Meet the NADTA Board of Directors

Executive Board

President - Laura Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT 

Laura L. Wood graduated with her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and is a NYS Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Drama Therapist-Board Certified Trainer. Additionally, she has her M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University. Laura is currently an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Molloy College. She also serves as the programs Clinical Coordinator and supervises students on the drama therapy AT track.  Previously,  Laura worked at an eating disorder treatment center as the Lead Therapist where she facilitated individual, group and family therapies. Her focus and research  areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, recovery and grief and loss. Specifically, she is interested in how therapeutic theater can support individuals in different types of recovery. 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. Laura sees clients in private practice, supervises and consults nationally and internationally, and facilitates intensive healing retreats. Laura shares that she is passionate about drama therapy and the community, which has served as a second home for her. As President, she looks forward to working on licensure issues, raising awareness about drama therapy, building a digital archive, working on mentorship, and continuing to support the NADTA regarding issues of diversity and access for the communities that drama therapists serve.

President-Elect - Josiah Stickels, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT 

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.

Vice-President - Kari Rogenski, MA, LMFT, RDT

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.

Secretary - Andrew Gaines, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Andrew Gaines, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University and City University of New York where he teaches drama therapy, theatre, interpersonal communication, and educational/applied theatre. Andrew was President of the Tri-State chapter for two terms during his six years of service on the executive board. In addition to 12+ years working in private practice and at psychiatric hospitals, Andrew accrued over two decades of experience as a teaching artist. Dr. Gaines was also the Artistic Director of FACES Teen Health Education Theater at Maimonides Medical Center. Andrew’s research investigates performance as a means towards building empathy and visibility, particularly for those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. His dissertation examined the therapeutic implications of creative arts programming at an LGBT senior center. Dr. Gaines is a peer-reviewer for Drama Therapy Review, Arts in Psychotherapy, and was the Assistant Editor for Theatre Topics journal. Additionally, he has published with Routledge, Research in Drama Education: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Teaching Artist Journal, and p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e. Dr. Gaines also had a previous career as a professional performing artist, playwright, and director including stage, film, and television. Visit to learn about his latest therapeutic theatre project for which he earned NADTA’s 2017 Performance Award.

Treasurer - Karen Knappenberger, MSW, LSCSW, RDT/BCT

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.

Board Members

Membership Chair - Lucy McLellan, LCAT, LPC, RDT/BCT

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.

Communications Chair - Maggie Powell, MA, LCAT, RDT

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!

Education Chair - Adam Reynolds, MFA, LCSW, RDT/BCT

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.

Government Affairs Chair - Ashley Martinez, MA, LCAT, RDT

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.

Ethics Chair - Patrick Hughes, MA, LPC, LMHC, RDT

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.

Diversity Chair - Stephanie Wichmann MSW, LICSW, RDT

Stephanie was a NADTA alternative training (AT) drama therapy student, receiving her RDT certification in 2014. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years utilizing her professional theater and comedy background as a means of individual/community engagement and social change. Stephanie is a speaker on humor and healing and cultivating resiliency through the dramatic arts. Primary practice settings include hospitals, non-profit mental health organizations. Various drama therapy settings/populations have included: homeless and LGBTQQIA youth, incarcerated individuals, those affected by cancer and those affected by eating disorders. Stephanie is on teaching staff at SoCal Drama Therapy Centre. Currently, she is the Clinical Outreach Representative & Group Therapist (Drama Therapy) for Center For Discovery in Portland treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders.

Research Chair - Calli Armstrong, PhD, RDT

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.

Canadian Representative - Csilla Przibislawsky, MA, CCC, RDT

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.

Central Region Representative - Alissa Duncan, MA, RDT

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.

Eastern Region Representative - Jeremy Segall, MA, LCAT, RDT

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.      

Western Region Representative - Mimi Savage, PhD, RDT/BCT

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).