Jack Zimmerman

Board Chair

Originally trained as a mathematician (BA, MA and PhD from Yale, Harvard and University of Southern California, respectively) Jack eventually settled into becoming a counselor, educator, writer, and council trainer. He has been in private therapeutic practice for couples and individuals since 1975 and, with his life partner, Jaquelyn McCandless, MD, conducted numerous relationship intensives for couples in the US and Israel as well. They and are the co-authors of Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship, published by Bramble Books in 1998, and Jack and Jaquelyn: An Adventure in Evolutionary Intimacy and Love Beyond Boundaries: An Elder Explores the Evolution of Intimacy, published through CreateSpace (Amazon) in 2013 and 2021, respectively. Jack has trained and mentored hundreds of council facilitators over a period of more than thirty-five years and is the co-author of The Way of Council, now in its Second Edition, published by Bramble Books (2009). Jack was the President of the Ojai Foundation—a center for council-based retreats, trainings and related activities for youth and adults—from 1991-2007 and retired as Board Co-Chair in January of 2008 after many years of serving in that capacity In recent years Jack and Jaquelyn have expanded their work with couples to develop practices that support the reconciliation of diverse cultures in a multicultural society.