2017 Board of Directors Elections

Executive Board

Laura Wood - President

Biography:
Laura Wood, PhD, RDT-BCT, LMHC graduated with her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and has her MA in drama therapy from New York University.  She was the 2010 Conference Chair for the NADTA National Conference and has spent the last six years on the NADTA Board. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Molloy College in the Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Previously, she was at Castlewood Treatment Center as the Lead Therapist, facilitating individual, group and family therapies. Her focus and research areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, and grief and loss. She has both lectured nationally and internationally and published in these areas. In 2015-16 she was awarded the Drama Therapy Fund Research grant and the Molloy College Student Faculty Recognition Award. In addition to teaching, Laura sees clients in private practice and runs her theater company Recovery Through Performance, helping clients explore themes of recovery. 

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Laura has been serving on the NADTA board for the last six years and is honored to step into the role of president of the organization. In addition to implementing the current strategic plan, Laura's executive goals include fostering community building and engagement, raising awareness around issues of diversity, addressing licensure local and national status, developing research, and building a digital archive. She is passionate about the field of drama therapy and looks forward to serving the community and organization at large. 

President-Elect – Josiah Stickels

Biography:
Josiah Stickels, MA, RDT, LMFT graduated from CIIS and is a Northern California native.  He works as a therapist at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics at the University of California, San Francisco and specializes in using drama therapy in acute psychiatry.  He completed his practicum in an adolescent inpatient unit before his current work at Langley Porter.  He began on Langley Porter’s adult inpatient unit and currently manages the Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs.  Josiah helped restart a practicum experience and regularly mentors students and staff on effective uses of drama therapy.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Josiah has been serving on the board for several years in various capacities.  He co-chaired NADTA’s 2011 Conference in San Francisco and then joined the board of directors as Western Region Rep.  For the last two years, he has overseen the development and implementation of the organization’s annual conferences.  Josiah would love the opportunity to continuing serving the organization through service as president-elect and eventually president.  His platform includes continuing to strengthen our organization in numbers and professionalism.  In particular, furthering our use of technology and social media with our conferences and working with allied professionals to promote drama therapy.

Vice President – Kari Rogenski

Biography:
Kari holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (Drama Therapy) from CIIS. She is an experienced RDT who had the pleasure of chairing the 2016 NADTA conference in Seattle. She is director of The Hummingbird Project, a concierge therapeutic activity program for seniors provided by Sage Eldercare Solutions. The Hummingbird Project employs creative arts therapists and teaching artists to work one-on-one with older adults, and the program also provides arts based group programs in long term care communities. Kari is co-creator of Joyful Moments: Meaningful Activities to Engage Older Adults and she presents both locally and nationally educating gerontologists and elder care professionals about creative aging and therapeutic activities.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
As an RDT who is focused on developing business practices within our profession, I am interested in sharing my experience in the field of creative aging with the NADTA. It is my hope as Vice President to aid the NADTA in reaching its goals to serve our profession, continue to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the field of drama therapy (and all expressive/creative arts), and to support students and new RDTs as they grow into their own professional practice. I also look forward to sharing my experience creating policies, procedures and setting expectations through parallel leadership toward the successful implementation of the next two national conferences.

Secretary – Mary Farkas

Biography:
Mary Farkas is the Director of Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She is a licensed creative arts therapist who specializes in geriatrics, dementia, end of life care and mental health.  Her current focus, in partnership with her team, is on exploring how the arts supports community resilience. She holds a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from NYU and was Special Programs Consultant to Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), with whom she developed an art-viewing program for older adults with memory loss. She regularly presents at conferences and provides trainings on dementia care and mental health.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Being a part of the NADTA community through board service is an exciting opportunity.   My previous service includes being a member of the registry committee, the Tri-State Chapter board and co-chairing the Program Committee of the 2010 National Conference.
Communication and reflection are essential, and I would be honored to join the board as Secretary and ensure our ideas and priorities are accurately recorded. 
In this difficult political climate, I would be thrilled to be part of NADTA’s advocacy efforts via board service as our profession stays politically active and fights for resources for the communities whom we serve. 

