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, 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 in the process of starting a private practice in the Seattle area.

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

Secretary: Amelia Upton, MA, ATR-P

Student Liaison: Open position.

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Membership Director: open position, please email if interested:

In 2018 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: