Leadership

Alan Kunovsky

Chief Executive Officer

Alan is an accomplished businessman who has built both revenue and reputation for numerous companies and organizations, both in America and abroad. He is responsible for providing management of our overall operations, financial affairs, and strategic development as well as expanding our global sales and outreach. He also provides important leadership for TGI to adapt its offerings to the quickly changing technology-based market.

Etana Dykan Kunovsky

Co-Founder

Etana started The Gottman Institute in 1996 with Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She is a co-owner of the company and has served in a leadership role as Executive Director for many years. She works intimately with the Gottmans in the development of programs and in setting strategic direction. Her business vision and passion for the Gottmans’ work has propelled the Institute into the establishment of an international presence with worldwide recognition. She is responsible for the development and expansion of new business ventures, our global speaker’s bureau and new program offerings. She received an advanced degree in Education from the University of Santa Cruz, CA. She has many years of experience in community and educational program development and as an entrepreneur, has launched numerous companies around the world.

Kennedy James

Executive Director of Operations

Kennedy is an information professional with over 20 years of success leading teams, driving home large-scale projects, and managing operations. At TGI, Kennedy oversees information services, human resources, and supply chain. She holds her BA and MLIS from the University of Washington.

Edward Sargent

Executive Director of Online Learning

Education

Ed is the Executive Director of Online Learning at The Gottman Institute. His job is to improve the lives of people by using technology to teach and spread The Gottman Method.
In his spare time, you can find Ed making connections through visual storytelling, cooking, or listening to musicians ranging from Prince to Miles Davis.

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Amu

Chief Morale Officer

Amu brings 15 months of experience and a lifetime of enthusiasm to the Chief Morale Officer role. Since joining the team to supervise naps, tug-of-war games, and belly rubs, Amu has overseen unprecedented growth in company morale. In his free time, he enjoys networking at local dog parks, chasing balls (but forgetting to retrieve them), and cultivating his brand on Instagram, @amutheofficedog.

Team Members

Kyle Benson

Love Lab Manager

Research

Kyle works in The Love Lab where he nerds out on the science of relationships, monitors current research studies for The Gottman Institute and supports the Director of Research in preparing future research studies. Kyle is also a trained SPAFF coder and actively codes conversations couples have while attending the Love Lab Experience. Additionally, Kyle sits on the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) board where he plans and orchestrates events such as Mentor Day and The WAMFT Annual Conference. When not highlighting Marriage and Family Therapy Journal articles on a Sunday morning in his bathrobe, Kyle enjoys writing for The Gottman Relationship Blog, doing Crossfit with his partner in life, and cuddling with his cat Hendrix. Most importantly, Kyle's favorite thing in the world is a good hug.

Carrie Cole

Research Director

Research

Carrie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in both her BA in Psychology and her M.Ed. in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. In her role as Research Director, Carrie manages and coordinates research projects for The Gottman Institute. She also interfaces with universities around the country in joint research initiatives.

Don Cole

Clinical Director

Education

Don is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and an approved LPC & LMFT Supervisor. He received his doctorate in ministry with a specialization in psychotherapy from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1993. He has 30 years of experience working with individuals and couples in various capacities including marital therapy, affair recovery, depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, parenting, and personality disorders. Dr. Cole is a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist and a master trainer in Gottman Method Therapy, teaching all levels of the Gottman Method Certification Program.

As the Clinical Director, Don oversees clinical aspects of The Gottman Institute. He provides consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training. He also helps select, train and provide oversight to consultants and video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method. In addition, he is involved overseeing quality control of new programs and products; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops; responding to quality concerns about therapists and consultants; and answering clinical questions.

Erin Cox

Program Coordinator

Education

Erin received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. In her role as Program Coordinator for Professional Development, she primarily supports the University Outreach Program, professional certification, and event coordination. In her spare time, Erin appreciates tea, snacks, plants, and other fun things.

Crystal Cressey, LMFT

Couples Program Manager

Education

Crystal received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University and has a private practice in Seattle working with couples and individuals. She works in the Couples Department to manage many tasks, including customer service, registration for trainings, helping to coordinate event logistics for couples workshops and referrals to Certified Gottman Therapists.

Emily Cripe

Social Media Manager

Marketing

Emily has always been obsessed with building community on or offline, with a focus on growing social ecosystems, brand advocacy, and developing strategies for effective audience engagement. Outside of the office, she is an active participant in the Seattle-based DJ collective, TUF. She also plays live music in an electronic project, is a dedicated kickboxer, and cat-mom to her very large (and spoiled) fur-babies.

Erin Dierickx

Love Lab Assistant

Research

Erin received her B.A. in Psychology at Western Washington University and is currently a student at Seattle University pursuing her M.A. in Couples and Family Therapy. Erin is apart of the research team in the Love Lab where she reviews the current literature to uncover opportunities for future research as well as monitor current research studies on the science of relationships for the Gottman Institute. Outside of the lab, you can find Erin hiking, doing yoga, or cooking.

