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His epitaph will read HE LEFT NO LETTER UNANSWERED, so those who read this may write him about these matters - or, about harpsichord making, which is his other passion.
Susan Leigh Deppe, M.D.
Sue is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she teaches the psychiatry resident seminar on spirituality. She has been in solo private practice since 1990. After taking Don Nathanson’s APA course in the early 1990s, she was ecstatic to find a coherent, powerful paradigm for psychiatry and emotional experience. She began studying, and has taught regularly at meetings of the Tomkins Institute. She has run study groups, written for the Newsletter, and served as Book Review Editor. She applies Tomkins’ paradigm to psychotherapies, mood and anxiety disorders, spirituality, emotional development, ideology and political behavior, and restorative practices. She has taught affect and script in a range of settings, from psychotherapy to church groups, health professionals, and restorative practitioners (see the IIRP and RPI websites). Dr. Deppe has taught extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been a major catalyst for the use of restorative practices in Vermont.
Sue was born and raised in Ames, Iowa, and attended Ames public schools. She excelled in music and running, becoming the second fastest half-miler in Iowa history and part of the women’s ‘distance dynasty’ at Iowa State University. An experience of peak positive affect was singing the choral ‘Ode to Joy’ of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony under Andre Previn. Dr. Deppe graduated from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and trained in psychiatry at the University of Vermont/Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Long involved in advocacy and public affairs with the Vermont Psychiatric Association, she is now working to bring a single payer health care system to Vermont.
Sue is active on the Colchester Energy Task Force. She writes newspaper articles and does public education promoting conservation, efficiency, local food, and low-carbon, sustainable lifestyles. She is catalyzing community planning for resilience in the face of vulnerable energy supplies and climate change (www.transitionnetwork.org; www.350.org). At home, she cooks local, humane, and vegetarian, and conserves and generates energy (solar PV electricity and thermal hot water). She is a United Methodist church musician on guitar, voice, flute, and jazz flute; a church leader on social justice issues; and a master’s track athlete. She lives happily on Lake Champlain with her husband, Steve, an engineer and musician. Sue gets great pleasure from running, hiking, biking, kayaking, and snowshoeing; and from Heike, her Shiloh Shepherd therapy dog. She reads voraciously and couldn’t live without Vermont Public Radio. She loves teaching, writing, singing, sunsets, hugs, laughter, and dark chocolate. Sue’s license plate reads ENTHEOS (‘in-godded’ or ‘a god dwells within’), the Greek root of the English word enthusiasm, and her philosophy about everyone. Her own enthusiasm is considered highly infectious.
Pat is mostly retired from a 35-year career as a professional calligrapher and framer. She is currently engaged in botanical illustration and is treasurer and webmaster of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators at www.psbi-art.org.
She also exhibits her photography with a small group of photographic artists and is webmaster for that group at www.artlane.net. Some of her work can also be seen at her own site www.redmillstudio.com.
Introduced to Affect Script Theory through Dr. Nathanson’s Shame and Pride, Pat joined the Tomkins Institute in 2005 and has been an active participant in Tomkins-Talk ever since. She and her husband, Richard, joined forces with Dr. John Brodsky to participate in the Basic and Advanced Study Groups offered by the Institute. Pat and Richard attended the 2010 Tomkins Institute Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.
Pat lives in Newark, DE with her husband Richard. She has 2 sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren and enjoys the extended family (three more sons and 6 granddaughters) she has acquired through her connection with Richard. Her BS in Chemistry from Bucknell University has served her well, balancing her artistic interests with grounding in science.
John J. Fontana is the President of Fontana Leadership Development, Inc., an organizational and leadership development firm that provides consultation, educational and facilitation services to improve the effectiveness of leaders in managing individual development and organizational change. Fontana Leadership Development, Inc. serves a selective and diverse client base including Fortune 1000 companies, small and mid-size businesses, family businesses, government groups, not for profit and religious organizations. Where there is change, there is emotion that either motivates or debilitates the judgment of leaders and groups. John’s work and educational experience have equipped him with the tools and resources to support leaders as they seek to manage people and processes in complex systems.
John has worked as a management consultant for Morrison Associates, a psychiatric and specialized medical corporation that “promotes better mental health for executives.” John is the past Executive Director of Partners for Catholic Health Ministry Leadership, a consortium of seventeen Catholic Health Organizations. John founded and was the Executive Director of The Crossroads Center for Faith and Work at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, a significant resource in the Chicago business community to encourage ethical and value reflection in the workplace. John was the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Kamco Plastics, Inc. in Schaumburg, Illinois. John was a youth and young adult minister at St. Raymond de Penefort Parish, in
John has taught leadership and management courses at
John is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at
Jonathan Grindlinger was born in 1957. He was raised in the small town of
He began trombone lessons in third grade and was actively involved in marching and concert bands until graduation. Among his hobbies, he was proudest of his accomplishments in model rocketry, until he started guitar lessons at age 13. That was when music became his passion. He organized a Garage Band and in his sophomore year of high school, he was picked up by a professional cover band looking for another guitarist. Even though the band’s reputation steadily grew over the next few years, he had to quit to attend college.
He majored in premed at
After residency, he fulfilled his obligation to the National Health Service Corp by providing Clinton County, Pennsylvania with their first full-time psychiatrist. In 1990, he joined the faculty of The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program, allowing the program for the first time to add a formal psychiatry rotation to the training of their Family Practice Residents. He was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 1993.
