Board Members


Rosemary Barnes Pratt, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Rosemary is an art therapist helping women and children heal from domestic violence. She previously provided individual therapy and designed and led art therapy groups for people struggling with mental illness. Rosemary believes that art expression can work to promote insight into thoughts, feelings, actions and the intricacies of personal connection.  Rosemary has presented professionally on the topics of creativity and self-care. Her interests include creating art, sensitivity and introversion, healing from trauma, and understanding family dynamics.  She is a lifelong learner, maintains a habit of self-care, and is thankful to hear the stories of so many people.


Tammy Eberle, ATR, LPC, ICDVP
Tammy is an art therapist with children in domestic violence and is passionate about working with children in trauma. With a background in art education Tammy has a love of the educational process which includes continual learning and supervising graduate students and supervisees working towards their ATR. In her free time she enjoys making art, building furniture, reading and spending time with family and friends. 


Ellen Hughes, MA, LPC, ICDVP

Ellen is an art therapist committed to working for peace.  She loves being with her family, and is also an artist, a volunteer, and a writer who loves to find connections in spirituality and art.


Maggie Schmidt, MA

Maggie is an art therapist who currently provides individual and group art therapy for adults with Alzheimer's and dementia at Parc Provence. In addition, she also has previous experience working with children in a variety of settings. She believes that art is such a powerful process, and enjoys watching the process of making art enrich the lives of those she works with. In addition to a strong interest in making personal artwork, Maggie enjoys being active, playing the harp, and spending time with her family and friends.

Governmental Affairs Chair
Ali Gabel 

Ali Gabel is currently obtaining her LPC and ATR, and is currently employed as a children's art therapist for a local domestic violence shelter. She graduated from SIUE's art therapy program in May 2016, and immediately began serving as MATA's Governmental Affairs Chair. Ali is a strong advocate for client rights and art therapy, and in her spare time, has a soft spot for textiles and costume construction.

Membership Chair
Lisa Thompson-Gibson

ARTSY Co-Chair

Julie Gant, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Julie is an art therapist at St. Louis Children's Hospital and has a small private practice. "Art and art therapy are my passions and children are my life. I love raising three children, alongside my wonderfully supportive husband. I am humbled and inspired by the children and teens I work with at the hospital and in my private practice in art therapy. I enjoy being part of MATA (Missouri Art Therapy Association) and an organization aimed at bring together people of the region at the annual St. Louis World's Fare Heritage Festival. I like connecting with the artists, art therapists and art enthusiasts of St. Louis. In my own art, I work with a variety of media and my inspiration is my family and the brave children I work with."

ARTSY Co-Chair

Laura Lengyel, MA, LPC(IL)

Laura is an art therapist in a residential treatment setting working with preadolescent children. She provides individual, group, and family art therapy to help children heal issues of past trauma and attachment in order to transition back into home settings. She graduated from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville art therapy counseling program in 2014 and is working toward obtaining her ATR and LCPC in Illinois. Her interests include: community artmaking, digital art, biking, and comic books.

Program Co-Chair

Megan Barron, MA, PLPC
Megan is an art therapist who works with adolescents at St. Vincent Home for Children providing individual, family, in-home and group experiences. Previously, she has worked providing bilingual art therapy to Latinos, as well as children in a hospital setting and in a day treatment school. Other passions she enjoys exploring include: community arts, social justice, traveling (especially throughout Central America), book arts, renovation projects, gardening and ceramics.

Program Co-Chair

Jennifer Dykeman, MA, ATR, LPC(MO), LPC(IL) 
Jennifer has a BA in Art History and an MA in Art Therapy Counseling and is also a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. In between her MA and BA, she spent over 15 years working in corporate advertising and marketing in Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville. Jennifer practiced yoga on and off during those years as a way to ease the stress of corporate life. In 2006, yoga and art making became an integral part of her growing dedication to pursue all forms of mind-body practices. Jennifer is interested in teaching others ways in which to incorporate the benefits of mindfulness training into everyday life. Jennifer is currently working towards her clinical licensures in IL.

Program Co-Chair
Courtney Cox 

Community Arts Chair
Bren Elfgen, MA, ATR-BC
Bren is a board certified registered Art Therapist who focuses on healing trauma through the creative process as well as skill building with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT). Bren currently works with homeless and at risk young adults (18-22yrs.) in St. Louis City. Bren is also trained in both Level I &II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in the state of Missouri. Previous work experience includes working with youth in recovery (ages 12-18), youth with mental health issues (8-17), and Adults in recovery (18-80), Veteran’s Reintegration program. Bren currently provides individual therapy leads a Creative Arts Group as well as Nature outings/group at CHMO.  Bren is currently studying to become an Open Studio Process Facilitator through the Open Studio project in Evanston, IL. she will graduate and be certified in May 2017.

Webmaster/Carol Lark Fund Liaison 

Fabia D'Amore-Krug, ATR-BC, LPC
Fabia is a board certified art therapist and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Fabia works with students 12 years old and up in the Alton School District, IL. She meets adolescents individually and in group settings to address their challenges in school. 

Katie Turek

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