NATAA Awards

NATAA M&M Award

The NATAA M&M Award for outstanding leadership in Transactional Analysis is to be presented to persons who give leadership to NATAA in the spirit of Muriel James and Mary Goulding. This award honors Muriel and Mary who were guiding founders of USATAA. They developed the first national conference held in San Francisco in August of 1984. The conference not only established USATAA as a viable organization but also established a financial base of the organization since that date. The distinctive identity of our organization, now updated to the North America Transactional Analysis Association, or NATAA, is in large part built on the inspiration of these two outstanding Transactional Analysts. Muriel and Mary celebrated the inauguration of the 1984 conference with M&M candy and since then NATAA leadership has had a special fondness for M&M’s. The award was given first in 1991. It is hoped that through the presentation of this award NATAA will reinforce the principles that are epitomized by these two inspirational leaders.

USATAA / NATAA has recognized the following individuals for their contributions to the organization and the field of Transactional Analysis.

  • Muriel James 1991
  • Mary Edwards Goulding 1991
  • Felipe Garcia 1993
  • Chris Boyd 1997
  • Gaylon Palmer 1997
  • Gladys Baez-Dickreiter 1997
  • Denton Roberts 1997
  • Sheryn Scott 1997
  • Al Loeb 1997
  • Val Chang 1999
  • Morris and Natalie Haimowitz 2002
  • Lyman Rigby 2005
  • Grainger Weston 2006
  • Jonathan Wagner 2007
  • Jeri-Ayers Scott 2008
  • Fanita English 2009
  • Dianne Maki 2010
  • Lucy Freedman 2011
  • Abe Wagner 2018

In 2009 USATAA (NATAA) initiated two additional awards:

  • John H. Gladfelter NATAA Life Values Award
  • Felipe N. Garcia NATAA History Award

John H. Gladfelter Living Values Award

This award will be given to a person or persons for significantly contributing to one’s community or environment utilizing the life values of Transactional Analysis.

John H. Gladfelter Living Values Award Past Recipients:

  • John Gladfelter 2009 at the Mary Goulding Memorial Redecision/TA Conference (Presented to Jim Wrightsman for John And in person at his Assisted Living residence in Dallas)
  • Claire Marsh 2010
  • Vann Joines 2010
  • Jean Illsley Clarke 2011

Felipe N. Garcia NATAA Award for Collaboration

This Award is given to NATAA Members who have demonstrated a dedication to building and fostering collaborative organizations and relationships and have contributed to the theory and practice of collaboration. (This was formerly called the Felipe N. Garcia History Award, given for significant contribution to the founding and continuing history of the organization using OK-OK collaboration.) Felipe was one of the founding members and has contributed years of service to the ongoing history of NATAA.

Felipe N. Garcia NATAA History Award Past Recipients:

  • Felipe Garcia 2009 at the Mary Goulding Memorial Redecision/TA Conference
  • Lucy Freedman 2010
  • Maryln Crossen 2010
  • Laurie Weiss 2011
  • Jonathan Weiss 2011

This Felipe N. Garcia NATAA Award for collaboration had not yet been given as of April 2013.

NATAA Coordinating Council Appreciation Award

At the 2011 NATAA Spring Retreat the Coordinating Council secretly voted to give this award to Charles “Chuck” W. Holland at the San Antonio Conference Awards luncheon for his work with the NATAA Recognition and Awards committee and the Coordinating Council. In May of 2012 at the NATAA Spring Retreat the council voted for this to be an award given at the discretion of the Coordinating Council.

  • Charles “Chuck” W. Holland 2011
  • Mary Westphal 2015
  • Catherine O’Brien 2020
  • Dianne Maki-Sethi 2023
  • Alexis Brink 2024

NATAA Recognition Committee

March 2013

Chuck Holland CTA, Chairperson Members: Bob Avary CTA Morris Haimowitz TSTA SJ Mackenzie CTA Dianne Maki RD Carol Solomon TSTA Jonathan Wagner CTA

July 2009

Chuck Holland CTA, Chairperson Members: Bob Avary CTA Jane Hardwick CTA Morris Haimowitz TSTA SJ Mackenzie CTA Dianne Maki Jim Wrightsman TAP

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