BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erminia Scarcella, Board President
Erminia Scarcella, M.D., DLFAPA, is a specialist in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the U.S., and neuropsychiatry in Italy. She is the Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and is the Designated Physician of the Embassy of Italy, Chair of the International Medical Graduated and Founder of Embassy Disaster Preparedness of the Washington Psychiatry Society. She is in private practice for many years after working as an attending physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
April Barrett, Vice President
April Barrett is committed to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington. April has served in numerous capacities during her tenure with the Jung Society, including Program Director, Secretary, Executive Director, Treasurer, and Vice President; she currently continues to serve as a Program Director and Vice President of the Board.
Carolyn Bain, M.F.A., Ph.D., president of award-winning, creative media services firm, Bain Pugh & Associates, Inc. Carolyn writes and produces marketing and communications projects for corporations, non-profits, and the U.S. Military. Her scholarly research and academic publications focus on the eventification of celebrity and commodification of identity. She completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2007 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a fellow of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Clara and Robert Vambery Foundation. Before moving to media services, Carolyn served as Associate Professor with tenure and Head of Theatre at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Jane E. Byerley, Secretary
Gregory Canty is a retired military officer who served over 20 years in the United States Army. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Executive Services in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army where he is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of special events, conferences, customer engagements and sponsored functions for The Surgeon General. Greg has worked at the Pentagon and served as an Aide in the White House to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He earned his graduate degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and his undergraduate degree in Business Management from The University of Tampa where he also minored in Theology. Greg was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and has lived and traveled extensively around the world. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
John King, Treasurer
Kenneth LaPlante was born and raised in Chicago. Following his military service in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during the Korean War, Kenneth graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He had a long career with Varian Associates of Palo Alto CA as their Washington marketing manager to the Department of Defense. LaPlante's interest in Jung began in the early 1980’s. Jung's ideas on the collective unconscious were a revelation to Kenneth's lifelong interest in a realm beyond empirical reality. This focus continues to inspire Kenneth to travel the long journey of individuation.
Pat Silbert, M.F.A. has lived and worked in the Washington area for more than forty years. As a graphic designer, she was assistant Art Director at the Office of Economic Opportunity, then turned to painting full time. She still is painting, currently a partner at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, her paintings evoking the natural world, the river, trees, and Buddhist iconography. Along the way Silbert earned a degree in women’s psychology and an M.F.A. in writing. She facilitated a healing-clay workshop for five years at a women’s shelter in Washington, D.C., and also gave this workshop in numerous healing centers in the U.S. and in Findhorn, Scotland. Silbert also has taught basic nutrition at the Washington School for Girls in S.E., D.C. She has been married for over forty years and is close to her two daughters and three grandchildren.