IRNA is a membership organization incorporated as a non profit in the State of Illinois, USA in September 2018. IRNA became recognized as a tax-exempt, charitable organization by the United States Internal Revenue Service in June 2019.
Some of IRNA’s functions are to provide professional resources to members, assist in coordinating regional conferences, support the formation of regional Imago chapters in North America, market Imago Therapists, Facilitators and Workshops in North America, and actively represent North American Imago Professionals in collaborative circles established by Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW).
To provide support, connection, educational opportunities and inspiration to Imago Professionals in North America.
A world where individuals, couples, organizations and communities are empowered with Imago skills to effectively and safely cultivate conscious and connected relationships.
to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
If you would like to make a donation (tax-deductible in the US) to our 501c3 organization, you may designate your donation to be used for research, workshop or conference scholarships, diversity initiatives or to a project of your choosing.
Christine Hamm is an Independent Contractor who has been serving as the Executive Director of Imago Relationships North America (IRNA) since January 2019 and was instrumental in the formation of the organization from the very beginning. Having served as Association Administrator for the former worldwide organization, Imago Relationships International (IRI), Christine brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the Imago Community and an immense appreciation for the importance of Imago in the world.
She has a knack for technology and organization and a diverse background including visual communications, marketing and business administration. Christine manages a team of marketing, administrative, finance and information technology contractors and does a masterful job of balancing the many tasks she does to "keep the lights on" with being a dynamic and authentic leader.
She is a mom of 2 teenage sons and married the love of her life, Jared, in early 2021. She credits the success of her second chance at love, in part, to attending a Getting The Love You Want® Couples Workshop with Jared in 2018….describing the experience as “nothing short of life-changing!”
Charles Sue-Wah-Sing is a first-generation Canadian of mixed ethnicity including Indian, Chinese, Armenian, British and African. He’s a conscious leadership and life coach and co-founder of WAY - a boutique coaching company with a focus on bringing consciousness to individuals, organizations and families.
He’s certified as an Imago Relationship Facilitator, Co-Active Coach (CTI), and holds accreditation with International Coach Federation (ICF). He’s also a faculty member with CTI. He also brings into his coaching an understanding of family dynamics, Positive Intelligence (PQ), Conscious Leadership, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Charles is on the board of multiple nonprofits targeting BIPOC, youth and poverty. Charles is a life-long seeker and an avid reader. He’s knowledgeable in many religions, politics, sciences, history, culture, ceremonies to name a few. Charles has facilitated men’s groups and ran workshops for couples and is now writing a number of projects pertaining to culture, ceremony, purpose and the times we're in.
Jennifer Saunders, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Studio City, California, specializing in working with couples and with individuals at transitional points in their lives who are seeking balance and a better way of being and doing. She has a special passion for couples work because when our primary relationship is working well, life is all the sweeter. She has extensive training and advanced certification in Imago Relationship Therapy, as well as training in other modalities (e.g., Gottman, Discernment Counselling).
Jennifer holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, which included spending her junior year abroad at Birmingham University in the U.K. After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka for two years. Upon returning to the States, Jennifer earned her J.D. at UC Berkeley and embarked on her almost 20-year legal career as a corporate finance attorney in downtown Los Angeles. In 2010, she left the law, returned to school and earned an M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, California, where she also earned her trainee and intern hours.
In addition to serving as a Steward for IRNA, Jennifer also currently serves as the President of the Board of THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, dedicated to supporting and promoting the California Science Center’s education programs for youth, and as a Member at Large for the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. She eagerly looks forward to her next exotic vacation while waiting for any of her three adult children to visit her.
Linda A. Lewter, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Imago Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, among others. Linda’s goal in working with individuals is to focus on their relationships with others, uncover unconscious thoughts and drivers, help them regulate their emotions, bring healing in areas of childhood wounding and help them understand how emotions and memories shape them today.
What makes Linda’s service distinctive is her uncanny ability to meet clients where they are and help them achieve positive results in a short number of sessions. She has worked with individuals, couples, parents and teens, military families, and those caring for aging parents. Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA, where she majored in Accounting.
