The Executive Team is the core of the organization helping to support members of the American Art Therapy Association and the important work of hundreds of volunteers serving on its Board and Committees.
CYNTHIA WOODRUFF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AATA Executive Director, Cynthia Woodruff brought to the Association 20 years of experience in the corporate world, primarily in marketing and communication positions at the ABC and CBS radio networks. In 2007, she made a values-driven move into the nonprofit arena, where she held positions of leadership in Rebuilding Together, Inc. and SOS Children’s Villages-USA. Cynthia is an active member of the Association Leadership community and has earned Certified Association Executive (CAE) status through the American Society of Association Executives. On a personal note, Cynthia’s family has personally benefited from art therapy, which adds to her passion for AATA’s mission to expand access to art therapy. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, and “six-is-enough” rescued four-legged family members.
CHRISTINA EASTERLY, COORDINATOR, EVENTS & OPERATIONS
Christina Easterly is our Coordinator, Events & Operations. She is responsible for the daily operations of the national office and provides key support for major program areas including the Annual Conference and education. Often the first line of contact for customer service inquiries, Christina additionally provides support to the Board of Directors and works closely with several committees.
BARBARA FLORENCE, DIRECTOR, EVENTS & EDUCATION
Barbara Florence is our Director, Events & Education has more than 25 years in nonprofit and association management experience in corporate business development, membership, marketing, human resources, professional and career development, training, conference and meeting planning. She is responsible for the Annual Conference, education & professional development disciplines for the Association. She previously worked for Gifts In Kind International and the United Way of America.
Clara Keane is our Coordinator of Communications and Policy. Her communications responsibilities include managing our weekly e-briefing Art Therapy Today and supporting other content platforms such as website, social media pages, and presentations. She additionally coordinates support for our chapter state advocacy efforts and acts as a liaison between the AATA and our partners in the wider mental health and arts communities.
KAT MICHEL, MANAGER, MEMBERSHIP
Kat Michel is our Manager, Membership. She is responsible for supporting membership renewal, strategy development, and outreach initiatives, as well as website upkeep. Kat is also responsible for managing advertising and digital communications with members and the public through our content distribution platforms and social media. In 2015, she graduated with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.
Bani Malhotra is one of AATA’s Special Projects Intern working on projects related to online community engagement and research. Bani is a recent graduate of Art Therapy from The George Washington University (GWU) and holds an MA in Psychology from India. Bani has worked with diverse clients and is an advocate for diversity and accessibility within the field.