High Conflict Co-Parenting
January 20, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
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Co-parenting after a separation or divorce can be difficult – especially if you believe you are dealing with a “high-conflict” co-parent. In this program, Bill Eddy will discuss some of the common problems co-parents face and how to deal with them as a parent or as a professional – especially if there has been intense conflict between the parents. He offers tested ideas about how to communicate peacefully, how to respond to angry emails and comments without being angry back, how to calm emotions when upset, how to make proposals to solve problems, and how to let go of conflicts. Mr. Eddy also provides excellent suggestions about “what to tell the kids” about a high-conflict co-parent. He will also discuss his new 12-session Online Co-Parenting class, which includes high-conflict issues and anger management issues, and the benefits of mediation for resolving family disputes.
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Our goal is to share good ideas about helping all kinds of families handle the challenges and problems that are common in today’s world. We seek to help people heal, grow, and thrive in a culture in which marriage, parenting, and other family relationships are under great stress.
We will feature experts on a variety of family matters. Topics may include building and maintaining healthy relationships, family mediation, divorcing with minimal damage, strengthening marriages, LGBT families, forming and maintaining stepfamilies, single parents, creating constructive separation agreements, addiction, preventing or ending abuse, and other Family Matters.
Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).
Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.
Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.
Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.
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Fred and Jeri Abrams
Fred and Jeri Abrams are two ordinary folks who met 11 years ago (Sept 22, 2004) in Hospice Grief Support after the deaths of their spouses. Exactly one year later, they married. Fred is a retired Air Force fighter pilot and program manager. His first marriage, to Nancy, a pediatric nurse, lasted 33 years. Jeri was also a pediatric nurse. Her first marriage, to Steve, an Air Force Chaplain, lasted 27 years. Fred and Jeri have written a book describing their path through their grief and the rebuilding of their lives. Since marrying they have both been involved in the Rotary project Fred led to establish a self-sufficient sanctuary for AIDS orphans rescued from one of Africa's most dangerous slums. Together Fred and Jeri have four married children and six grandchildren. View Guest page
Brenda Adelman received a best actor award from the Zaki Gordan Institute for “Daddy’s Girl,” a short film based on her one-woman show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet: A Meshugenah True Story.” She has performed “My Brooklyn Hamlet” in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and elsewhere in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Michigan, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Audiences have included the public, women in prison, people in spiritual communities, women’s groups, college students and faculty, and other groups. Brenda has also performed at International Theatre Festivals in England and Austria. She is the recipient of a Hero of Forgiveness award from The Hawaii International Forgiveness Project and has been interviewed on Fox TV morning news and NPR. Passionate about helping people live better lives, Brenda is also a life-coach focusing on the power of forgiving the unforgivable. She is raising a teen who used to be in foster care and enjoying her new home town, San Diego. View Guest page
Robert Baittie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012 at the age of fifty-two. What started as a personal setback has turned into a much stronger push forward -- to fight against the disease and make every day count. Robert is an active participant in the PPMI clinical trial with the Michael J. Fox Foundation. His book “Tremors in the Universe” (tremorsintheuniverse.com) was recently published as an inspiring personal memoir documenting his journey with Parkinson’s and spirituality. Robert and his daughter Amanda created team Martini Shakers to participate in Moving Day Chicago, a National Parkinson Foundation fundraising and awareness program. The team’s incredible efforts in just two years have raised well over $37,000. Robert also continues to run his own award-winning design firm, Bob Baittie Design, Inc. View Guest page
Dr. Amy J L Baker
Dr. Amy J L Baker is a researcher, coach and world-renowned expert in parental alienation. She is the author or co-author of 8 books and over 100 articles on child abuse, parenting, psychological maltreatment, parental alienation, and related topics. Her books include "Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex." View Guest page
Rick Clemons is a life strategist, an entrepreneur, a coming out coach, an author, and a gay man who inspires people to laugh, cry, take a deeper look at the joy ride that is the human experience, love deeply, work passionately, and live authentically. He tried to be heterosexual for 38 years. When that broke, so did he, but he also started being himself. Through divorce, coming out, and saying good-bye to a globe-trotting executive career, he was jolted into his new reality. Now he is doing what he loves — helping others, regardless of sexuality, come out of hiding and into their own brilliant differentness. Clemons has been featured in Huffington Post, Your Tango, GayGuys.com, Healthy Gay Lifestyles, Fit Pregnancy, Yahoo Shine, Elizabeth Street, The Ricki Lake Show, Finding Cupid, and numerous other media outlets. He speaks on behalf of PFLAG at colleges, universities, and entrepreneurial retreats. View Guest page
Stephanie Coontz teaches History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Washington and serves as Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She has authored seven books on marriage and family life, including “A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Down of the 1960s,” “Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage,” and “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.” She is a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times. More information is available at www.stephaniecoonttz.com. View Guest page
Stan Corey is a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA). His career in financial services spans over thirty-five years. As a sought-after expert, Stan regularly provides financial commentary at national conferences, in print and online publications, and on TV. He has appeared in USA Today, Working Women magazine, MONEY, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. He regularly serves as an expert witness and financial coach in divorce cases. Stan has published a novel that is a case study on a divorcing couple. For more information about that, see www.divorcedance.com. Since childhood, Stan has been an avid sailor; navigating the seas has been his lifelong passion. View Guest page
Carl E. David
Born into a family that has now been dealing in works of art for four generations, Carl David has been an art dealer, a lecturer, and a consultant for museums, universities, the FBI, the White House, and many others. In addition, he and his family are suicide survivors; Carl’s older brother killed himself when Carl was only sixteen years old. In his book “Bader Field: How My Family Survived Suicide,” Mr. David has written a very personal story about how his family endured struggle and torment after the suicide and came back to life. Earlier, Mr. David wrote the book “Collecting and Care of Fine Art.” He is also a photographer, a journalist, a musician, a philanthropist, and, through deep caring for others, a healer. View Guest page
Lori Ann Davis
Lori Ann Davis is a Certified Relationship Specialist. With 28 years of experience empowering individuals and couples to live richer, happier lives, she has a detailed and passionate approach to love and relationships and believes that all people deserve to have and can have the relationship of their dreams. She shares proven tools, tips, and techniques that can help inspire people to create great results. She is the author of “Unmasking Secrets to Unstoppable Relationships: How to Find, Keep and Renew Love and Passion in Your Life.” Her website is http://www.lorianndavis.com. View Guest page
Lisa C. Decker
A nationally recognized expert in the financial matters of divorce and author of How to Divorce Your Spouse, Not Your Money®, Ms. Decker is also the CEO and innovative mastermind behind several helpful divorce-related sites including www.DivorceMoneyMatters.com for money-saving solutions during divorce and www.DivorceTownUSA.com, “Connecting those who seek with those who serve™”.
