API Staff and Volunteers

Reedy Hickey

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Reedy Hickey is a La Leche League Leader and Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of Georgia, and is on the Board of Directors for AnotherLook, as well as API. She is the mother of a daughter and son-in-law, a son, and foster mother to 32 foster babies as they awaited adoption, one at a time. She has practiced Attachment Parenting with all of these children.

Judy Sanders

API's Board of Directors

Judy connected with La Leche League in 1965 and has been involved ever since, serving in many ways, including time on the LLLI Board of Directors. Judy and her husband, Gordy, raised five children: Rick, Dave, Kathleen, John, and Maria. She cannot imagine who they all would have been without the loving philosophy of LLL woven into their family. Twelve grandchildren enrich her life. She delights in seeing her children and their spouses matter-of-factly and lovingly parenting their unique families. 

Judy edited Northwest Baby & Child, a Seattle newspaper for families with babies and small children. She has worked as a professional actress and produced vocal concerts. Among her volunteer work she served as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. Judy lives in Seattle and exchanges grins with babies whenever possible.

Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith, PhD, CFLE

Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith received her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations with a doctoral minor in Psychology. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies where she serves as co-coordinator of the Developmental Science concentration in the Psychology PhD program.

Her primary research focuses on how parent-child relationships influence children's development, especially children's peer aggression and social competence.

A second but related area of research interest is in parents' disciplinary practices. Dr. Curtner-Smith teaches graduate courses in Parent-Child Interactions and Children of Divorce and is certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.

Christine Orrall

Volunteer Staff

Samantha Gray

Executive Director
Business Management Team Coordinator
Parenting This Week Newsletter Editor

Attachment Parenting International's Executive Director and Business Management Coordinator, Samantha Gray, works with API's staff, Board of Directors and Business Management Team members to ensure that our organization is continuing to meet the mission and vision of API. She also ensures that all aspects of our organization are running efficiently and effectively.

She welcomes comments and concerns about API or information that you might not be able to address with another staff member.

Art Yuen

Business Development Team Coordinator
Journal of Attachment Parenting Research Editor
Research Fluency Editor

Art Yuen is API's Knowledge Coordinator and an API accredited leader of API NYC. She holds a degree in finance-accounting and practiced business analysis and research in the financial industry before shifting her focus to the social sciences and parenting fields.  Art serves API in business roles and is increasingly involved in initiatives to develop, compile and disseminate API’s research base.  She lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

Rita Brhel

Publications Team Coordinator
The Attached Family Editor
Interim Editor, Leader Connections

Rita leads our fast-growing Publications Team. This team works to provide amazing digital and print publications that not only offer parenting support but also education regarding the science behind Attachment Parenting. Rita is also API's editor of our wonderful quarterly publication, The Attached Family Magazine. She manages various aspects of The Attached Family, including content, layout, and production communications.

If you have comments or concerns about The Attached Family Magazine or another one of our publications or would like to submit an article for one of our upcoming issues, please contact Rita.

Leader Liaison/Education & Support Team Coordinator

The Leader Liaison provides assistance and support to API Support Group Leaders and Resource Leaders striving to educate and support parents practicing AP throughout the world. If you are an API Leader needing assistance, please contact the Leader Liaison.

The Education and Support Team Coordinator works with a skilled and dedicated team. We are focused and committed to offering a variety of tools, resources, and materials to API Leaders, Leader Applicants, volunteers, members and communities. Projects include enhancing and updating processes and procedures that impact our organization, creating and distributing resources and materials intended to provide ongoing growth and satisfaction, and creating and maintaining connection with those who give their time, energy and resources to API. Anyone wishing to offer ideas or time to assist with API's focus of education and support can contact the Education and Support Team Coordinator. We welcome and appreciate your input and contribution.

Lisa Feiertag

Leader Applicant Liaison

Lisa oversees the application process for people interested in becoming API Support Group Leaders. Lisa works with leader applicants from the beginning of their process, learns more about their understanding of Attachment Parenting, level of empathy, and leadership abilities, and assists them as they complete the process of becoming support group leaders.

Please contact Lisa if you have questions about the application process or if you would like to begin the process of becoming an API Support Group Leader.

Stephanie Petters

Membership Liaison
"API Reads" Section Editor

API's Membership Team is coordinated by Stephanie Petters. She and her team work to improve and maintain API's growing Family, Professional, and AP Friendly membership programs. This team also aims to offer timely responses to questions or concerns regarding membership.

Naomi Davidson

Technology Coordinator

Naomi has a B.S. in Business Management and brings 20 years of professional technology experience to API. She currently works from home full-time as an IT Business Analyst for Burkhart Dental Supply which she has been employed with since 2001. Naomi’s motto in life is "Be passionate." She feels that volunteering for API as the Technology Coordinator and an API Leader, is the best way to feed both her passions -- Attachment Parenting and Technology. Naomi is happily married with 4 adult step-children that she loves as her own and 2 young daughters who are her life at home. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and exploring nature with her family.

Patricia Mackie

"Forget Me Not" Section Editor
Professionals Resource Highlight Newsletter Editor
Professional Liaison

Patricia Mackie is API's Professional Liaison, and is an API accredited leader of Naperville API. She has a Masters degree in clinical psychology, with a specialty in marriage and family therapy. Originally from Alaska, Patricia and her husband Joe are raising their two amazing kids in Chicagoland, where she feels privileged to be surrounded by an amazing community of AP families.

Please contact Patricia if you are a Professional who works with families or in the field of attachment.

Kit Jenkins

Communications Team

Jennifer Yarbrough

Advertising Account Manager

Jennifer, mom of twin three year old boys, holds a BS in Business Administration and has a background in advertising and sales, with experience working at two universities. Jennifer is currently working on her API Leader accreditation and works part-time from home as a virtual assistant. She is passionate about attachment parenting and hopes to be able to help parents, especially parents of multiples and/or children with special needs, learn more about attachment parenting. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and twins, who always keep her laughing and learning.

Kelly Bartlett

Facebook Page Coordinator

Kelly is a contributing editor and monthly columnist for The Attached Family magazine on the topic of positive discipline. She is a freelance writer as well as an API Leader and a Certified Positive Discipline Educator. You can find more of Kelly's work at www.kellybartlett.net.

Alexis Santman

Educational Materials Development

I am the mom of a wonderfully wild 2 year old son named Cash. I have a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a focus on Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I currently work part time for a Chiropractor and am so fortunate to be able to do a lot of that work from home. I love being a mom more than anything, am a proud supporter of Attachment Parenting and love finding ways to share the messages of API. My husband Shane, Cash and I love to go camping, and love traveling pretty much anywhere there is a beach to be played on.

Alissa Smith

APtly Said blogger

Alissa and her family (son Solomon, 1 and husband Levi) live in Denver, CO. She has been a childcare provider for the last 6 years, and brings her experiences with families of all shapes and sizes to API. Please visit her website at www.anewhistory.com for more information as she strives to live purposefully through attachment parenting, purposeful homemaking, and more.

Alma L. Ramos-Gilbert

Spanish Translator – Project Based

Alma L. Ramos-Gilbert has a BS in Communication with a double major in Spanish. She's also a Social Worker, graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work. Alma is a native Spanish speaker and originally from Puerto Rico. She recently moved from NYC to Omaha, NE, where she hopes to become involved with the local chapter in Lincoln. Having worked in the communications field since 1997, Alma enjoys helping others and using media outlets to express different points of views. Alma became interested in Attachment Parenting prior to the birth of her 3 year-old son in 2006. Alongside her husband, she has enjoyed actively practicing attachment parenting. The hardest thing about her son growing up according to Alma, is not being able to wear him any longer!

Amanda Nicolosi

Data Administrator

Amanda has a BS degree from Georgia Tech and worked the past 11 years in the IT industry with focus in large database management systems. Mandy is now a full time stay at home mother. She and her son enjoy their days exploring nature and enjoying life. Mandy enjoys her drawing hobby and aspires to write children's books. Mandy has been an active member of API of North Fulton GA since 2006.

