About the Alliance

Board of Directors

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

Julie Cake
PRESIDENT
president@nwaps.org
Erin Wright
CO-PRESIDENT
past-president@nwaps.org
 
Christine Hutchinson
VICE PRESIDENT
 
Alejandra Morris
CO-VICE PRESIDENT
Alexandra Woollacott
SECRETARY
secretary@nwaps.org
Brooke Lather-McElligott
TREASURER
treasurer@nwaps.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alliance Officers
Clare Isaacson
MENTORING GROUPS
mentoring-groups@nwaps.org
Caleb Dodson
FORUM CONFERENCE
forum@nwaps.org
Maria Klots
EDUCATION
education@nwaps.org
 
Danny Gellersen
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
distinguished-speakers@nwaps.org
(Position open)
DORPAT 
dorpat@nwaps.org 
 
Jessi Johns
MEMBERSHIP
Alliance Committees


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.

Executive Committee

The executive committee comprises 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.

Julie Cake, Chair
206-920-1448
president@nwaps.org

Members
  • Erin Wright
  • Christine Hutchinson
  • Alejandra Morris
  • Brooke Lather-McElligott
  • Alexandra Woollacott

 

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

Position Open
dorpat@nwaps.org

Education Committee

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 Alliance members and other professionals from the wider psychoanalytic community. Learn more

Maria Klots, Chair
education@nwaps.org
 

Mentoring Groups Committee

Clare Isaacson, Chair
mentoring-groups@nwaps.org
206-948-5619

Members
  • Gillian Vik
  • Paul Berkelhammer
  • Elisa Kristine

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

Caleb Dodson, Chair
forum@nwaps.org

Membership Committee

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

Jessi Johns, Chair
membership@nwaps.org
 

 

Distinguished Speakers Committee

The Distinguished Speakers committee presents conferences featuring nationally and internationally known psychoanalytic speakers several times a year.

Danny Gellersen
distinguished-speakers@nwaps.org
 

Technology Liason

The Technology Liason handles tech support for members and the NWAPS Board. The Technology Liason is not a board position.

Thomas Brown
technology@nwaps.org