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Every parent has that moment when they realize they don't know all the answers–whether the question is about conceiving, choosing a baby name, enhancing their child's learning experience, or having difficult conversations with teens, Family Education has the answers to life’s daily parenting conundrums.

Each month, more than 2 million parents turn to Family Education as their partner in parenting. As one of the longest-standing parenting sites on the web and a millennial parenting destination, Family has been a trusted leader in parenting and pregnancy since 1996.

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With thousands of articles, printables, crafts, activities, videos, and more created by fellow parents and experts including pediatricians, doulas, child development specialists, psychologists and parenting coaches, Family Education strives to make your life as a parent more fun, simple, and rewarding.

Family Education exists to support parents day-to-day, through the wins, losses, joys, frustrations, and everything in between. The next time you’re wondering how to sneak more veggies into your toddler’s diet, or if you should get involved in your teenager’s friendship drama, we'll have the answer.


Family Education is your partner in parenting. Whether you’re preparing for pregnancy (yay!) or raising teens (yikes!), we have the answer to life’s daily parenting conundrums. We aim to support all parents in their journey, whatever your background or experiences, as we know that every parent's journey is unique. 

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As one of the longest-standing family and parenting advice sites on the web, Family Education has been a trusted leader in parenting and pregnancy since its launch in 1996, long before many parenting sites existed.

Originally acquired by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, in 2000, Family Education began as an online publisher of learning-based content for parents and kids. Family Education started with the mission of educating parents and parents-to-be so they can raise healthy, educated and well-rounded children.

In 2015, became part of Sandbox Group, a millennial learning company focused on enhancing how children learn and play.

Today, we are proud to support more than 25 million parents who turn to us for advice and information they can trust every year. 

FamilyEducation has been named as the internet’s leading parenting site and was voted “Best of the Web” by and Brill’s Content Magazine.


FamilyEducation has a dedicated team of writers working on our content daily. Our team includes fellow parents, parenting experts, medical professionals, parenting bloggers and educators. 

Amanda Houle

Amanda is a Parenting Guru and Designer Nanny, and host of the podcast, Parenting with a Punch. Amanda is continually inspired to work with parents and children to help them succeed and feel empowered. Amanda works with children ages 2-18 years old.

Amanda has a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University. She then received her MS degree from Touro College with a dual degree in General and Elementary Special Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. Amanda is a former Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in NYC.

Avital Schreiber Levy

Founder of, Avital’s mission is to help parents and caregivers who struggle with chaos, clutter and conflict to transform their experience with young children into one of presence, play and peace.

Brittany McCabe

Brittany has a Master’s degree in Child Development and has worked for the past 20 years as a Child Development Educator and Parent Advisor. As a mom of two littles, Brittany knows how important it is to stay connected to a community that understands the ups and downs of parenthood.

Charise Rohm Nulsen

Charise Rohm Nulsen is a writer, social media influencer, activist, and perpetual volunteer. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Boston University (M.A.T.) who has worked in the corporate world in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Boston, as well as in education throughout Massachusetts. Now as a work-from-home-mom, she is passionate about helping other women live their best lives and bring about positive change in their communities and beyond.

Donna Moriarty

Donna Moriarty is a writer, editor and author with a passion for writing, speaking and listening—the most powerful and enduring forms of human connection. She’s written and edited award-winning publications, short fiction and nonfiction, book reviews and a one-act play. Her first book, Not Just Words: How a Good Apology Makes You Braver, Bolder and Better at Life, was published in 2018.

Dawn Huebner, PhD

Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of 10 books for children selling over 1 million copies in 23 languages. A child psychologist, parent coach, and popular speaker, Dr. Dawn translates the latest research into actionable strategies to free young worriers from anxiety, helping children live happier lives. For tips and tricks, you can use daily visit

Erin Ollila

Erin Ollila graduated from Fairfield University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and then went on to co-found Spry Literary Journal as an outlet to celebrate the written word. Erin's writing can be found all over the internet and in print, and includes interviews, books, blog posts, and creative nonfiction. She lives in Southeastern Massachusetts where you can likely find her chasing around her younger daughters at her son's youth sports' games.

