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Susan Allison

Dr. Susan Allison earned her masters in Counseling Psychology and her doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and has helped numerous people achieve what modern medicine might term spontaneous recoveries, including the overnight disappearance of diagnosed cancer, the disappearance of excruciating pain almost instantly, the restoration of peripheral eyesight, and the relief of depression effortlessly. Dr. Allison has achieved these results with a unique four-step process which she reveals in her new book Empowered Healer: Gain the Confidence, Power and Ability to Heal Yourself. She has combined disciplines from her traditional practice as a psychotherapist with her training in a number of alternative healing methodologies--including hypnotherapy, shamanic healing, Reiki, Reconnective Healing, and energy medicine. Susan is also author of Conscious Divorce, Ending a Marriage with Integrity and Breathing Room. She was named “Woman of the Year” in California for her counseling work. View Guest page

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Tanya A. Alvarado

Many parents today find that there children need special attention because of various disabilities which make it harder for them to benefit from conventional school programs. With all the cuts in school budgets today and classroom size increasing, special education seems even harder to arrange. Yet autism and related disorders is on the increase, and we have children with hearing and visual impairment, as well as slowed development in various areas, and other health and learning impairments. There are federal and state laws that require special education programs for these children, but obtaining appropriate help can seem overwhelming. Today I am pleased to welcome a true expert in this field, Attorney Tanya Alvarado, who will help us understand what resources are available under the law, what the process looks like, and when to seek an experienced attorney to help with the process. Just about everyone knows someone who has a child who needs extra help, so do listen in. View Guest page

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Jean Antonello

Jean Antonello has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse. She struggled with her own weight for 17 years, going on multiple popular diets, watching her weight come back with a vengeance once it was lost, and leading a dieting lifestyle which left her feeling out of control. After finding that numerous experts and publications could not explain the problem she and millions of others were facing with the yo-yo diet effect, Jean began her own studies. She discovered that the problem was not a psychological one or even the effect of eating too much and not moving enough. Instead it was a natural physiological effect which she could work with, instead of fighting against her body. Jean has helped families around the world and her groundbreaking books include How to Become Naturally Thin by Eating More, Naturally Thin Kids, inspired by working with her daughter, and Breaking Our of Food Jail, for those with eating disorders.. Find out how to never diet again! View Guest page

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Alice Baland

Alice Baland is a Speaker, Psychotherapist, Dietitian, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Adventurer. She has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC affiliates, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Dallas Morning News to name a few. She is a former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and national food companies, reaching millions of Americans with her nutrition, health, and life balance messages coast-to-coast. Alice is a leading authority on how to permanently overcome weight concerns, disordered or crazy eating, anxiety, life’s stressors, body loathing and creating a balanced, productive, energized, fun life. She is your “go-to” advisor and your long-term solution for struggles with your relationship to food and eating. Alice loves eating, cooking, cycling, backpacking, swimming, scuba diving, reading, traveling, exploring, and enjoying love with her husband, Dick Mallett. She inspires other to Eat Up the Good Life! which is the name of her informative new book. View Guest page

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Constance Baranzano

President and founder of C. Avery Brookes Ltd, Constance Abell Baranzano pursues both her desire to learn all she can about the world and her desire to use her artistic talents to teach language, art and science to young minds. Connie was a paralegal for a major Philadelphia law firm to learn more about marketing her own product. With her interest in women’s health and beauty, she became a commercial model. In 1991, she was the youngest female real estate broker licensed in her Pennsylvania area. She has helped hundreds of children reach their reading potential with her concept of fun reading. With help from her two daughters and husband, she successfully published her children’s book Sea Breezes, Salt Air, Adventures with the Bunny Cousins. She earned an MBA in 2006. On the Board of the National Society of Colonial Dames for Pennsylvania, she is also a league tennis player and loves how the game mirrors real life. Find out more at www.facebook/ConstanceBaranzano. View Guest page

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Kyra Batte

Kyra Batte is a teen life coach in Los Angeles County. She has been a public speaker and educator for statewide and national programs toward improving the quality of life and mental health for children, teenagers, and young adults. Amongst her public speaking experiences, she recently hosted a show that garnered four million viewers worldwide, promoting self-confidence, removing critical thoughts, dealing with uncertainty and fear of failure, gaining resilience, and finding balance in life. Kyra has been able to speak to hundreds of parents and children and to educate more than one hundred school counselors, teachers, and superintendents. She has also been a published author of articles guiding parents with troubled youth in newspapers and other publications, and she has developed an outreach program for teens dedicated to getting their life on track. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she also has a background in film, theater, and dance, and was chosen Miss LA County for 2012. View Guest page

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Peter Bergson

Peter Bergson is the father of 4 and grandfather of 5 homeschoolers/ unschoolers. In 1978, he and his wife, Susan Shilcock, who passed away in 2005, opened Open Connections, a preschool/kindergarten program. Soon they became friends with John Holt and “OC” morphed into a resource center for self-directed learners ages 4 to 18. OC currently flourishes on a 28-acre campus in suburban Philadelphia, serving a 100 homeschooling/ unschooling families with programs to help young people to pursue their interests in a community that nurtures collaboration and creativity. Peter and Susan co-authored Open Connections: The OTHER Basics, and he created an instruction manual titled Spaces for Children: Learning Environments for Work and Play.. Having retired as OC’s Executive Director, Peter serves on the Board, writes articles for The OC Magazine, works on a future book titled Parenting for Pleasure, promotes the “open education” concept, and loves his 2 full days weekly spent with his grand-ones. View Guest page

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Jude Bijou

Jude Bijou, MA, MFT, is a respected psychotherapist, professional educator, and workshop leader. Her theory of Attitude Reconstruction® evolved over during her more than 30 years working with clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her theory is described in her award-winning book, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. The daughter of pioneering behavioral child psychologist Sydney W. Bijou, Jude launched her private psychotherapy practice in 1982 and also began teaching communication courses through Santa Barbara City College Adult Education. Word spread about the success of Attitude Reconstruction, and Jude soon became a sought-after workshop and seminar leader. Jude is also a longtime student of Eastern philosophy, having immersed herself in the world of meditation and Vedic philosophy when she found something missing in the Western psychology approach. The result is an integrated, holistic approach to viewing ourselves and our relationships. View Guest page

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Greg Bishop

Greg Bishop, with 12 brothers & sisters, was really experienced with babies when his first son was born. After two daughters and another son, friends with new babies started asking him for advice. Today his Boot Camp for New Dads is internationally acclaimed. Called a “nursery in a locker room” due to it’s “no women over 2 feet tall allowed” approach, Boot Camp was featured on Good Morning America, CNN, The Today Show, NBC, CBS, ABC, and more, and in Time, Newsweek, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, Men’s Health, and others. Greg has found that fathers-to-be want to do their best; they just need a bit more information and confidence. Greg is the author of Hit the Ground Crawling: Lessons From 150,000 New Fathers, and Crash Course for New Dads: Tools, Checklists and Cheat Sheets. He is also the founder of DadsAdventure.com, where new fathers can get online support. Greg holds an MBA from Stanford University and is CEO of Traumacare of America, which develops and supports trauma centers. View Guest page

