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Meet the NADTA 2021-2023 Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Contact Sherry at [email protected]

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Sherry became a(n) RDT in 1986. A bi-racial, bi-sexual, bi-cultural, woman, she is a fierce advocate for inter and intra cultural awareness, humility and equity. She co-chaired the first diversity conference in 2002 with then-President, Alice Forrester, and was recognized by NADTA for contributions to diversity in drama therapy in 2006. She served as NADTA President from 2003-2005, and chaired NCCATA from 2009-2014. Sherry taught from 2002-2013 in the CATs program at Concordia while pursuing a JD (2003-2007) to become a stronger advocate for social change. Sherry practices non-profit law, is the CEO for a 501c(6) and its sister 501c(3).  

My vision is to collaborate with the membership in creating a real, and palpable culture of belonging for our member community; not an ‘illusion of inclusion’ but equity: an engaged reciprocal relationship with one another built on humility and humanity; to hold space through our growing pains--our organizational development, and give it voice and traction; to embrace our roles as activists, as allies, as change-agents, as artists and clinicians, in all the myriad ways we identify, in our practice and our profession and our communities; and to consider how we might course-correct as needed to position ourselves for the 21st century by reassessing old paradigms and innovating for our future. Maslow said we all need to experience a sense of belonging. We join associations for that reason -- to feel what it is to belong. My vision is that we all feel that and hold our rightful place here, where we belong, in our drama therapy community and grow with it.

Contact Susan at   [email protected]

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Susan Ward is a drama therapist living and working in Montreal. She has been involved with practicing drama therapy with children, families, the elderly and newly arrived immigrants and refugees, supervising interns and teaching and supervising students in the MA program at Concordia University. Susan was the first Canadian to sit on the NADTA Board. Before receiving her RDT, she was invited to sit on the Board as an observer supporting the Board in learning about the needs of Canadian drama therapists. After receiving her RDT and then her BCT, she served several terms as the official Canadian Rep and as the Membership Chair.

In addition to Board service, Susan was the Conference Chair of the first NADTA conference held in Montreal in 2007 and the Program Chair for the next Canadian conference in 2013. She has served on the conference committee several times, has worked on rewriting the by-laws leading to the name change and the ethics committee. Current interests include developmental trauma, becoming an ally and collaborating with Indigenous Canadians, parent-child relationship therapy and the new Graduate Play Therapy Certificate at Concordia. She is a believer in life-long learning and works to change the systems which continue to marginalize certain members of the community.

 

As the President Elect, I am dedicated to learning from the President. I have already learned so much from the Presidents with whom I have served: Alice Forrester, Sally Bailey, Sherry Diamond, Nadya Trytan, Nisha Sajnani, Jason Butler and Laura Wood.

My goals are to continue to develop an inclusive and diverse organization which meets the needs of and is representative of all of our members. I would like to strengthen the mentorship initiative and provide support to members who may be more isolated from their communities. I believe in collaboration and unity and acknowledge the strengths of our sister creative arts therapists. I believe that we are better together and would continue to engage in joint projects and research.

Finally, service is something that inspires and guides me. I believe that each member has something to offer the organization. It is and will continue to be a privilege to serve my community.

Contact Craig at [email protected]

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I am a graduate of Concordia University’s Drama Therapy Program, am a RDT and LCAT currently located in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2016 I’ve volunteered my time to three NADTA conferences, served as chairman helping to create and implement the organization’s PR packet, starting in 2018 I joined our Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee, and served as the Eastern Region Representative for the 2019/21 Board Term. I work at Kings County Hospital as a full time drama therapist, serving the inpatient psychiatry population.

  My overarching aim as Vice President is to not only continue efforts of my predecessors to make the annual conferences more accessible to a wider swath of our community, but to steer us even further in the direction that our membership has been vocalizing desire for. This includes demonstrating decorum, adaptability, inclusivity, transparency, accountability, and leadership, through not solely an organization-forward stance but with a social justice lens as well. I strive for balance and fairness and as Vice President I will always try to do the next right thing.

Contact David at [email protected]

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David (He/Him) is an RDT and LMFT who currently works counseling individuals of all ages and backgrounds in various therapeutic settings including in-patient, schools, in-home and traditional clinical settings. David currently works for The Center for Creative Therapy in Southern California and takes a strength-based integrative approach, treating the whole self-using Drama Therapy. He began his Drama Therapeutic journey back in High school in the suburbs of Chicago as a part of a Play Back Theatre troupe, which led David to beginning a troupe during college while attending UCLA. David began his formal Drama Therapy training at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and simultaneously obtained his Masters Degree from California State University: Northridge (CSUN) in Marriage and Family Therapy. He began working for the county of Los Angeles after receiving a stipend for working with high-need populations. David has continued his journey of bringing the healing powers of Drama Therapy to individuals throughout Southern California.   Since beginning to explore Drama Therapy as a high school student and now as an RDT and LMFT I continue to have the desire to be a part of something larger than myself. To serve as Secretary as a part of the Executive board for the NADTA would be an incredible honor and privilege; one that I do not take lightly. During these incredibly unique times we are all living through, it is as important as ever to come together and move forward into the future as a voice of hope, change and paving the way for the future generations of the NADTA. To be a part of this is of the utmost importance. The World will become a better place for generations after us through the incorporation of Drama Therapy. It is a goal to continue to have our organization grow as a therapeutic modality to become a household name.

