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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. in Expressive Arts, European Graduate School, Switzerland

Work and Consulting Experience

2023 - current: Adjunct Faculty member of Older Adults Program

2012 - 2019: 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

2008 - 2019: Steward, SEIU Local 1021 Classified Executive Council

Professional Areas of Interest

Expressive Arts Therapies
Dance
Choreography
Creative Expression
Improvisational Theater and Dance

Professional Involvement and Community Service
  • Member and Actor, Leela Improv Theater Company (2013 - 2017)
  • Member, AIN - Applied Improvisational Network (2012 - present)
  • Applied Improvisation Professional Practitioner (2018 - present)
  • Volunteer, The Open Table, Church of the Incarnation (2012 - 2020)
  • Member, ADTA - American Dance Therapy Association (1985 - current)
  • Member, Board of Directors of The California Chapter of American Dance Therapy Association (2011 - 2015)
  • Member and Presenter, IEATA - International Expressive Arts Therapies Association (2011 - present)
  • Member, IACAET - International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (2022 - present)
  • Director and Choreographer for the Rohnert Park Kutups, a non-profit agency for senior citizens (2006 - 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
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #APCC8890 (2020 - 2022)
Presentations and Publications

August 23, 2023          “Improvisation and the Arts: A Dynamic Combo”

                                    The Idea Lounge, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA

 

July 27, 2023               “Your Brain on Improv -- How the Arts and Improv Transform Us”

                                    Applied Improvisational Network Conference, Vancouver, BC

 

July 15, 2023               “Utilizing Intermodality in Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance”

                                     2023 IEATA Conference, Hong Kong (via Zoom)

 

April – June, 2023       “Trust the Process” webinar moderator

                                    International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

 

April 15, 2023             Presentation of Doctoral Dissertation:

   “An Expressive Arts Approach to Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance”

                                    International Expressive Arts Spring Symposium, Barcelona, Spain

 

August 16, 2019          "Introduction to Expressive Arts"                                                      

    Professional Development Day, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA

 

February 28, 2019       "Using Improvisational Tools to Enhance Inclusivity" 
    2019 IEATA Conference, Berkeley, California

October 10, 2017        "Say Yes to Spontaneity – Therapeutic Benefits of Applied Improvisation" 
   2017 Expressive Arts Summit, New York City, New York

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

Feb 12, 2015 * Aug 14, 2015 * Feb 11, 2016 * Feb 14, 2017 * Feb 14, 2019
                                     "Applying Improvisation Skills in the Workplace and Classroom" 
                                     Professional Development Day, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA

 

March 16, 2013          “Playing with Shadow: The Poetics of Movement”

                                    2013 IEATA Conference, Berkeley, CA

 

February 22, 2013      “Expressive Arts and Its Application to Spiritual Communities”

                                    Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, CA

 

Feb – June, 2013         Weekly 2-hour Expressive Arts classes

                                    Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, CA

 

Jan – March, 2012      “Utilizing Expressive Arts to Enhance Creativity”

                                    Weekly 2-hour workshops

                                    Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA


 

 

 

Honors and Awards

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

Graduate Magma Cum Laude, European Graduate School, 2021