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. I have worked as a pre-school teacher and a parent coach.
In 2003, one of my children, at the age of seven, suffered a traumatic accident. While the treatment received for the physical injury was excellent, there was little known or discussed about “trauma.” and its impact on development. In fact, the word was rarely used for anything outside of war-related PTSD. The term “trauma-informed” would not emerge in the mainstream until years later. Trauma Informed Parent was created in an effort to offer other parents and caregivers valuable and up to date resources and information on trauma so that they are as informed as possible while navigating the difficult journey of helping a child or young adult through a traumatic experience.
Following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, I became active in Newtown’s recovery efforts working as Community Outreach Director for a local non-profit and co-founding the annual, Newtown Yoga Festival. 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.
My first book, “A Gift of Hindsight: Reflections of Successes. Failures and Lessons Learned from Seasoned Parents and Parenting Experts” was published in 2018. I have also written for Grown & Flown and The Huffington Post.
More recently, I have worked with The Avielle Foundation as co-host and producer of, The Brainstorm Experience Speaker Series. .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 prevent violence and to build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement and education. Brainstorm Experience guests have included number of trauma informed guests including: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma;Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, author of, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity; Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tee: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity; and, Dan Harris, author of, Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story.
Episodes of The Brainstorm Experience can be viewed by clicking here:
I am the parent of three adult children.