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
Susan Nelson
PAST PRESIDENT
past-president@nwaps.org
Alexandra Woollacott
SECRETARY
secretary@nwaps.org
Brooke Lather-McElligott
TREASURER
treasurer@nwaps.org
Tyson Conner
TECHNOLOGY CHAIR
technology@nwaps.or
Alliance Officers
Elisa Kristine
MENTORING GROUPS
mentoring-groups@nwaps.org
(Position Open)
FORUM CONFERENCE
forum@nwaps.org
Kim Richan
EDUCATION
education@nwaps.org
(Position open)
SPECIAL INITIATIVES GRANTS
 
John Allemand
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
distinguished-speakers@nwaps.org
Tyson Conner
TECHNOLOGY
technology@nwaps.org
Rebecca DiNino
DORPAT 
dorpat@nwaps.org
(Position open)
CHILD THERAPY 
 
Erin Menser 
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
  • Susan Nelson
  • Tyson Conner
  • 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

Rebecca DiNino, Chair
(206) 650-7710
dorpat@nwaps.org

Members
  • Susan Jenkins
  • Kathleen Heppell
  • Ann DeLancey
  • Robin Westby

 

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

Kim Richan, Chair
education@nwaps.org
206-708-4622

Members
  • Elise Hale-Case
  • Nicola Mucci
  • Carol Poole

 

Mentoring Groups Committee

Elisa Kristine, Chair
mentoring-groups@nwaps.org
206-745-0292

Members
  • Peter Jabin
  • 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

(Position Open), Chair
forum@nwaps.org

Members
  • Gloria Tolpin

 

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

Erin Menser, Chair
membership@nwaps.org
206-456-4576

Members
  • Sherry Thomas

 

Distinguished Speakers Committee

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

John Allemand, Chair
distinguished-speakers@nwaps.org
253-509-8302

Members
  • Erin Carruth
  • Deb Gruber
  • Cheryl Henry
  • Babs Glover

 

Technology Committee

This committee oversees and manages websites associated with The Alliance.

Tyson Conner, Chair
technology@nwaps.org
206-748-9640

Members
  • Jamie Friddle
  • 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.