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The SIP Board of Directors is chosen to manage the Satir Institute of the Pacific, an incorporated non-profit Society in British Columbia, and a registered Charity with Revenue Canada. The Board has up to 9 elected directors. If not holding an elected position the following are also ex-officio members of the Board: Past President for a one year term; Director of Training, appointed by the Board; Director of Membership Services, appointed by the Board; Director of Marketing, appointed by the Board. The Board of Directors may number up to 13 directors in total. Directors are elected for three years, with a staggered system of term completion.
Tricia Antoniuk has been a counsellor for more than 20 years and has worked in a variety of settings: with people with disabilities, women who experienced trauma and abuse, people in the queer / LGBTQ2S community, youth, adults, the elderly, people struggling with health issues, and people with mental health struggles. She loves using Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy because it is intuitive, creative and life giving. Tricia has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. She has a private practice in Fort Langley and is a Clinical Member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific. Tricia is happy to be on the Board of Directors of the Satir Institute of the Pacific. The SIP community is a place of connection and support, and Tricia’s hope is to help spread the word so we can share this gift with others.
Michael Callaghan’s experience as a Board member began in 1975 with a variety of small charity and non-profit organizations serving the needs of offenders as part of his work as a Senior Probation Officer in London in the UK. After moving to Canada, he began studying the Satir Model in the early 1990’s and found it very effective during his time as a social worker in a Detox Centre. Later he became responsible for managing government contracts with over 50 non-profit agencies in BC in the field of Addictions, Needle Exchange Programs and HIV/AIDS. He has served as President of the North West Satir Institute, was founding President of the Satir Institute of the Pacific in 1998 and a Board member of AVANTA, now the Virginia Satir Global Network. He sees the role of the SIP Board of Directors to provide a multi-facetted vehicle for bringing people together to experience, learn, teach, provide resources, and develop the Satir Model in BC and beyond.
Lysandra Chan currently resides in Vancouver B.C., on the traditional, unceded and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Lysandra graduated with a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Adler University, Vancouver Campus, in 2017, and is currently a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Lysandra works as a Program Coordinator for Seniors program at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House and is a contract Trauma Counsellor for the Empower Program for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House. She first learned about Satir Therapy when she started her grad school back in 2014 and has pursued her Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Level 1 in 2015 through the Satir Institute of the Pacific. Lysandra was inspired and felt truly connected with the principles of this therapy. She continued to connect with the Satir Institute of the Pacific to engage with people around the world and to attend workshops and conferences related to Satir. Lysandra learned about the formation of the Anti-Racism Committee for VSGN back in 2020 and was excited to be part of the committee to work with like-minded people to make a difference. In March 2022, Lysandra has become a Board member for the Satir Institute of the Pacific. In her spare time, Lysandra likes to connect to nature through hikes and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Madeleine De Little has been a student for twelve years of (Satir) ‘Transformational Systemic Therapy’. She is currently the research chair of the Satir Institute of the Pacific in Canada and a faculty member of the Banmen Satir China Management Centre. Her studies of the latest developments in neuroscience and transformational change have led her to develop a unique model of sand tray therapy and write a book, Where Words Can’t Reach – Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray (NSST). Madeleine has been an elementary and high school for 28 years and continues to be a therapist in private practice and an international trainer in her model of sand tray work. Madeleine has taught NSST in Slovakia and the Czech Republic since 2008 and the participants are some of the most experienced users of NSST in the world. The research for her Ph.D. focused on the personal and professional impact on student therapists learning and practicing this model of sand tray therapy. Dr. De Little is a Certified Clinical Counsellor, a Master Therapeutic Counsellor, and a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
Corrinna Douglas is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working with children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice, CorDiscovery Counselling, and has studied and trained in the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) model. Corrinna is passionate about teaching and facilitating trainings by offering participants an opportunity to be curious and explore possibilities for change and growth. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and has over 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations. Corrinna is a clinical member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific and is a member of good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and has previously taught at the Thompson Rivers University.