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Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology. He is the best-selling author of twelve books including “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth”, “Living Low Carb”, and “The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth”. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS and Dr. Oz’s XM Radio show as an expert on nutrition and weight loss, and has written or contributed to articles for dozens of print and online publications including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Us Weekly, “O” The Oprah Magazine, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair Online, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, and Diabetes. Men’s Health, Prevention, Natural Health, and more. Dr. Jonny is a consultant to the Natural Products Industry and serves on the advisory boards of several companies, including Barlean’s Organic Oils, Resverage and EuroPharma. His latest book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth”-- co-authored with renowned cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD-- came out this fall. View Guest page

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Dean Braxton

Dean and Marilyn Braxton are licensed ministers, serving through their By His Word Christian Center, in Tacoma, Washington. Dean Braxton served for 35 years as senior and assistant Pastor, board member, youth leader, Life Skill Pastor and more at various churches. He served as a Program Manager for the Juvenile Drug Court/Chemical Dependency Disposition Alternative (CDDA) for King County and was a member of the senior management team for the King County Superior Juvenile Court System. He served for 20 years also for the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Chemical Dependency, Human Relations and Equal Opportunity Superintendent. He has helped train over 400 parents in parenting skills and given over 1,000 training presentations dealing with subjects addressing human service issues. In addition to working with youth, he has coordinated three prevention treatment family conferences. He helped develop a number of model programs funded by the U.S. government, King County, and private industries. View Guest page

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Dr. Jonathan Brower

Dr. Jonathan Brower experienced important people in his early life being “nervous.” He didn’t have the word "anxiety" in his vocabulary, but what he experienced was very real and disturbing. In addition to the nervousness, some of the people around him had low energy and would withdraw from others. He wanted to know more. At ten, he became a voracious reader of biographies and novels that involved the emotional struggles people tried to overcome. By age 16, he was reading books by and about Sigmund Freud. For the first half of college he was a psychology major, but he found that many courses were not about the human struggle toward optimal mental health. He changed his major to sociology, where he learned about the social psychology of emotions and relationships. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Says Dr. Brower, “We all have had some degree of emotional pain during our lives, but we don’t have to let it cause us to suffer.” View Guest page

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Timothy Carroll

Timothy Carroll was born in England and owned various private enterprises before joining the United Kingdom pensions industry, where he specialized in providing advice to British expatriates—eventually becoming one himself in Hong Kong, Spain, Belgium, and ultimately the United States. He and his wife, Yvonne, currently live in Atlanta, Georgia. Learning from his own experience, Tim was inspired to write Don't Ever Give Up on Love, which has become an International Best Seller. He found that expectations of romantic partners change as we age. If we start dating again, it is with a changed attitude. Don't Ever Give Up on Love contains real-life anecdotes, advice, and encouragement for anyone fifty and above who might want to date again. His road map also helps seniors re-evaluate goals and recover after divorce, illness, bereavement or financial challenges. Tim’s goal is to provide hope, inspiration, and support to seniors ready to begin the next chapter in their romantic lives. View Guest page

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Dina Z Colada

Dina Z Colada is the owner of Amazing You Now. She teaches confidence and can help you and your kids gain confidence and release any past traumas through a variety of mind-body modalities, including Reiki, Oneness Blessings, EFT, Meditations and Positive Affirmations. Dina is a Life and Dating Coach, Meditation Guide on www.Selfgrowth.com, Speaker, Writer, Life Designer, and Reiki Master. In addition to private counseling, she teaches and speaks in group settings. She can help you discover and uncover an Amazing You Now! Her work is featured in the book IN THE SPIRIT OF SUCCESS, due out in November 2011, along with contributions by Deepak Chopra, Esther and Jerry Hick, Dr Wayne Dyer, Sandy Forster, Neale Donald Walsch, Mark Victor Hansen and others. Dina’s experience as a mother has added to her knowledge of how meditation can improve the well-being of families. Dina offers a free newsletter and other valuable information about her services at www.amazingyounow.com. View Guest page

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Denny Daikeler

Denny Daikeler, Interior Designer, Author, Speaker, has had a long and diverse career focusing on the effect of art and design on the lives of us all. Her work as a consultant has been based on a process she developed to assist in personalizing all parts of the design of the home environment to grow, nourish and enhance life, health, and behavior. She has taught, written, and presented her thesis in a book, What Color Is Your Slipcover? published by Rodale. She was on television for five years, has spoken internationally to schools, organizations, churches, and holistic centers, and been featured nationally in many periodicals. Her approach is practical and spiritual with an emphasis on coming from the heart on all levels. Denny has a design degree from Drexel University, and has studied psychology, spirituality and human behavior. She is an ordained interfaith minister, and has a second book coming out in September, 2011. View Guest page

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Cyndi Dale

Cyndi Dale is an internationally respected author and spiritual scholar whose book The Subtle Body earned The Gold Nautilus Award. Her book The Complete Book of Chakra Healing is currently in its 14th printing. She is also author of The Intuition Guidebook: How to Safely and Wisely Use Your Sixth Sense. She is president of Life Systems Services, through which she has conducted over 35,000 client sessions and trainings across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Cyndi has studied cross-cultural healing and energy systems and has led instructional classes in many countries, including Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Japan, and many others, as well as among the Lakota people and the Hawaiian kahunas. Her newest book, Togetherness: Creating and Deepening Sustainable Love, is coauthored with psychotherapist Andrew Wald and serves to explain and demystify relationships without taking the soul out of them. Cyndi currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her two sons and various pets. View Guest page

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Stephanie Dale

In 2007, at the age of 48, award-winning Australian journalist Stephanie Dale woke up one day and sold everything she owned – including her house – so that she was free to travel and write. Stephanie joined her son Ben for a walkabout journey, all on foot for Ben, mostly on foot for Dale, walking through ancient and war-torn countries. My Pilgrim’s Heart is an intimate account of the myriad landscapes, people, and cultures they encountered. Meanwhile her physical journey reflects her inner one of finding her place as a middle-aged woman baffled by the demands of her new marriage. Stephanie Dale earned her BA degree in journalism from South Australian College of Advanced Education. She has been awarded the Australian Journalist Association Prodi award for best feature in 1990, the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award in 1992, and a gold medal IPPY award for Hymn for the Wounded Man for best fiction in 2011. She currently resides in Mullumbimby, Australia. View Guest page

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Christina de Valencia

Christina de Valencia has a Psychology degree, a Teaching degree, and a Master’s degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Christina has taught everyone from preschool to college to adult education. Helping others is her life purpose and she has an individual and family counseling practice in San Diego. Her website is www.christinadevalencia.com. Christina is also the author of How to Create Passion, Spirit, Adventure in Your Life, available on amazon.com. Her new book The Truth about Parenting, Real World will be available in late summer. Christina writes on how to improve your life on her blog at www.improveyourlifeblog.wordpress.com. She facilitated a women’s group called Health, Wealth and Purpose. She has also volunteered for the Elizabeth Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, and PAX Programs and other non-profits. She enjoys sailing, motorcycle riding, rehabbing houses, writing, teaching, and spending time with family and friends. She lives with her husband in San Diego, California. View Guest page

