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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. 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