Editorial Review Board

Attachment Parenting International's Editorial Review Board takes a leading role in shaping new content created within the Publications Team.

Rita Brhel


Rita Brhel, API Leader, is API's Publications Team Coordinator and Managing Editor of The Attached Family and APtly Said.

Rita 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 a peer counselor for Sidelines High Risk Pregnancy Support Network.

Rivkah Estrin

Rivkah Estrin, CBE, is a pregnancy consultant, childbirth educator and postpartum doula for The Orchid Nest/The Palms Birth House in Delray, Florida, USA. She and her husband have 4 children.

Linda Folden Palmer

Linda Folden Palmer, DC, has served with API in a number of functions since 2001. She has 1 grown child and is the author of Baby Matters.

Samantha Gray

Samantha Gray, API Leader, is API's Executive Director and serves locally as leader of TriCities Parenting API near Bristol, Tennessee, USA.

She and her husband have 3 children. 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.

Shoshana Hayman

Shoshana Hayman is a regular contributor to API's APtly Said and The Attached Family.

She and her husband have 6 children and live in Israel, where she is the founder and director of the Life Center, 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.

Lisa Lord

Lisa Lord is a Project Assistant for API's Publications Team, primarily assisting with The Attached Family and Parent Compass.

She and her husband have 2 children and live in Ireland, where she works as a copy editor.

Katherine Wilson-Thompson

Katherine Wilson-Thompson, IBCLC, RLC, is a Lactation Consultant in private practice in Bristol, Tennessee, USA.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, CEIM

API's Editorial Review Board

Lysa Parker (Lisa) received both her bachelor’s in education and her master’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences specializing in human development and family studies. She earned her designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations in 2004 and was the 2014 president for the Southeast Council on Family Relations. Lysa is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). 


As cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API), a nonprofit parent education & support organization, she served as the executive director for thirteen years. Prior to her involvement with API, she was a special education teacher helping children with multiple handicaps and learning difficulties for twenty years.


Lysa has dedicated her life to improving the way children are treated and is a recognized authority on parenting. She is the coauthor of a new book titled Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children (HCI, 2013) and the co-developer of a new curriculum based on her book. The first edition of Attached at the Heart won the 2009 Book of the Year Gold award from Foreword Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national, international, and local radio and TV programs. In 2014 Lysa was a presenter at a local TEDx event. Currently Lysa is a writer, speaker and parenting consultant in private practice at www.parentslifeline.com.  She is the mother of two grown sons, a stepdaughter and is the grandmother of four grandchildren and lives with her husband in the Huntsville, Alabama area.           

Judy Sanders

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

She and her husband raised 5 children. Judy is the former Editor of Northwest Baby & Child and a professional actress and vocal artist. She is currently a La Leche League Leader and has served a number of functions within LLL International, including on the Board of Directors. She has also volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

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