Lisa is a sought-out speaker and a featured expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Oprah magazine, the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, and radio programs.
Always seeking creative solutions, Lisa holds signature events and offers flat-fee services on her personal mission to “Improve the way America divorces, one family at a time™.” She specializes in helping people who are struggling with overwhelm and confusion in their divorce to move past it with confidence, knowing that they got the best outcome possible for their finances, their family, and their future.
You can email Ms. Decker at Lisa@DivorceMoneyMatters.com View Guest page
David S. DeLugas
David S. DeLugas, Esq. is a parent and is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Association of Parents, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable member association that is a voice in the USA for all parents -- mothers and fathers, married and unmarried. The National Association of Parents uses only the U. S. Constitution as the basis for its positions on such parents’ rights issues as a child “unattended” at a playground and the drafting of parenting plans and the associated custody issues. Mr. DeLugas is also a family law attorney, parenting coordinator, mediator, and guardian ad litem.
He earned his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A frequent radio talk show guest on issues of parents’ rights, he emphasizes that a parent is not required to be perfect to have the right under our Constitution to be present in his or her child’s life and to decide how to raise his or her child, as long as the parent is not causing harm to the child as shown by clear and convincing evidence. View Guest page
Dan Deuel is the Chairman of Legislative Affairs for the Utah Chapter of National Parents Organization. NPO is the nation’s largest shared parenting advocacy organization (nationalparentsorganization.org). Dan’s professional background is in Information Technology, but for the past 8 years he has volunteered his time to do what he jokingly calls it "Lobbying for Liberty” in his state legislature. He is a trusted and respected advocate for a range of issues and is highly regarded for his work and expertise furthering the cause of family law reform in his state. He volunteers as a private citizen, and has built a reputation for being respectful, reasonable, and principled. Lawmakers in his state often look to him for advice on family law policy and consult with him prior to acting on proposed legislation. He is a happily married father of two wonderful children. He enjoys the outdoors. When he's not in the office or at the State Capitol you can find him outdoors with his family and dog. View Guest page
Lance Dodes, M.D.
Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has retired from his position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of many journal articles and book chapters about addiction and has written three books: The Heart of Addiction (2002), Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction (2011), and The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry (2014). He has been the Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for "Distinguished Contribution" to the study and treatment of addictive behavior and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. View Guest page
Tamara Lee Dorris
With a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in communications, Tamara Lee Dorris is the author of 16 books about personal and professional development. The most recent book, “The Law of Distraction & Art of Intention,” takes a light-hearted look at some deep-seated truths. Tamara is a certified hypnotherapist and specializes in subconscious studies and neuroscience as they relate to positive behavioral change. View Guest page
Dr. Lisa Ferrari and Dr. Carla Fry
Lisa Ferrari, Psy.D. and Carla Fry, Psy.D. are Registered Clinical Psychologists who have been in private practice for twenty years. They are co-Directors at Vancouver Psychology Centre and co-Founders of Real Parenting Lab, where real psychologists use real science to overcome real life conundrums. Dr. Ferrari & Dr. Fry have held medical psychology and mental health positions at Children’s Hospitals and teaching and supervisory positions at three universities. Their first book, “Gratitude and Kindness: A Modern Parents Guide to Raising Children in an Era of Entitlement,” was published in 2015. They provide lots of resources for parents online at www.realparentinglab.com. View Guest page
William A. (“Bill”) Eddy
Bill Eddy is an attorney, therapist, and family mediator. He is also the President of the High Conflict Institute (www.HighConflictInstitute.com). Mr. Eddy provides training about managing high-conflict personalities to attorneys, mediators, judges, mental health professionals, lawyers, parents, and others. Bill gets around. He has given presentations and/or training programs in more than half of the states in the USA, in several provinces in Canada, and in France, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Eddy is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. He is the author of several books, including "High Conflict People in Legal Disputes" and "Don’t Alienate the Kids." You can find many articles about co-parenting at his website: www.HighConflictInstitute.com. He has also developed an online co-parenting course, which is available at www.NewWays4Families.onlineparentingprograms.com. View Guest page
Chris Efessiou, Ph.D.
