Tri-Organization Committees and Task Forces

AGPA Committees and Task Forces

More than an information and networking resource, AGPA offers a window of opportunity for professional growth and recognition. Through active participation in AGPA, members can help shape policy that affects their careers. AGPA offers mentorship and leadership opportunities through involvement on its many committees and task forces.

If you are interested in joining a committee or task force, contact AGPA at info@agpa.org.

Standing Committees

AGPA Connect Committee

The AGPA Connect Committee is responsible for planning and bringing to fruition the scientific programs of AGPA Connect. The committee plans Institute sections, workshops, and open session events, such as panels, papers, and demonstrations.

Co-Chairs:
D. Thomas Stone, Jr., PhD, CGP, FAGPA
4241 E Piedras Dr Ste 250
San Antonio, TX 78228-1400
Office: (210) 736-1866 ex 1
Email: tstone.phd@gmail.com

Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
3000 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 210
Washington, DC20008
Office: (202) 265-5855
Email: ginger@gingersullivan.org

Editorial Committee

This Committee is comprised of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, which is selected by the Editor of the Journal and is subject to the approval of the AGPA Board of Directors. This Committee conducts the editorial affairs of the Journal.

Editor:
Jill Paquin, Ph.D.
Chatham University
6585 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Office: (412) 365-1569
Email: jillpaquin@gmail.com

Fellowship and Awards Committee

Members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee review candidates for fellowship in order to recognize members who have made meritorious contributions to group psychotherapy. The Committee also recommends the presentation of awards and honors to individuals or groups who may have made a significant contribution to the mental health field. Committee members must be Fellows of AGPA.

Co-Chairs:
Shari Y. Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA
834 Surrey Lane
Media, PA 19063
Office: (610) 449-6550
Fax: (610) 449-6556
Email: shari.y.baron@shariyb.com

Carlos Canales, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA
2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 425
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Office: (515) 528-7754
Fax: (530) 528-7771
Email: drcarloscanales@gmail.com

Keith J. Rand, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA
8170 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4532
Office: (323) 655-4060
Email: keithrand@me.com

Membership Engagement Committee

The Membership Engagement Committee is charged with the task of both retaining current members and finding new ones. Additionally, the Membership Engagement Committee serves as the welcoming arm of the organization for new members and first time Annual Meeting attendees. This Committee also brings issues of membership concerns to the attention of the Board of Directors.

Co-Chairs:
Valorie George, LCSW, CGP
730 North Post Oak Rd Ste 301
Houston, TX 77024
Office: (847) 421-6152
Email: valoriegeorge@gmail.com

Shunda McGahee
, MD, CGP
Boston, MA 
Office: (617) 626-9610
Email: smm994@gmail.com

Ryan Spencer, LMFT, CGP
1007 Mopac Circle
Austin, TX 78746
Office: (512) 565-4226
Email: ryanspencermft@gmail.com

Nominating Committee

Four members are elected every two years by the membership to the Nominating Committee. These individuals, along with the Immediate Past President, prepare the slate of candidates for officers and the Board of Directors.

Chair: 
Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA
Mt. Sinai Hospital, #925, 600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
Office: (416) 586-4800 x4555
Email: m.leszcz@utoronto.ca

 

Public Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs Committee advocates health care issues in relevant public and social policy arenas by disseminating information about group psychotherapy theory and practice and the Association itself. The Committee also maintains relationships and communicates with other professional organizations that address such issues as standards setting, service delivery systems, legal rights, ethics, privileges and responsibilities, third-party coverage, and other mental health issues that may be of concern to AGPA members. 

Co-Chairs:
Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, FAGPA
1000 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 625-8444
Email: farooqmohyuddin@yahoo.com 

Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA*
6014 28th St N
Arlington, VA 22207-1237
Office: (703) 536-5545
Fax: (301) 907-6667
Email: lwodiska@gmail.com

Task Forces

Community Outreach Task Force

This group is charged with establishing and executing community outreach programs to provide professional assistance to diverse group populations in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Co-Chairs:
Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA
510 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Office: (917) 439-7892
Email: CraigHaen@gmail.com

Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
22 Norwood Road
Northport, NY 11768
Office: (631) 757-6459
Email: suephil@optonline.net

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force strives to promote the values of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout AGPA in the areas of leadership, training, policy, research, and practice.

Co-Chairs:

M. Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP
675 Seminole Ave
Suite T-05
Atlanta, GA 30307
Office: 404-565-4385
Email: mariasophiaaguirre@gmail.com

Vincent Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP
741 Rolling Creek Cir
Clayton, NC 27520-5137
Office: (813) 816-2766
Email: vmdehili@ncsu.edu

Wendy Freedman, PhD, CGP
124 Raymond Ave
Box 706
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Office: (845) 437-5700
Email: wefreedman@vassar.edu

Latoyia K. Piper, LCSW, CGP
PO Box 82251
Las Vegas, NV 89180-2251
Office: (702) 485-0430
Email: latoyiagriffin.lcsw.cgp@gmail.com

e-Learning Task Force

Responsible for the planning and development of alternative continuing educational opportunities apart from AGPA Connect such as teleconferences, webinars, audio tapes, on-line courses and home study materials.

