Board of Directors
Caron Harrang, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018 (second term)
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.
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 organizational development and plan ways to work together in the upcoming year. Under her leadership the Board has developed a 5-year strategic plan and yearly operational plan (See here).
Caron was elected to a second term at the Annual Membership Meeting on November 16, 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).
As President, Caron chairs Board meetings and directs 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. Caron oversees all activities of the Administrator (Hollee Sweet) and is responsible for approving all aspects of her work including review and editing of bi-monthly (formerly monthly) board meeting minutes. The President serves as Chair of the Executive Committee composed of the Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect. She looks forward to working with the next President-Elect to ensure a smooth transition of authority from her administration to the next.
Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018
Maxine Nelson joined the Board as a candidate representative in 2013 and was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer after she became a Full Member of NPSI in 2014.
In her role as Secretary/Treasurer Maxine coordinates with NPSI Administrator Hollee Sweet to provide financial reports to the Board. She set up an ad hoc Finance Committee in 2016 that was tasked to develop policies and procedures to enable the NPSI Board to set organizational and program goals in relation to both a long-range strategic plan and to an annual operations plan consistent with overall operating expenses and income. Prior to accomplishing this, the committee worked with NPSI Administrator Hollee Sweet to develop an income and expense record-keeping system with standardized monthly/quarterly and annual report formats.
In addition, Maxine has served as a member of the Executive Committee. She also served on 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).
Dana Blue, LICSW, FIPA Term of Office 2016-2018
Director of Training
Dana Blue was invited to join the NPSI Board in 2010 as a Director. During her first term as a Director she worked with other members of the Board (Caron Harrang) and a web design firm (Kilmer Hansen Inc.) to redesign the organization website. Also in her first term (2010-2013) she was Chair of the NPSI Outreach Committee and Chair of the Scientific Meetings Committee, and served as a member of the Publications Committee and 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). Between 2012 and 2014, Dana also served as Co-chair (with Caron Harrang) of the 2014 International Evolving British Object Relations Conference.
Between 2013-15, Dana worked as a member of the Accreditation Committee to help NPSI achieve national accreditation, which was granted by ACPEinc. in 2015. Our preliminary accreditation was for one year and subsequent work has resulted in full accreditation until 2021.
Dana’s primary contributions to NPSI have occurred in the NPSI Institute. She began serving as a member of the Inter-Institute Committee in 2006, became a faculty member in 2009, and has served on the Education Committee since 2011 in various roles including Inreach/Outreach Chair; Member and Chair of Progression; Member and Chair of Admissions; and Co-Chair (with Maxine Anderson and Adriana Prengler) of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program, The Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis. She created the role of Dean of Students, and served as the inaugural Dean from 2012-2015, until she was elected to serve as Director of Training. She began a second term as Director of Training in 2016. As Director of Training, she 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, Dana serves as a member of the Executive Committee, composed of the President (Chair), Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Training, and Past President or President-Elect. Dana 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 2015-2018
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.
Michael Dougherty Term of Office 2018-2020
Community Member Director
Michael Dougherty joined the NPSI Board in 2018 as a Community Member Director. Michael is a strategic communications consultant 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 returned to Seattle in 2013 after working overseas for 20 years. He is also a practicing fine artist.
Becky McGuire, MS, LMHC Term of Office 2017-2019
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.
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.