Gary Roe

Award-winning author, speaker, and grief specialist Gary Roe is a compassionate and trusted voice in grief-recovery who has been bringing comfort, hope, encouragement, and healing to hurting, wounded hearts for more than 30 years.

HeHe Stewart

HeHe is the founder of a Maternity Concierge, Doula and Birthing Service in the Boston area. Through an approach of mindfulness, relaxation, and customized care, HeHe views her role as the guardian of the energy of your birth experience.

Jacqueline Weiss

Jacqueline Weiss is a blogger, freelance writer and social media consultant based in Los Angeles. A graduate of Emerson college, she is passionate about wellness, fitness, and beauty.

Dr. Jennifer Salerno

Dr. Jennifer Salerno is a nurse practitioner, researcher, author, national speaker, and founder of Possibilities for Change. Her team developed the nation’s leading adolescent risk screening system, RAAPS. Dr. Salerno’s book, Teen Speak, and the Teen Speak series includes practical communication strategies that have helped thousands of parents overcome the most common challenges of parenting a teen.

Dr. John Arden

John Arden, PhD, ABPP is the Author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages) including Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults.

He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. He has presented in all US States and 27 countries.

Laura Richards

Laura Richards is a writer, journalist, communications, brand, and PR specialist with 20+ years of experience. She’s also a mother of four so understands the joys and struggles of parenting. Laura has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe Magazine, Reader's Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Woman's Day, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, and is a frequent Family Education contributor.

Rachel Sokol

Rachel is a NY-based mom of two daughters and a nationally-published writer. She has a degree in magazine journalism from Emerson College, and contributes editorial content to as well as SHAPE, Univision, Pregnancy & Newborn, Reader's Digest, MommyNearest, Red Tricycle,, New York Metro Parents, Verywell Family, and more.

Sa’iyda Shabazz

Sa'iyda Shabazz is a writer and mother to one. She can often be found in her apartment writing into the wee hours and trying to read a book in peace. She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy, and writes for several other parenting sites. Her work has also been featured on The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Dr. Stephanie Burgos

As one of the nation’s acclaimed Emergency Medicine Physicians, Dr. Stephanie Burgos is also a best-selling author, lifestyle and confidence coach, wellness expert, speaker, and social influencer. Dr. Stephanie works with women on how to balance mental and physical fitness with personal and professional success so they can renew their energy, restore clarity and rebuild confidence.

Suzie Marschhausen

Suzie Marschhausen is a blogger, writer, perinatal health coach, and Child Rights Activist. Her mission is to educate and hold space for mothers and fathers to experience deep healing so they can become more conscious and authentic parents. She believes the key to upholding childrens’ rights to health, autonomy, and safety is our own massive personal and spiritual growth as parents. She currently lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Zeb Goldstein

Zeb Goldstein is an attorney for Morgan & Morgan, with a focus on helping clients recover damages in personal injury claims. Away from the courtroom, he enjoys cooking, exercising, and attending his children’s school events.


Benjamin Schwartz, MD, FACOG, FACS

Chairman, Dept. of OB/GYN, Northwell Health Southside Hospital
In 2015, Dr. Benjamin Schwartz was named the Regional Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology for the Northwell Health Eastern Region as well as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwell Health Southside Hospital.

In those roles, Dr. Schwartz oversees the inpatient and outpatient care for women in the Eastern Region and is Northwell s lead clinician for the development of our educational post-graduate programs including a new Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a new Fellowship for Advanced Female Pelvic Surgery.

A specialist in Gynecologic Oncology and Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.