Amy Dorn

Project Assistant

Amy Dorn received her BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia. She worked for many years in banking and finance, most recently as an equity trader for Morgan Keegan & Co. (now Raymond James). She and her husband, Chris, have recently become first time parents to their son, Graye. Amy was introduced to API through infant massage and Barbara Nicholson.

Ashley Ryan

Contributing Editor

Ashley Ryan is co-founder of Busy Moms Parenting and author of The Happy Child Guide, whose mission is to help mothers achieve greater home, work and life balance through self-love and empowerment. Ashley spent many years looking into the "modern mothers dilemma" of maintaining balance in our busy, fast paced culture. She lived overseas in India and Asia to inquire into this global epidemic working with many of the world's leading parenting authorities. Ashley continues to help mothers live their fullest potential and strongly believes that "busy moms can have great kids too".

Beatriz Collado

Assistant Volunteer Liaison

Beatriz Collado is joining API as the assistant volunteer liaison. Beatriz Collado has a B.A. in English and Education and an M.S. in Literacy and Learning. Beatriz has been a teacher of Language Arts in Winter Garden, FL for the past 7 years and has recently moved to Long Island in New York. She is now a stay at home mom to her daughter, Riley. Beatriz is the proud mother of two girls, Charlie Elizabeth and Riley Soledad.

Bonnie Coffa

Grant writer

Bonnie is a mother to a rambunctious, delightful 2 yr old boy and a scientist. She has a PhD in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and currectly resides in Richmond, VA. She is a Texas native (San Antonio), who recently moved from Nashville, TN (where she first learned about AP, thanks to the wonderful women in the Nashville API chapter). She is interested in utilizing her skills (grant writing) and training to promote and educate families about the benefits of attachment parenting.

Bonnie Maize

Assistant Leader Liaison

Bonnie has a B.S. from Kansas State University and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. She's now a full-time mom to two amazing boys, and enjoys knitting, reading, volunteering, and gardening in her spare time.

Camille North

API Links Editor

An attached parent of a preteen, a tween, and a teen, Camille North volunteers withAPI Links and blogs on APtly Said. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband of fifteen years and fills her days with homeschooling her three children. She has a master's degree in biopsychology and spent her pre-mom life in scholarly publishing. A Leader-in-Training with API, Camille is most interested in showing families with young children that Attachment Parenting continues to be just as important with older children as it is with babies and toddlers. She blogs about homeschooling, parenting, and her chaotic, eclectic life at The Eclectic Mom.

Christy Sensenig

Office Manager

Christy is joining the API team as Office Manager. She has two amazing children, ages 7 and 21, and has an incredibly supportive husband. She has experience and certification in working with children that have intellectual differences and their families, and with children in foster/adoptive care. She is currently traveling full-time with her family in a 38-ft motor home with the world as their backyard. She is so excited to be a part of the API team and looks forward to serving families through this wonderful organization.

Dedra Keoshian

Forum Administrator

Dedra is the Administrator of Attachment Parenting International's Online Forums. The forums provide members of the AP community an opportunity to discuss API's Principles of Parenting, connect with others in their area, and much more. If you have any questions about the forums, or an interesting and creative idea for generating revenue through it, please contact Dedra.

Denise Durkin

Publications Contributing Editor
Online Contributor

Denise Durkin, M.A., is an early childhood mental health consultant who specializes in helping caregivers with their children's ‘challenging' behaviors. Mental health is holistic health – the health of the whole child. When we use multiple lenses through which to view a child to keep them feeling safe and balanced, they have greater capacities for developing strong self-regulation skills needed for successes throughout life. Denise blogs about all ages of children from this perspective of discerning what a child's behaviors are telling us, and how by seeing the child and approaching challenging behaviors through these lenses of holism, we can immediately help almost any child. Denise's website is www.OurHolisticKids.com.

Holly Brewster

Treasury Resource Liaison, E&S Team

I live in Austin, Texas with my husband Chris, my 4 year-old daughter Lucy, and 1 year-old son Simon. I am a long-time member and treasurer of the South Austin chapter of API. This group has been invaluable to my experience as a parent and I enjoy giving back at the local and national level. In addition to numerous volunteer positions, I also really enjoy playing soccer, gardening, and cooking. I am a lawyer and before having kids I was the Procurement Director at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. My husband Chris is also an attorney, plays the banjo, and is an amazing partner in this parenting adventure.

Jenni Ascher

Teleseminar Transcriptionist

I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and I am mama to Joey, 6, and Ina, 2. I have been involved with API locally since my son was a baby. I have benefited from API in so many ways - being supported and offering support and also increasing my education as a parent. I love to give back to a great organization that has given me so much information over my years of parenting. I am a music educator by degree, and play marimba in my spare time. I am a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) and work from home in addition to staying home with my children. I will be using these skills to assist API in transcribing teleseminars to have these available in text format.

Jessica Monte

Publications Photographer, Publications Team

Jessica Monte is a passionate professional photographer in the Washington, D.C. metro area. After completing degrees in English and pursuing work as a writer and teacher, Jessica discovered photography, a love and an art that grows with her everyday. Capturing those most precious of moments and making them last is what gives meaning to her work. Jessica specializes in fine art portraiture for children, newborns and maternity, and weddings. Her philosophy as a photographer is to establish a connection with clients and create a fun, playful atmosphere where good photos happen. Because of her background in writing and editing, Jessica's close eye for detail and precision as well as her intuition for knowing what works allows her to create the perfect photos for a wide range of clients.

Jessica is excited to create and contribute photographs for Attachment Parenting International. Photos that emulate love, connection, and family are at the heart of her work. She hopes that her work helps to strengthen relationships between parents, children, and the family's community at large.

Jillian Amodio

APtly Said blogger

Jillian Amodio is an author, writer, speaker, and Attachment Parenting advocate. First and foremost however she is a wife and mother. Jillian believes that family is life's most precious gift. Her passion for family and parenting has led her to devote much of her work to educating others about topics pertaining to family, marriage, and parenting. Visit her website and blog to learn more about her work.

Judy Sanders

Older Child/Teen Editor for The Attached Family

Judy connected with La Leche League in 1965 and has been involved ever since, serving in many ways, including time on the LLLI Board of Directors. Judy and her husband, Gordy, raised five children: Rick, Dave, Kathleen, John, and Maria. She cannot imagine who they all would have been without the loving philosophy of LLL woven into their family. Twelve grandchildren enrich her life. She delights in seeing her children and their spouses matter-of-factly and lovingly parenting their unique families.

Judy edited Northwest Baby & Child, a Seattle newspaper for families with babies and small children. She has worked as a professional actress and produced vocal concerts. Among her volunteer work she served as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. Judy lives in Seattle and exchanges grins with babies whenever possible.

Julie Hunter

API's Spanish Translator

Julie is API's Spanish translator and has been working with the Leader Applicant Liaison to help Spanish-speaking applicants through the process of becoming leaders. She is currently working on translating API's Leader Guidelines into Spanish. Julie lived in Spain for five years before returning to the United States, where she worked as a Spanish professor before her daughter was born. She is excited about helping get the word out about API in Spanish-speaking countries. Please feel free to contact Julie if you have any questions or need anything translated into or from Spanish.

Julie es la traductora de español de API y ha estado trabajando con la Leader Applicant Liaison para ayudar a los candidatos con el proceso de convertirse en lideres de los grupos de apoyo. También traduce los Leader Guidelines de API al español. Julie vivió en España por cinco años antes de volver a EEUU, donde trabajó como profesora de español antes de empezar su familia. Julie está muy contenta al ayudar a promover API en los países de habla hispana. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Julie si tiene cualquier duda o pregunta, o si necesita algo traducido al/del español.

Katelynne Eid

Publications Contributing Editor

I am a relatively new stay-at-home mom to a wonderful baby girl, Morganna. I love being home to help her explore the world and watch her learn new things every day! I am passionate about empowering parents to make informed decisions and trusting their gut when it comes to raising their children. I am working with API as a volunteer writer and web editor.

Kathleen Mitchell-Askar

Pregnancy & Birth Editor and the Feeding with Love & Respect Editor
The Attached Family Senior Contributing Editor

I am a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful children. I enjoy playing with my kids at the park, going to the beach, and doing yoga. I did not know about attachment parenting as a philosophy until after the birth of my second child but practiced it naturally with my first. I believe attachment parenting makes children and parents happy, and happy families will go into the world as peaceful people and make a positive difference.