Chris Efessiou, Ph.D., is an Entrepreneur, a Leadership Expert, an International Speaker and the author of CDO Chief Daddy Officer® - The Business of Fatherhood, a book that describes how the one set of principles works well both in business and in parenting. He is also the founder and CEO of SRxA-Strategic Pharmaceutical Advisors, His articles have been published on major print and online outlets including the Huffington Post, USA Today Weekend, and SmartCEO. He has appeared on all major TV networks, is on the list of the Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter, and was the host of Voice America Radio’s show "Straight Up with Chris." In addition Chris is a visiting professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, George Mason University’s School of Management, and the University of Maryland. To learn more, please visit ChrisEfessiou.com. View Guest page
Tara Eisenhard is a daughter of cooperatively divorced parents. She is also a former partner of a divorced dad, and she has gone through her own divorce. From these life experiences came her belief that a marriage that no longer works should end and so free families to evolve, not dissolve. As an author, speaker, coach, mediator, and ongoing student of divorce, Tara is passionate about sharing her vision and promoting a fresh perspective to allow for healthy healing. Her book “The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child’s Eyes” tells the story of a divorce as a child experiences it. Tara also writes for her blog “Relative Evolutions” and is a contributor to DivorcedMoms.com and the online community FamilyAffaires.com. Her work has been featured by Stepmom Magazine, MariaShriver.com and The Huffington Post. For more information, visit taraeisenhard.com. View Guest page
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Ed Farber is involved in clinical practice, teaching, and research. He provides diagnostic and therapeutic psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. He is also on the faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Having recognized the need for specialized services for families in transition or conflict, Dr. Farber founded Reston Family Center (http://restonpsych.com/) to provide pre-divorce counseling, custody evaluation, visitation mediation, and directed co-parenting interventions. Dr. Farber has published professionally, lectured nationally, and received multiple research grants. He has served on several national and local community boards. View Guest page
Bill Ferguson teaches how to heal relationships. At one time he was a divorce attorney, but he took the conflict out of divorce and most of his clients were able to part as friends. In fact 15% of his clients decided not to divorce. In 1985 he closed his law practice and started teaching about relationships. His book, “How to Heal a Painful Relationship,” has become a national best-seller. He has led over 2,500 seminars, trains therapists, and has worked with thousands of people around the world. He has been interviewed on Oprah and recommended by The Wall Street Journal. You can find him online at www.masteryofrelationships.com. View Guest page
Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D.
Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. based her new book “Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids” on her experiences as an employed mother, family therapist, and activist. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is also a co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit group that works on-line and in person to help families have healthy, enjoyable dinners with meaningful conversations at the table. Dr. Fishel speaks, consults, and publishes widely on a range of issues families and couples face. She is the author of “Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy: A Developmental and Narrative Approach.” She writes a blog called “The Digital Family” on Psychologytoday.com and has also blogged about family issues for NPR, PBS, and many other websites. She is an editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and for Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. She lives outside Boston with her husband, and is the mother of two young adult sons. View Guest page
John A. Fiske
John A. Fiske is an award-winning family mediator and mediation trainer who has been mediating since 1979. He practiced law in New York City and then in Boston for 18 years before he shifted into family mediation. He co-founded and served as President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, has been co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Family Law Section, and for the last several years has been co-chair of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s annual Family Law Conference.
He has mediated more than 2,000 divorces, separations, and post-marital contracts to help couples stay married. Since 1982 the sign on his door has said, “Upheavals Do End.” He is often quoted in local and national media as an advocate and spokesperson for family mediation. See http://www.mediate.com/fiske for details about his family mediation practice. View Guest page
Dr. Elizabeth Fong
Dr. Elizabeth Fong is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 16 years experience. She is currently in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She specializes in play therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. She also enjoys working with gifted learners. She founded ELITE Counseling & Consulting, LLC in 2009 from her strength-based approach to helping clients deal with life’s challenges. The acronym stands for Empathy, Limits, Interests, Time, and Energy. In her work with children and families, she aims to provide a trusting, supportive, safe, respectful, fun, and relaxing counseling environment. Both Dr. Fong’s educational and professional background in Child Development, Family Psychology, and Play Therapy, and her personal experience as a wife (21 years and counting) and as a mother to four children influence her as she offers integrated, client-focused, and practical interventions. Life challenges and changes are looked upon as continued opportunities for growth. View Guest page
Kathryn Foster, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Ft Worth, Texas. With a masters degree in marriage and family counseling and a Ph.D. in psychology, she has practiced psychotherapy for 27 years. As a researcher focusing on the neuroscience of romance, she has intriguing things to say about how women and men differ and how their differences affect romance and marriage. She deals with the heart of the challenges couples face. Her books include “The Naked Truth About Men (And Romance),” and “What Women Want…Really!” (written for men but meant to be read by couples,) and two novels, “Sessions: Memoirs of a Psychotherapist” and “Finding My Way.” Her website is www.kathrynfosterphd.com. View Guest page
Susan Pease Gadoua
Susan Pease Gadoua is a best selling author and speaker. She is a licensed therapist, an expert on marriage and divorce, and has been working with individuals, couples, and families as well as leading groups and workshops for nearly twenty-five years. Susan has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the U.S. and Canada including The CBS Early Show and ABC's View From The Bay. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Redbook Magazine, and Divorce Magazine. She is also a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com. Along with her husband, Michael, and two dogs, Susan lives in Sonoma County, California. She is a co-author of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels.” To learn more, visit changingmarriage.com and TheNewIDoBook.com. View Guest page
