Editorial Review Board

Attachment Parenting International's Editorial Review Board take a leading role in shaping future issues ofThe Attached Family, the quarterly print magazine and online magazine available free to API members.

Rita Brhel


Rita Brhel is the Managing Editor of API's The Attached Family magazine, API's Publications Coordinator, and leader of Hastings API, Nebraska, USA.

She is also a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and volunteers as a peer counselor through Postpartum Support International and Sidelines High Risk Pregnancy Support Network. Her background is in rural development and agricultural journalism. She and her husband have three children.

Rivkah Estrin

API's Editorial Review Board

Rivkah Estrin, DONA, is the Co-editor for the annual New Baby issue of API's The Attached Familymagazine.

She is also a pregnancy consultant, childbirth educator, postpartum doula, and the Managing Editor of the International Doula magazine. She has four children.

Linda Folden Palmer

API's Editorial Review Board

Linda Folden Palmer, DC, has served with API in a number of functions since 2001.

She is the author of The Baby Bond. Her background is in chiropractics. She raised one child.

Samantha Gray

API's Editorial Review Board

Samantha Gray is API's Executive Director and leader of TriCities Parenting API, Tennessee, USA.

She is also a La Leche League Leader and a parent educator for the Nurturing Parent Program and the Guiding Good Choices and Support School Success curriculums. Her background is in population services. She and her husband have three children.

Shoshana Hayman

API's Editorial Review Board

Shoshana Hayman is a Senior Editor for API's The Attached Family magazine and a Contributor to The Attached Family online magazine.

She is also the founder and director of the Life Center in Israel, through which she translates and publishes Attachment Parenting books in Hebrew and follows up with their workshops curriculums. She is also Israel's Regional Director for the Neufeld Institute. She and her husband have six children.

Jan Hunt

API's Editorial Review Board

Jan Hunt, MSc, is a member of API's Advisory Board.

She is a child psychologist, the founder and director of The Natural Child Project, author of The Natural Child, member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and member of the advisory boards of Holistic Moms Network and the Child-Friendly Initiative. She raised one child.

Lisa Lord

API's Editorial Review Board

Lisa Lord is Managing Editor of API's The Attached Family online magazine.

Her background is in hedge fund management. She and her husband have two children.

Patricia Mackie

API's Editorial Review Board

Patricia Mackie, MS, LPC, is API's Professionals Liaison and leader of Naperville API, Illinois, USA.

She is also a marriage and family therapist and is the author of the "Three's a Crowd" curriculum for new parents. She and her husband have two children.

Barbara Nicholson

MEd, CEIM, API Cofounder

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in Education, specializing in learning disabilities. She taught school in the Texas school system before moving to Nashville, TN in 1980, where she became a Leader with La Leche League International, an educational and support organization for breastfeeding mothers. She led meetings and led parenting workshops for over 25 years. She is trained as a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program and has spoken internationally about the relationship of societal violence and parenting practices. She is also a certified educator in Infant Massage (CEIM), through Infant Massage USA. Ms. Nicholson co-founded Attachment Parenting International in 1994 and served as the President of the Board for 15 years. She is the co-author with Lysa Parker of a new book, Attached at the Heart, 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children (HCI publishing, 2013) and a parenting curriculum of the same title based on the book.  She and Ms. Parker are conducting trainings for the parent education program around the U.S. She is the mother of four adult sons and lives with her husband in Nashville, TN .www.attachmentparenting.org   www.attachedattheheart.com 

Lysa Parker

API's Editorial Review Board

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, is API's Co-founder, API's Executive Director from 1994 to 2007, member of API's Board of Directors, leader of API of Huntsville/Madison, Alabama, USA, and co-author of Attached at the Heart.

She is also a certified family life educator, a La Leche League Leader, and a facilitator for the Nurturing Parenting Program. Her background is in special education. She and her husband raised two children.

Christina Roberts

API's Editorial Review Board

Christina Roberts, PhD, is a Research Writer for API's Journal of Attachment Parenting.

She is also a researcher in smoking cessation at the University of Minnesota's Division of General Internal Medicine. Her background is in family social science and marriage and family therapy. She formerly worked at the Institute of Child Development, where much of the ground-breaking work in attachment research began. She has one child.

Judy Sanders

API's Editorial Review Board

Judy Sanders is a member of API's Board of Directors.

Her background is as Editor of the Seattle newspaper, Northwest Baby & Child, and as a professional actress and vocal artist. She is a La Leche League Leader and has served a number of functions within LLL, including as a member of the Board of Directors. She has also volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. She and her husband raised five children.

Courtney Sperlazza

API's Editorial Review Board

Courtney Sperlazza, MPH, is the Managing Editor of API's blog, APtly Said.

Her background is in public health research. She and her husband have two children.

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