Corporate Members & Board of Directors

Sarajane Brittis, Ph.D., Geronological Consultant, providing information, guidance, and recommendations for individuals/families seeking nursing home care. Recent positions: Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation overseeing the portfolio of gerontological nursing projects; Director, the Adult Day Health Care Program of the Village Center for Care/Village Nursing Home in New York City; and Coordinator of Social Sciences, The Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center at Cobble Hill Nursing Home, Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ICIS.

Lamar Carter, former Chairperson of the Board and President of ICIS. Director of ICIS Center for A Science of Hope and Hope Consulting Services. Member of Advisory Council of the ICIS Forum. Past Member of Board of Complexions Dance Company. Member of Host Committee of Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. In his early career, employed in human resources in E. I. du Pont de Nemours, Inc., and Standard Oil Company, N.J. (now Exxon Corporation) which included 10 years with the company in Venezuela . Principal, Lamar Carter/Associates, focusing on organization development consulting in private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. Recently, a member of faculty of The Leadership Institute of National Council of Negro Women. Earlier, as Visiting Professor by Harvard Business School appointment, taught the MBA course on organization behavior at the Central American School for Business Administration (INCAE) in Nicaragua. Serves as Secretary/Treasurer of ICIS and is an ICIS Corporate Member.

Donna Christie is Finance Manager and Corporate Secretary, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) where she is involved in the day-to-day financial management of RPA as well as its donor-advised fund, The Philanthropic Collaborative. Prior to joining RPA, she was Office Manager of the ICIS program, The Door - A Center of Alternatives . She also served as editor and production editor of the ICIS program, The Forum, an international, multidisciplinary dialogue by correspondence, and is an ICIS Corporate Member. She has worked in law firms in New York City and Washington, DC, and is a New York State licensed massage therapist.

Bruce Cohen, J.D.Lawyer, counselor, and educator. Served as Dean of the international and graduate programs at the Harvard Law School and subsequently as special consultant to the Touro Law Center where he had also served as dean of students and international program, playing a central role in the school's early development and internationalization. President, EmberVision, a company that assists a wide range of individuals from law, business, psychology, the sciences, the academic world and the media and creative arts, as well as others, in their professional development. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Cohen has advised and guided talented people from across the U.S. and other countries through counseling, mediation, and lectures. He is a member of the ICIS Board of Directors.

F. Russell Kellogg, M.D., Graduate of New York Medical College . Board-certified internist and geriatrician. In addition to private practice, more than 24 years of service in the Department of Community Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital - Manhattan . Appointed as Department Chairman on July 1, 2005. In addition to administrative duties, continues to make home visits as a member of the Department's nurse/social worker physician teams that care for the frail homebound elderly on our long term home health care programs. Since 1988, has served as the Medical Director of these programs. Significant contributions to peer-reviewed journals and medical trade publications, particularly in the areas of gerontology and long term home health care. Senior editor of Geriatric Home Health Care: C ollaboration of Physicians, Nurses and Social Workers and has contributed to several journals including JAGS, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Archives of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine. Has also assumed the role as the Editor of the Journal of Long Term Home Health Care and is the Director of the PRIDE Institute Director, Department of Community Medicine, St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center - St. Vincent's Manhattan , New York City. He is a Corporate Member of ICIS.

Ruth Lynford - FASID, IIDA, President, Lynford Ltd., Architectural Interior Design. Founding CID, Assoc. AIA. President of Interior Designers for Legislation in NY. Other Board memberships include: International Council of Caring Communities, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations; the Association for the Study of Man/Environmental Relations; the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the New York Institute of Technology. Coordinator and host of ICIS Salons, Corporate Member of ICIS and member of the Board of Directors.

Laraine M. Mai Chairperson of the Board, President of ICIS, and a Corporate Member of ICIS. Director of RiverTides, an ICIS leadership education and consulting services program. Member of the Advisory Council of the ICIS Forum. She was Vice-President of ICIS for Programs and Planning, a co-founder of The Door - A Center of Alternatives, a model multiservice center for adolescents and designed and established an experimental high school. She has conducted research and demonstration projects addressing learning and adolescents. Served as the first Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of New York and the Executive Director of Wainwright House. Civic involvement includes: Member of the Board of the Mid-Hudson Valley World Affairs Council, the Girls' Leadership Program Committee for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the National Advisory Council of the NewYork Open Center, the International Advisory Council of CANHELP, Svenshogen, Sweden , and the Founders' Council of The Interfaith Center of New York.

William J. Paul, Ph.D., Partner, Deltech Consulting Group which specializes in the management of complex change, strategic thinking, leadership team development, technology introduction and valuing differences - in both private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. He is Former Director, North-Paul (consultants) in Europe, and was Organization Development Advisor, Exxon Chemical Company in Europe and U.S. He held an Appointment as the Raoul de Vitry d'Avencourt Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He was Recipient of the APA Cattell Award for Excellence. He is a Corporate Member of ICIS and has served on its Board of Directors and was a member of the Planning Group, from which emerged the idea for establishing the Center for A Science of Hope in mid-1980s.

Irene B. Seeland, M.D., Psychiatrist. She has worked and taught at major medical institutions in New York City , including: Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center ; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University , training and supervision of Oncology residents and fellows, psychiatric residents, medical students and nursing staff in psychosocial issues of cancer patients; Psychiatric Consultant, Cabrini Hospice, New York including conducting seminars and interdisciplinary team discussions; training and supervision of Hospice staff psychiatric problems and psychosocial aspects of terminal illness. Co-founder of the multiservice center for young people, The Door - A Center of Alternatives, developed by ICIS ( International Center for Integrative Studies) in New York City. One of her several professional interests include the area of death and dying; she has published in the field and conducts workshops and lectures on the subject in both the U.S. and Europe. Her interests also include the transpersonal and spiritual aspects of human existence and complementary methods of healing. She is an ICIS Corporate Member.

Rolland Smith has over forty years of professional broadcast experience as an anchor, reporter, producer and commentator. During his career he has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with 25 Emmy nominations and was the recipient of 10 Emmy Awards. Highlights of his forty years in broadcasting include presidential interviews, frontline coverage of the Vietnam War, anchoring the international broadcast feed of “Live Aid” to an audience in excess of 2 billion, and being the first journalist to accompany the U.S. Geological Survey Team inside Mt. St. Helens after the volcano's devastating eruption. His extensive experience in broadcasting along with his expressed interest in global issues, including the future of the environment (both physical and spiritual), have made Mr. Smith highly sought-after as a public speaker. His speaking engagements often include readings from his poetry, in which he uses the magic of rhyme as another avenue to communicate his viewpoint. Rolland Smith's first book of poetry, Quiet Musings, was nationally released in August, 1995, and was soon followed by his first CD, which combined beautiful original music with his own poetry readings. Currently Rolland Smith is an anchor for WWOR-TV, “News at Ten,” and resides with his wife, Ann, in the Hudson Valley of New York State. He is an ICIS Corporate Member.