National Staff

The Executive Team is the core of the organization helping to support nearly 5,000 members of the American Art Therapy Association and the important work of hundreds of volunteers serving on its Board and Committees.

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 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 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.

Kat Michel is our Coordinator, Membership and Marketing. She is responsible for supporting membership renewal 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 platform, 3BLMedia, and Art Therapy Today. In 2015, she graduated with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.

Dean Sagar, Public Policy Advisor. Dean’s career includes work on the federal, state and community level. He has over twenty years experience with federal policy as legislative staff for three Members of Congress and as a senior analyst with the Financial Services Committee and the Small Business Committee of the US House of Representatives. He has also managed federal and state advocacy and grassroots initiatives as a government affairs director for AARP, the National Credit Union Association and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.