Kathryn Abbott

Connections Editor

Kathryn Abbott has been passionate about AP ever since she looked into her newborn daughters' eyes over seven years ago. She has volunteered with API in some way since 2008 and currently serves as a co-leader for a local support group. Kathryn and her husband, Chris, have two sparkling daughters, who are their inspiration. Chris's Navy career keeps them moving around the country and this has helped Kathryn know the value and importance of support for the parenting journey. She loves spending her days with her children, reading, being in nature, gardening and creating community.

Kelly Johnson

Events Assistant

I am a stay at home mom with an amazing 4 month old son. I practice co-sleeping, babywearing and breastfeeding. I have a BBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting. I'm trying to get my own business going so I can continue to stay at home. I love sewing and crafting in general, as well as making cloth diapers and accessories. I am always on the quest to make my home more "green", so I make most of my own cleaners. I also blog in my free time.

Lauren Osborne

Pinterest Liaison

Lauren is responsible for the API Pinterest presence. This includes keeping Pinterest up to date with the most relevant API information and to keep it as an active source for those looking to learn about API. She is the mother of a sweet toddler little boy who keeps her on the go. Lauren has benefited immensely from API and hopes to provide ways for others to know about API. She is also in the process of becoming an API Leader. Lauren is an avid reader and enjoys the outdoors and family time with her husband, son and dog.

Leyani Redditi

"Ask a Leader" Section Editor
Assistant Leader Applicant Liaison

Leyani has extensive experience as a teacher and teacher educator. She currently co-leads the API of Greater Atlanta chapter. Originally from San Francisco, she now lives with her husband and two young daughters near Atlanta, GA.

Ingrid Prosch

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Julia Fuller-King

API Advocacy Manager

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Journal of Attachment Parenting Research Editor

Lisa Chiu

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Lisa Lord

Editor of TheAttachedFamily.com
The Attached Family Lead Content Editor

Lisa is editor of TheAttachedFamily.com and copy editor for several API publications. A native of southern Maine, Lisa now lives near Dublin, Ireland, with her Irish husband and two young boys. She has worked both in health care as a registered dietitian and in hedge fund administration.

Maryam Jadali

Legal Advisor, Business Team

Maryam Jadali is an attorney, specializing in business law. She graduated law school magna cum laude. She also has a B.S. in Business Management from Stony Brook University, where she graduated with honors as well. Maryam has experience working as an attorney for small law firms, big international law firms, well-known international corporations, as well as volunteer lawyers associations. Maryam has a 2 year old daughter, Mina, whom she loves spending time with. Maryam enjoys the company of her family and friends, traveling to new and familiar places, reading and learning, and a good cup of coffee/tea. Maryam has a passion for children's rights and their right to be treated with respect, compassion and love. Maryam leads API's initiative to bring Attachment Parenting to those involved in the legal system and families in need.

Michel Rasmussen

Graphic Designer

Michelle Dunne

Forum Moderator

I am a stay-at-home mom to six fabulous children, ages 22 to 6. I am currently homeschooling the youngest, whose birth was the catalyst for my husband and me to transition from non-ap parenting to embracing the 8 attachment principles of API. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading,scrapbooking, and learning every day. I value my faith in God, my commitment to spending time with my extended family, and living the most authentic way possible. API has encouraged me to dig deep and follow my instincts. I hope to support other parents in doing the same thing.

Naomi Aldort

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Naomi Aldort is the author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves. Parents from around the globe seek Aldort's advice by phone, in person and through her workshopsteleclasses, by reading her book and by listening to her CDs/MP3. She is an engaging public speaker who has lectured in conferences, colleges and private events. Aldort's guidance has transformed the lives of families around the world. Her advice columns and interviews appear in attachment parenting, homeschooling and other progressive parenting magazines worldwide in English and other languages.

Naomi Dwyer

Leader Focus Group, E&S Team

She is the mother of Owen, Emmett and Irene. She lives in Frederick Maryland where she co-leads the local API group. In addition to working with the leader focus group she also is a moderator on the API forums. Outside of her family and API activities she also runs a local chapter of a birth support group, helps administrate a peer to peer breastmilk sharing group and runs the FB based 'I Nursed in Public in Frederick, Maryland' to help normalize NIP in her area. She also blogs at standardspicywhatnot.blogspot.com

She enjoys cooking, sewing and painting. Naomi genuinely enjoys her time at home with her kids and adores being together with her middle school teacher husband, Brian.

Nat Fialho

The Attached Family International Content Editor

Nilufer Devecigil

Turkish Translator

Nilufer Devecigil, M.A received Transpersonal Counseling Psychology degree from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. She has been a practicing psychotherapist specializing in parent-child relationships and developmental issues. She is currently working at Kuraldisi in Istanbul practicing play therapy. She also has her own private practice where she gives seminars on parenting and provides counseling for both children and adults. She has a 3.5 year old girl called Irmak.

Rivkah Estrin

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Sandy Donovan

Communications Team

Sandy works with the API research and communications teams, including bringing API's featured research to parents through its annual AP Month education campaigns.

Sandy Gordon Frankfort

Contributing Editor for APtly Said

Sandy Gordon Frankfort is a proud Attachment Parent and loving Mother of two boys. Sandy founded her company Baby Love Wrap based on her firm beliefs in Attachment Parenting. She writes in order to connect and share with others on this amazing journey of Life. Please join Sandy and her family on their trip around the world at Four Love of the Globe and get involved in the discussions all things, Parenting, Life and Love. Stay connected on Facebook as well on Baby Love Wrap and Four Love of the Globe. Much Love and Support to all of you doing the most important and rewarding job on Earth.

Sheena Sommers

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Shoshana Hayman

The Attached Family Senior Contributing Editor

Stacy Jagger

Contributing Editor

Stacy Jagger, MMFT, is the founder of Music with Mommie, a high-energy, interactive mom/child connecting class that strengthens relationships while teaching important life skills to young children through music, movement and creative play. Stacy has a Bachelors Degree in Music and Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with the focus of her private practice on womens' issues, parenting, mom/child attachment and family play therapy. She speaks and sings for retreats, conferences and women’s events, and lives with her husband and three children on a hobby farm outside her hometown of Nashville, TN. www.musicwithmommie.com  www.stacyjagger.com

Stephanie Dahl

Responding with Sensitivity Editor for The Attached Family

Stephanie Dahl is a National Board Certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She left her teaching career shortly after the adoption of her first child and prior to the birth of her first biological child. She has been a member of API since 2008. Writing has been a vehicle for understanding and improving her experiences and roles as a mother. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two daughters.

Suzanne P. Reese

The Attached Family Contributing Editor

Suzy Landreth

Forum Senior Moderator

I am the mother to eight children, four boys and four girls ranging in age from 25-6. I am a longtime volunteer. I lead the API of Lincoln, Nebraska group and have been an API Leader since November 2011. I have been a La Leche League Leader since January 1995 and along with my husband, Tim, taught natural family planning through the Couple to Couple League for eight years. I have been involved in scouting and church-related organizations for over 15 years and have ran various support groups and co-operative classes in our local homeschool community for close to 20 years. I am forever grateful to La Leche League and API for giving me permission to listen to my children and guiding me along the way. Having raised four amazing children into young adulthood, I can say with confidence that AP works!

Victoria Brown

Leader Admin Assistant

Victoria Brown is the mother of seven children ages 21 - 5. She received her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and Zoology. She worked in engineering before having children. She then started working in the field of lactation. She has been a Leader with LLLI for 19 years and an IBCLC for 10 years. She has taught child birth classes for about 15 years. She has been actively involved with groups involved with maternal and infant health. She founded the NC Friends of Midwives in 1997. She currently teaches Kindermusik and reinforces the principles of attachment parenting in her classes.

Leigh Kaminski-Wohar

Parent Education Team

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Education. I am a proud stay-at-home Mama to my son, Luke Owen, who was born in May 2012. I didn't know much about Attachment Parenting before I had Luke, but my instinctual way of responding to him and raising him over the past year has led me to API. I am thrilled to be volunteering with so many wonderful, like-minded people.

