EATA Board 2016-2017

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

Communications & Development Director: 

Brigid Blume, MA, LMHC, ATR

Brigid Blume received her master's degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University, Oregon in 2012.  During graduate school, she led therapeutic art groups at a drop-in homeless shelter,  as well as provided art therapy at an inpatient setting in Portland. Brigid was honored to be a part of organizing EATA's fundraiser to support the Tibetan Sand Mandala at the 2013 AATA conference.  In 2013 she opened a private practice in West Seattle called Well With Art, where she works with adults and children.  Brigid believes that art therapy can provide a space in which healing and well being can occur. She is a huge supporter of other creative modalities, including dance and music therapy.  In her free time she plays old time banjo and fiddle music. 

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.

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: C. Galvin, MA, LMHC, ATR

C.  joined the board because she likes challenges that are solved with a group approach.  Everyone shares their strengths and...watch out world! EATA is just such a group, filled with people who thrive in the creative process, find passion in helping others, and have room in their hearts for people young and old, poor and rich, lost and found.  EATA inspires me to be a better therapist, artist, and human being.  I am so glad I found EATA.  Join us and be a part of something amazing.  

Technical Director

We are in need of a tech director to maintain our website and handle all tech issues. If you or someone you know is interested in filling this position till the end of 2017, please contact: communications@evergreenarttherapy.org