2019 Board of Directors Elections


Dear NADTA Community,

Board service is crucial to our organization thriving.  It is with the dedication of volunteers that we are able to further the mission, vision, and values of the NADTA, namely:

MISSION
To support and advance the profession of drama therapy

VISION
Enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through supporting and educating drama therapists.

VALUES
Creativity and innovation in healing;
Professionalism, integrity, and ethical accountability of practitioners;
Inquiry, research, and transparency of communication;
Collaboration, compassion, and community building through the drama therapeutic process;
Creative alignment between values and action;
A commitment to inclusiveness, a promotion of diversity and cultural competency within the drama therapy community and the clients we serve.

I present for your consideration the 2019-2021 term ballot below.  Voting is now open for NADTA members on the member landing page of your profile.  All votes must be in by midnight Eastern time August 4th, 2019. 

Thanks!

Josiah


Josiah Stickels, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT

(pronouns: he, him, his)
2017-2019 President-Elect



CANDIDATES


EXECUTIVE BOARD

Experience/Background

Vision/Goal Statement

President-Elect

Kari Rogenski, MA, LMFT, RDT

Kari holds an MA in Counseling Psychology/Drama Therapy from CIIS and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. She is an experienced RDT who had the pleasure of chairing the 2016 NADTA conference in Seattle. She has served as Vice President of the NADTA from 2017-2019. She is also a founding member of Creative Aging San Francisco where she serves as treasurer. 

Kari 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 also 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. 

Kari is a proud Canadian enjoying life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she resides with her husband and puppy. 

As an RDT with a background in developing sustainable business practices, I am devoted to sharing my leadership experience in the fields of eldercare and creative aging with the NADTA. Through collaborative leadership, organization, structure, efficiency, effective business practices and creativity, I believe the NADTA can continue to grow, flourish, and thrive as an organization and agent of change across North America. 

It is my hope as Future President to aid the NADTA in:
•    Reaching our goals to serve and support the growth of our profession across North America through sustainable, smart, efficient business practices. 
•    Continued growth of our body of knowledge in the field of drama therapy, especially evidence-based practices rooted in high quality research. 
•    Developing future leaders in the field of drama therapy by supporting our students and new RDTs. 
•    Leading and nourishing our commitment to cultural humility, equity and diversity. 
•    Advocacy and action-oriented goals for licensure across North America. Licensure is integral to building a sustainable future for our profession.

I believe in drama therapy and this amazing organization’s members who have continued to inspire me both personally and professionally. I sincerely look forward to a bright future with the NADTA. 

If elected, I look forward to being of service! 

Vice President

Rachel Lee Soon, MA, LCAT, LMHC, RDT

Rachel has been involved with the NADTA since attending her first annual conference in San Francisco in 2011. After graduating from NYU’s drama therapy program, Rachel worked with a wide range of populations in various settings offering trauma-informed drama therapy in New York City before moving home to Honolulu, Hawai’i in 2016, where she currently has the honor and challenge of being the only Registered Drama Therapist in the state. Rachel is supervising a non-profit juvenile justice diversion program, and also has a private practice (Uluwehi Wellness, LLC) offering creative arts therapy as well as consulting services.

Rachel has enjoyed serving the NADTA in many roles in the past, recently taking on the role of Program Chair for the 2018 Conference in Kansas City, MO, and currently serving as the Publicity Co-Chair for #NADTA40.  If given the honor of continuing to serve as your Vice President, Rachel hopes to bring a creative perspective and critical lens to her board service in hopes of supporting the NADTA in maintaining the highest possible level of innovation, adaptability, inclusivity, and professionalism, so we may continue to support drama therapists in all aspects of their work and development now and in the future.

Treasurer

Caitlin Cairns, MA, RDT

I am an RDT in Oklahoma City. I earned my Bachelors in theatre performance from Oklahoma City University and completed Alternative Track Training in Drama Therapy at Kansas State University. I work in the senior living industry: my career path has taken me from Activities Coordinator to Director of Programming to Vice President of Programming, and ultimately to Director of Sales and Marketing. My positions have required careful and creative stewardship of organizational resources, meeting our goals sustainably while also growing the company and expanding programs.

My mission as NADTA Treasurer is to support funding for technology upgrades and government affairs advocacy, advocate for sustainable initiatives, ensure transparency through a published financial report, and increase education and support for regional chapters. My chief concern is to prioritize initiatives that most directly benefit our diverse membership.

