Leadership

Alan Kunovsky Alan Kunovsky

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 Etana Dykan Kunovsky

Etana Dykan Kunovsky

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

Etana started The Gottman Institute in 1996 with the 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.

Rick Eames

Chief Product Officer

Rick is responsible for bringing the Gottman Method for successful relationships to the online world through interactive desktop and mobile experiences. He has been part of the tech industry for over 25 years, designing and building software and leading teams for companies including Apple, Microsoft, and GoDaddy.

Team Members

Kyle Benson

Blog Manager

Marketing

Kyle is currently pursuing his MA in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School. In his role as Blog Manager, he writes relatable stories, recruits talented contributors, and shares Gottman research worldwide in publications like Business Insider and The Huffington Post. In his free time you'll find him on the dance floor at a salsa club in Seattle or making a mean frittata for brunch.

Carrie Cole

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.

Crystal Cressey

Crystal Cressey, LMFT

Assistant Director

Couples Services

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.

Caitlin Donahue

Caitlin Donahue

Art Director

Marketing

Caitlin graduated from the University of Washington with a B.D. in Visual Communication Design. In her role as Art Director, Caitlin is responsible for the creative vision and production of all Marketing Department projects, including packaging, displays, print collateral, email campaigns, web design, and graphics for social media.

Hannah Eaton

Program Coordinator

Professional Development

Hannah received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She manages the Bringing Baby Home and the 7 Principles Leadership training programs, as well as Level 3 clinical training for clinicians. She also coordinates event logistics and registration for professional trainings at The Gottman Institute.

Frank Feng

Accountant

Accounting and Finance

Frank graduated from Seattle University with a M.A. in Professional Accounting. He is responsible for the oversight of Accounts Receivable/Payable. He manages periodical book closing procedures, including compiling and analyzing financial statements to provide all departments with complete and timely financial data. He also advises on all aspects of accounting processes.

Michael Fulwiler

Michael Fulwiler

Director

Marketing

Michael graduated with Honors from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature. In his role as Marketing Director, he manages all social, digital, and print marketing campaigns for The Gottman Institute, driving brand awareness, engagement, and sales. He also oversees the hardworking marketing team.

Walter Guity

Customer Service Coordinator

Products

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

Kendra Han, MSW

Director

Couples Services

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.

Amy Loftis, MS

Director

Professional Development

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 Development she oversees the educational training programs including Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Trainings, Certification, and Gottman Specialty Trainings. She is also a point of contact for the Gottman Referral Network. Amy has the pleasure of working with the dedicated and diligent professional development staff.

Jennifer Loser

Program Coordinator

Professional Development

Jen received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Colorado. She has a private practice in Seattle where she works with young individuals and couples in seasons of transition. She manages The Gottman Institute’s Certification Track and is the point of contact for the Gottman Referral Network.

Taylor A. Moss

Taylor A. Moss, MS, LMFTA

Program Coordinator

Professional Development

Taylor received her B.S. from Northeastern University in American Sign Language/English Interpreting and received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. She is a Certified Sign Language Interpreter and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a private practice in Seattle focusing on premarital and couples counseling. She also serves on the Board of the Washington Association for Marriage Family Therapists (WAMFT) as the Associate Representative.

Megan Pedersen

Megan Pedersen, MFA

Director

Products

Megan graduated with Honors from the University of Washington where she double majored in Political Science and Comparative Religion. She also holds an MFA from Columbia University in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is responsible for managing all inventory, fulfillment of the Gottman Store for all events, and new product development.

Dave Penner

Dave Penner, PhD

Clinical Director

Dave oversees clinical aspects of The Gottman Institute, including providing consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training; selecting and training consultants for clinicians pursuing certification; training and supervising video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method; 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. He is the author of the Leader’s Guide to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Dave is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in practice for over 25 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.

Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds

Manager

Speakers, Trainers, and Events

Katie provides overall management of speaking and training events by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and Gottman Master Trainers and Educators. Katie is executive assistant to the CEO and Business Development Director and assists with coordinating media and public relations, negotiating contracts, expanding web presence for our trainers, and managing the speaking calendar. She obtained a B.A. in Humanities at the University of Washington and has provided marketing and sales support in the fields of technology, hospitality, and scholarly publishing in Seattle and New York.

Becca Sangwin

Digital Marketing Manager

Marketing

Becca graduated from Western Washington University at the top of her class with a B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She strategizes, curates, and plans content for The Gottman Institute’s social media platforms, works on website SEO/SEM, strategizes email marketing, analyzes the success of digital marketing campaigns using analytics applications, and also serves as The Gottman Institute’s webmaster.

Aziza Seykota

Aziza Seykota

Systems Analyst

Products

Aziza graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. She has experience working in IT management and leads a community group for individuals looking to live simply in the modern world. She focuses on keeping TGI’s products and resources current with a modern edge and supports the Products Department with customer service, managing inventory and digital media product development.

Lindsay Simon

Lindsay Simon Fox

Director

Operations

Lindsay received her B.A. from Reed College in Sociology and received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. As the Director of Operations, Lindsay facilitates interdepartmental communication, assesses areas of growth, and supports the collaborative development of new systems at The Gottman Institute. Additionally, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in part-time private practice.

Therese Soundant

Therese Soudant, LMFTA

Assistant Director

Couples Services

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.

Jackie Sundquist

Jackie Sundquist

Assistant Director

Couples Services

Jackie has a double B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University. She works with couples on registration for the Couples Workshops, and referrals to Certified Gottman Therapists. She has worked in a number of human services roles, including work on the crisis hotline and in family advocacy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Bellingham, and work in chemical dependency services for teenage girls at Sea Mar Visions in-patient youth treatment center in Bellingham.

Jill Unruh

Digital Marketing Intern

Marketing

Jill is a student at Western Washington University studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She will be graduating this upcoming March. She assists in the creation and planning of content for social media, the development of email marketing strategy, website SEO/SEM, and the analysis of the effectiveness of marketing campaigns using analytics applications

Allie Wood

Allie Wood

Director

Speakers, Trainers, and Events

Allie is the point person for Certified Gottman Therapists as they continue to advance into leadership roles with The Art and Science of Love workshops for couples and Gottman Method Couples Therapy clinical trainings. Allie provides overall management and coordination of the production and distribution of training materials for Gottman workshops around the world. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.