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 events and programs to support art therapists and public community outreach art making events.

President: Valli Rebsamen, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC

Valli Rebsamen provides school-based counseling as part of a program serving military-connected youth and their families in the South Puget Sound. Additionally, Valli collaborates with community based creative arts programs aimed at providing families art experiential to promote communication and wellbeing. 

Vice President: Stephanie Leftwich-Needham, LMHCA, ATR-P

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, LMFT, ATR

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 working in private practice in Seattle.

Communications Director: Erika Newitt, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS

Secretary: Amelia Upton, MA,  ATR-P


Student Liaison: Open position.

Please review open positions below and reach out if you're interested in learning more about the positions and sharing your time and skills with EATA.  

We are in need of the following volunteer positions:  
Membership Director
Technology Director
Development Director
Student Liaison
If you are interested in joining the rewarding experience of the EATA board, please contact: president@evergreenarttherapy.org