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Better Marriages North Carolina Council is a group of couples who believe in marriage, know that a good marriage takes some work, and that communication with other married couples really helps improve our own relationships. We are affiliated with Better Marriages, a nonsectarian nonprofit which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are not affiliated with any religious denomination. The North Carolina Council invites you to consider making your marriage the best it can be. Help yourself while helping others!
Register Now for Better Marriages NC 2016 Event!

Join Better Marriages North Carolina to learn about "Building a Healthy Marriage" at our event on Friday, April 8, 2016 through Sunday, April 10, 2016. We will gather at Lake Junaluska Resort, just west of Asheville, for some special marriage enrichment time. Register at the event page here, or download the brochure and registration form here.

We hope to see you in April!
Please look through our website and see how you can participate with other North Carolina couples.

Educating Couples for Vibrant, Lifelong Relationships

We all want the same thing, whether our relationship has just begun or we've been married for years: We want a
healthy, mutually-satisfying relationship with the one we love. Check us out. We're confident you'll find something that serves your interests well. Better Marriages North Carolina exists to serve you as a couple, whatever the stage of your life and relationship.
  • We have resources you can use to strengthen the connection between you and your partner.
  • We sponsor statewide events, to stimulate your ongoing growth together.
  • We sponsor marriage enrichment groups where couples gather for mutual support and encouragement.
  • We even offer training for couples who want to have an impact on the lives of (or, 'lead and influence') other couples.

You don't have to be a member of Better Marriages to attend meetings, though we do encourage you to join. Better Marriages NC seeks to promote and provide enrichment opportunities and resources that strengthen couple relationships and enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment, and family wellness. Its programs are educational in nature and are not intended as therapy or counseling.

Mission and Vision


To promote better marriages by providing enrichment opportunities and resources to strengthen couple relationships, increase intimacy, and enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment, and family wellness.


To create a network of couples building healthy marriages by providing marriage education and enrichment opportunities in partnership with other public, private, and faith-based organizations.


In September of 1967, and at the age of 60, David Mace moved to Winston-Salem, NC to become a Professor of Sociology with the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Previously David and his spouse Vera had jointly served as executive directors of the American Association of Marriage Counselors from 1960-1967, and even earlier during the 1940’s as joint directors of the Marriage Guidance Council in England. They would both move to the United States in 1949 when David would begin his first decade of professorship at Drew University in New Jersey, before finally making their last move to North Carolina.

Following a lifetime of “working for better marriages”, David and Vera would establish the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME) on their fortieth wedding anniversary in July of 1973. Following their slogan for ACME, “to work for better marriages, beginning with our own”, David and Vera would create an organization that married couples could join to express their support of marriage and grow in their marriage relationship. This emphasis would significantly differ from their earlier focus on counseling and intervention, and instead focus on enrichment and education. According to David Mace:

“Our hope was that it might be quite natural (with no direct religious, political or professional connections of any kind) and might, therefore, become a coordinating agency for other organizations that were developing programs in this new field; that it might undertake the task of setting standards for leadership; that it might encourage the development of local chapters which could promote in their communities the cause of better marriage.” (Mace, Close Companions, 1982).

Following the lead of David and Vera, a small group of North Carolina couples, many from the Winston-Salem area, soon joined to establish the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment North Carolina Council. With a focus on marriage support groups and education, the North Carolina Council has grown to include local chapters and marriage enrichment groups from Asheville to Wilmington.

Additionally, the North Carolina Council has presented an annual marriage enrichment conference for three decades, historically during the month of February. Most recently, following the lead of the national organization (Better Marriages), our state council has undergone a name change, becoming known as Better Marriages NC, and has continued to operate with one of the largest state memberships nationally. Additionally, North Carolina is the home of the Better Marriages national office, located in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Upcoming Event: 2016 North Carolina Organization's Marriage Enrichment Event

“Building a Healthy Marriage”
April 8, 2016 – April 10, 2016
Lake Junaluska Resort

We are excited to present the 2016 Better Marriages North Carolina conference, “Building a Healthy Marriage.” Each session is designed to assist couples in building healthy and fulfilling marriages. This year’s retreat will consist of seven speaker couples presenting on various topics that will assist couples in creating healthy or healthier marriages.
You can register at the event web page here, where you will have the option to pay online or by check. Or you can download the brochure and registration form here.

