One of our greatest strengths is our people.
Meet the board members and officers who bring their different expertise and viewpoints to our organization.
Ruth Thomas-Squance, PhD
Executive Director (officer)
Loma K. Flowers, MD
(Founder and President)
Personal and Professional Development Consultant
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (volunteer series) UCSF
Rachel Goldstone, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
Psychiatrist, private practice, San Francisco
Jabari Jones, MD
Director of Community Partnerships
Robin Randall, MD, MPH
Chair of Board (officer)
Medical Director of Edgewood Center for Children & Families
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry (volunteer series)
Brigitte Watkins, MD, PhD
Lead Physician, Riverside County Correctional Facility
Ruth Thomas-Squance, has served as Executive Director of Equilibrium Dynamics since 2005 and is also a Project Director at the Public Health Institute, Oakland.
She is an accomplished scientist with 15 years of international experience in biomedical research. She transitioned to nonprofit management and program evaluation in 2005. Trained in the EQD Emotional Competence curriculum, her research interests are in the use of emotional competence training in public health and education.
Ruth has won several awards during her biomedical research career including the Brigid G. Leventhal Women in Cancer Research Award (from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in 2005), the Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (UNCF/Merck, 2003-2005), and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award (AACR in 2001 and 2003). She earned her PhD in Biochemistry at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez, MD, retired from UCSF in 2014 after a 25-year career that took her through the in-patient service at SFGH, Psychiatric Emergency Service at SFGH, and an Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization program that was a collaboration with RAMS. Most recently she co-led the ECT service at SFGH, which offered pro bono ECT to patients not otherwise eligible. She currently works part-time as a psychiatric consultant to the Trauma Recovery Center, doing medication evaluations for Spanish-speaking victims of violence who are receiving treatment there. She has a long-term interest in cross-cultural psychiatry, the sequelae of trauma, and women's issues in psychiatry, and has been involved with EQD as a teacher for the last 5 years, and on the board since 2016.
Victoria Chen is a Practice Improvement Specialist at the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC), where she manages the clinical arm of a HRSA-funded primary care transformation project, facilitating the practice transformation efforts at four UCSF-based primary care teaching clinics. In addition to her practice coaching responsibilities, she serves as a master trainer for CEPC’s health coaching curriculum, delivering trainings and workshops to practices nationwide. Prior to joining the CEPC as coach and trainer, she managed the UCSF PROF-PATH program, a research and academic career development program for health professions students from underrepresented in medicine (UIM) backgrounds and students interested in health disparities research. Victoria did her undergraduate degree in public health and gender studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Her work as a practice coach, health coach trainer, and Equilibrium Dynamics board member allow her the daily joy of combining her academic background in public health with her personal and professional mission to use education as a tool for reducing socioeconomic disparities and achieving systemic transformation in meaningful ways.
Loma Flowers, the founder and President of Equilibrium Dynamics, has practiced psychiatry for 40 years in the San Francisco Bay area, publishing on various practical aspects of her work, including dreams, diversity and emotional competence. Her life long interest is the relationship between individuality and universality. She now confines herself to preventive psychiatry, through consultations and teaching personal and professional development. It was an interest in seeing the wider dissemination of emotional education that led her to form Equilibrium Dynamics in 2005.
She is a former president of the Northern California Psychiatric Association, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF (volunteer series) and has won awards for both community service and teaching. She is Psychiatrist WOC at San Francisco VA Medical Center and Principal Investigator at Public Health Institute, Oakland.
Rachel Goldstone is an associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSF and maintains a private practice in adult psychiatry in Oakland, CA.
She is a former director of the UCSF Medical Student Well-being Program where she spearheaded the expansion from a clinical service to an extensive array of preventive services including outreach programs, curricular and extracurricular courses, as well as working as a consultant to the Deans on the topic of physician well-being. Dr. Goldstone developed a mentorship program and continues to consult to this and to the diversity curriculum for medical students. Dr. Goldstone received her medical degree from UCLA before moving to UCSF for residency in psychiatry.
Jabari Jones, MD, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. His experience includes treatment and diagnosis of a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions in acute and primary care settings. Dr. Jones has several years of experience teaching emotional competence principles, and he enjoys sharing EQD tools with others to help them excel personally and professionally.
He recognizes that a lot of the challenges we face are commonly shared by all, and appreciates the wide applicability of EQD. He finds it to be a very powerful tool for improving our mental well-being and enriching our culture.
In his free time Dr. Jones practices the art of Kung Fu and Qi Gong, enjoys reading about philosophies of ancient cultures, and spending time with his Bombay cat Fozzy.
Robin Randall received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and an MPH from their School of Public Health. Over 10 years ago, Dr. Randall became Medical Director of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, serving Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children, youth and their families. Previously he served Westside Community Services and Walden House, Inc. as a consulting psychiatrist. Currently he is a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and also Site Director of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program.
Tom Squance is a British Licensed Architect. He has successfully led and managed architectural projects in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. His experience in managing large team-orientated projects introduced him to the practical applications of emotional competence. He enthusiastically supports the mission of Equilibrium Dynamics and tries to apply its principles in his work. He has a passion for the beauty of good design and contributes to the Equilibrium Dynamics visual message whenever possible. Now resident in the Bay Area, he is Director of Capital Improvement Projects for Stanford Children's Health at Stanford.
Brigitte Watkins is currently the lead physician at a correctional facility in Riverside county. Prior to her current position, she completed a fellowship in community medicine, during which she helped increase mental health resources for students at a school district in southern California. Dr. Watkins completed her family medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital through the University of California, San Francisco. She also earned her MD/PhD from UCSF. Her graduate research focused on the pathogenesis of tuberculosis.She earned her B.S. degree in Neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside. Brigitte was born and raised in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, dancing, movies, sewing, participating in and leading church ministries, and spending time with family.