Staff

Preston Thompson — Executive Director

As Director of Domestic and International Operations at Boeing, Preston managed billions in procurement value and million-dollar operating budgets with hundreds of employees around the world. His expertise in systems integration and supplier development helped increase Boeing's growth in foreign market contracts by more than 55%, including organic growth, technology transfer and strategic work placement. He is known for his ability to grow boutique technology and manufacturing companies from the ground up and to turn around failing business into thriving, valued partners. Preston (MPA, UW) envisioned and negotiated multi-lateral global strategic agreements, which were implemented by key international trade, regulatory and government agencies, and private corporations. His company, the industry and the government recognized him for his work in supplier development. Additionally, he co-started an organization building schools in Afghanistan, advocates on global poverty, education and health policy/funding as a partner of RESULTS and is co-owner of a social venture where he strategizes how cooking stoves that reduce air pollutants can be brought to scale throughout Eastern Africa. For more than 30 years he has been active in public leadership and citizenship through elected office, government task forces, citizen committees and volunteerism. He’s been a lecturer and panel member on diverse topics including aerospace, international development, sustainability and social business. He is President of the Board for the non-profit Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, is on the Board of the Society for International Development, the Development Committee of UW Evans School of Public Affairs, and other organizations.

Board of Directors

André Ivanoff, Ph.D. — Chairman of the Board, President

André Ivanoff, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work where she directs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training program and laboratory. She is a faculty Affiliate of the University of Washington Department of Psychology, Co-Chair of the DBT Program Accreditation Committee and currently serves as President of Behavioral Tech, LLC. She is former Chair of the Columbia University Social & Behavioral Institutional Review Board. Her current research includes the development of DBT skills-based suicide prevention for federal prison detainees, the general application of DBT to offender populations, and suicide risk assessment among juvenile prisoners. She has authored over 60 publications on suicidal behaviors, DBT, and behavior change methods, and has worked with over two dozen correctional/forensic systems nationally and internationally on DBT implementation.

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP — Member

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, a consortium of research projects developing new treatments and evaluating their efficacy for severely disordered and multi-diagnostic populations. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She is also working to develop effective models for transferring efficacious treatments from the research academy to the clinical community.

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Helen McGough, MA, CIP — Secretary, Member

Before her retirement in 2006, Ms. McGough supported the human subjects review function at the University of Washington for over twenty-two years. In her life before human subjects, she directed a non-profit developmental child care center, served as a lobbyist for children's issues, did behavioral research in the areas of medical education and obstetrical practice, and taught social sciences at the university level in the U.S. and overseas. Ms. McGough has developed, published, and presented materials at international, national, regional, and local conferences and workshops on a variety of topics related to the ethical conduct of research with human subjects. She serves on the editorial board of the journal, IRB and is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a group dedicated to the development of web-based education for researchers who involve humans and animals in their studies. Ms. McGough is a faculty member for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), an educational and networking organization dedicated to the protection of human and animal research subjects, conducting workshops and programs for researchers and IRB members and administrators.

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD — Member

Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Research Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses on the interplay between severe psychopathology and interpersonal processes (including couple and family interactions and therapist-client interactions, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation) and the development and evaluation of effective individual and family treatments for these problems. Dr. Fruzzetti is Research Director and a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Investigation and Teaching of DBT. He has authored nearly 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, and two books, and is the co-creator of the NEA-BPD Family Connections program, for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems. In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Fruzzetti has created multiple DBT applications for individuals, couples, parents, and families and has provided extensive training in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in DBT.

Geraldine Rodriguez — Member

Prior to joining The Linehan Institute, Geraldine was the Assistant Director for the University of Washington Foster School of Business — Consulting & Business Development Center, where she designed and executed training programs for minority and woman business owners. In this capacity, she launched the first Business Certificate Program in Spanish and provided business training to more than 250 Latino-owned businesses in one year. Under Geraldine’s mentorship, MBA student teams competed yearly on several nationwide MBA Case Competitions, each time bringing home victory. Geraldine also provided financial oversight and successfully managed the Center’s yearly budget. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University and an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business. If she is not analyzing an Excel spreadsheet, you can find her teaching her 3-year-old daughter mindfulness skills along with mom and husband.