As a Certified Stepfamily Coach, speaker, educator, and writer, Judy Graybill helps stressed out stepfamilies to argue less and relax more. At the core of it all, she heals strained relationships. Judy was a partner in one of the 70% of step-couples who split up. Her pain and heartache, still being in love when her relationship ended, propelled her to find answers. She found them through The Stepfamily Foundation, qualitative research, spiritual development, and complementing her degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Her clients praise her for giving them “peace of mind”, “empowerment”, “insights”, and “real world solutions”. Visit stepfamilycoach.com to learn how to be one of the step-couples who stay together. View Guest page
Victoria Greene is a mother who loved and lost her only son, Emir Peter Greene, murdered by a member of the family's community. In life, Emir was a good son, a protective brother, and a loving uncle. Ms. Greene's loss and journey through healing became the foundation for the EMIR Healing Center, which provides concrete, practical, and compassionate support to others who need to recover from violence, trauma, and loss. In this and other ways the EMIR Healing Center works to change individual and societal attitudes that perpetuate cycles of violence. View Guest page
Sura Hart is a communication consultant, a public speaker, and co-author, with Victoria K. Hodson, of three books for teachers and parents, including “Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids” and “The Compassionate Classroom.” Sara and Victoria also created The No-Fault Zone® Game, a powerful communication tool used in families, schools, and businesses. (More info at www.TheNoFaultZone.com.) Sura travels extensively as an internationally recognized trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She designs and facilitates trainings and curricula for students, parents, teachers, and administrators and is co-founder of a five-day intensive training for teachers: NVC Institute for Educators: Teach for Life! (www.nvceducatorsinstitute.com.) Sura offers in-person and phone coaching and consulting, especially for parents and educators. View Guest page
Avon Hart-Johnson, Ph.D. is the president of DC Project Connect, a nonprofit that helps inmates and their families stay connected. She teaches life skills at Washington DC’s only half-way house for women. She is an international conference speaker who describes the consequences of mass incarceration on families. Her ground-breaking research revealed how incarceration of a loved one may be affecting millions of prisoners’ families. Women grieved for imprisoned loved ones began to isolate themselves socially, as if they were on “house arrest” due to shame, stigma, and lack of social support. Dr. Hart-Johnson is the chairperson of the Advocacy in Action committee for the International Prisoner Family Conference organization, which focuses on important issues along the mass incarceration continuum. She is also an adjunct professor at University of Maryland, serves on the Board of Directors for Fairview, a Residential Reentry Center, and has served with other community organizations. View Guest page
Brian Hirsch, Esq. is a partner with Hirsch & Ehlenberger, P.C. and practiced Family Law in Reston for 30 years. He has litigated Family Law cases extensively in Circuit Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. He is a substitute judge for J&DR Court, was chair of the VSB Family Law Section, is editor of the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a member of the VBA Family Law Coalition, a certified family mediator, and Chair of the VSB Fifth District Disciplinary Committee (Sec. II). He is a frequent speaker on Family Law. View Guest page
Dr. Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS is the founder and the current Chairman of the Board of the National Parents Organization, the nation’s largest shared parenting advocacy organization. He is an expert on child custody, parental equality, and shared parenting. As an advocate for children and modern families, he is heavily involved in efforts to reform U.S. family court systems in a way that encourages shared parenting, gender equality, and, above all, the best interest of the child. Dr. Holstein was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child Friendly Family Law and was appointed by a Massachusetts Chief Justice to a task force charged with reviewing and revising the state’s child support guidelines. Dr. Holstein graduated from Harvard University, received his Master’s Degree in Psychology from MIT and earned his Medical Degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where he later served as teacher and researcher. View Guest page
Martin Hurlburt is an expert on developing good financial habits. He has written and lectured extensively on what drives our financial behavior -- the way we invest, spend, and manage our money. His passion is to help people learn how to make better financial choices so that they can lead happier, less stressful, more productive lives. He understands that money management can increase or decrease stress in any relationship or family. He is the author of “Yes, Money Can Make You Happy.” Mr. Hurlburt is also a founding partner in TM Wealth Management, a firm dedicated to helping people simplify, unify, and multiply their wealth. Martin writes about money, teaches about money, and is “in the trenches” helping people actually manage their money. His website is www.TM-wealth.com. View Guest page
Elliott Katz is a professional speechwriter and is the author of seven nonfiction books. After the end of a relationship, he sought to learn about being a man in a relationship. Books about marriage and relationships said little to him. He found powerful timeless insights in the lessons that fathers and other older male role models taught younger men. People started seeking his advice and would say, “Why didn’t someone tell me this before?” Therefore he wrote “Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless Wisdom on Being a Man.” It has been translated into 24 languages in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Katz now teaches the principles in this book to men and women and speaks at seminars and conferences. View Guest page
Mindful thinker and author Ellen Kellner uses her intuition, discernment, and experience to guide parents into the Pro-Child approach that grew from her own personal journey into mindful divorced parenting. She encourages all parents to be rooted in the conviction that good parenting skills are absolute and are not corrupted by marital status. Tapping into the universal truths of nurturing love, Ellen has regular one-one-one consulting sessions to guide parents who are ready to nurture the children’s spirits, even during divorce. Ellen’s book, The Pro-Child Way®: Parenting with an Ex, describes 46 divorced-parenting situations that can be challenging and uses a problem/solution format. For each situation, a “typical” reaction is contrasted with the “Pro-Child” solution. Ellen has described the Pro-Child Way®: in print media, on radio shows, and in workshop sessions. In 2014 she was thrilled to be on the faculty for the Omega Institute’s inaugural workshop on mindful divorce. View Guest page
Maya Hope Kitwana
Maya Hope Kitwana is a survivor with a powerful story to tell. She has made it her life’s work to bring out the beauty in life and to give comfort to those she meets. Her story is one of abuse, endurance, and the unexpected consequences of breaking her silence about what happened in her family. Her journey has taken over thirty years. Now she has a family of her own. For the sake of her children and herself, she knew she needed to end the cycle of abuse. She chose to step forward with her story even as she worked through feelings of shame and embarrassment. Telling her story was the only way for her to put an end to her suffering and become able to love herself. Her hope is that sharing her experiences will help others who have gone through or are still going through similar pain. More information is available at www.mayahopekitwana.com. View Guest page
Francie Koehler is a licensed private investigator, a former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession.