Board of Directors

Barbara Nicholson, MEd

API Founder

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in Education, specializing in learning disabilities. She has volunteered for over 20 years with La Leche League International, an educational and support organization for breastfeeding mothers. She is also trained as a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program. Ms. Nicholson co-founded Attachment Parenting International in 1994.

She has spoken to a variety of groups -- including parent educators, psychology students, conference attendees, and juvenile probation officers -- about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence. Ms. Nicholson continues to work closely with API on fundraising and has served on the development committee for the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Program at Vanderbilt University. Barbara is the mother of four adult sons and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE

API Founder & Director Emeritus

Lysa Parker has a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, is a Certified Family Life Educator (C.F.L.E.), and is a trained facilitator for the Nurturing Parenting Program. Ms. Parker is the co-founder of API and served as the Executive Director from 1994 to 2007. She managed program development and public relations and continues to speak to various groups and conferences about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence.

With a bachelor's degree in Education, specializing in special education, she taught in California, Tennessee, and Alabama during her 20-year career, working with children with multiple handicaps and/or learning disabilities. Other experience includes several years of volunteer work with La Leche League International, a nonprofit organization that provides breastfeeding education and support, and as an API Support Group Leader.

She is the mother of two adult sons and an adult stepdaughter and grandmother to twin grandsons. She lives with her husband in Madison, Alabama. Lysa Parker is available for private consultations, personal parent coaching sessions, workshops, and speaking engagements. Visit her web site to learn more!

Janet Jendron

API's Board of Directors

Janet Jendron, President of the Board of Directors, has been a long-time supporter of API. She served for eleven years on the LLLI Board of Directors and many years on the LLLI Alumnae Association Council. Janet has also served on numerous other non-profit Boards, including church-related and wish granting organizations. She has written articles, contributed to books and spoken at conferences throughout the United States on a wide variety of issues related to her non-profit and paid work. The mother of four children ages 31 to 37, she spends as much time as possible with her nine-year-old granddaughter Mary Grace. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina and works full time at the USC School of Medicine in the SC Assistive Technology Program, where she specializes in information technology accessibility, conference planning, equipment reutilization and public relations.

Martha Sears, RN

Registered Nurse & Author

Martha, wife of renowned pediatrician William Sears, MD, is the mother of eight children, a registered nurse, a former childbirth educator, a La Leche League Leader, and a lactation consultant. Martha is the co-author of many parenting books and is a popular lecturer and media guest, drawing on her 18 years of breastfeeding experience with their 8 children (including Stephen with Down syndrome and Lauren, their adopted daughter).

Martha speaks frequently at national and international parenting conferences and is noted for her advice on how to handle the most common problems facing today's mothers with their changing lifestyles. She is able to connect with both full-time mothers and mothers who work full-time because she herself has experienced both. Martha takes great pride in referring to herself as a "professional mother," and one of her favorite quips when someone voices a concern about her having eight children in an already populated world is: "The world needs my children."

Martha and Dr. Bill have in the past been guests on many television shows including 20/20, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, The Dr. Phil Show, and The Doctors. Martha and Dr. Bill are best known for their Sears Parenting Library published by Little, Brown and Company: The Healthy Pregnancy Book, The Birth Book, The Baby Book, The Attachment Parenting Book, The Discipline Book, The Breastfeeding Book, The Fussy Baby Book, The Family Nutrition Book, The Premature Baby Book, The Baby Sleep Book, The A.D.D. Book, and The Healthiest Kid In The Neighborhood. She has also authored, for Harvard Common Press, 25 Things Every New Mother Should Know.

Karen Walant, PhD

Psychotherapist & Author

Dr. Karen B. Walant is the author of the book, Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self. Now in its fourth printing, this book has helped lead the way in the recent explosion of interest in attachment and attachment-based treatment. A pioneer in the application of attachment principles to addiction and spirituality, Walant most recently returned for a second engagement to speak at the Harvard Medical School Treating the Addictions Conference, receiving one of the highest speaker ratings.

Previously, she has been the keynote speaker for MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland Ohio, in a conference entitled Disconnected in Today’s World: Loneliness, Addiction, and Attachment Disorder. She has led all-day clinical workshops on attachment and addiction, such as a full-day sponsored by the Marriage and Family Therapists Association in Amarillo, Texas. She has also spoken at Grand Rounds at Four Winds Hospital-Katonah, NY on topics related to attachment and psychotherapy.

Over the years, Walant has presented at numerous organizations including: The Rockland County New York Psychological Association, The Family and Children’s Aid of Greater Norwalk, CT, The Cincinnati Center for Self Psychology, The Georgia Psychological Association, St. John’s Episcopal Church Parenting Series in North Salem, NY, and The New York Council on Alcoholism. She has developed a parenting series entitled Connection, Cooperation and Communication, and speaks with parents at both public and private schools on issues of attachment, empathy, and emotional intelligence. She is a frequent speaker at The Family University at John Barlow High School and Ridgefield High School. She has taught at New York University School of Social Work and is a supervisor for private practitioners in the wider New York Metropolitan area.Walant is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. from New York University in Social Work.

She served nearly 20 years on the Advisory Board of Attachment Parenting International and is a contributor to their newsletter. She is the current President of the Parents’ Association and a Board of Trustee member at The Harvey School, and started the HarveySpeaks program, a unique Family University-style program adapted to the needs of the school. She maintains a private practice in Ridgefield, CT where she lives with her husband and their teen-age fraternal twin sons. Their daughter, Anna, is rising senior at Pratt Institute, studying Industrial Design, and their sons will graduate from Harvey in 2013. William will be attending Hamilton College in the fall, and Benjamin will attend Rhode Island School of Design.

Art Yuen

API's Board of Directors

Art Yuen is API's Knowledge Coordinator and an API accredited leader of API NYC. She holds a degree in finance-accounting and practiced business analysis and research in the financial industry before shifting her focus to the social sciences and parenting fields.  Art serves API in business roles and is increasingly involved in initiatives to develop, compile and disseminate API’s research base.  She lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

Stephen Knight, JD

Darcia Narvaez

Professor of Psychology at The University of Notre Dame

Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an active blogger at Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and frequently blogs about parenting.  She often writes about the importance of evolved parenting practices that match up with attachment parenting: Primal Parenting/Stone-Aged Parenting/Evolutionary Parenting/ Paleo Parenting. These terms refer to the evolved nest for young children that matches up with their maturational schedules: soothing perinatal experiences, extensive infant-initiated breastfeeding, constant touch, caregiver responsiveness, free play, multiple adult caregivers and extensive positive social support. She brings together scholars from across disciplines for symposia and joint writing projects. She studies and writes about the effects of early life experience on moral development. Her 2014 book is Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom.

She is a leader in the field of moral development scholarship with ten academic books, several curriculum books and over 100 articles and chapters. See her webpage.

She is a Latina who grew up living in different Spanish-speaking countries but with Minnesota as a home base. In prior careers she was a church musician (organist, choir director), classroom and private music teacher (Brent International School in Baguio City, Philippines; King of Kings School in Roseville, Minnesota), middle school Spanish teacher (at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota), and business owner. She also earned a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a published poet. 

Margaret Feierabend

Community Leader and Advocate for Children and Families

With a Masters Degree in Community Health Education, a husband who is a physicianteacher of Family Medicine, Margaret began her community volunteer work in her home of Bristol Tennessee teaching childbirth and parenting classes. Currently she serves on Bristol Tennessee City Council (16 Years), and actively promotes building assets with families, children and youth. Her community accomplishments include being part of establishing several new programs and organizations serving the Bristol area. Bristol has the honor of being identified as one of America's Promise's 100 Best Communities for Children and Youth. 

Margaret is proud of and grateful for her three loving and caring children to whom she is very attached and she is excited about her new role as grandparent of twins.

Patti Lewis

Parenting and Attachment Support

Patti Hope Lewis brings accounting, event planning and Board experience to API, includingfive years on the Board of AnotherLook. She has many years of experience as a La Leche League International (LLLI) Leader in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's served as a parenting and attachment support to many parents in the areas of adoption and special needs. As the entrepreneur of her bookkeeping company, PJ Balances, and the Treasurer of the LLL Alumnae Association, she offers API unique experience. API can also benefit from her expertise as the CFO for Aspen Productions, a full service event company. Patti has three sons: Nicholas, 27; Kevin 24; Harrison, 18. She also enjoys travel, hiking, reading, gardening, ATV riding on dirt tracks and driving her Mazda Miata convertible.

