July 1, 2021 | Cynthia Young, CAE, Executive Director

It is with appreciation for all her contributions to this association that I announce the departure of Kat Michel, Sr. Manager, Member Services, from AATA as she begins the next phase of her career. She has shared with us an incredible 7 years of passion, grace, and impact for what is now a stronger AATA.

Kat joined us as a student intern in 2014 and has since worn many hats, being promoted four times! I am incredibly grateful for all that she has brought to the national team and the AATA, both personally and professionally.

Ever the community builder, Kat shared the following reflection on our member forum last week about her time at AATA: 

It has been my joy to have been able to work with AATA for the past five plus years, and to share in this journey that we’ve all undertaken as a community to support art therapy. I started out as an AATA member myself, eager art therapy student and all, and seeing the organization evolve and change over time has been a formative experience.

I’ve gotten to know so many of you over the years – hearing your stories, successes, and struggles – and saying goodbye to the AATA team and community is the hardest part. I am excited for where my life takes me next, but the art therapy community, and the people that comprise it, hold a special place in my heart. I depart in full confidence that the staff, leadership, volunteers, and members will continue to do the good and worthwhile work of supporting each other, making each other feel welcome, and growing this vibrant profession in new ways beyond my wildest expectations.

I hope that I have served you well in turn or, at the very least, have been able to provide a friendly voice or email on the other side of the AATA line. Thank you all for your time, your passion and compassion, and your hard work. And if we cross paths out in the world someday, don’t be afraid to say hi!

Any notes members have to Kat may be sent to info@arttherapy.org, and we will make sure she receives them.