2018 Coordinating Council Members
Janet Lee O’Connor
She has been recognized as a Diplomate in Redecision Therapy and a Transactional Analysis Practitioner Instructor.
Janet has served as Rocky Mountain Regional Representative and Education Coordinator for USATAA.
She has served on the Council since 1999 first as a regional rep then Jamaica Gathering Coordinator until 2014. She also served as GC and is now Financial Coordinator.
Dianne is a certified Gestalt Therapist and recognized as a Diplomate in Redecision Therapy. In her other life she is very involved with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs the largest volunteer organization for women internationally.
Canadian Regional Rep.
As a teacher, she emphasizes ethical application of TA approaches and teaches clinicians how to effectively aid people to change their games and unproductive life scripts while building therapeutic skills. In her clinical practice, Janice uses the practical tools of TA to help people solve problems.
Rev. Robert L. Hempel
Midwestern Regional Rep.
He was introduced to TA in 1966 by the late Bob Goulding, M.D. and the late David Kupfer, at church meeting, which lead to extensive training with the Bob and Mary Goulding at Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy.
He also studied with Denton Roberts, and Maurice and Natalie Haimowitz of Chicago. He uses TA in his practice. Visit his website to learn more resurrectionpastoralcare.org.
He serves on the Coordinating Council as Midwest Representative, FaceBook page editor and a member of the Social Action committee.
Karen Rightler, RN, BSN, MA-MFT, TAP
Northeastern Regional Rep.
Karen is a full time hospital RN Case Manager, and currently working toward her TAAP with Catherine O’Brien. She resides in Buffalo, NY with her husband and 2-year-old daughter
She served as General Coordinator of USATAA and as President of ITAA, has organized several international TA conferences in San Francisco, and continues to teach and advocate for TA.
She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California and enjoys walks in the redwoods near her home.
He is currently training in Chapel Hill, Louisville, KY, Japan, and China. He is co-author of TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis (2nd Edition) and Personality Adaptations: A New Guide to Human Understanding in Psychotherapy and Counseling, and he developed the Joines Personality Adaptation Questionnaire.
Michael also holds a certificate in Redecision Therapy from the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. Michael is currently the North American Representative to the ITAA Board of Trustees and a USATAA Council member. Michael has used TA in his work with clients for the past 19 years. He is now teaching TA and supervising trainees in the practice of Transactional Analysis.
She has served ITAA and USATAA in many capacities and practices (a little) psychotherapy, coaching and consulting with her husband Jonathan B. Weiss, Ph.D., TSTA in Littleton, CO.
She writes—8 books, several ebooks and many articles—so far.
Laurie is also a Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. She and her husband Jonathan are currently the only Certified Master Logosynthesis Practitioners in the US.