Memories & Musings of JO BOWENS LEWIS, PsyD

Jo Bowens

It is with great sadness that VISIONS share the news of the life transition of Dr. Jo Bowens Lewis, Senior Associate.

Inspirational psychotherapist and change agent Josephine Bowens Lewis was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 27, 1943 to the late Bishop Joseph T. and Clara W. Bowens. Dr. Lewis was a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Teaching and Supervisory Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. “Jo,” as she preferred to be called, was a gifted psychotherapist, conducting workshops and consultations nationally and internationally.

Jo and her husband, Mark Wise, co-founded The Center for Cooperative Change in 1983, providing psychotherapy, ongoing training programs, workshops and executive coaching and consulting as well as speaking engagements to agencies, organizations and corporations. She was a Senior Associate for VISIONS, Inc. and an Associate Trainer with the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. She also served as an editor of The Women’s Journal, past Chairwoman of the US Association of Transactional Analysis and past Board member of the International Transactional Analysis Association. Jo was the heart and soul of her family with an incredibly loving, nurturing and giving spirit. She was also a key inspiration, role model and change agent in her work, greatly admired by her colleagues and mentees. She was an unsung leader and (s)hero in her field, and thousands were touched by her empowering and inspirational approach to personal and organizational change. Jo leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Dr. Mark Wise; her daughters, Yvonna Bullard and Clarita Smith; her grandchildren, Summerlyn and Ian Smith, Isabella Mae and Ava Boes; her sisters, Marilyn Bowens, Sheila Kelsey, and Carla Bowens; and countless extended family members, devoted friends, clients, colleagues and others.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Donations can also be made to the VISIONS / Jo Bowens Lewis Memorial Scholarship to continue Jo’s work of leading others to being the change they want to see in the world.

The Memorial Service was held on Friday, July 18th at 1 p.m. at: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 306 Peyton Rd. SW Atlanta, GA 30311. SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 16, 2014