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Harvey Deutschendorf

Harvey Deutschendorf is passionate about Emotional Intelligence and its impact on our lives and is author of the book THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success. Harvey shares his passion in numerous presentations and to international audiences. He is certified to administer the Bar-On EQI, the first scientifically validated test for emotional intelligence approved by the American Psychological Association. Harvey comes from an extensive background in Career Development and Social Work, and he is a member of the Human Capital Institute, The Writer’s Guild of Alberta, and Toastmasters. Harvey is also a member of the Mankind Project, a men’s organization dedicated to personal improvement and community service. His mission is to help people bring more power and joy into their lives. He enjoys music, mountain hiking, travel, movies, red wine, and sharing with friends. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta CANADA. View Guest page

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Michelle Dirks

Michelle Dirks is a native of Ireland and graduate of Limerick College of Art and Design. She has been instrumental in founding Irish National Arts Programs, with grants from The Art Council of Ireland. Dirks shares her enthusiasm for life-long learning with her students to nurture their creativity and sense of heritage. She was one of the top macrobiotic food specialists in the US, teaching classes in natural nutrition and cooking for celebrities. She is author of two children’s books: Yummy Yummy in my Tummy and Mr. Hoppity’s Color Me Cookbook for Kids and did illustrations for Wild Food Foraging by Deborah Lee-Hoagie. The student work produced from her curriculums has created fund-raising opportunities for Pegasus Artworks - Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, Chester County Community Foundation, Coatesville Community Education Foundation and others. Dirks led a five organization sponsored tour called the Art of Hope, reaching ten locations and ending with a Festival of Hope event. View Guest page

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Roger Drummer

Roger Drummer is Diplomate of Chinese Herbology with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He travels throughout North America lecturing on the benefits of Chinese Tonic Herbalism and nutrition. Roger has formulated personalized tonic herb and nutritional programs for tens of thousands of clients, including many notable celebrities. He has created nutritional supplement product lines, taught courses to the public on health and nutrition, and trained apprentices in the art of Chinese Herbalism, He is also spokesperson for Functional Fungi, a grower and distributor of medicinal mushrooms, for whom he lectures on mushrooms’ powerful immune properties. He holds a U.S. patent for his growing process for biologically active, anthocyanin-rich medicinal mushrooms. He has given hundreds of lectures and seminars in the past 10 years and is a published writer, former tri-athlete, avid runner, cycling enthusiast, husband, and father of three girls. View Guest page

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Vince Elliott

Vince Elliott is Founder and CEO of The Chemical Free Cleaning Network, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Vince has worked as a consultant and advisor to the cleaning industry since 1973. He is one of the first to apply the concept of “performance based contracting” and to use the cleaning measurement sciences in the real estate industry. Vince has helped negotiate over 530 building service contracts, for cleaning services worth nearly half a billion dollars. A graduate in Economics from Towson University, Vince has a Master of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a university professor teaching service management strategies and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Apgar Award for Excellence from the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE), and the Outstanding Service Award from Cleaning Management Magazine. Vince is author of the book EXTREME GREEN CLEANING, with its second edition appearing soon. View Guest page

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Kelly Ellison

Kelly Ellison is an executive coach and trainer with over 25 years experience working in development and management in the nonprofit sector. She has been president and CEO of two nonprofit organizations as well as Vice President of Marketing and Development for a national nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri. Kelly has a passion for helping people raise money, and now she specifically helps adoptive families reach their financial goals. Kelly earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2005 from the Rockhurst Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City. She is certified in mediation and diversity and is an experienced presenter. She is co-author of The Youth Action Agenda, A Cooperative Model for Environmental Leadership, a curriculum for high school. She is a member of the scholarship committee for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Intergenerational Caregivers Scholarship Award and a member of the board of governors of the We Are Family Foundation. View Guest page

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Ellen Finkelstein

Dr. Ellen Finkelstein and her team at East Side Audiology work to improve the quality of life of their patients by providing comprehensive, individualized care for hearing related problems. She holds patients’ privacy and dignity in high regard and takes care to involve the families. She aims to stay on the cutting edge of new technologies, with services that include complete diagnostic hearing evaluations for all ages, assessments of balance, dizziness, tinnitus, middle ear function, ear and brain response, and more. Rehabilitative services include the most advanced hearing aids as needed and customized counseling and training. She also serves as consultant to schools, nursing homes and agencies and businesses interested in educating and improving services related to hearing protection. Dr. Finkelstein has made a number of broadcast appearances in her quest not only to help people to get appropriate help but also to educate and help people understand how they can prevent hearing loss. View Guest page

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Albert Forwood

Dr. Forwood’s path to helping kids with developmental disorders began with a head injury that left a young 17 year old with severe debilitating migraine headaches which took him off his feet for 3 to 10 days per month. He consulted many doctors, including the chief neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who, like the doctors before, told him that he could not help him. Dr. Forwood suffered for 7 more years before chiropractic removed the suffering. He spent the next 7 years studying year round to earn his doctorate in chiropractic. In 1990 he began his studies in neurology, one year after his colleague, Dr. Robert Melillo, the founder of Brain Balance Centers, began the same neurology program. His colleague Dr. Melillo went on to teach neurology and developed a training program for neurologists to treat ADHD and other learning disorders. Later Dr. Forwood became Dr. Melillo’s student. In 2009 Dr. Forwood joined the Brain Balance team with centers opening around the country. View Guest page

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Robert Fried, Ph.D.

Robert Fried, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience, Doctoral Faculty, City University of New York, and Emeritus Professor of Biopsychology & Neuroscience, Hunter College, City University New York. He is a member of the American Physiology Society (APS) (cardiovascular and respiration division) and the American Psychological Association (APA). A fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Fried lectures in the U.S. and abroad on cardiovascular function. He has appeared on national and international TV, including CNN and Fox News. He is the author of many books, including “The Arginine Solution: The First Guide to America’s New Cardio-Enhancing Supplement” and “Breathe Well, Be Well: A Program to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Asthma, Hypertension, Migraine, and Other Disorders for Better Health.” He is also author of a college textbook “Human Sexuality—Basics of Functional Biology with Behavioral and Clinical Considerations.” He lives in New York City. View Guest page

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Philip Friedman, Ph.D.

Philip Friedman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He has practiced psychotherapy and healing for 30-plus years near Philadelphia. Dr. Friedman is Adjunct Faculty with the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and Executive Director of the Foundation for Well-Being. His books include "The Forgiveness Solution: The Whole Body Rx for Finding True Happiness, Abundant Love and Inner Peace" (2009) and "Creating Well Being: The Healing Path to Love, Peace, Self-Esteem and Happiness" (1989). One of the founders of Integrative Psychotherapy and Integrative Healing, he has published original research on forgiveness, gratitude and well-being in a clinical population, with dramatic changes in a relatively short time. He also developed the Friedman Assessment Scales and is trained in leading edge therapies, including marital and family systems therapy. Find him at www.philfriedman.com and www.forgivenesssolution.com. View Guest page

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Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin is a certified wellness coach, certified personal trainer, and executive chef, as well as a certified posture alignment specialist in the “Egoscue Method.” His success with clients of all ages and lifestyles comes from his multi-disciplinary approach, which he customizes for the unique needs of each individual. Mark served for 15 years as Executive Chef and Wellness Coordinator for QVC. He is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Wellness Coach, and is certified by American Fitness Professionals & Associates as a Personal Trainer. He has over 30 years experience as an Executive Chef and has worked as Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach with Integrated Health Chiropractic, in West Chester PA with Drs. Brian and Kristina Shuffler, DC. He has been a featured speaker at West Chester University, the Chester County Health Department, and the Chester County Hospital. Main Line Today Magazine named him one of “33 Men to Watch” in 2004. View Guest page