Sheri Lee, MA, RDT

In 1981, I co-founded a little theater company working with at-risk youth. This endeavor grew to encompass a life-long journey into becoming a Registered Drama Therapist with a passion for working creatively with youth around issues of loss, grief, and trauma.  In addition, for over 38 years, I have managed numerous innovative research projects, most recently as CFO/Business Manager/Human Subjects IRB Research Monitor managing over $5M in federal grants for research studies of Wayfinding and Navigation Training for the Blind and Visually Impaired: (Human subjects monitor, commercial full scale accounting, financial statements, human resources, payroll liabilities, sales and product management, cost accounting, government contracts, grant writing, budgets and project management). 

I would like to utilize my business experience to support the mission and professional trajectory of NADTA. It would be an honor to serve the NADTA Board as Treasurer.

Secretary

Alissa Duncan, MA, RDT

Alissa is an instructor at Barton Community College at Fort Riley, Kansas, teaching communications, theatre, and history classes. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 with a master’s degree in Theatre/Speech and an emphasis in Drama Therapy.  She has headed drama therapy projects including SOMK-IT, an original nonfiction play about body image and eating disorders, and the local V-Day campaign at KSU.

After two terms as the Central Region Representative, Alissa would like to transition into the Secretary role on the board. Alissa enjoys organization and observation tasks (being a left-brained Ravenclaw) and feels that the Secretary duties will be an area in which she could benefit the NADTA community. She is also interested in continuing the work of the Archive Committee, which documents NADTA’s history and membership development.


BOARD MEMBERS

Bio/Experience/Background

Vision/Goal Statement

Membership Chair

Lucy McLellan, MA, LCAT, LPC, RDT/BCT

Lucy lives in Madison, WI and is the Clinical Director at Forward Learning Youth & Young Adults (FLYY), focusing on complex trauma in children, teens, and adults. Lucy is driven to explore the intersection of culture, identity, and adverse life experiences, in particular the impact of gender-based sexual and physical violence. Lucy has a long history of NADTA service, including Membership Chair (2017-2019).

I place the NADTA values of collaboration, compassion, and community building at the heart of my vision as Membership Chair, countering professional isolation and fostering camaraderie. 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, MA, LCAT, RDT

Maggie works at URMC Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Clinic in Rochester, NY. She has been an NADTA member since 2011, and an RDT since 2016. She is the 2017-19 NADTA Communications Chair.

The two focuses of my first board term were: (1.) to support connection within our community through social media, growing our presence on several platforms, and developing strategies to maintain this growth long term; and (2.) to advance the profession of drama therapy through enhancing our publicity materials and our online persona. Our new Public Relations Packet offers researched-based, population-specific resources to share the benefits of drama therapy with those outside of our field. In a second term, I would continue to support website updates, develop online resources for members, and utilize social media to build community and highlight the excellent clinical, educational, social justice, and research work being done in the field of drama therapy. 

Education Chair

Mimi Savage, PhD, RDT/BCT

Serving the NADTA as Western Region Representative for four years, and as the first Southern California NADTA chapter president for another four years, with the intent to help grow the drama therapy community, has been an honor. During this time, I chaired and co-chaired three regional conferences and several CE events featuring both leaders and newcomers in the field of drama therapy and other CATs, inviting opportunity to share knowledge, further membership, and earn income for the NADTA. Currently, with other regional representatives, I am updating and manualizing new regional¬¬¬ group/chapter bylaws and protocols. 
Before becoming an RDT/BCT, I was a professional actress in Hollywood after graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. My MA at California State University LA was in Theatre Arts, Concentration in Arts Education. I graduated with a BA from Princeton in Comparative Literature: French Modern Drama and a minor in Theatre and Dance. The LA Riots (1992) set the stage for me to connect social justice to theatre arts, influencing me to study drama therapy at DTILA. Presently, I am an educator—lecturer at UCLA in the VAPAE program, adjunct at CIIS in the Drama Therapy and Counseling departments, founding faculty member at UCLArts and Healing SEA program, and the Arts Education Specialist for the historic Sunset Center, Carmel. My AT school and private practice in Pasadena is SoCal Drama Therapy Center. I have worked in behavioral rehab in acute inpatient psychiatric units, in residential drug rehab, and with youth who have developmental delays. After developing the first drama therapy program for adults and children in a psychiatric hospital, I created a therapy play space off-unit, structured upon Sue Jennings’ theory of EPR. During doctoral studies at Lesley University, I facilitated homeless women for three years on LA’s Skid Row for a documentarian’s award-winning film project. The dissertation led to winning Drama Therapy Fund and Lesley University research grants and publishing work reflecting my research interests in foster youth, self-identity, and the use of digital apps in arts-based research.

