The Board

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.

Lois Wilkins, PhD APRN: Vice-President

Lois E. Wilkins, PhD APRN, lives in DeSoto, Kansas. She is a Theorist, Depth Psychotherapist, Researcher and Consultant; Owner of the Eagle’s Nest Holistic Mental Health Practice, Inc. with offices in Lawrence and DeSoto, Kansas; Adjunct Professor, Wichita State University; and has published numerous articles and poetry.

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.

Diana Midyett: Secretary

Diana was exposed to Jungian Psychology as an analysand of a local Jungian analyst. She credits this experience for introducing her to Jungian therapy’s benefits and the Friends of Jung. Blessed with a belief in the mystical and the divine, Diana finds FOJ ideal for her continuing journey as a self proclaimed student of the mystery. On a practical level, she brings her expertise as Meeting Planner and Conventions Coordinator to FOJ, helping to provide quality programs for which the organization is known.

Hannes Combest

Hannes Combest is a newcomer to the studies of Carl Jung. Her background includes 10 years at Haskell Indian Nations University where she taught journalism and more than 20 years as an association executive, first at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and then at the National Auctioneers Association.  She has a master’s degree in management from Baker University.

Paul Whittemore

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.