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Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), whose clients include Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Monster.com, Harvard and Wharton Business Schools, and the U.S. Depts. of Education and Labor. Graham focuses on maximizing leadership, embracing diversity, and personal and professional branding. Graham has taught his concepts at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, George Washington University’s Forum for Sport and Event Management, and Temple University. In 1985, Graham founded Athletes Against Drugs Education, Health and Sports. Now with over 500 professional athletes, AAD has served over 15,000 students. He serves on the board of Junior Achievement (JA) and the 7-Eleven Education Is Freedom Foundation. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, a master’s degree in Education from Ball State University, and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College. View Guest page

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Ellen Haas

Ellen Haas is an author, educator, and community organizer with a passion for reconnecting humans with the rest of nature. Co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature, with Wilderness Awareness School's Jon Young and Evan McGown, she advocates for turning our brain's gaze back toward acute sensory awareness through exploring nature playfully and inquisitively. Through every means possible -- "Coyote Mentoring" outdoor education, family nature clubs, neighorhood restoration of nearby open spaces, urban farming, and more -- we can leave it better than we found it, and raise children who are active, agile, wondrous, inquisitive, and caring about their natural home. Ellen has been a director of Wilderness Awareness School, founder of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, innovative high school teacher, and is a mother and avid off-leash dog walker in her local parks. View Guest page

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Neil Haley

Neil Haley is CEO of Total Tutor. He has been working with children in a variety of settings for over 10 years. His experience includes the following: Classroom Teacher (9 years), Tutor (8 years), After School Program Director (6 years), Behavior Specialist (6 years), and Developmental Therapist (5 years), Practicum Supervisor (2 years), and Educational Talk Show Host (1 year). Total Tutor is an international Birth through college tutoring and consulting company. Total Tutor provides educational advocacy, behavior therapy, autism consulting, foreign language tutoring, SAT tutoring, GRE tutoring, and LSAT tutoring. Total Tutor provides on-line tutoring internationally. Neil Haley is the owner, producer, and publicist for the Total Education Network. The Total Education Network is the only educational talk show that airs shows seven days a week. The Total Education Network can be heard on WRCT 88.3 FM Pittsburgh, Blogtalkradio, and PRX. You can watch the show on BPTV 21 in Bethel Park. View Guest page

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Mark Halpert

Mark Halpert is an educator, a parent advocate, and a parent himself. When two of their children were identified as gifted and two were struggling even though they were clearly smart, he and his wife investigated and discovered research that showed that up to 62% of the students today are right-brained learners, that is, they need to see and experience information. Having helped thousands of students since then to overcome learning challenges which might have led to failed academics, medications, or worse, Mark will discuss why right-brained learners can struggle for years even when parents invest time, money and effort to help them, how right-brained learners can make dramatic progress with programs that play to their strengths and actually address their issues; and how parents can use the 5 Steps from Stress to Outrageous Success to reduce homework stress, improve reading, improve test scores, boost self-esteem and self-advocacy skills, and work collaboratively with the schools. View Guest page

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Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA, is an expert in Conflict Analysis and Management and opened Hammond International Inc. in 1997, a mediation and training company. For the past 8 years she has been speaking and consulting with business and community organizations. Prior to owning her own business Charmaine worked as a Contract Specialist for Government, was the Executive Director of several not for profit organizations, worked with municipal government in their contract management, and served as a Correctional Officer, Child & Youth Care Worker. Her passion for speaking led her to be the host of three radio shows: “Corporate Conversations with Charmaine,” “PAWsitive Radio,” and “Your Book as a Business.” She has been featured on CBC, CTV, Global TV, 820 CHAM, Alberta Prime Time News, in many major newspapers including Metro News National Canada, US and New York, and in various magazines. She also supports many pet and children related charities and events as a result of her work with Toby. View Guest page

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Becki Hawkins

Becki Hawkins became a nurse’s aide at age 19, which inspired her to earn her degree in nursing. Unusual for someone so young, she chose to start her career in the Oncology Unit in a large city hospital. She progressed to Outpatient Oncology, Hospice, and eventually became a Hospice Chaplain. Upon retirement in the 1990s, she began to volunteer her services for hospice patients. She was also instrumental in the care of various family members. She loved the opportunity to work with the patients and their families, but she didn’t quite know how to face the reality of not being able to “save” every patient. After seeing the stress it left upon her and hearing the stories, her husband suggested she begin journaling. She began to write about what she was hearing, witnessing, and feeling. By 1986, she started penning a column in a local newspaper called “Beyond Statistics,” which became syndicated and led to the creation of her book, Transitions: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death. View Guest page

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Tracie Hotchner

Tracie Hotchner brought her keen eye as an investigative reporter to every aspect of living with a dog, resulting in THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. Her book covers everything from medical issues to training, nutrition and problem solving. Recognized as a foremost pet wellness advocate, Tracie did it again with THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Tracie has two weekly live radio programs on dog and cat wellness. Her show CAT CHAT® airs Wednesday nights on the Martha Stewart channel of SiriusXM satellite radio. Her show DOG TALK® won a prestigious Gracie Award in 2010 and tapes at WOR studios in New York City and is available as a podcast, and at iTunes. Tracie also gives talks around the country to pet lovers and veterinary students. She became a best-selling author years ago when she wrote Pregnancy& Childbirth, exposing misunderstood issues from conception to birth. She has sold one million copies and appeared on Oprah and the Today Show. View Guest page

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Orrin C. Hudson

Orrin Checkmate Hudson is founder of Be Someone, two-time World Open Speed Chess Champion, and author of “One Move at a Time.” The seventh of 13 children, Hudson grew up in public housing in Birmingham, Alabama, and found himself in and out of foster care. As a teenager, he was stealing tires and struggling in school, until James Edge, his high school English teacher, taught him the game of chess. Says Hudson, "With his help, I began to understand life through a chessboard. He showed me that every move you make has consequences and in order to improve my game and my life, I had to make better choices.” Hudson won the Birmingham City Chess Championship in 1999 and 2000, despite being the lowest-ranking player in the tournament both times. Then in May 2000, news of a senseless and tragic robbery which killed five people inspired him to quit his job and use his life savings to found Be Someone. Hudson is married with seven children and is a member of Atlanta First Baptist Church. View Guest page

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Shelly Kalnitsky

Just over ten years ago, Shelly Kalnitsky was watching ABC’s 20/20 show in his home in South Florida when he saw a feature story on the potential risks of cell phone usage. The show included lobbyists and wireless representatives who all denied a problem. Compelled to learn more, he researched the world news regarding cell phones and discovered that information abroad included many studies conducted by prominent scientists who reached very different conclusions from what we were hearing in the U.S. He established the Cell Phone Radiation News Bureau (www.cprnews.com), a one-stop information center to inform consumers about the potential health risks from cell and cordless phones and to help prevent future health problems. .He took his knowledge a step further by developing a device which helps reduce phone radiation. He now gets requests from around the world and from news media and marketing groups to find out more about his findings and about his unique, simple-to-use product. View Guest page

