Leadership & Membership In Our Time

Working with Identity, Authority, and Boundaries

A Group Relations Conference

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Howard A. Friedman

Howard A. Friedman

Director

Bio

Howard A. Friedman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, in private practice of psychotherapy & organizational consultation. He serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, Dept. of Applied Psychology. He is a member of the LGBT Study Group at the William Alanson White Institute, and of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. Howard worked in the New York City public schools for 32 years, where he helped start a school and worked as a teacher, school psychologist, and school change facilitator. He is former President of the NY Center for the Study of Groups, an affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI) and is a Fellow of AKRI. Howard and his wife have two adult children and live in Manhattan.

Jonathan Rust

Jonathan Rust

Associate Director

Bio

Jonathan Rust, Ph.D., NCC, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Counselor Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz where he teaches in Masters of School Counseling and Masters of Mental Health counseling programs. Dr. Rust is a New York State licensed psychologist and a National Certified Counselor, who maintains a small private practice in Poughkeepsie, NY. Additionally, Dr. Rust is a member and a certified consultant of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and its affiliate the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems.

Angel Hu

Angel Hu

Assistant Director for Administration

Bio

Angel Hu is an Organizational Psychologist based in New York City, specializing in group relations, innovation, and leadership development. She is a graduate of the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Angel is serving on the Executive Committee at the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems from 2019-2021.

Nina Traylor

Nina Traylor

Associate Administrator

BIO

Nina is currently working in corporate diversity and inclusion and people analytics spaces. She graduated from the Teachers College, Columbia University Organizational Psychology MA program in 2018 and the United States Military Academy, West Point in 2009. While a military officer Nina served on two combat deployments to Afghanistan. Nina lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and is a certified yoga instructor. This is her second experience on a GRC leadership team.

Andrea Fraser

Andrea Fraser

Consultant

Bio

Andrea Fraser is an artist and Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio Area Head, and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of California Los Angeles. She serves on the boards of Working Artists and the Greater Economy; the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; and Grex, West Coast Affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI). She is an AKRI-certified group relations consultant and a Member of AKRI, Grex, and the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations & Social Systems.

Frank Marrocco

Frank Marrocco

Consultant

Bio

Frank Marrocco, Ph.D., is a Clinical psychologist / psychoanalyst. Private clinical and consulting practice, NYC. Fellow & Former Board Member, the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems; Former Vice President, the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations & Social Systems; Faculty, the William Alanson White Institute NYC.

Ian Pritchard

Ian Pritchard

Consultant Candidate

Bio

Dr. Pritchard is a Clinical and Consulting Psychologist in California and Nevada. He is past Vice President of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI), and remains on the AKRI Board of Directors. Dr. Pritchard also previously served on the Board of Directors for Grex, the West Coast Affiliate of AKRI. Before entering independent private practice, he worked as Senior Supervising Psychologist and Director of Clinical Training for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Pritchard currently lives in Reno, NV with his wife and their retired racing Greyhound.

Isabelle Reiniger

Isabelle Reiniger

Consultant

Bio

Isabelle Reiniger, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Evanston and Chicago, IL. She is adjunct faculty at Loyola University in Chicago. She is a member of AKRI and an Associate Member as well as Secretary for the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the William Alanson White Institute.

Robert Whitehouse

Robert Whitehouse

Consultant Advanced Candidate

Bio

Robert “RC” holds a Masters Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He is currently VP of Talent for North America at MiQ digital, a leading marketing intelligence firm, where he works closely with senior and executive leadership to ensure that the people experience – from coaching to long-term development – is the best in the industry. RC has also been an adjunct lecturer for the Brooklyn College graduate program in school counseling, teaching “Group Dynamics and Leadership: Theories and Practice.” He was formerly secretary for the NY Center for the Study of Groups and Organizational Systems from 2016-2017. He actively integrates group dynamics principles into all of his work.

Janice Wagner

Janice Wagner

Consultant

Bio

Janice Wagner, LICSW is a Psychotherapist in Boston, MA. She worked for many years as a social worker, therapist, unit director and team leader in child welfare, criminal justice and medical/psychiatric settings. Additionally she worked for Boston University, Boston College and Simmons College as a Clinical Supervisor, Faculty Field advisor and Group Work instructor. She currently maintains a psychotherapy practice and she is an associate of the A.K. Rice Institute, a past-president and member of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, and a member of Group Relations International. She is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work and holds a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.