Life Decisions: Making Choices from Teens through Early Adulthood
December 8, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Merle Griff
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How does a young person choose a career? How do you make adult decisions when you don’t feel like one? Robert Michael PhD, author of The Five Life Decisions, and Jeffrey Arnett, PhD, developer of the theory ‘emerging adulthood,’ tackle these questions. They will explain the key factors of decision making and how we can help millennials plan for their futures. This show will help you understand the transition from young adulthood to becoming a responsible, successful adult.
Caught Between Generations
Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time/3 PM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
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More than 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s have at least one living parent, and a child under the age of 21 for whom they are providing care and assistance. Most likely there is also a job, a house to run, groceries to buy and meals to get on the table. How can you cope with the massive demand on your time for love, attention, and decision-making skills?
We know it’s not easy but Caught Between Generations is here to help. We talk all things multi-generational, and provide practical tips you can use right now and in the long term to make your life less stressful.
Our program is a one-stop shop for information and resources for caregivers of multiple generations. If you are caring for children, grandchildren, spouse and/or parents, you do not have the time or the energy to search for all of the information that you need. Caught Between Generations will help you feel more peaceful, more organized and more informed with expert interviews with those in the know.
Dr. Merle Griff
Merle Griff, PhD is an expert on caring for both children and aging parents. She has been an invited speaker at international and national conferences such as the World Congress on Family and Play Therapy. Dr. Griff has written extensively on intergenerational dynamics, including her book LinkAges, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on topics such as The Influence of Grandparents in Family Systems, and developed therapeutic techniques for use with multi-generational families.
Dr. Griff is the founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions (http://sarahcare.com). SarahCare provides creative solutions for seniors that helps them to remain in their home and with their families. Prior to founding SarahCare, Dr. Griff was a therapist in community mental health centers working with children and their families and extended families.
Dr. Griff is a wife, mother and grandmother. She took her mother into her own home to care for her following a very dense stroke, and is passionate about providing help for others in similar situations.
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Mr. Dupic is currently President and CEO of SarahCare of Campbell, an adult day care program in Campbell, California. Mr. Dupic was previously the CEO of Nemont Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., General Manager for The Toledo Telephone Company, Inc., Vice President of Regulatory affairs for Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. Prior to joining Golden West, Mr. Dupic was Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary of Dakota Telecommunications Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Mr. Dupic has previously served on several national and state telecommunications’ industry Board of Directors and has an extensive amount of previous industry involvement. He was graduated with a B.S. Degree majoring in Accounting and with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Mr. Dupic also earned his Masters of Divinity degree from the Trinity Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree at Northwestern Polytechnic University. View Guest page
Dr. Jane Adams
Dr. Jane Adams has spent over two decades researching and reporting on how Americans live, work, and love, and especially how they respond to social change. A frequent media commentator, she has appeared on every major radio and television program. The author of eight nonfiction books and three novels, she is a talented communicator, and an expert in managing personal, professional and family boundaries, dealing with grown children, coping with change, and balancing life and work.
A graduate of Smith College, Jane Adams holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and has studied at Seattle Institute of Psychoanalysis and the Washington, D.C. Psychoanalytic Foundation. She has been an award-winning journalist, a founding editor of the Seattle Weekly, and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the Family Advocate of the Year award from “Changes,” an organization devoted to improving relationships between parents and adolescent children. View Guest page
Jessica Joelle Alexander
Jessica Joelle Alexander is an American author, columnist and cultural trainer. She graduated with a BS in a psychology and went on to teach communication and writing skills in Scandinavia and central Europe. Married to a Dane for 13 years, she lives in Rome with her husband and two children, Sophia and Sebastian. View Guest page
Dr. Jeffrey Arnett
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is Research Professor of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the originator of the theory of emerging adulthood and the author of Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, recently published in a second edition by Oxford University Press. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (www.ssea.org). He lives in Worcester with his wife Lene Jensen and their twins, Miles and Paris. View Guest page
Miriam Beloglovsky is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and has had the pleasure of advising and guiding students for over 2 years. She is a strong advocate for children, youth, and families, and consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs, including THRIVE Family Development Network and My Street of Dreams. She has served as a keynote speaker, presenter, and board member to a number of organizations and conferences. View Guest page
Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein
Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein is a licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years’ experience specializing in child, adolescent, couples, and family therapy. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and completed his post-doctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center.
He is the author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child and has helped over two thousand defiant children and their families restore their relationships. Additionally, he has authored10 Days to a Less Distracted Child, Why Can’t you read My Mind? And Liking the Child You Love. Dr. Bernstein lives in the Philadelphia area. www.drjeffonline.com View Guest page
Robert B Blancato
Bob Blancato is President of Matz Blancato and Associates located in Washington D.C. He is the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000 member Elder Justice Coalition. He serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob has more than 20 years of service in the Congressional and Executive branches, including the senior staff of the House Select Committee on Aging and an appointment by President Clinton to be Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, one of four he has participated in. In September 2015, Bob was appointed to the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
Bob’s volunteer leadership includes currently serving as the Chair of the Board of the American Society on Aging and on the Board of the National Council on Aging. Bob is a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post and Next Avenue writing on aging issues. View Guest page
Sherianna Boyle is the author of six books the most recent being Mantras Made Easy, Choosing Love, The Four Gifts of Anxiety and The Conscious Parenting Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety. She is an adjunct Psychology Professor, seasoned yoga instructor, licensed School Psychologist and Quantum Healing practioner. Her book The Four Gifts of Anxiety was endorsed by The National Association of Mental Health and Sherianna's work has been featured in over fifty published articles including Psychology Today. When she is not writing she is busy raising her three beautiful daughters. Her resources can be found at www.sheriannaboyle.com. View Guest page
Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer’ special care unit as an activity director. She didn’t know what Alzheimer’s was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers.
Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer’s journey. View Guest page
Dr. Michael Breus, (The Sleep Doctor)
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular contributor on the show (30+ times).
Dr. Breus is the author The Power of When, a ground breaking bio-hacking book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your hidden biological chronotype. Dr. Breus gives the reader the exact perfect time to have sex, run, a mile, eat a cheeseburger, ask your boss for a raise and much more. View Guest page
Patty Cassidy holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a registered horticultural therapist. She currently works with frail elders and older adults, especially those who have memory impairment. For the past seven years, she has been president of the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers by maintaining the garden and providing therapeutic and educational activities.
