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

Susan Nelson
PRESIDENT
president@nwaps.org
Jenae Kronbach
PAST PRESIDENT
jenae@jenaekronbach.com
Tyson Conner
SECRETARY
tyson@tysonconner.com
(Position open)
TREASURER
Anne Ihnen
TECHNOLOGY CHAIR
anneihnen@gmail.com

 

Alliance Officers
(Position open)
COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Gillian Vik
FORUM CONFERENCE
gillianvikma@gmail.com
Karen Weisbard
EDUCATION
karen@karenweisbard.com
Jason Jost
EDUCATION
jason@jasonjost.com
(Position open)
SPECIAL INITIATIVES GRANTS
 
Matt Stichman
MEMBERSHIP
membership@nwaps.org
Erin Carruth
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
erinray@comcast.net
John Allemand
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS
jallemandpsych@gmail.com
Anne Ihnen
TECHNOLOGY
anneihnen@gmail.com
Rebecca DiNino
DORPAT 
rdinino@comcast.net
Daniel Brown
CHILD THERAPY 
danielbtherapy@gmail.com
Elizabeth Vu
CHILD THERAPY 
liz@innerrootscounseling.com
Sal Ziz
POTENTIAL SPACE 
salzizdcsw@gmail.com
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 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
206-618-5811
president@nwaps.org

Members
  • Jenae Kronbach
  • Laura Pucher
  • 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 contact Jenae Kronbach (jenae@jenaekronbach.com).

 

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

RebeccaDiNino, Chair
(206) 650-7710
rdinino@comcast.net

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 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
karen@karenweisbard.com
206-525-6783

Jason Jost, Co-chair
jason@jasonjost.com
206-329-5146

Members
  • 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
gillianvikma@gmail.com
206-291-6518

Members
  • David Allen
  • Gloria Tolpin
  • Rebecca Brabo Silva
  • Rachel Newcombe

 

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

Matt Stichman, Chair
membership@nwaps.org
206-693-8469

Members
  • Sunny Jansma
  • Erin Menser

 

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

Sal Ziz, Chair
salzizdcsw@gmail.com
(206) 284-4321

Members
  • Elizabeth Clark Stern
  • Carole Poole
  • Perry Janssen
  • Michael Miller
  • Michael Galloway

 

Distinguished Speakers Committee

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

Erin Carruth, Co-chair
erinray@comcast.net
206-267-3090

John Allemand, Co-chair
jallemandpsych@gmail.com
253-509-8302

Members
  • Deb Gruber
  • Cheryl Henry

 

Technology Committee

This committee oversees and manages websites associated with The Alliance.

Anne Ihnen, Chair
anneihnen@gmail.com
206-748-9640

Members
  • 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.

Daniel Brown, Co-chair
danielbtherapy@gmail.com
206-883-6746

Elizabeth Vu, Co-chair
liz@innerrootscounseling.com
425-390-8325

Members
  • Shanna Donhauser
  • Brynn Fitzer
  • Amy Shipley
  • Doug Schrepferman