Treasurer – Karen Knappenberger

Biography:
Karen Knappenberger, LSCSW RDT/BCT is a graduate of the University of Kansas school of Social Work focusing on clinical social work and geriatrics.  I completed Alternative Track training in 2007 through Kansas State University. I am currently employed with Diamond Health Care providing outpatient gero-psych services in Wamego, KS.  I have served on the board in the treasurer position from 2015-2017.  Prior to this tenure I also held positions on the registry committee and Drama Therapy Fund board.  In my spare time I enjoy running and playing soccer mom to my two children.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
I am very excited to run for another term as the NADTA Treasurer.  The past two years has allowed me, with help from the Board, move forward on some big initiatives that will continue our organization's goal to maintain financial sustainability.  My goals for the upcoming term are to focus on building financial leadership within NADTA through re-activating the financial committees, and increase communication with chapters and regions.

Board Members

Membership Chair – Lucy McLellan

Biography:
Lucy McLellan, RDT-BCT, LCAT, LPC lives in Madison, WI. Lucy recently wrapped up four years of employment at Madison’s Canopy Center, serving families affected by sexual abuse. Recently, Lucy joined the UW Madison Department of Psychiatry where she collaborates with women and families impacted by post-partum depression. Lucy has a long history of NADTA service, including terms as Eastern Regional Representative on the national board as well as President of the TriState Chapter. Lucy has volunteered with the Ethics, Education, and Journal committees and was co-founder of the NADTA New York State Taskforce, focusing on issues of licensure and legislation.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
In my nine years of drama therapy life in NYC, the role of Membership Chair seemed sensible enough but did not register as imperative. Drama therapists were a-plenty. I worked with them, trained with them, broke bread with them.  Moving to Wisconsin in 2011, my eyes were opened to the benefits of NADTA membership, in particular the battle against professional isolation that is largely possible through ongoing professional development and networking opportunities that our association provides. As Membership Chair, I am eager to provide ongoing opportunities for members to sound our collective voice both within and outside of the NADTA, ever building on our professional edge and identity.

Communications Chair – Maggie Powell

Biography:
Maggie Powell, RDT, graduated from Concordia University in 2014, and works as a Child and Adolescent Therapist for the University of Rochester Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness outpatient clinic in Rochester, NY. She has previously served as Student Committee Co-Chair, and Editor-in-Chief of the Dramascope blog. When not working or spending time with family and friends, she loves to travel, read, swing dance, and explore local gems like the National Museum of Play!

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
I have been a proud member of the North American Drama Therapy Association since 2011. One of the things I most value about my membership is the interconnectedness of our community. NADTA has incredible diversity in in terms of geography, identity, and educational/clinical/advocacy/research interests, practice, and experience. Through our website, ongoing social media presence, the Dramascope Blog, the Drama Therapy Listserv, Behind the Scenes newsletter, and other membership communications, our community is able to sustain ongoing and meaningful dialogue with one another and the world at large about the practice and impact of drama therapy. As Communications Chair I would seek to include the widest possible range of voices and perspectives in our ongoing dialogue, in an effort to continue to grow this community as conscious, competent, creative, and connected.

Education Chair – Adam Reynolds

Biography:
Adam Reynolds is honored to continue his service as NADATA’s Education Chair. He is the Training Director of the Institute for Developmental Transformations in NYC, sees clients and supervisees in private practice, and teaches at the Hunter College School of Social Work. He is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and his research focuses on Vicarious Resilience in clinicians working with survivors of trauma.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
As Education Chair, Adam is excited to continue to support the trainees and BCTs in the Alternate Program and support and help develop educational programs in drama therapy. In addition to managing NADTAs continuing education process, he’s excited to work with the President-Elect and other Board Members to help the NADTA expand its ability to offer continuing education in more jurisdictions where drama therapists work.