Patty is vice president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Her book, The Practical Illustrated Guide to Gardening for Seniors, published in 2012, won the AHTA Publication Award in 2013 and was chosen by The Oregonian as one of the top five garden books for the year 2012. Patty is a life-long gardener and been a Master Gardener since 2003. She currently lives in Portland, where for the past 33 years she has tended her large residential garden in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood. View Guest page
Dr. Joshua Coleman
Dr. Coleman is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and Co-Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-partisan organization of leading sociologists, historians, psychologists and demographers dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. He has lectured at Harvard University and blogs on parent-adult child relationships for the U.C. Berkeley publication, Greater Good Magazine.
Dr. Coleman is frequently contacted by the media for opinions and commentary about changes in the American family. He has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, NPR, and The BBC, and has also been featured on Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, America Online Coaches, PBS, and numerous news programs for FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC television. His advice has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, Fortune, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Psychology Today, U.S. World View Guest page
Dr. Paul Coleman
Dr. Paul Coleman is an award-winning author and nationally known psychologist in private practice with thirty years of experience. He has written thirteen books with traditional publishers including his latest award-winning book “FINDING PEACE WHEN YOUR HEART IS IN PIECES” (Adams Media, November 2014) for which he was awarded the 2015 Gold Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association.
Dr. Coleman is a motivational speaker and has been invited to conferences such as “The Third Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference” (St. Louis, 2013) and “Transform” (Portland, ME; 2013, 2014). He also speaks at local and regional venues.
Dr. Coleman is an expert in the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Grief, and Couples Therapy. He takes a particular interest in helping people discover meaning and purpose to their lives after a major loss or upheaval. View Guest page
Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, mindfulness teacher and public speaker. She is also a longtime student and practitioner of Eastern spirituality. Nancy graduated from the University of Virginia, Columbia University School of Social Work, The Focusing Institute and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Her new book, "THE POWER OF OFF: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World" (Sounds True Publishing) will be published November 1, 2016. She is also the author of "INVITING A MONKEY TO TEA: Befriending Your Mind and Discovering Lasting Contentment" (Hohm Press, 2012) and "GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY: Unlocking Your True Performance Potential" (Luminous Press, 2001). In addition, she is a regular blogger for Psychology Today. Finally, having spent 25 years as a top-ranked equestrian on the national horse show circuit, Nancy serves as a performance consultant to competitive athletes and professional artists. She lives in Manhattan. www.nancycolier.com View Guest page
Nancy Collamer is a writer, speaker and consultant on second-act careers and semi-retirement. She is the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit Your Passions During Semi-Retirement (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and blogs about careers for NextAvenue.org (PBS site for boomers) Forbes.com and USNews.com. She is the founder of MyLifestyleCareer.com, a blog and free newsletter that covers semi-retirement ideas, resources and news. Forbes named her website, MyLifestyleCareer.com, as one of the "Top 100 Websites for Your Career." In private practice since 1996, Nancy holds a MS in career development from the College of New Rochelle and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can subscribe to her free bi-monthly newsletter on her site at MyLifestyleCareer.com, connect with her on Twitter @NancyCollamer, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/MyLifestyleCareer. View Guest page
Aysha Cooper is originally from Indianapolis, IN. After completing a Public Health degree at Indiana University, she moved into the world of advertising. Spending most of that career in yellow page advertising with some time spent in radio. Although she spent almost 10 years in this field, she knew one day she would return to her passion for working with seniors. After relocating to Georgia and starting a wellness studio, she was presented with an opportunity in adult day care, which then led Aysha to Sarah Adult Day Centers. She has been operating SarahCare of Snellville for 6 years. Aisha also recently received her MBA while running her SarahCare business and raising her young son View Guest page
Ohio native Meg Cox has been earning her living as a writer since graduating from Northwestern University in 1975. Since the birth of her son, Max, in 1994, Meg has written for many national magazines, lectured and taught all over the country and authored five books. She continues to contribute weekend arts features to the Wall Street Journal. Her two main specialties are FAMILY TRADITIONS and QUILTING, two wildly misunderstood topics. Both are thought to be old-fashioned and un-hip which could not be farther from the truth. Today’s smart parents are avid inventors of personalized rituals and celebrations that give their kids a sense of identity, security, meaning and fun. These traditions encompass everything from meals and activities handed down through generations, to brand new rituals, including some built around cutting-edge tech devices like iPads and smart phones. View Guest page
Elizabeth B. Crook
As the CEO of Orchard Advisors for the past twenty-plus years, Elizabeth Crook has helped CEOs and entrepreneurs think and act strategically to grow their companies and find greater personal satisfaction. She has shown countless individuals of all generations how to invent and reinvent themselves. Crook knows how to inspire people to gain a fresh sense of what they can accomplish in their lives, think about themselves with compassion, develop a sense of humor about their challenges, and ultimately take action.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MS from Tennessee State University. She lives on Music Row in Nashville with the love of her life, Umberto Fontana.
For more information, please visit www.ElizabethBCrook.com. View Guest page
Dr. Kelsey Crowe is an author, speaker, and founder of Help Each Other Out, which offers Empathy Bootcamp workshops to give people tools for building relationships when it really counts. She earned her Ph.D. in social work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a faculty member in the School of Social Work at California State University. Regular clients for her talks and workshops include UCSF and Stanford University, among several others. She is a cancer survivor and human survivor, each day finding meaning in connection and a purpose driven life. You can reach her at www.helpeachotherout.org View Guest page
Lisa Daly is a professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California. She has over 30 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, director, and educator. She has served on community and Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) boards, including the statewide Child Development Training Consortium advisory board. She is passionate about creative arts and has directed art programs for thousands of children at community family events and camps; and she and has presented numerous workshops for educators on art, storytelling, language and literacy, sensory experiences, and music and movement. View Guest page
Ken Denmead is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He’s the publisher and editor of GeekDad, the parenting blog for Wired magazine’s online presence, and publisher of the companion blog, GeekMom, where along with a group of other dedicated, geeky parents he posts projects, book and movie reviews, weekly podcasts, and more about being a parent and being a geek. View Guest page
Dr. Bella DePaulo
Bella DePaulo is a social psychologist and the author of Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After and How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, and other books. Atlantic magazine described Dr. DePaulo as “America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience.” In Singled Out and in her other work on people who are single, DePaulo has drawn from social science data to challenge the stereotypes of people who are single. DePaulo has also offered seminars and workshops on the science of singlehood. Bella DePaulo has discussed the place of singles in society on radio and television, including NPR and CNN, and her work has been described in newspapers (such as the New York Times and the Washington Post) and magazines (such as Time, Business Week, and Psychology Today). She is a Project Scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Visit her website at BellaDePaulo.com View Guest page
Dr. Gayani DeSilva
Dr. DeSilva has spent over 15 years as a psychiatrist, specifically enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents. Much of her work consists of the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues. In this climate of horrific violence much of it perpetrated by adolescents and young adults in society today, she believes understanding the needs of children is crucial to preventing further tragic events. Dr. DeSilva believes not only must children with mental illness obtain the care they desperately need, it is vital adults participating in child rearing educate themselves about children’s development and learn to communicate effectively with children and adolescents. View Guest page
Linda Duxbury is a professor in the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She has been recognized as one of Deloitte’s Women of Influence (2009) and has spent the past two decades completing major studies on balancing work and family life in the public, private and not-for-profit spheres. View Guest page
Susan J. Elliott
Susan J. Elliott is an author, certified grief counselor, motivational speaker, and attorney. Elliott is the author of Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss Into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You and appears as a relationship commentator nationally and also locally in the New York City and is quoted frequently in magazines, newspapers, and websites. View Guest page
Robert Emery, Ph.D.
Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on family relationships and children's mental health, including parental conflict, divorce, mediation, child custody, genetically-informed studies of family life, family violence, and associated legal and policy issues. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and several books including Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime (2016, Avery). He is co-author of Abnormal Psychology (2014, 8th Ed) with Thomas Oltmanns, and recently edited the three volume encyclopedia, The Cultural Sociology of Divorce. Dr. Emery has discussed his work on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Jane Pauley Show, National Public Radio, in Newsweek and Time magazines, and in many other print and electronic media. Dr. Emery maintains a practice as a clinical psychologist, divorce mediator, and parenting coordinator. View Guest page
Beverly Engel is an internationally recognized psychotherapist and an acclaimed advocate for victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She is the author of 21 self-help books, including 4 best selling books on emotional abuse: The Emotionally Abusive Relationship, The Emotionally Abused Woman, and Encouragements for the Emotionally Abused Woman, and Healing Your Emotional Self. Her latest book entitled, It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion came out in Jan. of 2015. Engel is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been practicing psychotherapy for 35 years.
She regularly conducts training workshops throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, for both professional and lay audiences. Recently she has been conducting trainings on emotional abuse for the United States Army, in both Texas and Georgia as part of their domestic violence training for staff. View Guest page
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
His scientific publications number over 150, “The Best Doctors in America” 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. View Guest page
Patricia Evans is the bestselling author of five books, including The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out, Controlling People, The Verbally Abusive Man: Can He Change? Victory Over Verbal Abuse
She has appeared on The Oprah Show, CNN, 20 national TV shows, dozens of regional TV shows, over 200 radio shows and O, The Oprah Magazine. Newsweek called her first book "Ground Breaking."
She has consulted to thousands of people and presented in talks and workshops throughout the US, Canada, Madrid and in five cities in Australia. She recently gave 8 CEU's to therapists in WA State. Patricia lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached via her website at www.VerbalAbuse.com View Guest page
Steve Ewell is the executive director of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives. He joined the CTA Foundation in January 2012 and is the first person to hold this position.
Prior to joining the CTA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection, with 86 chapters and more than 40,000 members.
While at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Steve served as the director of the Metro Washington, DC region where he built the membership in DC, Maryland and Virginia into one of the largest and most active regions in the organization through a wide variety of policy engagements and programs. View Guest page
Becky Feola, owner of Assisted Living Advantage, learned the value of hard work at an early age and continues to put that work ethic to use to help families and individuals seeking the best assisted living for their loved ones.
Her life took at drastic turn when her husband was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease and she became his primary caregiver. During that time, Feola immersed herself in research, learning all that she could about the disease, the legalities of being an informal caregiver and guardian, the insurance companies, social services and the legal system.
After an 11-year battle that included finding multiple caregivers and assisted living facilities, her husband passed away and Feola founded the NJF Center for Caregivers, Inc. Following that, Feola’s phone still rang with people needing her expertise in locating places for loved ones to receive the best care possible. She decided to start Assisted Living Advantage to continue to serve families in that capacity. View Guest page
Dr. Stewart B Fleishman
Dr. Fleishman is the author of companion books, LEARN to Live Through Cancer: What You Need to Know and Do and the Manual of Cancer Treatment Recovery: What the Practitioner Needs to Know and Do. These books offer patients, familes and cancer specialists of many disciplines the foundations to apply sound principles of symptom control and psychosocial care throughout the course of cancer illness, preparing for long term survival and improving quality of life. Dr. Fleishman visits cancer centers across the country for accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, where more than 70% of cancer patients are treated in the USA.
Dr. Fleishman is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Cancer Society. In addition to numerous peer reviewed articles, Dr. Fleishman reviews articles for a number of journals. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Fleishman taught in the New York City public schools. View Guest page
Dr. Jennifer Freed
Jennifer Freed is the co-founder/director of the highly successful teen program called The AHA! (Attitude, Harmony, Achievement) which serves more than 3000 families annually in the state of California. AHA! is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in teenagers , while helping them set goals, support their peers, and serve their community. For AHA! Dr. Freed created the educational book series Become Your Best Self, which includes workbooks on Relationship Wisdom, Character, Compassion and Creative Expression, targeted to teens and young adults.
In addition to the workbook series, Dr. Freed has published The Ultimate Personality Guide, a popular interactive guidebook for understanding personality typologies. Her latest book published by Penguin, Lessons from Stanley the Cat: Nine Lives of Everyday Wisdom, inspired by a beloved feline friend. To learn more about Stanley, please visit stanleythecat.com View Guest page
Jenny Friedman, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Doing Good Together™ (DGT™), a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that empowers families to raise children who care and contribute. She has written more than 100 articles on issues of parenting, child development and education for local and national magazines, including American Baby, Parenting and Parents. She wrote The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering, a comprehensive resource describing hundreds of volunteer projects for families, published by Robins Lane Press in 2003. She coauthored Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools and Communities (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010), a compendium of family-friendly service activities that can be done on-site at schools, workplaces and congregations. As executive director of DGT, Friedman consults with organizations to develop family service programs; conducts workshops; presents at conferences; writes a monthly newsletter and articles View Guest page
Thomas Gagliano is a highly motivated successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in small business ventures. While working in the garment industry for the past 25 years, he carved out a leadership position for Quick Bias Binding Inc., a service company in Brooklyn. During that time, Tom also has been a high profile leader in addiction and self-help therapy. He has helped develop unique methods and procedures which have helped numerous institutions and individuals in the greater New York area. Having been featured as a key note speaker at a number of meetings and conferences in New Jersey, Tom has become a regular on the speaking circuit. He added to his business ventures by entering into the real estate market in 2000. He purchased and developed Chazz Realty and also owns T.S. Binding, LLC, a consulting firm. View Guest page
Tova Garr is the CEO and founder of From Girls 2 Women an organization dedicated to strengthening the mother - daughter relationship. Tova’s work focuses on supporting and mentoring teen girls and helping mothers understand and support their daughters through the challenges of adolescence. Tova does this through teaching mothers and daughter to communicate successfully about the important stuff.
