We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events and offerings, but also welcome you to contact us through our website or by getting in touch with any of the board members listed below. We’d love to talk with you about opportunities to become more involved at the Alliance, or to hear your thoughts and feedback.
Alliance Executive Committee
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These committees manage the operations of our organization's many and varied offerings, and are dedicated to serving the needs of members. As such, they welcome your suggestions and feedback.
The executive committee is comprised of the board officers and the chair of the Alliance Technology Committee. The president serves a 4-year term, first year as president-elect, two years as president, and a final year as past-president. The secretary and treasurer serve two-year terms and their terms may be renewable without election. As chair of this committee, the president has discretion about this committee's purpose and function.
Susan Nelson, Chair
- Jenae Kronbach
- Carly Claney
- Tyson Conner
- Anne Ihnen
Community Relations Committee
This committee connects the Alliance with mental health and educational organizations as well as individual practitioners in the greater Seattle psychoanalytic community.
We are currently seeking a new Chair and members for this committee. Members who are interested in learning more about these positions can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorpat Lecture in Psychoanalysis & Society Committee
The Alliance was entrusted by an anonymous donor with the creation and oversight of a lecture series to honor Theo Dorpat, MD. The Dorpat Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Society recognizes significant work in applying psychoanalytic understanding to social problems, and is presented to the general public to help inform about psychoanalytic concepts and their value in addressing societal issues. Lectures are presented every one to two years, free of charge.
A committee of Alliance members works to identify and present outstanding public servants whose work meets the standards outlined above. Learn more
- Susan Jenkins
- Kathleen Heppell
- Ann DeLancey
- Robin Westby
This committee works to facilitate meaningful opportunities for the ongoing development of professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest who value psychoanalytic theory, knowledge and practice.
Many courses are offered each fall, winter and spring by various Alliance members and other professionals from the wider psychoanalytic community. Alliance Education Committee sponsored courses generally require pre-enrollment and are offered in one of the three following formats:
Classes: courses offered by a specific instructor(s) with a specific fee structure.
Seminars: courses offered by a specific instructor(s) at no cost to Alliance members.
Study Groups: peer learning experiences organized and led by facilitators with expectation that the group will learn material together. Learn more
Karen Weisbard, Co-chair
Jason Jost, Co-chair
- Eliza Baughn
- Nicola Mucci
- Peter Jabin
- Tanya Rukstuhl
- Alexandra Woollacott
The Forum Conference Committee
Each April, for more than 25 years, the Northwest psychoanalytic community has come together to experience the Forum -- the Alliance's annual professional conference. Master clinicians, as well as newer faces in our profession, present on a wide variety of psychoanalytic subjects. Many years we also have an afternoon plenary session, in which all attendees meet together to share an experience. The conference also serves as the organization's annual meeting. The Northwest psychoanalytic community enjoys an abundance of experience, training and expertise representing much of the psychoanalytic landscape. It is the aim of the Forum to share this wealth with our members and the community at large. Learn more
Gillian Vik, Chair
- Gloria Tolpin
- Rebecca Brabo Silva
- Rachel Newcombe
This committee manages the membership database and collects dues, provides orientation for new members, encourages renewal in expiring members, and develops projects that will strengthen and broaden our membership base.
A sub-committee known as Members Connect develops projects, organizes social gatherings, and maintains an online platform that is designed to strengthen the connections between Alliance members. Learn more
Matt Stichman, Co-chair
Erin Menser, Co-chair
- Ben Braaksma
Potential Space Committee
“Potential space” is a term Donald Winnicott coined to describe an intermediate zone where a person’s experience of inside me and outside are not clearly separate, but come together in a dynamic interplay with other selves. And this is what the Alliance seeks to recreate every October in our annual evening of arts and performance, The Potential Space. Learn more
We are currently seeking members for this committee. Members who are interested in learning more can send an email to email@example.com.
Distinguished Speakers Committee
The Distinguished Speakers committee presents conferences featuring nationally and internationally known psychoanalytic speakers several times a year.
Erin Carruth, Co-chair
John Allemand, Co-chair
- Deb Gruber
- Cheryl Henry
This committee oversees and manages websites associated with The Alliance.
Anne Ihnen, Chair
- Jamie Friddle
- Ralph Fragale
- Erin Carruth
Child Therapy Committee
The Child Therapy Committee seeks to serve our region's child therapists and those interested in learning about psychotherapy through the study of children. We hope to provide therapists and professionals working with children a network to connect professionally and socially with colleagues and friends. We work to provide Alliance members with lectures and training opportunities to deepen clinical work with children as well as community events to feel supported and connected.
- Shanna Donhauser
- Brynn Fitzer
- Amy Shipley
- Doug Schrepferman
- Sydney Conroy