Volunteer Staff

The small but mighty staff of Attachment Parenting International (API) is made up of a core group of volunteers dedicated to the Eight Principles and to promoting Attachment Parenting in the community. Their hard work can only continue with support from members and donors like you. Won't you consider helping them continue their good work?

Contacting Us

Attachment Parenting International 
P.O. Box 4615 
Alpharetta, GA 30023 
phone/fax (800) 850-8320

If you have a comment or concern, or want to help with a project, feel free to contact us directly by email, by leaving a message at (800) 850-8320, or, if you are unsure which person you need to contact, by submitting a message on our Contact Us page. We will return your email or phone message as soon as possible. You may also wish to check out API's FAQ section for answers to many common questions.

Volunteer Staff Directory

The following teams make up API's Volunteer Staff. For a list of available volunteer positions amongst these teams, review our volunteer descriptions.

Samantha Gray

Executive Director
Business Management Team Coordinator

 

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
Managing Editor

Rita leads our Publications Team and serves as Managing Editor of The Attached Family and APtly Said as well as various editorial projects.

She and her husband have 3 kids and live near Hastings, Nebraska, USA, where Rita works as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Rita is also a member of the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition's Leadership Team and Community Breastfeeding Initiative Taskforce, and a member of Breastfeeding USA's Editorial Review Board. Rita volunteers as an API Resource Leader and a peer counselor for Sidelines High Risk Pregnancy Support Network.

Stephanie Petters

API Reads/ APedia Program Coordinator

Stephanie currently provides assistance in the areas of Admin Support, API Reads Coordinator, and Bibliography Review Committee Coordinator.

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.

Alexis Schrader

Media Partnerships Coordinator

Alexis coordinates API's outreach efforts to our many media partners. Her main task is to select content that will best represent API and introduce mainsteam parents to Attachment Parenting.

She is also an API Leader, stay-at-home mom and recovering litigator. When she's not busy with one of those things, she enjoys baking bread and attempting yoga while her toddler climbs on her.

Tina McRorie

Parent Education Program Coordinator

Tina McRorie is the leader of Monterey Bay Parenting and an Accredited Attached at the Heart Parenting Educator. Before becoming involved with API, she earned degrees in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and New College of California and worked as a social worker in the foster care system.

When not volunteering for API or working on launching her parenting education career, Tina enjoys reading, dancing, singing, hosting playdates, which, now that her two boys are teens, are called “hanging out,” eating the delicious food her husband Jeff makes, and napping. Tina’s family lives in Soquel, California, USA with three wonderful cats and their Corgi mix, Moxie.

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.

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.

Veena Kumaraswamy

Technology Support

Veena Kumaraswamy is a Freelance web developer,bookkeeper and a preschool teacher with a diverse experience of over 12 years.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from an University in India. 

She believes in the principles of Attachment Parenting and tries to get the word out for new parents and the benefits of it for the entire family.In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, cook, play tennis and cross country ski.

Kendra Godfrey

Co-Contributor for Connections

Kendra Godfrey, MS, is the API of Iowa City support group leader.  Prior to staying at home with her daughter, she worked as a marriage and family therapist in California. She is passionate about attachment theory and evidence-based strategies that help people create and maintain strong connections with those they care about, as well as understanding what life experiences may affect those connections. She enjoys staying at home with her daughter and their many pets while her husband attends medical school.

Aprile Denny

Development Team

Aprile enjoys putting to work her skills of critical thinking, writing, and research. She has previously worked in public and academic libraries, and currently writes applications for non-profit organizations seeking 501(c)(3) status. Away from the office, she is an avid runner, having raced nearly every distance from 5k to marathon. She is never caught without a book to read, and is often dreaming of the next place she can travel to. She can be reached on twitter @AprileDenny 

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.

Valerie Kirk

Publications Team

Valerie Kirk has a BA degree in English from Hunter College. She enjoys reading and writing. For the past couple years, Valerie has been working in education. She is originally from the East coast, but recently moved to the Midwest.

Tina Metsala

In June 2015, Tina obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical & Professional Writing through Indiana University-East. While there, she became a member of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. She has an Associate’s Degree from Rasmussen College for their Medical Administrative Assistant program. She has worked as a medical secretary at a clinic near Minneapolis, MN for 17 years. She is currently working two internship programs: one as a technical writer for a medical technology and services company and the other as a writing and editorial intern for a book publisher. With these two internships, along with the research work she is doing for API, she is not only gaining invaluable experience but determining which type of work I intend to pursue as a career in the writing industry.In her free time, she works part-time as a store clerk. She enjoys hanging out at home with her husband and “the kids” (their two dogs, one cat, and seven chickens).

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.

Jennifer Smith

Web Content

Jennifer holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition and currently works as a dietitian and diabetes educator in her community.  Over the years, she has worked with all ages and stages from newborn and up.  She’s also very passionate about web design and development and has experience in tele-health and blogging with Wordpress.  She enjoys a good cup of tea (or five!) every day and loves spending time with her husband and two children hiking, biking, and taking pictures.

Victoria Davis

Grant Writing Team

Victoria Davis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Promotional Communications and a M.S. in Human Services. Her interests include family life education, writing and community service. Ms. Davis currently serves as an advocate for children and families in the nonprofit sector. She hopes to build stronger families and communities through the gifts she has been given. Some of her hobbies include singing, writing on her blog Live Positivelee, yoga and spending time with family. Ms. Davis looks forward to furthering her mission to inspire others as she joins the API team.

Christy Sensenig

Office Manager/ Volunteer Liaison/ Professional Liaison Assistant

Christy is part of the API team and provides assistance in various areas: Office Manager, Volunteer Liaison and Professional Liaison Assistant. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Community Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Leigh Kaminski-Wohar

Instagram Community Manager

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.

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