Originally from New York City, I began my career in television working as a production assistant and segment producer for a variety of programs including, Ryan’s Hope, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Program and Live! Regis & Kathie Lee.
Returning to school after the birth of my daughter, I earned a Master’s of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Shortly after moving to Newtown, CT. in 2003, my middle child, seven at the time, suffered a severe and life threatening accident; a trauma that put everything else in our lives on hold for months.
While the treatment received for the physical injury was excellent, we were largely unprepared for the residual effects of the stored trauma which we would come to learn, endure on and off indefinitely; yet with the proper help can be substantially mitigated.
In 2007, I launched “Parenting With New Perspectives,” a resource of guidance, support and coaching for parents.
Following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, I became active in Newtown’s recovery efforts joining a number of community initiatives including co-founding the annual, Newtown YogaFestival. In 2014, I joined The Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team as a care coordinator. The team, funded by the US Department of Justice, was established to assist community members in accessing therapeutic and financial resources in the post traumatic aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shootings.
Presently, I work with The Avielle Foundation directing the SPARK initiative. The Avielle Foundation, established in honor of seven-year-old Avielle Rose Richman who lost her life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, works to understand and prevent violence through brain health research and community initiatives. SPARK, the local initiative, aims to teach and foster social-emotional and leadership skills on a community-wide basis.
My children, who continue to be my best teachers, are Quincy, 22; Cary, 19 and Barrett, 17