Even as we shared the anguish and hope that defined 2021, the year turned out to be a milestone in the life of the Foundation for Self Leadership. For one reason, friends of the Foundation contributed more charitable support for IFS research, access and advocacy than in any previous year. But it is the accomplishments that such donations made possible that really matter:

The first research study ever funded by the Foundation was published by The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, adding to the literature on IFS as an evidence-based practice.

The IFS Leadership Fellows program launched, bringing notions of IFS to communities that have been traditionally marginalized.

These milestones—building evidence and expanding access—are causes for celebration themselves. What is more, these are the strategies through which the Foundation is living out its mission: To advance emotional and relational healing and wellbeing, leading to a more peaceful world, through the practice of Self Leadership as identified by IFS.

Revenue by Source:

USD 566,825.41

Giving by Purpose:



Thanks to the following individuals and organizations who made charitable donations during 2021, we are that much closer to bringing IFS to the world.

See what these gifts helped accomplish last year.
* Cornerstone Partners have committed their support for three consecutive years. Learn more.


Andy and Steffanie Smith Fund

Mark Ayzenshtat

Betty A. and D. Walter Cohen Foundation/Joanne Cohen-Katz, PhD

Felicity Belford Boyer

Frederick Thomas Giving Fund/Joy Shivas, MSW, LCSW


IFS Institute


Leor Zolman and Lisa J. Gray


Steve Chee, MD, MA and Alanna Arthur-Chee, MA

Fagen Family Fund/Lester Fagen, MA, JD

Mark Gorman, MA, LPC and Melissa Gorman, MA, LPC*

IFS Community - Philadelphia

Molly LaCroix, MPH, LMFT

Vicki J. McCoy, MA

Sarah and Glenn Bergenfield

Charitable Gift Fund



Judith Asner, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW


Chicha Glass

Toufic Hakim, PhD and Robyn Rajs, MA, LPC*

Brenda Hollingsworth, MSW, LICSW

Pamela Krause, LCSW

Beau Laviolette, LCSW

Carl Marcus, MS, MSS, LCSW and Karin Marcus, MA, PCC, BCC*

Joan Marttila

Jim Mulroy

Network For Good

Michéle Quesenberry

Jonathan Rubenstein, MA

Richard Schwartz, PhD

Jayne Smith, PhD, LPCC

David Stern


Anderson Bluhm Freedom Foundation

Mona Barbera, PhD

Requina Barnes, LICSW

Frances Booth, LICSW

Nancy Bravman, LCSW

Liz Brenner, LICSW

Stewart Brown, PhD and Linda Brown

Sunni Brown Ink

Dorie Cameron, LICSW

Analia Castaño-Davis, MA, LMHC

Stephanie Choo

Gary Coleman*

Maryann Connolly

Melissa Costa*

Marcella Cox

Cheryl Docherty

Ann Drouilhet, LMFT, LICSW

Marcel Duclos

Jay Earley, PhD and Bonnie Weiss, MA, LCSW

Linda Fabe, MEd, LPCC

Michele Fishel, LICSW

Kelly Gaule, CAP*

Caree Gellinck

Dana Gillispie, LCSW

Michelle Glass

Cathie Gum, PsyD*

Randi Cutler Hall, LMFT

Gail Hardenbergh, LICSW

Irina Diyankova, PhD*

Margo Heintz

Suzanna Hillegass, RN, LCSW*

Nichola Hollings

Sarah Houy, LPC

Mike and Ginny Hughes

Kathleen R Johnson, MD

Sady Kim-Singh, MSW, LCSW

Kissinger Family Foundation

Karen Klein Berman, MEd, LCSW*

Steven Krantz, DSW, LCSW and Heidi Krantz

Laura Leslie, LCSW*

Lou Lukas, MD

Kirsten Lundeberg, LPC, LMFT

Melani McKamey

Bonnie Mioduchoski, MBA

Stephanie Mitchell

Ray Mount, PhD

Joan Murphy, LMFT

Teresa Ortiz, MSW, LCSW, CICSW*

Lena Plamondon, PhD

PROMUS+ Consulting /Kelly Gaule

Patricia Rich, LCSW

Jenna Riemersma, MA, LPC

Ted Riskin, LCSW

Frank Rogers, Jr, PhD

Ronald Cobb Family Foundation

Constance Seligman

Faye Serene

LaDonna Silva, MA, LMFT*

Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW

Lisa Spiegel, MA, LMHC

Cynthia Sykes, LCSW, ACSW

Fred van Welsem*

Theresa Walsh Velendzas, MS

Michelle A. Walsh, PhD, LICSW

Janet Weathers, PsyD

Colleen West, MA, LMFT

Alison Whitmire

Andrea Whitmore

Sara Wright, M.Div, EdM, LCSW

Edward Yeats, PhD


