2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 leading art therapy groups in a memory care unit and in private practice. She has previously gained experience working with children and teens in public schools, private schools and residential settings in NYC, NJ and PA with individuals who have experienced addiction, trauma, neglect, physical and sexual abuse, depression and other behavioral challenges. In addition has years of prior experience working with individuals on the autistic and special needs spectrum (both adults and children) and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Suzanne previously served on the NJATA board as Student Liaison and for 3 terms as GAC for NJATA.
The Vice President position on the New Jersey Art Therapy board is currently OPEN.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with the board, contact Board President Suzanne DuFour for more information.
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. He holds credentials as a Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor of NJ, Serves on AATA’s conference committee, and is a certified USSA ski race coach. Brian has served as a faculty supervisor in the School of Visual Arts Graduate Art Therapy Program in NYC for 5 years. In addition, he is a practicing artist, sculpting limestone, marble, clay, bronze, cement, and wood in addition to painting in oils. 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.
Aline filipe, mps, atR-BC
Aline is a board certified art therapist, who completed her undergraduate degree at Pace University in 2016, with a double major in psychology and art, before receiving her Masters degree from the School of Visual Arts in Art Therapy. She completed her first year internship at Baranabas Behavior Health in Toms River, NJ, and her second year internship at the PALS program at Women Aware, the Middlesex County Domestic Violence Agency. After graduating in 2018, Aline transitioned into a full time creative arts therapist at Women Aware, where she currently practices. Aline has been a part of the NJATA board since 2017, previously holding the Student Liaison and Governmental Affairs Chairperson positions.
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 rehabilitative therapist on an adult inpatient mental health care unit, recreation therapist and lead clinician in an adult partial hospitalization program. Currently Meghan is working as Therapist of Art with adults in the state psychiatric hospital. Meghan is excited to be working as part of the board to promote art therapy and organize programming for our therapist to continue to improve their skills, give back to the community and educate the public about the benefits of our therapy.
Traci Bitondo, LPC, ATR-BC, NCC, DRCC
Government Affairs Chair
Traci Bitondo received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell University. She holds credentials as a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Traci is enrolled in a CACREP approved Ph.D. in Leadership with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision program. She received the 2019 Edward Stroh LPC award from the New Jersey Counseling Association. She has been on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey since 2017 and has previously held the role of Programming cochair. Traci’s professional volunteer experience includes working with the Art Therapy Credential’s board (ATCB) as an exam writer and reviewer for the ATCB exam, and as a peer reviewer for the Current Psychology Journal. Traci has presented at conferences locally and nationally on topics of group counseling, treatment of trauma, art therapy with individuals with vision loss, and insurance billing and practice building for mental health clinicians. Currently, Traci owns and operates a counseling and art therapy private practice where she treats clients, provides supervision to counseling and art therapy students and new professionals, and consults professionals on practice building. She is also an Adjunct at Caldwell University, teaching in their graduate counseling and art therapy program. She has past work experience with adults in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, as an art therapist with adults with vision loss, with children and families in crisis as an in-home counselor, and as a psychotherapist in an outpatient counseling center.
Deborah R. Douek, MS Ed, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Public Relations Chair
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 Co-Chair
Jaclyn (she/her) is a current graduate student at Caldwell University working toward a degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy. In 2015, she received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts with a concentration in photography. Prior to pursuing a career in counseling and art therapy, Jaclyn held positions in both New York and New Jersey art galleries assisting emerging and established artists. While holding the student liaison position, Jaclyn intends to use this platform to encourage students to be active in the current and future affairs of NJATA.
Student Liaison co-Chair