2014 Symposium Presenters

Gina M. Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC, has a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy. She has worked in schools, shelters, inpatient hospitalization units, residential treatment centers, and her own private practice. She is an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary of the Woods in the MA in Art Therapy program.

Erin Brazill, ATR-BC, LISW, has worked as an art therapist with children and their families for 16 years. Erin holds a BA in Psychology from Le Moyne College, MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, she is a Social Worker and Art Therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Molly Brown, BA, is working towards her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.  She has a passion for service learning and traveling, which has taken her to Quito, Ecuador where she worked with impoverished children. She will soon travel to Zimbabwe to work with children affected by AIDS.

Sarah Brown, BFA, has a dream to work with patients with epilepsy that spawned from being a patient. Her burning desire is to bring some kind of organization to a disorder that affects the whole person in different degrees, beyond the firing of electrodes. It is long overdue that we treat holistically instead of dividing the brain more.

Don Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, HLM, has presented and authored numerous papers on ethics for BATA, AATA, and other professional disciplines. He has provided information on the interface between the ethics of various interdisciplinary organizations and professions. Don is BATA’s Legislative Committee Chairperson and is a co-founder and the Treasurer of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc.

Barbara DiScenna, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LSW, has worked in the field of art therapy for over 30 years and currently works at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She has taught in the Ursuline College Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program and supervises graduate interns. Her favorite art media include clay, collage, and watercolors. Most importantly, she still loves the work she does.

Sarah Filipic, MA, PC, received her Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of Dayton in 2008 and her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2013. She currently works with adults with mood disorders and enjoys both the challenges and inspiration of working with that population.

Darlene D. Foth, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, PCC, received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College. She has worked with medical and psychiatric patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center for 20 years and is presently Clinical Coordinator of the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program. An adjunct professor at Ursuline College, she created the Mind, Body, Spirit Mandala Assessment.

Dawn Freeman, MA, has been an art therapist for over 25 years. She began the art therapy program at North Coast Cancer Care in Sandusky in 2008 and continues to offer art therapy services there; consult with The Cleveland Clinic; contract with Fisher Titus Hospital; and provide private art therapy services.

Mary Heidamos, BA, is currently working toward obtaining an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College. She has a passion to work with impoverished and underprivileged children and youth, which she had the opportunity to do in Ecuador on a service learning trip and plans to continue in her future practice.

Melissa Hladek

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Diane Fleisch Hughes, MA, is a 2014 graduate of the Art Therapy and Counseling program at Ursuline College. She completed internships at the Cleveland Dialysis Center, Ravenwood Mental Health Center, and University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children. Diane is a visual arts instructor at St. Jerome’s, an urban elementary school in Cleveland, and Willoughby Fine Arts Association.

Katherine Jackson, Ph.D., ATR, is an Assistant Professor at Ursuline College where she is the coordinator of research and thesis within the Art Therapy and Counseling Department. She has presented her research at national and local conferences, independently and also with graduate students.

Lynn Kapitan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, is Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University. She is the Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Past President of AATA, and a consultant researcher with arts and community development organizations. She is the author of Introduction to Art Therapy Research.

DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D., ATR, PCC-S, IMFT, LICDC, is an Associate Professor at Ursuline College in the Art Therapy and Counseling Department. She has published multiple journal articles about her research and has presented at national and local conferences, independently and also with graduate students.

Molly Kohut, MA, ATR-BC, PCC, received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2008. Through her position of Art Therapy Coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital, she facilitates individual, group, and family sessions within the hospital's inpatient and outpatient populations in addition to a support group open to all hospital employees.

Laurel Hopkins Larson, MPS, ATR, a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, has been practicing art therapy in Cleveland for eight years. She is currently working for Volunteers of America to provide individual and group art therapy for veterans in a residential treatment setting. Laurel is also an art therapist for a local hospice. 

Laurie J. Linden, LISW-S, ATR-BC, earned her MSW at Case Western Reserve University and has worked for many years in inpatient and outpatient settings with individuals and groups of all ages. She designs and implements art therapy groups at The Gathering Place and also treats adolescents and adults at Psychological and Behavioral Consultants in Beachwood, Ohio.

Frances Lynn, LPCC, ATR, earned her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College and works as an art therapist and counselor for Women’s Recovery Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She volunteers for NAMI Greater Cleveland, facilitating a twice-monthly art therapy support group, and is currently BATA’s Publications Chair.

Stephen Macek, MA, PC, earned his MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College and works as an art therapist with adult medical patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He facilitates support groups, teaches relaxation techniques, and encourages emotional awareness, strength, and balance with counseling methods and art therapy interventions. His media of choice include drawing and photography.

Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, HLM, is the Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and President, Art Therapy Without Borders. Cathy has written/edited 18 books on art therapy and has given over 350 invited presentations throughout the US and internationally.

Elizabeth Sanders Martin, MA, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CLS, is an Expressive Art Therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital for 22 years of experience at Norton Healthcare. She has a Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville. Her specialty area is trauma, helping patients and families cope with their experiences.

Ally McCarley

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Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC-S, is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Consultant working with trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, and homelessness throughout Cleveland. Gretchen is also an Adjunct Professor for Ursuline College’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program.

Bruce L. Moon, Ph.D., ATR-BC, HLM, is a full professor of art therapy at Mount Mary University, is the author of many books, and has presented papers, workshops, and performance art events throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. He is an Honorary Life Member of AATA and BATA and the founder of the first Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy in the United States.

Maureen Baddour Moses, ATR-BC, has practiced art therapy for 14 years and is a Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist with an independent practice.  As such, she facilitates sessions with community groups and private clients, supervises art therapy graduate students, and has presented workshops as an adjunct professor in Ursuline College’s graduate art therapy program.

Yvette Nosal, MA, ATR-BC, PCC, CDCA, received her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Education and Supervision at Kent State University. She is also an adjunct faculty member for Ursuline College in the Art Therapy and Counseling Program.

Gail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., ATR-BC, LPC-S, LICDC-S, is a Full Professor and the Program Director of the Art Therapy and Counseling Department at Ursuline College. She is actively involved in the American Art Therapy Association and has presented locally and nationally at multiple conferences. 

Lisa Shea, MA, has been an art therapist and social worker for over 25 years. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, in community mental health, in private practice, and in the school system. She works with cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute as part of the Arts and Medicine Institute.

Martha C. Stitt, ATR-BC, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, is an art therapy consultant, educator, supervisor, and artist living in Cleveland, Ohio. She has extensive experience as an art therapist working with psychiatric, chemically dependent, medically ill, and physically disabled people. Most recently, she worked for 12 years at the Art Therapy Studio in Cleveland as the Clinical Program Coordinator.

Ashley Tilberg, MA, (PC Pending), received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2014. Ashley is an art therapist and counselor at The Centers for Families and Children, where she provides diagnosis and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults and co-facilitates a DBT group for adult women.

Yvette R. “Roxi” Tolbert, PCC-S, ATR-BC, NCC, is an art therapist, a supervising clinical counselor, and a national certified counselor. She is working on her dissertation, teaches at Kent State, and supervises clinicians working toward licenses and credentials. She is a painter and ceramist and has work displayed at U.S. Bank.

Barbara Trauger-Querry, MA, ATR-BC, created and implemented the art therapy programs at Hospice of the Western Reserve, including homecare, alternative homecare, bereavement, healing arts workshops, residential studio, and gallery walk. She recently retired after 30 years in the hospice field and is focusing on writing, lecturing, facilitating SoulCollage retreats, and creating artwork.


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