Advisory Board

Stephen J. Bavolek, PhD

President of Family Development Resources, Inc.

Stephen J. Bavolek, PhD, is a recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention and parenting education. Dr. Bavolek's professional background includes working with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in schools and residential settings and with abused children and abusive parents in treatment programs.

Dr. Bavolek has conducted extensive research in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He has conducted over 1,000 workshops, has appeared on more than 50 radio and television talk show programs, and has published numerous books, articles, programs, and newsletters.

He is the principal author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs©, designed to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, and the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), an inventory designed to assess high risk parenting attitudes. Dr. Bavolek is President of Family Development Resources, Inc., and Executive Director of Family Nurturing Centers International.

Sir Richard Bowlby, Bt.

API's Advisory Board

Richard Bowlby, the son of Dr. John Bowlby who first developed attachment theory, worked as a scientific photographer in various medical research institutions where he produced visual aids for communicating research findings.

He retired in 1999 to promote a wider understanding of attachment theory to healthcare practitioners and interested lay people. His present concern is the psychological impact on babies and toddlers being cared for by unfamiliar people in day care who do not develop long-term secondary attachment bonds to one caregiver.

He also gives lectures to a wide range of health care professionals using video material and personal insights to promote a much broader understanding of his father's work on attachment theory. He focuses on wider audiences using video material to help communicate the emotional significance of "Attachment Theory," a potentially dry academic subject with very personally challenging significance.

He supports a range of organizations that address various attachment issues and is seeking ways to help the general public benefit from a better understanding of childhood attachment relationships. His eventual goal is to find ways of "crossing the species barrier" between academics and the general public, to liberate the professional knowledge of attachment theory into the population at large. He is developing a broader knowledge of associated subjects, especially the emerging research about the role of fathers and the long-term significance of their early relationships with their children.

Isabelle Fox, PhD

Psychotherapist & Author 

Dr. Fox received degrees from Harvard/Radcliffe College and UCLA. For 35 years, she was a practicing psychotherapist at the Western Psychological Center, in Encino, California, specializing in parent-child relationships and developmental issues. For 10 years, she was the senior mental health consultant for Operation Head Start in Los Angeles, and she is a frequent lecturer on child development issues.

She is the author of Being There: The Benefits of a Stay-at-Home Parent (Barron's, 1996) and Growing Up: Attachment Parenting from Kindergarten to College (Sun Publishers, 2003). Dr. Fox has posted two articles online dealing with custody and visitation issues involving infants and young children.

She lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and was a stay-at-home parent for ten years. She and her husband are the proud parents of two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Lu Hanessian

Advisory Board

Lu Hanessian is author of the acclaimed memoir Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood (St. Martin's Press, 2004), veteran TV journalist and former NBC anchor of Real Life, Discovery Health Channel host of Make Room for Baby, weekly newspaper parenting columnist, national speaker, and workshop facilitator.

She is the founder of WYSH® (Wear Your Spirit for Humanity) - a unique brand of "socially-conscious" apparel and accessories for children and parents that promote attachment and connection - and is pioneering an educational approach and curriculum for gifted children with special needs called "ENGAGE." She and her husband are the grateful parents of two boys, ages 6 and 9.

Jan Hunt, MS

Child Psychologist & Director

Jan Hunt, B.A. Psychology, M.Sc. Counseling Psychology, is the Director of the Natural Child Project, an attachment parenting/unschooling counselor, and a member of the Board of Directors of the CSPCC (Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). She is also a member of the advisory boards of Holistic Moms Network, Child-Friendly Initiative, and Attachment Parenting International.

Jan is the author of The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart and the bilingual children's picture book A Gift for Baby, and co-edited The Unschooling Unmanual with her always-unschooled son, Jason. Many of her articles are available online at The Natural Child.

Jan envisions "a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion." She lives in central Oregon, and is available for telephone and email counseling worldwide.

William Sears, MD

Pediatrician and Author 

William Sears, one of America's most renowned pediatricians, is the father of 8 children, ages 15 to 40 years, author of over 40 books on childcare, and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. A pediatrician for over 35 years, he currently lives and practices pediatrics along with his three sons Dr. Bob and Dr. Jim, and Dr. Pete in San Clemente, California.

Dr. Sears received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the largest children's hospital in the world, where he served as Associate Ward Chief of the newborn nursery and Associate Professor of Pediatrics. In addition to writing many books and scientific articles, Dr. Sears is a medical and parenting consultant to Baby Talk and Parenting Magazines. Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Royal College of Pediatricians.

"Dr. Bill" (as his little patients call him) and Martha have been guests on over 100 television shows including 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, and, most recently, The Dr. Phil Show, where they are regular guests. Dr. Bill is the on-line pediatrician for Parenting.com. William and Martha are best known for their Sears Parenting Library published by Little Brown: The Pregnancy Book, The Birth Book, The Baby Book, The Discipline Book, The Breastfeeding Book, The Fussy Baby Book, The A.D.D. Book, The Family Nutrition Book, The Premature Baby Book, The Baby Sleep Book, and The Healthiest Kid In The Neighborhood.

Elliott Barker, MD

Psychiatrist & Founder of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (CSPCC)

Canadian psychiatrist and child advocate Dr. Elliott Barker is the founder/director of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (CSPCC) and editor of the quarterly journal Empathic Parenting (no longer in publication). His compassion, insight and zeal have helped parents and professionals world-wide to understand the critical need for treating children with trust and respect.

In the late 60's and early 70's, Dr. Barker was the Assistant Superintendent and Clinical director at a maximum security hospital for the "dangerous mentally ill" in Ontario. His experiences there with psychopathic patients and their memories of early childhood cruelty led him to focus on the prevention of child abuse. As he explains, "It is generally accepted that psychopaths are at best very difficult to treat. But we know how to prevent the 'diseases of non-attachment', as Selma Fraiberg called them. Parents generally seem oblivious to that knowledge. So we founded the CSPCC to make that knowledge better known to parents-to-be."  

Jay Gordon, MD

API's Advisory Board

 In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. After his residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty-four years.

In addition to treating patients, he participates in the training of medical students and residents, lectures all over the world, writes books, and writes a monthly column for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine. He has contributed to “New York Parent,” “Parenting” magazine and has been quoted in the L.A. Times, New York Times, and The London Times.

Dr. Gordon’s first book, the well-received Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow, offers a life-changing plan for families who want to make dramatic changes in health and fitness through nutrition. Brighter Baby, examines the positive effect that attachment parenting, combined with infant massage, has on children’s health and intelligence. Other releases include: Good Night! The Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed and Hug Your Baby, a gentle guide through the first year, which were released summer, 2002. He also published, Listening To Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn, which still gets great reviews from parents. His most recent book is The ADD and ADHD Cure, the Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child.

When the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Television and the Media named Dr. Gordon “the most influential doctor in America,” they were referring, tongue-in-cheek, to Dr. Gordon’s role, as the medical script consultant, in eliminating lollipops from the office of “Doctor Weston,” lead character on the sitcom “Empty Nest.”

After two years of consulting on television scripts, sets, and ideas, Dr. Gordon was named CBS TV’s Medical Consultant for Children’s programming. He also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the “Home Show,” and continues to consult regularly for television and movies. He’s appeared on Fox 11 News, ABC’s 20/20 and most recently on Larry King Live.

Dr. Gordon contributed and wrote the Forward to “Smart Medicine for a Healthy Child” and “The Encyclopedia of Vitamins and Supplements” (both published in 1999), is pediatric consultant for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine and a frequent contributor to “Parents,” “Parenting,” and other media outlets.
Busy as he is, Dr. Gordon finds that his most challenging job is “being a good husband and the best possible parent to my daughter.”

