The Center is open to the public with modified hours. Masks are required while in the building. All of our events are being live-streamed, and you can find out more on our Online Learning page.
Visit "From the Director" for a letter to the community and for regular updates from our executive director, Sean Fitzpatrick.

Leadership Team

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, MBSI Founding Director
713.524.8253, ext 15

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, is the founder and director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute. He is a senior teacher at The 3 Doors and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1989, studying with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He is an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, where he teachers Tibetan meditation to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers, and researches the effects of Tibetan mind-body practices with cancer patients. Alejandro was recently named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Michael Craig, Manager of Curriculum and Logistics

McMillan Institute Associate
713.524.8253, ext 22

Michael Craig received degrees in music composition from both the University of Houston and the State University of New York at Purchase College.  He first came to the Jung Center in 2012 as a volunteer and student, and now manages the logistical aspects of the Center’s programs and classes.  Michael punctuates his day by reading, practicing piano, writing stories, and composing for his musician friends.

Elissa A. Davis, Director of Retail Sales and Customer Service 
713.524.8253, ext 18

Elissa has over two decades of experience in the area of nonprofit retail management and is a graduate of the University of Houston. Prior to joining The Jung Center in 2001, Elissa was the Assistant Director of Retail Sales for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Her work at The Center has included coordinating all aspects of the Bookstore and Library and providing service to students and customers. She is also the secret Chocolate Quartermaster for The Jung Center. Next time you are at The Jung Center, greet her as “Diana, princess of the Amazons” and she will share a piece of her precious bounty with you.

Michael Escamilla, McMillan Institute Scholar

Michael Escamilla is professor of psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.  A graduate of Harvard University, he earned his medical degree from the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he received the Sandoz Award for Outstanding Psychiatry Student.  In 2013, he received his dipoloma in analytical psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.  With more than 20 years of experience as a clinician and an educator, Dr. Escamilla is passionate about how Jung’s ideas concerning the psyche can be integrated with contemporary neuroscience, and how the two perspectives can be mutually enriching.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, Executive Director
713.524.8253, ext 13

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, holds master’s degrees in religious studies (Rice University) and clinical psychology (University of Houston – Clear Lake) and received his doctorate in psychology through Saybrook University’s program in Jungian studies. Sean is a psychotherapist in private practice and has been employed at The Jung Center since 1997. His book The Ethical Imagination: Exploring Fantasy and Desire in Analytical Psychology will be published by Routledge in August 2019 and can be preordered here. His research interests also include the intersection of psychology and spirituality, and vicarious trauma and the self-care needs of helping professionals and social service providers. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and serves on the boards of the Houston Museum District Association and the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. His local and national teaching schedule can be found at his website,

Andria Frankfort, Director of Development
713.524.8253, ext. 11

Andria organizes fundraising events and campaigns for The Jung Center. She is responsible for communicating with individual donors as well as foundations and other benefactors. Additionally, Andrea oversees the Mandala Society, a group of The Jung Center’s most generous supporters. Andria holds a BA from Tulane University and an MA in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. She has participated as a volunteer and board member for numerous nonprofits in Houston and around the country.

Rosalinda Gonzalez, Logistics Coordinator
713.524.8253, ext 24

Rosalinda González is a University of Houston and Rhode Island School of Design Graduate. She has a background in curating, organizing, and promoting fine art, community art projects, and nonprofit spaces in Houston and New York. She brings her 4 years of experience as an educator from the Rhode Island School of Design and in non-profit art spaces to the logistics team at the Jung Center and the Arts & Exhibition Committee. Outside of the Jung Center she is an artist and entrepreneur at

Gjabrielle (Gjabby) Guterrez, Business Manager
713.524.8253, ext 14

Gjabrielle, goes by Gjabby (the J is silent) – graduating from The University of Houston, she brings her expertise of communication and business management to the Jung Center; handling the day to day operations of the Center. In her spare time she forefronts Silver Luna Alchemy, in which she serves as a conduit for others to explore and uncover the connectivity between the subconscious, and the mysteries of their daily lives. Gjabby continues to occasionally host explorative events and connect with individuals to create communal authenticity by utilizing modalities of experimental psychology, concepts of the esoteric, philosophy, culture, mythology, astrology, ritual. The line between psyche and the animus are at the core of her premise in creating authentic sacred spaces for others to come together to not only understand themselves but to foster a genuine understanding and connectivity with others. When you see her at The Jung Center, stop by and say hi, she’s always excited to discuss the endless mysteries and wonders of life.

James Hollis, PhD, Jungian analyst and Director Emeritus

For Dr. Hollis’ national speaking schedule, visit his website

Samantha Melman, Development Associate
713.524.8253, ext 21

Mary Oleyar, Manager of Technology and Online Education
713.524.8253, ext 23

Mary comes to The Jung Center with over 20 years of experience in information technology and software development coupled with an innate love of computers, design, and learning.  Mary holds a BS in Psychology, has recently completed an MBA, and will start the journey of becoming a Jungian analyst for children in the next year.  Her interests include human rights, political economy, challenges of global poverty, and global issues involving children.

Lidia Ramirez, MBSI Operations Manager
713.524.8253, ext 15

Annette Thorstenberg, Bookstore and Programs Associate

Kelsey White, Registrar
713.524.8253, ext 19

Kelsey White graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she grew up. She has a rich history in customer service, and fundraising for grassroots events. She moved to Houston in 2016 and, as a newer Houstonian, she started as a volunteer and a student at the Jung Center, to get more involved in the community. She is passionate about mindfulness, wellness, and communication. She holds a certificate as a Certified Wellness Specialist from the National Wellness Institute and is an active member of Toastmaster, an International Public Speaking Organization. She loves going on walks, petting dogs, and reading poetry. If you see her at the front desk, you can show her a picture of your dog!