Machen Champion is an LPCC-S, RPT-S™, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and owns her practice, Wired to Bloom Therapy & Consulting, LLC, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Outside of work, Machen loves to read, play ultimate frisbee, and explore new restaurants.
As President Elect, she is learning about national and state Association of Play Therapy in preparation for future presidency term. Machen also approves play therapy CEs for trainings in the area.
Tracy Faber is an LISW-S, RPT-S™ in West Chester, Ohio. She is the Clinical Director for Focus on Youth, Inc., a foster care, adoption, and behavioral health agency. In her spare time, Tracy loves to hike, camp, and sit outside by a campfire!
As the president for OAPT, she supervises and controls all business and affairs of the organization. She also completes or delegates other tasks that ensure the organization's growth.
Krista Long is an LISW-S, RPT-S™ in Fairfield, Ohio. She is a Mental Health Therapist in the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and a Contract Youth and Family Therapist at Focus on Youth. In her free time, Krista enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, hiking, being outdoors, and traveling.
As the Past President for OAPT, she provides consultation to the Board as well as organizing Gold Branch requirements and Elections.
Tisha Way Gaynor
Tisha Way Gaynor is an LISW-S, RPT-S™ in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tisha also has advanced training in CBT, PCIT, NMT, Theraplay, EMDR, and DBT. Tisha works as a therapist in the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Outside of work, Tisha enjoys long distance running, chasing after her toddler, and exploring the world.
As Treasurer for OAPT, she develops budgets and tracks the spending of the organization.
Continuing Education Director
Jodi Schermerhorn is an LPCC-S, RPT-S™ in Central Ohio. She is the Clinical Director for Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling. Jodi has offices in Delaware County, Franklin County and Morrow County. She works with children and families from 3 years old up and works with couples.
As the Continuing Education Director for OAPT, Jodi plans and coordinates annual conferences. She works with vendors, speakers, and attendees to ensure OAPT conferences run smoothly.
Megan Niehauser is an LPCC, RPT™ and is actively pursuing certification in Synergetic Play Therapy. She works at Conscious Roots Counseling, a private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Outside of work, Megan enjoys time outdoors with family.
As Secretary, Megan creates and sends the monthly newsletter, manages OAPT's social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram, and updates the website as needed. Megan also organizes documentation of meeting minutes and other branch needs to keep OAPT organized.
Membership & Outreach Director
Julia Copley is an LSC, LPCC-S, RPT-S™ in Medina, Ohio. Julia owns her practice, Core Counseling and Consulting. Julia is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Akron and teachers various graduate courses in the Counseling Department including, Introduction to Play Therapy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, two dogs, and traveling.
Julia is the Membership & Outreach Director and her primary responsibilities include supporting OAPT members in building connections to others across the state, increasing member engagement within OAPT, and advocating for the healing powers of play through connecting with therapists, universities, agencies, etc. in Ohio. She also serves as the primary contact for OAPT members regarding membership benefits and renewals.