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Keynote Speaker, January 28, 2012 conference
Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the executive editor of Greater Good, the founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness.
Session Leaders, 2012 conference
Lisa G. Fuller, MSW has taught parenting in the East Bay since 2005 and received her Advanced Certification as a Positive Discipline Trainer in 2008. She holds a BA from Georgetown and her MSW from UC Berkeley. Annually she teaches the two-day workshop "Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way" for parenting educators, therapists, counselors, nurses, etc. She is the parent of a Middle School student at RDS.
Laura S. Geduldig is a professional certified Life Coach with Go There! Coaching, a Life Worth Living instructor, and a Nia dance movement teacher. For over 11 years, Laura has been in private practice supporting clients to envision their dreams, challenge themselves, and change their lives. Laura is the proud mother of two young boys and strives to be an example of a fulfilled adult and present parent.
Vicky Green is a Redwood Day School second-grade teacher, parent, Faculty Trustee, and basketball coach.
Diane Clark Johnson has worked for over a decade in parent education, delivering workshops on parenting, communications, and leadership, and is co-author of Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn Traits. Currently Interim Director of Advancement at The Berkeley School and serving on the Advisory Board of Leadership Oakland, she is familiar to the RDS community as the school's former Director of Outreach, Admissions, and Financial Aid. She is an Oakland resident and parent of two college-aged sons.
Leah Kuypers, MA Ed., OTR/L, has been an occupational therapist/autism resource specialist in school and clinical settings since 1999, specializing in self-regulation and social learning. She has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, social cognitive difficulties, ADHD, and ASD. She is the author of The Zones of Regulation: A Curriculum to Teach Self-Regulation and practices as an OT and autism/social learning specialist at Communication Works in Oakland. She earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Graduate Certificate in Autism and MA in Education degree from Hamline University. In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals. She resides in Oakland with her husband, son, and dog.
Cassandra C. Massey, Attorney and Counselor at Law, specializes in family estate and legacy planning in her private practice in Alameda. Her professional focus is on creating thoughtful and personalized estate plans for individuals and families that pass on not only financial assets, but also family values, wisdom, experiences, and life’s lessons. She holds her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Toby Mickelson is Director of Learning Services at Redwood Day School and also works with learners in private practice. She holds a BA and a MSW from the University of California, Berkeley and a Certificate in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Education Deptartment.
Lisa Miller is Owner and Director of Classroom Matters tutoring center in Berkeley for which she designs study skills curriculum and offers workshops and trainings in Bay Area schools. In addition to training tutors at Classroom Matters, she has worked as a new teacher coach and mentor for the Oakland Unified School District. She was a popular and rigorous English and French teacher for six years at Berkeley High School. Lisa received her BA in French Literature, with a minor in English, from the University of California, San Diego.
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, PPSC, LCSW has been a school social worker, educator, program developer, and university lecturer since 1981. She was coordinator of Parents Place Community Education and Bullying Prevention Center on the Peninsula for five years and a lecturer in the graduate program of social work at San Jose State for 20 years. Her expertise includes: understanding children’s learning styles and multiple intelligences; fostering resiliency in children; bullying and cyber-bullying prevention; and educating children and youth to be ethical and responsible digital participants. Gloria is bi-cultural and the parent of three sons.
Kristen Neugebauer is an RDS parent and a speech and language pathologist with over 20 years' experience, who specializes in helping children with delays in expressive and receptive language.
Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N. worked for 20 years as a Pediatric Advice Nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland before studying temperament with Dr. James Cameron of "The Preventive Ounce" and coordinating the Inborn Temperament Project at Kaiser for ten years. Since 1993, she has regularly taught a six-week series for parents of spirited children, co-sponsored by Kaiser and Bananas, Inc. She is the author of Is This a Phase? Child Development and Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years and co-author of Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn Traits.
Alexa Ouellett is lead teacher with Mindful Schools and teaches Vipassana meditation at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has worked with youth and teens for over a decade and facilitates the East Bay Family Sangha, a monthly mindfulness gathering for parents and children, as well as the Saturday Night Sangha, a weekly meditation group for young adults, both in Berkeley. Alexa is also the Peer-Education Coordinator for Beyond Hunger, helping to spread awareness of eating disorders with a group of Marin teens.
Erica Pelavin, LCSW, Ph.D. is a family psychologist with over 20 years' experience. She specializes in bullying prevention, relational aggression, digital drama, cyber safety, and conflict resolution. Erica has been certified to teach the Committee for Children's 'Steps to Respect' and 'Second Step Bullying Prevention' curricula to teachers, administrators, and youth. In addition to counseling work with adolescents, she facilitates parenting and teacher seminars in media literacy and 21st Century Learning Skills. She holds her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and her MSW from New York University. She is the co-author of “Family Therapy,” a chapter in Current Psychotherapies, by Raymond J. Corsini and Danny Wedding. She is the mother of two boys.
Katherine Preston, MA, MFT is a mental health consultant with San Francisco Friends School, an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and a practicing family therapist. She was formerly Associate Clinical Director at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, the oldest children's charity west of the Mississippi.
Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC is co-director/owner of Communication Works. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked with clients from preschoolers to adults in private practice, schools, and hospitals since 1996. She holds her BA from San Francisco State and her MA from San Jose State, both in the field of Communicative Disorders and Science. She is experienced in the areas of autism, developmental disabilities, social cognitive deficits, and challenging behaviors. Most of her career has focussed on social cognitive and self-regulation intervention and training. She is the author of two children's books on Whole Body Listening. She is an Oakland native and lives with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Jennifer Wineman, MSN, CPNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Masters of Science in nursing from Sonoma State. She worked for 10 years as a critical care nurse before transitioning to pediatric care. She is the President of the Redwood Day School Parents' and Guardians' Association and lives in Oakland with her husband and son.