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 YOUNG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cynthia Young, 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.
Terri Cochran, Senior Manager, Member Services. An accomplished association management professional with 8 years of experience in member operations. Internally motivated with a strong attention to detail, she has a passion for enhancing the member experience and engagement within an association. Terri manages membership retention and recruitment while serving as the internal expert on AATA’s association management system. She leads the team in using data and industry best practices to position the organization as a must-have membership. Terri is currently studying to earn the Certified Association Executive (CAE) status through the American Society of Association Executives. She is a strong library advocate and in her spare time serves on the Board for the Friends of the Cascades Library. She is also active in the National Association of Parliamentarians. Terri graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech.
Tyler Kirby, Advocacy & Public Affairs Manager, supports state chapters in their advocacy efforts by offering expertise in drafting legislation and advocacy strategy. Tyler is a graduate of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy with a Master’s of Public Policy with a particular focus on state level healthcare advocacy and submitted a thesis concerning systemic inequities throughout the Veterans Health Administration system.
MARICEL LAQUINDANUM, OPERATIONS & PROJECT COORDINATOR
Maricel Laquindanum, Operations & Project Coordinator, supports the operations and day-to-day business of AATA as well as organizes and coordinates with the staff, members, committees, and members. Maricel is passionate about mental health and art and hopes to use her role to create a better world for art therapists.
Ashley Abigail Gruezo Resurreccion (they/them/siya) is a Filipina Asian-American dedicated to art, mental wellness, and multicultural education. Since 2012, they have facilitated community-centered programs with organizations like The International Child Advocacy Network, Self-Discovery Through Art, Art Expression Inc., and ProjectArt. They are currently studying to earn a Master of Arts in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling at Seton Hill University. Honored to be an intern, Ashley is excited to witness and support the thriving connections between art therapy students, professionals, and AATA.
Jake Berry, Program Coordinator, supports membership services and operations for AATA. Jake graduated from the University of Maryland in 2021, with a B.A. in English. Previously, Jake has done work with PODER, a minority-focused student outreach organization based around increasing graduation rates for Hispanic males, and interned for The Writer’s Workout, a non-profit organization focused on increasing accessibility for writing and stories worldwide.
Ally Damante, Program Coordinator, supports membership services and operations for AATA. Ally graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2020 with a B.A. in Arts for Social Change. She is passionate about using creative storytelling as a tool for education, empathy, and empowerment. Ally is also a founding member of Pride and Less Prejudice, a non-profit organization that fosters inclusive classrooms by donating LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books to elementary school classrooms.
Lauren Hall, Intern, is currently pursuing a Master’s in Art Therapy from The George Washington University (GWU). Born and raised in central New Jersey, she graduated from Towson University with majors in fine arts and psychology. Lauren’s favorite things are landscape paintings, cats, and pasta.