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Board of Directors
DaLene Forester-Thacker, Ph.D., LMFT  |  President

DaLene Forester-Thacker, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Redding, California. She has been in Practice since 1993 and maintains a full time private practice specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. DaLene was first trained in EMDR in what was then called Level one (L1) in 1994 and Level two (L2) in 1995. She became an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist in 2000 and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in 2006. In 2007 DaLene founded the Advanced Education Institute (AEI) where she provides clinical trainings to Mental Health professionals in EMDR as an EMDRIA approved Basic Trainer, Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and other relevant topics of interest. DaLene is an EMDRIA Regional Meeting Coordinator and the Chair of the EMDR and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group. In the past DaLene has served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee, presented at the EMDRIA Conference and has volunteered in various capacities since becoming a member of EMDRIA in 1998.


Evelyn Wright, LCSW  |  President-Elect

Evelyn Wright, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Rolling Hills Estates, California.  She has been in private practice on a full-time basis in 2003 specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Attachment and Abuse, with an emphasis in child and adolescent therapy.  Upon completing graduate school at the University of Southern California in 1998, she began her career with clinical intervention and play therapy with abused and neglected children at UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics.   Seeking more effective clinical interventions and methods of assisting clients and addressing childhood issues, she became an EMDR Certified Therapist in 2011 and later trained in the EMDR Trauma Recovery/HAP R-TEP Protocol.  In addition to having been a member of the Child/Adolescent SIG and Public Practice and Diversity SIG, Evelyn has also been an active member of the Advocacy Committee.  She is also active in the Association of Play Therapy and Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. She has been a guest lecturer on child development, temperament, cross-cultural and transracial adoption, and behavioral issues.  Evelyn is passionate about assuring that our returning wounded warriors as well as those victimized by crime, abuse, and disasters receive the benefits afforded for transitions in life through EMDR.


Ira Dressner, Ph.D., LCSW  |  Past President

Ira Dressner, Ph.D., LCSW took Level 1 and 2 EMDR Training with the EMDR Institute in 1997. He was certified in a group with Dr. William Zangwill and became a consultant working with Dr. David Grand. He was involved with the HAP effort after 9/11. He has had an active counseling/psychotherapy career utilizing EMDR therapy; working with people stressed out, victims of domestic violance, sexual abuse, and childhood abuse and anger management. He currently lives in Phoenix with his wife Liana who is also EMDR trained and has a private practice and works in a clinic. He is passionate about EMDR therapy; the results and the clients who have improved lives. Between 2003-2006 he offered an approved EMDRIA course called the Mixed Multitude and EMDR.  

He graduated from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs of Syracuse University with the Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. Later on he graduated from New York University with a Masters in Social Work. Believing that good therapists are taught and supervised he attended Washington Square Institute in NYC and was awarded a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


Carrie Carr, MA, LCPC  |  Secretary

Carrie Carr, MA, LCPC is a dynamic speaker, writer, and executive director of the Hope Enrichment Center, PC.She has more than 17 years of clinical experience in community mental health centers, hospitals, and private practice. In 2004, she founded the Hope Enrichment Center with the mission to promote personal strength and purpose to ensure each person have a positive impact on the world.

Carrie is an active member of the ACA, APA, ICA, EMDRIA, IMHCA, and a Gottman Certified Educator. She is a certified EMDR clinician and has utilized EMDR in her daily therapy practice since 2004. She has worked with children, teens, adults, groups and families. Carrie is an innovative therapist that constantly searches for new forms of research based, effective treatments in order to ensure that her clients achieve optimal well-being. She is multifaceted and global in her approach to allow each individual to achieve their therapeutic and personal goals.


Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS  |  Secretary-Elect

Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS is a Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in treating young children through adults who have experienced severe and early trauma. She has over 35 years in the mental health field working in most practice settings both as a clinician and director of mental health services. She currently is in private practice in Richmond, VA area. She also is one of the Regional Coordinators for the Central Virginia EDMRIA Regional Group. She uses EMDR on a daily basis and has done so since her initial training in 1992. Terry has been active in EMDRIA serving on as a chair of Administrative Committees; on the Leadership Team of the Child/Adolescent SIG; and currently is in her second tenure on the EMDRIA Board. She serves as Chair of Committees, and has been Secretary for the Board. She has provided many workshops on use of EMDR with children & adolescents at past EMDRIA conferences and for the regional group. Terry is an approved Basic Trainer and consults with professionals seeking their Certification or Consultant in Training staus nationwide. Terry has been married to her husband Bill for 34 years and they have a daughter, Kadie, who is a licensed psychologist in Richmond. Kadie and her husband, Jeff, have a new daughter, Emma, who Terry is blessed to care for.


Diane DesPlantes, LCSW  |  Director

Diane DesPlantes, LCSW is Principal Consultant and President of S.U.R.G.E., Inc. She received her graduate degree from Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, and has her private practice in New Jersey. She is a Master Trainer and the lead curriculum designer on Cultural Competency for The New Jersey Department of Children and Families. She has specialized in cultural humility since 1996 and has consulted independently for several years. She has served as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at national conferences. As a member of EMDRIA, she is the Chairperson for the SIG Public Practice and Diversity. She also sits on the Membership Committee of EMDRIA.


Dean Dickerson, Ph.D., A.A.E.T.S.  |  Director

Dean Dickerson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Davis, California. He has a full time private practice, facilitates 5 EMDR consultation groups and manages Psychological Resource Associates, a group of 10 clinicians. He trained in EMDR with Francine Shapiro in 1976, joined EMDRIA in 1979; became an EMDRIA Certified Therapist in 2002 and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in 2004. He served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for three years. Dean is dedicated to integrating neurobiology and the developmental theories of Erikson, Piaget and Kohlberg into the clinical practice of EMDR. Most recently he produced a set of 4 DVD training modules for the EMDRIA Regional Group Lending Library on the integration of EMDR, neurobiology and Erikson’s Psychosocial Model. His wife, Susan, is an EMDR trained LCSW. His daughter Lauren is a veterinarian in Northern CA and his son Michael is a Psy.D. student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.


John Hartung, Psy.D.  |  Director

John Hartung has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. He has taught coaching, performance enhancement, and trauma treatments in 30 countries. His books and articles on the science of innovative psychotherapies are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has particular interest in training nonprofessionals to become involved in trauma work, and then to extend their services into the area of positive psychology.


He has been a university professor, program coordinator with the Agency for International Development in Costa Rica, Fulbright scholar in Peru, and for 20 years was an executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership.


He is an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, and coordinates Latin American programs for the EMDR Institute.


Ken Kernagis, MA, LPCC  |  Director

Ken Kernagis, MA., LPCC is counselor with over 20 years of experience doing EMDR Therapy. After assisting students for over 25 years at the community college, Ken "retired" and currently works at Mesa Family Practice in Farmington, New Mexico.  Ken works with teens and adults, primarily utilizing EMDR Therapy with his clients.  He has conducted various workshops and trainings for adults on probation for the past 20 years, and is widely known as a dynamic and "fun" speaker.  Ken has given keynote presentations at regional and national conferences as well as served in leadership roles with the New Mexico Career Development and Academic Advising Associations.  He is a passionate, caring therapist who strongly believes in the healing power of EMDR Therapy and it's infinite future. 


Jane McCampbell, MA, LMFT  |  Director

Jane McCampbell, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota. She completed her basic training in EMDR in 2008 and became Certified in 2010. She maintains a full-time private practice specializing primarily in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders, with a special interest in panic disorder and phobias. She was also involved with the HAP-sponsored Veterans Resiliency Project in Minnesota. 


In addition to her EMDR therapy, Jane provides couples counseling, particularly where the relationship is impacted by childhood traumatic experiences. She works from a family-of-origin and attachment-based therapy model, and has trained extensively with Terry Real and Pia Mellody in this regard. As well as her private practice, Jane is a Faculty Associate in a Marriage and Family Therapy masters program, where she offers classes in Theories of MFT, Assessment and Advanced Clinical Issues, including training in assessing and treating trauma. 