Conference registration cost is $149 per couple - early bird special. After March 1, 2016, cost increases to $169 per couple. Registration fee covers all workshops, Friday dessert social, three meals on Saturday and breakfast Sunday.



Friday, April 8, 2016
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.      Registration
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.     Dinner Buffet on your own
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.       Welcome
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.        Keynote presentation
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.      *Social (dessert bar)

Saturday, April 9, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       *Breakfast buffet
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   President couple presents
9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Workshops
11:45 a.m. – Noon     Business Meeting
Noon – 2:00 p.m.   *Lunch/Couple free time
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Workshops
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Workshops
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    Tandem cycling (optional)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.     *Dinner buffet
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.     *Dancing (group exercise)

Sunday, April 10, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.        *Breakfast buffet
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    President couple presents
9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Workshops
11:00 a.m. – Noon      Closing

*Included with registration fee


Friday, April 8, 2016
“What Is a Healthy Marriage?”
-Wayne & Turner Tamberelli
Keynote presentation
Wayne and Turner completed their leadership training in 2013 and Advanced Leader Training in St. Louis in 2015. They are the current President-elect couple and will assume the Presidency at the Lake Junaluska retreat. They are also Professional Life Coaches specializing in relationship coaching. They believe learning should be fun and often use humor or theater in their teaching.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
“A Healthy Way To Start Our Day”
- Wayne & Turner Tamberelli

“Food For Thought”
- Jim and Kathy Weidner
Jim and Kathy Weidner have been married 15 years and have belonged to Better Marriages for almost as long. They are currently wrapping up their fourth year as the NC President Couple of Better Marriages. Professionally, Kathy works as a dietitian and Jim works as an Attorney. Together they try to keep things legal and balanced when they discuss diet, meal planning and nutrition at home. Jim has diabetes, and Kathy has experience telling people with diabetes what to eat and when to eat. This makes for some great dialogue! Like Jim says: "When you eat only healthy foods, you might not live longer, but it will seem a lot longer!" Jim and Kathy look forward to sharing their topic: "The way to a couple's heart, is through a healthy diet! Building a Healthy Marriage through a good diet and dialogue!”

“Managing Time For a Healthy Marriage”
-Reginald and Julia McClain
Reginald and Julia McClain have been married for 19 years. They will celebrate 20 years in September 2016. In October 2015, the McClain's became a Trained Better Marriages Leader Couple. They aim to become a Certified Leader Couple for Better Marriages. This is their first time facilitating a workshop at the NC Better Marriages Annual Conference. They have been members of Better Marriages for three years. Reginald is a Facilities/Maintenance Technician and Julia is an Executive Assistant at NC State University (Raleigh, NC).

“Marriage Vision Statement”
-Lee & Alice Carnes
Alice and Lee have been married for seven years. They met on Match.com and attended their first Better Marriages conference in 2009. They completed their Leadership Training in August 2014 in Maine and their Advanced Leadership Training in July 2015 in St. Louis. This is their second time facilitating a workshop at the NC Better Marriages Annual Conference. They are avid bicyclists and love to travel. When vacationing they look for bicycling adventures on rail to trail byways.

“I’ve Got Your Back: Developing Trust”
Tandem Cycling - Optional
-MJ & Larry Lieberman
MJ and Larry have been married for 33 years. They have been members of Better Marriages for 14 years. They are actively involved on the state board of North Carolina Better Marriages and have completed one Leadership training class. Larry was the “dragee” to Better Marriages and to the Leadership training. The only way MJ could get him involved was to suggest teaching a class on tandem cycling, which they have done for over 18 years together. They both feel they have had an incredible experience as a couple riding together and wanted to share it with others. Larry says, he loves his wife for dragging him into this organization. They both look forward to sharing what we have learned.

Sunday, April 10, 2016
“Growing Your Marriage Garden”
-LaTricia & Anthony Smith
Anthony and LaTricia Smith are marriage educators who believe in the beauty of marriage and enjoy sharing the joy (and sometimes pain) of marriage with others. They are a trained Better Marriages Leader Couple and had the pleasure of leading a Marriage Enrichment Group for military and veterans in the Fayetteville area. Anthony and LaTricia have been married for 26 years and are currently reveling in the joys of empty nesting.

