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Three Chicago, Vancouver Leaders Named to Board of Trustees for Adler School of Professional Psychology 02.17.12
Three Chicago, Vancouver Leaders Named to Board of Trustees for Adler School of Professional Psychology

The Adler School has named three new members to its Board of Trustees:  Michael Geller, B.Arch, MAIBC, FCIP, Vancouver-based architect, urbanist and president of The Geller Group; Audrey Peeples, M.M., co-chair of the Alumnae Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women and retired CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago; and Willa Taylor, M.F.A., director of education and community engagement for Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

Geller is a Vancouver-based, internationally recognized architect, planner, and real estate professional with four decades of experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. His company, The Geller Group, is active in real estate consulting and property development. Geller has served on a number of public, private and charitable boards, including the Urban Development Institute of BC and Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel, the Planning Institute of BC, and the British Columbia Buildings Corporation.

Peeples co-chairs the Alumnae Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust. She retired as CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago in 2001 after 14 years. Her prior positions included executive director of the Girl Scouts of Chicago, associate regional director at Girl Scouts of the USA, and several management positions at Continental Bank and Trust Company, now Bank of America.

Taylor has worked as producer, production coordinator, stage manager, and sound designer for theatre, opera, radio and television. She has served as chair of the board of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Conference, and currently serves on the board of Chicago’s Season of Concern. She also is the conference planner for the Theatre and Social Change focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

The three officially assumed trustee responsibilities at a regular meeting of the board this week, following their election to the board in November. Other members of the Adler School Board of Trustees include:

  • Betsy Brill, M.B.A., president of Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., the Chicago-based global philanthropic advisory firm.
  • Mary Cahillane, M.B.A., chair of the Adler School Board of Trustees and chief financial and administrative officer for The Spencer Foundation.
  • Janet Campbell, M.S.W. , coordinator of Child and Youth Mental Health for the Vancouver Coastal Region and the Coordinator of PASTS (Psychological Assessments and Short Term Therapy Services).
  • Victoria Chou, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education at University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., president of the Adler School.
  • Ralph DeWitt, M.P.A., manager, Village of Homewood (Illinois), and former chief of the Investigations Bureau with the Cook County (lllinois) State's Attorney's Office.
  • William W. Greaves, Ph.D., former director/community liaison with the Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, as well as a chemist by training and former Science editor during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
  • James M. Houlihan, former Cook County (Illinois) assessor.
  • David J. Kreischer, M.A., managing partner with Higgins Kreischer and Associates, LLC, and an Adler School alumnus.
  • The Rev. Dr. Sid Mohn, president of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights.
  • Harold Mosak, Ph.D., distinguished service professor with Adler School of Professional Psychology and an Adler School co-founder in 1952. Across 60 years, Mosak has written hundreds of articles and numerous books on individual psychology.
  • Juan Salgado, M.U.P., president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino.
  • Lindsay Setzer, former director of the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, a provincial mental health facility in Burnaby, British Columbia, who worked with Canada’s provincial government for 30 years until her retirement.
  • Bernard Shulman, M.D., director of psychiatric services with the Diamond Headache Clinic and an Adler School co-founder in 1952.  Across 60 years, Shulman has written more than 100 articles and books.
  • David Sinski, M.A., chief officer of strategy & innovation, After School Matters.
  • Javier Ubarri, M.B.A., president and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank.
  • Eric C. Warner, PT MS, CEO of Chicago-based Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers.

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 Crossman 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 of Professional Psychology

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for more than 50 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 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.