Blaire Lent

Teenager Specialist and Owner of The Complete Student
Blaire Lent was born and raised in New York. She moved to South Carolina after completing her second graduate degree in Education. She has a Masters in Education and in Special Education. Upon arrival in South Carolina Blaire began working with teenagers with a variety of diagnoses from ADHD and Dyslexia, to Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Anxiety. After realizing that the school systems, both public and private, were not servicing students with such needs in all the ways that they could, Blaire opened a small private school. The Complete Student is accredited through SCISA and is a small private school catering to middle and high school students who benefit from project based learning methods.

Brenda Zane

Mayo Clinic Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Founder of The Stream
Brenda Zane is a Mayo Clinic Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Founder of The Stream, an online community to support moms of kids with substance use disorder. She is also the host of Hopestream, a podcast that offers resources, expert input, and hope to parents who's kids are struggling with addiction. Brenda spent over 25 years in the corporate advertising space working for global agencies and Fortune 500 companies before her son became addicted to drugs and nearly died from an overdose. She made a career shift to health and wellness as a way to provide the support she felt was missing during her experience of parenting a child in addiction.

Brenda holds a B.S. in Marketing and earned her health and wellness coaching certification at the Mayo Clinic. She has completed certifications in nutrition, addiction and treatment through HarvardX, Stanford online and The University of Adelaide. Brenda is also a founding member of N.O.A.C., a corporate social responsibility initiative that helps federal, state, and private sector programs extend their reach in communities affected by the opioid crisis and achieve positive, measurable results in prevention, treatment, and recovery.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and blended family of four boys and two dogs.

Brittany McCabe

Early Child Development Specialist
Brittany has a Master’s degree in Child Development and has worked for the past 20 years as a Child Development Educator and Parent Advisor. As a mom of two littles, Brittany knows how important it is to stay connected to a community that understands the ups and downs of parenthood.

Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

Personal Coach for Parents of Adolescents
Carleton Kendrick is the coauthor of Take Your Nose Ring Out, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's. He's been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers.

Charise Rohm Nulsen

Social Justice and Issues Expert
Charise Rohm Nulsen is a writer, social media influencer, activist, and perpetual volunteer. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Boston University (M.A.T.) who has worked in the corporate world in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Boston, as well as in education throughout Massachusetts. Now as a work-from-home-mom, she is passionate about helping other women live their best lives and bring about positive change in their communities and beyond.

Christy Matte

Technology Expert
Christy Matte is a Boston-based tech writer and contributor for Xfinity Mobile. She has two kids, a software engineer husband, a crazy cat who thinks she's a dog, and a hedgehog who just barely tolerates them all.

Colleen Wildenhaus

Education Expert
Colleen Wildenhaus is the mother of a 13-year-old girl suffering from severe anxiety and OCD. Her blog Good Bye Anxiety, Hello Joy shares with readers the journey her family takes to enjoy the small moments each day, keeping the beast of anxiety from taking away the joy of life.

Colleen became frustrated with medical and self-help books available to parents; while they offered suggestions, many were out of touch with reality. Through her blog, she shares the day to day struggles of parenting a child with anxiety, offering guidance, encouragement, and hope to parents.

In addition to being a mother and writer, Colleen is a former elementary teacher who holds two Master’s Degrees in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also holds certification as a child anxiety expert through 25 hours of graduate level chid anxiety classes, as well as training as a special education advocate. She draws from her expertise as an educator to coach parents and teachers in ways to make school successful for children with anxiety.

Beyond writing, Colleen finds happiness in life’s simple joys — her children’s laughter, waves crashing on the beach, the wide-eyed excitement when students experience an “ah-ha!” moment, and fresh baked cookies..

Connie Collins

Former Professional School Counselor
Connie Collins is a professional school counselor who worked in public education for 35 years as a teacher and counselor at the middle school and secondary levels. She currently works as a consultant and trainer on the topics of diversity, equity, at-risk adolescents, and peer mediation. Collins worked daily with the parents of the students in her various schools, and has facilitated several parenting groups.

