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Board of Trustees
Elizabeth has worked in a variety of settings aligning strategic planning with employee performance, systems and processes. She has worked as an internal and external consultant, as an Executive Director in a not-for-profit, and in a management education center in a private university. She was also a partner in the firm that developed the first management simulations used in executive education. Most recently, Elizabeth was Director of Organizational Development in a family-run manufacturing business. She is currently starting her own company focusing on services for start up companies.
Barbara is a Registered Nurse and received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to being a Clinical Social Worker, Barbara is an instructor of Tai Chi in Morton Grove. She is very interested in women’s spirituality and completed the certificate program at the Jung Institute in 1989. She resides in Evanston and teaches at the Jung Center.
Tom is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with offices in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He served on the Jung Center Board from 2006-2012 (Chair, 2009-2012) and rejoined the Board in 2020. Tom has an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, a law degree with honors from DePaul University, a certificate in Jungian Psychotherapy from the Jung Institute of Chicago, and a certificate in divorce mediation from Northwestern University.
Diane is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a private psychotherapy practice in Barrington, IL. She has a Masters in Pastoral Studies and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling both from Loyola University Chicago. Diane also has an MBA from DePaul University. She completed the 2-year Jungian Clinical Training Program (CTP) at the Jung Institute of Chicago in 2012.
Diane has been happily involved with the Jung Center since 2008 in varying capacities; Intern, Clinic Therapist, Clinic Committee Member, Intake Coordinator, Dream Group Facilitator, and currently as Volunteer Therapist and Member of the Board of Trustees.
Dennis Pomerleau is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience. He is in private practice in Chicago. He has a Master in Liberal Arts from Depaul University and a Masters in Social Work from Aurora University. Dennis has a diverse work background in both for-profit and not-for-profit industries. Dennis has been a volunteer at the Jung Center for over 15 years. He was chair of the clinic committee for 10 years and has been on the Board of Directors for over six years.
Sheri Reda is a creative consultant who nurtures two great loves: words and other people. Depending on her clients’ needs, she serves as a writer, editor, project director, teacher, researcher, librarian, celebrant, or performer. All of her roles converge around the same thing: communicating ideas in a way that allows meaning to emerge.
Sheri holds three master’s degrees—in Modern Letters, Religions and the Arts, and Library Science—each related to forms of communication. She served for ten years as Editor-in-Chief at the award-winning and profitable Conscious Choice Journal of Ecology and Natural Living, then gained certification by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, then began creating and officiating at weddings, memorials, and other ceremonies. Sheri has authored more than 22 publications available through WorldCat, and her stories and poems have been published in journals throughout the United States and in England. Her collection of political poems, entitled Stubborn, was published as a Locofo Chap by Moria Press. A charismatic and experienced performer, Sheri is a longstanding member of the Neo-Futurists and a former member of the TranceSisters multidisciplinary arts collective. She is a member of the Advocate Healthcare Narrative Medicine Committee and is co-facilitator, with Anita Vaughn, of the Illinois Chapter of CF&I. Sheri and her family live in Chicago, where she continues to write, envision, act, and contribute to her community of choice and communities of chance.
Jane was delighted to join the Jung Center Board of Trustees in 2018 following her recent move to Chicago from St. Louis. Prior to moving, Jane was active on the board of the C. G. Jung Society of St. Louis. She discovered Jung while living in Switzerland and enjoyed studying at the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich. Jane has a BA from Skidmore College, a degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and an MA from Washington University. She has recently retired after working as an OT in psychiatry and rehabilitation.
Emeritus Board Members
Jacquelyn A. Mattfeld
Jackie has advanced degrees in humanistic gerontology, art history and music history. She has been a member of the faculties of Harvard University, M.I.T., Sarah Lawrence College, Brown University and Columbia University. She is Professor Emerita of Arizona State University and past President of Barnard College in New York City. For nearly twenty years she has taught, lectured and written about the theories and experiences of late life development. She was the co-developer of the MA in Gerontology program at Northeastern Illinois University and established the Program in Creative Aging at the Jung Institute of Chicago. From 2000 through 2006 she was the Executive Director and Director of Public Programs of The C. G. Jung Center in Evanston where she served on the Board of Trustees through 2014. She now serves as a Board Member Emeritus.
Laura has been an analyst for over 27 years, and practices in Evanston and Chicago. Laura received a BA in 1963 in Liberal Arts from Northwestern University where she studied English Literature. She went on to receive her MA in 1978 in Communication Science at Governors State University, where she specialized in groups: Theories and Practice. In 1989, she received her Diploma as a Jungian Analyst from the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts and went on to become an active member of the Chicago Institute, becoming chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Institute in 1994. When the Institute separated into two entities, she became chair of the Board of the newly named “C. G. Jung Center”, and has served on the Board as a member through 2014. Laura now serves as a Board Member Emeritus. In addition to serving on the Board, Laura is a volunteer at the Clinic and also presents Public Programs.
Catherine Rondenet is a Jungian Analyst and has an MA from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees at The C. G. Jung Center, previously served on the Clinic Committee, and is a longtime supervisor of therapists serving the June Singer Clinic. Catherine now serves as a Board Member Emeritus. She also teaches classes at the Center and has a private practice in Evanston.