Dr. James McKenna

Anthropologist 
Notre Dame

Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's most prestigious scientific society. That same year and in recognition of his extensive work with television, radio, and print media he received from the American Anthropological Association the “2008 Anthropology In The Media Award” one of the top three awards presented to anthropologists by the association in recognition of his distinguished work in educating the public to the importance of anthropological concepts. 

He received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, his Master's Degree from San Diego State University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Oregon, Eugene, in 1975.

After teaching anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley as a Visiting Assistant Professor for two years, he accepted a tenure track position (in anthropology) at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he was awarded an Endowed Chair, and remained for twenty years. Recruited by the University of Notre Dame in 1997, since then, as was true at Pomona College, he has won every teaching prize he has been eligible for, including most recently the College of Arts and Letters highest teaching award, the Sheedy Award, 2008. 

Initially Professor McKenna specialized in studying the social behavior of monkeys and apes but the birth of his son in 1978 he began to apply the principles of human behavioral evolution to the understanding of human infancy. At the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Neurology his research team pioneered the first studies of the physiology and behavior of mothers and infant sleeping together and apart, using physiological and behavioral recording devices.

Professor McKenna has published over 139 refereed scientific articles in diverse medical and anthropological journals on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine and SIDS, and both here and abroad he gives over 20 lectures especially to pediatric groups and parents. Here in the United States he remains one of the primary spokesperson to the media on issues pertaining to sleeping arrangements, nighttime breast feeding and SIDS prevention. 

He has also published two monographs on SIDS and infant sleep, and co-edited two books:  Evolutionary Medicine (published by Oxford in 1999) and Evolutionary Medicine And Health: New Perspectives, also with Oxford University Press. His first trade book for parents was published in 2008 entitled: Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide To Co-sleeping, and was recently translated and available in Spanish and Dutch.

Alice Miller, PhD (deceased)

Author & Childhood Researcher

January 12th 1923 - April 14 2010

Alice Miller received her PhD in philosophy, psychology and sociology, as well as a researcher on childhood, is the author of 13 books, translated into thirty languages.

Alice Miller received her PhD at the University of Basle and worked as a psychotherapist in Zurich for 20 years. In 1980, she decided to dedicate herself completely to her research on childhood and its tragic influence on the adult's life. Ever since, she is trying to share her knowledge of the decisive persistence of endured child abuse on the entire life and ways of healing.

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

Psychiatrist & Neuroscience Researcher 
The Child Trauma Academy

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized authority on children in crisis. Dr. Perry is the Provincial Medical Director in Children’s Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. In addition, he is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy (www.ChildTrauma.org), a Houston-based organization dedicated to research and education on child maltreatment. Dr. Perry has been consulted on many high-profile incidents involving traumatized children, including the Columbine, Colorado school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Branch Davidian siege.

Peggy O'Mara

Editor, Mothering Magazine

Peggy O’Mara was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995 she founded mothering.com and was its editor-in-chief until 2012. Peggy’s books include Natural Family Living, Having a Baby Naturallyand A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League, International.

She is the recipient of the La Leche League, International 2001 Alumnae Association award, the International Peace Prayer Day 2002 Woman of Peace award, the National Vaccine Information Center 2009 Courage in Journalism award, the Holistic Moms Network 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, and five Maggie Awards for public service journalism from the Western Publishing Association.

Peggy is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Best for BabesHolistic Moms Network, Infant Massage USA, Intact America, and Oak Meadow. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of two. Peggy has lived in Santa Fe, NM for 29 years.

Michael Trout, MA

Director, The Infant-Parent Institute

Michael Trout graduated from Alma College (B.A., cum laude, honors in Philosophy) and Central Michigan University (M.A., Psychology), and did his specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, under Prof. Selma Fraiberg.

In the mental health field since 1968 and in private practice since 1979, Mr. Trout has, since 1986 directed The Infant-Parent Institute, which engages in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment.

He was the founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health; was on the charter Editorial Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal; served as regional vice-president for the United States for the World Association for Infant Mental Health; served on the board of directors (and as editor of the newsletter) for APPPAH — the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Attachment Parenting International. In 1984 he won the Selma Fraiberg Award for “ . . . significant contributions to the needs of infants and their families.”

In 2010, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, for his decades of work with foster and adopted children and their families, at the ATTACh conference in San Francisco.

In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and journal articles, Mr. Trout has produced 14 clinical training videos that are used by universities and clinics around the world, including the six-hour video training series, The Awakening and Growth of the Human: Studies in Infant Mental Health. He has also written and produced four videos focusing on the unique perspective of babies on divorce, adoption, loss and domestic violence.

He is the co-author (with foster/adoptive mother Lori Thomas) of The Jonathon Letters; the author of Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers; the producer of two meditation CD's, including See Me As a Person: Meditations for Sustaining Relationship-Based Care, and The Hope-Filled Parent: Meditations for Parents of Children Who Have Been Harmed; and co-author (with Mary Koloroutis) of the 2012 textbook for healthcare providers, See Me As a Person.

The most important part of Mr. Trout’s work continues to be in his quiet private practice where he sees individuals and families of all ages every week.

Editorial Review Board

Rita Brhel

Coordinator

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

API's Editorial Review Board

Barbara Nicholson, MEd, CEIM, is API's Co-founder, member of API's Board of Directors, an API Resource Leader, and co-author of Attached at the Heart.

She is also a La Leche League Leader, a Certified Educator in Infant Massage, a facilitator for the Nurturing Parenting Program, and has served on the Development Committee for the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program at Vanderbilt University. Her background is in special education. She and her husband raised four children.

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.

Research Group

Wendy Middlemiss, PhD

Co-chair

Wendy Middlemiss received a PhD in Educational Psychology from Syracuse University in 1992. Presently she teaches and completes research at the University of North Texas in the Department of Educational Psychology. She moved here from Penn State University, Shenango, where she had taught in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research has included work in parenting styles and children's competencies, parent education, and infant and toddler sleep habits and their impact on family and children's development. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the National Council on Family Relations, and the American Psychological Association. She is the mother of one son.

Katherine Green, PhD

Co-chair

Katherine Green has a PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in child development, an MS from Troy State in education, and a BS in psychology. She is currently teaching and doing research at Capella University in the School of Education. She has lived in many countries and U.S. states, including three years in the Middle East where she taught in an Arab university and did extensive research into Arabic child and family development. She has also done international research looking at families who practice Attachment Parenting. Her primary research interests and areas of specialization involve cross cultural parenting practices, especially those concerning pregnancy, birth, infant feeding, sleeping, and early education and play. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the International Society for Infant Studies, and the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology. She is the mother of four sons ages 21, 19, 13 and 6, and one 3-year-old girl.

Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith, PhD, CFLE

Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith received a PhD in Child Development/Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991, a MS in Human Development from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1981, and a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 1980. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in parenting and conducts research in the area of parental influences on children's peer aggression and social competence. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development and the National Council on Family Relations. She is a Certified Family Life Educator and a Core Faculty Member in the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several other peer-reviewed research journals. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of several national and local community organizations.

Ann D. Murray, PhD

Ann Murray received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, in 1979, an MA in Psychology from Catholic University in 1969, and a BA from Hollins College in 1967. She is currently Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She teaches courses in child development, infant mental health and development, and assessment of young children. Her research interests include infant crying, parent-infant interactions, attachment, early language development, and the development of high risk infants. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society for Infant Studies, the American Psychological Association, and the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She is also actively involved in the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health and maintains their website.

Lauren Porter is the founder and Co-Director of the New Zealand-based Centre for Attachment. She obtained her BA (East Asian Studies) in 1988 from UNC Chapel Hill and her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University in 1995 and has since been dedicated to working with families, children, and adolescents in the field of mental health counseling and training. Lauren has worked in a wide range of settings and communities, including Germany, the United States, and New Zealand. Her experience has focused on families struggling with issues pertaining to conflict and trauma, including child sexual abuse. She is an Executive Committee member of the Infant Mental Health Association of Aotearoa New Zealand and a consultant for the 2006 and 2007 television series, Nought to Five (TVNZ/Homegrown Television), as well as a regular presenter on TVNZ's Good Morning. She provides regular training for various professional organisations in Australia and New Zealand, including NZ College of Midwives, Australian Lactation Consultants Association, New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association, Child Protective Services of Brisbane, Parents Centre NZ, NZ Neonatal Nurses Association, and Child and Family Welfare Australia. Her current professional focus is the merging of attachment theory with neuroscientific data, with an eye toward the practical applications of everyday life, including topics such as feeding and sleep. Lauren is the mother of two children, ages 4 and 8, and is married to Joel, a clinical psychologist.

