EATA Board 2018-2019

Current Board Mission:

The current board of the Evergreen Art Therapy Association is a collaborative and creative group of art therapists. Coming from a diverse background and collection of strengths it is their hope to bring new life and inspiration to the art therapy community in Washington state. It is our mission to build a more cohesive community through activities and relationship building and have a successful, motivating and fun year working with members in the community. The above photo is of board members making buttons for promoting the 2013 AATA conference in Seattle, WA.

President: Valli Rebsamen, MA, LMFT

Valli Rebsamen received her master’s degree in Psychology focused on Couple and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in 2011. In the years following graduation, Valli worked in the Child & Family Services division of a community mental clinic. Currently, she provides school-based counseling services to military-connected youth and their families within the South Puget Sound.

Vice President/Programming: 

Stephanie Leftwich-Needham, LMHCA

Stephanie Leftwich-Needham had enjoyed many years teaching Rhetoric and Writing to college freshman when she decided she wanted more creative and healing work. Experiencing the expressive power of writing with Women Writing for (a) Change-Vermont set her on the path to becoming an art therapist. She graduated with a Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014 and works with children and families in community mental health on the Kitsap Peninsula. Particular interests include eco-art, working with groups, writing, and mindfulness techniques.

Treasurer: Kristin Tomasek, MA, LMFTA, ATR-P

Regarding her role with EATA, Kristen notes, "It has been great to connect with an art therapy community". Kristin has worked in community mental health settings, as well as navigated the role of high school counselor while integrating the creative arts into the process of supporting the social and emotional growth of teens. She is currently in the process of starting a private practice in the Seattle area.

Technical Director:  Kate O'Conner, MA, LMHCA
Kate works within a community mental healthcare outpatient clinic. Kate completed her graduate internship with Madigan Hospital at Joint-Base Lewis McChord and has a passion and interest in working with veterans. Kate is also a former student liaison to EATA where she dramatically improved EATA's technological systems. 

Student Liaison: Amelia Upton & Julie Brenneise

Julie Brenneise is a Michigan transplant in her third year of Antioch University Seattle's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Art Therapy and is looking forward to starting her internship this summer. Her professional interests include using art therapy to treat trauma in children and adolescents from a Strength-Centered and relational somatic perspective. She spends as much time as possible up to her elbows in clay and loves spending time hiking or camping.

Communications & Development Director: open position, please email if interested:

CATO Student Liaison: vacant 

Delegate & Secretary: Colleen O'Rollins, MA, LMFT

Colleen earned an MA in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in the fall of 2013. She came to Art Therapy via Education. She was a middle school science teacher for 12 years and earned her BA in Geology. She is enjoying her second career as an Art Therapist and Marriage Family Therapist. She especially enjoys working with families with young children and teens. She runs a private practice, Turning Wheel Counseling, on Beacon Hill and works around town in various capacities spreading the word about the healing powers of art. She is the mother of two teens and enjoys painting, pottery, cycling and hanging out with friends and family in the beauty of the Northwest.

Membership Director: open position, please email if interested:

In 2018 we are in need of the following volunteer positions:  
Membership Director: vacant
Secretary: (beginning March 2018)
Communications Director: vacant  
If you are interested in joining the rewarding experience of the EATA board, please contact: