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
Cynthia Woodruff, Executive Director, brought 20 years of experience in the corporate world to the Association. In 2007, she made a values-driven move into the nonprofit arena, where she held leadership positions 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. A single mom, she lives in Northern Virginia with her son and “six-is-enough” rescued four-legged family members.
Barbara Florence, Director, Events & Education has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit and association management in the areas of corporate business development, membership, marketing, human resources, professional and career development, training, and conference and meeting planning. She is responsible for the Annual Conference, education, and professional development disciplines for the Association. She previously worked for Gifts In Kind International and the United Way of America. This year Barbara is celebrating 10 years with the AATA!
Clara Keane, Manager, Advocacy & Public Affairs, supports our chapter state legislative and regulatory efforts and acts as liaison between the AATA and our partners in the wider mental health and arts communities. Clara also manages our bi-weekly newsletter Art Therapy Today.
KAT MICHEL, MANAGER, MEMBER ENGAGEMENT & PROGRAMMING
Kat Michel, Manager, Member Engagement & Programming. She is responsible for developing programs and resources for AATA members that focus on professional development, such as continuing education offerings, webinars, and the online career center. Additionally, she oversees online member engagement and experience through the MyAATA community. Art therapy is a cause near and dear to her heart, and in 2015 she graduated with her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University.
Eugenia Bravo, Special Projects Intern, supports state advocacy work as well as conference and membership operations. Eugenia recently submitted her culminating paper for her Master’s in Art Therapy from The George Washington University (GWU). Her paper shared a case study from a grief and loss group for immigrant adolescents.
Bani Malhotra, Special Projects Intern, works on projects related to online community engagement and research. Bani is a graduate of Art Therapy from The George Washington University (GWU) practicing in Philadelphia 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.