Board of Directors




Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA               Term of Office 2018-2020


Maxine Nelson joined the NPSI Board as the first candidate rep in March 2013. Prior to that, she had been Candidate President 2009-2011.

Maxine became a Director on the Board following her graduation from NPSI in February 2014 and acceptance as a full member in March 2014. She took on the role of Secretary/Treasurer in December 2014 and served in that role concurrently with being President-Elect from September 2017 until September 2018. In her role as NPSI Treasurer, Maxine set up an ad hoc Finance Committee, whose mission was to create NPSI’s first budget, completed in August 2018. As part of the process, Maxine worked closely with Administrator Hollee Sweet to change the way financial reports were done so that they would be comprehensible to all Board members. This was part of an effort to involve the entire Board in financial decision-making.

Maxine has served as a member of the NPSI Liaison Committee since 2015. The Liaison Committee is 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).

As President, Maxine is responsible for chairing Board meetings as well as directing the business of the organization. She is an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board, but does not vote except in the case of a tie. Maxine oversees all activities of Administrator Hollee Sweet and is responsible for approving all aspects of her work including review and editing of monthly board meeting minutes. The President also serves as Chair of the Executive Committee composed of the Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect.

Maxine looks forward to working closely with the Board and NPSI membership to maintain NPSI’s health and status as a component society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA).

Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA               Term of Office 2018-2019

Past President

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. The Board and Advisory Council meet annually for a half-day retreat to review operations and strategize on how to work together to strengthen current programs and implement new initiatives in the year ahead.
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. She will continue on the Liaison Committee and on the Executive Committee with President and Acting Director of Training Maxine Nelson and Secretary Michael Dougherty. She is especially interested to helping the organization to thrive by mentoring members who may have an interest in contributing by serving on the Board.

Michael Dougherty              Term of Office 2018-2020


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.

Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA               Term of Office 2018-2020

Acting Treasurer 

Caron Harrang is serving as Acting Treasurer until the Board is able to recruit a qualified replacement. In her temporary role Caron coordinates with NSPI Administrator Hollee Sweet to provide financial reports to the Board at monthly meetings and presents the organization’s budget for approval each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The Treasurer chairs the ad hoc Finance committee and prepares a summary for inclusion in the organization’s Annual Report for each fiscal year. The Treasurer reviews and keeps the Board informed about the organization’s investment activities. The Treasurer serves on the Executive Committee regarding financial strategy and oversight of outside financial audits ensuring transparency of budgeting policies and procedures.

Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA               Term of Office 2018-2020

Acting Director of Training

Maxine Nelson is currently serving as Acting Director of Training in addition to being President of NPSI. She joined the Education Committee in 2015 and served as Chair of Admissions until 2018.

As Director of Training, Maxine is responsible for all aspects of the psychoanalytic training program and acts as Chair of the Education Committee comprised of Chairs of Admissions, Curriculum, Progression, Training Analysts and Candidate President.
In her role as Director of Training, Maxine serves as a member of the Executive Committee, composed of the President (Chair), Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect. Maxine acts as the bridge between the Board and the primary educational activity of the Institute, the provision of training for mental health professionals. 


David Jachim, PhD, FIPA              Term of Office 201


David has been an NPSI Board Member since 2010. In 2012 he was elected President and served his term in this capacity until 2014. During his administration a number of goals were accomplished, including the creation of a website and newsletter, re-organization of the Board, various outreach initiatives and application to the APCE. Upon completion of his term, David was elected to the Board as Director and he serves in that capacity to the present. His primary interest is in Board development and he currently heads a project to increase Board membership with both analyst and non-analyst community members. In addition, he maintains an analytic practice in Seattle, working with adults and older adolescents. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, travelling, athletics, and jazz music.


John Petrov              Term of Office 2017-2019

Community Member Director

John Petrov is a Condominium Association Industry veteran with a wide-range of experience in managing Condo Associations, HOAs, Co-Ops and PUDs. Having dealt with Associations as small as two units and as large as hundreds of units, in two different states, John has a unique perspective in a business industry that requires very special skills. John has been active in the condominium and real estate market for the past 10 years and has founded Washington Condo Brokers, Inc., a Condo/HOA exclusive realty company, in January of 2016. As a Managing Broker, his current specialty is condominium real estate sales, consultations, and professional resale certificate reviews. John obtained his degrees in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Alaska and currently maintains active Association Management Specialist and Certified Manager of Community Associations designations. John has served on the Board of Directors for Discovery Park Condominium Association for the past 3 years.


Becky McGuire, MS, LMHC              Term of Office 2017-2019

Candidate Representative 

Becky is a fourth year candidate at NPSI and was accepted by the Board of Directors in January 2017 to be the Candidate Representative. As the Candidate Representative, her role is to act as liaison between the candidates engaged in psychoanalytic training and the Board of Directors.  She meets monthly with the candidate group and endeavors to represent their interests at the board meetings. It is equally important to Becky, to convey to the candidate group pertinent information from the Board that will support the candidates in their progression through training and in their professional development. Becky believes that this open channel of communication between candidates and the Board of Directors fosters a robust training environment and furthers the development of the Society and the Institute.

Anna Delacroix, MA, LMHC                 Term of Office 2018-2020

Candidate Representative 

Anna is a senior candidate at NPSI and was accepted by the Board of Directors in September 2018 to be a Candidate Representative. As a Candidate Representative, her role is to act as liaison between the Board and candidates currently engaged in psychoanalytic training at NPSI.  She maintains a private practice in Seattle where she sees adults in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and provides meditation instruction and guidance. 


Hollee Sweet

Recording Secretary

Hollee joined NPSI in June of 2014. As Administrator, she provides administrative support to the organization, maintains bookkeeping, manages updates to the website, obtains and reports on CEUs for the Society and Institute, reports to the President, is Managing Editor of Selected Facts: Newsletter of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and is Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors. Approved minutes can be found on the NPSI website here.