Dara Eman

Online Learning Production Assistant

Online Learning

Dara Eman is a Seattle native with interests in making the world a better place through seeking more opportunities for inclusion and equity. She studied Multimedia Authoring in the school of Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University. In June 2019, she started her role as an Online Learning Production Assistant. Outside of work Dara enjoys expressing her creative side by going on photo walks, creating lifestyle themed multimedia projects and spending time with her loved ones.

Walter Guity

Customer Service Manager

Product

Walter was born and raised in New York City and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Diversity. He has aspirations to earn his masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in the near future. In his role as Customer Service Coordinator, he is responsible for supporting customer happiness by responding to all customer inquiries, including questions about the store and issues with orders to ensure customer satisfaction.

Kendra Han, MSW

Director of Couples Programs

Education

Kendra has a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. She has a wealth of social work experience including social work in a hospital setting, family advocacy, community development, Head Start, and she was Program Director for New Futures in Burien for 7 years.

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Sean Jeffries

Inventory & Supply Chain Manager

Operations

Sean received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Washington. As the Inventory & Supply Chain Manager, he ensures that all TGI products are available and ready for shipment to our customers. Sean is excited to use his experience in Logistics to support the dissemination of The Gottman Method worldwide.

Jessica Lagreid

Marketing Coordinator

Marketing

Jessica has degrees in Marketing and Sustainability. Her professional background to date has focused on all things waste reduction and she is excited to be shifting her focus to the sustainability of relationships. Irish dance is one of her lifelong passions, she's member of local performance group; Seattle Irish Dance Company. She loves second-hand shopping and spending time with her little rescue dog, Sprout.

Amy Loftis, MS

Director of Professional Programs

Education

Amy is a graduate from the University of Washington holding dual degrees in Anthropology and Business Administration. She also has a Masters in Science from the University of Texas at Austin. In her role as the Director of Professional Programs, Education she oversees the educational training programs including Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Training events, Certification Track, University Outreach Program, The Speaker's Program and Gottman Specialty Trainings, including: the 7 Principles Leader, and Bringing Baby Home Educator Training. Amy has the pleasure of working with the dedicated and diligent professional development staff.

Jennifer Luu

Graphic Designer

Marketing

Jennifer has a background in Informatics from the University of Washington, and a passion for design and illustration. Combining all skillsets she creates graphics that are intended to be easily digestible and accessible. She enjoys drawing, video games, and learning new things.

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Amy McMahan, MS, LMFT

Couples Support Manager

Couples Services

Amy received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She has enjoyed serving families and children in a community mental health setting and has experience working with couples transitioning to parenthood. She currently practices in West Seattle where she works with couples, families, and individuals. Amy works in the Couples Department to assist with the registration process and event logistics for couples workshops.

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Torsten Oberst (T.O.)

Marketing Director

A successful entrepreneur and business professional with diverse technical, tactical and leadership capabilities, T.O. brings small company strategy experience with corporate and process skills including a recent position at Microsoft managing demand gen marketing for worldwide retail stores. Other recent experience includes large-scale, omnichannel, consumer e-commerce with a focus on brand-audience alignment and product-market fit using quantitative marketing strategies.

Letha Penhale

Program Coordinator

Education

Letha was born and raised in Seattle and received her B.A. in History from the University of Washington with a minor in European Studies. As a Program Coordinator for the Professional Development department, Letha provides customer service support, helps customers register for trainings, and assists with event coordination.

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Sadie Peterson

Business Operations Manager

Operations

Sadie received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and her B.A. in Psychology from Whitworth University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and has a private practice in Seattle. In her role at The Gottman Institute, Sadie supports the general operations of the company.

Philippe Post

Instructional Design Specialist

Education

Philippe graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering and a B.A. in French. As part of the Online Learning team, Philippe designs and develops engaging learning experiences to help clinical professionals fill in any potential knowledge gaps.

Katie Reynolds

Public Relations Specialist

Marketing

A member of The Gottman Institute family since 2011, Katie managed our Speakers Bureau Program for 6 years, bringing our talented presenters to organizations around the world. In her new role as Public Relations Specialist, she is responsible for developing and executing communications programs to influence and increase the visibility of the Gottman Method and the work of The Gottman Institute worldwide. Katie graduated with B. A. in Humanities from the University of Washington.

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Jennifer Scott, PhD

Content Manager

Marketing

As a multimedia writer and editor, Jennifer loves to create content that engages audiences where they are. She is thrilled to provide her communication expertise for the The Gottman Institute. When not at work, she is at play with her family on the beach.

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Carla Sparks

Creative Director

Marketing

Before coming to The Gottman Institute, Carla was applying her English degree to advertising, digital marketing, and entertainment writing. Now, in her role as Creative Director, she oversees the strategy and creative direction of the Gottman brand. When she's not at the office, Carla can be found reading, losing at bar trivia, singing karaoke, or taking orders from two small dogs.

Therese Soudant, LMFT

Couples Program Manager

Education

Therese received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a private practice working with individuals, couples and families in Seattle. She helps manage many tasks, including customer service, registration for trainings, helping to coordinate event logistics for couples workshops and referrals to Certified Gottman Therapists.

Jane Subramanian

Accountant

Accounting