She then went on to do a Master of Arts degree in Counseling/Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Linda lives in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.
Curtis P. Bounds, Esq. is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and he is a past Chair of the Delaware Bar Association Family Law Section. He currently serves as the Chair of the Delaware Family Law Commission and is a member of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission. Curtis is a member of the University & Whist Club. In 2019, Curtis was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The organization is composed of the top matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation. Curtis is currently the only active attorney Fellow in Delaware.
Curtis has lectured and written on family law matters for continuing legal education seminars, adult education classes, public interest groups, and legal publications. Curtis contributes to the Delaware State Bar Association Family Law Section’s annual review of Family Law, and also served as the reporter on Delaware cases in Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. is a director at Bayard where he is head of the Family Law practice. Curtis focuses on family law matters and practices in the Delaware Family Court in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.
Curtis concentrates his experience in complex divorce and child custody cases. He also assists clients with pre and post-nuptial agreements, support matters, visitation, and adoption. Curtis is a volunteer for the Office of the Child Advocate, representing children who are abused, neglected or dependent, and he is trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution as a mediator.
Walt Ciecko, PhD, BCB is a licensed psychologist in private practice for 36 years. He is the Director of the Delaware Relationship Center specializing in relationship work with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Walt is an Imago Advanced Clinician, Workshops Presenter and Consultant. Additionally, he is certified as an EMDR therapist and HAT clinician, a Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician and a Heart Math Stress and Wellness Assessment Provider.
Walt joined the Imago Community when he took his initial clinical training in New York City in 1993 with Harville and the original five Master Trainers. He has presented the Getting the Love You Want Couples Workshop® for 25 years.
Clinically, he has extensive training in existential-humanistic, gestalt and gestalt body work, trauma and hypnosis, stress management and wellness, sexuality, men’s issues, and the mind/body connection and peak performance training. In his position as Director of the Delaware Relationship Center, Walt provides psychotherapy and counseling and various workshops and runs a long-standing Men’s Group.
Marcia Ferstenfeld, MA, LLP is known for her keen grasp of the heart of Imago theory and practice. Marcia has been a moving force in Imago since 1993. She brings warmth, humor, clarity, knowledge and intuition to her teaching which creates a learning environment that benefits every learning style. Marcia works to create a safe environment that allows participants to stretch into their potential, and do the work of growth and healing, both personally and professionally.
The core of her clinical practice, Imago has transformed her work. Assisted by Larry, her husband of 55 years, the two bring a wealth of insight and experience gleaned from their personal devotion to their own evolving Imago relationship. Since training in Communologue, in 2003 in New Mexico, Marcia has led and participated in community dialogues in Michigan, Vienna, Atlanta, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore and more.
Latasha D. Harrison, MS, MA, EdD, LGPC has completed a third Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Loyola University’s Pastoral Counseling department. Latasha is providing professional counseling services for individuals (adults and children), couples, and families.
Latasha has a heart for helping people who are transitioning through divorce or relationship break-ups to restore their trust of self and others and provide support to help clients effectively address the challenges of separation in relationships. She is passionate about helping couples improve, deepen their relationship, and embrace the joys of a healthy relationship while incorporating spirituality. She also enjoys working with children.
Latasha is happily married with three daughters and one son. She enjoys dancing, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC has been working in the field of trauma and anti-violence for 30 years. She works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is a long-standing instructor with the Justice Institute of BC, teaching other counselors skills for working with survivors of child sexual abuse and other traumas.
She provides clinical consultations to a number of counselors and agencies. Most recently she has undertaken projects to bring a trauma-informed approach to BC’s mental health and justice sectors, including a specific program with psychological staff within Corrections Canada. Maureen also works with couples where one or both of the partners is a trauma survivor – either recent or historical. She is a Certified Imago Relationship therapist (Advanced Clinician) and Clinical Consultant. She also presents – along with her business partner Tamara Adilman – the Getting the Love You Want® Couples Workshop weekend workshop for couples.
