Beth VanDusen, is a board certified art therapist, who studied at Pratt Institute and graduated in 2004. She has spent the last 14 years working as an art therapist in cities, including Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. 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. Since moving to New Jersey, she became involved with NJATA, serving as a co-chair for programming, then president-elect and is currently serving as President. She will continue to work with the board and NJATA’s members to provide community, inspiration, education and advocacy for the art therapists in New Jersey.
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.
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.
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. In addition to her work as an art therapist, Courtney provides creative and professional workshops in New Jersey and New York. She is also an active artist, working in mixed media and photography. 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.
Bio coming soon!
Meghan McQuaide, ATR-BC
Programming Co- Chair
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.
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.
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 co-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.
Aline filipe, mps, atR-BC
Public Relations co-Chair
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.
Student Liaison Chair
If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please email board president Beth VanDusen.