OEATA Board Members

Board of Directors 2023-2024

Below are the members of the Board. You can also read their directory profiles below.

  • President – Terri Roberton (She/Her/Us/We/Our)
  • Vice President – Virginia Jahyu (She/Her/她)
  • Treasurer – Asta Au (She/Her/她)
  • Secretary – Antonietta Meolla, (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Aekyung Chung (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Daphne Brown (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Kejo Buchanan (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Sue Dorder (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Londzo Drury (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Heidi McCurdy (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Shambhvi Sharma (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Ayana Spivak (She/Her)
  • Member at Large – Emily Springgay (She/Her)
  • Past President – Kayla Chambers (She/Her) 2022 – 2023
  • Past President – Melanie Nesbitt (She/Her) 2014; 2022-2023

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Asta Au

ExAT (in training), M.A (Candidate)

I am a second-generation, Chinese Canadian and a settler living in the Greater Toronto Area. I also identify as cisgender, able-bodied, queer, neurodivergent and Chinese.  My pronouns are she/her.

I’m playful, goofy and love to laugh. My sense of humour can be dark sometimes. I am a lover of all things cute and fluffy.…

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Kejo Buchanan

Librarian 🌿 Radio Host 🌿 Executive Producer

Kejo Buchanan is a Librarian at the Toronto Reference Library Arts Department that curates folk acoustic sound through a community radio station, MetRadio. Also Executive Producer of FolkRecovery.org an oral history project celebrating and archiving BIPOC Canadian folk storytellers. Kejo consistently merges her info skills and artistry within spaces of community builders, seed planters and those honouring and benefiting from collective healing and change.

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Kayla Chambers, RP (Qualifying), ExAT, MA

Somatic Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and Community Liaison Shelter Worker

Hi, I’m Kayla (she/her). I am a psychotherapist and artist who helps folks transform trauma in order to deepen experiences of presence and connection. My practice uses an experiential approach drawn from somatic, expressive arts, ecotherapy, and relational psychotherapies.

I am passionate about this work because I believe fully in our embodied potential for reshaping trauma through creative connection.…

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Aekyung Chung, ExAT

Expressive Arts Therapist

I am an immigrant Korean woman (She/Her), and Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT), Educator, Facilitator, and Artist living in Toronto. I am presently working in the Korean community in the GTA. I have 6 years of experience facilitating group ExAT workshops and have worked as an individual counsellor in the Korean community during COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, I am studying to become a Spiritual Care Psychotherapist in the MPS program (Knox College, U of T) to expand my future.…

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Virginia Jahyu


Virginia Jahyu (she/her/她) is an artist, intersectional hood-feminist, transformative justice facilitator, and expressive arts therapist with a strong interest in rhythmic poetry, arts empowerment, community building, and social justice tuning in from Tkaronto, Treaty 13. She is inspired by liberation healing and is invested in deeper understanding(s) of colonial impacts on mental health and identity.…

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Heidi McCurdy

Expressive Arts Therapist, Sound Healer & Voice Coach

Heidi McCurdy, BFA, EXaT, MEd

I believe that Music is a beautiful, powerful way to heal our hearts and connect more deeply with ourselves, each other, and the Earth. As a singer, songwriter, sound healer, voice coach and Expressive Arts Therapist, I love to guide others to empower their authentic voice and free their expression.…

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Melanie Nesbitt, RP, EXAT, REAT

Registered Psychotherapist,

Melanie Nesbitt is a Registered Psychotherapist and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist.  She graduated from York University and the European Graduate School.  Melanie has over 30 years’ experience working with the arts as a psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. In her private practice she sees people of all ages, individually and in small groups. She helps clients deal with trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss; that may lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and panic. …

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Rosalinde Pecino Tamburro

Expressive Arts Therapist

As an Expressive Arts Therapist, I am passionate about helping young people tap into their full potential. Through my holistic, whole-child approach, I see your child for who they are – the child behind the diagnosis, the child behind the disappointing report cards and the child behind the pointing fingers of their peers. I will take my time to get to know your child, to gain their trust, to develop a relationship, and when they’re ready, work from a resource-oriented perspective.…

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Terri Roberton, RP, BFA, MLIS, ExAT


Terri Roberton, (RP, ExAT, BFA, MLIS) is immersed in the arts from various angles having practiced painting, illustration and animation for many years. She helped steward the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association as Vice-President since 2009, and as president since 2015. She has an interest in arts-based research and has guest lectured at George Brown College and Ryerson University.…

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Shambhvi Sharma, RP (Qualifying)


I am RP(Q) with CRPO and RSSW, Psychotherapist with Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers, an Expressive Arts Therapist and Creative Movement Therapy Facilitator. I am a board member of Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and also a member of CID, UNESCO.

In my life, I have not been stranger to personal trauma and the affects it can have, which has been a strong motivation for me to be pursuing this field.…

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Ayana Spivak, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, MA Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapist, Dance/Movement Psychotherapist

Ayana is an EXAT with a solid background in Dance and Movement.

She has her private practice in Richmond Hill, ON, providing individual psychotherapy for children and adults.

Ayana is a group facilitator with over 15 years of experience in working in different settings with a variety of populations such as refugees, seniors, children and adults with Mental Health challenges and complex disabilities, and individuals with ambulatory disabilities.…

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Emily Springgay, RP, EXAT, MEd

Registered Psychotherapist

I’m Emily (she/her). I’m a Registered Psychotherapist offering individual in-person and virtual psychotherapy for youth and adults. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a relational perspective, and I integrate experiential, phenomenological, person-centered, and arts-based methods into my sessions. I have a deep appreciation for imagination, creativity, and playfulness, and I value culturally aware, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming, and trauma-informed care.…

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