AGPA Committees and Task Forces

More than an information and networking resource, AGPA offers a window of opportunity for professional growth and recognition. Through active participation in AGPA, members can help shape policy that affects their careers. AGPA offers mentorship and leadership opportunities through involvement on its many committees and task forces.

If you are interested in joining a committee or task force, contact AGPA at

Standing Committees

AGPA Connect Committee

The AGPA Connect Committee is responsible for planning and bringing to fruition the scientific programs of AGPA Connect. The committee plans Institute sections, workshops, and open session events, such as panels, papers, and demonstrations.

D. Thomas Stone, Jr., PhD, CGP, AGPA-F
4241 E Piedras Dr Ste 250
San Antonio, TX 78228-1400
Office: (210) 736-1866 ex 1

Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, AGPA-F
3000 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 210
Washington, DC20008
Office: (202) 265-5855

Editorial Committee

This Committee is comprised of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, which is selected by the Editor of the Journal and is subject to the approval of the AGPA Board of Directors. This Committee conducts the editorial affairs of the Journal.

Jill Paquin, Ph.D.
Chatham University
6585 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Office: (412) 365-1569

Fellowship and Awards Committee

Members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee review candidates for fellowship in order to recognize members who have made meritorious contributions to group psychotherapy. The Committee also recommends the presentation of awards and honors to individuals or groups who may have made a significant contribution to the mental health field. Committee members must be Fellows of AGPA.

Shari Y. Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, AGPA-F
834 Surrey Lane
Media, PA 19063
Office: (610) 449-6550
Fax: (610) 449-6556

Carlos Canales, PsyD, CGP, AGPA-F
2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 425
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Office: (515) 528-7754
Fax: (530) 528-7771

Keith J. Rand, LMFT, CGP, AGPA-F
8170 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4532
Office: (323) 655-4060

Membership Engagement Committee

The Membership Engagement Committee is charged with the task of both retaining current members and finding new ones. Additionally, the Membership Engagement Committee serves as the welcoming arm of the organization for new members and first time Annual Meeting attendees. This Committee also brings issues of membership concerns to the attention of the Board of Directors.

Shunda McGahee, MD, CGP
Boston, MA 
Office: (617) 626-9610

Ryan Spencer, LMFT, CGP
1007 Mopac Circle
Austin, TX 78746
Office: (512) 565-4226

Nominating Committee

Four members are elected every two years by the membership to the Nominating Committee. These individuals, along with the Immediate Past President, prepare the slate of candidates for officers and the Board of Directors.

Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, AGPA-DF
Mt. Sinai Hospital, #925, 600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
Office: (416) 586-4800 x4555


Public Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs Committee advocates health care issues in relevant public and social policy arenas by disseminating information about group psychotherapy theory and practice and the Association itself. The Committee also maintains relationships and communicates with other professional organizations that address such issues as standards setting, service delivery systems, legal rights, ethics, privileges and responsibilities, third-party coverage, and other mental health issues that may be of concern to AGPA members. 

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, AGPA-F
1000 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 625-8444

Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA*
6014 28th St N
Arlington, VA 22207-1237
Office: (703) 536-5545
Fax: (301) 907-6667

Task Forces

Community Outreach Task Force

This group is charged with establishing and executing community outreach programs to provide professional assistance to diverse group populations in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, AGPA-F
510 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Office: (917) 439-7892

Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, AGPA-DF
22 Norwood Road
Northport, NY 11768
Office: (631) 757-6459

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force strives to promote the values of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout AGPA in the areas of leadership, training, policy, research, and practice.


M. Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP, AGPA-F
675 Seminole Ave
Suite T-05
Atlanta, GA 30307
Office: 404-565-4385

Vincent Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP
741 Rolling Creek Cir
Clayton, NC 27520-5137
Office: (813) 816-2766

Wendy Freedman, PhD, CGP
124 Raymond Ave
Box 706
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Office: (845) 437-5700

Latoyia K. Piper, LCSW, CGP
PO Box 82251
Las Vegas, NV 89180-2251
Office: (702) 485-0430

e-Learning Task Force

Responsible for the planning and development of alternative continuing educational opportunities apart from AGPA Connect such as teleconferences, webinars, audio tapes, on-line courses and home study materials.

David A. Songco, MA, PsyD, CGP
Medical College of Wisconsin
1121 E North Ave
Milwaukee, WI53212
Office: (414) 267-6500

Tony Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, AGPA-F
10602 Timberwood Cir Ste 8
Louisville, KY40223
Office: (502) 409-4204

Newsletter Task Force

This Task Force is responsible for overseeing the publication of AGPA’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Group Circle. Its members include the Editorial Staff of The Group Circle, who are selected by the Editor of the Circle.

Leonardo M. Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, AGPA-F
3020 Westchester Avenue, Suite 309
Purchase, NY 10577-2525
Office: (914) 481-8422
Fax: (914) 481-8421

Science to Service Task Force

This group works to integrate research and clinical practice, to formulate practice guidelines for group psychotherapy, to study the feasibility of a group therapy practice research network, to identify/develop evidence-based group therapy practices/treatments and to recommend educational programs that support the teaching/dissemination of evidence-based group therapy methods.

Les R. Greene
35 Laurel Road
Hamden, CT 06517-4019
Office: (203) 932-5711 x5173

Rebecca MacNair-Semands
3136 E Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, CGP, FAPA, AGPA-F
8901 Garden Stone Ln
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office: (301) 718-0444

Special Interest Group (SIG) Task Force

The SIG Task Force promotes the development of Special Interest Groups and provides a forum for supporting SIG activities.

Eri Suzuki Bentley, PhD, CGP
Utah State Univ Counseling and Psy Services
115 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0115
Office: (435) 797-1012

Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, PhD, CGP
Auburn Univ Student Counseling Svcs
400 Lem Morrison Dr #2086
Auburn University, AL 36849
Office: (334) 844-5123

Elizabeth Driscoll, MA, LPC
1244 Pine St
Boulder, CO 80302-4809
Office: (630) 650-3173