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Michael Bowers | Executive Director

As Executive Director, Michael is responsible for the overall administration of EMDRIA. Michael has extensive experience in advocacy, having offered testimony in almost half of the states in the US, as well as the US House of Representatives and Senate.  He has developed organizational strategy, and demonstrated success business management, having previously served as Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and as CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  He has also been sought out as a consultant, writer and presenter on personal and organizational development and leadership.



Gayla Turner | Deputy Executive Director

Gayla Turner first joined the EMDRIA staff in 1997 as Conference Coordinator. In 2001, she was promoted to Associate Director, supervising the daily operations of the Association under the direction of the Executive Director. In 2012, she was appointed as Deputy Executive Director. Gayla works closely with the Executive Director, EMDRIA Board and several EMDRIA committees. She also handles staff, financial, and business operations of the organization. Gayla holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. She has been a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives since 2003.



Sarah Frazier | Administrative Coordinator

The newest addition to EMDRIA, Sarah handles product orders, payment processing and manages all of EMDRIA's social media accounts. She also helps other EMDRIA staff members with their administrative duties when needed. Sarah earned her bachelors in Business Administration from Tartleton State University in 2016 and is a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives. 

Susanna Kaufman | Standards & Training Administrative Coordinator


Susanna works with EMDRIA's credentialing program and helps monitor EMDRIA's phone lines and email stream. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in counseling at Texas State University. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association and the Texas Society of Association Executives. Susanna also enjoys a good fiction novel, playing piano, going to nature and relaxing with her husband and two pets. 



Bergen Rawson
| Administrative Specialist of Business Systems

Bergen joined EMDRIA in March 2014 and currently serves as the Administrative Specialist of Business Systems. She has been a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives since 2014 and a member of the American Society of Association Executives since 2016.




Christal Rosa | Membership Development Manager

Christal Rosa joined EMDRIA in June 2013 and serves as back-end site administrator for the EMDRIA member database. She is responsible for maintaining site functions and reporting, and also serves as the online community manager. As the Membership Development Coordinator, she develops goals and tools for member recruitment and retention. She is a member of Texas Society of AssociationExecutives and is working towards becoming a Certified Association Executive (CAE). In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and playing gin rummy.




Sara Sturtevant | Communications and Component Manager

Sara has been involved in nonprofit organizations, education, and program planning for 14 years. Her background is in planning, organizing, and improving non-formal education programs. Sara spent 12 years with the Cooperative Extension Service, serving North Carolina, Indiana, and Louisiana. She has a BS degree from North Carolina State University and an MS degree from Purdue University. Sara spearheads EMDRIA's e-Learning platform and works with Regional Coordinators. She is passionate about making connections with people, meeting the unique needs of learners, and building a positive community environment.  In her spare time, she and her husband love to travel, visit friends and family, and go hiking with their dog, Bingley.





Sarah Tolino | Education & Training Manager

Sarah joined EMDRIA in July 2011 and serves as Education & Training Coordinator. She has been a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives since 2012. 



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