 

BOARD MEMBERS 

Contact Ashley at [email protected]

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My hope as research chair would be to continue the amazing work done by the previous chairs, Calli Armstrong and Jason Frydman. In addition, I want to work to demystify research for anyone in our community who may feel hesitant to engage with the process. Research should be accessible and I hope to encourage new researchers through this position. I am open to ideas from emergent and established researchers of how to continue moving the drama therapy field toward empirically based research in order to continue to show the efficacy of what we do

  As membership chair I aim to lead a committee as diverse as the voice in our community that will innovate ways of connecting and supporting drama therapist across the world. I am eager to find ways to use new technologies to connect and expand  our membership personally, professionally and educationally.  I hope to use the NADTA values of collaboration, compassion, and community building by working closely with other board members to address the needs of our community as they arise. 

Contact Anna at [email protected]

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Anna currently works for a Private Assertive Community Treatment Team through the Menninger Clinic. She is pursuing her PhD in Mind Body Medicine with a Specialization in Integrative Mental Health from Saybrook University. Anna received her master’s degree in Drama Therapy from New York University. She is a registered drama therapist and registered yoga teacher. She is passionate about somatic therapies, storytelling, and her goldendoodle rescue, Wilson.

  As the potential communications chair, my aim is to approach this position with an innovative and open mind. As our world evolves with the global crisis, we have a responsibility to adapt, and stay connected in a way that is safe for everyone. As a leader, I want to be known for being a listener and creating a culture in which all members have opportunities to feel valued, be in relationship with one another, and to have their voices and ideas heard.

Contact Diana at [email protected]

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Diana Chu is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Drama Therapist in San Francisco. Diana manages Asian Family Institute (RAMS) and provides counseling services for children, individuals, and families. She is a multicultural and bilingual mental health clinician and is passionate about Mental Health and Technology. She also hosts a podcast called Waves of Change, which promotes mental health awareness in Asian American communities. She worked at various community mental health settings, including Community Youth Center, Counseling Enriched Educational Program, School-Based Counseling, Family Engagement Programs and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Clinic. For more information, visit dianachutherapy.com.

 

My vision/goal as Education Chair is to assist our universities and educators to continue to uphold and improve the standards of Drama Therapy Practitioners.  As well as keeping up with academic trends and using best practices with the advancement of technology in mind. 

Contact Tim at [email protected]

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Contact Adam at [email protected]

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Adam Reynolds, PhD, LCSW, RDT/BCT is the Training Director at the DvT Institutes in NYC and Taipei, Taiwan. He teaches at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York and has a private practice working with children, adolescents, and adults and has recently been creating therapeutic roleplaying groups for young people as well. Prior to being the Ethics Chair he served as Education Chair on the NADTA Board. Cancer sun, Pisces moon, Capricorn rising.  

If re-elected, I will endeavor to continue my current projects with respect to the ethics committee and the NADTA: building space within the community to discuss ethics issues, developing the ethics committee to increase its representativeness, and increasing transparency and clarity around ethics processes. Concrete next steps: increase engagement with student members around ethics supports; participate with Board in process of DEI training and anti-oppressive audit for association procedures; and continue to develop a series of virtual discussions of emerging ethics issues related to technology, touch, and drama therapy with vulnerable populations.

Contact Dana at [email protected]

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Dana Sayre has a background in Theatre and Performance Studies and is a Registered Drama Therapist. Dana is white, queer, trans non-binary, fat, disabled, and neurodivergent. Dana is currently a member of the NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee, CHED ED Subcommittee, and Disability Justice Working Group. Dana works with Chronically Queer - Austin, Thriving Autistic, and Charlie Health to serve LGBTQIA2S+ and neurodivergent/chronically ill/disabled populations, in addition to their own drama therapy private practice. They have a chapter pending in the 2nd edition of Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy and a pending article in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.  

My vision for the future of the CHED Committee is that we will deepen and expand the NADTA's commitment to social and racial justice throughout every level of the organization, integrating CHED concerns in every aspect of the NADTA's work. I hope to continue the efforts of the current CHED Committee in reimagining the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy campaign, further developing affinity and working groups to explore varying intersections of oppression, increasing baseline cultural competency as a foundation of drama therapy practice, and continuing to push the boundaries of how drama therapy can be used in artivism, community organizing, and other forms of grassroots activism and performance. I want the CHED Committee to be a place where members feel able to reach out about concerns and for support around continued efforts toward repair of rupture and harm. I also hope that CHEDC can collaborate with and/or spearhead projects related to exploring and documenting the history of the NADTA and the field of drama therapy, so that we can better understand our past and how we might move forward to have the greatest impact during the ongoing mental health crisis resulting from the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and white supremacy in North America.