Curious World Team

Experts in Early Learning and Educational Content
Curious World is an award-winning early learning mobile app designed to boost academic skills, fuel curiosity and encourage a lifelong love of learning. The Curious World team specialize in developing fun and educational content and technology for kids aged 2 - 7 (toddlers, pre-k, preschool and kindergarten) by focusing on eight key learning areas: creative expression, math, science, executive function, family and community, language and literacy, health and wellbeing and social and emotional development.

Deborah Porter

Founder of Moms Mentoring Circle, Life Coach, Author

Deborah is a certified life coach and regular contributor on CBS Virginia This Morning.
Her advice column, Balance Life with Coach Deborah in Washington Parent, helps parents navigate the chaos, find their balance and not lose themselves in the role of mom.

Dana Bressette

Professor of Genetics, Nutrition, Microbiology, and Immunology at University of Phoenix
Dana has a MS in Molecular Genetics. She has 10 years of experience working in government, university and private industry as a bench scientist. She moved into education after the birth of her twins in 2003 and has taught online for the University of Phoenix for 14+ years in nutrition, microbiology, genetics and immunology.

Elisa Cinelli

Parenting Blogger and Genetics Expert
Elisa is a well-known parenting writer and the creator of Mom Life According To Elisa. She is an expert on child behavior and certified in Positive Discipline.

A bookworm from an early age, Elisa has always sought to grow her knowledge on topics that interest her. Through a combination of self-study and college classes, Elisa has developed her expertise in Genetics and Linguistics, among other subjects.

Elisa taught elementary school several years before having her first child. Early in her teaching career, she conducted field research on children with challenging behavior problems. She later led teacher trainings based on her research. She spent the second half of her teaching career working with gifted children.

Currently, Elisa reports news for, writes here on FamilyEducation, and contributes regularly to the San Francisco Moms Blog.

Dr. Fran Walfish, Psy D.

Family Psychotherapist
Dr. Fran Walfish is the top leading child and family psychotherapist and author in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to her thriving private practice, Dr. Walfish was on clinical staff in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 15 years. She was a school psychologist and served a 4 year-term as Chair of the Board of The Early Childhood Parenting Center founded at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. Dr. Walfish is a featured expert in Parents magazine “Ask The Experts” and formerly in her weekly Q & A in The Beverly Hills Courier. She is an on-camera expert contributor to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, KCBS2 News, The Doctors CBS, FOX News LA, The Robert Irvine Show.

Gavin de Becker

Security Specialist
Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as the leading U.S. expert on the prediction and management of violence. He is the best-selling author of The Gift of Fear and Protecting the Gift. His work has earned him three Presidential appointments and a position on a congressional committee. He was twice appointed to the President's Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a principal advisor on a federal research project into mentally ill people who stalk public figures.

He served two years on the Governor's Advisory Board at the California Department of Mental Health. He is currently co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council Advisory Board, and a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy.

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Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Postpartum Doula, Positive Parenting Expert

Heather Wallace is a former Early Childhood Educator, a Love and Logic Parent Facilitator, and a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula. 

Over the last 9 years Heather has been educating parents on the positive parenting method, Love and Logic, while also experiencing firsthand what it is like raising 3 curious, creative, and SPIRITED boys. She has been a certified sleep consultant for the last 2 years which is fulfilling her dream of creating peace in homes of chaos by teaching parents how to help their newborns, infants, and toddlers sleep better. 

In Heather's spare time, she enjoys reading the latest research-based articles on education, parenting, and neurodiversity, designing and printing mugs for her small business on Etsy, and snuggling with her kitten who is known as the "therapy cat" of the family.

Visit BraveHeart Consulting and connect with Heather on  on Facebook at BraveHeart Consulting and join the Sleep Training Group, BraveHeart Sleep Training.

HeHe Stewart

Doula and Maternity Concierge
HeHe is the founder of a Maternity Concierge, Doula and Birthing Service in the Boston area. Through an approach of mindfulness, relaxation, and customized care, HeHe views her role as the guardian of the energy of your birth experience.

Henry Bernstein, M.D.

