Committees in the North American Drama Therapy Association

All members of the Association are invited to become involved in shaping the future of the organization and the drama therapy profession by participating in committees. The following is a complete list of all committees and functions. You are invited to share your talents, voice and skills by completing the volunteer form or contacting the committee chairs listed in the blue links below.


The archivist collects, saves, and provides access to historical materials. The NADTA Archive, located at Kansas State University, holds information about the development of drama therapy in the U.S. and Canada through the National Association for Drama Therapy. NADTA members who have written articles, had news reports written or videotaped about them, or any other important historical document about drama therapy or their work as drama therapists are encouraged to send them to the NADTA Archives so that they can be added to the collection! Material can be emailed to: or sent to the NADTA Office at
NADTA Attn: Archives, 230 Washington Avenue Extension Suite 101, Albany, NY 12203.

Secretary and President-Elect.
Members: Sally Bailey and Ethics Chair.

Budget and Finance Committee

Oversees the financial activities of the organization, including periodic review of financial statements, annual budget and independent financial reviews as appropriate or required. An independent accountant/bookkeeper who is not a member of NADTA may also be a member of this committee.

Chairperson -- Treasurer: Karen Knappenberger,

Chapter Treasurers:
Tri-State: Zahra Warner
New England: Cassandra Wolff
SoCal: Kamran Afary
Quebec: Mira Rosenberg

By-Law Committee

This committee is convened on an as-needed basis to make recommendations to the NADTA board and the membership at large for changes to the bylaws.

Chair: President-Elect
Members: Sherry Diamond and Maria Hodermarska

Communications Committee

Responsible for editing and publishing two member newsletters: Dramascope (issued three times a year) and Behind the Scenes. The committee also creates publications and utilizes media sources to increase public awareness and understanding of drama therapy and the NADTA.

Chairperson - Communications Chair,

   Co-Editors in Chief:
Deborah French-Frisher and Caitie Parsons 
   Social Media: 
Nisha Sajnani

   PR Packet: 
Laura Wood
   Members: Jason Frydman and Fatmah Al-Qadfan

   Video Short
   Chair: Kate Hurd
   Members: Brandy Brawner, Rebecca Elkin, Mary Lou Lauricella, Nadya Trytan, Andrew Gaines

Conference Committee

A new conference committee is formed each year to organize and oversee the details of the annual drama therapy conference. The Conference Committee is made up of various and ad hoc sub-committees to aid in the conference planning.

Chairperson -  Vice President,

2018 Conference Co-Chairs:

2018 Program Chair:

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is charged with the promotion of cultural competency in drama therapy training and practice within the membership of the NADTA. The Diversity Committee promotes dialogue around diversity and social justice in all aspects of the organization as well as cultural sensitivity, cultural competence and cultural humility in the practice and profession of drama therapy.

Chairperson - Diversity Chair,
Members: Carmen White, Diana Elizabeth Jordan, Idalid Diaz, and Kamran Afray


Spanish Speaking

Members: Idalid Diaz, Susana Pendzik, Carlos Rodriguez Perez, Antonio Ramirez, Hanna Burke Aguero, Domingo Farrand, Daniella Bustamante

Education Committee

Chair: Adam Reynolds, Education Chair,
Christine Mayor, Mira Rozenberg, Jess Miller, Katherine Dillingham Mazer


Accreditation Committee 
Convened on an as-needed basis to evaluate University Drama Therapy programs and make recommendations to the NADTA Board regarding accreditation of college and university programs offering Master's Degrees in drama therapy. Click here for the list of accredited schools.

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Members: Sally Bailey, Mira Rozenberg, Jennifer Maki, Jess Miller, Christine Mayor, Katherine Dillingham Mazer

Continuing Education Committee
Reviews and audits continuing education documentation submitted by RDTs.

National Exam
The exam committee is designing and validating a national exam for the profession of drama therapy.
Members: Calli Armstrong, Paige Dickinson, Sally Bailey

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members who shall be responsible for encouraging the maintenance of professional standards according to NADTA Standards of Ethical Practice, and for developing and implementing a procedure for peer review.

Ethics Chair: Patrick Hughes,
Members: Craig Haen, David Read Johnson, Lucy McLellan, and Maria Hodermarska

Government Affairs Committee (GACte)

The GACte is committed maintaining and promoting the professional status and career development of drama therapists through education, advocacy, research and service. 

Government Affairs Chair:
GAC Committee:
Krista Verastro (MD/DC), LaVonne Canfield (MD), Linda Cook (LA), Alistair Martin (ONT)


NJ Task Force
Mizuho Kanazawa, Lisa Gail Schwartz, Barbara McKechnie

Canadian Subcommittee
Alistair Martin, Csilla Przibislawsky, Adalid Diaz, Mallory Minerson

Licensure Subcommittee
Ashley Kile, Rezl Martinez-Gilles, Rosimar Hernandez Katie Robinson, Jarred Sherrar

Membership Committee

Responsible for developing membership procedures, building membership and increasing member retention.

Membership Chair:
Members include Regional Representatives: Csilla Przibislawsky (Canada), Mimi Savage (Western Region), Alissa Duncan (Central Region), Jeremy Segall (Eastern Region)



Michelle Yadon

Mentorship Committee

This program looks to connect Registered Drama Therapists with students/new comers/emerging clinicians to share information and knowledge regarding the profession of drama therapy.

Co-Chairs: NADTA President & Adam Stevens

Nominating Committee

This committee is convened in each election year (every two years) for the purpose of providing to the membership a slate of names for elective offices. The committee solicits nominations from the general membership and discusses the duties of the elective offices with the nominees. Committee membership consists of no less than three Registered Drama Therapists, at least one of whom should be a current member of the Board of Directors. The committee shall be elected by majority vote of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Registry Committee

Responsible for reviewing applications for professional registry as a drama therapist, determining eligibility for the RDT credential and notifying applicants of its decisions. Members must be Registered Drama Therapists and are appointed by the NADTA President and approved by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Registry Chair: Liz Muckley,
Members: Christina Cherry, Jamie Ansley, Sarah Korda. Board liaison and Ex-Officio Member: Ethics Chair, Patrick Hughes,

Research Committee

Promotes current research in the field of drama therapy and encourage a culture of inquiry amongst the membership.

Research Chair, Calli Armstrong,
Advisory Members: Nisha Sajnani, David Read Johnson, and Christine Mayor
Members: Tim Reagan, Jason Frydman, and Shea Wood

Student Committee

This committee acts as liaison between the student body and the Association. This includes writing a student column for the newsletter, Dramascope, and sharing student requests and updates with the Board of Directors. NADTA student members are encouraged to connect with their representatives. The Committee Chairperson is a student member appointed by the President of the NADTA. Student Committee members are recruited by the Chairperson and the Regional Representatives. Membership includes at least two student representatives from each NADTA approved MA program, comprised of a first year and second year student, and at least one alternative training student from each geographical region, if available.
Committee Chair:
Paula Heller
Member: Adam Stevens
Ex-officio members: Membership Chair (Susan Ward) , President, and President-Elect 

Trainer Review Committee

Responsible for reviewing applications for Board Certified Trainer (BCT), determining eligibility for the BCT credential and notifying applicants of its decisions. Members must be Board Certified Trainers and are appointed by the NADTA President and approved by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Chair: Nancy Sondag.
Kristin Long, Lanell Finneran. Board liaison and Ex-Officio Member: Ethics Chair, Patrick Hughes,