Prior to becoming a therapist, Jane spent many years in business working in marketing communications and branding. She is honored to be able to combine this professional experience with her passion and commitment to EMDR therapy and the work of EMDRIA.


Mark Nickerson, LICSW  |  Director

Mark Nickerson, LICSW, has been an individual and family psychotherapist in Amherst, MA for 30 years. He is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, HAP trainer, Co-Regional Coordinator of Western Massachusetts, and was 2014 President of the EMDRIA Board of Directors. He co-founded the Men’s Resource Center of Western MA, a unique organization which developed state-certified domestic violence intervention services. He is director of Parent Education for the Hampshire County Bar Association and has developed award winning innovative programs designed to reduce and resolve interpersonal conflict. He provides trainings with the Veteran’s Education Project. Mark conducts advanced EMDR trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on topics including treatment for problem behaviors, problematic anger and violence, cultural competency, interventions to dismantle social stigma and oppression, and the effective use of EMDR protocols. He is author of The Wounds Within, an expose on the challenges for war veterans, their families, and our communities.


Brenda Rohren, MA, MFS, LIMHP, LADC, MAC  |  Director

Brenda Rohren is a Certified EMDR therapist and Consultant-in-Training.  In addition, she is the Regional Coordinator of the Southeast Nebraska EMDRIA Regional Network.  Because of her commitment to the practice and advancement of EMDR, she was active on several EMDRIA committees until her election to the Board (e.g., Chair of the Membership Committee and Chair of the Public Practice & Diversity Subcommittee).  Brenda is the President of Behavioral Health Resources, LLC in Lincoln, Nebraska. Services include management consulting, professional development, and outpatient treatment for co-occurring disorders. She is a licensed mental health and substance abuse professional who has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years (all levels of care from outpatient to inpatient.)  


Career achievements include as a Collaborating Investigator for the DSM-5 Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice (2011-2012), an ASAM Field Reviewer for the 2013 Patient Placement Criteria (2012-2013), and Research Associate for the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences; 1988-1989).  Brenda is an experienced accreditation surveyor for CARF International and has conducted surveys in the United States and Canada, to include at VA facilities. Brenda is a military veteran (U.S. Navy). Her last duty station was in the Pentagon (Surface Warfare Division, OP-32). Her husband is a retired LCDR (Navy) and her daughter is also a Navy veteran.


Jorge Torres-Sáenz, Psy.D.  |  Director

Jorge Torres-Sáenz is a licensed clinical and community family psychologist in both the state of Oregon and the state of Washington, where he lives.  He has worked in social services agencies the majority of his 36 years in the field.  The settings have been in outpatient, inpatient, public and private hospitals, research and private practice with all ages of individuals.  He currently works for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.  As an approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy he also has done consultations, mentoring and supervision of psychotherapists.  As a Motivational Interviewing trainer and certified as an Incredible Years Parent Group leader he enjoys using these skills to assist parents in their journeys with children.  Dr. Torres-Sáenz started working in the trauma field while pursuing his master’s degree in Family Therapy in Houston working with incest and sexual abuse survivors and their families.  He continued this field of work at the doctoral level working with the victim assistance program of the Denver Police dealing mainly with suicides, homicides, rapes and death and was able to complete his doctoral paper on children that witness domestic violence at a time that this area was not thought of as related to trauma.  Upon graduation he participated in a community intervention one year after the Rodney King riots in Compton Watts through Drew University of Medicine & Science.  Currently, his trauma works relates mainly to migrant farm workers many who are disenfranchised immigrants.  Dr. Torres-Sáenz was first trained in EMDR in Mexico in 2002.  As a member of the EMDRIA membership committee for four years, he served briefly as the chair for the Public Practice & Diversity Subcommittee and has also has been a member of the Public Practice and Diversity SIG.  He is currently certified in EMDR and is a consultant in training.  He has been able to bring three HAP trainings to the agency where he works.  Dr. Torres-Sáenz also served on the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology for 10 years.  He looks forward to being part of what will be a bright future for EMDR as an unparalleled type of psychotherapy intervention.



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