Henry Bernstein, M.D., is the Associate Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and the director of Primary Care at Children's Hospital, Boston. He also has an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. Bernstein has extensive clinical experience as a primary care pediatrician in a variety of settings: private practice, a health center, a medically underserved area as a member of the National Health Service Corps, as well as in a children's hospital, teaching medical students, pediatric residents, and fellows.

Isaura Gonzalez, Psy. D.

Clinical Psychologist
As an Award-Winning Clinical Psychologist and Educator, Dr. Isaura de la Caridad Gonzalez has utilized her expertise and trailblazing skills to support others, specifically the Latina population, to expand their businesses and create top sum financial legacies. She is a multilingual innovator who founded one of the top Psychology practices in Staten Island as well as multiple other organizations, which aim to empower and inspire Latina entrepreneurs to learn the skills that will bring their businesses to the highest level.

Jeni Elizabeth Bianco

Celebrity Stylist
Behind every “It Girl” in Hollywood is a talented fashion stylist that ... well makes “it” happen. Jeni Elizabeth burst into the world of celebrity styling faster than a stampede of shoppers at a sample sale. After snatching her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Jeni found herself running the Women’s Department for New York’s most luxurious boutique Henri Bendel. In between styling Park Ave socialites and Upper Eastside tastemakers, she worked her way to the top of the fashion game by using the one thing no one else has: her charm.

With 20 years of experience in her back pocket, this LA girl is now one of Hollywood’s most sought after stylists. Jeni is a contributor for Vogue, Glamour, The New York Times and many others. Her work is everywhere from televisions top shows, music videos, red carpets to celebrity editorials. From the lead stylist for FOX’s #1 hit talk show to VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party styling Martha Stewart.

Most recently Jeni can also be found as a regular on WTNH News Chanel 8 Good Morning CT reporting Lifestyle & Fashion.

Jennifer Moss

Founder and CEO of
Jennifer Moss is the founder and CEO of and author of The One-In-A-Million Baby Names Book and The Baby Names Workbook. With a background in data mining and information technology, Jennifer uses her expertise to calculate the most popular names of the year and determine which baby names are currently trending--to the minute.

Katie Pitts

Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Founder of Sleep Wise Consulting

Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and a dual Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Educational Administration. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in a school setting for 7 years, working with children ages 3 to 21.

Katie is also a Certified Sleep Consultant and has undergone a comprehensive training and mentoring program which has given her the very best tools and knowledge available to help you get your little one sleeping through the night. She started Sleep Wise Consulting to help moms like herself (and their little ones) get more sleep!

Kristen Arquette

Licensed Social Worker

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Professional Kristen Arquette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Professional with experience working in hospitals, community mental health, partial-hospitalization and residential treatment, school-based programs, higher-education, and research. Kristen possesses expert knowledge in providing diagnosis, brief and long-term therapies, and referrals for clients of diverse backgrounds. Kristen has completed specialized training in treating addiction and eating disorders, doing drug and alcohol prevention, and in working with couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Kristen is certified in a variety of evidence based practices including motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), SBIRT, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT+) to treat posttraumatic-stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and behavior problems. Kristen also utilizes acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Kristen meets state requirements as a mental health professional, developmental disabilities mental health professional, and child mental health specialist.

Marc Andre

Financial Blogger
In 2007, when Marc was 28 years old, he started a side hustle designing websites and blogging about design. At the time, he was really just looking for some extra money, but that side hustle quickly CHANGED EVERYTHING. After a year and a half of hard work, in 2008 he left his job as an auditor to pursue self-employment full-time.

He’s now been self-employed as an internet marketer and blogger for more than 10 years, and has been blessed to work from home and have more time with my wife and our two kids. During that time he’s learned not only how to make more money, but also how to manage what he has and invest with the goal of early retirement.