In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator. Francie hosts PI’s Declassified! on Voice America Variety. View Guest page
Danielle Kunkle is a founding partner of Boomer Benefits, a family-owned agency specializing in Medicare-related insurance products since 2005. Serving thousands of Medigap policyholders in over 40 states, Boomer Benefits has been awarded the prestigious AARP/Aetna Service Superstar Award. As an expert in the Medicare sector of the health insurance industry, Danielle has spoken about Medicare and healthcare reform for hundreds of employer groups, agent chapters, hospitals, and community organizations. She is an approved instructor for Texas’s Medicare-related Products Certification course, which all agents must attend before being allowed to offer Medicare-related insurance policies in Texas. An active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, Danielle is a past president of its Fort Worth chapter, where she served on the Board of Directors for six years and is a recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Member of the Year award. Her website is https://boomerbenefits.com View Guest page
Jessica Lahey, J.D., is an educator, speaker, and author. She writes about parenting and education for the New York Times and the Atlantic, and is a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. She has also appeared on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, HuffPost Life, and many other media outlets. Jessica earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in juvenile and education law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons. View Guest page
Stacey Langenbahn, J.D. is the President of Détente Mediation Services in Colleyville TX. She is a Distinguished Credentialed Mediator in Texas and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Her peers have named her as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012. Stacey is co-authoring the family mediation chapter of the State Bar of Texas’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook. She has practiced law for 24 years as a mediator, family lawyer, collaborative practitioner, and civil trial lawyer. As a Founding Director of the Texas Collaborative Law Council, she was a pioneer in civil collaborative law in Texas. She helped develop the Civil Collaborative Law section of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a founding member of the Collaborative Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association. She is an international trainer on collaborative law and on team mediation. View Guest page
Co-author of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” Vicki Larson is a longtime journalist, freelancer, columnist, and blogger. She works as the lifestyles editor and writer at a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, Mommy Tracked, Modern Mom, Divorce 360, and the anthologies “Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s” and "Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life's Transitions.” She has been a guest on radio shows, including Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit.” Vicki Larson is also the proud mother of two wonderful young men. She blogs about marriage, divorce, and relationships at OMG Chronicles (http://omgchronicles.vickilarson.com/). More information about “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels” is at TheNewIDoBook.com. View Guest page
Jerri Lincoln has written and published more than twenty-five books in various genres. One is “The Journey That Matters” (using pen name Jodie Lightener), which describes some of the challenges of caring for an aging parent through stories that will make you laugh and cry. Jodie’s favorite genre is children's books, but right now she is working on a thriller. When she is not writing or thinking about writing, she is riding her horse, playing with her dog, or reading. She spent most of her adult life working with computers and has only recently returned to the two passions of her childhood: writing and animals. View Guest page
Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult," served as Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising for more than a decade at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. A mother of two teenagers, she has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx Talks and in Forbes and the Chicago Tribune. She is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In addition to non-fiction she writes creative non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and plays. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their teenagers, and her mother. View Guest page
Jenifer Joy Madden
Jenifer Joy Madden is an adjunct professor of digital journalism, an author, and a speaker. Her words and images have informed millions on news outlets including ABC, PBS, Discovery Health Channel, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and her blog, DurableHuman.com. JJ also develops products to help families manage their digital lives so that family members are close to each other, are individually happy and healthy, and are effective contributors to society. Jenifer was a pre-medical student at the University of Notre Dame and president of the college pre-med honor society, but when she spent a summer studying dance, a creative side of her was awakened. She realized that she would rather communicate about health than practice medicine. She has built her career on being able to understand the scientific concepts and then explain them to lay people in terms they can easily understand. View Guest page
Stacey Martino is a certified marriage educator and divorce preventionist and a sought-after relationship expert. Trained and certified by Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes, Stacey has been featured by Anthony Robbins, Your Tango, BlogtalkRadio, Bloomberg, Yahoo, and QVC and is the Relationship Expert for Aspire Magazine. She helps people who feel stuck, frustrated, and helpless with the challenges that intimate relationship bring. Through strategic coaching, programs, and live events for her Relationship Transformation System®, Stacey empowers you to create your unshakable love & unleashed passion without needing your partner to participate in the process in order for you to get the results you want in your relationship! View Guest page
Marilyn S. McKnight, M.A. is a mediator, trainer, and author who has practiced exclusively in the field of mediation since 1977. She has co-authored five highly successful books on mediation, is a Founding Board Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFMnet.org) and is an active member of the ADR Section of the Minnesota Bar Association. She has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota - School of Social Work, at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN and at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She provides mediation services at Erickson Mediation Institute in Bloomington Minnesota. View Guest page
Ivonne Meeuwsen is an author of several books on child sexual abuse, one of which has been translated into English. This book, “I Thrive! Healing from Child Sexual Abuse,” tells the story of Ivonne's personal experiences with child sexual abuse, her journey to healing, and the professional experience she has working with survivors of child sexual abuse in her own private practice as a coach and social worker. The book describes how sexual abuse impacts a child and what its long-term effects are. Far from being a victim's sob story, the book provides valuable information on how to heal. It is on mandatory reading lists for social workers and/or psychologists in two Dutch universities. Ivonne Meeuwsen has made it her life's work to educate survivors, therapists, and others about healing from abuse. She is a popular speaker at several Dutch universities. She gives masterclasses on the topic and organizes symposia on healing from child sexual abuse. View Guest page
David Merkatz, author of the bestseller “Wrongly Charged: A Look At The Legal System,” speaks from experience. He and two other locksmiths were wrongly charged with money laundering and other major felonies. His long, winding, expensive road trip through the legal system was an eye-opening nightmare. Before his arrest, he built up and then sold three locksmith businesses. He also became a licensed stockbroker and a professional options trader. His website is www.wronglycharged.com. View Guest page
Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private clinical and consulting practice in Austin. Specializing in couples and family therapy, couples workshops, training and supervision, and organizational consultation, Vagdevi has extensive experience with multicultural psychology, especially eastern influences on psychological practice, and cross-cultural research on relationships. Vagdevi has over 28 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and educator. She has been a certified Gottman Couples Therapist and workshop leader since 2006 and is now a Master professional trainer for the Gottman Institute. She offers the “Art and Science of Love” weekend workshop for couples, as developed by Dr. John Gottman. Dr. Meunier is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, where she supervises doctoral students from the clinical psychology program. Vagdevi is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Relationships, a community counseling, training, and outreach agency that specializes in relational models of clinical practice. The Center for Relationships has a research program called Love across Cultures, which looks at committed and intimate relationships in different cultures as well as inter-cultural relationships. The outreach and education programs at the center include workshops, groups, and community forums on healthy relationships, conflict management, trust recovery, and parenting. View Guest page
Dr. Nancy J. Mezey
Dr. Nancy J. Mezey is an associate dean and a sociology professor at Monmouth University, where she also served as the Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Her areas of specialization are family sociology, gender studies, the sociology of sexualities, and race-class-gender studies. Her research focuses largely on how historical factors, social inequalities, social activism, and policies shape and affect new family forms. Her latest book, LGBT Families, draws on extensive research to examine the experiences of diverse LGBT families and how heterosexism and homophobia shape family life. Her first book, New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood, is a multiracial feminist study of how lesbians decide to become mothers or remain child-free. Dr. Mezey has also published in a variety of academic journals and books in the areas of LGBT families and intimate partner violence. She is an active member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and Sociologists for Women in Society. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Dr. Mezey served in Mali, West Africa from 1988 to 1990. She received her PhD in sociology from Michigan State University. View Guest page
Jennifer "Jenna" Moheyer
Jennifer "Jenna" Moheyer, is a nationally-known family lawyer and legal strategist affectionately called "The Heart-Core Lawyer" for her evolutionary and heart-centered approach to guiding clients through Divorce.
