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Board of Directors

Maryrita Wieners, MA, LPC (Chair)
maryrita wienersMaryrita Wieners fell in love with Imago and became a Certified Imago Therapist in 1994. She has been on the IRI Board since 2002, was the chair of the Imago Global Membership Committee and now chairs the Imago Development Committee. She loves connecting with Imago colleagues and regions around the globe, and passionately believes in the vision that was shared at the Global Summit in Toronto in 2004—WE are WE. She is also committed to the Imago community becoming more dialogical. She was part of the Fire Pit team and is a Peace Project member and Communologue facilitator.

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)
Maureen McEvoyMaureen McEvoy has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She works with individuals, couples and groups. She counsels clients who have experienced trauma, either recent or historical. She is certified in trauma modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DMNS). Other approaches include art therapies, hypnosis and mindfulness.

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)
taniTani Strain is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Advanced Clinician with a private practice in Illinois. She has many years of experience as a Board Member on Not For Profit Corporations, having been President of the Alumni Association of the Family Institute at Northwestern University, and alumni representative to the Family Institute Board of Directors for 13 years. She is experienced regarding Board development, strategic planning, fundraising and conference planning.

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)
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Virginia Thomas is a professional nurse with a master’s level education as a pediatrics clinical specialist and a master’s degree in administrative leadership. Her experience includes hospital clinical and public health work with individuals and families of all age groups and a variety of economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and home health nursing directed toward assessment and follow up of individuals with DD, PD and frail health needs. Also, she has experience in all aspects of management, including program planning and development, implementation, and outcomes-based evaluation of population-based programs; grant writing; budget creation; marketing strategies; community relations; contract negotiations; project monitoring; government relations; CHC management; conference planning; group facilitation; team leadership and personnel management and supervision. She is comfortable working as a team member or in leadership roles. Virginia has international health experience as well as experience in non-proficiency boards of directors, developing governance structure, creating and implementing service programs, and exercising a variety of officer role responsibilities.

Bob Kotch, MBA (Treasurer)
Bob KotchMr. Kotch’s background and experience spans the full range of IT responsibilities. These include governance, capital deployment, business process improvement, innovation, business planning, on-time and on-budget project management as well as coaching of executives, including CIO, CEO and CFO titles. His successes include helping clients plan, assess and improve IT program management results and IT value creation at all levels, ranging from strategy to planning to deployment to operations. Experienced in a number of verticals including publishing, telephony, web development and new business planning, the results of his efforts have added significant bottom line value to each client.

Kalanit Ben-Ari
My PhotoKalanit Ben-Ari gained a BA and an MA in Social Work, specialising in Clinical Child Development, at the University of Haifa, Israel, and a Doctorate in Psychology at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London. Her main research area was the influence of psychological processes and childhood experiences on adult romantic relationships. Kalanit has trained with Harville Hendrix, and she is a Certified Imago Therapist and the Chair of Imago UK.

With a passion for her work, she is dedicated to helping couples strengthen their romances and re-fire the love in their relationships. She has worked as a couples therapist, parental advisor, and lecturer for the past 15 years and have a private clinic in Hampstead, London.  She is married to Adi and they have two daughters.



David Green
David Green , Imago , The Rais Center, Couples workshops, getting the love you want.David Green brings a lifetime of experience in the business world to the Board of IRI. He is a Commercial Real Estate broker, past-owner of a Construction Company specializing in Diagnostics & Restoration, and owned and managed many Investment properties. David is also on the Board of The Cape May Stage, an Equity Playhouse in NJ.

Having had a profound experience after attending his first “Getting the Love You Want” workshop in 2007, with his wife Christine Petrik, David was compelled to become involved. In 2012 he became a certified Imago Educator and is now working on certification as an Imago Professional Facilitator. David and Christine started The RAIS Relationship Center, an organization that fosters conscious relationship. They are passionate about co-facilitating Imago workshops in Manhattan and New Jersey.

Avi Reichental 


Avi Reichental is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of XponentialWorks™, a venture investment and product development company that is monetizing the upside of disruption from exponential-tech convergence. XponentialWorks concentrates its activities on early-stage companies that are computing and actuating the internet of everything. Since its inception, the company curated a powerful portfolio of global category-makers that are committed to making the world a better place by architecting and commercializing impactful products, exceptional experiences, unique platforms and innovative business models.

For the previous twelve years, Avi served as 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Under Avi’s leadership, 3D Systems emerged as a formidable global 3D printing provider with revenue growth exceeding 6 fold and market valuation growing over 12 fold. Avi’s unique strategy transformed the entire industry and resulted in the most comprehensive portfolio of design to manufacturing products and services, channels to market and global presence.  During his tenure the company was ranked the 13th most Innovative Growth Company in the world by Forbes in 2014 and was named the 5th Fastest Growing Company in the U.S. and the country’s 2nd Fastest Growing Tech Company by Fortune Magazine in 2013. More…

Board Emeritus

Harville Hendrix – Founder

Harville Hendrix headshot_150x9000Harville 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

Helen LaKelly Hunt headshot_150x9000In 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.