Board of Directors
Barbara Fontana, PhD (Director)
She is a psychologist in private practice in Shoreham, Long Island, New York. Barbara has been an Imago therapist for almost twenty years and is now an Advanced Clinician. Barbara loves working with couples and loves Imago. She writes a “Tip of the Week” for couples which is posted on her Facebook page and sent to people on her email list. She has taken over 300 hours of CE credits in Imago. She also has hosted two Basic Clinical Trainings at her home so therapists in her area could become certified.
Barbara is a member of GNYAIRT, Greater New York Association of Imago Relationship Therapists. She was her region’s representative to the first and several more Global Summits. She received the Imago “We Are We” award for outstanding service to a region at the IRI Conference in 2007.
Lori Karch, LCSW, (Treasurer)
She comes to this field after working in theatre administration and development and leading logistics for international human potential workshops in Austin, TX. She worked in corporate leveraged leasing finance in New York City and lived and worked in a spiritual foundation upstate New York.
Maryrita Wieners, MA, LPC (Chair)
Maryrita works in Washington, DC, and is a proud member of MAIT (Mid Atlantic Imago Therapists). She and her husband, Dan Glaser, live in Silver Spring, MD with their three cats, Ari, Judah and Laila.
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC (Chair-Elect)
She also works with couples using Imago Relationship therapy. She is an Advanced Imago clinician (1996) and a Certified Workshop presenter of the Getting the Love You Want weekend workshop based on the work of Harville Hendrix.
Tani Strain, LMFT (Past Chair)
Tani is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and was part of the adjunct faculty at the Family Institute at Northwestern University for many years. She was 3 time chair of the Alumni Conference which routinely drew 500 participants.
In 1995 she was named Alumnus of the Year for the Family Institute at Northwestern. Personal interests include sailing on Lake Michigan, gourmet cooking, gardening and photography. She is the mother of two grown daughters, grandmother of one and widowed in 2006.
Virginia Thomas, MS, RN (Board Secretary)
Harville Hendrix – Founder
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Imago Relationships with Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., and Chancellor of the Imago International Institute. He is the author of the popularly acclaimed books: Getting the Love You Want: A guide for Couples, Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles, Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents, and Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved. A former professor at Southern Methodist University, Harville holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion from The School of Divinity at the University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Transactional Analysis Association.
Helen LaKelly Hunt – Founder
In addition to her partnership with Harville, Helen has been active within the women’s movement for the past eighteen years. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls. Helen has helped to create a number of other women’s funding institutions, including the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Funding Network. Helen has served on the Boards of Directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Women and Foundations, and the New York City Women’s Agenda. In 2004, shortly after completing a Doctoral degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York, she wrote Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance. For her distinguished contributions to the women’s movement, Helen has received many awards including the LEAD Award, Gloria Steinem’s Women of Vision Award, and has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.