“Build a Strong Marital Home Through Teamwork”
-Mary and Jerry Elder
Jerry and Mary Elder, serve as the President Couple on the Better Marriages National Board of Directors. The Elders are retired and live on Lake Conroe inMontgomery. After marrying in 1981, they attended their first marriage enrichment retreat and joined their first MEG in 1982. They are a certified leader couple and active in the leadership of state and local marriage enrichment events. The Elders are past president couple for the Better Marriages Texas and the Austin Chapter and were honored to receive a Special Recognition Award from Better Marriages in 1992. They enjoy spending time with their five sons and grandchildren, traveling and volunteering. Jerry and Mary believe their involvement in Better Marriages has been responsible for the success and happiness they experience in their marriage.

Make your hotel reservations today by calling Lake Junaluska Resort at 1-800-222-4930. Registrants have until March 31, 2016 to make reservations. Tell them you’re with the North Carolina Better Marriages retreat to receive the conference rate of $86 per night. Our rate is guaranteed through April 1, 2016, so make your reservations TODAY!

Past Event: 2015 North Carolina Organization's Marriage Enrichment Event

A great group of couples enjoyed a fantastic conference/retreat in Cary, NC, on March 6-7, 2015 to explore the theme of "Unplug to Connect: Disconnecting from Distractors to Enhance Your Relationship." In addition to top-notch presenters and meaningful opportunities to enjoy inentional dialogue, the event featured fun time for socializing and sharing between couples. You can see more about the program by reviewing the brochure here.

Past Event: 2014 "Let Love Lure You In" Marriage Enrichment Event

A great group of couples escaped to a romantic mountain inn for a weekend filled with education, connections and experiences focused on enriching their marriages! We gathered on April 4-6, 2014, at the Lake Lure Inn, where scenes from the iconic movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.
A highlight of the wonderful weekend was the program facilitated by expert leaders Clay and Jane Turner, who guided couples to help everyone discover the full potential in their marriages. You can check out the print brochure here.

Past Event: 2013 North Carolina Organization's Marriage Enrichment Event

Couples had a wonderful time at the Better Marriages NC's annual conference on February 8-9, 2013, in Clemmons, NC. Using the theme of "Keep It Simple Sweetie," we offered quality sessions designed to help couples look at their relevant issues.  Presenters were local experienced favorites who present marriage enrichment in very entertaining and meaningful ways, and married couples had the opportunity to hear and dance to your favorite love songs during the conference! This was a great time to connect with other couples committed to their marriages and it was definitely a weekend to remember. Check out the brochure here.

Past Event: 2012 North Carolina Retreat and Conference

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fantastic marriage enrichment experience in western North Carolina on Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2012. From quality sessions designed to help couples look at their relevant issues, to fantastic local mountain music, dancing and dining where couples connected with others committed to their marriages, to exclusive time to enjoy the area's beautiful offerings, this was certainly a weekend to remember. To see more about the program, take a look at the brochure here.

Past Event: 2011 North Carolina Retreat & Conference

We had a wonderful time in 2011 at our annual retreat and conference. Using the theme of "Stop in the Name of Love: Relax, Reconnect, Renew," more than 40 couples gathered in Raleigh to focus on enriching their marriages. To see more about the program, take a look at this brochure.

Visit these links to view a variety of materials for a wide range of couple interests, available from the Better Marriages national website:

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning about marriage enrichment groups or education opportunities in your area, please contact us by email.

North Carolina Board Members

Jim and Kathy Weidner
Charlotte, NC

Jean and Ray Brewer
Winston-Salem, NC
Turner and Wayne Tamberelli
Rocky Mount, NC
Arthur and J'Metria Anderson
Raleigh, NC

Jean and Skip Larson
Clemmons, NC
Cranford and Othella Johnson
Asheville, NC
Elaine and William Matthews
Garner, NC
David Salman and Nancy Mayer
Durham, NC
Larry and MJ Lieberman
Charlotte, NC
If you are interesting in serving on the board, please contact Kathy and Jim Weidner

Marriage Enrichment Group Contact Couples

Cranford and Othella Johnson
Asheville, NC
Ann and Dennis Wooten
Burlington, NC

Jim and Kathy Weidner
Charlotte, NC
David Salman and Nancy Mayer
Durham, NC

LaTricia and Anthony Smith
Fayetteville, NC

J’Metria & Arthur Anderson
Garner and Clayton area, NC

Jean and Ray Brewer
Winston-Salem, NC
Marci and Paul Staten
Wilmington, NC
Turner and Wayne Tamberelli
Wilson/Rocky Mount/Greenville areas, NC
Nancy and Carl Terry
Other Areas in NC


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