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Dr. Robert E. Kay

Psychiatrist Dr. Robert E. Kay graduated from Tufts University Medical School and had his psychiatric training at Walter Reed General Hospital. Following his military service, he served as Medical Director of The Center for Child Guidance and was a board member of The School in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Father of three children, he works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. He has published numerous articles on interviewing techniques, child rearing, the American school system, and the teaching of reading. In recent years he has been greatly involved with the homeschooling, unschooling, and home education movements and has presented his ideas on teaching and learning on radio and television as well as in court. He is also author of the Foreword to the book, The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents. View Guest page

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Dr. Joseph Keenan

Dr. Joseph Keenan, M.D., is a Researcher in Preventative Cardiology, formerly a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota School of Food Science and Nutrition. His research interest is preventive cardiology with a special interest in the use of nutrition and nutritional supplements in the reduction of cardiovascular disease risk. Dr. Keenan has been awarded over $5 million in research grants and has published more than 50 scientific articles dealing with his research. He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the American Geriatrics Society in 1995. He has presided over 150 scientific papers and national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Keenan is considered one of the leading national experts in the field of nutritional supplement research and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Keenan has been studying how natural substances in plants help the body to handle cholesterol in a healthier, safer way. View Guest page

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Richard Kohler

At 16, a determined but shy Richard Kohler entered his first karate school searching for some strength, inner strength. For the next seven years he sacrificed much to achieve the coveted black belt rank and then began teaching others. At 27, he became a father to his son. After a near-tragic experience, Rich discovered his passion for keeping children safe. He combined fantasy adventure with the most effective teaching methods and his own 12 years of teaching experience to develop the award-winning child safety movie: The Journey of the Steal-Proof Master. Rich also teaches personal security to women and high risk professionals. He teamed up with a local radio celebrity to create an annual self-defense charity event, http.//www.craigandcofightsback.com, to benefit domestic violence and women’s shelters in Connecticut. Rich has expertise in various self-defense systems, including Kray Maga (Israeli Military Self-Defense), Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and American Kempo. View Guest page

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James P. Krehbiel

James P. Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT is an educator, author, licensed professional counselor and nationally certified cognitive-behavioral therapist practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. He specializes in working with patients with anxiety, depression, the emotional effects of pain management issues, and high functioning autistic spectrum disorders. He served as a teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years and has taught graduate-level counselor education courses for Chapman University of California. James received his post-graduate counseling training at Northern Illinois University. He has published numerous articles. In 2005, he self-published Stepping Out of the Bubble: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Counseling Therapy (Booklocker.com). His latest book, Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life: Healing from the Battle Scars of Youth (New Horizon Press) is about the impact of troubled childhoods on adult functioning. He can be reached at www.scottsdaletherapy.net. View Guest page

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John E Langan

Mr. Langan served for over 15 years as a police officer with the Warminster Police Department in suburban Philadelphia. His assignments included traffic safety engineering surveys, traffic safety educational articles and public speaking, and traffic safety enforcement. He was responsible for reconstruction of serious traffic crashes and assisting the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office in prosecutions, including Vehicular Homicide. He left the police force after sustaining debilitating injuries assisting a fellow officer who was physically assaulted by a motorist stopped for reckless driving. He then earned a BA in Organizational Management from Eastern U. and an MBA. He is certified in traffic crash investigation from Northwestern U., U. of North Florida, and Texas A&M U. He is also certified by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He is an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a volunteer driving safety instructor with the AARP. View Guest page

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James H. Lee

James H. Lee is a Delaware-based financial advisor who engages in extensive research and analysis of emerging technologies and social trends. During his 20 year career, his system has identified numerous investment opportunities for his clients. Lee is the author Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life. James has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning, and Medical Economics. He has also written for The Futurist, the Journal of Futures Studies, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Lee is a popular blogger for the World Future Society and has presented at their annual conference. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. Lee graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Economics and received a Master’s degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). View Guest page

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David Lockridge

David Lockrdige is the Founder and Executive Director of ACE Overcomers, helping adults overcome negative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. David is also Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Atwater, California. He is Chairman of the Family Wellness Council of Merced County and is past Vice President of the Governing Board of the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. He has served as a member of the Professional Ethics Advisory Committee of ABC Home Health, offering home health care for seniors, and as President of the Central California Independent Baptist Fellowship. He has 23 years of pastoral experience in Washington State and California. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA and achieved honors as a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society and Dean’s List. He then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA. He has been married for 36 years and is father of 3 grown children. View Guest page

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Barb Lundgren

Barb Lundgren is the founder of the international conference on Rethinking Everything, now in its 16th year. Rethinking Everything passionately supports all ways of becoming and living authentically. This life-altering conference hosts hundreds of children, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents each year, in the Dallas area of Texas, in early September. Find more detail at: www.rethinkingeverything.net. Barb is also the co-publisher of three revolutionary magazines: Rethinking Everything PARENT, LIFE and SEX. You can tell your own personal story of transformative change by going to: www.rethinkingeverythingpublishing.com. Barb's most important work and greatest change has revolved around her children, now grown. She made an early decision in her mothering career to give up everything she thought she knew about children, parenting, and education and to create a rich environment to support their freedom to be. The 30 years since have been nothing short of remarkable! View Guest page

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Marie Maguire

Ms. Maguire has two Masters Degrees; one in Electrical Engineering and another in Clinical Social Work. She has an extensive background in corporate consulting, education and private coaching and counseling. Her career includes four years managing projects for IBM, five years as a professor at Temple University, three years as a corporate management consultant and thirty years engaged in private consulting practice, coaching and counseling people in overcoming their success barriers and achieving high levels of success. Her private counseling work has been mainly with couples and families. For the past twenty years along with her private work, she has been a principal of Caramanico Maguire Associates, involved in all aspects of the sales and training process. She has co-authored two books with her professional and marital partner, Dan Caramanico. They are The Optimal Salesperson and soon to be available, Optimal Selling- Conversations of the Optimal Salesperson. View Guest page

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Gina Loree Marks

Gina Loree Marks is a shiatsu practitioner and co-director of the Lionville Holistic Health Center in Lionville PA. She has been in practice since 2005 and she draws on her past experience as a bodyworker and teacher of Qigong, as well as her experience as a Quaker and an unschooling and homebirthing mom. This broad background helps her to assist her clients in releasing restrictions in their bodies and minds so they can live their lives more fully and in alignment. Among her diverse clients are mothers and other caretakers who feel overwhelmed and lack time for self-care, athletes who seek to prevent injury from high performance tensions, people facing surgery or recovering from surgery, therapists involved in energy healing work who seek to reground themselves, women seeking stress relief and hormonal balance to facilitate pregnancy, individuals suffering from ongoing foot, knee, hip, or back pain, and people trying to heal from residual effects of trauma, injury, or accidents. View Guest page

