Board of Directors


President and Chair of Professional Development Program: Patricia Walker, Ph.D.

Vice President: Cheryl Irmiter, Ph.D.

Treasurer: Judy Maritato, M.B.A.

Secretary: Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.


IH Society – Smart Love Family Services Inter-Organization Committee: Carla Beatrici, Psy.D., Chair; Tamara T. Garrity, Psy.D., Michael Zakalik, Psy.D., Carol Johnson, LCSW,

Continuing Education Committee: Julia Wright, LCSW, Chair; Annemarie Slobig, Psy.D.

Membership Committee: Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Chair; Emily Carroll, A.M.

Intrapsychic Humanism Study Group Committee: Carla Beatrici, Psy.D. Co-Chair; Katherine Knight, Ph.D., Co-Chair; Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW

Research Development Committee Stephen Budde, Ph.D., Chair; Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Professional Biographies

Patricia Walker, Ph.D.
President and Chair of Professional Development Program

Dr. Walker is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with over thirty years of experience providing individual and couples psychotherapy and parenting counseling with adults experiencing a wide array of difficulties in their personal and professional lives, and psychotherapy consultation with mental health professionals. Dr. Walker is Chair of the Women’s Issues Section of the Illinois Psychological Association where she leads programs and policies promoting the professional interests of women psychologists and the psychological happiness of women in psychological services and in the broader community. She is on Faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine serving on the selection and training committee of the clinical psychology doctoral internship and directing and teaching ethics. Dr. Walker has given talks to mental health professionals on ethics in reflective practice, Inner Humanism psychotherapy, and helping women through psychotherapy to develop minds of their own and stable self-esteem. She has given talks to public audiences on overcoming gender bias and work-life balance.
Cheryl Irmiter, Ph.D.
Vice President

Dr. Irmiter is the Executive Director for the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, a consultant, and on faculty at Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work. She is a nationally recognized invited expert with numerous peer-reviewed journals, a published book, and various education and practice products and services. In 2016, Dr. Irmiter was recognized by her peers as a Gerontological Society of America, Social Research, Policy and Practice Fellow. With nearly three decades of experience in the health care industry, she integrates her business, clinical, research and policy experience to ensure everyone has the opportunity for the best possible life. As a clinician, she treated adults and older adults for mental health and substance abuse/dependence in various health settings. As a health outcomes and translational researcher, she translates policy and research into practice and education, as well as the concepts of human development, pathology and treatment into policy, research, education, and programs.
Judy Storey Maritato, M.B.A.

As executive director of Research Dynamics, Judy advises global companies on marketing research for successful sales and marketing initiatives. She designs and manages market research and market analyses for major corporations with a special focus on manufacturers in the hardware, home improvement, and construction industries. She is currently serving as Treasurer for the organization.
MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest, IL
BA, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Marian Sharkey, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharkey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing psychotherapy in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Sharkey received her MSW and Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago where she was the founding editor-in-chief of the school's journal, Praxis: Where Reflection & Practice Meet. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Sharkey has worked with adults, children and families in a variety of inpatient and outpatient community mental health and hospital settings in the Chicago area.
Carla M. Beatrici, Psy.D.
IH Society – Smart Love Family Services Inter-Organization Committee Chair
Intrapsychic Humanism Study Group Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Carla Beatrici is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy to individuals of all ages and with a specialization in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beatrici is the Director of Clinical Services of an not-for- profit organization Smart Love Family Services located in Oak Park and Chicago. The clinic provides a range of services including counseling for all ages, testing services, and parent education seminars. Dr. Beatrici runs the counseling program where she provides clinical supervision. She has also developed and implemented Smart Love and Inner Humanism staff training programs for healthcare professionals in many settings, including Easter Seals, Early Head Start, the American Medical Association, and Children’s Memorial Hospital. These trainings focus on helping caregivers create positive caring relationships with children as a way to build stable inner self-esteem. Dr. Beatrici is an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola Medical Center where she teaches Developmental Theories to psychiatry residents.
Tamara T. Garrity, Psy.D.
IH Society – Smart Love Family Services Inter-Organization Committee Member

Dr. Tamara Garrity is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience. She is currently the Director of Training and Staff Supervisor at Smart Love Family Services, with office locations in Oak Park and Chicago. Along with treating patients, she manages the Internship and Postdoctoral training program. She leads a weekly training seminar on various mental health topics with the use of Inner Humanism and the Smart Love book principles. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient units, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient counseling centers, and therapeutic day schools. She has a specialty in the treatment of eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, and child and adolescent psychotherapy. In addition, Dr. Garrity has a unique awareness of multiculturalism as a bilingual, spanish-speaking psychologist.
Michael Zakalik, Psy.D.
IH Society – Smart Love Family Services Inter-Organization Committee Member

Dr. Michael Zakalik received his Psy.D. at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations of children, adolescents, parents and adults. Dr. Zakalik has worked within residential facilities, public and therapeutic day schools, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient services. Dr. Zakalik has experience in all these settings with helping children and families effectively cope with trauma and loss. He has also provided parent education seminars on important mental health topics to parents in the community. Dr. Zakalik supervises doctoral candidates and staff at Smart Love Family Services. In addition, Dr. Zakalik is the Director of Marketing in which he collaborates with physicians, medical staff, educators, and schools in an effort to connect the OPRF community to supportive resources and mental health services.
Carol Johnson, LCSW
IH Society – Smart Love Family Services Inter-Organization Committee