Michelle Routhenstein MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Registered Dietitian
Michelle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Preventive Cardiology Dietitian. She completed a vigorous clinical residency and graduated with a MS in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. She has over 10+ years of experience counseling individuals and families on chronic disease prevention and management. Michelle owns a nutrition counseling and consulting private practice in New York City.

She works with children, adults, and families to reduce their risk of suffering from a heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Such risk factors include: increased weight, increased waist circumference, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes, diabetes, kidney disease, and family history of the aforementioned. She thoroughly evaluates all clients for nutrition deficiencies and excesses and creates a comprehensive plan to enhance their well-being and quality of life. She creates personalized programs and packages with a high success rate. She sees clients in her NYC office and virtually.

Dr. Neha Sheth, DO FACOGDr. Neha Sheth

Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Dr. Neha Sheth is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in New York City who delivers and performs surgeries at Lenox Hill Hospital. She practices at Upper East Side Ob/Gyn in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Sheth completed her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She attended medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts-Baystate Medical Center where she was a proud recipient of the Baystate Ronald T. Burkman Research Award. A dedicated OB-GYN, she holds active membership in the American Medical Association and is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

Dr. Sheth’s goal during consultations is to help women build a routine that will allow them to better prepare their bodies for successful pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, her interests include office gynecology and office procedures. She embraces a comprehensive, compassionate care approach to women’s healthcare. Her enthusiastic attitude encourages women to be active participants in their medical management. For more information, visit

Noreen H. Joslyn, LISW, ACSW

Licensed Social Worker
Noreen Joslyn is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She has a Master's degree in Social Work, specializing in family and children, from the University of Pittsburgh. Joslyn is a psychiatric social worker in private practice with Ken DeLuca, Ph.D. & Associates, where she counsels parents and children. She is a past board member of the Ohio Association of Gifted Children, and an officer for the Parents and Community Division of the National Association for Gifted Children. Joslyn's prior experience also includes work with parents and children in special education, female juvenile corrections, and in partial hospital programs. She and her husband reside in Ohio with their two gifted children.

Philip Bates

Director of College Prep Content for UWorld
Philip Bates served as a school principal for nearly two decades and developed a passion for helping youth learn how to use active learning and other proven techniques after seeing the first-hand struggle of students preparing for the most influential exams of their lives. He obtained a B.S. from Texas State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.Ed from the University of North Texas in Educational Administration. He holds a Texas Education K-12 lifetime certificate and Principal Certification. Philip has presented at numerous educational conferences across the country, and in his spare time, loves to travel with his family and volunteer at Feed My Starving Children in Richardson, TX. He currently serves as the director of college prep content for UWorld, an online learning resource that has helped more than 1 million students prepare for their high stakes exams.

Rutger Bruining

Founder and CEO of Story Terrace, Family History and Heritage Expert
Rutger graduated with a degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from Columbia University. After working in finance and private equity, Rutger quit his job to focus on his love for history and stories. Rutger founded Story Terrace, a service that helps people to capture their life story using professional writers, editors and software, in 2014 with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to pause, reflect and relive their life stories to document and pass on throughout generations to come.

Savannah Harrelson

Public Relations Manager, Childhelp
Childhelp is the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. They deal with the prevention, intervention and treatment of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They also operate the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD), the nation’s only 24/7 hotline dealing with child abuse and operated by professional crisis counselors.

Shari Nethersole, M.D.

Shari Nethersole is a physician at Children's Hospital, Boston, and an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and did her internship and residency at Children's Hospital, Boston. As a pediatrician and parent, Nethersole believes that the first 12 months of life are critical for a child. "A nurturing, child-centered environment is important for the early years," she says. "Children need to be protected from some of the adult issues and concerns that surround them, and should be able to enjoy just being a child."

Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist
Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., is the former Editor in Chief of Exceptional Parent magazine. Klein, a clinical psychologist and editor, cofounded the magazine in 1971.Klein serves as a research associate in Medicine (Pediatrics) at Children's Hospital (Boston) where he teaches health-care professionals about working with the parents of children with disabilities, with particular focus on the challenge of delivering difficult diagnostic news.