PhD, Executive Director
Dr. Cheryl Kinsman has recently joined the Jung Center as the Executive Director. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a PhD from Loyola University in Chicago.
Professionally, Dr. Kinsman has over 28 years of experience providing psychotherapy and over 10 years of administrative experience. She recently retired from a long career at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center where she worked as a psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and served as the program manager, supervising a large multi-disciplinary staff. In addition, Dr. Kinsman has a 2-year certificate from the Family Institute of Chicago and is a member of the American Psychological Association. She was an adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Kinsman is delighted to be a part of the Jung Center where she can utilize her administrative and clinical skills to further the mission of helping people on their journey toward individuation. She is eager to collaborate with staff and connect with community members and organizations that support the Center.
BA, Operations Manager
Jessica has over 20 years experience in education, customer service, and management and is passionate about the benefits of therapy. Being an avid volunteer herself, she appreciates the effort so many dedicated individuals put into keeping the Center alive and is proud to be part of such a wonderful community.
Dave Wright has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, corporate, small-business and start-up environments in a wide variety of industries. He has 15 + years experience in leadership roles serving as CFO/Controller for various public and private firms. For the past 10 years his professional expertise lies in working with innovative firms with their Finance, Accounting, Office Administration and Human Resources needs.
LPC, Staff Therapist
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Lori earned a Master of Arts in Counseling, a Master of Religious Education, and a Bachelor of Science with majors in psychology and theology from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to being a Staff Therapist at The C. G. Jung Center, Lori trained as an individual therapist and co-facilitated grief support groups at the Lorene Replogle Counseling Center. Her professional background includes chaplaincy at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and teaching at a community college.
Influenced by psychodynamic theory and the psychology of C. G. Jung, Lori is convinced the therapeutic relationship is key to emotional healing. Offering a supportive and nonjudgmental space, she draws upon various therapeutic methods including mindfulness-based psychotherapy to help clients heal. She finds great wisdom in the following quote from C. G. Jung: “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
Lori helps women and men who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. Her work reflects her interest in vocational identity, life transitions, midlife (ages thirty-five to seventy), creative aging, finding meaning in suffering as well as the role of spirituality in emotional wellness.
In addition to her position as Staff Therapist at the Jung Center, Lori is a Specialist – Care Consultant at the Alzheimer’s Association National Office in Chicago.
A life-long resident of the Chicago area, Lori is always mesmerized by the waters of Lake Michigan and believes the lake to be a sacred space that mirrors the vast range of human emotions.
LPC, Staff Therapist
Barbara is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College. She is a certified Illinois Domestic Violence Professional and trained in working with survivors of interpersonal trauma. Barbara has created and led workshops on navigating life transitions, cultivating self compassion, and finding hope in troubling times. Her Master’s thesis explored how the archetypal experience of a dark night of the soul can lead individuals to finding meaning, purpose and a deeper connection with life.
Barbara helps adults who are dealing with issues surrounding depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship challenges and questions of identity and vocation. Her approach is grounded in the teachings of Carl Jung which sees symptoms not as a failure of the individual or as something to be silenced, but as the call of the soul for the emergence of new possibilities, a healing of inner wounds, and the integration of parts of the self that have been repressed or discarded. Barbara loves exploring dreams, archetypes, myth and fairy tales with her clients.
LPC, Staff Therapist
Shelly Gessler (she, her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), registered Yoga teacher (RYT 200 hours), and certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F 300 hours). She earned a Master of Education degree in clinical mental health counseling from DePaul University and interned at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in the partial hospital and outpatient program. In therapy, she uses psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches to help clients find balance and contentment. Her interest in Jungian theory directly stems from her belief in Jung’s conceptualization of the spirit and matter world. The interplay of dichotomy and the striving toward unity is profoundly beautiful to her, and she witnesses this dynamic in all of her clients, as well as in herself.
LPC, Staff Therapist
Margot has worked as Staff Therapist for the Jung Center since December 2014. She believes in a collaborative model of therapy where client and therapist work together to address the issues the client brings to therapy. She brings both a forward and backward looking approach to the work, helping to illuminate possible contributing dynamics from the client’s history and identifying the tasks at hand for the client to move through the current challenges into the future. Margot feels honored to accompany clients on their journeys and has worked with clients struggling with issues of anxiety, depression, loss and grief, relationship challenges, life transitions, among others.
Betty Vander Laan
LPC, Staff Therapist
Betty is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. She has completed the Clinical Training Program (CTP, 2010) at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Betty completed her internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Out-Patient Behavioral Health Services. She has provided spiritual care and counseling for the past 20 years and also works part-time as a Board Certified Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Betty has a keen interest in dreams, active imagination, family system dynamics, attachment theories, and the inter-and-intra-personal challenges for those who have suffered trauma. She is attentive to issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, healthy aging, grief, and life transitions. Betty’s interest in Jungian Psychology began with a big dream in 1988, which led her to begin studying Jung and to attend numerous Jungian workshops and courses since 1989. Betty continues to be a lifelong learner, and has had the privilege to work with a number of Jungian analysts through the years.