Meet the 2015-2016 Fountain House Executive Fellows

Posted on August 31, 2015

We are very proud to welcome David Kapten, Rita Larrañaga, and Claudia Jean-Pierre to the Executive Fellowship program. The fellows will integrate state of the art management techniques with the ideals and approach to social practice originated at Fountain House and practiced in clubhouses throughout the world.  


David Kapten of the Breakthrough Club

David has been a staff member at Breakthrough Club in Wichita, Kansas for more than fifteen years, serving in various roles including Supervisor of Employment Services, Education Coordinator, Case Manager, Assistant Program Director, and currently as Program Director.  He became a faculty member at Clubhouse International in 2011.  He helped write and won a professional and cultural exchange grant from the United States Department of State and managed grant activities including coordinating international professional exchange visits between Basic Needs, a non-profit mental health organization in Nairobi, Kenya and Breakthrough Club in 2007. 

David is also a founding member of Helping Hands Clubhouse in his native Nairobi, Kenya.  He is a Board Member of the Global Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas.  David holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Presidents College School of Law in Wichita, Kansas and a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies from Bethel College in North Newton.


Rita Larrañaga of Casa del Paraná

While Rita was studying to become a psychologist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she participated in different academic activities and as a volunteer in ‘Hospital Dr. Clemente Alvarez’, the biggest and most important hospital in Rosario. It was then that “Casa del Paraná,” the first Clubhouse in Latin America, came to her life and she loved it. She became a staff member and has been Executive Director since 2012.

It’s a pleasure and a responsibility for Rita to be part of the Clubhouse community and she’s working hard to develop the clubhouse model. She has always been interested in working in the area of mental health with other people as a team. In her free time, she meets her friends and visits her family. She likes cooking and listening to music (but she doesn’t like sports at all.)


Claudia Jean-Pierre of the Detroit Hope Clubhouse

Claudia attended Michigan State University (MSU), where she obtained her Bachelors in social work and completed her internship at Charter House clubhouse, the first clubhouse in Michigan. At MSU, she joined the women's leadership development program and participated for two years in Eve Ensler's performance. The Haitian native worked as a vocational specialist before she became a clubhouse generalist at New Directions Clubhouse. Claudia received her Master's degree through the part-time advanced standing program at Wayne State University, where she finished a semester early and was the student commencement speaker. After graduation, she was promoted to help start a new clubhouse in the metro Detroit area. She is currently the director of Detroit Hope Clubhouse.

Claudia hopes to increase her clubhouse employment opportunities and community involvement.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, backpacking/camping and traveling.


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