Administrative Team

Jon Schwartz, M. Ed.

Jon Schwartz, M. Ed.

Executive Director
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Jon has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, both as a clinician and in leadership positions within mental health organizations.  Jon served as the Executive Director of Urban Peak, a center for runaway and homeless teens in Denver, CO and as Executive Director for Poyama Day Treatment Center outside of Salem, OR.   Jon began his directorship of The Center for Self Leadership in 2008.  Along the way, Jon completed the IFS Level 1 and 2 trainings, was a Program Assistant for a Level 1 training, and has continued to apply IFS in his work over the years.  Jon earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Macalester College and a Masters of Counseling Education from The College of Idaho.  He lives in Littleton, CO.

Mary Mitrovich

Mary Mitrovich

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

Judith Eldredge

Judith Eldredge

Direct of Staffing
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Judith first joined the team as Director of Finance and Operations in 2004.  She has a MA and is trained in the IFS model.  Judith became the Director of Staffing in January of 2010.  Her responsibilities include supervising trainers and making trainer assignments.  Judith is passionate about using the model, both personally and professionally.

Mary Anne Gardner

Mary Anne Gardner

Training Program Coordinator
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Mary Anne is Training Program Coordinator for standard Level 1, 2, and 3 training programs in the U.S.  She has been working with IFS Institute for more than 10 years, and has a background in office management, and academic and arts administration.

Sara Oberg

Sara Oberg

Online Business Manager
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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.

Ashley Curley

Ashley Curley

Conference Manager and Interim International Director
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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.

Karen Blicher

Karen Blicher

IFS Certification Program Coordinator
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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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Sandy Ellis

Sandy Ellis

Administrative Assistant
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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

Clerical Assistant
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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.

Alexandra DeWald

Alexandra DeWald

Training Program Site Sourcing Coordinator
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Alexandra became part of the Center for Self Leadership 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.

Jeffery John

Jeff John

Organizational Training Program Coordinator
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Jeffery joined IFS Institute in October 2018. He coordinates training programs for organizations that serve minority and marginalized communities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Shawn Casselberry

Director of Staffing Assistant
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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.