Klein began working with children with disabilities in 1954, when he was a camp counselor. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Clark University in 1963. He has received numerous national awards for his work from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the National Down Syndrome Congress, National Parent Network on Disabilities,American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the National Easter Seals Society.

Stephaney Davis

Creative Director at Connection to Creativity
Stephaney Davis started Connection To Creativity when her eldest son faced difficulty developing his reading skills. His challenges with reading were negatively impacting his schoolwork and sparked. On her journey, she discovered that because every child learns differently, presenting reading opportunities with a creative, inspired and the interactive lens allowed them to connect with the content better, ultimately achieving a richer and more comprehensive reading experience.

Stephaney believes that every child should learn how to read and comprehend what they have read at their grade level or higher. Connection to Creativity strives to create youth programs that inspire, provoke and build imagination and spark reading comprehension. Stephaney has 13 years of experience activities for children at the Atlantis Resort.

Stephanie Manganelli

Co-Founder of Stowaway Collection Maternity
Stephanie Manganelli is part of the mother-daughter duo that founded Stowaway Collection Maternity. After searching for on-trend, figure flattering maternity options for her pregnancy, they left disappointed by the quality and offering in traditional maternity retail and vowed to change it. Together Stephanie & her mother, Debbie created a collection that celebrates the pregnant bump rather than hiding it beneath a tent. All pieces are made to be worn desk to dinner and manufactured in the USA.

Stephanie’s career began in fashion, when she landed a position in Nine West’s Executive Training Program out of college. After working in sourcing and production and realizing it lacked the creativity in which she craved, she moved to a creative marketing role under the Jones New York brand. There she learned the ins and outs of the fashion industry from photoshoots and runway shows to non-profit work. This is when she fell in love with fashion. She honed in on her writing abilities by ghost writing for the brand and perfected her styling skills by learning how to dress real women with real bodies. This important skill is how she’s been able to design for the pregnant body so well. Stephanie continued her career in marketing with the Swatch Group and eventually moved into food and wellness marketing with Organic Avenue before starting Stowaway Collection.

Stephanie currently lives and works in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and two kids.

Dr. Timothy Buie

Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Autism Medical Specialist
Timothy M. Buie, M.D. is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Autism medical specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to that position, he worked in the pediatric gastroenterology department for 18 years at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children based in Boston, MA. He also served as the Director of Gastrointestinal and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism. Dr. Buie is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He completed his training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine.

In addition to managing a large patient population, Dr. Buie has published a variety of papers and book chapters characterizing gastrointestinal problems in children with autism and developmental disorders including clinical presentation and medical findings. His work includes translational research of the intestinal microbiome and the metabolic effects of the microbiome in a variety of conditions in pediatrics including autism and inflammatory disease.

Dr. Buie has been honored for his efforts in medicine and has been selected as one of Boston’s “Top Docs,” by his peers. He most recently received the Margaret Bauman Award for Autism Care presented in May 2017, which he also received in 2010.

Tom Nathaniel

Financial Blogger
Tom has worked in the marketing industry since 2006, partnering with multiple Fortune 5000 companies and even selling personal projects for a hefty sum.

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Working in the finance industry for more than a decade now, he has always loved to save money, talk about money and look for additional ways to save.

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Co-founder and CEO of Family Engagement Lab
Vidya Sundaram is co-founder and CEO of the award-winning nonprofit, Family Engagement Lab, which uses tech tools to help families and students communicate and connect in more than 100 languages to improve student outcomes. She has an extensive background in business leadership and program strategy and most recently led GreatSchools' market research and social impact assessments. Joining GreatSchools in 2005, she has also been responsible for new product development and fund development activities. Prior to GreatSchools, she drove new investment opportunities in internet media and also founded a teen media website. Vidya has led software development at both consumer and enterprise Internet start-ups. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA and her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Vidya is mom to two kids and proud to be part of a lively multigenerational household.

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