Government Affairs Chair – Ashley Martinez

Biography:
Ashley Martinez, RDT, LCAT is graduate of New York University’s Drama Therapy program and is currently working in New York City, as a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, in private practice and with adults and adolescents within inpatient psychiatric care.  Ashley has previously provided home and school based care to children and their families, who experience crisis, trauma and domestic violence.  Ashley is certified in The Lucid Body, which is a psycho-physical movement process created for actors, the principals of which, Ashley is working to combine with Drama Therapy.  Ashley has served on The NADTA New York State Licensure Taskforce.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Throughout my time as a professional in the field of Drama Therapy and time served on The NADTA New York State Licensure Taskforce, I have been made very aware of the obstacles that arise around licensure, specifically for those Drama Therapists who wish to work in states without a known drama therapy presence and for those attempting to relocate.  As Government Affairs Chair, I will be focused and committed to providing support and advocacy to NADTA members who are experiencing these struggles around licensure, while making available a stream lined guide to pursuing licensure in different states.  I am also eager to find new ways increase the visibility and integration of Drama Therapy throughout North America.

Ethics Chair – Patrick Hughes

Biography:
Patrick Hughes, LPC, LHMC, RDT is a private practice clinician, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  Patrick has a BA from Oberlin College in Psychology and Theater (honors), and an MA from Lesley University in Expressive Therapies.  He studied at the Omega Transpersonal Therapy program.  Patrick recently relocated to South Central Pennsylvania.  He has taught classes in drama therapy clinical supervision, human development across the lifespan, standards and ethics, and psychopathology. He is also an actor, performing in plays and films, and in improv comedy.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
I am eager to continue to serve the North American Drama Therapy Association Board in the capacity of ethics chair. Our field requires careful consideration and navigation of our roles as providers, practitioners, and researchers. As ethics chair my continued focus would be providing support towards better education of our members to our standards.  I believe strongly in careful stewardship of the conversation regarding ethics as such questions come forth, keeping a mindful eye to the trends of the field and technology.

Diversity Chair – Carmen White

Biography:
Carmen White is a Registered Drama Therapist, restorative specialist, motivational speaker, management coach, and a professional artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum/Instruction and Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park; MA in Educational Leadership from New York University; and, BA degree from New York University in Educational Drama. Dr. White is a certified PCM® Trainer. As President of Dramatic Solutions, Inc, she has spent 20 years providing governmental agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, training designed to improve performance. She deploys educational drama techniques to promote cross-cultural, interdisciplinary learning and help participants build solid connections that are integral to cognition, empowerment, and self-efficacy.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
I would relish the opportunity to expand my advocacy, outreach and information dissemination activities as Diversity Committee Chair. Diversity, equity and inclusion are trilateral tenets in contemporary arts. Appropriate interpretation and application of these concepts in practice is imperative. As global communities increasingly descend into conflict and chaos, the arts have the potential to meld hearts and minds; heal and sustain. My focus:
-       Bolster NADTA equity mechanisms and share real-world multidisciplinary applications
-       Engage correlate NADTA committees to catalyze progressive and meaningful initiatives
-       Examine individual, organizational and systemic equity barriers
-       Assure continuity of Jessica Bleuer’s valuable initiatives

Research Chair – Calli Armstrong

Biography:
Calli presently serves as the Research Chair for the NADTA. She completed her MA in Drama Therapy at Concordia University and her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Calli presently works as a psychologist at McGill University, and she is an adjunct professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department at Concordia.  She is the co-founder and artistic director of Beautiful City Theatre in Montreal. Her own research explores change processes in drama therapy.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Calli is passionate about research and excited about the possibility of continuing to serve on the NADTA board as Research Chair. She is dedicated to promoting research in the field of drama therapy and hopes to encourage new researchers to bring their projects to fruition. As Research Chair, Calli advocates for pluralism in research paradigms, and encourages diversity within research forms and in the expression of findings.