My role as NADTA Regional Representative allowed me to field monthly calls and requests about drama therapy from many prospective students and inquisitive folks over the years, so much so that I am now excited to be running for the position of Education Chair. My goal is to continue to assist our university and AT educators in upholding and improving the standards of our training programs as well as to lead the Education Committee to review all programs for sound accreditation through manualized protocol. My vision, a new, specific one in this role, is to use the lens and application of equity and inclusion to intentionally and sustainably grow diverse membership through planned methods of education outreach.

Government Affairs Chair

Mallory Minerson, MA, CCC, CDWF-C, LPN, RDT

Mallory is a Registered Drama Therapist (MA NYU 2016), Canadian Certified Counsellor, a Certified Daring Way Facilitator Candidate, and a Licensed Practical Nurse. She also holds a diploma in Musical Theatre from the Randolph Academy in Toronto. Currently Mallory practices as a Mental Health Counsellor for the Government of the Northwest Territories in Canada, utilizing both drama therapy and traditional psychotherapy.

As a candidate for the role of Government Affairs Chair, Mallory brings energy and passion to the work of advocacy and licensure, having represented the NADTA in the province of Alberta for the past 4 years to ensure our place within new legislation for the regulation of Counselling Therapists. She endeavors to bring this momentum forward and support others with the knowledge she’s gained through this work, and support our profession in license recognition, as well as education and advocacy for the continued development of the field of drama therapy.

Ethics Chair

Adam Reynolds, MFA, LCSW, RDT/BCT

Adam is a drama therapist in New York City. He has served on the NADTA Board as Education Chair and was Program Chair for the 2012 Conference in New Haven. As a PhD candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Social Welfare program, he researches the implementation of trauma-informed practices and the phenomenon of Vicarious Resilience. He is the Training Director of the New York City and Taipei, Taiwan DvT drama therapy training programs. He works in private practice with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma as well as the LGBTQ+ community.

Ethical practice requires us to be in conversation about difficult things. In our work, we are continually pressured by corporatist, sexist, racist, homophobic, and other negative forces that contribute to systemic and individual oppression – our commitment to our shared ethical values and principles is key to supporting our community, our clients, and ourselves as practitioners in the face of these challenges. The role of the Ethics Chair is to hold space for those conversations, and to hold an organizational perspective on these issues as well as a personal one. It would be a privilege to serve in that role for the NADTA.

Diversity Chair

Adam D-F. Stevens, MA, RDT

Adam is a New York based drama therapist, theatre artist, and activist. He received his undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College in Theatre Direction and Performance. Additionally, Adam studied drama therapy at New York University. He is the current NADTA Regional Tri-state President, a member of the NADTA Cultural Humility Equity & Diversity Committee and a 2019 NADTA conference co-chair for the #NADTA40. Adam works with developmentally diverse students at the Cooke School & Institute as part of the counseling team. He also works with the ENACT Program using drama therapy as means to foster growth and possibility with urban youth. Adam has enjoyed working with the NYU Health & Theatre Lab As Performance Series in various roles utilizing the therapeutic theatre model in drama therapy.

My vision as the potential Diversity Chair involves fostering and creating spaces where there is movement beyond statistics, and more exploration into our uniqueness as clinicians and that of those we serve. This will allow our organization the possibility for growth and inclusion. I look to promote equity calls that allow us to work with the systems of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, spirituality and socioeconomic class. Additionally, I hope to aid in the development of sub committees that seek to create opportunities to train future drama therapists that represent the populations we work with clinically, paying particular attention to the recruitment of more creative arts therapists of color in our academic settings. Lastly, the Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee has done vital and extensive work with the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign. This is a most essential movement for the NADTA. It is paramount we continue and develop the campaign even further.

Research Chair

Jason S. Frydman, PhD, LCAT, RDT

Jason is a Registered Drama Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University. Jason recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Tulane University where he was project coordinator for Safe Schools NOLA: A National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded grant focused on providing professional development for teachers in trauma-informed, school-based practices in the greater New Orleans area. Jason holds a doctorate in School Psychology from Fordham University and has been an Adjunct Psychology Instructor at Molloy College, CUNY, and Tulane. Current NADTA Research Committee member and editorial board for Drama Therapy Review (DTR), past NADTA Communications Chair and Co-Chair of the 2012 NADTA Conference. Jason recently co-edited the special issue of DTR: Drama Therapy in the Schools (Issue 5.1; March 2019).

