President of the Board:
Niki Picogna, LPC, RPT-S is a licensed clinical professional counselor, board approved supervisor, and a registered play therapist supervisor in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been practicing since 2008 after graduating from Johns Hopkins University's clinical community counseling program. She runs child and adolescent school based, and clinic based programs for a large mental health clinic, as well as her own private practice. Having a flare for the arts, Niki loves to incorporate the creative arts in her therapeutic interventions. As a child advocate, Niki enjoys traveling internationally; teaching all the wonderful skills she has learned, as well as learning new techniques from mental health professionals from different cultures.
Betsy Wendt, MC, NCC is a long-standing Board member and a professional counselor in the DC Public Schools. She works at Hearst Elementary School, a school counselor. For the past several years, Betsy has been fortunate to supervise social work interns from Gallaudet University and counseling interns from Trinity and Howard universities.
Florence Augustin, MSW, LICSW, RPT serviced school-aged children in the DC Public Schools in both regular and special education as a School Social Worker for thirty years. Following her retirement, Florence discovered play therapy and sandtray therapy and these modalities became her new horizon. Now, as a Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist, Florence has joined a mental health practice that focuses on play therapy and is enjoying the experiences of meeting the developmental needs of the same population while applying the therapeutic power of play.
Bill McNulty, MA, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, RPT-S has been practicing psychotherapy for over ten years and has been a member of the board since 2003. He has experience working in a residential treatment center, level 5 non-public school with emotionally disturbed adolescents, outpatient mental health clinics, and as an early childhood mental health consultant. Bill is currently working with DC Public Schools, where he works with children, adolescents, and their families.
Julianne Meagher, LCSW-C, RPT was first introduced to play therapy at College Park Youth and Family Services. She completed her masters degree in social work at the Catholic University of America in 2008 and has since practiced play therapy in the therapeutic foster care and outpatient mental health settings. She previously worked as a clinic and school-based therapist, as well as a clinical supervisor in a public outpatient clinic in Dundalk. She currently works in a public mental health clinic in Anne Arundel County.
Kelly McNew, LCPC, RPT, NCC, is a therapist in private practice working with children, adolescents and families in Edgewater, MD. Kelly has 13 years of experience in various settings including: community mental health, early childhood mental health consultation, residential treatment, psychotropic clinical trials, school/home-based counseling and private practice. As an advocate for children, play therapy is the foundation of Kelly's practice to support healing & growth in the families she serves.
Jenny Fleming, NCC, RPT, LCPC is a school counselor in Montgomery County Public Schools and works at a Private Practice in Bethesda, MD. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a school counseling masters and post masters in play therapy. Jenny is enthusiastic about her craft as a means to support children and always motivated to learn more.
Lora Wolz, LGSW started her journey towards becoming a RPT in 2014 after attending a Play Therapy training and understanding the impact play therapy can have on helping and healing children with mental health needs. Lora attended her first Association of Play Therapy Conference in 2015 in Atlanta, GA allowing her the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in various play therapy modalities. Lora thrives off of opportunities that allow her to expand her knowledge in helping children, implementing new play therapy techniques, and watching her patients grow and heal through the art of play. Lora received her Masters in Social Work at Salisbury University in 2013 and is currently working as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in Baltimore County.