IL ADTA Business Meeting

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • Present at the meeting: Coco Chen-Martinez, Sara Ogawa Heidbreder, Ashlea Palafox, Sondra Malling, Eve Chalom, Heidi McCardell-Wentworth, Laura Allen
  • Sondra called the meeting to order at 1:12pm. Sara seconded.
  • Introduction of new board
    • President – Wei-Chiung “Coco” Chen-Martinez
    • Vice President – Ashlea Palafox
    • Secretary – Sondra Malling
    • Treasurer – Sara Ogawa Heidbreder
    • Social Media Representative – Jessica Lochte
    • Newsletter Representative – Heidi McCardell-Wentworth will be opening up an email address ( in the future (NOT ACTIVE YET) for submissions to the newsletter. Newsletter will be sent through MailChimp. We will be including dance/movement therapy activities in the Chicago area, as well as advertising the events of other chapters around the nation. Chapter members will be asked to join the newsletter, rather than being sent out through the chapter email account.
  • Announcements
    • Amanda Mitchell has started a new private practice specializing in trauma and anxiety and is also starting a new supervision group to be held at her office at 3806 W. Irving Park Ave., Chicago, IL, open to dance/movement therapists and other counselors. For more information, email Amanda at
    • Heidi McCardell-Wentworth has started a new private practice in Oak Park
    • Laura Allen announced that the Alumni Concert is looking for a new coordinator. IF you are interested, please email Aisha Bell at The 11th annual Alumni Concert is coming up on March 10 &11.
    • Laura Allen announced that the next cycle of GL-CMA is scheduled to start in Fall 2017. Please advertise admissions process to dance/movement therapists, dancers, actors, choreographers, etc.
    • Admissions to the dance/movement therapy program at Columbia College Chicago are underway for next year. Prospective students will be coming to campus soon.
  • Survey Monkey results
    • We had almost 50 returned responses
    • There was an interest in peer support groups. Tentative start date will be in March.
  • Upcoming events
    • February to June, meetings will be set on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. Next meeting will be 2/19/17 from 1pm-3pm at Dovetail Studios. Family and friends of dance/movement therapists are welcome to our Valentine’s Day Social!
    • Creative Arts Therapy week
      • Planning an in-service at other sites and are looking for volunteers and sites
        • Heidi McCardell-Wentworth is interested in Center for Discovery, Insight, and the Renfrew Center, which are eating disorder treatment centers.
        • Eve Chalom has a contact with an arthritis group at a local library
      • March 19th, will have a workshop with other creative arts therapists. Save the date!
    • For April, we are planning a CEU event related to sexual assault awareness month.
    • For May, we are looking for proposals for presenters. Be on the lookout for call for presenters.
    • For June, we will have a picnic in the park social for dance/movement therapists and their families.
  • We hope to open meetings through Skype in the future. Members liked the free conference call option for this meeting, so we also plan to use that in the future.
  • CICO dues: please pay $10 directly to the chapter. You can bring cash to meetings, and we are working on putting a PayPal button on our website for CICO dues only. Additionally, PayPal payments can be made at any time to Chapter dues must be paid through the national ADTA organization.
  • Please update your email address on the national ADTA website or contact to give us your correct email address.

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