PRESIDENT Suzanne Deisher, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Suzanne Deisher, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT is currently working as a full-time art therapist at a NYC-based long-term care facility for elderly clients with a range of physical, cognitive and psychosocial challenges. Additionally, she runs group art therapy sessions for a variety of populations that have experienced trauma in the New York City area through The Art Therapy Project. Before pursing her graduate degree in art therapy, Suzanne worked as a video producer for a large pharmaceutical company, and she continues to use her extensive background in this medium in her work.
PRESIDENT-ELECT, Beth VanDusen, ATR-BC
Beth VanDusen, is a board certified art therapist, who studied at Pratt Institute and graduated in 2004. She has spent the last 11 years working as an art therapist in 3 different cities, including NYC, San Francisco and Cincinnati and has recently settled in NJ with her husband, 2 dogs and a cat. Beth is currently working with adults in the in-patient psychiatric unit at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ. She enjoys the challenges of creating an opportunity for patients to increase self awareness, self empowerment and the benefits of being in the here and now. While in San Francisco, Beth served on the NorCATA board from 2006-2010 as both the treasurer and then secretary and looks forward to continuing service as the co-project chair person for New Jersey’s Art Therapy chapter.
TREASURER, Brian Tepper, MPS, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
Brian Tepper is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and Supervisor, New York Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Certified Arts Specialist in the state of New Jersey. He is currently working in the Jersey City Public School System and is a faculty supervisor in the School of Visual Arts Graduate Art Therapy Program in NYC. In addition, he is a practicing artist, sculpting limestone, marble, clay, bronze, cement, and wood. He has exhibited his art in several venues throughout New York City, Colorado, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. He participated in an International Sculpture symposium in Geochang, South Korea as well as presenting numerous workshops to various professionals at New York University, Art Educators of NJ, NJATA at Caldwell College, DVATA, The Jersey City Public School System, School of Visual Arts, Arkansas Board of Education and The American Art Therapy Association.
SECRETARY/MEMBERSHIP CHAIR, Courtney Puciata Borzotta, ATR-BC, LCAT
Courtney Puciata Borzotta, ATR-BC, LCAT holds her graduate degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Courtney has worked in both non-profit programs and private practice, providing treatment for veterans, military families, and survivors of trauma. She currently works with The Art Therapy Project in New York and previously was a trauma therapist at Victims Assistance Services in Westchester County. In addition to her work as an art therapist, Courtney provides creative and professional workshops in New Jersey and New York. Prior to obtaining her masters degree, Courtney worked as a project manager for graphic design firms in New York City. Creativity and communication have been central themes in her professional background, and Courtney looks forward to joining the NJATA board as programming co-chair.
Governmental Affairs Chair (GAC), Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC
Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and holds a Masters of Professional Studies from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently works as an art therapist running groups and individual sessions for children in a school setting as well as private practice setting. She has previously gained experience working with teens who have experienced addiction, trauma, neglect, physical and sexual abuse, depression individuals on the autistic and special needs spectrum (both adults and children), individuals living with HIV/AIDS and with children in a private school setting in NYC. Suzanne previously served on the NJATA board as Student Liaison and is in her third term as GAC for NJATA.
Programming Co- Chair, Meghan McQuaide, ATR-BC
Meghan McQuaide is a registered and board certified art therapist; she graduated from CW Post, LIU with a masters in Art Therapy in 2004. She has worked as an art therapist with children with autism, a creative rehabilitation therapist on an adult inpatient mental health care unit, a recreation therapist and lead clinician in an adult partial hospitalization program. Currently, Meghan is working with adults in a state psychiatric hospital, who have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders and is pursuing credentialing as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Meghan is excited to be working as part of the board to promote art therapy and organize programming for art therapists to continue to improve their skills, give back to the community and educate the public about the benefits of art therapy.
Programming Co- Chair, Traci Bitondo, LPC, ATR-BC, NCC, DRCC
Traci Bitondo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. Currently, Traci owns a counseling and art therapy practice in Rockaway and facilitates an art therapy group for the individuals with vision loss in Denville. Formerly, she has worked as an Art Therapist at a state-run psychiatric hospital for ten years, as an Intensive In-Community Therapist, and as a psychotherapist at a counseling center. She enjoys presenting and developing workshops. She has presented several times at Caldwell University and co-facilitates a study prep workshop for the board exam. She is thrilled to be serving the NJATA board and being a part of a very exciting time for the profession. She looks forward to helping the community connect, learn, and thrive.
Programming Co-Chair, Barbara Zelop, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Barbara Zelop, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor ; she graduated from Caldwell University with a masters in Counseling and Specialization in Art Therapy in 2013. She has worked as an art therapist with cancer patients, a clinician in school settings and group homes for adolescents with co-occurring diagnosis and is currently working full-time as Senior clinician providing individual and group therapy to adults with severe and persistent mental illness at an Intense Out Patient Program in Essex County. Recently, she has been certified in the Trauma modality of ITR, Instinctual Trauma Response after training with Linda Gantt, PhD, ATR-BC.
Public Relations Chair, Deborah R. Douek, MS Ed, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Deborah is a Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist. Deb received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton in studio art with a concentration in psychology and holds master’s degrees from Hofstra University in Art Therapy and from Touro College in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Deb has been an administrator and clinician for the past 15 years and is the Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapies in the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System. She has a private art therapy practice in NJ.
Student Liaison Chair, Aline Filipe
Aline Filipe is currently a second year graduate student in the masters program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. Prior to attending SVA, Aline attended Pace University in New York, NY, receiving her bachelors in psychology and art. Aline spent her first year of graduate school interning at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center in Toms River, NJ, and will be interning at Women Aware in New Brunswick, NJ this coming school year. Aline is looking forward to working with NJATA as Student Liaison.