Sep 11, 2022

New ICSA Executive Director, Jacqueline Johnson

Dear ICSA Colleagues and Friends,

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our next Executive Director, Jacqueline Johnson.  Jackie brings to ICSA academic credentials, high level administrative experience, a social work perspective, and relevant personal experience. She is a second-generation adult (SGA), raised in Jehovah’s Witnesses.  She understands first-hand what many of our ICSA members face on a daily basis.  She knows our field.  In Jackie’s words, she has “experienced how validating and powerful ICSA has been in her life and would be honored to participate in leading this organization.” 
 many roles and professional experience will become apparent as she serves the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).  She has strong experience in the public and private sectors. Her most recent accomplishment was service as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health for Dutchess County, New York.  There she created, managed, and monitored a county-wide system of care for behavioral health service provision, incorporating public, private, and not-for-profit provider agencies into an accessible network to meet the needs of all county residents.  Her private counseling practice keeps her sharp and in tune with the needs of individuals in crisis. 

Jackie earned her Associate of Arts in Humanities at Dutchess Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Bard College, Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, and her Doctor of Social Work in Clinical Practice and Leadership at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her academic work has given her an appreciation for ICSA's scholarly foundations and the skills and knowledge to grow our organization, expand our outreach, and increase support for our mission and goals.

Jackie starts work on October 1, 2022. She brings to ICSA the desire to understand the needs of diverse and sometimes conflicting groups of members.  She agrees with ICSA’s philosophy of dialogue. She honors our past and is excited to build on our legacy for a strong future. Jackie’s priorities are strengthening ICSA’s organizational structure, ensuring transparency, expanding engagement with ICSA members and friends, and marshalling support to achieve and sustain our mission. 

Her academic work, leadership experience, and personal history, aligned with her passion for the mission and work of ICSA, make her the right person to move our organization to the next level of excellence.

Please join me in welcoming Jackie Johnson as Executive Director.



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PO Box 2265
Bonita Springs, FL 34133   USA

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