Canadian Rep – Csilla Przibislawsky

Biography:
Csilla Przibislawsky, M.A. (C.A.T.), RDT, CCC is the Canadian Representative for The NADTA.  She graduated from the Concordia University Drama therapy program and has been working as a Drama Therapist, supervisor, and clinical trainer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for now most of her 18 year career as a Drama Therapist.  Csilla has extensive training in Attachment assessment and interventions and synthesizes her knowledge of both Attachment and Drama Therapy in her clinical work as well as in her role as supervisor to other Creative Arts Therapists.  In her clinical practice, Csilla works with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced simple and complex trauma.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Csilla feels very passionate about helping other Canadian Drama Therapists find their unique way of contributing to increasing the visibility of our profession, and thus our capacity to serve.

Eastern Region Rep – Jeremy Segall

Biography:
Jeremy Segall, MA, RDT, LCAT is currently the enterprise Director of Performance Improvement for NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal public healthcare delivery system in the United States.  He has been in private practice as an executive, life and career coach for the past nine years incorporating drama therapy concepts and methodology in his goal-directed approach.  Jeremy is an appointed faculty member at SUNY Downstate Medical Center teaching Organizational Innovation & Effectiveness, Quality Improvement, Healthcare Transformation, and Essentials of Leadership & Management Development.  He is a certified Lean Management facilitator and a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.  Formerly he was an inpatient drama therapist working with the adolescent population as well as served as the NADTA Vice President.      

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
Serving as a past NADTA Vice President, Tri-State Chapter President and Student Representative Jeremy Segall wants to turn his passion, enthusiasm and energy towards the role of Eastern Region Representative. As a New Yorker who embraces the thriving drama therapy community in the Tri-State area he would like to improve and enhance communication, collegiality, transparency, support, organization and activity up-and-down the East Coast. Utilizing his experience working with the NADTA Executive Board and large systems within his professional career he would be honored and excited to bring together, ignite and engage new generations of drama therapists to forge a tighter and more inspired Eastern Region, especially in areas where concentration and opportunities for growth exist.

Central Region Rep – Alissa Duncan

Biography:
Alissa Duncan is currently an instructor at Barton Community College at Fort Riley, Kansas, teaching Communications classes and Creative Dramatics/theatre classes.  She graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a Masters Degree in Theatre/Speech and an emphasis in Drama Therapy.  She has headed drama therapy projects including Speak Out for Military Kids Theatre, an original nonfiction play about body image and eating disorders for the KSU Sensible Nutrition And body image Choices (S.N.A.C.),  and the local V-Day campaign at KSU.

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
I would like to continue, In a second term, to encourage connections and support for the region.  Being so spread out, I would like to ensure drama therapists and aspiring drama therapists will feel like they have support from the board and a voice within the association.   In creation of a Central Region Committee and use of social media, I would like to continue to build communication with all in the Central Region.

Western Region Rep – Mimi Savage

Biography:
Mimi Savage, Ph.D., RDT-BCT is in private practice and provides training and supervision for local and international students at her DT school, SoCal Drama Therapy Center in Los Angeles.  Dr. Savage, a founding faculty member at UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts (SEA) program, teaches professional development, UCLA medical students, and the DMH on the uses of DT. A recipient of the Drama Therapy Fund professional research grant (2014), she has a chapter in print this Spring from the Research in Global Child Advocacy series; Volume 7: Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children’s Voice and Agency (Information Age Publishing (IAP).

Interest Statement for the Board Position:
As Western region representative, my ideas for membership have been wonderfully supported by this amazing board! I’m hoping now to complete more of our set goals. During this time, I was responsible for inviting/planning the drama therapy/theatre arts attendance at the LA Summit to increase our visibility, served as inaugural SoCal Chapter President for three years, and co-chaired an inaugural Western Region Conference, welcoming 100 attendees and 15 presenters. A new SoCal chapter president is on board, so if re-elected I intend to support more region interests. For instance, Oregon is now organizing community performance and forums for CE’s! I’m eager to support NoCal and Seattle’s interests next!