Ms. Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years of clinical experience. She received her MSW from Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work. She has been a psychotherapist at Smart Love Family Services since its inception, where she is Director of Staff Development and a clinical supervisor. She has extensive clinical experience with children, teens, couples, adults and older adults. She was formerly a teacher and school social worker in elementary and middle schools. In her current role, she has developed and presented many seminars and provided consultation on IH and Smart Love topics to parents, schools and community agencies including Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, Easter Seals Headstart and held a parenting group for Cabrini Green residents. Ms. Johnson has written and presented several seminars for the IH Society on topics including parent guidance, and promoting caregiving relationships in schools. Ms. Johnson taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work.
Julia Wright, LCSW
Continuing Education Committee Chair

Ms. Julia Wright is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Julia’s 15 years of experience include working with children and families of diverse backgrounds in residential and school settings. Julia joined Smart Love Family Services in 2015 as a psychotherapist helping children, adolescents and adults pursue their innate desires for wellbeing. She is a clinical supervisor at Smart Love as well. Julia also enjoys providing parent counseling, helping parents better understand their children’s behavior and enjoy their relationships with their children.
Sara Johnson, Ph.D., LCSW
Membership Committee Chair

Sara Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of clinical and administrative experience. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including: a child welfare agency, a therapeutic day school, a substance abuse program, and outpatient counseling centers. Dr. Johnson also has extensive experience coordinating and evaluating services for children and families in the foster care system, as well as providing supportive services to individuals with special needs and disabilities. Dr. Johnson received her MSW and Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago where she has served as an adjunct faculty member.
Emily B. Carroll, A.M.
Membership Committee

Emily B. Carroll received her A.M. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 1966 and her B.A. in Psychology and English from Smith College in 1964. Mrs. Carroll was most recently Clinical Supervisor at the Juvenile Protective Association and also served as Program Manager for the Smart Love Parenting Center. She was Coordinator of the Emergency Housing Program at the Stone Institute of Psychiatry of Northwestern Memorial Hospital for seventeen years and the Senior Social Worker in adult inpatient psychiatry at Northwestern for eleven years. She has also worked at United Charities of Chicago, Stock Yards District and Madden Mental Health Center.. She has taught social work interns from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago, and Art Therapy students from the School of the Art Institute. As a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine she supervised and taught medical students and interns.
Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D.
Intrapsychic Humanism Study Group Committee Co-Chair

Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D., is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She teaches immunology and microbiology to medical and graduate students. Her research in immunology and genetics has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and her work has resulted in over one hundred publications. She served as President of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), an organization of over six thousand immunologists in the United States. She received the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She uses the principles of intrapsychic humanism in her roles as director of a research laboratory and as chair of her department.
Ilinka Novakovic, LCSW
Intrapsychic Humanism Study Group Committee

Ms. Novakovic is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice with over a decade of experience providing individual psychotherapy and parent counseling for adults. In her work as a psychotherapist, her goal is to help her clients recognize their self-worth and to build on their innate potential for happier and more constructive lives. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Novakovic is a part-time staff member at Smart Love Family Services, an agency whose counseling services are based on the theoretical approach of Inner Humanism. Ms. Novakovic was a participant in the development and implementation of the agency’s parent seminars, child development courses, and parent coaching and consultation programs. Ms. Novakovic has presented seminars to parents about child rearing and the social, emotional and psychological development of children. She has also developed and presented to other practitioners and mental health providers on the theory of Inner Humanism and its application in their settings.
Stephen Budde, Ph.D.
Research Development Committee Chair

Stephen Budde, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Executive Vice President of the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA), a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a part-time therapist and researcher at Smart Love Family Services. Dr. Budde has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a researcher, teacher, administrator, trainer, consultant, and therapist. He has provided consultation on best practices, evaluation, and quality improvement to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force, non-profit child welfare and mental health agencies, and philanthropic foundations. Dr. Budde’s research and practice interests include the power of relationships and relationship oriented intervention strategies, implementation and outcomes evaluation, continuous quality improvement, engagement and retention in services, psychiatric hospitalization outcomes, clinical decision making, conceptualizing and measuring child well-being, mental health interventions in early childhood and schools, and philosophy of science.
Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.
Research Development Committee

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., is an author and psychotherapist who works with children and parents, and serves as a consultant to agencies and other mental health professionals. She co-authored with the late William J. Pieper, M.D., Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind, describing the comprehensive psychology, Intrapsychic Humanism, and the psychotherapy approach based on that psychology, Inner Humanism, which comprise the intellectual foundation for the Intrapsychic Humanism Society. Dr. Pieper also authored the self-help book, Addicted to Unhappiness: Free Yourself from Moods and Behaviors that Undermine Relationships, Work, and the Life You Want; and the parenting book, Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child, which is the foundation for the non-profit agency, Smart Love Family Services. She has authored two best-selling, award winning children's books, and numerous articles and presentations. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Radcliffe College, Martha Heineman Pieper earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago.