Staff

Meet our dedicated staff who feel privileged to work together and who walk the talk 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.

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
PhD, ABPP

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

Research Assistants:

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

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.

Abreu, Pollyanna, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Acevedo Martinez, Erick Jesus, Acapulco, Mexico
Aguilar Cacho, Renzo, La Molina, Peru
Almeida Silva, Ana Clara, Cuiaba, Brazil
Alves, Joao, Salvador, Brazil
Amador, Acerina, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Assaloni, Herbert, Winterthur, Switzerland
Baez, Annecy, Westchester, U.S.
Bengtsson, Thor, Malmo, Sweden
Bennett, Richard, Birmingham, England
Ben-Yaacov, Dov, Greater Manchester, England
Bierhals, Reimer, Bamberg, Germany
Blom, Marie, Linkoping, Sweden
Blore, Jed, Melbourne, Australia
Booyens, Carina, Johannesburg, South Afica
Brunkow, Fernanda, Cutiriba, Brazil
Buitrago Osorio, Paola Jimena, Engavita, Columbia
Carrozzini, Michele, Viareggio, Italy
Chang, Michelle, Palo Alto, U.S.
Comninos, Andreas, Sydney, Australia
Cordoba-Salgado, Oscar, Bogata, Columbia
Da Conceicao Pereira, Leia, Vitoria, Brazil
Dudek, Joanna, Warsaw, Poland, X
Dyberny, Pawel, Wloclawek, Poland
Earley, Katie, Anacortes, U.S.
Ferreira, Gabriela, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fiszer, Vivian, Warsaw, Poland
Freitas, Kelly, Sydney, Australia
Funke, Mathias, Berlin, Germany
Gomes, Paulo, Brasilia, Brazil
Granato, Hollie, Los Angeles, U.S.
Guimaraes, Marc-Rodrigo P., Pituba, Brazil
Gulyas, Anne, Seattle, U.S.
Handelman, Rob, NY City, U.S.
Hardebeck, Emerson, Seattle, U.S.
Hardebeck, Lisa, Tacoma, U.S.
Hernando, Diana, Madrid, Spain
Hoekstra, Renee, Boston, U.S.
Hoffmann, Kate, Vero Beach, U.S.
Johnson, Dawn, Birmingham, England
Kim, James, Seoul, Korea
Kim, James, Worcester, U.S.
Kjelgaard, Rikke, Copenhagen, Malmoe, Svedala, Denmark
Kochamba, Kristen, Los Angeles, U.S.
Konzen, Sam, Amherst, Formigine, U.S.
Koo, Kelly, Oakland, U.S.
Kossack, Ali, Phoenix, U.S.
Kregielewska, Anita, Warsaw, Poland
Kubo, Kathy, Fresno, U.S.
Lafond, Kathryn, Bainbridge Island, U.S.
Leal, Itziar, Madrid, Spain
Llimberger, Angelika, Bamberg, Germany
Lopes, Allana, Brasilia, Brazil
Lopes, Joseuda, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Losnegard, Diane, Fargo, U.S.
Manduchi, Katia, Rimini, Italy
Manetti-Cusa, Julian, Ny City, U.S.
Martin, Gabriela, Cutiriba, Brazil
Martin, Neli, Noosa, Australia
Martinez Santana, Diego Alejandro, Tabio, Columbia
Matos, Joao Pedro, Salvador, Brazil
Molina, Renato, Cuiaba, Brazil
Moore, Catherine, Norwich, England

Moraes, Ana Paula, Brasilia, Brazil
Morgan, Jaime, Lima, Peru
Morris, Kathie, Capital District, U.S.
Mouta, Angelo, Fortaleza, Brazil
Muldoon, Belinda, Newcastle, Australia
Munoz Espinoza, Osvaldo, Los Mochis, Mexico
Nayak, Yogesh, Chandigarh, India, X
O’Connell, Manuella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Padilla Torres, Diego, Madrid, Spain
Page, Mary Ellen, Phoenix, U.S.
Parker, Chauncey, Reno, U.S.
Permut, Magda, Portland, U.S.
Peters, Kristin, La Crosse, U.S.
Petron, Lorena, Cordoba, Argenitina
Pirola, Gustavo Pfister, Vitoria, Brazil
Plagge, Pema, Aachen, Germany
Pogrebinschi, Alan, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ramos, Fabiana, Vitoria, Brazil
Rasmussen, Susan, Odense, Denmark
Raul Drews, Jr., Claudio, Pelotas, Brazil
Regina, Carla, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rivera Betancourt, Laura Ines, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Rolim, Priscila, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rossi, Emanuele, Pesaro, Italy
Rovner, Graciela, Gothenburg, Sweden
Ryan, William, Brooklyn, U.S.
Salinas, Carlos, Guadalajara, Mexico
Sanida, Stavroula, Athens, Greece
Sattari, Maryam, Esfahan, Iran
Schuessler, Rebecca, Berlin (English Speaking Chapter), Germany
Scuzs, Balazs, Rydsnas, Sweden
Sennwitz, Nicoleta, Erlangen, Herzogenaurach, Germany
Seys, Annick, Hasselt, Belgium
Shah, Urvi, Jersey City, U.S.
Silverman, Ari, Missoula, U.S.
Simoes, Aline, Salvador, Brazil
Sisti, Mark, NY City, U.S.
Skinta, Matthew, San Francisco, U.S.
Solano, Natalia Guerro, Bucaramanga, Columbia
Souza, Lucas, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Stecco, Juan Ignacio, Cordoba, Argentina
Steinkopff, Ralf, Berlin, Germany
Svartjung, Tore, Norrkiping, Sweden
Tassara, Marcel, Milwaukee, U.S.
Teichmann, Daniel, Cologne, Germany
Thulin, Karmen, Denver, U.S.
Torre Rosa, Francisco, Malaga, Spain
Tsai, Mavis, Seattle, U.S.
Turraka, Sanna, Joensuun, Finalnd
Unger, Mandy, Berlin (English Speaking Chapter), Germany
Valentim, Monica, Bauru, Brazil
Verneque, Luciana, Brasilia, Brazil
Vulk, Pat, Bellevue, U.S.
Waddington, Emma, Singapore, Malaysia
Walden, Mary, Pleasant Prairie, U.S.
Wiegers, Linda, Cologne, Germany
Wong, Serena, Bowling Green, U.S.
Wright, Ann Marie, Vancouver, White Rock, Canada, X
Xavier, Rodrigo, Guaruja, Brazil
Yates, Holly, Raleigh, U.S.
Zhang, Wen, Beijing, China

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