B.A. Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz
B.A. Aesthetic Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A. Dance/Movement Therapy, Antioch/New England Graduate School
M.A. Counseling, Sonoma State University
CAGS Advanced Post-Graduate Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, Consulting, Education and Social Change, European Graduate School
Ph.D. candidate in Expressive Arts Therapies, European Graduate School, Switzerland

Work and Consulting Experience: 

2012 - present: Support Services Specialist for Disability Resources
2011 - 2013: Co-Director of Embodied Art and Soul
2006 - 2012: Program Coordinator for MESA Schools Program
2006 - 2011: Director and Choreographer of the Kutups Senior Citizen Performing Arts Group
1997 - 2005: Executive Director of the Napa Valley AIDS Project
1995 - 1997: Case Manager / Social Worker for People with HIV/AIDS
1987 - 1995: Program Director of Turning Point Residential Drug Treatment Program

Steward, SEIU Local 1021 Classified Executive Council

Professional Areas of Interest: 

Expressive Arts Therapies
Creative Expression
Improvisational Theater and Dance

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

  • Member and Actor, Leela Improv Theater Company (2013 - present)
  • Member, AIN - Applied Improvisational Network (2012 - present)
  • Volunteer, The Open Table, Church of the Incarnation (2012 - present)
  • Member, Board of Directors of The California Chapter of American Dance Therapy Association (2011 - present)
  • Member and Presenter, IEATA - International Expressive Arts Therapies Association (2011 - present)
  • Director and choreographer for the Rohnert Park Kutups, a non-profit agency for senior citizens, in its 4th decade of performing variety shows (2006 to 2011)
  • President, Board of Directors for Diabetes Society of Sonoma County (2003-2006)
  • Co-Chair Sonoma County HIV Prevention Planning Group (2002-2005)
  • Chair of Napa County HIV Prevention Planning Group (2004)
  • Community College Instructor Credential in Psychology, valid for life
  • Adult Education Teaching Credential, valid for life
  • Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, #R-DTR-225

Presentations and Publications: 

August, 1999 
"Designing Outreach, Education and HIV Testing Programs for the Monolingual Migrant and Agricultural Populations" 
1999 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA 

January - March, 2012 
"Utilizing Expressive Arts to Enhance Creativity" 
Weekly 2-hour workshops 
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA 

February 22, 2013 
"Expressive Arts and Its Application to Spiritual Communities" 
Church of the Incarnaton, Santa Rosa, CA 

February - June, 2013 
Weekly 2-hour Expressive Arts sessions 
Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, CA 

March 16, 2013 
"Playing With Shadow: The Poetics of Movement in the Learning to Uncover Self" 
10th International Conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), Berkeley, CA 

July 26 - 29, 2014 
"Combing the Way" 
4-Day intensive on Ph.D. dissertation preparation 
European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland 

February 12, 2015 
August 14, 2015 
February 11, 2016 
"Applying Improvisation Skills to the Workplace" 
PDA Day, Santa Rosa Junior College 

April 17, 2016 
"Improv as a Therapeutic Practice" 
California Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (CCADTA) 
Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, CA 

Honors and Awards: 

College Honors, UC Santa Cruz, 1978 
Graduate with Honors, Sonoma State University, 1995