Tova has spent over 20 years working with teens and young adults around the world, in Israel, the US, Australia, South Africa, the former Soviet Union and more. Tova is committed to making sure every girl is raised in a supportive nurturing environment, allowing her to become a strong independent thinker, learn how to make good choices and successfully navigate life, allowing her to grow up and live her dreams while staying true to who she really is and is meant to be.
You can find out more about Tova at: www.tovagarr.com View Guest page
Terry Gaspard MSW, LICSW
Terry Gaspard MSW, LICSW is a therapist, author, and college instructor. Two of Terry’s research studies have been published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, TheGoodMenProject.com, The Gottman Institute Blog, and DivorcedMoms.com. Follow Terry on Twitter, Facebook, and movingpastdivorce.com. Terry’s new award winning book Daughters of Divorce: Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents’ Breakup and Enjoy A Happy, Long-Lasting Relationship was published in January of 2016 by Sourcebooks. View Guest page
Dr. Lindsay Gibson
Dr. Lindsay Gibson has been in private practice doing individual psychotherapy for over thirty years. She has both a Masters and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and has served as an adjunct assistant professor teaching doctoral students in clinical psychology for the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. Dr. Gibson's first book was Who You Were Meant to Be: A Guide to Finding or Recovering Your Life's Purpose, and her latest book is Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents. In her practice, she specializes in working with people whose depression, anxiety, and relationship problems have their roots in unsupportive and demoralizing relationships with their emotionally immature parents. View Guest page
Claudia M Gold MD
Claudia M. Gold MD is a pediatrician and writer with a longstanding interest in addressing children's mental health care in a preventive model.
She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for 25 years, and currently specializes in early childhood mental health.
She is the author of The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medications, and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth, and Lifelong Resilience (May 2016) and Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums, and other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World through Your Child’s Eyes, and writes regularly for Psychology Today.
Dr. Gold is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health program, William James College, and the Austen Riggs Center. She is also on the advisory board of the Sackler Parent Infant Project at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Gold lives with her husband and children in Egremont, MA. View Guest page
Julie Hall The Estate Lady®
Julie Hall, The Estate Lady®, is a nationally known personal property expert who has assisted thousands of individuals across the country in the daunting and often painful process of managing their deceased loved one’s possessions.
With more than 25 years’ experience, she advises on the distribution and dissolution of personal property, valuation of items, how to minimize family feuds, and how to clear out the family home. She writes and speaks on behalf of seniors, educating them on why it is important to deal with their personal property before they become infirmed or die. Hall also educates their Boomer children, guiding them through the entire process on behalf of their parents.
Julie’s greatest passion is educating heirs, executors, and professionals who need to understand the complexity of personal property issues. Julie has authored 5 books. Julie's blog, “The Estate Lady Speaks,” can be found at http://estatelady.wordpress.com/ View Guest page
Known as the guru of accessible travel, Candy Harrington has been writing about this niche exclusively for over 20 years. She’s the founding editor of Emerging Horizons, and the author of 11 accessible travel titles for wheelchair-users and slow walkers.
Candy’s work can also be found in disability-related magazines, mainstream publications and websites. Tape measure in hand, Candy hits the road often, in search of new accessible travel finds. And when she’s not on the road, Candy enjoys spending time with her travel photographer husband at their home in the Sierras. View Guest page
Dr. Donna Hicks
Donna Hicks, Ph.D., is an associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. During nearly two decades in the field of international conflict resolution, she has facilitated dialogue between communities in conflict all over the world and has worked as a consultant to corporations and organizations, applying the dignity model. She lives in Watertown, MA. View Guest page
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. She is Executive Director of Senior Life Journeys, a not for profit organization and she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol works with the folks who have dementia through Choral Music, Memory Music, Drum Circles, Scarf Dancing, and Hospice Music.
Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia.
Carol hosts a podcast titled LET’S TALK DEMENTIA, and it is available through iTunes and her website – www.seniorlifejourneys.com. View Guest page
Dr. Robert Humphries
Dr. Robert Humphries is a licensed psychologist whose work has included children, adolescents, families and adults. Dr. Humphries is one of the three founders of Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in North Canton, Ohio. In addition to his clinical practice responsibilities, he accepted a fulltime appointment at Walsh University being promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. Dr. Humphries has been the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Educator in 2002 and an outstanding teaching award from the faculty for the 2007-2008 academic year. He was featured as one of Stark County’s Top Docs in the October 2015 About Magazine. Bob is married and has two children, Nicholas and Jenna. View Guest page
A native Virginian and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, John Hunter is an award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. Employing his background as a musician composer and filmmaker during a three-decade career as a teacher, Hunter has combined his gifted teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs using multimedia software programs in creative writing and film courses.
In 1978, at the Richmond Community High School, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game. Over time, in a synchronous unfolding with the growing global focus on increasingly complex social and political conditions, the game has gained new impetus. As Hunter succinctly explains, “The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown.” View Guest page
Elizabeth Ibrahim is the Director of Geriatric Care Management at SarahCare View Guest page
Dr. Barry J. Jacobs
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the author of the book The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent. Dr. Jacobs has given more than 400 local, regional and national presentations on family caregiving for family caregivers and community groups, mental health/social service professionals, and physicians/nurses. Since 2008, Dr. Jacobs has been the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He is on the expert panel for the Caregiver Crisis Great Challenge for TEDMED.com, an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association, and a past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. He is on the expert panel for the AARP Advisory Panel and writes a monthly caregiving column for AARP.org. View Guest page
Dianne Morris Jones
Dianne Morris Jones is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and Consultant (CDWF-C) practicing at Family Legacy Counseling in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a degree in Family Finance from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in Counseling from West Texas A&M University. She practices individual and couples therapy from a mindful, cognitive behavioral approach.