Co-Chairs:
David A. Songco, MA, PsyD, CGP
Medical College of Wisconsin
1121 E North Ave
Milwaukee, WI53212
Office: (414) 267-6500
Email: dsongco@mcw.edu

Tony Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA
10602 Timberwood Cir Ste 8
Louisville, KY40223
Office: (502) 409-4204
Email: tsheppard@groupworksky.com

Newsletter Task Force

This Task Force is responsible for overseeing the publication of AGPA’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Group Circle. Its members include the Editorial Staff of The Group Circle, who are selected by the Editor of the Circle.

Editor:
Leonardo M. Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
3020 Westchester Avenue, Suite 309
Purchase, NY 10577-2525
Office: (914) 481-8422
Fax: (914) 481-8421
Email: lleiderman@westchester-nps.com



Science to Service Task Force

This group works to integrate research and clinical practice, to formulate practice guidelines for group psychotherapy, to study the feasibility of a group therapy practice research network, to identify/develop evidence-based group therapy practices/treatments and to recommend educational programs that support the teaching/dissemination of evidence-based group therapy methods.

Co-Chairs:
Les R. Greene
, PhD, CGP, DLFAGPA
35 Laurel Road
Hamden, CT 06517-4019
Office: (203) 932-5711 x5173
E-mail: lesrgreene@peoplepc.com


Rebecca MacNair-Semands
, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
3136 E Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28205
Email: rebecca.ms3344@gmail.com

Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, FAPA, FAGPA
8901 Garden Stone Ln
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office: (301) 718-0444
E-mail: cmarmarosh@gmail.com

Special Interest Group (SIG) Task Force

The SIG Task Force promotes the development of Special Interest Groups and provides a forum for supporting SIG activities.

Co-Chairs:
Eri Suzuki Bentley, PhD, CGP
Utah State Univ Counseling and Psy Services
115 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0115
Office: (435) 797-1012
Email: Eri.Bentley@usu.edu

Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, PhD, CGP
Auburn Univ Student Counseling Svcs
400 Lem Morrison Dr #2086
Auburn University, AL 36849
Office: (334) 844-5123
Email: jzc0026@auburn.edu

 

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Committees

Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for the publication of the Foundation's newsletter, The Group Assets which is an insert within The Group Circle, AGPA's newsletter. Additionally, this committee overseas the content and written communication of the Group Foundation website and is responsible for identifying the appropriate venue for the reporting of research funded by the Group Foundation.

Chair:

Karen Travis, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA
7732 Goodwood Blvd 
Suite 209
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Office: (225) 927-7936
Fax: (225) 349-8928
Email: karendotcom@prodigy.net

Development Committee

The Development Committee is responsible for raising the annual General Fund income of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, as well as its endowment funds. The Committee also seeks out opportunities for distinguished gifts from AGPA members and outside corporations and foundations, which will benefit the endowment of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health.

Chair:

Darryl L. Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
30 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 525
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (847) 498-6969
Fax: (847) 410-7236
Email: Drpure@drdarrylpure.com 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund Advisory Committee

This new committee's role is to recommend to the Board priorities for the newly established DEI fund and processes for dispersing funds.

Chair

Robert Hsiung, MD

122 S Michigan Ave

Ste 1025

Chicago, IL 60603-6264

Office: (773) 413-0227

Fax: (773) 496-6060

Email: bob@dr-bob.org

 

Education Committee

The Education Committee supports professional development through continuing education, training, and collegial interaction. The Education Committee coordinates the Group Foundation-sponsored activities at the AGPA Annual Meeting, including early morning educational sessions, the Fellow’s Breakfast speaker, the S.R. Slavson Memorial Lecture, the Louis Ormont Lecture and the Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education presentation.

Chair:

Maryetta K. Andrews-Sachs, MA, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
4920 45th St NW
Washington, DC 20016-4041
Office: (202) 244-4087
Fax: (202) 966-6425
Email: MAndrewsSachs@gmail.com

Vice Chair:

Cheryl Kalter, PhD, LPC, CGP

‎4055 broadway‎

San Antonio, TX 78209‎

Office: (210) 771-1154‎

Email: kalterxp@hotmail.com

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the Officers of the Foundation and the chairpersons of the various committees. The Executive Committee is charged with planning for the advancement of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health’s activities and welfare. It reviews and evaluates the affairs of the Foundation; guides, oversees, and coordinates all Foundation Committees; recommends an annual budget to the Board of Directors; and exercises the powers of the Board of Directors in the intervals between its meetings.

