2015 Symposium Presenters

Jonathan K. Appel, PhD

Jonathon has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for almost three decades. He has worked with individuals, groups, families, and organizations as a Counselor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Consultant, Researcher, Department Chair, IRB Director, and Educator. He is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University. Dr. Appel received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Community/Clinical Counseling from Kent State University, a second Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security (Tiffin University), and a Ph.D. in Counseling (sub-specializing both in Marriage and Family Therapy and Organizational Psychology) from The University of Akron. He also has received a Graduate Certificate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Appel is a diplomate in psychotherapy and is a clinically certified forensic counselor, a national certified counselor, a certified clinical mental health counselor, a certified career counselor, an approved clinical supervisor, as well as an internationally certified alcohol and drug abuse professional.  He has also received training as a Red Cross mental health disaster worker and a behavioral health disaster responder to state disaster, emergency, and terrorist events. Dr. Appel is currently licensed as an independent marriage and family therapist, an independent chemical dependency counselor, and a supervising professional clinical counselor. His research areas include substance abuse, family issues, mindfulness, and international issues in behavioral health. Dr. Appel has done extensive travel and research in Asia.

Christine Arthur, LMHC, ATR-BC

Christine is a graduate of The Naropa Institute, holds an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy.  Practicing for 19 years, she specializes in work with survivors of trauma/abuse, currently at The Julian Center.  She is an adjunct professor at Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College.  Christine especially loves working with children and families.

Gina M. Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC

Gina maintains a private practice in Fishers, Indiana. She is employed part-time for The Julian Center where she works with domestic violence survivors utilizing residential services. She is a professional artist and adjunct faculty for St. Mary of the Woods .

Donald J. Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC. LCAT, BATA HLM

Don is the ByLaws Chair and former Legislative Committee Chairperson of BATA. He has presented on and authored numerous papers on Ethics and concerns for BATA, AATA, and other professional disciplines. He has provided information on documents and the interface between the ethics of various interdisciplinary organizations and professions.  He is a co-founder and the Treasurer of Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc. Dr. Malchiodi and Mr. Cutcher have presented on ethical issues and concerns to both BATA and other professional groups. They have focused on documentations, regulatory issues and guidance, as well as focusing on the use of social media and internet therapy.

Diane Fleisch Hughes, MA. AT., LPC

Diane is the Art Therapist at Julie Billiart School – a K-8 special needs school. She also does outreach community projects through The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio. Diane has traveled on Art Therapy service learning trips to El Salvador, Zimbabwe, Africa and South Dakota Lakota Indian tribe.

Liza Hyatt, ATR-BC, LMHC

Liza has 25-years of experience as an art-therapist.  She specializes in trauma-focused therapy and currently works in Indianapolis for IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders. She teaches for graduate art therapy programs at St. Mary of the Woods, and Herron School of Art.

Emily Johnson Welsh, LPAT, LPCC, RYT 200

Emily is an Art Therapist and Yoga Instructor at Kosair Children’s Hospital through the Norton Cancer Institute.  She provides strength-based support for families affected by pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Emily has published and presented on such topics as art therapy in the medical setting, grief and loss, and the therapeutic value of exhibitions. She is most excited about brain and body-based research informing the future of yoga and art therapy as trauma-informed interventions

Janet Kempf, ATR-BC

Janet is an Art Therapist in Cincinnati, OH and works at Good Samaritan Hospital and Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community.  She received her M.A. in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2001.

DoHee Kim-Appel, PhD

DoHee is an associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Art Therapy. She  has more than a decade of experience in the field of Behavior Health working with a diverse population of clients across the spectrum of emotional and substance related issues, including youth, individuals, couples, and families.  She is a registered Art Therapist (ATR), licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor (PCC-S), a licensed independent marriage and family therapist and supervisor (IMFT-S), a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC), a certified national counselor (NCC), and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional, and Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor.  She has also received training as Certified general and divorce mediator, Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster. Kim-Appel serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Counselor Practice (JCP), a peer-reviewed national publication, published by the Ohio Counseling Association. She is a committee member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) International Initiative. Kim-Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. She has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma; the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect; the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families; the Journal of Transpersonal Research Psychology; Journal of Health and Human Services Administration; and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She co-authored book chapters. Her research interests include family differentiation, mindfulness, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health.

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC, REAT, HLM

Cathy is 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.

Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC-S

Gretchen is Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Consultant Supervisor practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, women, and families impacted by childhood trauma, homelessness, domestic violence, and grief & loss.

Shelby Perdue, Art Therapy Master's Level Student

Shelby is currently in her final year completing a Master’s of Art in Art Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts from University of Indianapolis in 2009.  She is currently completing a clinical internship working with patients with eating disorders at Charis Center for Eating Disorders in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Meera Rastogi, PhD, MAAT

Meera is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. She earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University's Counseling Psychology Program in 2001 and completed a second master's degree in art therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in August 2015.