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Dayna Martin

Dayna is a pioneer who has been inspiring others in the conscious parenting and unschooling movement for the past decade. Author of "Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun", and her newest book, "Sexy Birth." She has been featured on The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, Nightline, and Fox News. Dayna is a childbirth educator, Doula and attachment parenting advocate who helps families worldwide as, "The UnNanny." Dayna is a regular contributor to Home Education Magazine. She also recently took over the “Rethinking Everything” Conference in Dallas, Texas. Dayna promotes shifting from control to connection with children and inspires parents to respect their children through partnership parenting. Dayna lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, U.S.A., and has four truly free children and husband who she spends her days with in love, freedom and peace. Dayna will share about her belief that Radical Unschooling and attachment parenting can make a more peaceful world. View Guest page

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Paul Mayer

Father Paul Mayer is a non-canonical, formerly married priest. His experience as a young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany inspired him to cofound Children of War to help young survivors of wars. Becoming Catholic and then a Benedictine monk, his work with Dr. King in the 1965 voting rights campaign set him on a lifelong path of organizing for global peace, social justice, ecology, and non-violent social change. His efforts have included pioneering liberation theology in Central America, working with Jesse Jackson in the Rainbow Coalition, addressing the 1984 Democratic Convention on nuclear disarmament, coordinating the Catonsville Nine Defense Committee in support of religious non-violent action, and working with other world luminaries of the last 50 years. Most recently he cofounded the Climate Crisis Coalition and has received honors for his non-fiction writing. His new book, Wrestling With Angels: A Spiritual Memoir of A Political Life, is due for publication soon. View Guest page

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Dawn S. Mazzone

Dawn S. Mazzone is a sustainability advocate, social entrepreneur, and educator. After 20 years in communications for Fortune 500 clients, Dawn decided in 2001 to focus on her passion for building environmental sustainability. Her many awards include the Green Business Award from Chester County, PA, and the Penn Future's Platinum Green Power Award for designing a model green business campus. In 2009 Dawn founded Creative Economy Enterprises to help transform business using nature’s principles. She also is a founding member of the business standard, B Corporation; has chaired the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, built on the Earth Charter principles; co-founded the "Mixed Greens" Speakers Series; and co-produced the film “Catch the Dreamer,” chosen by the Pennsylvania Education Dept. as Keynote for the 2011 Extra Learning Opportunities Conference. A graduate of West Chester University, Dawn is certified by the Arizona Family Therapy Clinic and Touch the Future. View Guest page

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Sarah Mazzone

Sarah Mazzone, RN, BSN, is editor in chief of Made in USA Challenge, where she explores conscious consumerism from an economic, environmental and human rights perspective. Sarah highlights products made in USA that help strengthen our economy, protect our environment, safe-guard our families from toxins and minimize our exploitation of developing countries. She has developed her site into a resource for concerned consumers to find the best products made in America as well as to generate a dialogue about consumerism. She also collaborates with businesses to promote ethically made products manufactured locally, and creates social media marketing strategies to help connect Made in America businesses and consumers. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked both in the hospital and outpatient setting, specializing in patient education. She currently works in the healthcare informatics industry, obtaining critical data measures and reporting patient outcomes. View Guest page

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Peter M. McCarthy

Peter M. McCarthy, TN, board certified traditional naturopath, is a sought after professional in the field of complementary and alternative medicine, CAM. He is CEO of AHI Productions, a media company which is creator of NHN-TV, the planet’s first television network devoted to natural health and green living news, education, and entertainment. He is a past member of the Advisory Committee of the American Naturopathic Certification Board. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1972 with a BS in Engineering Mechanics and an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant. A 20 year military veteran, he earned his MA in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University while on active duty. He then became a Captain/First Officer for Southwest Airlines and later retired in 2009. During the 80s and 90s his interest in naturopathy developed as he saw the impact of stressors on the health of those around him. He and his wife Nancy live in Austin TX and have three grown children. View Guest page

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Michael Mendizza

Michael is an author, educator, documentary filmmaker and founder of Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center. Michael is preparing two additional books; Kids are Not The Problem, a series of essays on parenting the next critical generation, and Flowering, a collection of dramatic floral images and quotes by Krishnamurti. Inspiration for his work emerged from his own experience as a father and personal relationships with Pearce, physicist David Bohm, philosopher J. Krishnamurti, and many others. If being in an optimum state is important to professional athletes, imagine what this could mean to parents, childcare providers, educators, coaches and the children they love. Michael writes and speaks internationally on many topics, including the Next Frontier in Education, The Intelligence of Play, Media and the Brain, Corporate Exploitation of Children, The Brave New World of Un-Schooling, The Childlike Mind, Rational Imagination, and Raising Children in a Sport-Crazed Culture. View Guest page

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Penelope Mont

Penelope Mont's work experience over the past forty years includes special education teaching; geriatric recreation therapy in a large nursing home; Director of an Alzheimer's day center program; and Director of Sales and Marketing in an assisted living community. Now in retirement, she pursues her passion for writing and speaking. She authored a booklet called “When Your Loved One Asks...What's Going To Happen To Me When I Die?” from Premium Book Company; which is used as hospice educational material, information for caregivers, families and clients, handouts at health fairs, and an addition to the office libraries of hospice satellites and supportive agencies across the USA. Her other publications include “Tips To Finding Alzheimer's Gift Ideas” from e-Books; and a novel called “Then What Happens?” from Infinity Publishing. Mont lives by the water in Beaufort, SC with her big dog, Bart. She likes kayaking, shrimping and especially visits from her two daughters and grandchildren. View Guest page

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Brenda Mott

Brenda Mott was completely unprepared for motherhood when her first child was born 15 years ago. She had no experience with infants, moved to a new city 8 months pregnant, with no support system, and was back at work 5 weeks after having her baby! After years of research, reading, learning from other moms and lots of trial and error, she became the go-to-mom. This was the start of Smart Mom University. Like every mom, Brenda loves to tell how amazing her three kids are, but it didn't come without a lot of effort. Raising the kids has been easier with her husband. Together they make a great team. Prior to founding Smart Mom University, Brenda taught elementary school around the country, worked as a corporate trainer and technical writer, children's museum program director, mom consultant, and as a consummate volunteer in the community and her children's schools. Each chapter of her life and the wonderful women and moms she has met along the way are the foundation of Smart Mom University. View Guest page

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Dr. Sharon Norling

Dr. Norling is the only physician in the United States known to be nationally broad-certified in OB/GYN and Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. She is certified in Functional Medicine and FirstLine Therapy, the study of nutrition, supplements, and specialty testing. Dr. Norling is also a Certified Biofeedback Specialist. She served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School where her passion for using effective evidence based natural approaches inspired her students. She later founded the Mind Body Spirit Center, a comprehensive integrative medicine center, in Westlake Village, California. Dr. Norling is a highly sought after national speaker and consultant. Her audiences range from doctors to spas and cruise ships. She has been interviewed on radio and TV, including CNN. Recognized for her expertise, she has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Her upcoming book is titled, “Your Doctor Is Wrong.” View Guest page

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Dr. Terri Orbuch

Terri Orbuch PhD is a bestselling author, professor, and popular love advisor on TV, radio, and the web. She is a psychologist, a nationally known research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and an Oakland University professor. Dr. Terri Orbuch has studied the marriage, divorce, romance, and relationship patterns of thousands of individuals nationwide for over 25 years. She blogs for Huffington Post and Next Avenue among others, and has a 20-year marriage and family therapy practice in Detroit. Her newest book is “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” She is also author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great” and several other books. Dr. Orbuch has created bedside inspirations-at-a- glance books and marriage enrichment workshops. Dr. Terri Orbuch has published over 40 articles; been quoted in such national publications as USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Reader's Digest. View Guest page

