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NYATA Awards

Honorary Life Member

The Honorary Life Member award (HLM) is granted to a New York Art Therapy Association member who has been an inspiration to The New York Art Therapy Association and it’s membership. The purpose of this honor is to recognize outstanding and significant contributions to the New York Art Therapy Association and the field of Art Therapy.

2016 Honorary Life Member Award Recipients

Samantha Hasher received Honoray Life Member Award

Samantha Hasher accepts her Honorary Life Member award from board member, Jodi Price Wattel

Samantha Hasher, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT is the 2016 recipient of the NYATA Honorary Life Member Award. Samantha is in her 7th year on the NYATA board. Samantha has made many valuable contributions to NYATA including providing scholarships to our members, correcting the organizations tax status with the IRS, and writing and receiving 2 advocacy grants from the national organization. Samantha has met with our local legislators to advocate for the field of art therapy and has had many important roles in NYATA over the past 7 years: President- Elect, President and Governmental Affairs Chair.  Samantha has been a devoted board member to NYATA, always there to assist and volunteer her time and knowledge wherever and whenever needed. She has been instrumental in helping create “Advancing Mental Health” packets to be distributed to the public to advocate for establishing art therapy as a form of mental health treatment in New York State.  She has been an asset in the field of art therapy through her work at UCP. Samantha is a very deserving recipient for this esteemed honor.

Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award

The Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award is granted to an art therapist who has devotedly served NYATA. Candidates for this honor have served the New York Art Therapy Association, contributed passion for the field, and dedication to the organization and it’s members. Pam Clark was the first recipient of this award, a dedicated art therapist, board member and volunteer who had a passion to promote an educational component to NYATA and was dedicated to the overall progress and excellence of the New York Art Therapy Association in the 1980s. Read some memories of Pam Clark >

2016 Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Alisha Rappaport Zubrow accepts her award from board member, Gabrielle G. Bellettieri

Alisha Rappaport Zubrow accepts her award from board member, Gabrielle G. Bellettieri

Alisha Rappaport Zubrow, MA, M.S.Ed, ATR-BC, LCAT is a recipient of the NYATA Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award for 2016.  Alisha was the Director of Child Life at New York Hospital Queens from 1999 to 2013 implementing Family Centered Care for the Pediatric population. Alisha began volunteering on the Executive Board of The New York Art Therapy Association in 2005, initially serving on the Nominating Committee and later taking on the role of Corresponding Secretary, which she maintained until 2016.  Alisha was appointed by her peers as Co-President of the New York Art Therapy Association in 2009 during a very tough time for the organization. Due to her level headed point of view and ability to make fair decisions in stressful situations Alisha helped move NYATA forward through a tumultuous period. Because of Alisha’s dedication to the New York Art Therapy Association, as well as her willingness to fill the roles the organization needed over the past decade, Alisha is a very deserving recipient for the honor of NYATA Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award.

Michelle Anne Hololob accepting her award from NYATA President, Dana Wedin

Michelle Anne Hololob accepting her award from NYATA President, Dana Wedin

Michelle Anne Hololob MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS is a recipient of the Pam Clark Distinguished Service Award for 2016. Michelle has been Student Liaison Board Member for the past 6 years. Michelle has been an integral part of keeping New York schools and students informed with current issues in the Art therapy field. Michelle has helped future art therapists in New York further their education and learn about their field. Michelle has advocated that art therapy students become members of NYATA and AATA and connect with the art therapy community.

Michelle has spent the last ten years working at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. There she has been a supervisor to interns from various graduate programs and externs/ post graduates working towards their license and registration. She also has held a faculty position as an Adjunct Instructor at Hofstra University for the last four years. By teaching, advocating and encouraging, Michelle has been demonstrative to supporting students in their educational process.  With the Board’s support and participation Michelle has been working on creating a keepsake art therapy quilt for NYATA which symbolizes the many populations,sites, directives that art therapy has impacted in the NY area. Michelle is a dedicated professional and is extremely deserving of the honor of NYATA Pam Clark Distinguished Award.

Nominations for Awards can be sent to Susan at NYATAnominations@gmail.com.