Board of Directors
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC (Chairperson)
Maureen 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, Treasurer)
Tani 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.
Maryrita Wieners, MA, LPC (Past Chair)
Maryrita 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.
Virginia Thomas, MS, RN (Secretary)
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.
Lori Karch, LCSW, (Director)
Lori Karch is the owner of Evolve Therapy in Indianapolis, IN, utilizes Imago Relationship Therapy in her private practice and leads Imago workshops for couples and individuals. She also works with the Jane Pauley Integrated Health Centers in Indianapolis where she helps people with trauma utilizing trauma therapy modality Brainspotting. She is a founding member of Imago Therapists of Indianapolis (ITI).
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.
Barbara Fontana, PhD (Director)
Barbara Fontana was appointed to the Board in September 2017. She brings many years of experience working on other professional boards. She was on the New York State Psychological Assn’s Council for twelve years which included six years on its Executive Committee; she was Treasurer for four years and Secretary for three years (one year she held both positions). Barbara also served on the Suffolk County Psychological Association’s Board for over 25 years including two years as President. In addition, she has been a Trustee and Secretary on the Board of a local organization in her community since 2002.
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.
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.