I have been honored to serve on the NADTA Research Committee for the past three years. My interest in pursuing the Research Chair position is to continue the work of the current committee in expanding the focus on empirical research in an effort to support NADTA members communicating the efficacy of drama therapy to the larger public. Doing so will ideally create broader interest in our practice and profession, supporting efforts to attain statewide licensure, generate greater employment opportunities, and engage like-minded professionals in ongoing dialogue.

I have served the community previously as the 2012 NADTA Conference Co-Chair, Communications Chair on the NADTA Board from 2012-2015, editorial board member for Drama Therapy Review since 2014, and was a member of the inaugural research committee, under the leadership of Calli Armstrong, for the past three years, helping to shape the current focus and activities of the committee. It would be an honor to continue promoting the expansion of research activities on the efficacy of drama therapy as the NADTA Research Chair. Thank you for your consideration.  

Canadian Representative

Marleigh Chapman, MA, CCC, RDT

I graduated from the Concordia University Drama Therapy program in 2012 and have been working as a drama therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada since then. I worked with youth and families in the child welfare system at a Creative Arts Therapy clinic for six years before transitioning to private practice with clients of all ages in 2018.

In 2017 I helped to organize the first NADTA Canadian Region Conference. The theme of this conference: “Weaving the Threads of Canadian Community” is a topic that is close to my heart. As the Canadian Region Representative I would hope to build on the work of the current representative, focusing on connecting members of this growing community, with hopes of organizing another Canadian Region Conference in the near future.

Central Region Representative

Nina L. Garcia, MA, RDT

Nina holds an MA in Drama Therapy from NYU, and BFA Musical Theatre from SHSU. With a style both bold and compassionate, Nina has supported survivors of trauma in hospitals, jails, detention centers, residential treatment centers, non-profits, and more. Nina presently runs Houston Creative Arts Therapy LLC, is a Chairperson of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, and consistently seeks ways to enhance community through the implementation of creative spaces and alliances.

As a candidate for Central Region Chairperson, Nina shares her vision: Our view of 'success' must be individualized. Licensure is merely one pathway. My goal is to empower DTs of the Central Region to support the development of innovative pathways toward jobs and careers that leave us fulfilled as drama therapists.  

Eastern Region Representative

Craig Flickinger, MA, LCAT, RDT

I’m an RDT & LCAT in suburban NY. Since 2016 I’ve volunteered my time to three NADTA conferences, co-chairing 38th, acting as social media chair for 39th, and now social media/publicity for the upcoming 40th. For the past year+ I’ve been serving on CHEDC. I’ve also served as chairman in bringing together the newly released PR packet. My work has recently shifted from the developmental disabilities population to geriatrics, now a full time drama therapist at the Hebrew Home by RiverSpring Health nursing facility in Riverdale, NY.

My vision/goal as Eastern Region Representative is to bring a stronger sense of community and balance to the entire Eastern Region. This has been tough in the past, but I am both meticulous and resourceful, and organized and astute. I will do what is necessary to make sure all in the region feel seen and heard, aiming to do so by forging links that may be lacking.

Western Region Representative

Danielle Levanas , MA, LCAT, RDT

Danielle is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a Registered Drama Therapist. She received her MA from NYU and has worked in a number of clinical settings, including forensic psychiatry, addiction treatment, and within educational systems. She holds an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies Program and has studied with the DvT Institute East. Danielle was a member of the Big Apple Playback Theatre Company for 9 years, and she has presented and led workshops with Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the North American Drama Therapy Association, the Expressive Therapies Summit Los Angeles, and the International Playback Theatre Network, among others. She currently runs a private practice in Los Angeles, runs groups at Reasons Eating Disorder Treatment Facilities, and teaches at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and the SoCal Drama Therapy Centre. She has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Drama Therapy Review. For more information, visit www.daniellelevanas.com.

My experience of working as a drama therapist in California has been very isolating and confusing. Coming from NY where I had a strong and vibrant community, I felt a great deal of loss and helplessness at times. I've had to create new connections and paths for my work in a state that does not recognize my LCAT, and I've also built and maintained many working relationships even when it has been difficult (long distances to drive, time change issues, etc.). There are so many possibilities for drama therapists in the Western Region, but disconnection from the larger community seems to be one of the major challenges. My goal in being the Western Regional Rep for the NADTA is to help connect drama therapists working and living within this region with each other as a way to build support, identity, and recognition within the region and with the larger NADTA. I hope to connect students with working drama therapists in their state to help build a level of collaboration, and also to identify drama therapists in each state who can be "experts" on the licensing situation in their state. My hope is that these small changes might allow more drama therapists to be in communication and grow collaboratively within their own communities.