As founder of the National Divorce Support Alliance, the nation's largest divorce support organization, she has spent the past six years on the front-lines with 10,000's of men and women, empowering them to "Survive Whole --Mind, Body & Soul". Committed to improving legal services nationwide, she coaches other divorce lawyers to be more streamlined and stop being their clients' #1 regret. View Guest page
Forrest "Woody" Mosten
Having been in private mediation practice since 1979, Forrest S. Mosten is in constant demand as a master mediation trainer. In addition to training mediators, lawyers, therapists, and organizations worldwide, Mr. Mosten has published numerous articles on mediation and several books, including The Complete Guide to Mediation (1997), Unbundling Legal Services (2000), and Mediation Career Guide (2001), which has been a bestseller on Amazon.
In 1999, Professor Mosten was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association. In 2004, the American Bar Association presented Professor Mosten with two awards: a lifetime achievement award for his contributions in legal access and the ABA Lawyer As Problem Solver Award. In 2014, the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation awarded Woody its Lifetime of Service Award. Mr. Mosten’s other awards, honors, and leadership positions are too numerous to list here. He has served as Law Professor or Adjunct Faculty Member at six law schools.
His innovations in mediation and legal access have been reported in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the ABA Journal and many other publications throughout the world. View Guest page
Liam Naden is a marriage and relationships coach, specializing in helping couples and individuals to save and strengthen their marriages when the relationships get into trouble. He is the author of more than 25 Kindle books (including 10 bestsellers), which include "The Sexless Marriage Cure" and the #1 best seller "How to Save Your Marriage - When Your Spouse Doesn't Want To.” He is the creator and host of the podcast, "Growing in Love for Life - Save and Strengthen Your Marriage" and also the creator of two marriage-saving programs. Originally from New Zealand, he is now based in Europe and shares his information with couples and individuals from around the world. View Guest page
Ken Neumann’s training is in child psychology and family therapy. Ken has mediated since 1982. He co-founded the Center for Mediation & Training to develop a theory and a framework for family and divorce mediation as well as a training model. Ken’s focus is on the tough cases. He consults, trains, supervises, and leads in developing new techniques, including a detailed model on how to break impasse in the typical custody dispute as well as Team Mediation (www.TeamMediation.org). Ken has served on numerous mediation boards and is a frequent presenter at mediation and other conferences. View Guest page
Dr. Patricia Papernow is an internationally recognized expert on stepfamilies and post-divorce parenting. She is passionate about sharing useful, research-based information about what works to build a successful “blended” family. Her most recent book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships, was written for stepfamily members, those who love them, and those who want to help. It has been receiving rave reviews. The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and guest blogs on stepfamilies, Dr. Papernow is often interviewed on radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, and The Katie Couric Show. Dr. Papernow is a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA, and a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Papernow is a highly engaging speaker and teacher. Her web site is www.stepfamilyrelationships.com View Guest page
As an individual who represents overcoming adversity, Dave Pelzer has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves. His first book, ”A Child Called It,” describes how his mother starved him, forced him to drink ammonia, stabbed him in the stomach, burned his arm on a gas stove, and abused him in other ways. When he was twelve years old, teachers and foster parents rescued him. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, including in the Gulf War, Dave did a huge amount of volunteer work helping trauma survivors. He has received personal commendations from four U.S. Presidents. Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World. Dave also received the National Jefferson Award, which is considered the Pulitzer Prize for public service. His inspirational books have been on Best Sellers lists for 13 years. Dave is the first author to have four #1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List. More information is available at davepelzer.com View Guest page
Eric C Peterson
Eric Peterson, Senior Consultant with Cook Ross Inc., is a facilitator and educator in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) with over 15 years of experience in Unconscious Bias, D&I, Learning Strategies, and Organization Development. Earlier Eric was the Manager of D&I at the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association for HR and D&I practitioners. There Eric designed strategies and provided thought leadership to assist organization leaders in creating diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces that could meet the needs of a 21st‐century marketplace. Eric has been published in Profiles in Diversity Journal and Echelon Magazine and has been sourced as a D&I expert by CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Bloomberg Group, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a recipient of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Community & Justice. He received a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University. View Guest page
Regina Radomski, adoption educator and advocate, is the author of From Half to Whole:A Journey to Overcome the Battle Scars of Adoption and Living to Tell About It. With 5-star reviews, From Half to Whole is a raw and honest look at a family’s struggle to adopt and raise two young boys who came to America with a few stuffed toys, a foreign language, and a history of trauma. Regina is the founder of Fillin’ the Blanks, a program offering support and solutions during the adoption process. She is also an Elite Life Coach, a Health Coach, and a blogger for Empowering Parents. For more information visit Regina’s website, www.reginaradomski.com, and follow her program, Fillin’ the Blanks, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fillin-the-Blanks/136149426429543). View Guest page
ShaRon Rea, Certified Life and Parenting Coach, Author and Founder of The Whole Family Coaching, is a compassionate woman with a strong business background that encompasses more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of communication, education, childcare, and public service. ShaRon is an expert in parenting solutions for parents raising teens, co-parenting after divorce, single fathers and every caregiver committed to raising happy, well-adjusted children of any age. As a Life Coach, she empowers both men and women with insights that lead to enjoying happier, more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others. In other words, she helps you find “The Silver Lining” of difficult situations. You just need to know where to look. ShaRon is also the founder of a global movement - No Judgment. Just Love.™ She designed and created the No Judgment. Just Love.™ Charm to be worn or displayed as a reminder to see beyond the first impression, move from negative to positive and treat each other with respect and dignity. Her websites are http://www.thewholefamilycoaching.com and http://www.nojudgmentjustlove.com. View Guest page
Jessica Rector is an inspirational mentor to single moms worldwide, an author, a speaker, and founder of both the social enterprise The Single Mom Movement and The Single Mom Movement Community, where single moms get the support, help, and empowerment they need to thrive in life.
