Eileen Strider is a retired information management consultant. She began studying Virginia’s work in 1988 when she realized that many technical problems were primarily people problems. Eileen and her partner and spouse Wayne Strider used their Satir skills to help their clients recognize how they contributed to their own problems. Then they showed the clients how to change their behavior to repair relationships and address their technical issues congruently. Their work involved clients in the following industries: aerospace, higher education, biotechnology, insurance, non-profits, accounting, gaming, veterinary medicine and software development. Having seen how valuable and effective Virginia’s model was with her clients, Eileen is committed to seeing Virginia’s work continue to be taught, used and recognized. Eileen previously served as Board Treasurer for 3 years. She also has volunteered her time in numerous roles including GoFundMe campaign organizer and Satir website redesign project manager and member of the IHLRN Board.
Michael Hardin is a professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Psychology. Previously, Michael had served as department chair and professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Family Studies program at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. He received both his MS and PhD from Texas Tech University.
Carol E. Provo is currently the Treasurer of the Satir Board and former Co-Chair of the Satir Anti-Racism Committee. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). Her professional experience includes more than 30 years of work as a professional administrative/budget analyst, executive team member and professor with City government, the California State Department of Mental Health, and the California State University system. As a university professor for 21 years, she has been teaching Applied Statistics, Financial Management and Strategic Planning. She has a private practice, where she uses “breakthrough coaching” with professional and executive clients to remove emotional and psychological blockages to success. She is also the author of “Provoke Not Your Children: How to Escape the Emotional Trap of a Narcissistic Mother”, as well as the host and producer of the podcast, “Narcissism Revealed with Dr. Provo”.
Johnny Faulkner is the vice-president of the Board, as well as the archivist and historian for the organization. He has his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, a private practice in Russellville, Arkansas and has taught as an adjunct professor in two universities. He has a passion for preserving Virginia’s and the Satir community’s legacy, for the purpose of passing along the teachings of how to become more fully human to present and future generations.
Stephen Buckbee is a member-at-large of the Board. He is a retired from Bay de Noc Community College where he coordinated a “Human Services” program. He is a licensed in the State of Michigan as a Masters Social Worker and a Professional Counselor. He met Satir in 1985 and attend her month long programs in Crested Butte in 1988 he was invited to be a trainer by AVANTA now know as Virginia Satir Global Network. He has worked as a faculty member of Banmen Satir China Management Centre. He is a member of the International Family Therapy Network. He has been actively teaching around the world about Satir since 1988. He is a partner with Mike Dupont and Dan Doyle in BDD training Associates since 1988 focusing on the Process of Change in systems.
Maggie holds an MAMFT and has received additional training in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy. She also holds a Master’s in Music (vocal performance). Maggie lives in Nairobi Kenya from where she runs her private practice as a Marriage, Family and Sex Therapist. She also wrote a sex column for two and a half years in one of Kenya’s national newspapers, in addition to appearing on multiple TV, radio and podcast interviews as an expert on sexual and mental health. As a direct result of Amy Cooper’s racist behavior in New York and the public murder of George Floyd, Maggie has become more overtly vocal and active in antiracism. She believes that the time to effect positive change against racism and for equity is in the here and now. It is her intention to contribute to positive change in Kenya and around the world. She is honored to serve on the VSGN Board and hopes to meaningfully contribute the work that VSGN is able to do now and in the future.
Pat Bragg is a member-at-large of the Board. She lives in Whitehorse, Yukon , Canada. She is in private practice doing Mediation, Counselling, Coaching, Training in Conflict Resolution and Virginia Satir based Change Model. Her work has taken her to eight provinces and two territories in Canada, the USA Turkey and Bahrain. She has worked extensively in First Nations and multi-cultural groups and will custom design training or counselling to meet individual or community needs.
Lea Wells is retired from a career in librarianship, and lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
Her career focused on facilitation, communication, strategic planning, human resources, and faculty and staff development.
Most recently she co-partnered in Jordan Wells Associates, which conducted workshops with library staffs in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates, and St. Petersburg, Russia and consulted with a number of university libraries including those at New York University, Duke University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Koç University in Istanbul, and participated in trainings in Cairo and at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Virginia Satir’s work entered her life through Conjoint Family Therapy in 1966/67 and has continued to influence her philosophy and career in facilitation, training, consulting, and parenting. In 1995 she encountered Sharon Loeschen and her publications of Virginia Satir’s teachings and she has used those works continually since then. She is challenged by working with people of all cultures and if elected, she will do her best to facilitate the sharing of ideas and successes.
Kim Hendren is our administrative director. She lives near Raleigh, North Carolina and has over twenty-five years of experience in finance. She loves communicating with people and anyone who has a question or concern can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org