Coordinating Council

2022 Members

  • General Coordinator – Rev. Robert Hempel
  • Communications – Brenda Schaeffer
  • Programs – Lucy Freedman & North American Rep to ITAA
  • Education – Brenda Schaeffer
  • Finance – Dianne Maki-Sethi
  • Membership – Wayne Hart

Members-at-Large

  • Inger Acking, Acting Chairman of IESA
  • Aleksandra Dobric Stanosevic
  • Felipé Garcia
  • Vann Joines
  • Inna Learn
  • Tom Nissley
  • Gloria Noriega Gayol
  • Kristina Shea
Bob Hempel

Rev. Robert L. Hempel

General Coordinator

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Rev. Robert L. Hempel, M.Th., T.A.P. is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, retired. He has used TA for over 40 years as a pastor.

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.

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Brenda Schaeffer

Communications and Education

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​Brenda Schaeffer is an author, a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Addictions Specialist, Certified Transactional Analyst, a TAPI, and holds a doctorate in spiritual psychology. With over 600,000 publications sold, she is the best-selling author of Is It Love or Is It Addiction?  presently published in twelve languages, among many other books and appearances.

Dr. Schaeffer is a national and international lecturer and workshop presenter having been a featured speaker in countries such as Iceland, Chile, Canada, and the UK.

Lucy Freedman

Programs

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Lucy Freedman is a consultant, speaker, teacher, and coach who has practiced transactional analysis since the 1970’s.

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.

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Dianne Maki-Sethi

Finance

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Dianne Maki-Sethi, MA Counseling Psychology,  was first introduced to TA in the early 70s through 2 101s in Philadelphia. Later she renewed her interest in TA through The Eastern Regional TA Association.

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.

Wayne Hart

Wayne Hart

Membership

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Wayne Hart teaches and coaches TA theory and methods, online, stressing application in professional and personal life. Training qualifies for certification in ITAA’s TA 101, and USATAA’s Introduction to TA and TAP program.

His background includes 20 years clinical work as a Marriage Counselor and Clinical Psychologist, several senior leadership positions, extensive executive coaching, high school classroom teacher, and 19 years as Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership for which he is a Senior Fellow.

He is a TSTA (ITAA) and TAPI (USATAA) and holds master’s degrees in educational administration and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Inger Acking

Member-at-Large

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Inger Acking, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a social worker since 1984, and therapist in private practice since 1987, Inger Acking is a certified Redecision Therapy Diplomate experienced with a variety of therapeutic approaches. She worked at the Alameda County Family Service for 20+ years, and for 16 of those years in the Family Preservation Program focusing on reuniting families via intensive therapies.

Inger practices in Oakland, California and has been an ITAA member since 1987. Currently, she serves as Pacific Regional Representative for USATAA and is an active member of the Inclusion, Equity, and Social Action Committee.

Aleksandra Dobric Stanosevic

Aleksandra D. Stanosevic

Member-at-Large

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I am a therapeutic counselor with a background in Integrative Transactional Analysis. Integrative means that I rely on other approaches using insights and elements from relational/Rogerian and Erskine’s School of Integrative psychotherapy. I started off with the Serbian TA Training Centre to obtain the TA Practitioner Certificate, and my first placement was at a rehab in Belgrade.

Having emigrated to Canada in 2015, I was blessed to re-train with Janice Dowson and thus earned the USATAATAAP certificate in 2020. In the meantime, my journey into helping professions was enriched by taking up a Bachelor Program of Social Work in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I gained
considerable insight into a recent Indigenous history of residential schools, the 60-ies scoop, and neocolonialism. In the course of my first years of social work practice, I continued learning about addictions and mental health, working with clients from all walks of life, while a major part of my clientele was Indigenous. My passion and enthusiasm lie in social justice issues and decolonization and what I enjoy the most is helping clients do self-advocacy and practice autonomy.

I’ve got three kids and two black pugs. The highlight of my day is going on my bike and listening to the recordings of TA training courses. TA adds a delightful flavour to my life!

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Felipé Garcia

Member-at-Large

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Felipe is one of the original founders of USATAA and was the first general coordinator of the USATAA council. He was in private practice in San Antonio Texas as a psychotherapist and trainer for 45 years. He is mostly retired but still does some teletherapy and training/supervision. He also served in many roles in the International Transactional Analysis Association including serving on the board of trustees and coordinating regional and International Conferences.

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Vann Joines

Member-at-Large

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Vann Joines, PhD, TAPI, TSTA and a Diplomate in Redecision Therapy, serves as an educational advisor on the Council. He directs the Southeast Institute in Chapel Hill, NC where he trains other professionals in Transactional Analysis, Redecision Therapy, Advanced Integrative Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy and a number of other approaches.

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.

Inna Learn

Inna Learn

Member-at-Large

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Inna Learn is a researcher of social cognition, perception, and bystander behavior in situations of sex/gender harassment and discrimination. She was trained in TA and mentored by Vladimir Gussakovski and by various workshop leaders during local and international TA conferences.

Tom Nissley

Tom Nissley

Member-at-Large

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Born and grew in Lancaster PA. Early fun as Junior Magician and Floral Designer. High School Band and Orchestra. Entered Franklin and Marshall College planning to be a florist. English degree 1955; by then on the path to Princeton Seminary and ordained as Presbyterian Minister. (Later attended the University of Neufchatel as a doctoral student).

Introduced to TA thru Richard Abell and Bill Holloway; then WIGFT with Bob and Mary Goulding, George Thompson, Jon McNeel. Also trained with Marilyn Zalcman and Richard Erskine and Joseph Zinker (Gestalt).

I am a Clinical Certified Transactional Analyst and can teach the TA 101. Founded and hosted training events for TA and Gestalt at the Ridgelea Institute in Connecticut, which is still my home state. Served ITAA as trustee and Program Chairperson. Helped found the Eastern Region TA Association. Promoted tours to conferences in Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore, and Brazil. Presented workshop demonstrating Family System using the Ridgelea (really, Russian) Dolls.

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Gloria Noriega Gayol

Member-at-Large

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Coming soon.

Kristina-Shea

Kristina Shea

Member-at-Large

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Kristina Shea is a passionate, results-driven leader and a natural doer. She found TA through John Parr, Dr. Steve Karpman, and the work of  Dr. Taibi Kahler. She has spent over 15 years in financial roles in global non-profits and government sectors. Additionally, she spent some time as Fiscal staff to the Assembly and Senate in her state.

Currently, she founded and is the Executive Director for the Institute of Influential Disruption (IID). IID aims to bring inner and outer leader and leadership development to all people through behavioral and positive psychology training. She believes we are all creative and all leaders.

Kristina has an MS in Management and Leadership from Pepperdine University and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Positive Organizational Psychology and Authentic Leadership. She is certified in many modalities including the Process Communication Model Ó, Emotional Assertiveness©, and Leading out of Drama©.

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