“I am me,” is a powerful, timeless declaration of self-esteem written by Virginia Satir more than 30 years ago.
Hampton VA Chief of Chaplains Sue Cross encourages her staff to have dreams and works to give them resources to be successful. She says PAIRS training helped her communicate when she needs support and encouragement.
Seth Eisenberg had a front row seat to the birth of marriage and relationship education. In an “I am ME” feature, he talks about early inspirations, challenges facing couples, and qualities for which he’d most like to be admired.
Susan Smith, founder of Muslim Family Matters, says relationship skills training helped her become more open, accepting and appreciative. As a marriage and relationship educator, she’s today helping other Muslim families learn skills to strengthen their relationships with each other.
Dr. Shirley Johnson began working for civil rights at the age of 10, inspired by the example of her father and leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and Rosa Parks. As a marriage education instructor, Dr. Johnson today helps teens and young adults embrace what she calls “one of the greatest blessings human beings have been given.”
For Kirk Johnson, skills training is the foundation for understanding and navigating matters of the heart. Widely known as “Mr. Matters,” Kirk teaches relationship skills daily to a worldwide audience through “Matters of the Heart” radio broadcasts from The Bahamas.
When couples began approaching Pastors Steffon and Audrey Josey about relationship issues, they realized they needed concrete, practical, proven solutions. Since training in PAIRS, they’ve touched the lives of hundreds of couples, singles and youth in the U.S. and internationally.
Fabiola Ana Torrez teaches relationship building skills to parents of special needs children in South Florida to help them face life together and give youngsters the greatest opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Lauren DelGandio came to a marriage education class in 2007 for skills to strengthen her marriage of 14 years. Four years later, she’s helped more than a 1,000 others discover greater love, happiness and pleasure in their closest relationships.
Rachel Rubel, a Licensed Clinical Psychiatric Social Worker in Highland Park, Florida, said using the Daily Temperature Reading regularly created the foundation for her happy marriage.
Through the Fatherhood Program at the Shelby County Correction Center, Bree Kuykindall helps couples separated by incarceration discover that communication is key to healthy relationships and a building block to prevent recidivism.
Chaplain Ed Waldrop is changing lives for military and veteran families through his service at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. He delivers retreats as part of the partnership that was recognized as “Best Practice in Marriage Enrichment” by the Veterans Administration.
Pam Weber, MSW, helps St. Louis couples respond to relationship challenges from a place of compassion and love instead of fear and defensiveness.
As Chief of Chaplains at the San Diego VA Healthcare System, Chaplain Dick Millspaugh provides supportive services for veteran families to help couples learn skills to overcome unique stressors of military service.
Sanford Rosenthal has faced a lot of curve balls in his life. Teaching relationship and marriage education classes helped him discover more about his own wisdom and help others find theirs.
Gary Jones says it’s a huge challenge for couples to have a healthy marriage when they have never seen a healthy marriage. Together with his wife of 43 years, Gary Jones leads a marriage ministry in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Rebecca “Becky” Denslow, LCSW, has been helping couples and families in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for 30 years. She began teaching relationship and marriage education after realizing that most couples in emotional pain lacked fundamental skills for making a relationship work.
Giovanny Castro is a marriage maestro for South Florida teens and adults eager to learn skills to create happy, lasting relationships. Regularly practicing the skills he teaches with his wife has made a tremendous difference to his own marriage and his quest to make the world a better place.
Angie and Randy Mewhirter have been married for more than 35 years. Their shared passion for healthy relationships inspires their outreach and classes to young people, young adults, and parents through Relate for Life in Fresno, California.
Virginia Satir’s “I Am Me” answers a young girls challenge: “What is life all about anyway? Life makes no sense. What’s the meaning of it all?”