Board Members

Let us know if you are interested in becoming a board member for 2020. We will have some positions open and need your support!! Email

Executive Board Members


Dana Simmons, LMHC, ATR~P, LMT, CCHT, SA, TST

Dana Simmons is a a PHD candidate for a Doctorate in Natural Medicine through Quantum University. She is a graduate of Southwestern College and is the Assistant Director of their NEI Certificate programs.
She holds specialization certificates in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Human Sexuality, Ecotherapy, and Trauma & Grief.
Dana believes in a Holistic mind, body approach to healing the wounds of the heart and soul.

Dana is a MDMA therapist with MAPS and is helping to train therapist in this modality by providing the experiential portion of this 5 part training.
This is Dana’s 3rd year on the board and recently represented NMATA as a Co~keynote speaker at the Military and the Arts Roundtable in Gallop, NM.
She looks forward to her service again this year on the board.


Tejal Murray, MA, LPCC


Hillary Kaufman, MA, LMHC

Hillary Kaufman has served as treasurer of NMATA since January 2019. She was trained as an art therapist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as the lead art therapist at Thresholds Bridge North, a community support agency in Chicago. She worked at Youth Shelters in New Mexico and also spent 3 years in Boston as the Artist Program Manager at ArtLifting, a gallery supporting artists around the country living with disability or who had experienced homelessness.

Hillary returned to New Mexico in 2018 to work with the Breaking the Silence New Mexico and their Inside Out art program. She is currently a consultant with Coop Consulting and PAX Good Behavior Game and works with public schools, teachers, and students across the state of New Mexico to develop self regulation, pro-social skills, and become agents of change in their classrooms, schools, and communities.


Alanna Sidlinger, MA, LMHC, ATR

Board Members

Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC Social Justice Committee

Christina Calderon, MA, LMHC graduated from Southwestern Collage with a MA in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist, artist and photographer. She currently works at a residential treatment facility, New Moon Lodge, as a primary therapist for Native American men recovering from addictions. Her deep respect for New Mexican culture is a driving factor for her community based approach to addictions treatment and generational trauma. She also maintains a small private practice, Wild Bird Medicine, LLC where she specializes in dream work and various photo therapy techniques. She is thrilled to be serving the New Mexico Art Therapy Association as a board member this year.

Moriah Lancaster, MA, LMHC Membership Committee

Moriah has been involved with NMATA since 2013, first as a student member, then as a professional member and now as a professional board member. As an enthusiast and believer of the Art Therapy profession she hopes to contribute to the New Mexico Art Therapy Association in whatever capacity that will manifest. She hopes to sustain her passion for the field, in its longevity, and hopes to imbue her enthusiasm of Art Therapy for posterity. She looks forward to providing some “Art as Therapy” groups at Meow Wolf and current is doing freelance phototherapy workshops, art therapy demonstrations, and has other “Media and Technology” groups on the horizon.

Isabel Ribe, MA, LMHC Social Justice Committee

Alanna Sidlinger, MA, LMHC, ATR Social Justice Committee Chair

Alanna graduated from Southwestern College with an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2015. Shortly after graduating she started working at Life Healing Center as a primary therapist working with adults in a residential program who are struggling with addictions, trauma and co-occuring mental health challenges. She transitioned to facilitating the weekly art therapy groups in November, 2016. Alanna is excited to extend her involvement with NMATA as president elect to help the organization grow and serve the community. She has been involved with NMATA off and on since she was a student at Southwestern College. Email:

Nancy Lemmon, MA, LMHC

William Jenkins, MA, LMHC, Social Justice Committee

Student Board Members

Sara Kaminski, MA