Katrina Appiah

Joan Ashcraft, BA, CHCP

Brittany Bach*

Blair Barbour, MSW, LCSW

Patrick Baum

Simon Beck

Rachel Berg

Nancy Berkowitz, PhD, RN-CS, NP

Thomas Berry, PhD

Tibor Bessko, MA, LPC

Wende Birtch, LMHC

Olegivan Blublaksea

Sabine Boots, MS, LMFT

Jacalyn Brecher

Corey Busch, MA, LMFT*

Chris Cessna, MA, LMFT

Coy Chambers

Marta Chausée, MS*

Mitch Cohen

Greg Collins

Joey Corcoran

Linda Culpepper

Donna Dallal-Ferne, MA, LMFT*

Denis Dennehy

Daniel Deutsch, MA, LMFT*

Erin Dowd, MSW, LICSW

Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC

Scott Ely

Jill Farnham-Us

Patti Finn

Sharon Fisher, MSS, LCSW

Michael Forlenza

Richard Foster, MSW, LCSWR

Kira Freed, MA, LPC*

Bette Galen, MSW, LCSW*

Christine Gibson

Karen Gill

Leonardo Gonzalez Cigliuti

Carol Graybeal, MS, LSCW

Melissa Greenwell*

Grove Ingham Charitable Fund

Deborah Hager

Shelley Hartz, RN, MSN and Rob Hartz

Brian Jaudon/Catalytic Consulting LLC

Connie Jeng

Peg Kelley

Molly Kellogg

Gretchen King, LMFT

Kathy Kopald

Jessica LaMarre

Jeri Schroeder

Barbara Levine

Emily Lindner

Susan Littlefield

Karen Locke, MA

Bronwen Merle

Jan Michael

Arthur Mones, PhD

Miki Morimoto, MD*

Daniel Moss

Caitriona Nic Ghiollaphadraig, BEd

Carrie O’Leary, MFT

Ilpa Patel, MPA

Leslie Petruk, MA, LCHMC

Sandy Phocas, MD

Richard Podlesnik, PhD

Katherine Pomeroy, LMFT

Jenny Prewo-Harbord

Thomas Qafzezi, MA, MBA

Erika Quinn, PhD

Lenoard Riskin, JD, LLM

Rob Hartz Consulting

Steven Rothman, JD

Sonya Rudenstine

Jens Rybo

Lisa Saile*

Guthrie Sayen, PhD

Kendra Schpok

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Janet Sheperd

Marla Silverman, PhD

Leslie Joy Simmons, MA, LCPC and Miles Simmons, MD

Linda Singer

Ann Sinko, LMFT

Mathias Sjoervad

Jill Stanzler-Katz, LICSW

Tracy Stein

Ruth Steinberg

Sarah Stewart, PsyD, PLLC*

Roxanne Strauss, LMFT

Jane Strong

Elizabeth Tener, MA, LICSW*

Colleen Tootell

Kimberly Torrence

Linda Trum

Emily Tucker, MEd, LPC

Marilyn Unger-Riepe, MA, MSW, LICSW

United Health Group

Sandra VanderLinde*

Andrew Viar*

Linda T. Watts

Beverly Way

Gary Whited, PhD, LMFT

Kathy Wiener, MPA

Carol Wolf*

Jennifer Wortham, LCSW*

Leigh Youngblood

Tami Zak, MBA, MS*

Susan Zeichner


Susan Aeschbach, LICSW and Neil Gladstone, MBA, MSW, LICSW

Amy Alexander, MD, MHSc

Miguel Alfonso

David Ames*

Linda Andryc

Elena Arrigo

Malcolm Astley

Dave Baird

Renee Beavers

Ephrem Bogues

Sue Bookchin

Anne Marie Bowen, MA, LPC

Stacey Bridges*

Neeya Byrd

Amy Callaway

Rocie Carrillo

Kelly Clancy, LMT

Andrea Connors

Rachel Conway

Paul Cooperstein, JD

Catherine Cope*

Richard Delmastro

Meghan Dowd Murray, LICSW

Rina Dubin, EdD

Alison Dyer

Kelly Edens

Daphne Fatter

Michael Fitzgerald, PhD*

Lucinda Flavelle, MA*

William Foss, III, LMHC

Shannon Franco

Sandy Freid

Catherine Glenn, PhD

Sherry Gottesmann-Rubin

Jeannie Gugliemino

Elizabeth Haehl

Tara Hedman

Heidi Hoarau

Bert Hoefsloot

Barbara Holtzman

Mandy Hughes

Tasha Hunter

Bart Jarek

Eleanor Jones

Suzy Kim-Tran, LCSW

Ally Kornfeld

Sasha Kuznetsov

Jeremy Lansing

Alesia Lapinsky

Elizabeth Lincoln

Kathy Macchi

Tony Martignetti

Molly McLaren

Raymond McLaughlin

Jennifer Miatke

Oana Neagu

Barbara Nielsen

Rebecca O’Callaghan

Louise O’Mahony, RN

Heather Parbst*

Barbara Perkins, MA

Sabrina Marie

Pamela Pollack

Rachel Rahn

Emilia Raianwalker

András Rátonyi*

Delilah Raybee

Glenn Reinl and Sara Kresbach

Toni Rosati

Michi Rose

Zina Rutkin

Estelle Saltiel

Shawnee Schmid

Stephan Sears

Egli Shiakalli

Pamela Smith

Lawrence Snee

Glenn Strait

Judith Taylor

Deborah Teckoe

The Hartford

Northwest School of

Structural Therapy

Nicole Tremblay

Connie Turner

Sophie Vallance

Sara Villarreal

Julie Vohs

Collette Walsh

Julie Warren

K. Melissa Waterman

Katie Wine-Appleton

Jo Ann Zucker


The Foundation gratefully received donations in tribute to the following individuals during 2021.