His involvement with affect script psychology began because, as he moved forward in his career, he became increasingly passionate about what goes on during intense psychotherapy. He constantly sought better theoretical explanations when he discovered that what he had been taught as the standard theories did not explain what he saw happening in his office. He felt that the more he attempted to use accepted theory as a guide, the more difficult it became to connect with his patients in psychotherapy. In the October 1993 issue of the journal Psychiatric Annals, he found what he had been looking for, a completely new theoretical framework for understanding emotion in the work of Tomkins, Nathanson, and Kelly.
From that point on he became increasingly involved in the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute, attending conferences, forming study groups, and utilizing his extensive knowledge of electronic media to record annual meetings. He became an indispensable member of the Institute and was appointed Training Director in 1998 by Executive Director, Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.Dr. Grindlinger is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice specializing in intensive affect script-based psychotherapy with individuals and couples. He and his loving wife Randy live in
Vick was raised in
His continued interest in the treatment of children, coupled with his family and general psychiatry training, convinced him that changes in the parental subsystem of a family are the most critical for the well-being of the children. His subsequent work with couples immersed him in the powerful emotional forces driving those relationships. Nothing in his formal training had prepared him to understand the basis of this emotionality. Working with Donald L. Nathanson, M.D. in the early 1980's to explicate the biological and biographical nature of shame, he encountered the work of Professor Silvan S. Tomkins. Amazed at the clarity and rightness of feel of affect script psychology, Dr. Kelly began working directly with Tomkins a year or two before the latter's death in 1991. His goal was to link those theories of motivation to a systematic understanding of interpersonal relatedness, one capable of both explaining the reasons for relational success or failure and also of assisting the development of novel methods for treatment. Dr. Kelly is now distinguished for the definition of intimacy he developed in conjunction with Professor Tomkins and the innovative methods of couples treatment he has introduced and refined during his career.
After the death of Professor Tomkins and the formation of the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute, Dr. Kelly was appointed Training Director in 1992 by Executive Director Donald L. Nathanson, M.D. Over the succeeding four years, Dr. Kelly established the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute as a national sponsor of continuing education for the American Psychological Association and for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the American Medical Association. He initiated a membership drive that increased membership in the Institute to over 350 professionals internationally and both developed and managed an international network of study groups through which interested professionals could engage in the intensive study of affect script psychology. Dr. Kelly was an Editor of the Bulletin of the Tomkins Institute, to which he regularly contributed two columns, and has contributed to the Tomkins Institute Newsletter. Among his honors is election as a Fellow of the
With the loving support of his wife Sharon, his hobbies include digital photography of their four grandchildren, computers, and golf. His motto is: "Some say golf is life in miniature; those who play know that life is golf in miniature."
David McShane’s first interest was in electronics which led him to employment in the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington during WWII working on radar which was still a secret. Questions of ‘how’ things work morphed into ‘why’ questions which led to a degree in philosophy and then graduate work at McCormick Theological Seminary. There he met his soon to be wife, Beth, who was pursuing a MA in Church Social work. In the circuitous route which providence takes this eventually led him to Silvan Tomkins.
After his service as a campus pastor in the university and college scene the McShanes settled down in Kalamazoo, MI where he was pastor of First Presbyterian Church for 27 years retiring in 1987. They enjoy four children and six grandchildren.
As a pastor Dave has always been heavily involved in community affairs especially in the mental health movement, holding local and state offices on different boards and agencies. As a psychiatric social worker with children Beth kept using the term ‘affect’ with a kind of precision which intrigued him so Dave went to the University library on a fall evening in 1969 to find out more about it. His eyes fell upon two yellow volumes entitled Affect Imagery Consciousness and within minutes both his affective and cognitive systems were smitten. In a few months, after devouring those two volumes, he made brave to phone Silvan Tomkins. Thus began what developed into a very close friendship for the next couple of decades.
Dave was privileged to have had some personal time with some leading thinkers of that earlier generation such as Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, Loren Eiseley. In his judgment none can come close to the intellectual power with which Silvan Tomkins was endowed
For Dave the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ questions of life seem to coalesce in the interplay between affect and cognition. He is excited by and grateful for the new look of the Tomkins Institute and the many people who give so much of themselves that it may thrive.
When asked to compress Tomkins’ work into one sentence he replies, "Impossible, but human beings do not behave on the basis of what they have been taught to think, they behave on the basis of how they have learned to feel." And Dave’s mantra is Affect Biases Cognition.
David E. Morrison III, M.D. (Daven)
Daven is an adviser to senior management with a focus on the interpersonal at Morrison Associates, Ltd. His primary roles include leading individual consultations for executives, facilitating seminars, and developing new products. Daven has found affect script psychology to be critical to understanding and thus effecting change in all his work. "Affect script psychology applies to the work with individual executives, their teams and organizations."
His current professional focus includes: Fraud in the C-Suite, Highly Successful CEO's and writing a regular column on work/family balance for PM Magazine (a periodical for City, Village and County managers)
Management education programs developed by Daven include Making Performance Management Discussions Work for You, which is designed to help managers and their direct reports develop a sense of mastery around tough discussions on performance. This course has been adapted for internal training and education programs at Abbott, Accenture, Food Lion, Kraft and Motorola.
Listening to Understand He has also designed and delivered programs for managers to avoid employee relations issues (lawsuits). This course includes training on:
Professionally, Daven is a board certified psychiatrist. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1988 with a degree in Spanish Literature, and in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Daven's psychiatric residency was completed at University Hospitals of Case Western in Cleveland in 1996. He was a Chief Resident his final year.
He is an active Board member of the Tomkins Institute. He is also the program director and an Officer of the
Daven has found ASP to be critical to understanding and thus effecting change in all his work. "ASP applies to the work with individual executives, their teams and organizations".