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Patricia Ortlieb

Patricia Ortlieb is an artist, author, and educator, and a docent at the San Diego Museum of Art, where she has volunteered for the past ten years. She served for more than two decades as a trainer, counselor, and teacher, specializing in training skills and therapeutic behavior modification, including assertive and humanistic psychology. She is a licensed family therapist. She earned her BA in education and art history at California State University and her MA in social science at Azusa Pacific University. She also received art training at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, UCLA, and at Pepperdine University. She has traveled extensively, including world cruises and adventures in Antarctica and has lived in Spain and Germany. Her travels also took her to Bahia, Brazil, home of the famous Navel Orange. She has done paintings of the “Giant Orange” and has donated her voluminous Tibbets documents to UC Riverside. She wants her son, grandsons, and granddaughter to know their history. View Guest page

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Lisa Oz

Lisa Oz has been heard on The Lisa Oz Show on Oprah Winfrey Radio. She is also a frequent relationship expert on Good Day New York, Fox 5. Lisa has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for six books, including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” series and her most recent book, “US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most.” She is President of Ozworks, LLC, a media and investment consulting company which she founded. She directs Pine Room Pictures, a production company specializing in family friendly media. Her latest best-selling book, “US – Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most” is inspiring thousands to have more rewarding relationships. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. She attended Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary. She lives in Cliffside Park, NJ with her husband Mehmet Oz of 26 years and their 4 children, Daphne (25), Arabella (21), Zoe (17), and Oliver (12). View Guest page

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Lisa Parker

Lisa Parker is a Philadelphia native and a social worker by training. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1986 and a Masters Degree in social service program planning and development in 1993. Lisa has worked in various social services, educational, mental health, and public health programs in Philadelphia and especially with children, youth, and families, and with refugee populations. Lisa also has experience in the areas of non-profit consulting and anti-bullying activities in schools, as well as with visual and expressive arts. .In addition to her work with the Peace Day Initiative, Lisa is also a Representative for Global Education Motivators (GEM) to the United Nations Department of Pubic Information (DPI). GEM is a Philadelphia based non-profit that uses video conferencing to encourage a greater global perspective, especially among high school and college youth, through a wide range of intercultural dialogues and exposure to the work of the United Nations. View Guest page

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Cris Pastore, Esq.

Cris Pastore brings to his practice over 18 years of legal experience and perspective. A graduate of Villanova Law School, he has previously represented private family law clients in all phases of domestic law litigation, from child and spousal support to alimony, custody matters, equitable distribution, protection from abuse, and adoption matters. When Mr. Pastore discovered a better way to help his separating and divorcing clients, he dedicated his career exclusively to mediation. He served as managing attorney for a prominent regional divorce mediation firm where he personally handled hundreds of mediation cases while being responsible for hiring, training, managing, and inspiring a team of attorney-mediators. Now as Main Line Family Law Center’s attorney-mediator, the goal of his practice is not only to assist his clients with these same principles in mind, but to revolutionize this area of practice by generating widespread community awareness of the great value of mediation. View Guest page

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Joel Quass

Joel Quass is the author of Good Management Is Not Firefighting, How to manage using what you already know. He speaks on management topics including customer service, stress in the workplace and hiring practices. Joel provides (gratis) Workshops for unemployed workers through the NJ Department of Labor One Stop-Career Center in Toms River, NJ. Joel's career in management began over 35 years ago. He has owned five businesses, including Quassword Cards, "The Crossword Puzzle Greeting Card" that he managed with his brother Brian, and Strawcastle Snax, a vending company in Williamsburg, Virginia, which he developed from $90,000 to $1/4 million in gross sales in two years. Joel is an active member of Toastmaster International and the Toms River, NJ Chamber of Commerce. Joel received a BA in Political Science from Christopher Newport University, VA, where he was the President of the Student Government, Commodore of the Sailing Club and an Adjunct Professor teaching sailing. View Guest page

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Kimberley Rayevsky

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA. Kim attended the Shipley School, a private school for girls. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 with a BA in International Relations. Kim completed courses in computer programming and became a systems analyst. She now enjoys designing websites. She lives in Parksville, NY on 10 acres in the Catskills, owning and operating the Rolling River Café Gallery and Inn with her husband Rob. They began the business 3 years ago after becoming inspired by small tapa cafés in Europe and South America. They strive to buy locally and use organic produce. Kim manages the Inn, and Rob is the chef and arranges rotating art exhibitions in the gallery. He is an accomplished children’s book illustrator and Kim used her computer skills to help Rob digitize his art for the last few books. They are passionate about food and art, their 3 children, 5 cats, 2 dogs, 16 chickens, and are working together to develop an organic farm as well. View Guest page

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Laura Reiff

Laura Reiff is a special education teacher from Chicago, IL and has been teaching children in special education for over 10 years. Her expertise inspired her to write children’s books, with a passionate mission to lift the negative stigma of special education by planting the seeds of understanding and compassion through self-esteem. Her first book about Naomi Noodles is an inspirational story about a young girl coping with dyslexia. Naomi faces the confusion of being told she is dyslexic and finds out how dyslexia can affect one’s life inside and outside of the learning environment. With a little help from a very special friend, Naomi learns how to triumph over the problems and discovers just how wonderful she truly is. Laura Reiff is also the creator of www.about-special-education.com, a website dedicated to supporting the needs of parents of children with learning disabilities. Laura offers valuable resources on her blog and also offers a coaching program for parents. View Guest page

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Carolee Risk

Carolee Risk is a well known educator, columnist, and speaker committed to people discovering their “amazing self.” She has designed hundreds of inspiring, confidence building courses for people of all ages, backgrounds, and situations. Committed to education as the source of growth, she activates individual power, positive energy, and a new understanding of human behavior for her 1000s of students. Carolee Risk has worked with students in academic institutions, the criminal justice system, and businesses. She has 18 years of drug and alcohol experience conducting individual counseling and group processes. Her education includes her degree in Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Drug and Alcohol Certification from Villanova University, and Communication Certification from Penn State. She is a founder of the Women’s Resource Center of Chester County. Her techniques in behavior change are recognized as leading tools by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. View Guest page

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Dr. Donald Robbins

Dr. Donald Robbins has measured the toxic mercury vapor exposure from “silver” amalgam fillings in his patients’ mouths for over 7 years. He presented his findings to the North American College of Clinical Toxicology and also to the FDA Dental Products panel in DC. He appeared on NBC10 News to rebut the ADA’s claim that such fillings are safe. His was the cover story in the magazine Doctor of Dentistry, and he hosts his own radio show about dentistry. He lectures widely and writes for the dental page for the national autism organization ARI and DANS (www.autism.com). He advocated strongly for the informed patient consent bill which passed in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, master in the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, former diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, and former fellow of the International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics. He founded the 4 Learning Group, LLC, and the Dental Training Center. View Guest page