Tonda is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in private practice. She works with individuals, couples, and families. After completing Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Level I and Level II training, she wanted to contribute to the organization and was accepted as a board member. She is a Clinical member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific, a board member for 5 years, and the Treasurer for the past three years. She is humbled to be a part of the Satir Institute and continues to be a student of the Satir therapy model and a part of the SIP community of individuals around the world who endeavor to expand themselves personally and professionally. This continues to have a major influence on Tonda’s practice as a therapist, as well as her life in general.
Frankie Lee, MBA originally came from Hong Kong where after his high school in he was hired as a sales trainee by Burroughs Wellcome Company, a British based multinational pharmaceutical corporation. During his 22 years of service there he was promoted to Division Manager and Commercial Manager overseeing sales and marketing of medical products in Hong Kong, Macau and China. In 1992 he and his family immigrated to Vancouver. From 1993 Frankie worked with AstraZeneca Canada Inc. as sales representative, then senior sales representative and executive sales representative until he retired in 2016.
While still in Hong Kong, Frankie received his Diploma in Business Study from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his Masters Degree of Business Administration in East Asia University, Macau. In early 1992 Frankie first attended the Satir Personal Growth Program facilitated by John Banmen, Maria Gomori and Jane Gerber in Hong Kong. After immigrating to Vancouver he was admitted by Vancouver School Board to achieve his 2-year Diploma in Counselling. Later he joined Satir Institute of the Pacific where he finished Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Level 1 and 2 with John Banmen and Kathlyne Maki-Banmen. Frankie also enrolled and was certified in the Enneagram Teacher Program (the study of 9 personality types) led by Helen Palmer and David Daniels of Narrative Enneagram Institute, USA. The latest Satir Training program Frankie participated in was the Training for Trainers in 2019 facilitated by Jennifer Nagel and Linda Lucas.
Frankie was one of the founding members of the Chinese Canadian Marriage Encounter Association and was president for 6 years. Currently Frankie is an active senior volunteer and coach of SUCCESS Chinese Helpline. Frankie mainly practices the Satir learning in personal growth, in enriching family relationships, in church couple groups and at the workplace.
Lani Kyonglan Kim is originally from South Korea where she completed her master of Social Work in Family Therapy and a Master in Law. After obtaining her degrees, she worked as a Domestic Violence Coordinator counselling domestic violence in families, then as a family counsellor working with families, couples, and children. She specializes in performing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI), Strong Interest Inventory, Stress Profile, and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Assessment (MMPA2). She has been a clinical member of Satir Institute of the Pacific since 2016 and a Satir Transformational Systemic Therapist for the Korea Satir Institute from 2010. She is also a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Psychology Association of Saskatchewan, and Canadian Psychological Association. Her main goal is to bring out positive potentials of her patients and guide them with her idealistic nature.
Anne Lindyberg is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US, and founder of the Midwest Center for Transformational Change. She works with individuals and families. She has been passionate about the power and versatility of Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy since completion of Level I training in 2016, and Level II in 2018 and employs the method in her practice as taught for maximum effectiveness. She is a Clinical member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific and is excited to co-create with other members of the Satir community in order to continue Virginia’s mission of “Peace Within, Peace Between, Peace Among“.
Amanda Poffenberger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. She works in a Partial Hospitalization Program treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders using the Satir Model. Amanda has been a student of Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) since 2013 when she did her first Level I intensive. In the past Amanda has worked in a medium men’s security prison, has provided sex offender treatment services and spent time working in an intensive outpatient substance use disorder program. Amanda is hoping to help spread knowledge about STST to multiple communities and to contribute to the inclusive community of SIP.
Shyann holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She connected with the Satir Institute of the Pacific (SIP) in 2018 when she had the opportunity to participate in the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy-Level 1 Training. Over the course of the past 2 years, Shyann, has continued to develop knowledge, further her training and find creative ways to invite elements of the Satir Model into her sessions when working with students attending Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and with clients as part of her private practice. She is honoured to serve on the SIP Board of Directors as the Director of Membership.
Cindi has been with Satir Institute of the Pacific as administrator since December of 2006. She takes care of all day to day management of the Institute, including website updates, registration, marketing, and bookkeeping. Cindi has also participated in the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Training Program Level 1 and uses this model while working with the SIP Board and its members.