2014 Symposium Information Under Development




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.

Jennifer Beasley, ATR-BC, LPAT works with Gilda’s Club Louisville. She is known for her work with diverse cultures, including children and adolescents from Burma, Rwanda, Somalia, Cuba, Iraq, and Sudan. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisville and a guest lecturer at Mount Mary College. 

Sister Kathleen Burke, OSU, Ph.D., ATR-BC is an Ursuline Sister, artist, educator, and art therapist. As founder of Ursuline College’s MA in Art Therapy program, her ministry has been to use art to heal and enrich the quality of life for others. She is an Ursuline College adjunct professor and coordinates the Ursuline Artspace Program. 

Don Cutcher, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, HLM is BATA’s Legislative Chair. He 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. He is a co-founder and the Treasurer of Art Therapy Without Borders.

Barbara DiScenna, ATR-BC, LSW, LPC has worked as an art therapist for over 30 years with a myriad of clients in psychiatric settings, private practice, and pediatric medical settings, among others. She currently works at University Hospitals of Cleveland, primarily in the Seidman Cancer Center, and part-time in a family violence program at Jewish Family Service Association.

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. 

Areka Foster, LPC-CR, Art Therapist works at Polly Fox Academy and recently became program coordinator for Good Grief of Northwest Ohio, a grief center in Toledo for children and their families. She has many years of experience with hospice, bereavement, and children and teens in a psychiatric hospital and has a small private practice.

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. Presently she is Clinical Coordinator of the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program, art therapist, and adjunct professor at Ursuline College. 

Dawn Freeman, MAT, Art Therapist 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.

Patricia Galbraith, MA, AT, PC recently graduated from Ursuline College in the Art Therapy and Counseling program. She is currently working at Quest Recovery and Prevention in Canton with substance abuse clients using various modalities to address addiction, trauma, and grief. 

Emily R. Johnson, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC is an art therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital.  She provides psychosocial support for families affected by pediatric cancer and blood disorders. She has been published and has presented at professional conferences on such topics as art therapy in the medical setting, grief and loss, and the therapeutic value of exhibitions. 

Kathleen Kern-Pilch, MA, ATR-BC, LPC-S, HLM worked for over 30 years in the Art Studio at MetroHealth Medical Center, coordinating programming for Pediatric, Rehabilitation, Oncology, Trauma, and General Medical units. She served on BATA’s board and taught ethics at Ursuline College. In retirement, Katie continues to work with children and Alzheimer’s patients.

Molly Kohut, MA, ATR-BC, PCC received her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College in 2008. As 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. 

Heidi Larew, PCC-S, LICDC-CS, ACS, NCC, ATCS is pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has a Masters in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland University and a Masters in Art Therapy from Ursuline College. She teaches skills for emotional stability, provides validation, and emphasizes hope.  

Laurie Linden, LISW-S, ATR-BC has utilized her clinical social work skills and art psychotherapy training with individuals and groups of all ages. She designs and implements art therapy groups at The Gathering Place, a wellness center for those who have been touched by cancer, and treats adolescents and adults at Psychological and Behavioral Consultants. 

Stephen Macek, AT, PC, a 2013 graduate of Ursuline College in Art Therapy and Counseling, is an art therapist working with adult medical patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He recently completed an art therapy service-learning trip to El Salvador. Stephen has a strong interest in utilizing phototherapy techniques in his work. 

Cathy A. Malchiodi, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, HLM is the Director of the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute and President of 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.

Diane Meros, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Department. She received her master’s degree from Ursuline College and postgraduate certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She has served on the BATA Executive Board, the ATCB, and the AATA Education Program Approval Board.

Maureen Baddour Moses, ATR-BC has practiced art therapy for 14 years and has an independent practice. She facilitates sessions with community groups and private clients, supervises art therapy graduate students, and has been an adjunct professor at Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling program. Maureen has presented on a wide range of art therapy topics. 

Ashley Rogols, MA, LPC received her Bachelors in Art Therapy, Psychology, and Studio Art from Capital University and her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College. She has experience in addressing psychiatric disorders, trauma, and domestic violence. She currently provides therapeutic services to forensic dual diagnosis patients at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare.

Lisa Shea, MAT, LSW 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.

Katherine Suntken, AT, LPC, a graduate of Ursuline College in Art Therapy and Counseling, joined the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in 2011. She received her training in medical art therapy with Katie Kern-Pilch, ATR-BC, Kim Gazella, ATR, and Mickie McGraw, ATR-BC at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Yvette Tolbert, ATR-BC, PCC-S, NCC is an art therapist, a supervising clinical counselor, and a national certified counselor. She completed the coursework for her Ph.D., is working on her dissertation, teaches at Kent State University, and supervises clinicians working toward credentials. She is a painter and ceramist and recently displayed work for EOCA.

Barbara Trauger-Querry, MA, ATR-BC
, the first art therapist at Hospice of the Western Reserve, developed and implemented hospice art therapy programs: homecare, alt-home, residential art studio, and healing arts bereavement workshops. For 20 years she practiced art therapy with pediatric through adult hospice patients/families, including bereavement groups and art studio.

Jennifer Schwartz Wright, ATR-BC is a medical art therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She is the Executive Director of the Art Therapy Studio, an adjunct faculty member at the Ursuline College Art Therapy and Counseling graduate program, and a past President of BATA. 

Dianna Yip, DO is medical director of the palliative care team at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Dianna received her medical degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and completed pediatric residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2011. Dianna completed her pediatric palliative care fellowship in 2012.


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