“The Jung Center saved my life.”

The Jung Center Staff

Chris Becker

MBSI Operations Manager

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Chris Becker is a composer, writer, and lecturer. His book, Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz is available at The Jung Center Bookstore.

Kelsey Blake

Kelsey Blake

Data Manager

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Kelsey Blake (née White) received her 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.

Ivory Bones

Ivory Bones

Friend to All

Miss Ivory is a service animal and professional snuggler.

She enjoys greeting visitors and students. In her spare time she supports the charity she came from Foster First Rescue Houston

Her handler/trainer is Rosalinda Gonzalez and we welcome you to contact us if you have questions on training your own psychiatric service dog.

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD

Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute

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Adjunct Faculty, UT Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center; Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute

Ale is a scholar, researcher, author, teacher, and educator, with a PhD from Rice University focusing on Tibetan mind-body practices and applications in contemporary health environments. For over twenty years, Ale has researched and taught mind-body techniques to help relieve stress and support wellbeing throughout the community, including at MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Program and other educational, health care, and nonprofit organizations. He teaches in English and in Spanish.

He is the author of over 20 articles and three books, including Tibetan Yoga for Health & Wellbeing.

David Chen

David Chen

IT Support

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David is a native Houstonian with over 10 years of IT experience. His hobbies include playing video games, watching movies and shows and learning random trivia.

Antonio Chicaia

Antonio Chicaia

Programs Associate

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Through his passion for art and love of people, Antonio found a home at The Jung Center serving as the program associate and resident photographer. He assists in facilitating classes and capturing precious moments. In his spare time, he works as an editorial and fine art photographer. His work can be found at http://antoniochicaia.net

Rachel Connelly

MBSI Associate

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Rachel is an editor of fantasy novels and a community theatre actor with a deep passion for spiritual exploration and finding miracles in the little things. She was born and raised in Houston and is honored to work with MBSI and the Jung Center to give back to the community she calls home. If you run into her, please show her pictures of your pets.


Michael Craig, MM

Michael Craig, MM

Director of Curriculum
McMillan Institute Coordinator

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Michael is a writer and composer with a deep interest in the role of magic – both in the history of human civilizations, and in the development of analytical psychology. He began volunteering at The Jung Center in 2012.


Elissa A. Davis

Elissa A. Davis

Director of Internal Operations

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With a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Elissa found a new career providing hospitality at The Center, where she has worked since 2001. She welcomes questions, trivia, recipes and stories of synchronicity.


Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

Executive Director

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A psychotherapist, author, and educator, Sean holds graduate degrees in religious studies and psychology. He has worked at The Jung Center since 1997. You can read recent letters from the director here.

Andria Frankfort, MA

Andria Frankfort, MA

Director of Development

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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.

The Jung Center in Houston Director of Curriculum

Ann Friedman, PhD

Mind Body Spirit Institute
Director of Curriculum Development

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Psychologist Ann Friedman is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and a Certified Compassion Trainer from Emory University's Center for Contemplative Sciences and Compassion-Based Ethics. Ann teaches mindfulness for schools, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. She particularly enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults.


Rosalinda Gonzalez

Rosalinda Gonzalez

Programs and Gallery Coordinator

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Rosalinda Gonzalez is an artist, educator and design/marketing professional. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She enjoys assisting students in receiving the finest possible customer service.  She has experience working with artists and in art spaces.


Danna Jackson

Danna Jackson

Director of Business Office

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Danna holds an MBA from Western Governors University and a BA from the University of Houston.  In addition, she has over 25 years of experience in business administration.  She is a native Houstonian who is passionate about history, science fiction, and service to the community.



Samantha Melman

Samantha Melman

Development Associate

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Samantha holds a graduate degree in liberal arts and has served in board and committee leadership in a range of Houston nonprofit organizations. She has worked at The Jung Center since 2019.


Annette Thorstenberg

Annette Thorstenberg

Customer Service Associate

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Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and has worked as a teacher in elementary school and ESL classrooms.




“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”


Carl Jung

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