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Four Chicago, Vancouver Leaders Named to the Adler School Board of Trustees 02.14.13
Four Chicago, Vancouver Leaders Named to the Adler School Board of Trustees

The Adler School of Professional Psychology announces that four new members have been named to its Board of Trustees:  Renee Citera, vice president of American Law Media; Doug Harris, chief executive officer of The Kaleidoscope Group; Grace Hou, M.P.A., president of the Woods Fund of Chicago; and Joy MacPhail, a former longtime Canadian officeholder in British Columbia and a partner in Shavick Entertainment.

Citera is vice president of American Law Media, a leading provider of news and business information to the legal and real estate industries. Citera leads ALM’s team working with customers at large law firms. Prior to joining ALM, she spent 27 years at LexisNexis. Citera is a longtime member of the board of directors for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, a non-profit organization that works with elementary and secondary schools to help young people develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and a commitment to the rule of law.

Harris, CEO of The Kaleidoscope Group, holds more than 20 years of experience in the field of diversity and inclusion consulting. As leader of The Kaleidoscope Group, he empowers organizations to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals, and guides organizations through the creation of customized strategies that address their specific diversity needs. He serves as a subject expert for local and national newspapers and radio stations on issues relevant to diversity and inclusion, and is a speaker for organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management and its local chapters.

Hou is president of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a grant-making foundation that finds and funds projects that draw upon the power of communities to fight poverty and structural racism. Prior to joining the Woods Fund in 2012, Hou was assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Human Services. A board member of Chicago Public Media and the Community Memorial Foundation, Hou has received numerous awards and fellowships including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights' Building the American Community Award 2012, and the Centro Romero Monsignor Romero Award.

MacPhail, a former Canadian politician and longtime member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party, was a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 1991 to 2005 and a Minister of the Crown from 1993 to 1999 and 2000 to 2001.  MacPhail is a partner with her husband, film and television producer James Shavick, for Shavick Entertainment. She is also chair of the board of OUTtv, a Canadian cable television station owned by Shavick Entertainment that focuses on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. She has appeared on political panels for "As It Happens" on CBC Radio.

The Adler School and its Board of Trustees have been recognized in higher education for the leadership, professional and cultural diversity of its community-based board membership. After Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., joined the School as president in 2003, the School established and implemented deliberate initiatives to attract board members who represent the diversity of the communities it serves and are aligned with the School’s social justice mission and values.

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
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