Andrew (he/him) has been on a never-ending quest to better understand his Asian+ identities with the hope he can be in service to his two children as they navigate the complexities of being Asian+ (Palestinian, Okinawan, Yemeni, Filipino, Chinese) in the continental US. Andrew has had the opportunity and privilege to live in two countries, Japan and Jordan. While in Jordan, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small village 10 miles south of Petra. He met his wife in Jordan, a fellow PC volunteer, and they both moved to San Diego in 2014 after completing their service.
Andrew was introduced to group relations work as a master's student at the University of San Diego. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy. Andrew recently visited Kaua'i for the first time with his family where he had one of the most Asian+ experiences in his life - uncovering the immigrant story of his great grandparents and meeting relatives living on the island. In his free time, you can find him hitting the San Diego streets with a double stroller or figuring out what to do with his excess goat milk.
(they/them) is a Ritual Designer, Creative Entrepreneur, and Organizational Psychologist based in San Diego, CA. An academic researcher turned leadership consultant and Chief of Staff at MongoDB, Angel found a language for complexity and taught people about elusive work of rituals, ceremonies, spirituality, emotional intelligence, etc.
Angel grew up in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and New York. They earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. They are a former Member-At-Large and current member at the New York Center for study of groups, organizations, & social systems, a current member of A. K. Rice Institute, and a Co-Creator Group Relations International.
An organizational and social psychologist by training, Keith has had GR staff experiences in the Caribbean, USA and South Africa. Currently a lecturer at the University of the West Indies- Jamaica, he is a former board member of the AKRice Institute and former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists. With lineage from West Africa and Southern China, he is constantly curious about systemic psychodynamics and the leadership and human development potential, in former colonized spaces.
Kimberley A. Turner, Ph.D., M.Div.,
(she, her), Member and Past President, Washington-Baltimore Center for the Study of Group Relations; Associate, AKRI; Mentor, Training and Certification Program, AKRI; OD Consultant, Executive Coach; Associate Minister, Metropolitan Baptist Church; Member, NAACP.
Mojgan Jahan (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, CA, specializing in mindfulness and compassion- based therapies. Most recently, she served as a member of the University of California San Diego Student Health and Wellbeing EDI committee. Her experience as an immigrant from Iran, living in different cultural milieus helps her appreciate multiple perspectives. Mojgan’s application of Group Relations concepts has benefited her work with many healthcare organizations.
Mojgan is a member of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, GREX, its West Coast affiliate and the Adaptive
Suma Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.
(she/her/hers) South Indian heritage; M.D., Ph.D., University of Chicago; currently the Gloria and Dr. Martin Segal Family Professor at the University of Minnesota, Director of Autism Research, Co-Director of CANeurodevelopment Lab, Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program; Adjunct faculty at Mayo Clinic; Co-Creator, Group Relations International; Associate, AK Rice Institute. Dr. Jacob’s federally funded research uses data-driven approaches and technology to study biobehavioral differences in early childhood that predict dimensional and categorical disorder outcomes in community samples.
She also investigates ways to tailor and to optimize neurodevelopmental interventions across the lifespan. More recently, Suma has integrated her work in social neuroscience with systems approaches including group relations to co-create peer and multigenerational mentoring groups for women-of-color and to direct the Hierarchies of the Collective experiential-learning conference series.
Yousef Al Ajarma
Psychotherapist and Associate Professor of Mental Health Counseling, Counseling and Behavioral Health Department, William James College. past Executive Committee Chair, The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Member, Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems (CSGSS).