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)
Suzanne Banford, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, child and adult private practice, S.F.
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
Medical Director of Edgewood Center for Children & Families
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry (volunteer series)
Brigitte Watkins, MD, PhD
Resident Physician, Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
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.
Suzanne Banford is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco since 1970. She has over 40 years of experience working with diverse client populations in different clinical settings in the Bay Area. She was a staff psychologist with S. F. Community Mental Health Services for five years, at San Quentin Prison for two years, and worked in Student Counseling Services and/or taught at S. F. State University for 21 years. She enjoyed supervising psychology interns in each of these settings. Until her retirement from S.F.S.U. in 1992, she combined part time work in an academic or agency setting with private practice. She has an abiding interest in dreams, family systems, analytical psychology, and expressive art therapies. She delights in being with other people as they become more authentically and fully themselves (and facilitating that process).
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 Registered Architect. Graduating from Sheffield University and achieving his full license from University of South London he has successfully led and managed architectural projects in United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. His experience in managing large team-orientated projects introduced him the 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 a Senior Associate with BFHL Architects who specialize in Healthcare Architecture.
Brigitte Watkins is a resident physician in the UCSF/SFGH Family and Community Medicine program. She earned her MD/PhD from University of California, San Francisco. Her graduate research focused on the pathogenesis of tuberculosis. Brigitte was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her B.S. degree in Neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside. As a busy resident, when not catching up on her sleep, she enjoys the outdoors, dancing, movies, sewing, working with children and spending time with family.