Supporting our members, offering outstanding psychoanalytic training to mental health professionals, and educating the general public about psychoanalysis since 1999.

Board of Directors








Barbara Sewell, MaMFC, MDIV, MRE, MIPA              Term of Office 2020


Barbara Sewell joined the NPSI Board as President in October of 2020. She has a background in literature, education, religion and counseling. Barb is a graduate of NPSI, an enthusiastic Instructor and a Training and Supervising Analyst. She sees adult patients in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in her private practice where her work is informed by her educational background and British object relations theory.


JoAnn Mills              Term of Office 2020-2022


JoAnn joined the NPSI Board in April of 2020. Her first career was as a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle. Since 2000, she has pursued a career with Campbell & Company in fundraising for nonprofits. She brings her significant expertise offering valuable insight to our organization, joining the NPSI Advisory Council as a contributing member in 2015. 

As a graduate of both the University of Washington and Fielding Graduate University, JoAnn remains quite active in a number of community-oriented Seattle area initiatives, including as a board member and past president of the Women's Funding Alliance.

She feels fortunate to live close to her two young grandchildren. She also enjoys time spent kite-boarding with her spouse on the Columbia River, off Jetty Island, and in the Gulf of Mexico. JoAnn sums up the life in the Northwest eloquently when she speaks of the area's "iconic beauty and incredible dynamism". 


Eileen Fletcher, SPHR/SHRM-SCP              Term of Office 2020-2022


Eileen Fletcher became a Community Member of NPSI in 2019 and joined the NPSI Board as Treasurer in September 2019. Eileen has enjoyed a diverse career as a Human Resources Manager, including in the non-profit and healthcare fields, and currently offers HR Consulting services to non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Eileen is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Human Resources. Her credentials include certifications as Senior Professional in Human Resources and as Senior Certified Professional, and she has served on various boards in the Human Resources space. She lives in Seattle.


David Parnes LICSW, FIPA                           Term of Office 2020-2022

Director of Training

As Director of Training, David oversees NPSI’s psychoanalytic training program and the psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs, including the Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis certificate course. He works collaboratively with faculty, training analysts and candidates to keep the training program vibrant and innovative, while maintaining its unique focus on British Object Relations.

David is a psychoanalyst with a private practice in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He is a licensed clinical social worker in Washington State (LICSW) and a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association (FIPA)



Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA               Term of Office 2019-2021


Caron Harrang was invited to join the NPSI Board in 2009 as a Director. During her term as a Director she worked with other members of the Board (Dana Blue) and a web design firm (Kilmer Hansen Inc.) to redesign the organization website turning it into central vehicle for the organization’s communications with colleagues and the general public. 
In 2013 she was elected President-Elect and served her first term as President from 2014-16. In her first term, Caron created an Advisory Council comprised of individuals with expertise in accounting, distance learning technology, educational development, financial reporting, and social media to provide non-binding informed guidance to the Board for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s development and governance. 

Caron was re-elected to a second term as President at the Annual Membership Meeting 2016. During both terms, Caron has served as a member of the Liaison Committee (a standing committee of the Board) representing the interests of NPSI on the Boards of Directors of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS) and of the North American Psychoanalytic Confederation (NAPsaC).
In September 2018 Caron moved into her role as Past President and was elected as Acting Treasurer before Eileen Fletcher joined the Board as Treasurer in September 2019. She served on the Executive Committee and continued work on the Liaison Committee. 

After a decade of service on the Board, Caron is happy to serve once again as a Director and is especially interested in helping the organization to thrive by mentoring members who may have an interest in contributing by serving on the Board.


Carolyn Steinberg, MD, FRCPC, FIPA              Term of Office 2019-2021   


Carolyn Steinberg is a psychoanalyst and Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is a recent graduate and a full member of NPSI. She has accepted an invitation to join the Board in the spirit of providing service to NPSI which has nurtured her own growth and development as a clinician.
Carolyn is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She has over 25 years leadership experience in Children’s Mental Health facilities and organizations (AACAP, WAIMH), psychiatric training programs and Departments of Psychiatry in teaching hospitals. She practices in Vancouver, BC where she sees children and adults in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Carolyn has a particular interest in infant development.



Michael Dougherty              Term of Office 2020-2022

Community Member Director

Michael Dougherty joined the NPSI Board in 2018 as a Community Member Director. He was elected as Secretary in September 2018. Michael works in strategic communications for international development organizations. He believes that strong communications are powerful tools to drive organizational development and change. Michael brings this commitment and his diverse experience, particularly in the non-profit sector, to the NPSI Board. Michael has 25 years of experience in developing promotional, information and knowledge products for international organizations, non-governmental organizations, non-profit, public and private sector clients worldwide. He has broad-based expertise in strategic communications, media relations, writing, design, branding, web and social media, film and multi-media combined with strong project management skills. Michael is currently based in Indonesia, where he works for the Center for International Forestry Research. He is also a practicing fine artist.


Alison Kneisl, MD, MBA, MS              Term of Office 2020

Community Member Director

Bio coming soon.


Dina Maugeri, MA, LMHC              Term of Office 2021-2022

Candidate Representative 

Bio coming soon.



Peggy Swenson

Recording Secretary

Bio coming soon.

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