Contact Angelle at [email protected]

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Angelle Cook, PhD, RDT-BCT is a drama therapist who runs her own private practice. Dr. Cook is an associate professor at Lesley University and in the fall will adjunct at NYU and Antioch in their drama therapy departments. She is the Managing Editor for the Drama Therapy Review. With the NADTA, Angelle has served as conference chair and on the research committee for the past two years. She holds a masters in theater education from Emerson College and completed her drama therapy course work through the alternative track program. Angelle earned her Ph.D. in expressive arts therapy from Lesley University.

 

My hope as research chair would be to continue the amazing work done by the previous chairs, Calli Armstrong and Jason Frydman. In addition, I want to work to demystify research for anyone in our community who may feel hesitant to engage with the process. Research should be accessible and I hope to encourage new researchers through this position. I am open to ideas from emergent and established researchers of how to continue moving the drama therapy field toward empirically based research in order to continue to show the efficacy of what we do.

 

Contact Meaghen at [email protected]

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Meaghen Buckley, MA, RDT, is a graduate of Concordia University and a practicing drama therapist in Montreal, Canada. Meaghen has served on several NADTA committees including chairing the Student Committee. As a drama therapist she has worked in school, clinic, and private practice settings with children, adolescents, and adults. She now works full-time with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, while maintaining a private drama therapy practice and conducting creative research projects. Her full-length solo research performance, A Psychotherapy for the Octopus, premiered on Zoom during the first wave of the pandemic.  

One obvious fact about the Canadian Region: it is geographically huge! If chosen to represent Canada to the NADTA, my mandate would be to recognize the diversity of Canadian membership and to focus both on supporting local initiatives and on creating national events accessible to all. In the pandemic context we have all learned a lot about working online and have developed tools for connecting across distance that offer many possibilities for bringing drama therapists together. I have many ideas, including online performances and workshops that offer community care and spaces for creative and professional development. Most importantly though, these ideas need to arise in response to the actual needs and desires of Canadian drama therapists and for that I would rely on your engagement, your ideas, and your questions, in order to ensure that you are well represented to the NADTA Board and the broader community of drama therapists. It can be so lonely to be a drama therapist, but we have such a rich resource in our membership; it would be a privilege to support greater connection and greater involvement within the Canadian region and beyond.

Contact Lisa at [email protected]


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Lisa began her journey to becoming an RDT at Kansas State University. Lisa is a Registered Drama Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified School Counselor, a UIL One Act Play Adjudicator, and a triple certified educator in Texas. Lisa currently works for the Children’s Bereavement Center Rio Grande Valley. Her work at CBC RGV is focused on supporting children, teens, and families experiencing a death loss.

 

The vision for the Central Region is to create connection across our expansive diverse region.  The goal is to know and support the work of our colleagues. Each RDT has a specialized method of practice based on their population of focus and artistry.  This creates a vast community of wisdom we can all grow from. With intention, we will highlight the work being done and create a system of support within specialized populations. We can empower each other with the wisdom of experience, support the journey of future RDTs, and enhance our ability to be advocates. The Central Region includes 20 states, together I hope to hold space for us to collaborate despite the miles that separate us.

Contact Lillian at [email protected]


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Lillian H. Ribeiro is a multi-disciplinary and registered drama therapist rooted in trauma-informed, participant-centered applied theatre, drama therapy practices. Lillian is a tri-lingual Luso-American, from Newark, New Jersey who identifies as she/her/hers. These urban, immigrant roots have shaped her work in terms of cultural humility, language and connecting to the communities she serves. Lillian has a long history of working with survivors of domestic violence, foster care, youth in urban communities, and adults with dementia and Alzheimer's. Currently, she works at NJIT as an adjunct professor for Rutgers - NJIT Theatre Arts Program, and the YWCA Union County.   My vision as Eastern Region Representative is to be an advocate for the field of drama therapy locally and nationally. My goal is to promote the work of drama therapists working and living in the region to various communities to help connect our services to the individuals and organizations. My hope is to build awareness through highlighting our work and events of registered drama therapists in the Eastern Region. Through advocacy of what we do, we will build stronger connections to our communities, grow our field and provide resources.

Contact Ryan at [email protected] 

 
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Ryan has been involved with the NADTA since starting the Drama Therapy MA program at Lesley University in 2016. Ryan graduated from Lesley in 2018 and has been working as a Therapist since then. Ryan currently works as a Drama Therapist at the Huntington Hospital's Psychiatric Unit in Pasadena, California where he serves many marginalized and stigmatized populations of patients. 

   

I have been deeply grateful to be part of the NADTA and I want to contribute to its continued progress as an inclusive and transformative organization. My biggest priority is ensuring that intersectionality is further emphasized as a key focus for the NADTA. I feel that providing spaces for people's unique identities and perspectives to be heard is essential.  My vision is to facilitate and organize events that foster empathy and motivate people to use Drama Therapy to create social change.