Meet our dedicated staff who feel privileged to work together and who walk the talk of ACL!

Mavis Tsai, PhD

Mavis is the Founder and Executive Director of the ACL Global Project. She is the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, a clinical psychologist, and a research scientist at the University of Washington.

Anne Gulyas

Anne has been involved and engaged with ACL for 4 years and joined the ACL Global Project at its inception as Chief Operating Officer.

Emerson Hardebeck

A doctoral student in clinical psychology, Emerson’s work at ACL Global Project is helping him to connect with the fundamental goodness inside each of us.

Daneil Newcomb

Daneil, our Manager of Outreach and Community Building, is a scientist turned social services provider with a passion for community building and data analysis.

Joanne Conger

Joanne, our Manager of Media and Development, had worked in the nonprofit sector in the Puget Sound region for over 20 years, mostly serving the homeless and low-income housing communities.

Anja Huesch

Anja comes to the ACL Global Project Administrative Assistant position with a Master’s degree in North American Studies, Sociology, and African Studies.

Board of Directors

Our talented Board of Directors has a shared passion for ACL and provides essential oversight, direction and collaborative guidance for our work and organizational strategy.

Isabella Knox, MD, EdM

Isabella joined ACL in 2016 when Dr. Tsai launched her pilot group.

Susan Partnow

Susan is a Sr. Facilitator of Compassionate Listening and Network Weaver for the project.

Mary Waldon, MSW, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in psychotherapy for teen girls and adult women.

Advisor & Research Assistants

Our advisor gives sage advice as needed, and our talented and enthusiastic research assistants are an invaluable part of our team! From assisting in ACL groups to logging and analyzing data to aiding in research conceptualization, our RA’s have brought extra depth and insight to all that we do.

Robert Kohlenberg

Robert is the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP).

Research Assistants:

Logan Wahl
Michael Frederick
Akoly Vongdala
Charlotte Houston
Kaisa Nordal-Jonsson
Kristen Pedersen

ACL Chapter Leaders

Our chapter leaders are the vital heartbeat of ACL around the world. From varied backgrounds, they all have a common love for the experiences ACL provides and a desire to share it with their own communities.

O’Connell, Manuela Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Ignacio Stecco Cordoba, Argentina
Martin, NeLi Online . Noosa, Australia
Collins, Jenni Perth, Australia
Seys, Annick Hasselt, Belgium
Laura Inés Rivera Betancourt Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Brunkow, Fernanda Curitiba, Brasil
Kameyama, Marcia São Paulo, Brasil
Lopes, Joseuda Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Guimarães, Rodrigo Salvador, Brasil
Gomes, Paulo Porto Alegre, Brazil
Gabriela Damasceno Porto alegre, Brazil
Simões, Aline Salvador, Brazil
Ramos, Fabiana Pinheiro Vitoria, Brazil
Lopes, Allana Brasília, Brazil
Chacon, Priscila São Paulo, Brazil
GUmiy, Natali Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Zhang, Wendy Beijing, China
Guerrero, Natalia Bucaramanga, Colombia
Kjelgaard, Rikke Copenhagen, Denmark
Rasmussen, Susan Copenhagen, Denmark
Henry Höhme Sonneberg / Coburg, Deutschland
Salmiaitta, Pentti Helsinki, Finland
Goularte Paris, France
Bierhals, Reimer Bamberg (Bavaria), Germany
Schneider, Norbert Fuerth, Germany
Kanduth-Grahl, Stefan Lüneburg, Germany
Leonard-Curtin, Aisling Dublin, Ireland
Dov Benyaacov-Kurtzman Online and multiple cities, Israel

KIM, JAMES* Seoul, Korea
El Jamil, Tima Beirut, Lebanon
Campos, Daniel Lima, Lima
Acevedo Erick Acapulco, Gro., México
Aguilar Cacho, Renzo Lima, Peru
Morgan, Jaime Lima, Peru
Sadecka, Sabina Poznan, Poland
Iuga, Amma Brasov, Romania
Amador, Acerina La laguna, Spain
Kjelgaard, Rikke Malmoe, Sweden
Kjelgaard, Rikke Svedala, Sweden
Szücs, Balazs Kisa, Sweden
Graciela Rovner Gothenburg or Zoom, Sweden
Bengtsson, Thor Malmö, Sweden
Assaloni, Herbert Winterthur, Switzerland
Sahin Cankaya, Banu Istanbul (online for now), Turkey
Thulin, Karmen Denver, United States
Permut, Magda Portland, United States
Waldon, Mary Lake Forest, IL, United States
Hoekstra, Renee Boston, United States
Granato, Hollie Los Angeles, United States
Maioja, Maria Cecilia Maldonado, Uruguay
Mark Sisti Manhattan, USA
Kohlenberg, Barbara Reno, USA
Baez, Annecy Westchester, USA
Vulk, Pat Bellevue, WA, USA
Dreis, Stephanie Minneapolis (on Zoom for now), USA
Tsai, Mavis Seattle, USA
Frederick, Michael Spokane, USA