Letter from the President
Dear Friends of Blanton-Peale (old and new!),
It is a pleasure to be joining Blanton-Peale at such an important point in its rich history!
Over the last 16 months – under the leadership of Interim President, Dr. David Leeming (who continues as President Emeritus) – the staff and Board of Blanton-Peale have strengthened its core mission in ways that position it for a bright and expanding future. Our 650 clients have experienced greater health and wholeness through therapy in our nonprofit counseling center. Forty-two of 108 students in the Korean Pastoral Care Program graduated and will use their newfound skills as pastors and lay leaders around the Tristate region. And residents in our psychoanalytic Graduate Institute are being prepared – through deep learning in the classroom, their own psychoanalysis and supervised hours as therapists – to make a deep and lasting difference around the world. (Perhaps you saw the New York Times Magazine article about brain-imaging and the ways it is helping us “see” the difference psychotherapy makes.)
Each of these areas of our work is now undergirded by a new scholarship fund and we are thriving in our new home at 7 W 30th Street. If you’d like to give to our scholarship fund, you can do so here.
As for the future, we look forward to continuing to expand our work at the intersection of psychology and spirituality. We believe Blanton-Peale can be and become a thought leader in New York City and around the world – a thought leader in the therapeutic and healing world, a thought leader in religion and spirituality. Thought leadership is important, as is the practical difference it can make – a difference for real New Yorkers who come in need of support, a difference for Korean leaders and the lives they will touch, and a difference for the thousands who will be healed over the course of a lifetime by each newly-minted therapist.
We hope you’ll keep your eyes out for upcoming programs here at Blanton-Peale that – as our founders intended – “alleviate human suffering and affirm the meaningfulness and abundance of life.”
Ours is a rich history and a bright future. We hope you’ll be a part of it!
Rev. Shari K. Brink
President and CEO
Rev. Shari K. Brink Biography
Rev. Shari K. Brink joins the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling center as its President and C.E.O., having served the last five year at Marble Collegiate Church. She brings strengths as a strategic and visionary leader, significant fundraising experience, and a passionate commitment to individual transformation and the creation of healthier communities.
As Minister for Strategic Advancement at Marble, Rev. Brink led the Marble community in discerning its future for a new era of ministry and in garnering the financial resources needed for its dynamic ministry. She guided staff and congregation through an intensive period of change, reignited Marble’s fundraising efforts, and facilitated conversations about Marble’s identity in a new era of ministry.
Prior to Marble, Shari served as Director of Development at Auburn Seminary, an institute for religious leaders in today’s complex, multifaith, media-saturated world. She has also served on the national staff of the Reformed Church in America as Director of Strategic Planning, and as a minister both in Los Angeles, California and in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
Rev. Brink looks forward to working with the board and staff of Blanton-Peale in addressing the spiritual and psychological problems of contemporary life. She says "The glory of God is every creature fully alive.’ So wrote Irenaeus in the second century. I believe that the world is more as it should be when each of us is fully alive – alive spiritually and alive psychologically. I look forward to strengthening and expanding Blanton-Peale’s impact, both on individuals who come alive through work with well-trained therapists, and a synergistic impact on our city."