With two undergraduate degrees, an MBA, a TV talk show, the renowned book Live Your Greatest Life, and volunteer work in Africa, Jessica thought she was living a great life. Then she found herself alone, scared, and pregnant. Filled with shame, she didn’t speak out about her impeding single motherhood until she was seven months along.
Now as the most sought-after single mom mindset speaker, Jessica believes and teaches that when single moms change what they tell themselves, walk through their fears, and tackle their shame, they can live a life filled with joy, abundance, and love. Jessica teaches from her own experiences, challenges, and struggles as a single mom and is revered for creating a ripple effect and changing the lives of thousands.
For more information, please visit www.TheSingleMomMovement.com. View Guest page
Bob Rhudy teaches people how to handle and how to mediate family caregiving, adult guardianship, estate planning, and other senior or elder conflict and planning matters. He is an attorney, a mediator, and an organizational consultant, with nearly forty years’ experience in mediation, legal aid, public interest law, legislative advocacy, strategic planning, and nonprofit consulting. He is the founder and president of Senior Mediation and Decision-Making, Inc., online at www.senior-mediation.org. This nonprofit organization developed a statewide elder mediation program in Maryland and went on to provide training and consulting around the United States and in Canada. View Guest page
Chip Rose is recognized internationally as an innovator and expert in the field of mediation and collaborative conflict resolution. He has been teaching workshops in basic and advanced client-centered dispute resolution for many years. Chip’s published chapters include “Mediating Financial Issues” in “Divorce and Family Mediation: Models, Techniques and Applications” edited by Jay Folberg; “Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice,” in “Narrative Mediation: A New Approach to Conflict Resolution,” edited by John Winslade and Gerald Monk; and “Psychology and Divorce” in “The Financial Handbook of Divorce,” edited by Crumbley and Apostolou. Currently the President of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Chip maintains a private mediation practice in Santa Cruz, CA. He received the first Eureka Award from CP Cal for his work in support of Collaborative Practice and a lifetime achievement award from the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. View Guest page
Peter Rosenberger brings an unprecedented, personal understanding of the brutal realities facing so many people who are struggling to care for disabled, chronically ill, or elderly loved ones. With an unparalleled journey, Peter has continued to serve as his wife’s sole caregiver for three decades, through a medical nightmare that has mushroomed into 78 operations, the amputation of both legs, and nine million dollars in medical bills. Peter brings an astonishing understanding of health care issues while communicating a deep compassion for the heartache of caregiving that causes even the strongest to falter. “One Joke Away From Being A Night Club Act,” Peter’s outrageous humor brings the fresh air of laughter into the painful places faced by America’s exponentially growing number of caregivers. Peter also serves as the president of Standing With Hope (http://caregiverswithhope.com), a non-profit prosthetic limb outreach service agency for amputees in West Africa. View Guest page
Pamela J. Sams
For 13 years, Pamela J. Sams, CRPC, has been helping women and their families improve their lives through good financial planning. Pamela has become a strong voice as the Retirement Planning Expert for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women and as a sought-after speaker. She is also a RetireMentor for MarketWatch, which features insight, opinion, and conversation from selected financial-services professionals with experience steering investors toward a comfortable and secure retirement. She has been quoted on Bloomberg.com, FiduciaryNews.com, Equifax.com, Christian Science Monitor, and Financial Planning Magazine. She is president of Jackson Sams Financial Services, a financial planning and wealth management firm in Herndon VA, where she offers both advisory services and securities.You may contact Pamela online at jacksonsams.com. View Guest page
A graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Biology, Stephen Schwertley began as a salesman in the medical equipment industry and progressed to sales in the reprographic, semiconductor, automotive, and software marketplaces. As Schwertley’s professional career blossomed, he achieved positions as National Sales Manager MGI Systems, Director of Sales for BL-Systems, and National Account Manager for Kwik-Way Products, Inc. Along the way, he won a National Award as a salesman. Schwertley is known for the quirky sense of humor that permeates his life. He lives in Cave Creek Arizona with his wife Joy and their two Yorkies Jack and Foxy. View Guest page
Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, is a dating and relationship mentor as well as a divorce and parenting coach and author. She is co-creator of the DatingRescue eCourse and Create Your Ideal Relationship Kit for women and Mastering the Challenges of Dating: A Success Formula for Men. Rosalind is an expert contributor to the Huffington Post, Cupid’sPulse.com, ChicGalleria.com, FirstWivesClub.com and other websites and blogs specializing in dating after divorce, dating in mid-life, or divorce and parenting issues. Her mentoring services, books, and courses are available at www.childcentereddivorce.com, www.womendatingafter40.com, www.womendatingrescue.com, www.mendsdatingformula.com, and Amazon.com. View Guest page
Vicki Shemin is a family mediator, a collaborative law attorney, and a clinical social worker with 35 years of experience in dispute resolution and domestic relations. She offers clients an array of options including mediation, collaborative law, coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, pre-marital agreements, and post-nuptial agreements, including agreements to stay married. Ms. Shemin has repeatedly been among Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in three categories - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, and Mediation/Collaborative Law - based on ratings from her peers. Ms. Shemin is working on a book entitled "Letters To Ex-Spouses:… And I Just Wanted You To Know” to contribute to the fields of psychology, law, medicine, and theology. Because research for the book involves voluntary participation, she welcomes inquiries from divorced individuals, therapists, clergy, and family law attorneys who work with people who have been divorced. View Guest page