She has extensive additional training in working with couples including Gottman, Emotionally Focused therapy and Psychobiological Approaches to Couples Therapy (PACT). Many of her individual clients have experienced trauma, either recent or historical. Over the years she has developed a robust toolbox, including training in EMDR, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor Therapy along with earlier training in hypnosis and art therapy.
Sonali Sadequee is a Muslim queer yogi and a wholistic life coach for community leaders, medical patients, and young activists who are challenged by chronic health issues and/or stress. She believes in the transformative power of trauma and resilience-informed self-care practices and relationships for influencing social change.
Conscious communication, preventive healthcare, vegan yogic lifestyle, collective-care, and self-care practices are her medicine of choice. She is the founder of Sustainable Wellness, a wholistic wellness coaching practice that supports professionals and young leaders to reverse the impact of trauma from life’s injustices.
Sonali is a trained Imago Communication Facilitator. When she is not coaching, Sonali supports a few non-profit organizations, including IRNA. She is a co-founder of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, a network of grassroots community activists, healers, and medical practitioners who are creating mechanisms for wellness and safety that respond to, intervene and transform conditions of generational trauma and systemic violence impacting in BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities.
Jill Wolf, LCSW graduated with an MSW in 1984 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, and began her professional career in the child welfare system. She quickly recognized that if someone could have helped the parents, maybe so many of these kids wouldn't be in the system in the way they were. She began her training with and was certified by Dr. Harville Hendrix, the founder of Imago, in 1990. To say it changed her life personally and professionally is a huge understatement.
Jill continues to see mostly couples in her private practice, as well as presenting the Getting the Love You Want® workshop for couples and the Keeping the Love You Find workshop for singles. In 2021 she will be presenting the Imago Clinical Training for therapists who want to learn this model. She has had the amazing opportunity to offer many presentations at international Imago conferences, including many stand-up comedy bits there. Jill’s 5 kids (and now 3 grandkids!) keep her humble by telling her that she’s not that funny (she is!).
Sociocracy, also known as Dynamic Governance, is a system of governance which seeks to achieve solutions that create harmonious social environments as well as productive organizations and businesses.
Sociocracy was adopted by IRNA as its method of governance with the ultimate goal of a collaborative, effective and efficient organization. In many ways Imago and Sociocracy are two different applications of the same idea. The two are linked and interdependent.
Since the publishing of Getting the Love You Want in 1988 by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville’s subsequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, therapists have wanted to train in Imago. As more and more people became Certified Imago Relationships Therapists, there was a natural desire to gather and learn together, from which several organizations were born. Imago Training Institute (ITI), Association of Imago Relationships Therapists (AIRT) and Imago Relationships International (IRI) are all iterations of this desire over the years.
Starting in 2005, countries and regions around the world began forming local organizations under IRI. Today, over one thousand Certified Imago Relationships Therapists can be found in nearly 52 countries around the globe. Because IRI was based in North America, Imago Therapists (and now Facilitators) in the US and Canada, never formed their own, independent region.
In May of 2019 IRI transitioned from being an international membership organization and shifted their focus to the enormously important task of overseeing the research studies underway to make Imago an evidenced-based modality.
In anticipation of this shift, a task force was created in 2017 and charged with creating a new global organization to take the reigns from IRI, providing support and connection to Imago Local Organizations (ILOs) around the world. Thus, Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW) was formed.
The same task force that created IRW recognized that, with the transition of the global organization, it was the right time for North America to follow the same path as the rest of the Imago global community and charged Imago Professionals in North America to form their own region.
Leading that charge were 3 IRI Board members: Lori Karch, Maureen McEvoy, and Virginia Thomas. As the the founders and shepherds of Imago Relationships North America, they created a business plan, raised funds, wrote grants, and have spent countless hours gathering and organizing members to get the organization off the ground. With the mission of providing support, connection, educational opportunities and inspiration to Imago Professionals in North America, countless others have risen to lead, organize and volunteer to create and continue to develop the organization as we know it today.
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