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Michael Bowers

Executive Director

512.451.5200 |


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, CAE

Deputy Executive Director

512.451.5200  ext. 204 |


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

512.451.5200 ext. 201 |


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

512.451.5200 ext. 208 |


Susanna is the first impression to the public and to members calling on the phone and helps to monitor EMDRIA's email stream. She processes the daily flow of EMDRIA Certification and Approved Consultant renewals and Certification applications. Susanna has always been interested in people and social interactions and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Counseling at Texas State University. She has been a member of the Texas Society of Association Executives since 2015. She also enjoys teaching piano lessons and relaxing with her husband and two pets. 

Christal Rosa

Membership Development Coordinator

512.451.5200  ext. 205 |


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. She also serves as the 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 Association Executives and is working towards becoming a Certified Association Executive (CAE).



Sara Sturtevant

Continuing Professional Education Coordinator

512.451.5200  ext. 206 |


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 Coordinator

512.451.5200  ext. 207 |


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.



Bergen Rawson

Membership Services Coordinator

512.451.5200  ext. 203 |


Bergen joined EMDRIA in March 2014 and serves as Membership Services Coordinator. 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.





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