Virginia Art Therapy Association
Board of Directors
President: Karen Montgomery, MS, ATR, C-SOTP
Karen Montgomery, MS-ATR, C-SOTP, earned her Masters of Science in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, in 2003, achieving a second career and life-long dream to share the healing power of art-making to effect psychological and behavioral change. After internships working with the elderly, developmentally disabled, psychiatric, and autistic populations, she became especially interested in the challenges of at-risk youth and earned her sex offender treatment provider certification while working in a residential treatment facility in Leesburg, VA. Karen is now the art therapist in Henrico County Juvenile Detention, in Richmond, VA, is trained and certified in the Life Cycle Mandala Assessment, and leads myriad creative arts groups and meditative workshops on the healing powers of mandalas, chakras, and labyrinths, utilizing painting, clay, & collage.
Vice President: Mary Ritchie, MS, ATR, LPC
Mary Ritchie, MS, ATR, LPC is a graduate from Eastern Virginia Medical School, with a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy in 1997 and from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Art in 1995, after completing studio art foundations and sculpture work at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1991-1993. Mary Ritchie is a Registered Art Therapist (1999), Licensed Professional Counselor (2000) and EMDR Level II certified. She is also completing an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. Currently, Mary Ritchie works as an Art Therapist with adolescents in a detention facility. Throughout her career, she has worked as an Art Therapist in residential, in home, community mental health, transitional services, and private practice settings with a focus on the treatment of trauma. Mary Ritchie is a practicing artist in mixed media painting and has over 17 years of experience practicing art therapy and education. Mary Ritchie joined the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program at EVMS as Adjunct Faculty in Spring 2012.
Treasurer: Cheryl Shiflett, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC
Cheryl Shiflett, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC is a registered, board-certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She joined the full-time faculty in the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School as an assistant professor in 2012. She teaches Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, Child Counseling and Psychotherapy Skills, Art Therapy in the Schools, and co-leads teaching Clinical Case Conference courses. Cheryl Shiflett graduated with a BS and MS in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her experience is primarily with children and adolescents, and she has served children who have witnessed domestic violence, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and medical conditions. Dr. Shiflett’s academic and research interests include pedagogy and clinical supervision
Director of Membership: Erin Kemp MA, ATR
Erin Kemp, M.A., ATR earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University in 2003 before moving to suburban Washington D.C. and beginning her work with at-risk adolescents in residential treatment. She became addicted to working with this creative and passionate population, and went on to earn her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from George Washington University. Erin is devoted to the continuous creation of her own artwork through painting and journaling, and she is the proud mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Erin currently works as the art therapist at the Newport News Juvenile Detention School, where she incorporates a strengths-based, art as therapy approach into daily lessons of Character Education.
Secretary and Director of Social Media: Danica Henrich, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT
Danica Henrich, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT, is an Art Therapist in the Virginia Beach area. She attended the Graduate Art Therapy program at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2002 and graduated from the program in 2004 with an MS in Art Therapy. Danica’s work over the past 9 years has been focused on Art Therapy with youth identified as “At Risk” within a residential treatment setting, non-profit agencies, and private practice. Her work has focused on Trauma, Mood Disorders, Behavioral Issues and co-occurring addictions. In more recent years Danica’s work has expanded to work with the Military, targeting issues and needs that are specific to Military Culture, Service Members and their Families. Danica currently provides supervision for individuals training to be Art Therapists as well as Art Therapists seeking state licensure in counseling.
Delegate to the Assembly of Chapters: Gretchen Graves MS, ATR, CDAT
Gretchen Graves, M.S., ATR, received her Bachelors Degree in Art and Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987. She taught art and photography in Richmond City public high schools for ten years before obtaining her Masters of Science in Art Psychotherapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2001. During that time she interned with adolescents, adults, and children at Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center, Eastern State Hospital, and the Virginia Treatment Center for Children respectively. Gretchen then worked at the Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Center for a few years. In 2006, Gretchen began working at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond with severely handicapped children and adolescents and with Medical College of Virginia’s pediatric acute population. In July 2011, she was elected Speaker- Elect of AATA.