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Randy Rolfe

Randy Rolfe’s mission is to increase people’s awareness of how small choices they make every day have huge effects on their relationships, health, and happiness. Her passion to help create healthy, happy families began when her travels with her family in over 29 countries before age 20 convinced her that all peoples share common goals for their families and that a better world could be created by helping all families to thrive. After a successful law career, Randy Rolfe founded the Institute for Creative Solutions to pursue her passion. She wrote her first book “You Can Postpone Anything But Love” in 1985 and soon became a sought after media guest expert. In addition to her law degree, Randy holds a Masters in Theology and Certification in Clinical Nutrition. She is author of eight acclaimed books on family, health, and relationships, most recently “Mothers Losing Mothers,” and “The True Secret to Weight Loss Is Energy.” She and her husband have a son and daughter, now grown. View Guest page

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Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero

Maryellen Murphy Ruggiero was raised in a small town in Massachusetts the youngest of five. Her mother Helen was forward thinking and a firm believer in whole foods, vitamins, and exercise for good health. Her father Dan, a teacher, believed strongly in the value of education and the opportunities that it offers. Maryellen graduated from the University of Southern Maine with an Associate’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She married her college sweetheart Dan and in 1989 their son Danny was born. Danny showed signs of sensitivity to certain processed foods and additives, so Maryellen immersed herself in books about wellness and made changes to her family’s lifestyle. In May 2011, she obtained her B.A. in Wellness and the Healing Arts from Lesley University. As her thesis/final project, she researched the essential elements of children's wellness and then wrote and illustrated The Little Lotus Learns About Wellness. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and family dog. View Guest page

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Tony Samara

Tony Samara is the author of Shaman’s Wisdom, From the Heart, Different Yet the Same, and Deeper than Words. He was born in England and grew up in Egypt and also in Norway, where he discovered the Zen Buddhist philosophy. This led him to the Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, where he studied the teachings of Kyozan Joshu Sasaki. To explore further the essence of spirituality he visited shamanic communities around the globe including in the Amazon River region and the Andes Mountains. Centered now in Germany, his spiritual teaching now attracts people from around the world and through the Internet. His purpose is to encourage all to lead their daily lives actively in a noble way in order to realize the evolution of human consciousness, joy, and real freedom. Unlike some spiritual teachers, Tony teaches that food and eating are fundamental to our inner well being. Healthy, energized food helps us to create a strong foundation that allows inner work and transformation to take place. View Guest page

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Eva Scherer

Eva Scherer is a professional body worker and the owner of several sports and therapeutic massage clinics in Auckland, New Zealand. As a result of her knowledge of massage and of how massage has helped children in Europe, she studied at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute to develop her own program to introduce positive touch for children. She is the founder of the Kids Love Massage Programme, the Children Massaging Children Programme, and the Child Connection Trust. Established in 2000, the Trust aims to introduce massage into the mainstream education system as a low-cost prevention for child abuse and family violence. Her Children Massaging Children (CMC) Programme has won the North Shore Mayoral Community Award and has benefited children at community centers and schools in New Zealand as well as overseas. Eva Scherer is a member of Massage Australia, Infant Mental Health Association NZ, and Attachment Parenting International. She is also a mother and grandmother. View Guest page

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Richard Selznick, PhD

Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, graduate school professor, and university professor of pediatrics. As the Director of the Cooper Learning Center, he oversees a program that assesses and treats a broad range of learning and school-based behavioral problems in children. The Cooper Learning Center is a Division of the Department of Pediatrics of Cooper University Hospital. A down-to-earth presenter who discusses difficult topics in non-jargon terms, he has presented to educators in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as across the United States. He focuses on helping teachers and parents to choose the best options for each individual child. .Dr. Selznick’s books have been chosen by school districts for professional training. He was recently the keynote speaker on help for special needs kids and was featured in Calgary Child's Magazine. A native of New York, Dr. Selznick lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey. His website is www.shutdownlearner.com. View Guest page

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Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei

Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei received Shiho from Enkyo Roshi at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut and became her second Dharma successor. Shuzen is a member of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha, the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, and the American Zen Teachers Association. Shuzen is a Soto Priest who has practiced Buddhism for more than 25 years. In August 2006, Shuzen received Hoshi from Enkyo Roshi at the Grail. In May 2002, Shuzen, an assistant teacher at Kanzeon Zen Center, Salt Lake City, UT, received Denkai (transmission of the precepts) from Genpo Roshi, Abbott of the Center. Jules Shuzen Harris holds an Ed.D. with a concentration in applied human development. As a psychotherapist, Shuzen has found creative ways to synthesize Western psychology and Zen to achieve dramatic results for patients and students. He also holds black belts in Iaido (the use of a samurai sword) and in Kendo (Japanese fencing). He founded two Japanese swordsmanship schools in Albany, NY and Salt Lake. View Guest page

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Susan Silberstein

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Julie Tara

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Sherry Torkos

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Jim Turner

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Jonice Webb

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Helen Webber

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Thomas Weimer

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Craig B. Wiener

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Forgiveness in the Family: When and How?

May 13, 2011
Hosted by Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator

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All over the media we see evidence of family feuds, conflicts between celebrities and their parents and between celebrities and their children and between jealous siblings, and of course the ever-present statistics about divorce. Are there ways we have been ignoring to get past such family conflicts, whether small or large, and maybe even become a stronger family for it? What kind of processes and conversations do we need between us to create an atmosphere of forgiveness? Often we don’t want to go there because we are so caught up in our immediate reactions, our personal dramas. Is there a better way? Our guest for this show, Dr. Philip Friedman has spent much of his professional life exploring this issue and has published a wonderful book called The Forgiveness Solution. Please listen in to get some wonderful insights on how this powerful approach can make your family’s life happier, healthier, easier, and more fun.

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On Family First, you’ll hear about all aspects of family life. What could be more important than your family’s health and relationships? Our show will bring you experts who can help you find the easiest, most effective, and most fun ways to promote your family’s well-being, whether it’s balancing home and work, your child’s schooling or getting chores done. I’ve handled topics from how teenage moms can still have a future to how the family of Terry Nichols could deal with the Oklahoma City Bombing. But the main focus of Family First is on prevention, how the little choices you make each day have the biggest effects. Whether it’s raising tough issues with your partner, handling an angry child, getting health or financial advice, getting your child to eat better, losing weight or finding fun ways to relax, this is the place to come for a helping hand.

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Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator

My focus on family began in the fifth grade, when my mother suggested I do a study of the American family for my history class. I received the top academic prize at the Shipley School and was elected Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Pennsylvania. By age 20, I had traveled to 29 countries and was convinced that world peace begins with the family. I studied law at Villanova Law School to learn how society serves families, served on the Law Review Board, and joined a top Philadelphia firm where I was the first woman attorney ever hired. From the beginning, my husband and I put family first and when we had our own children, I was inspired to write my first book on family: You Can Postpone Anything But Love. I founded the Institute for Creative Solutions to serve families, and I soon became a popular TV and radio personality, “One of the best guests ever,” according to Geraldo Rivera. Other books include: Adult Children Raising Children; The Affirmations Book for Sharing (written with my husband John); The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents; and The Four Temperaments. The books led me to public speaking as far away as Russia. In my family therapy practice I included wellness counseling. I also earned a Masters degree in theology from Villanova University. For my volunteer work, I received the Chapel of the Four Chaplain’s Legion of Honor. Whether spiritual, practical, health or school-related, or financial, I know my expert guests can help you have a great family life!

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