Regine Schön, MA

Regine Schön received a MA in psychology from the University of Helsinki in Finland in 2000. She is currently a PhD student in psychology at the same university and is finalizing her Doctoral dissertation on the topic of Attachment Parenting. For more than a decade she has been interested in and researched traditional caregiving approaches, alongside with other research and teaching responsibilities at the University of Helsinki. The aim of her research has been to crystallize optimal caregiving practices for infants. In 2005-2006, Regine also coordinated a joint research project of the departments of Psychology and Applied Sciences of Education of the University of Helsinki, aimed at finding ways of aligning daycare arrangements more closely with inherent infant needs. Apart from her work in Finland, Regine has also lived and/or studied in Austria, Great Britain, the United States, Canada, and Benin, West Africa, and her work has been influenced by her keen interest in cross-cultural matters.

Barbara Nicholson, MEd

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in Education, specializing in learning disabilities. She has volunteered for over 20 years with La Leche League International, an educational and support organization for breastfeeding mothers. She is also trained as a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program. Ms. Nicholson co-founded Attachment Parenting International in 1994.

She has spoken to a variety of groups -- including parent educators, psychology students, conference attendees, and juvenile probation officers -- about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence. Ms. Nicholson continues to work closely with API on fundraising and has served on the development committee for the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Program at Vanderbilt University. Barbara is the mother of four adult sons and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE

Lysa Parker has a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, is a Certified Family Life Educator (C.F.L.E.), and is a trained facilitator for the Nurturing Parenting Program. Ms. Parker is the co-founder of API and served as the Executive Director from 1994 to 2007. She managed program development and public relations and continues to speak to various groups and conferences about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence.

With a bachelor's degree in Education, specializing in special education, she taught in California, Tennessee, and Alabama during her 20-year career, working with children with multiple handicaps and/or learning disabilities. Other experience includes several years of volunteer work with La Leche League International, a nonprofit organization that provides breastfeeding education and support, and as an API Support Group Leader.

She is the mother of two adult sons and an adult stepdaughter and grandmother to twin grandsons. She lives with her husband in Madison, Alabama. Lysa Parker is available for private consultations, personal parent coaching sessions, workshops, and speaking engagements.

Resource Advisory Council

Dr. Gregory Popcak

Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute

Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is the Founder and  Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to tough marriage, family, and personal problems.  The author of almost 20 popular books & programs integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology (including; Just Married:  The Catholic Guide for Surviving & Thriving in the First 5 years of Marriage,  For Better...FOREVER!,  Holy Sex!, Parenting with Grace, Beyond the Birds and the Bees), Dr. Popcak is an expert on the practical applications of Pope John Paul the Great's Theology of the Body. 

Through the Pastoral Solutions Institute, he directs a group pastoral tele-counseling practice that provides over 8000 hours/years of ongoing pastoral psychotherapy services to Catholic couples, individuals, and families around the world.    Since 2001, he and his wife and co-author, Lisa Popcak, have hosted several nationally-syndicated, call-in radio advice programs including Heart, Mind and Strength (Ave Maria Radio), Fully Alive! (Sirius/XM-The Catholic Channel), and most recently, More2Life (Ave Maria Radio--Airing  M-F, Noon-1pm Eastern).  They have also hosted two television series for EWTN (For Better...FOREVER! God Help Me!).   In addition to hosting Faith on the Couch, a popular faith and psychology blog on Patheos.com,  Dr. Popcak's articles appear regularly in periodicals such as Catholic Digest, Family FoundationsTender Tidings, Columbia, and others, and his work has been featured on FoxNews, NPR's Here and Now, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and The National Enquirer.   Dr. Greg Popcak and Lisa Popcak are sought after public speakers and trainers and have been honored to address audiences across North America, as well as Australia, and Hong Kong.

In addition to his ministry work, Dr. Popcak serves on the adjunct faculty of both the undergraduate psychology and graduate theology departments at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he teaches Spirituality and the Helping Professions and Pastoral and Spiritual Direction respectively.  He also serves on the doctoral faculty of the Harold Abel School of Behavioral Health in the  department of clinical social work at Capella University where he teaches Epistemology of Clinical Practice

 

Judy Arnall

Author and Speaker

Judy Arnall is an API contributing author and best-selling author of Discipline Without Distress Judy Arnall. Arnall is founder and director of Calgary-based Attachment Parenting Canada Association. She is the mother of five children and a parent educator.

Maria Giangiulio Blois, MD

Maria Giangiulio Blois, MD, lives in Texas with her husband, Erik, and their four children: Giovannina (8), Alanson (6), Lukas (2) and baby Julia (new!). She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is the author of Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition. Wearing her own babies has provided her with the passion and curiosity to pursue this subject. Dr. Blois lectures across the country about responsive parenting and babywearing to parents as well as medical professionals. She can often times be found wearing her own baby as she speaks. Dr. Blois also volunteers as a La Leche League Leader, providing information and support for women who choose to breastfeed. Learn more at www.drmariablois.com.

Raffi Cavoukian

Troubadour

Raffi Cavoukian, founder of Child Honouring, is a renaissance man known to millions simply as Raffi: a renowned Canadian troubadour, record producer, systems thinker, author, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate, once called "the most popular children's singer in the English-speaking world" (Washington Post).

President of Troubadour Music, among the most successful independent record labels, Raffi was a pioneer in music for children and families: his CDs, tapes, videos, and DVDs have sold over 14 million copies in Canada and the US, and his books, more than 3 million copies. A generation saw him in concert and grew up singing "Down by the Bay" and Raffi's signature song "Baby Beluga." "Beluga grads" often tell him that they're now raising their own kids with his songs.

In his three-decade career, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers, and his triple-bottom-line company has never directly advertised or marketed to children. Raffi has now become a "global troubadour," lecturing and networking to help create a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come. His original philosophy, Child Honouring, is gaining support among eminent thinkers as a holistic organizing principle for a culture of peace. His Covenant for Honouring Children is widely circulated among child development, education, ecological economics, and environmental health circles.

Raffi has published Child Honouring: How to Turn This World AroundResisto Dancing: Songs of Compassionate Revolution, and Raffi Renaissance. With these works, Raffi Cavoukian comes to the world stage as a catalyst for change at a defining point in human history - with an idea whose time has come.

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Singer-Songwriter

Renowned for her pure, powerful songwriting and clear voice, Beth Nielsen Chapman has become one of the most distinctive portrayers of resilience and human vulnerability with an astoundingly diverse and extensive array of songwriting credits.

She has penned hits and written tunes for some very prominent artists whose styles span country, pop, folk, blues, and jazz, such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bette Midler, Andy Bey, and Ute Lempter, including the Grammy-nominated, ground-breaking smash for Faith Hill's "This Kiss," (Chapman/Roboff/Lerner).

Chapman's songs have also been featured on numerous television shows and movies. Throughout her career, Beth has been in demand as a teacher of workshops on creativity, songwriting, grief, and healing through art. The combination of her life experience and her guided tours through the unconscious provide a unique, inspiring approach to the creative process.

Barbara Clinton, MSW

Private Consultant

Barbara Clinton is the former director of the Center for Health Services at Vanderbilt University. As director, Clinton supported community health efforts and linked disadvantaged groups to the university's resources. Clinton was founding director of the Center's award-winning Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker program, which mobilizes women in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia to implement local child development programs. This program was recently honored by the World Health Organization.

Clinton served as an adjunct assistant professor in the Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She has served as an advisor to former Vice President Al Gore, as well as to the Tennessee Commission on Aging, the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, the Appalachian Rural Science Initiative of the National Science Foundation, and several private foundations.

Her work has been recognized with the Families Count Award of the Annie E Casey Foundation and the Oscar van Leer award. She was recently honored with the Mary Jane Werthan Award of Vanderbilt University for her "inspiring and visionary impact on the lives of women at Vanderbilt and beyond."

