Our Mission

As an Affiliate Chapter of AATA, we are committed to upholding the mission, standards and goals set forth by AATA. Our regional mission is to support and promote the field of art therapy in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  To this end, our goals include facilitation of networking opportunities for art therapists, organization of workshops/symposiums for education purposes, establishment of alliances with other mental health providers, and promotion of public awareness of the field.

Board of Directors

Terri Giller, M.Ed., ATR-BC, Resident in Counseling



Terri Giller, ATR-BC, Resident in Counseling earned a Master's of Education from the University of Louisville in 2007 and worked in Illinois and Tennessee before moving to Virginia in October of 2016. She has a variety of work experiences, providing art therapy services to individuals from age 2-102, She has provided art therapy services in schools, day programs, hospitals, and community mental health facilities. She developed and ran her own Art Therapy contract business, working with local mental health nonprofits and providing services in skilled nursing, memory care and retirement facilities throughout Tennessee. More recently, she worked as the Clinical Services Coordinator and Art Therapist at the Rappanhannock Council Against Sexual Assault from 2016-2020. There she provided individual and group therapy to clients who experienced sexual trauma. She currently works at the Educational Development Center in Richmond, VA as an Individual and Group Counselor for teens with emotional/behavioral concerns due to trauma, cognitive impairments, or mental health diagnoses. She has served on the VATA board from 2018-2020 as the Secretary. Terri hopes to continue to work with the board to bring Art Therapists from the state together to advocate for the profession, provide professional development opportunities to art therapists, and coordinate peer supervision opportunities.

Alyssa Hayes, LPC, ATR-BC


Vice President

Alyssa is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She is currently a board certified art therapist working in a residential behavioral health facility providing therapy to adolescents who are challenged with managing depression, trauma, attachment, personality traits, sexual exploitation, and substance abuse. Alyssa recently developed and implemented an art therapy component for a program that provides treatment for adolescent survivors of sex trafficking. Her personal approach to art making has influenced an interest in researching the benefits of unconventional processes and materials with clients. Alyssa is under supervision to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and is a resident in counseling.  Alyssa is interested in increasing engagement within the art therapy community by developing opportunities for collective art making and organizing professional development opportunities.

Michelle Vaughan, LPC, ATR-BC



Michelle is currently working as a clinician in a private practice setting. She received her Master’s of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014. Michelle has over six years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Her areas of interest include treating individuals with mood disorders, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and post-traumatic stress disorder. Michelle believes in the transformative power of the creative process and has seen firsthand how art therapy can provide a window into the soul. Michelle is passionate about tailoring specific art interventions to her clients. It is her hope to see this beautiful network of art therapists continue to connect and expand.

Dana Hillebrand-Roebuck, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC



Dana holds a masters from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her fine arts background in sculpture and fiber arts helps to inform her work within the expressive nature of art as a physical, visceral, and tactile experience. She currently works as a freelance art therapist working in residential and corporate settings. She has experience working in schools, foster care systems, community programs, and in inpatient psychiatry settings treating child/adult/geriatric patients with acute psychosis, substance use disorders, auditory/visual hallucinations, developmental disabilities, trauma, and depression. Dana has been a recurring clinical panelist at the RealAbilities Film festival and presenter at the Water & Stone art therapy conference. She also held an executive position on the New York Art Therapy Association’s board as the Social Media/ Webmaster for a two year term. Dana currently serves as Treasurer of VATA. She was selected in July 2020 to take over responsibilities from the past treasurer and was elected for the 2021-2023 term, bringing her experience and skills from her work with the  New York chapter.

Sarah Deaver, PhD., ATR-BC, HLM


Delegate to the Assembly of Chapters

Sarah Deaver, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM has been an art therapist for over 40 years, working in various inpatient, residential, alternative school, outpatient, and academic settings.  She was a faculty member at the EVMS Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program for 37 years, where she was professor and research director, teaching a range of courses over the years including research, ethics and professionalism, and art therapy in schools.  She is widely published, with over 30 book chapters and peer reviewed articles, and has presented annually at AATA conferences as well as internationally in France and England. With Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, she co-authored the textbook Art Therapy Research: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2019).  Sarah has volunteered for many years for AATA, in various capacities such as editorial review board member of the journal, chair of the Research Committee, director on the Board of Directors, President Elect, and then President from 2013-2015. Currently she serves on the Past Presidents Advisory Council, the Honors Working Group, and the Research Committee.  In 2014, she was honored with the AATA Distinguished Educator award, and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2017.  She is currently an outpatient therapist at The Psychotherapy Center in Norfolk.  

Julia Willinger, LPC, ATR-BC


Membership Director

Julia is an art therapist in the Richmond area working as an outpatient art therapist and intake coordinator. In the outpatient setting, she serves clients from early childhood through young adulthood who have been impacted by past trauma, experience family discord/dysfunction, suffer from depression or anxiety, exhibit aggressive behaviors, are processing grief and loss, or need assistance with maintaining safety and stability. Within the intake coordinator position, She facilitates initial assessments for clients seeking Intensive In-Home, Mental Health Skill-building, and/or Parent Coaching and Support services. Her therapeutic focus is an integration of person-centered approaches, trauma-informed care, art therapy and creative expression interventions, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and family-based theories. As she previously was an Intensive In-Home counselor for 3 years, she prioritizes the focus of treating the entire family system and not just the individual. Julia uses her organizational and time-management skills to address expected tasks within VATA.  She is open to feedback and wants to work collaboratively with VATA's members to ensure that the organization is providing opportunities for connecting with others and doing our best to continue growing as a mental health profession.

Gabrielle Mormile, LPC, ATR


Member Representative

Gabrielle graduated from VCU as a painting and printmaking major and from EVMS in Art Therapy and Counseling, class of 2014. She has experience practicing Art Therapy in acute, residential, school, community/home, and outpatient settings with ages 7-65. She currently provides outpatient group, individual, family and couples therapy as well as clinical and administrative supervision at Lighthouse Behavioral Health Center and supports with quality assurance and supervisor/agency trainings. Gabrielle lives her life creatively, whether it be through exploring mixed media, gardening, mushroom hunting, traveling, or coming up with new ways to recycle and reuse various materials. She values creating an environment where all voices are heard and decisions are made collaboratively, with all cultures and perspectives in consideration. Gabrielle hopes to continue the process of developing and accentuating the profession of Art Therapy for the benefit of all.

Shayla Hayward-Lundy, EVMS Student


Student Representative

Shayla Hayward-Lundy is a first-year graduate student at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she is pursuing an M.S. in Art Therapy & Counseling. Shayla graduated magna cum laude from The City College of New York where she earned a B.A. in Art with concentrations in Psychology and Teaching Art. She is currently the Studio/Teacher Assistant to the Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling department where she manages the program’s studio and classroom. In addition, Shayla is Virginia Area Health Center (AHEC) scholarship recipient through the National AHEC Organization and the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority. Shayla currently serves as the founding co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for SmartSitting, a nanny placement agency for whom she worked throughout her undergraduate studies. Shayla currently utilizes her professional background and experience in public relations and marketing to secure freelance jobs where she manages the social media and digital presence of small, female-led companies. 

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Honorary Lifetime Members


Gretchen Graves, ATR-BC, CDATA

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Carol Olsen, ATR-BC, LPC, CSAC