Strengthening New Zealand through Choice Theory psychology

Management Committee

The management committee of the Institute meets four times a year. All committee members who are  volunteers,  are members of the WGI-NZ and have completed at least a Basic Intensive Training with the Institute.

Bette Blance


Born in Morrinsville, Bette has been studying and teaching Choice Theory since the 1980s. For over a decade she was a presenter of the Glasser-based professional development program Excellence in Teaching in Queensland schools. She is a Basic Intensive Trainer with the William Glasser Institute. Bette returned from Australia with her husband to Morrinsville to live in the home where she spent her childhood. Serving two years on the William Glasser International Board has been a highlight for Bette.  She co created the six hour workshop Take Charge of Your Life that has been translated into five different languages and presented around the world. She is a member of the Piako Toastmaster’s Club and the Morrinsville Lyceum Club.  She volunteers at the Morrinsville Museum and is on the committee of the Morrinsville Historical Society .

Cassie Cross


Cassie is the Auckland Regional Coordinator and keeps in touch with people in her area by regular emails. She is completing her Basic Practicum.  Cassie attended the Los Angeles Conference in 2012 and was delighted to meet Dr Glasser.  She is part of the Conference Committee helping to make this 2014 event a memorable one.

Carol Glover


Raewyn Whiteman Thorne


Raewyn is a farmer’s daughter from the north who journeyed away to a career in teaching… children with disabilities at Levin, male prisoners in Turangi and then Resource Teacher Guidance and RTLB in Tokoroa. During that time she also ran family homes and completed her counseling degree. She now works as ASPEL Coordinator at Tokoroa North school working with children, their families and staff. Raewyn completed by Glasser Basic Training with Maggie and a wonderful group of mainly RTG’s in the late 1990s and has recently completed a practicum. With her “fairly new” husband Mike Raewyn runs a B&B/wedding/videography business in Putaruru. Their shared family is scattered through Australia and New Zealand. Raewyn enjoys people, coffee, travel, music and I love our grounds, not always sure about the gardening. Life is busy but Choice Theory is part of her life and the Reality Therapy questions roll off her tongue.

Regional Co-Ordinators

Regional Co-ordinators for the Institute are the principal contact for training information about the Glasser Institute in their regions. All co-ordinators are volunteers. The Regional Coordinator’s Welcome Pack can be accessed through the Members Login.

Cassie Cross


Cassie has read many of Dr Glasser’s books, attended professional development programs and has applied the theory in her classrooms as a tutor of adult learners. She attended the International Conference in 2012 in Los Angeles .  She continues to arrange Glasser regional meetings in Auckland and is keen to see the Institute in her area grow and develop as her firm commitment to making the world a better place for everyone who is important to her. She has recently undertaken her Basic Intensive Training and is enrolled in a Basic Practicum.

Judith Brown


Judith originally hails from Wellington but has taught in different areas of the country and in many types of schools. She is presently teaching at Peachgrove Intermediate School in Hamilton and is part of the leadership team there. She was originally introduced to Choice Theory during the 90s. It made total sense and she has retained her belief and interest in it since then. She has recently committed to further training and is completing her basic practicum this year. Judith enjoys the gym, reading and is a member of the Decorative Arts Society.

Raewyn Whiteman-Thorne


Raewyn works at Tokoroa North School as APSEL/Coordinator/Special Educational Needs Coordinator O.  She uses her  knowledge of Choice Theory to work with children.

Hawkes Bay


Nicki Andersen


Nicki is married to Duanne, mother to Daniel and step-mum to Jesse and Kristie. She and Duanne enjoy four-wheel driving and organising 4×4 fundraising events. Nicki is a registeredPrimary school teacher currently working as a Resource Teacher: Learning & Behaviour in Palmerston North. She is a certified Irlen Screener and has recently become Certified in Choice Theory / Reality Therapy / Lead Management and intends to become a Faculty Member as soon as possible.

Barbara Hay and Norah Jennings


Barbara Hay is Principal at Koraunui School in Stokes Valley where Norah Jennings is a classroom teacher. Norah is the leader at the CTRT team at the school which has been a ‘Glasser’ guided school for nine years. Norah has a high sense of fun and enjoys providing her students with many FUN opportunities in learning adventures.  Norah achieved Choice Theory Reality Therapy Certification at the European Conference in Edinburgh in 2009

West Coast


Lyn Evans

Nelson/Golden Bay

Lyn Evans is the RTLB Cluster Manager based at Motueka South School.  



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