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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.
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Michael Craig received degrees in music composition from both the University of Houston (BM) and the State University of New York at Purchase College (MM). 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.
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Elissa has sixteen years 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 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.
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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, sfitzpatrick.com.
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Allegra Fradkin, a native Houstonian, began her relationship with the Jung Center as a volunteer. She studied anthropology and writing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and is now back home helping out with the day-to-day operations of the Center.
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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.
For Dr. Hollis’ national speaking schedule, visit his website www.jameshollis.net
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Jyoti Iyer is a native of Mumbai, India and immigrated to Houston, TX 12 years ago. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, with a concentration in accounting. She has worked in accounting & tax firms, and non-profits in India and the U.S. At the Center, Jyoti is responsible for planning, coordinating and analyzing the financial operations, human resources, facilities maintenance and general office management. Jyoti loves reading a good book, and spicy chai to go with it. When she is not introverting, she loves 80’s music, R&B, Bollywood dancing, and board games. She is passionate about financial literacy, women’s issues, and mental health causes.
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Mary comes to The Jung Center with many years of experience in information technology and software development and an innate love of computers, design, and learning. Along with developing and launching the online learning program, she will also maintain the database and the public facing side of the website. When fate guided her to the front door of The Jung Center as a student in 2011, it was love at first sight. She realized she had a found a place of integrity, connection, depth, knowledge, and growth, a place with which she wanted to form a lasting relationship.
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Chris’ first connection with The Jung Center was in 2000 when she started taking yoga classes. Art classes followed which lead to her volunteering for the annual Student/Member Art Show. She joined the development team in 2009 working on fundraising events, annual campaigns, membership drives and retention, and graphic design. After attending the University of Colorado for two years she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Advertising.
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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!