Transforming Lives That Transform America
Conference Staff

 Director

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Yaro Fong-Olivares (she/her), M.S. – Director, Corporate Education, Bentley University | Leadership Psychology PsyD candidate, William James College | Organizational Development with a focus on racial justice, equity, and inclusion | President, Executive Committee, New York Center | Member, Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems | Co-Creator, Group Relations International | Consultant-in-training, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Associate Director

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Rev. Jaime J. Romo (he/him), Ed.D. – Hospice Chaplain, Seaport Home Health and Hospice | Trauma Incident Reduction Facilitator, Private Practice | President, Child Friendly Faith Project | Member, Grex |Certified Consultant, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

Director for Administation

TBD

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Limor Vink (She/her), M.A. -  Regional Coordinator, Anti Defamation League | Member, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

Consultants

 

Andrea Fraser – Artist Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Art | Board Member, Grex | Associate and Certified Consultant, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

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Mojgan Jahan, PsyD – Clinical Psychologist, Naval Medical Center San Diego | Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice | Benson Henry Institute Certified Healthcare Practitioner and Consultant in Mindfulness and Stress Resilience | Member, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems Member, Grex 

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Leonard Levis, PhD – Private Practice of Psychotherapy and Organizational Consultation, Berkeley, CA  | Senior Clinical Supervisor, The Westcoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, CA | Founding Member, Udana Institute for Spiritual Studies  | Member, Grex,West Coast Affiliate of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems  | Associate and Certified Consultant, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

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Cydny Urbina Rothe, LCSW – Jungian Analyst, Private Practice, Pasadena California | Teacher, Former Member of Board of Directors, and Chair of Certifying Board, Group Process training for Candidates, CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles | Former Board Member and Treasurer, Grex | Associate & Consultant Candidate-in-Training, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

Transforming Lives That Transform America
Conference Staff

 Director

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Yaro Fong-Olivares (she/her), M.S. – Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University| Leadership Psychology PsyD candidate, William James College | Organizational Development with a focus on racial justice, equity, and inclusion | President, Executive Committee, New York Center | Member, Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems | Co-Creator, Group Relations International | Consultant-in-training, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Associate Director

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Rev. Jaime J. Romo (he/him), Ed.D. – Hospice Chaplain, Kaiser Permanente | Trauma Incident Reduction Facilitator Trainer in training, Private Practice Facilitator | Minister for Healing and Healthy Environments | Member, Grex | Certified Consultant, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems 

Director for Administration

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Limor Vink (She/her), M.A. -  Regional Coordinator, Anti Defamation League, New York/New Jersey | Member, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems | Member, Grex |  Co-creator, Group Relations International

Administrators

TBD

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Julissa Palacios B.A -  Human Resources/Learning and Development Manager, Los Angeles, CA | Graduate student at CSUDH | Member, SHRM

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Jack Lampl (he/him) – Organizational Consultant | Past President and Fellow, A. K. Rice Institute | Past President, Threshold Foundation | Credentialed Mediator | Visual

Artist | Member, Grex

Pre-Conference Administrator and Program Co-Developer

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Tara L. Victor, PhD, ABPP/CN – Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Psychology | Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences | Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, Private Practice | Member, Grex | Associate & Certified Consultant, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

Consultants

 

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Grace Bagunu, M.A., PhD -  Grace Bagunu is a higher education professional and leadership expert. Grace currently serves as the assistant dean of student affairs at Revelle College at the University of California San Diego. Grace earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Most recently Grace completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Grace has participated in group relations conferences and trainings and is a co-creator for Group Relations International.

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Nicole M. Borunda (they, them, theirs), M.A. - Founder & CGO, For Goodness’ Sake Consulting; Advisor, The Brown Building; Co-creator, Group Relations International; Member, Ongoing Group Group

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Joanne Bowman (she/her) – Organizational Development and HR Thought-leader | Leadership Coach and Consultant; Group and Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator | Member of New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations and Social Systems, and member of Social Dreaming Matrix | AKRI Member; Group Relations International Co-Creator | Functional Fitness Athlete and Health/Wellness Enthusiast.  M.A.in Change Management and Org Psych, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Diana Castañeda (she/her), M.A. - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor | Director of Youth and Crisis Services, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) | Since 2012, she has been on staff every year for the Group Relations Conference in the Tavistock Tradition through The Family Institute at Northwestern University | Member, CISCO, an affiliate of A.K. Rice Institute.

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Julia G. Katawazi (she/her/ella), M.A. - Associate Professional Clinical Counselor | Research Health Science Specialist, VA La Jolla | Counselor Education and Supervision PhD candidate, Oregon State University

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Lt Col Rod Smith (he/him), PhD – Assistant Professor, US Air Force Academy | Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego | Leadership Development with focus on use of love to develop inclusive leaders of character and on use of group relations to elevate gender, racial, and sexual identities in leadership | Board Member, Adaptive Leadership Network | Board Member, AK Rice Institute | Co-Creator, Group Relations International | Member International Leadership Association.

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