Since 1982 when Naomi Feil published her first book, the interest in and use of Validation has increased at a fast pace. Naomi founded the Validation Training Institute in 1984 with a professional board of trustees in order to provide the support and structure she found necessary.
Since then Validation Training Institute (VTI), a U.S. based, not-for-profit organization, has progressively developed certification levels, training programs and has formed a network of national or regional Validation organizations.
VTI operations are primarily run by a four-person team and guided by the board of trustees.
Vicki de Klerk-Rubin, Executive Director: Vicki oversees organizational operations and is a Validation Master. She lives in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Jana Stoddard, Manager: Jana oversees the VTI Web site and manages educational materials sold online by VTI. She currently lives in New Mexico.
Dan Hiestand, Grant Writer & Fundraising Professional: Dan oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts. He currently lives in Oregon.
Edward G. Feil, Webmaster and e-learning Coordinator: Edward handles many of the organization’s technology issues and research efforts. He currently lives in Oregon.
Board of Trustees
The VTI Board of Trustees is an 11-member body that meets quarterly for formal meetings, normally by teleconferencing. In addition to governance and fundraising tasks, the board’s goals are to promote Validation by offering guidance and support to Authorized Validation Organizations (AVOs); establishing regular communication between VTI and the European and North American Validation Associations; and overseeing VTI marketing and promotional materials. Trustees include members representing the health, education and technology sectors from around the U.S. Currently, the board is made up of five women and six men representing four countries (France, Germany, The Netherlands, and the U.S.) with ages ranging from the 30s through the 80s. Future plans call for board expansion into additional European markets.
The goals of VTI are to disseminate information, train interested individuals and maintain “the spirit of Validation.” Validation is now being practiced throughout the world. There is a need to provide information and training in each country in its own language. For this reason VTI works with Authorized Validation Organizations (AVO’s). These organizations are contracted with VTI to provide information, training and protect Validation. In principle, each AVO has at least one certified Validation Teacher or Master who can offer quality training programs to interested individuals in the region. Information which is distributed by VTI is translated into the regional language and made available. New publications and materials are also created by AVOs, dependent on the needs of the local clients. Each AVO develops its own menu of products and services. VTI offers support, advice and checks the quality of what is offered.
Validation Training Institute
Vicki de Klerk, Executive Director
Tel: (+31> 70 212 8048
Jana Stoddard, Manager