In Honor Of

Jeanne Catanzaro, PhD

Frances Booth, LICSW

Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC

Development Team

Toufic Hakim, PhD

Toni Herbine-Blank

IFS-in-Schools Program

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Richard Schwartz, PhD

Theresa Schwiesow

Ann Sinko

Michelle A. Walsh, PhD, LICSW;
IFS Collective Liberation

Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea (ret.)

In Memory Of

Sweet Crystal

Jackie and Danny Cutler

Rabbi S. Z. Glaser

Maria M. Kovacs

Felicity Rouw

Sadie S.


Last year, numerous donors directed their support to the Foundation for Self Leadership through the following funds:


Amazon Smile

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.

Community Foundation of Monterey County

Fidelity Charitable

Paypal Giving Fund

San Francisco Foundation

Schwab Charitable

The Foundation for Self Leadership makes every effort to provide a complete and accurate list of donors and their professional credentials. If we have inadvertently omitted or misprinted your listing, please accept our sincere apologies and contact us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org. We will endeavor to make any pertinent changes to the web-based version of the report.


The following individuals supported the Foundation’s work last year as volunteers: from proofreading the magazine and record-keeping, to serving on a discussion panel or advisory group. We are deeply grateful for the time and talent they each contributed to outreach programs and operational projects.

Eugenia Acuña, MPHE, ACC

Barbara Adams, MA

David Baird, LICSW

Requina Barnes, LICSW

Stewart Brown, PhD

Chris Burris LPC, LMFT

Ralph S. Cohen PhD, LMFT

Kathy Cox MSW, LICSW

Joanna Curry-Sartori

Anne Eberhardt

Kristin Erner, LCSW, BCD

Lester Fagen, MA, JD

Fatimah Finney, LMHC

Michael Fitzgerald, PhD

Tamala Floyd, LCSW

Kira Freed, MA, LPC

Kelly Gaule, CAP

Rodger Goddard, PhD

Gerry Grace, PhD

Brenda Hollingsworth, MSW, LICSW

Cherissa Jackson, BSN

Carmen Jimenez-Pride, LCSW, LICSW-CP

Kathleen R Johnson, MD

Sady Kim-Singh, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Kreutz

Jennifer Krizan, MA, LMFT, LICSW

Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT

Beau Laviolette, LCSW

Karen Locke, MA

Amy Marcotte, LCSW

Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT

Vicki J. McCoy, MA

David Medeiros, MSW, LICSW

Mark Morris, MSW, LMSW, LSW

Ray Mount, PhD

Beth Mullen-Houser

Hugh O’Doherty, MA, MEd, EdD

John Palmer

Chris Poe, LPC

Frank Rogers, PhD

Jon Schwartz, MEd

Kathryn Serino, EdD

Larry Snee, PhD

Laura Taylor

Theresa Walsh Velendzas, MS

What We Accomplished in 2021,



  • The first study ever funded by the Foundation for Self Leadership was published in a peer-reviewed journal. That study provided evidence that IFS therapy had significantly positive effects on adults with PTSD. Notably, at the one-month follow-up assessment, 92% of participants no longer met criteria for PTSD.
  • A comprehensive RCT—studying the efficacy of IFS as a treatment for PTSD—began at the Cambridge Health Alliance, following on a pilot study involving online group therapy.

ACCESS | IFS in Schools

  • Building on results and evaluations from two pilot projects (in Minnesota and Connecticut), the IFS-in-Schools Advisory Council worked to identify strategies for scaling up our efforts.
  • Managed an independent manuscript review—resulting from the latest funded IFS-in-Schools project—for a publication to bring the Self-leadership model to school educators.

ACCESS | IFS for Veterans

  • Launched the Healing Corps to incubate programs for veterans and active-duty military as well as the therapists who serve them.
  • Produced and presented the three-part Foundation Forum Resolving the War Within: IFS & the Military, to attract the attention of influencers at the VA and enhance the capacity of IFS practitioners to serve clients from within the military community.

ACCESS | Marginalized Communities

  • Created the IFS Leadership Fellows program, attracting a very diverse and promising pool of 80 applicants. The first cohort was selected and launched on their IFS journey.


  • Produced and presented A Bridge Between US, a series of five web-based panel discussions which placed IFS at the center of key social issues.
  • Published two issues of OUTLOOK. The 14th issue, the most expansive to-date, was partially funded through sponsorships from the IFS community.


  • Significantly increased the size of the Foundation’s base of friends and donors.
  • Met the Shivas Challenge by raising $129,760 from 167 new donors before May 2022.