The Board is committed to working with the community at large to advance the Foundation's mission and priorities. The 2016-2018 Board includes Frank Anderson, M.D., Chair; Lester Fagen, M.A., J.D.; Harley Goldberg, D.O.; Toufic Hakim, Ph.D.; Mark Milton; and Nancy Shadick, M.D., M.PH. Click here for the original board members.

Barbara Levine, LICSW, is currently serving as Secretary to the Board.

The Board further collaborates on IFS-related development with the Center for Self Leadership's Founding President, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., and its Executive Director, Jon Schwartz, M.Ed., and has received valuable support in its launch phase from other members of the Center's staff.

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Harley Goldberg, D.O.

Harley Goldberg, D.O, is the Chair of the Foundation's Board. He is a physician executive in The Permanente Medical Group, Northern California Kaiser Permanente. His administrative roles focus on establishing integrated systems of care for large populations across multiple medical services. Harley is the Director for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the founding Director of the Spine Care Program. He is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician with a strong focus on the psychosocial factors in medical care. He has an active research portfolio and has been a student and supporter of IFS and Self-led system development.

Click here for a letter from Harley.



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Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D.

Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D. serves as the Foundation's Executive Director for Development and Research. He completed his residency and was an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has a long affiliation with the Trauma Center in Brookline MA and has spoken extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation. After discovering Internal Family Systems, his passion has evolved into integrating the treatment of Trauma with Neuroscience and IFS. He has served as a member of the Research Advisory Committee and Speakers Bureau for the Center for Self Leadership and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.

Click here for a letter from Frank.



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Lester Fagen, M.A., J.D.

Lester Fagen, M.A., J.D., has been practicing as a business counsellor and lawyer for over 30 years, representing healthcare companies and entrepreneurs turning vision into successful companies. He is a partner in the Boston office of Cooley, LLP, for which he was founder and head of the Business Group, and has been recognized as a leading attorney by a number of industry groups. In his practice he has served on the Board and advised many non-profits and is interested in the potential of IFS to optimize organizational performance and to enhance the ability of parties to negotiate effective agreements.



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Toufic M. Hakim, Ph.D.

Toufic M. Hakim, Ph.D., supports the Foundation as Executive Director for Operations and Communications. He is currently Senior Managing Principal of Group i&i Consultancy, a firm dedicated to developing organizational capacity, assessments, and funding. His former contributions were in the domain of higher education, where he served as Professor of Physics and Engineering, Assistant to the President, and Senior Research and Grants Officer. He also led two large professional societies as elected president and full-time executive officer. Toufic is drawn to IFS and the work of the Foundation, for which he has provided strategic advice since its reactivation. He continues to be fascinated with systems and interactions, intrigued by language and imagery, and deeply committed to peacemaking.



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Mark Milton

Mark Milton has been involved in the field of education and empathy for the past 20 years. In 2002 he founded Education 4 Peace (E4P), a Swiss non-profit Foundation, which explores ways to enhance the future of education for children towards self-awareness, inner-peace and compassion. He practices as a therapist as well as a coach promoting Self Leadership, organizational development and governance. Mark initiated the first international congress on the theme of "Emotional Health" in 2007, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). He values a holistic approach and is trained in Nonviolent Communication, IFS, Appreciative Inquiry, and Sociocracy. He is interested in bringing IFS into the non-therapeutic environment. 


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Nancy Shadick, M.D. M.P.H.

Nancy Shadick, M.D. M.P.H. is an Epidemiologist and Rheumatologist at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Since 2002, she has been named as one of "America's Top Doctors". She is Director of Translational Research Development in the Division of Rheumatology at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and is a recipient of Arthritis Foundation, NIH, and Industry grants. Nancy serves on a number of advisory boards and grant review committees, and has published extensively in rheumatology journals and lectures nationwide. She was the principal investigator of the "Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internal Family Systems-based Psychotherapeutic Intervention on Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis" published in the Journal of Rheumatology.