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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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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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Vicki Larson

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 ( More information about “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels” is at View Guest page

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Jerri Lincoln

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

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Julie Lythcott-Haims

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

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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, 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

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Stacey Martino

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

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Marilyn McKnight

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 ( 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

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Ivonne Meeuwsen

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

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David Merkatz

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 View Guest page

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Vagdevi Meunier

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

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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

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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

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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

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Liam Naden

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

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Ken Neumann

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 ( Ken has served on numerous mediation boards and is a frequent presenter at mediation and other conferences. View Guest page

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Patricia Papernow

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 View Guest page

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Dave Pelzer

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 View Guest page

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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

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Regina Radomski

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,, and follow her program, Fillin’ the Blanks, on Facebook ( View Guest page

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ShaRon Rea

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 and View Guest page

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Jessica Rector

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.

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Bob Rhudy

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 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

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Chip Rose

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

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Peter Rosenberger

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 (, a non-profit prosthetic limb outreach service agency for amputees in West Africa. View Guest page

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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,,, 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 View Guest page

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Stephen Schwertley

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

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Rosalind Sedacca

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’,, 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,,,, and View Guest page

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Vicki Shemin

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

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Simone Spence

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 and is dedicated to advancing women and children. View Guest page

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Veda Stamps

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

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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

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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 View Guest page

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Margie Ulbrick

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 View Guest page

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Jill Vanderwood

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

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Michelle Winters

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 View Guest page

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Sharon Zarozny

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,, 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

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Deborah Zucker

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 View Guest page

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