Ken Buch, PhD: President
Ken Buch, a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, is an avid student of the works of C.G. Jung. Raised as a Christian fundamentalist who “left the flock” in high school, he stumbled upon Jung decades later — at mid-life — as he began re-evaluating his childhood experiences and struggled to define himself outside his career. He is president of KC Friends of Jung as well as its Webmaster, and he teaches classes on various aspects of Jung’s psychology.
Brenda Murrow, PhD, LP: Vice-President
Brenda is a mental health therapist at Pawnee Mental Health Services in northeast Kansas. She has expertise in supporting adults, children, and families with symptoms that affect their ability to thrive at home, work, or school. She specializes in working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences. Prior to joining Pawnee Mental Health Services, Brenda’s clinical training experiences spanned an array of environments, and were primarily focused on children’s therapy, including infant-parent attachment, play therapy, and psychoanalytic interventions with emotionally disturbed children.
Sharon Condon: Treasurer
Sharon has a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. She recently retired after teaching for over 27 years at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Being around native people at Haskell, she learned about many of their traditions, values, and beliefs. This has prompted her to look for alternative, non-traditional ways of finding deeper meaning in life.
Sandra Schumm, PhD: Secretary
Sandra has a PhD in Spanish and is Professor Emerita of Baker University, where she taught courses in Spanish literature, language, and culture, and lead many study abroad opportunities. She is the author of Mother and Myth in Spanish Novels: Rewriting the Maternal Archetype (Bucknell University Press, 2011), Reflection in Sequence: Novels by Spanish Women, 1944-1988 (Bucknell University Press, 1999), and over forty published or presented articles about twentieth- and twenty-first-century Spanish literature. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Exploring the work of C. G. Jung has been a pursuit for more than 15 years.
Barb is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport (CT) and has held Marketing Management positions for the Sally Hansen, Max Factor, and Chinet brands. As a Kansas resident for the past 25 years, she ran her own business in the Healing Arts, committed to helping others through the holistic therapies of rehabilitative fitness/bodywork and integrative nutrition. Her current work as a Certified Archetype Consultant, and immersion into the concepts of C. G. Jung, has led her to the Kansas City Friends of Jung.
Paul Whittemore, a member of the Board of the Kansas City Friends of Jung, has studied alternative spiritual traditions and the ancient sources of wisdom for over forty years. These interests have included alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Vedanta, theosophy, Jung and Buddhism, among others.