotte, Kamaria’s multi-cultural knowledge will enhance her ability to work with various communities and accommodate to traditional healing needs. Kamaria looks forward to continuing to work in underserved communities and helping destigmatize therapy, as Art Therapy is the bridge that allows traditional ‘talk therapy’ to be more accessible and less intimidating, especially for people with fewer resources.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
Cheryl is a board certified registered art therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist and current doctoral student at Notre Dame de Namur University. She has always focused her learning on art, as she went to a specialized high school for studio art and then went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a major in photography. Cheryl previously served on the NorCATA Board of Directors from 2002 – 2009 as Treasurer, Director of Public Relations, President-elect, and President.
After receiving a MFA in graphic design and photography, Abby spent many years working on books, publications and promotional materials, including HarperSanFrancisco and the San Francisco Chronicle. As publishing became more web-based and technical, she started to search for a more engaging and meaningful career, talking to people in a variety of professions.
DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING
NorCATA is approved by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that promotes the therapeutic use of art throughout Northern California, public awareness of art therapy, professional development through educational events, workshops, conferences, and more. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
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