In addition to being a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, Dianne has extensive training in Spiritual Direction and the Enneagram. The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown that focuses on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Dianne is also the author of I'm Fine: A Real Feelings Journal and Stop Breathe Believe: Mindful Living One Thought at a Time. View Guest page
Leslie is known as a respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students and has been featured in national broadcast and print media on these subjects. She also speaks and conducts workshops internationally to parent and educator groups on a variety of topics facing students today. Leslie is the co-author of the award winning, “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life”. Her second book, “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed,” was published by People Tested Media in 2015.
Leslie Josel received her Chronically Disorganized Specialist Certificate and Certificate of Study in Hoarding from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. She is also a member of NAPO and NASMM. www.orderoochaos.com View Guest page
Dr. Anne Katz
My professional life is focused on providing information, education and counseling to people with cancer and their partners about sexual changes that can occur during and after treatment.
But there is another important aspect to this work; I want every cancer patient to be able to have a discussion about sexuality with their health care providers. And so I travel around the world, teaching health care providers to ask their patients about this important part of quality of life.
To reach those who cannot hear me talk and teach, I have written a number of books that will bring this message into the homes, offices and clinics of patients and care providers. I have also written about cancer survivorship – an important topic for the more than 12 million survivors in North America. View Guest page
Dr. Mary A. Languirand
Mary A. Languirand received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987, and completed an internship in clinical geropsychology at the R. H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Languirand now practices full-time in Garden City, NY, providing clinical services to individuals and families, and consulting to multidisciplinary professional teams in skilled nursing facilities. View Guest page
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe has been supporting families and children for over 15 years with her work as a registered psychologist and founder of The Wishing Star Developmental Clinic. In her first book, Discipline Without Damage: How to Get Your Kids to Behave Without Messing Them Up, Dr. Vanessa offers a discipline approach centered around connection and compassion. Contrary to today’s popular parenting philosophies, Dr. Vanessa encourages a dependent relationship between a big person and their child to nurture the best development possible. Based on extensive research and professional expertise, she shares that only through dependence can a child’s true independence emerge. For more information, visit DrVanessaLapointe.com. View Guest page
Nina Lesowitz co-authored the best-selling Living Life as a Thank You; What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail? as well as The Grateful Life with Mary Beth Sammons. She produces literary events for Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival where she serves on the Executive Committee. She is also Vice-President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Commodore of the Emeryville Yacht Club. She sails in the San Francisco Bay Area on her sailboat, Gratitude. View Guest page
Patrick, Garden City Harvest’s Community Garden Operations Coordinator grew up in Wisconsin, and from day one wanted to be outside whenever possible. While earning his degree from the University of Montana, Patrick enrolled in the PEAS Farm class, and couldn’t give it up – staying for two semesters and a summer session. Through the PEAS Farm and his Environmental Studies Program classes, he’s decided he wants to keep working on local food efforts now that he has earned his degree. When he’s not digging in the dirt, he is hiking, biking or fishing with his dog, Lola. View Guest page
Lauren Mackler is a world-renowned coach, psychotherapist, creator of the Illumineering Coaching method, and author of the international best-seller, Solemate Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life. Named one of the "Top Ten Coaches in America" by Vitals Magazine, Lauren is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and human behavior and relationships expert on CNN and FOX. Her work has been covered widely in the media, including NPR, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Marie Claire, Forbes, Parade, New York Daily News, and many other media. She has served as a member of Northeastern University’s faculty, guest lecturer at Brandeis and Harvard Universities, and she is a featured presenter at Omega and Kripalu. You can learn more about Lauren sign up for her free Live Boldly e-newsletter at her website at www.laurenmackler.com. View Guest page
Dr. Laura Markham
Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. She is the mother of two children, now ages 21 and 25. Dr. Laura is the author of the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. You can find her online at http://www.ahaparenting.com View Guest page
Genevieve Jessop Marsh
Genevieve, Garden City Harvest’s Community Outreach Director hails from the piedmont of North Carolina. She fell in love with sustainable agriculture in Vermont, and studied the subject in Missoula, Montana where she earned her Master’s of Science in 2006. In her work at Garden City Harvest, she heads the Community Gardens team and celebrates the work of our farms and gardens through events and outreach. Prior to joining the Garden City Harvest crew, she worked for the Intervale Center, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Lake Champlain Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland. She enjoys writing, reading (but not arithmetic), gardening, adventures that require a tent and good walking shoes, and, like her grandfather, the feel of the sun on her back. View Guest page
Dr. Julie L. Mayer
Julie L. Mayer, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, has been doing individual and couples therapy for almost 25 years. She is the author of the novel A Fleeting State of Mind. Dr. Mayer has a private practice is in Media, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in women's issues, including caregiving and other relationship concerns. She has held adjunct teaching positions at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology of Widener University and in Widener University's undergraduate programs. She was also an Instructor for the Master's Program in Creative Arts Therapy at Hahnemann University for eight years, teaching courses on human development and psychoanalytic theory. View Guest page
Vicki Maynard, is a National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) board member and executive director of SarahCare of Indianapolis, Indiana View Guest page
With over 35 years of non-profit management experience, Mary McGowan currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. As the primary representative and spokesperson for this national 35,000 member patient advocacy organization serving women living with and at risk for heart disease, McGowan ensures successful implementation of the strategic direction and increases WomenHeart's visibility and brand recognition among key audiences nationally.
McGowan joined WomenHeart in September of 2010 as Chief Operating Officer to ensure the organization’s long term growth and sustainability. McGowan provided leadership and day-to-day oversight of WomenHeart’s main components including fundraising, resource development, communications, marketing, programs and public policy. She created and implemented WomenHeart's National Hospital Alliance, comprised of hospitals committed to advancing women's heart health. View Guest page
Dr. Lisa Meltzer
Lisa J. Meltzer, PHD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida, and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was selected as a Pickwick Postdoctoral Fellow in Sleep Research by the National Sleep Foundation, studying sleep patterns in parents of children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Meltzer is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and directs both the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Clinic and Actigraphy Clinic at National Jewish Health. She is also the co-author of Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions. View Guest page
Robert T Michael
Robert T. Michael is the founding dean and Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He is also a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His eight books include the coauthored Sex, Love, and Health in America: Private Choices and Public Policies and Allocation of Income within the Household. View Guest page
Gary S Moak, MD
Gary S. Moak, MD, is a past president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and 2011 recipient of its clinician-of-the-year award. He is a practicing geriatric psychiatrist with over thirty years experience treating older adults with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral problems related to diseases of aging. Dr. Moak is assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, where he serves as Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at the New Hampshire Hospital. In addition to his clinical work with older adults and their families, he teaches medical students and doctors in training about mental health and aging and the treatment of late-life mental health problems. Dr. Moak regularly speaks to audiences of older adults and members of their families about mental health and aging. View Guest page
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.
Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is the Founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong female relationships can be found in her books Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. She also writes at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is a friendship expert in the media appearing on such shows as Katie Couric and the Today Show. View Guest page
Amy Nofziger has been working in consumer fraud for over 15 years. Amy leads of all AARP Foundation Consumer Protection activities, including relationships with private foundations, Federal and State regulators, Attorney Generals, and local community partners. Additionally, she acts as AARP’s Fraud Watch Network spokesperson for media inquiries and subject matter expert opportunities. Because of her experience and expertise, she is frequently sought after for public speaking opportunities and has presented across the country to consumers and professionals on consumer fraud and other social issues facing older adults. Amy has worked with The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Consumer Reports, Yahoo News and many other publications on helping to shed light on fraud and exploitation of older adults. View Guest page
Jennifer Noonan is the founder of www.thegfcflady.com, a website for autism parents. She holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas, and lives in Austin with her husband, four children, and their pet tarantula. View Guest page
Dr. Patricia O’Gorman
Patricia O’Gorman, PhD, is a psychologist, resiliency coach, and speaker known for her warm and funny presentations. She has worked extensively with women and children of alcoholics in private practice with an emphasis on trauma. She also serves on the Board of the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault, previously directed a rape crises center as well as the Division of Prevention for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She founded the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), national office, worked extensively in senior management in child welfare, and is a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. The Girly Thought 10 Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power is her ninth book; others include The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power, Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting, View Guest page
Dr. Terri Orbuch
Dr. Terri Orbuch (aka The Love Doctor®) is a world-renowned relationship expert, author, speaker, therapist, professor at Oakland University, research scientist at University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, and media personality. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost 3 decades. Dr. Orbuch is the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great.” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her practical science-based advice has led to being featured in publications in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine, and appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN. Learn more about her at: DrTerriTheLoveDoctor.com. View Guest page
Melissa Orlov is the author of two award-winning books - The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) and The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014, with Nancie Kohlenberger). She is considered one of the foremost authorities on ADHD and relationships.
A marriage consultant, Melissa helps ADHD-affected couples from around the world rebalance their relationships and learn to thrive. She also teaches marriage counselors and other professionals about effective marriage therapy for couples impacted by ADHD. Orlov blogs for Psychology Today and at www.adhdmarriage.com, where she also hosts a large community of adults learning about ADHD in relationships. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, CNN, Today, US News and World Report, CBS, AOL, the American Psychological Association Monitor and many others. View Guest page
Scott Page is President and CEO of the Lifeline Program, one of the most innovative, forward-thinking, and highly respected life settlement providers in the market today. During a 25-year business career, he raised millions of dollars in investment capital from Wall Street but always with an eye on helping average citizens. A respected expert on retirement and financial issues facing seniors and baby boomers, Scott has appeared on national media outlets such as: 20/20, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He is a frequent guest on Fox Business Network and writes regularly for Huffington Post on retirement issues. View Guest page
Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat
Steven Pantilat, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program that received a Circle of Life Award in recognition of excellence and innovation from the American Hospital Association in 2007. Dr. Pantilat is a palliative care physician and a hospitalist, and is an internationally recognized expert in both hospital medicine and Palliative Care. Dr. Pantilat is the Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center that has train teams from over 200 hospitals across the country on how to establish Palliative Care Services and he consults with hospitals and health systems nationally to help them establish, implement and grow palliative care programs. He is also the Director of the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national collaboration of over 85 Palliative Care teams. View Guest page
Anu Partanen is a journalist originally from Finland, now based in New York City. In her native Finland she has held many positions ranging from managing editor to columnist, features writer to news reporter, lecturer to on-air commentator. She has been living in the United States since 2008, and her book "The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life" compares everyday life in the United States with life in the Nordic region. In 2009 she was a visiting staff reporter at Fortune magazine through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, and more recently her work has been published in The New York Times and The Atlantic. She is a regular on-air commentator on the BBC World Service. View Guest page
Award winning cookbook author and writer Raquel Pelzel is the author of TOAST: The Cookbook ; Eggplant; and the soon to be published Sheet Pan Suppers --Vegetarian (Workman, 2017) and has collaborated on more than 20 cookbooks with chefs and celebrities. A former Cook’s Illustrated editor, Raquel was also the senior food editor at Tasting Table. Most recently she coauthored the award nominated Breaking Breads with Uri Scheft and is currently working with Cedella Marley, Zac Posen and David Burtka on cookbooks. View Guest page
Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker and author of, When ‘I Do’ Becomes ‘I Don’t’-Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, The Smart Stepmom (co-authored with Ron Deal), 101 Tips for The Smart Stepmom, and Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul.
Laura is the founder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms, a ministry designed to provide help, hope and healing for any woman dating, engaged or married to a man with kids. www.SisterhoodofStepmoms.com
She is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series implemented in over 45,000 churches worldwide. In addition to the US she has spoken in South Africa, Australia, and Canada. Laura had 2 stepmoms and 1 stepdad while growing up. She has been a stepmom for 30 years after her marriage to Steve. Therefore, she understands stepfamily living from every angle. They live in Florida, her website is: www.TheSmartStepmom.com View Guest page
Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.D.,ABPP,CGP,FAGPA
Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.D.,ABPP,CGP,FAGPA is a licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Diplomate in Group Psychology and Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at LIU Post, N.Y. Dr. Phillips has provided services and trainings nationally and internationally on trauma response and disaster. In February 2008, as Community Outreach Chair of AGPA, she gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military and their families. She is the co-author of Healing Together: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress as well as two other books and 40 articles and book chapters. She is a blogger for Psych Central. Her blog is called “Healing Together for Couples” with hundreds of blogs covering a wide range of topics. She has been on National TV, Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She is the host of Psych Up Live, on Voice America’s Variety Channel. View Guest page
Carl Pickhardt, Ph.D.
Married with four children and one grandchild, Carl Pickhardt is a psychologist in private counseling and public lecturing practice in Austin, Texas. He is the author of 15 parenting books as well as books of illustrated psychology and adult and children's fiction.