Bill Corbett, CPE

Author & President of Cooperative Kids

Bill Corbett is the author of the "Love, Limits, and Lessons" program and President of Cooperative Kids. He provides parent education courses and training for parents and professionals and certifies instructors around the globe to teach the material.

Bill is a professional speaker and writer whose syndicated column on discipline appears in parenting publications in many states across the country. He has three grown children and two grandchildren and lives with his wife Elizabeth in Enfield, Connecticut.

Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith, PhD, CFLE

Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith received her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations with a doctoral minor in Psychology. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies where she serves as co-coordinator of the Developmental Science concentration in the Psychology PhD program.

Her primary research focuses on how parent-child relationships influence children's development, especially children's peer aggression and social competence.

A second but related area of research interest is in parents' disciplinary practices. Dr. Curtner-Smith teaches graduate courses in Parent-Child Interactions and Children of Divorce and is certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.

Kathy Gieseke, BS Ed

Chief Financial Officer, Core Technologies

Kathy Diaz is the Chief Financial Officer of, LLC, DBA Core Technologies. She has been a co-owner of the Informational Technology firm for the past 13 years.

Kathy is a founding member of Attachment Parenting International, has served on API's Board of Directors since 1997, and joined the Resource Advisory Council in 2006. She previously dedicated her time to Le Leche League International as an LLL Leader for eight years and has served on the Board of Directors for the Bahá'ís of Nashville since 1988.

Kathy has wonderful experience with children as she has three of her own, ages 28, 25, and 23, and a beautiful seven-year-old granddaughter. All of her children were breastfed, two were birthed at home, and all were home schooled for six years.

Don Henry

Singer-Songwriter

Grammy Award winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Patti Page, and Conway Twitty, by country crooners like Gene Watson, John Conlee, and B.J. Thomas, and by young hit makers of today like Blake Shelton, Lonestar, and Kathy Mattea.

The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned, whether it's campfire favorites, the hilarious "B.F.D." and biker lullaby "Harley," the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., "Beautiful Fool," and, of course, the Grammy Award-winning country classic "Where've You Been."

In addition to a Grammy, Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" won Don (and co-writer Jon Vezner) "Song of the Year" honors from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. "Where've You Been" was the first song to be awarded all four honors in the same year!

Don has recorded three albums so far: "Wild in the Backyard" (1991), "Live at The Bluebird" (2001), and "Flowers & Rockets" (2001).

Molly Henry

Molly Henry is a Certified Positive Discipline Associate and a Planned Parenthood-trained Sexuality Educator.

She is the Parent and Community Education Coordinator, Office Manager, and Human Growth and Development Guide at Abintra Montessori School in Nashville, Tennessee. Molly and her husband, Don, have two children who have thrived in an attachment-oriented home.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC

Author

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist specializing in women's health and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a Research Associate at the Family Research Lab and an Affiliate Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Divisions of Health Psychology and Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a La Leche League Leader, chair of the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Taskforce, and the Area Coordinator of Leaders for La Leche League of Maine and New Hampshire.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is author of more than 160 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, and author or editor of 16 books including The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood (Hale Publications, 2005),Depression in New Mothers (Haworth, 2005), and Breastfeeding Made Simple, co-authored with Nancy Mohrbacher (New Harbinger, 2005). She is on the editorial boards of the journals Child Abuse and NeglectJournal of Interpersonal Violence,Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and the Journal of Human Lactation, and regularly reviews for 27 other journals in the fields of trauma, women's health, interpersonal violence, depression, and child development.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology from California State University, Chico, and a PhD from Brandeis University in Social and Developmental Psychology. She has won several awards, including the Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California State University, Chico.

Rod Kochtitsky, MDiv

A pastoral counselor and psychotherapist with more than 25 years of experience, Rod Kochtitzky (Kuh tit skee) specializes in counseling couples on marriage and relationship issues.

Rod serves couples seeking healing, growth, change, renewal, and enhancement of their relationships through his private counseling practice and through a series of workshops scheduled throughout the year.

Rod has been involved with API as either a board member or Advisory Board member since 1993. Please see Rod's Web site for more information.

Minda Lazarov

Honorary RAC Member - (d. 2012)

Minda Lazarov was a nutritionist whose professional career spanned a variety of positions with government and private nonprofit organizations serving low income families.

She served in several positions with the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including coordinator of the Tennessee Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance and Breastfeeding Promotion Programs and chair of a national committee to address the low rates of breastfeeding among women enrolled in WIC. Ms. Lazarov helped launch the U.S. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) for the US Committee for UNICEF and Wellstart International. She also served as Director of the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) Program for the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services form 1999 to 2006.

Please read API's tribute to Minda's life and work for families.

Carlotta Crawford, CNM

Wendy Goldstein

Dorothy Marcic

Author, Playwright, Professor and US Ambassador

Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a playwright, professor at Columbia University, and a former professor at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers.

She served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to both the United Nations Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, as well as consulting with Ford Motor company, Hewlett-Packard, US Department of State, Bell Labs/AT&T, USAA Insurance and many others.

She is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding ManagementManaging with the Wisdom of Love,Love Lift Me Higher, and RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, which was based on her qualitative content-analysis research of how women are depicted in the lyrics of Top-40 music. Using this research data, Dr. Marcic wrote two hit musicals: RESPECT, which has played 2600 performances in 32 cities to one million audience members/ticket buyers; and SISTAS, which was nominated as Best New Musical on Off-Broadway and has played Off-Broadway for two years.

Lisa Reagan

On a Mother (of a) Quest for 15 years as a journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.
Lisa is a co-founder of the nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living and the executive editor of, Kindred. Her vision of serving Cultural Creative families is currently carried forward through nonprofit collaborations and over 300 international Pathways Connect Gathering Groups sponsored by the award-winning, conscious living magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness.
Lisa shares her personal stories of shifting in features, such as Spiritual Composting, in Kindred. In her presentations at conferences and workshops, she inspires parents to look toward Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, for guidance on transforming themselves as a path to transforming our unsustainable culture.
Her Kindred Fireside Chats and interviews with conscious living leaders, like Deepak Chopra, MD; Paul Ray, PhD; Marilyn Schlitz, PhD; Thom Hartmann; Joseph Chilton Pearce and others, continue to forge the new story of holistic family wellness at a time when the United States ranks dead last for infant, child and maternal wellness among its 40 industrial nation peers.  You can watch her video interviews on Kindred’s Vimeo and You Tube Channels. Listen to her interviews and teleconferences with Dr. Lauren Feder, president of the Holistic Pediatric Alliancehere.
Lisa is featured in the upcoming film documentary, The Love Bomb. Her forthcoming books share her 15 year adventure exploring the conscious living movement.

Chris Wink

The Blue Man Group

Chris Wink, like a lot of students, didn't know where his life was headed, but had a variety of interests and loved to learn. Realizing, however, that learning wasn't a career to sustain life, he started feeling the undeniable pressure to make money. Unfortunately, Chris didn't receive much encouragement to follow what he calls the 'bliss path'. Chris was faced with this challenge to either choose a career that would make him money, also making him unhappy, or to go down the bliss path. With very little, he started the Blue Man Group with his two other friends. This life wasn't about the awards, the fame, or the achievements, but the day-to-day process of preparing for a show and doing what he loves to do with his friends, walking down his 'bliss path.'

Linda Storm

Linda’s degree in elementary/special education gave her skills in teaching and also in writing detailed lesson plans. She put those skills to use as a new mom. She designed the items she wanted in her nursery and then wrote and published her pattern books. Linda is a natural problem solver and wanted to make life easier for parents and babies.

As her children were leaving for college, she learned about infant massage. She began teaching parents to massage their babies in 1999. She taught 3 classes a week for over 2 years until she became a trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage – Sweden. As a trainer she has conducted hundreds of workshops and trained over 1000 educators across the United States as well as in Korea in the United Kingdom. She has written numerous articles, presented workshops at National Conferences such as the Early Head Start, Birth to Three Conference, the National Training Institute for Zero to Three and Prevent Child Abuse America.

In March of 2005, with the creation of Infant Massage USA, she became the Executive Director.

 

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