Eric S. Greene, Founder and Executive Director
As a cultural anthropologist specializing in psychological anthropology, I served as an executive with behavioral health-related nonprofits at the community and international levels, including the Hispanic AIDS Forum in New York City, and ETR Associates. Numerous issues were addressed, including familial rejection, chemical and behavioral addictions, loneliness, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and domestic violence. Thereafter, I continued to support nonprofit and artistic projects as an independent consultant. While working with different health-based organizations in developing community programs, I recognized that, for many patients and clients, serious family problems – including sibling abuse, pet abuse, and in-law conflicts – were never adequately addressed, if at all. Hence, the seed for a new organization to fill these gaps was planted.
Throughout my career, whenever I saw a problem, I’d create programs to fix it. In the early 1980s I pioneered the transdisciplinary field of Animals and Culture Studies while still an undergraduate. It examines the cultural perceptions, representations, and statuses of animals (nonhuman) – as well as our relationships with them – at home, in ‘the wild,’ and within society at-large, cross-culturally. The field also explores what it means to be human, the variations of family, the significance of community, and our connections to Nature. The emphasis on interpersonal relationships among different (sub)groups of humans, as well as our interspecies relationships, and the external factors that shape them, continues to be of great concern to me.
Interweaving my professional and academic work with that of our board members, advisors, and volunteers, Family Spirals® is positioned to effectively address widespread, yet under-served family needs, including sibling discord, in-law conflicts, families with animals, and the impacts of different technologies on family dynamics.
My B.A. and M.A. were rooted in cultural anthropology (from Binghamton University and Vermont College, respectively), as was further graduate study at the New School for Social Research.
Research interests: language and semiotics, family dynamics, animals and culture studies, mental health, constructions of public and private spaces, social marginalization, and notions of authority/expertise.
Recreationally, I enjoy the great outdoors, hiking and camping, a good read, a great film, beautiful voices, playful conversations, and local arts.