Chair:

Darryl L. Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
30 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 525
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (847) 498-6969
Fax: (847) 410-7236
Email: Drpure@drdarrylpure.com 

Scholarship and Awards Committee

The Scholarship and Awards Committee oversees the selection process of qualified candidates who receive funding and recognition from the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health.  In addition to the Scholarships and the Endowed Awards, their tasks include calling for applications and identifying qualified candidates for the Honor Your Mentor Award, the Social Responsibility Award, and the Humanitarian Award.

Chair:

Mary W. Nicholas, PhD, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
441 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511-6217
Office: (203) 776-4495
Fax: (203) 776-0217
E-mail: marynicholas09@gmail.com

Vice-Chair:

Rhea Pledger, MA, LPC, CGP
3724 Jefferson St.
Ste. 206
Austin, TX 78731
Office: (512) 471-3515
Email: rbpledger@gmail.com 

Search Committee

The Search Committee is charged with recommending persons with diverse skills and expertise to participate on the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health’s Board of Directors. Comprised of the President-Elect of AGPA, two elected members from the AGPA Board of Directors, and two members elected from the Group Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Search Committee is formed every two years.

Chair:

Keith J. Rand, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA*

‎8170 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90048-4532

Office: (323) 655-4060

Fax: (888) 588-7305

Email: keithrand@me.com

Study Grants Committee

The Study Grants Committee is responsible for enhancing the profession’s and the public’s awareness of the value of groups. It does this by supporting and initiating research and promoting the collection, interpretation and dissemination of information on group methods and group psychotherapy. The Committee works with the Corporate, Government and Foundation Grants Committee to explore and solicit outside grants that fulfill its objectives.

Chair:

Gary M. Burlingame, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA
238 TLRB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-5800
Office: (801) 422-7557
Email: gary_burlingame@byu.edu

International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists Committees

Clinical Professional Relations Committee

Informs the professional community about the CGP. Develops material for promoting group therapy practices. Oversees the Harold S. Bernard Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in Group Therapy. 

Chair:

Mikhail Bogomaz, PsyD, ABPP, CGP
1981 Lordun Terrace
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Office: (469) 450-7147
Email: misha.bogomaz@unf.edu

 

Practice Development Committee

Creates and maintains relationships/partnerships with healthcare systems to promote group psychotherapy training and high-quality delivery of service. Maintains relationships with national accrediting organizations and payor systems to promote CGP standards. Solicits and ensures submission of Annual Program and Distance Learning Recommendations. 

Co-Chairs:

Gary M. Burlingame, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA
238 TLRB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-5800
Office: (801) 422-7557
Email: gary_burlingame@byu.edu

Molyn Leszcz,
M.D., FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA 
Mt. Sinai Hospital, #925
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
Office: (416) 586-4800 x4555
E-mail: m.leszcz@utoronto.ca 

 

Search Committee

Recommends persons with the appropriate expertise to participate on the Certification Board of Directors as well as conducts exit interviews. 

Chair:

Steven L. Van Wagoner, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
2440 M Street NW
Suite 429
Washington, DC 20037
Office: (202) 296-5299
Fax: (202) 223-3939
E-mail: slwagoner@verizon.net 

 

Standards Committee

Reviews and accepts new CGP applicants and keeps current on all clinical credentials for all disciplines. Responsible for all policies and materials on re-certification. Considers ethical issues relevant to group psychotherapy practice.  

Co-Chairs:

Steven L. Van Wagoner, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
2440 M Street NW
Suite 429
Washington, DC 20037
Office: (202) 296-5299
Fax: (202) 223-3939
E-mail: slwagoner@verizon.net 

Fran Weiss
, LCSW-R, BCD, DCSW, CGP
121 W 82nd St Suite 2B
New York, NY 10024-5517
Office: (212) 362-6019
Fax: (212) 624-0266
Email: biddoc@franweiss.com

 

 

International Liaison Sub-Committee

Coordinates with group therapy organizations world-wide to explore collaboration and improve relations. Works with other agencies interested in partnering and/or consulting on international certification. 

Chair:

Kathleen H. Ulman, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
17 Elm Streeet
Boxford, MA 01921-2321
Office: (978) 887-6040
Fax: (978) 887-8977
E-mail: kathyulman@verizon.net 


Nominating Committee

Identifies and recommends incoming Certification Board Chairpersons

Co-Chairs:

Jeanne Pasternak, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
2439 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005-1431
Office: (713) 520-0402
Fax: (713) 520-0423
E-mail: jeanne.pasternak@gmail.com


Sherrie L. Smith
, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA
221 Barretta Court
Roseland, NJ 7068
Office: (973) 983-5304
Fax: (585) 273-1383
Email: dswjsmith@gmail.com