He received his B.A. and M.Ed. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of the American and Texas Psychological Associations. He has written columns for the Austin American Statesman ("Parenting the Teenager"), for the Austin Business Journal, Single Parent Magazine, Marriage and Family Living Magazine, Austin 360.com, and for Only Child Magazine (for which he is a contributing editor). He regularly sources articles for the print media about parenting, family, and adolescence. In 2010 he was on ABC, NBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as sourcing major articles for the Time Magazine cover story, "The Only Child Myth" the Wall Street Journal, "The Only Child -- A dose of sibling rivalry". View Guest page
Dr. Mel Pohl
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs & the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), & a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM). He is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of the Symposium Planning Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup. Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to 2011. View Guest page
Tim Prosch and his work have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, American Bar Association Journal, and the Journal of Financial Planning, as well as on NPR's Next Avenue, AARP Prime Time Radio, and MariaShriver.com. Prosch has done over 50 TV and radio interviews to date and was recently awarded the 2014 Wealth and Money Management award in the U.S. market for innovative and strategic thinking.
AARP The Other Talk was honored with an APEX award for publishing excellence, Book of the Year by ForeWord (an association of independent booksellers), the Color of Money Book of the Month by The Washington Post, silver awards from National Mature Media and Living Now, and a bronze Independent Publisher Book Award. View Guest page
Robin Raskin has spent the past 30 years exploring what it means to be living in digital times. An author, editor, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, and events creator, Raskin says she's never met a media she doesn't like, and ishappiest when she's writing about technology's second citizens: kids, seniors or women and technology. Raskin is the former editor of PC Magazine and Editor in Chief of FamilyPC. She served as a Vice President at Ziff Davis Publishing and was part of the startup team at Yahoo! Tech. She's been a columnist for USA Today Online and has authored 6 books about parenting in the digital age. Today, her company, Living in Digital Times, partners with CTA (The Consumer Technology Association) to produce 14 different conferences and events geared towards life in the digital world. View Guest page
Barbara Reich is the founder of Resourceful Consultants, LLC, a firm specializing in the organization of people, their lives, and physical spaces. Known for creating solutions that are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical, Barbara transforms each space from the inside out. From powerful executives to busy mothers, clients appreciate Barbara’s unwavering confidentiality and eye for design. Barbara speaks on a variety of topics including: Managing Every Day Chaos, Organizing Your Kitchen for Optimal Nutrition, Organizing Your Home Efficiently, Organizing for Academic Success, and Enlightened Organizing.
In 2014, Barbara co-founded Never Caught Up, LLC, focusing on work life integration, women’s empowerment, and wellness. As a keynote speaker and consultant, Barbara combines humor, analytical data, and anecdotal evidence to demonstrate how women can achieve greater productivity and a deeper level of fulfillment in their lives. View Guest page
Tara Robinson, Ph.D
When Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., was twenty-eight years old, she dropped everything to move to Costa Rica where she fulfilled her dream of living and working in the rainforest. Since then, she’s earned a Ph.D. in biology, authored Genetics for Dummies, left academia to become an executive coach, and is now an internationally recognized expert in the field of personal productivity. As crazy as it sounds, she got interested in productivity because she was worried that she wasn’t living up to her potential. Her new book, Sexy + Soul-full: A Woman’s Guide to Productivity (St. Michael’s Press), comes out in early 2016. When she’s not coaching, teaching, or writing, you can find in her art studio making mosaics or hiking in the hills around Corvallis, Oregon, where she lives in a purple house with her husband and their dog. View Guest page
Jean Betschart Roemer MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE
Jean Betschart Roemer MSN, MN, CPNP, CDE has been active in the field of pediatric diabetes for over 35 years. She worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner and diabetes educator in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and also is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Jean retired from Children’s UPMC in 2015, and is now consulting to a grant on transition of care in diabetes there. She was named the 1994 National American Diabetes Association outstanding health professional educator and has been honored with awards nationally and locally. She has authored many books, booklets, media and articles for and about children, caregivers, and health care professionals. View Guest page
Linda Roggli is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), award-winning author and founder of the A-D-Diva Network for ADHD women 40-and-better. She is a nationally recognized expert in midlife and senior ADHD. In 2016, she co-founded the Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza, an online conversation with 40 of the top experts in women’s ADHD that attracts thousands of women internationally.
She is a regular contributor to and blogger for ADDitude Magazine, the ADHD expert on Selfgrowth.com and a guest blogger for sixtyandme.com. She served as vice-president of the board of directors for ADDA and chairs its webinar committee. She is a well-known speaker on ADHD women at national and international conferences. Her book, Confessions of an ADDiva: Midlife in the non-linear lane won first prize for women’s issues in the Next Generation Indy Book Awards in 2012. View Guest page
Carolyn Rosenblatt R.N., B.S.N
Carolyn Rosenblatt has over 45 years of experience in her combined professions of nursing and legal practice. Together with her husband, geriatric psychologist Dr. Mikol Davis, she founded AgingParents.com, a resource for families, and AgingInvestor.com offering educational training and products, both live and online, about aging issues for financial professionals. These focus on diminished capacity, elder abuse and financial decision-making.
She is an expert consultant in aging and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning, Next Avenue, AARP, Money, the National Safety Council journal and many other sources, as well as appearing on radio shows discussing questions about aging clients.
Ms. Rosenblatt blogs weekly at Aging Parents, on Forbes.com. She is published in national legal and nursing journals on the legal aspects of caregiving, resolving family conflict, elder abuse, diminished capacity and the healthcare issues of aging. View Guest page
Mary Beth Sammons
Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and author who has contributed to Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and various online health and wellness Web sites. She is a cause-related marketing professional who creates communications campaigns for organizations large and small including high schools in the Cristo Rey Network. She is the author of 11 books in the women's self-help and health and wellness fields, including We Carry Each Other: Getting through Life's Toughest Times. She lives in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. View Guest page
Dr. Friedemann Schaub
Friedemann Schaub MD, PhD is the author of "The Fear and Anxiety Solution." As a physician specializing in cardiology and molecular biologist, Dr. Schaub became increasingly fascinated by the powerful influence of our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs on health and disease. He recognized that our abundant self-healing abilities can only function effectively when mind, body, and spirit are in alignment. To Dr. Schaub the subconscious mind holds the keys to accelerated healing, well-being, and success.
Based on this wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Schaub created a breakthrough and empowerment program that combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical hypnotherapy, meditation, and more.