Simone Spence is the best-selling author of several books about collecting child support. Her most recent book, ‘Deadbeat vs. Deadbroke,' was released in July 2014. She is also the owner of the only DIY child support collection company in the country. She founded Child Support Solutions in 2001 and has since then helped parents to collect over $15 million. She has been a featured expert on media outlets including Huffington Post, Heart & Soul, and Essence Magazine. In addition to writing her own blog, she is a current contributor to DivorceMagazine and Feministing. Simone is the creator of DontGetMadGetPaid.com and is dedicated to advancing women and children. View Guest page
Veda Stamps, author of "Flexible Wings,” was born in Los Angeles, California but grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her late teens, she moved to Fresno, California where she attended Fresno State's undergraduate and graduate programs. Then, in Washington, DC, Veda served as a legislative aide and speechwriter to Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. Missing sunny California, she moved back to Fresno and created The Ramsay Group, a community planning consulting firm. She currently lives in Valencia, California with her husband, two daughters and three dogs. "Flexible Wings" is her first published novel, partly inspired by her daughter’s experience on a new neighborhood swim team. View Guest page
Deborah Tannen Ph.D
Deborah Tannen is best known as the author of “You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation,” which was on The New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including 8 months as #1. It brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. “I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs and Kids When You're All Adults” won an award. “You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation” and “You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives,” were also NYT best sellers. Dr. Tannen has appeared on many TV and radio shows, including 20/20, The Colbert Report, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah, Nightline, Good Morning America, and shows on CNN and NPR. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, People, and The Washington Post. Dr. Tannen is a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. View Guest page
Dr. Ginny Trierweiler
Dr. Ginny Trierweiler is a child psychologist and has studied child development in depth for over 30 years, with an emphasis on the development of great capability, courtesy, and self-reliance in young children. She also directed a nationally renowned early childhood Montessori school for 5 years, which added a great deal to her understanding of the potential of young children. She developed the Born for Brilliance framework to teach the key principles for releasing the young child’s greatest potential to parents and early childhood educators. Dr. Ginny offers keynote speeches and workshops on nurturing the young child’s natural learning drives and their great capacity for intelligence, capability, self-reliance, and compassion, beginning during the first three years of life. Dr. Trierweiler has contributed parenting and child development expertise on CBS news and on Yahoo Parenting. Learn more at bornforbrilliance.com. View Guest page
Margie Ulbrick is a collaborative family lawyer, relationship counselor and psychotherapist who makes extensive use of mindfulness skills in her work with couples, individuals and families. She is co-author, with Dr. Richard Chambers, of “Mindful Relationships: Creating Genuine Connection with Ourselves and Others.” The book offers insight and practical guidance into how to build mindful and caring relationships at home, at work, in the community and with yourself. To learn more about her work, visit themindfulnessrelationshipsbook.com. View Guest page
Jill Vanderwood, mother, grandmother, and author of eight books, is an expert in children’s and young adults’ problems with bullying and cyberbullying. Jill wrote her most recent book, “Erase the Problem of Bullying,” because one of her grandchildren was being bullied at school. Jill understood the problem because she was also bullied while she was growing up. She then gathered information from an NBA All Star who almost missed having his basketball career because of bullying, a former prisoner who now helps troubled youths find better ways of getting what they need, a retired judge, and others who deal with bullies. She shares insights into bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the bully. Jill provides information and describes resources that can help both kids and parents learn their rights and protect themselves and others from bullying. People can and do survive bullying and build successful lives. View Guest page
Michelle Winters of SleepWell Sleep Solutions is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She helps parents create gentle, respectful methods for getting their children sleeping on a schedule that works well for the whole family. She provides sleep consultations for children up to six years old. Michelle is based in Northern Virginia and conducts in-person consultations in the Washington DC Metro area. She can also conduct consultations over Skype or by phone for clients who live elsewhere. She is available to conduct workshops and group talks to businesses, parents’ groups, and preschools. Her website is www.sleepwellsleepsolutions.com View Guest page
Having been through a difficult (devastating, actually) divorce herself, Sharon Zarozny founded Brilliant Exits, LLC to help individuals, couples, and families through the complexities of getting unmarried. A certified life coach, speaker, and published author, Sharon focuses on helping you figure out what's best for you and your family. She offers personal and group coaching and educational programs. Her website, brilliantexits.com, provides links to lots of excellent, free resources. Sharon has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine. Her articles have appeared in a variety of media. As a Huffington Post Blogger, she has written about upscale abuse, sharing her insights and gathering others' stories. Ms. Zarozny is on the Board of Directors of The Weitzman Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals dealing with domestic abuse and high conflict divorce. View Guest page
Dr. Deborah Zucker is a naturopathic physician and transformational health coach who helps conscious, compassionate people revolutionize their health by learning to love, nourish, and heal themselves on every level. As the founder of Vital Medicine, she offers many virtual and retreat-based programs. She holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, where she has also served as adjunct faculty. She is the author of "The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well Being." To learn more about Deborah’s work, visit www.vitalmedicine.com. View Guest page