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. She is presently working part-time at the Amazing Love Health Center clinic. She speaks Italian and English and is also an active member of the Rotary International Club of Washington, D.C.
April Barrett, Vice president
April Barrett is in service 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.
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, M.B.A., M.S.W. has a strong background in problem-solving. She has had a career in management consulting and a private practice focusing on individual and couples counseling. She is on the Planning Committees for both the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology and the Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, serving as Registrar and Clerk. She has a working knowledge of anthroposophy as a member of the Waldorf community. She came to Jungian studies through knitting, and stayed. She originated in Kansas, but has lived in the DC area most of the last 40 years.
Oxana Holtmann, M.A., is a Conscious Leadership and Relationship Coach, author of the Shake It Up book-journal, and an advisor to globally mobile professionals and international families. Oxana values beauty, depth, mystery and wonder. The foundation of her work is appreciation, innovation, creativity and play. Oxana joined the Jung Society of Washington in 2014 as a volunteer for social media and video production projects. She's been a participant of the Jung Studies Reading Seminar since 2015. She loves writing, organizing things and noticing everyday beauty. Oxana grew up in Siberia and now lives with her family in Washington, D.C.
John King, Treasurer
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.
Joe Zappala, B.S., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.C., is currently in private practice in Catonsville, Maryland. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers for the Maryland Chapter, and he is the Chairman of the Organizational Development Committee for the Howard County Department of Social Services. In his free time, he enjoys writing poetry and painting and he is currently in the process of writing a book on the intersection between mysticism and psychoanalysis.