Administrative Team

Shuka Alaee

Shuka Alaee

Customer Experience Specialist

Shuka joined the team in June 2021 with a background in customer success at high growth technology companies and a Masters in Counseling working towards LPC licensure in the state of Texas. She was on the client side herself prior to joining the team, so she is extra passionate about creating an exemplary experience for all individuals seeking to learn more about IFS.

Karen Blicher

Karen Blicher

IFS Certification Program Coordinator

Karen has been providing coordination of the IFS certification program since its inception in 2010.  In this capacity, Karen assists applicants throughout the IFS certification application process and also provides administrative support for the IFS recertification process which is required every two years.

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Donna Carter

Donna Carter

Director, Talent Management

Donna joined the IFS team in April 2022 and has over 18 years of experience in human resources, which includes global leadership, developing organizational strategy and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  Donna will play an integral role in designing, evolving, and leading our strategic efforts to recruit, develop and retain trainers and program staff.  She is passionate about IFS and the hope that this work will lead to greater Self leadership.  Donna enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and scrapbooking.

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Shawn Casselberry

Talent Manager: North America

Shawn joined the IFS staff team in July 2020 with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, community development, and racial justice advocacy. He is passionate about the mission of IFS and is especially interested in the intersections between personal healing and community transformation. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, mentoring young adults, traveling, and walking his dog. 

Amanda Connell

Amanda Connell

Executive Assistant to Dr. Richard Schwartz

Amanda joined IFSI in 2021. They are passionate about systems-change, anti-racist and decolonizing frameworks and mutual aid. She provides full time executive support for Dr. Richard Schwartz and the IFSI team. In their spare time they enjoy riding motorcycles and spending time with their rescue dog, Lady. 

 

Ashley Curley

Ashley Curley

Conference Manager and Interim International Director

Ashley joined the team in 2011 and oversees all aspects of the IFS Annual Conference. She is IFS Level 1 trained and has a background in hospitality management, event management and marketing.

Jessy Daniels

Jessy Daniels

Assistant to the North American Operations Manager

Jessy joined the IFS Institute in December of 2020. She has over ten years of experience in elementary education administration and was trained in restorative justice practices. In her free time she enjoys DIY projects for her home and garden.    

Alexandra DeWald

Alexandra DeWald

Training Program Site Sourcing and Contracting Coordinator

Alexandra became part of the IFS institute team in January of 2019. Alexandra has a background within the hospitality industry handling housing and site selections. As the Training Site Sourcing Coordinator, she now handles the site searches for the IFS Level 1, 2 and 3 trainings. 

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Sandy Ellis

Sandy Ellis

Administrative Assistant

Sandy joined the team in 2008.  Prior to IFS Institute Sandy worked as an Assistant in Mental Health for several years.  Sandy handles the IFS Bookstore, Practitioner Directory, any website issues and/or general questions.

Jen Feasley

Jen Feasley

Training Administration Assistant

Jen started with the team in 2013 with a background in arts management and technical theatre.  She handles most questions related to Trainings and general information for IFS Institute. She's happy to email or chat about trainings when she isn't traveling with her family or walking her giant dog.

Leslie Garcia

Leslie Garcia

Accounting Assistant

Leslie joined the IFS team in September 2022. Leslie has a background in accounting and has a Master of Accounting and Finance degree from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, nature, and working out.

Mary Anne Gardner

Mary Anne Gardner

North American Operations Manager

Mary Anne has been a member of IFS Institute’s administrative team for more than 10 years and is responsible for overseeing the increasing number of North American Level 1, 2, and 3 Training Programs.  Her background in educational and arts administration and teaching continues to inform her work.

Mary Mitrovich

Mary Mitrovich

Controller

Mary joined the team in 2005, with a background in business administration and mathematics.  She handles all things financial for the IFS Institute.

Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson

CEO
Sara Oberg

Sara Oberg

Online Business Manager

Sara joined the team in September 2018 with a background working in operations and marketing for companies serving behavioral health providers. Sara oversees course development and member support for IFS online learning programs, marketing and affiliate partnerships, and internal technical operations for IFS Institute.

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Kimberly Plaxton

Admissions and Records Administrator

Kimberly joined the IFS Institute in June 2020 as the Training Program Admissions and Records Administrator. She has a background in language translation, editing, and writing for international organizations. 

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Anna Rubley

Director of Operations

Anna joined the IFSI team in April 2022 and has expertise in operations, financial management, project management, and strategic administration, primarily in the non-profit and academic sectors. She is a collaborative team leader who has led diverse teams to achieve organizational goals, especially during times of considerable change. She uses emotional intelligence, diplomacy, humor, and grace under pressure to manage complex situations. Anna has an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 

Jen Tewell

Jennifer Tewell

Digital Community Manager

Jen joined the IFS team in April 2022 and is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked primarily with marginalized individuals and families. Prior to working as a trauma and grief therapist, she ran her own consulting firm for 15 years, serving the nonprofit and small business sectors in the fields of grassroots advocacy, community-building, communications, policy/legislation campaigns, marketing, and technology.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, documentaries, genealogy, as well as time with family and friends.

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Luis Vega Sorrosal

International Program Director

Luis joined the team in 2022 and oversees all aspects of the international activity of the IFS Institute.  He has a background as international lawyer and manager in various multinational companies and plays a key role in the Institute’s international expansion.  Trained in IFS levels 1&2, he is passionately convinced of the enormous contribution that the IFS model represents for mankind nowadays.