His program has helped thousands of people world-wide to overcome emotional and physical challenges and tap into their true potential to heal, change, and succeed. View Guest page
Kendra S. Schumaker
Kendra Schumaker LMSW, CSW completed her Bachelor degree from Aquinas College in 1989, and then went on to her Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University which was completed in 1993. Her work experience has included working with Community Mental Health, completing her internship with Spectrum Health-Butterworth on the Neonatal Unit, and then working for HHS, Health Options as a case manager for both the Medicaid Waiver Program as well as the OBRA program. All together she has sixteen years of work experience with the elderly, and an additional five with adults and children. In addition, Kendra has also been a family caregiver, which has helped her to understand the complexities caregivers face. View Guest page
Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D
Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D is a licensed clinical psychologist and EMDR Therapy consultant with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Masters in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She is a core teacher with The Maiberger Institute offering therapist trainings in EMDR Therapy and Somatic psychology. She offers informational mental health and wellness updates through her heartfelt presentations, social media presence, and blog. She is the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. View Guest page
Susan Senator is an author, blogger, journalist, and educator living in Brookline, MA with her husband Ned Batchelder. She has three sons, the oldest of whom is 27 and has fairly severe autism. Ms. Senator is the author of Making Peace With Autism as well as The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and now, Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insights for a Fulfilling Life. A journalist since 1997, she has published pieces on disability, parenting, and living happily, in places like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Exceptional Parent Magazine, NPR, Family Fun, and Education Week. Senator has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, ABC News, PBS, NPR and CNN. Her writings on Special Olympics took her to the White House in 2006, to a state dinner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Ms. Senator’s blog, publications, and events can be found on www.susansenator.com View Guest page
Mark Sichel, LCSW
Mark Sichel has been a practicing psychotherapist in NYC for the past 30 years. He works out of his Manhattan office as well as remotely over Skype with people throughout the country and the world.
Mark is the author of Healing From Family Rifts, which helps people recovering from family abuse and estrangement. He teaches Clergy of all denominations in a Doctor of Ministry Program and offers workshops to the public in healing from severely dysfunctional families. He has extensive teaching and speaking experience and is widely quoted in the media as an expert on family therapy and family estrangement.
Mark has a B.A. from NYU; a Master's in Social Work from Hunter College and is a graduate of a four-year psychotherapy training program at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Mark lives in New York City with his wife of 32 years, Cindy Kasovitz Sichel and has four grown children as well as three grandchildren. View Guest page
Dr. Stephanie Silberman
Stephanie A. Silberman, Ph.D., FAASM, is a licensed psychologist and sleep medicine specialist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety. She is active in professional organizations and legislative activities affecting psychology and sleep disorders. She is a consultant for various sleep laboratories and maintains a private practice in the Fort Lauderdale area. View Guest page
Kio Stark's most recent book is When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You, about the poetry, politics, and practicalities of talking to strangers. Her previous book is Don't Go Back to School: A handbook for learning almost anything. It's a practical guide with concrete strategies, inspiring stories from learners, and how-to advice on things like getting started, staying motivated, and getting jobs without traditional credentials. She is also the author of the novel Follow Me Down. Her newsletter is tinyletter.com/kio and she tweets as @kiostark. View Guest page
Peg Streep is the author or co-author of eleven books, most recently Quitting Why We Fear it and Why We Shouldn’t in Life, Love, and Work. While she's written books on topics as various as spirituality, gardening, and mother-daughter relationships, her goal is always to open up the reader's understanding. She believes firmly that books should provide us with information and inspiration, and always strive to enrich life in some respect. In recent years, her books have drawn on the latest psychological research, much of it unknown to the general public, and have sought to provide solutions to the ordinary problems and difficulties many of us encounter on the journey that's life.
Peg is a blogger at PsychologyToday.com and PsychCentral.com and you can read her posts at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/tech-support and https://blogs.psychcentral.com/knotted/
Visit her on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PegStreepAuthor View Guest page
Amanda Sullivan is a professional organizer, founder of The Perfect Daughter, and a media expert on organization. She has helped hundreds of clients, from hoarders to celebrities such as Lori Singer, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Liz Murray to control home chaos. Amanda has appeared on Good Morning America and Living it Up with Ali and Jack. Her advice has appeared in national print magazines such as Woman's Day and Fit Pregnancy, as well as on popular websites such as Next Avenue and About.com View Guest page
Gabrielle V. Taylor
Gabrielle V. Taylor leads a strategic management consultancy based in Littleton, Colorado and is author of LEGACY OF WISDOM, a book about passing memories and wisdom from one generation to the next. She holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics from the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois. She resides with her husband and two daughters in Columbine Valley, Colorado. For more information please visit LegacyOfWisdom.zone. View Guest page
Dr. Tina B. Tessina
Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. (www.tinatessina.com) is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California since 1978 with over 35 years’ experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 14 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Ten Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After Forty; Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences, The Real 13th Step and her newest, How to Be Happy Partners: Working it Out Together. She writes the “Dr. Romance” blog (drromance.typepad.com), and the “Happiness Tips from Tina” email newsletter. Dr. Tessina was the CRO (Chief Romance Officer) for Love Forever. Online, she’s known as “Dr. Romance” Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, TV, video and podcasts. She tweets @tinatessina View Guest page
Arsen Ustayev graduating Temple University with a bachelors degree in Management information systems. Arsen initially worked as a Computer Programmer for a life insurance company in West Chester, PA. Quickly realizing that this was not his passion, he began volunteering as an activities assistant in an adult day care center in New York. Approximately 4 years later, Arsen Ustayev opened his own SarahCare center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. View Guest page
Kathy grew up with six siblings in a house filled with love, gratitude, positive thinking and happiness. Inspired by this magical childhood she created a series of children’s books and meditations. Joyohboy was created to share not only her stories but others that will help children live a more peaceful life.
Kathy has over 20 years’ experience working with children, the arts and education. She has studied under and worked with leaders in the New Age movement such as Don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson and Esther Hicks from the Law of Attraction. Most recently, she has become a certified children’s yoga & meditation instructor. She has designed and launched programs for children at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and the Connecticut Conservatory of the Arts in New Milford. A frequent guest commentator in print and on broadcast media, Kathy has been nationally recognized for her interactive community arts events. View Guest page
Susan G Weiner, RD
Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN is the owner of Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC, located in New York. She was named the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and is the recipient of the 2016 Dare to Dream award from the Diabetes Research Institute. She has also been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award from SUNY Oneonta and received the 2015 LifeChanger Award from Health Monitor.
Susan’s column “Diabetes in Real Life” is a featured monthly column in Endocrine Today. She is also the co-author of "The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life" and “Diabetes: 365 Tips for Living Well. In addition, Susan servedas the 2015-2016 editor for “On the Cutting Edge,” a peer reviewed publication for the Diabetes Care and Education group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a medical advisor for several high profile health websites, including Healthline.com.
Susan is a key educational advisor for Marjorie’s Fund, View Guest page