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Board Members

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Founding Board was appointed in August 2013 for a two-year term. Members of the current Board, who serve for three-year staggered terms, are leading professionals in their field, among them: a psychiatrist, two medical doctors and researchers, an attorney, an academic consultant, and a nonprofit executive.

The Board is committed to working with the community at large to advance the Foundation's mission and priorities. The 2016-2019 Board includes Harley Goldberg, DO, Chair; Frank Anderson, MD, Co-Executive Director; Toufic Hakim, PhD, Co-Executive Director; Lester Fagen, MA, JD; Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW; Vicki McCoy, MA; and Mark Milton. 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 currently as the Board's Vice Chair. His previous roles included Chair of the initial Board and 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.




Toufic Hakim

Toufic M. Hakim, Ph.D.

Toufic M. Hakim, Ph.D., supports the Foundation presently as Executive Director. Previously, he served a Executive Director for Operations and Communications and Executve Advisor since the Foundation's activation. 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.


Pam Krause

Pamela K. Krause, MSW, LCSW

Pamela K. Krause is a Certified IFS therapist and Senior Lead Trainer for The Center for Self Leadership who has a private practice with adults and adoles- cents near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pam has adapted the Model for use with children and adolescents. In addition, along with Richard Schwartz, PhD, and Toni Herbine-Blank, RN, MS, CS-P, Pam teaches IFS through the online IFS Circle, now beginning its second year. “I love this Model and am interested in doing whatever I can to spread it to others,” she declares.

Pam has been an active community member ever since her IFS training began in 1998 and has worked tangentially with the Board since it was formed in 2013. Before the Foundation was conceived, she was a member of the Research Team Coordinating Committee and served on a small group that developed the IFS Adherence Scale Instrument. “I love the Foundation’s mission of research and spreading the Model to the world. I’m happy to be part of this endeavor. I hope the Foundation can continue to support significant research with the Model and I feel grateful to lend my energy toward that goal.”



Vicki McCoy

Vicki J. McCoy, MA

Vicki J. McCoy is an organizational development and communications consultant who specializes in developing high-functioning leaders and teams that communicate powerfully to get results. As president of her own consulting firm, McCoy Communications and Training, LLC, and cocreator of a comprehensive development program called Raising the Bar: Empowering Greatness in Individuals and Teams, Vicki is a sought-after executive coach who counts among her clients several leaders in government.

In 2010, Vicki was introduced to IFS by long-time friend and certified IFS therapist Stewart Brown, PhD, at a retreat where she discovered first-hand the healing nature of the Model. “This is therapy that works!” Vicki relates. “I also knew from the get-go that IFS was more than a therapeutic model.” She recognizes that IFS has the potential for a broad and growing reach that will help heal the world and create peace within that will be reflected without, whether with adults or children. “To have the opportunity to participate in the effort to take IFS as far out into the world as we possibly can—into schools and hospitals, into peacemaking and community-building, into self-awareness training, and into the arts and sports—is an exciting adventure and a great privilege,” remarks Vicki. Of her new role, she says, “It is an honor to become part of the Foundation Board, a group of dedicated, accomplished, and humble people who clearly have a great time working together.”



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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.