Staff

Staff design and manage the conference as a whole and take up consulting roles during conference events. As management, staff serve the primary task by managing the boundaries of conference events, particularly in relation to time, task and territory. Staff do not manage the participants or their behavior, but instead collectively manage the boundary conditions that allow the participants freedom to engage the primary task as they choose and as they authorize themselves and each other to do. 

As consultants, staff serve the primary task by linking their own experiences to the activities of the conference and offering working hypotheses and reflections that explore the unconscious aspects of the organizational behavior that is emerging. In these roles, staff are actively involved in the life of the conference. 

Their interpretations focus on group level dynamics rather than on the individual, and on unconscious as well as conscious dynamics. Attempting to articulate unconscious group level dynamics is an unusual activity and may seem strange to those unfamiliar with this approach. 

The ways in which staff work are always open for examination. A final list of staff will be provided at registration. 

The full staff list will be available soon. Staff will be chosen from a roster of experienced Group Relations consultants trained and approved by Grex and or the A k Rice Institute.

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Director - Suma Jacob, MD, PhD

Dr Jacob is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Director of Autism Research, Lab Co-Director of Converging Approaches to Neurodevelopment, Fraser Chief Research Scientist. Adjunct Faculty, Mayo Clinic; Co-Creator, Group Relations International; Associate, A.K. Rice Institute. 

Associate Director - Kate Regan, PhD

Dr. Regan is President of Kairos Consulting Group, Member: AKRI, GREX.

Associate Director for Administration - Raymond Bakaitis, PhD 

Dr. Raymond Bakaitis is an Associate Clinical Professor, Retired, in the UCLA Department of Psychology.  He is the President of Grex and President-Elect of the A. K. Rice Institute (AKRI).  He is a member of the Lithuanian Group Relations Society.  He is a Past-President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

Administrator - Nikita Gale

 Nikita Gale is an artist living and working in Los Angeles and current Grex board member. Nikita has a BA in Anthropology from Yale University and an MFA in New Genres from UCLA. 

Administrator - Ramona Kraeutler, M.A. 

LCDC-I at MedMark Treatment Center, Texas | Member, Group Relations Community, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). 

Consultant - Medria Connolly 

Medria Connolly is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California.  Dr. Connolly has been involved in group relations work for the past three decades. Her most current work is centered on questions of reparations, and her most recent article (co-authored with Dr. Bryan Nichols) is titled “Transforming Ghosts into Ancestors: Unsilencing the Psychological Case for Reparations to the Descendants of American Slavery.”

Consultant - Azadeh Davari, PhD.

Dr. Davari is a Leadership Solution Facilitator at Center for Creative Leadership, Faculty and coach at RISE San Diego Urban Community Leadership Program, and adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In her academic and community work, international organizational consulting and executive coaching, she incorporates the concept of group relations. She's a member of Group Relations International.

Consultant - Vivian Gold, Ph.D.

Clinical and Consulting Psychologist

Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Medicine

Member and Fellow of AKRI

Former President of Grex

Consultant - Ara Haroutiounian, M.S. 

Mr. Haroutiounian is an organizational development practitioner and executive coach in Los Angeles, CA. He is Core Faculty in the Organizational & Leadership Psychology Department at William James College and Adjunct Faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills. Vice-President, Grex. Member, AKRI.

Consultant - Jack Lampl

Mr Lampl is an Organizational Consultant, a Past President and Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute, Past President of the Threshold Foundation, Credentialed Mediator, Visual Artist and musician. 

Consultant - John Loggins

John Loggins, MA; Director of Community Engaged Learning, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, University of San Diego; Board Member, OG Yoga; RYT 200; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Consultant - Rev. Jaime J. Romo, Ed.D. 

Hospice Chaplain, Kaiser Permanente | Trauma Incident Reduction Facilitator, Private Practice | President, Child Friendly Faith Project | Member, Grex | Certified Consultant, AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems