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“The Jung Center
saved my life.”


Kelsey Blake 

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Data Manager

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.

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD

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

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

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IT Support

More information soon. 



Antonio Chicaia

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Programs Associate

More information soon. 

Michael Craig, MM

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Director of Curriculum
McMillan Institute Coordinator

Michael is a writer and composer with a deep interest in the interplay between the personal psyche and society, civilization, and culture. He began volunteering at The Jung Center in 2012.

Elissa A. Davis

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Director of Internal Operations

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

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Executive Director

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

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Director of Development

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.

Ann Friedman, PhD

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Mind Body Spirit Institute
Director of Curriculum Development

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

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Logistics and Gallery Coordinator

More information soon.








Danna Jackson

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Director of Business Office

More information soon. 

Robin Jump, PhD, MPH

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Mind Body Spirit Institute
Operations Manager

Robin is a public health practitioner who holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. She began her mindfulness oriented career working on clinical trials across mind-body and lifestyle practices. She has brought her passion for community well-being to the Jung Center since 2021.

Samantha Melman

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Development Associate

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

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Customer Service Associate

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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For more than sixty years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit forum for dynamic conversations on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and spiritual topics. Our mission is to support the development of greater self-awareness, creative expression, and psychological insight—individually, in relationships, and within the community. The Jung Center provides pathways to find deeper meaning in everyday life.

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