Executive Members

Emily Rich, MS, LMFT, MedFT
Co-President

Emily Rich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

She presently has a private practice in Seattle, seeing individuals, couples, and families with a special focus on eating disorders, trauma, and relationship issues. Emily is also trained as a Medical Family Therapist, working as part of the holistic healthcare team in a primary care clinic.

With an extensive background as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor, Emily enjoys bringing creativity into her work with clients as a form of expression and an avenue for healing.

Maria Callahan
CO-PRESIDENT, ex-offico

Maria Callahan is currently a full-time Seattle Public Schools Art teacher at Thornton Creek School, K-5. She holds a degree in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Maria received her K-8 teaching credential, with an early childhood endorsement from Pacific Oaks College. She taught pre-school, Kindergarten and First grade before becoming a visual arts teacher in 2005.

Maria has a total of 19 years with Seattle Public Schools. Her expertise using a model of Expeditionary Learning, allows her to integrate visual arts across the curriculum at all grade levels. Maria says, “In school, art class was my saving grace, my safe place”. She hopes she can pass this grace along to her students. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband, who teaches middle school special education, and a sparkly middle-school son.

Ellen K. Carruth, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS
education outreach/program development

Dr. Carruth is a Professor and Program Director for the M.Ed in Counseling Program at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing her formal education, Dr. Carruth has spent time working in the mental health system in Washington and has used her experiences as a clinician to inform her practice as an instructor and her current research agenda.

Dr. Carruth has spent her career in the helping professions, and she has over 20 years of experience working in human services/community mental health and higher education. Dr. Carruth began her career as a music therapist, and brings her unique approach to using music in counseling to students of the NWCEAI.

Dr. Carruth maintains active roles in a number of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, and the Washington Mental Health Counselor’s Association, where she is president emeritus.

Shawn Pham, BS, MSW
Member at Large

Shawn is a multimedia visual artist with a focus on digital art and ceramics. He is a NWCEAI alum, and graduated with his Bachelor of Social Work at George Mason University and Advanced Standing Master of Social Work at University of Washington.
His experience ranges from being a College and Career Readiness Social Worker at Arlington Housing Corporation, where he worked with first and second-gen students of color to being a Behavioral Health Counselor at Asian Counseling and Referral Services.
Shawn was also the former West Coast Alumni & Family Liaison at Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center where he hosted, organized, and collaborated with nonprofits and mental health advocates and leaders to create national events about mental health and eating disorders. 
Currently, Shawn resides back home in the D.C. metropolitan area as ERC Pathlight’s East Coast Alumni & Family Liaison and as a private practice therapist. He takes pride in working with immigrant communities of color and incorporating the expressive arts therapies as an integral part of their healing.

Darcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D, LMHC
Member at large

Darcie Davis-Gage is a licensed mental health counselor in Iowa and a counselor educator at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Davis-Gage has over 20 years experience as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and counselor educator. She graduated from the Northwest Creative and Expressive Art Institute as an Expressive Art Therapist.

Dr. Davis-Gage actively collaborates in numerous interdisciplinary research and service endeavors and frequently publishes and presents nationally and internationally on expressive art therapy, wellness and self-care, and trauma informed design.

She is a member of the International Expressive Art Therapy Association and the Association of Creativity in Counseling. She currently provides expressive art counseling and wellness services in the community.She integrates expressive art into clinical supervision and consultation services at Hero Haven. This non-for-profit serves first responders and firefighters experiencing compassion fatigue and occupational stress. She is also training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART-Basic) which is an evidenced based eye movement treatment for trauma and other mental health issues.

She also enjoys an active art practice in dance, movement, drama, and mixed media.

Karla Mancero, MA, LMFT
Member at large

Karla Mancero is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Arts in Couples and Family therapy from Antioch University Seattle. She also earned her Professional Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy at NWCEAI in 2019-2020.

Karla has a private practice in Seattle serving children, adolescents, and families with a special focus on social and separation anxiety, depression, relational issues, and sensory integration needs in neurodivergent children.

Karla thrives when she is being creative with clients and for her own mental health. Above all though her first love in the expressive arts is poetry. Karla has many interests in the arts and continues to learn and play with hand drumming, dancing, paint pouring, improv, and writing.