Elizabeth Sanders Martin, LPAT, LPCC, CCLS

Elizabeth is an Expressive Art Therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital with over 23 years of experience at Norton Healthcare.  She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and LOVES cheering for the Crimson Tide football team.  She earned her Master’s degree in Expressive Therapies at the University of Louisville.  Her specialty area is trauma, helping patients and their families cope with and process their experiences.  Elizabeth has written book chapters in Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children edited by Cathy Malchiodi and Art Therapy and Healthcare edited by Cathy Malchiodi.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters

Jennifer Schwartz, ATR-BC

Jennifer is Department Chair of Undergraduate Art Therapy at Ursuline College.  Jen has 21 years of clinical experience, as Executive Director and Program Manager of the Art Therapy Studio, and as Art Therapist at Centers for Dialysis Care.  She has served as BATA President and AATA Conference Committee Local Arrangements Chair.

Tamara A. Shella, MA, ATR-BC.

Tammy is the  Art Therapy Program Manager for the Cleveland Clinic Arts & Medicine Institute. and is currently serving as Second Vice President and Symposium Chair for the BATA.  She  has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector including work with the American Cancer Society and The Domestic Violence Center. She has been with the Cleveland Clinic for more than 17 years, initialing working with psychiatric patients on both a general adult unit, and the specialized Cleveland Clinic Center for Mood Disorders Treatment and Research. Tammy received the Patient Support Service Collaboration award in 2009 for her work at Lutheran Hospital.  In her current position, she created and continues to grow the medical art therapy program for the main campus of Cleveland Clinic.  Tammy supervises graduate art therapy students, and was nominated in 2012 for the Cleveland Clinic Health Science Educator award.  In 2013 she presented “What is Art Therapy” at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, in Cochin, India. She has guest lectured at Case Western Reserve School of Nursing, and is a regular speaker at Cuyahoga Community College.  She is co-founder of the Behavioral Health Fund, developed to provide assistance psychiatric patients. She remains active in the “Moonlight in the City” benefit for Lutheran Hospital since 2007, twice as event chair.

Katherine Taricska, MAAT, PC

Kate is an art therapist at Cleveland Clinic.  She works with a variety of patient populations including dialysis, child and adult epilepsy, and transplant, both at bedside and in groups.  She serves as preceptor for art therapy interns.  Kate was an active committee member for the “Art of Dialysis” show  featuring  her work with adult dialysis patients  at The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio last  year.  She is currently working with patients on the epilepsy monitoring unit  to create art for a show at Beck which will be on display from November through the new year.

Michele Tarsitano-Amato, MA, ATR-BC, CDP, AP-BC

Michele is an Art Therapist Registered – Board Certified by the American Art Therapy Association and Art Therapy Credentials Board.  Michele completed her undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1988 and completed her Masters in Art from Ursuline College in 1991.  In 2010 Michele became a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  As an Art Therapist, Michele went on to become a member of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association Board, and has served on the board in different capacities since 1997.  Michele was on the first committee which started the LeadingAge Ohio Art and Writing Contest back in 1993 with the newly formed Resident Forum group, this contest focuses on art from seniors that range from art expression to professional art.  Michele’s work with seniors has always reflected the person centered care philosophy.  She is passionate about bringing art to seniors and creating an environment where making art is possible regardless of physical or cognitive decline. Since 1993 Michele has been working for Kendal at Oberlin, A Northern Ohio Continuing Care Retirement Community Serving Oder Adults in the Quaker Tradition.  Michele is proud to be among the founding staff members.  In the past years she has lead the community in receiving the first community in Ohio to receive the designation by CARF/CCAC for Person Centered Care, and lead the team in receiving the designation of a CARF/CCAC certified Dementia Specialty Program without walls.  Michele has been part of a team of residents and staff who are together transforming the experience of aging.  In addition to role as Director of Creative Arts Therapy and Dementia Specialist, Michele coordinates the partnership of student experiences from Oberlin College, local high schools, and residents living in Lorain County.

Pauline WynDham

Pauline began her 30 career as a professional ceramist by opening and operating one of the largest ceramic supply distributor in southern California with a focus in the studio on education and interfacing with the community and emphasis on education. As a resident of Ohio she currently travels nationwide and internationally conducting Professional Development workshops, as an Art Educator consultant working one on one with the Educator needing start-up firing programs for the classroom and attending nationwide state conferences for Mayco Colors, a known manufacturer of high quality products in the ceramics market for over 60 year. Her newest passion is integrating fired glazes, liners and texture with glass for beautiful results. Articles have been published throughout her career with the newest in the recent issue of Fired Arts.

 Katherine Ziff

Katherine is an assistant professor at Wake Forest University. A licensed professional counselor and school counselor, Ziff incorporates art into her counseling practice and teaching. An exhibiting artist, she also publishes and presents on the integration of visual art into counseling practice.

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