President and Founder of the Family Sleep Institute and Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor
Child Sleep Consultant pioneer, Deborah Pedrick, creator of the Child Sleep Consultant Certification program and founder of the original Family Sleep.com informational website, has been educating families for over 18 years on the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy foundation for sleep in their children.
She is co-founder of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and Founder/President of the Family Sleep Institutes, which instructs, mentors and certifies Child Sleep Consultants around the world. Deborah resides in Pennsylvania and is mother to her college-bound son, and of course amazing sleeper, Soren. Deborah holds a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago. She has been quoted/interviewed in various publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, NY Family Magazine, and has been a contributing sleep expert for “The Doctors” television show.
Vice President of the Family Sleep Institute and Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor
Becky Roosevelt, Vice President of the The Family Sleep Institute, Program Instructor, a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant and founder of Snug as a Bug Pediatric Sleep Consulting. Becky works closely with Deborah as a mentor to FSI students and in her sleep consulting business works directly with families nationwide to get their child’s sleep on track.
As a mother of two young children, Becky has first-hand experience recognizing the importance that sleep plays in a child’s well-being, behavior, mood, and development. She takes great pride in helping exhausted and frustrated parents solve their child’s sleep challenges to get the entire family the sleep they need. Becky holds a degree in Sociology and has worked in philanthropy for nearly nine years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and kids.
Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor and Student Mentor
Lori Strong is the founder of Strong Little Sleepers and has been working to restore sleep to families since 2012. In 2013 Lori was honored to receive the Best Sleep Expert award from the Austin Birth Awards.
In addition to being a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant, Lori also holds a certificate as a Happiest Baby Educator. She enjoys working with children of all ages on sleep issues as well as newborn soothing and calming. She is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, National Sleep Foundation, volunteers regularly with PIP (Partners in Parenting) and also runs Metro Moms Austin.
Hailing from New York, Lori has a BA from Colgate University and an MS from SUNY Cortland. She worked as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for 8 years before relocating to Austin, Texas when she was 34 weeks pregnant. She still lives there with her husband, son, and daughter. Teaching remains one of her biggest passions and she’s thrilled to be part of the FSI faculty!
Parent Coaching Instructor
Sasha Carr, PhD is a psychologist specializing in adult, child, and family sleep. She is a graduate of the Clinical/Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Rutgers University and a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant. Dr. Carr has worked with thousands of parents and families worldwide through her private sleep practice, Off To Dreamland
She is an active member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Sasha is also the author of the acclaimed bedtime book, Putting Bungee to Bed, which uses an engaging story to help young readers understand the importance of healthy sleep habits.
Dr. Carr also consults with pediatric practices, schools and childcare centers to help develop policy and education initiatives for healthier sleep. Sasha resides in Norwalk, CT with her large and lively multi-generational family.
Special Needs and Special Sleep Solutions Instructor
Debbie Sasson, PsyD, is the co-founder of Sleep Sisters, a group of two “real-life” sisters who work together to help sleepless families get back on track! She is also a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant. Not only is she a mom to daughter, Margo, but also has a doctorate in clinical psychology.
All of Debbie’s sleep work is informed by her knowledge about brain development, emotional development and family relationships. Debbie really believes that a couple’s relationship (if there are two parents in a family) is deeply affected when a new baby arrives…especially when she isn’t sleeping! As she works with families, she always keeps in mind that the family dynamic is always in play and finds that developing the right sleep plan can really help bolster the strength of the family relationship at such a critical time.
Debbie also spend her summers working as the director of a residential camp for children with social struggles Camp Akeela. Many have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. She has found over the past 6 years in her work with this population that many of them struggle with sleep.
Debbie’s clinical skills, her experiences at camp and her work with private clinical patients have all allowed her to learn creative ways to help children on the spectrum (and their parents) to get the sleep they desperately need. Debbie is also an Advisory Board Member and Contributor to the American Sleep Association
Child Development Instructor
Sharyn Timerman’s career began 28 years ago working within a pre-school and child development environment. She received her degree in early childhood education at Vanier College while raising three young children with her husband Gaby. Her career moved at a very rapid pace as she quickly discovered a passion to teach, an ability to retain valuable developmental information and most importantly, how to communicate with parents and their children effectively.
She worked at the West Island Jewish Community Centre in Montreal for several years and was director of programs from birth to three years at Centre Du Sablon, a community centre in Laval, Quebec. In 1996 armed with solid experience and a desire to develop a place where children, parents, caregivers and educators could thrive, The Early Years Family Development Centre Inc. was established. In August 2012, Sharyn took the Early Years to the next level through a newly established website providing more services to the community and beyond, reaching other parts of Canada, Europe and the United States.
Sharyn is a faculty member of the Family Sleep Institute teaching behaviour milestones and the effects of sleep through webinars and daily dialogues. She completed a 3 day Summer Institute program in Toronto July 2012, taught by leading childhood expert and author Barbara Coloroso. She leads monthly and bi-monthly women’s groups and created the “Tools in your Pocket” series for parenting workshops. Also founded and unique to the Early Years is a newborn – 12 month class known as “Tiny Treasures”, a resource for information and exposure to music.
Sharyn works with families of children directly in the classroom who may need specialized attention for short term periods and is welcomed by several daycares. She meets parents individually and provides detailed plans that are unique to their family life.
What sets Sharyn apart in her teaching? “Knowledge can only go so far, it must carry with it sincere caring, the energy to embrace each situation and the belief that there is no problem so great we cannot find the answer. Providing a safe place where parents can see the great things they are doing, learning new skills along the way and bringing life to learning for their children is my reward”.
Alanna McGinn is the mother of three wonderful children (1 +twins!) and Founder and Senior Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, Parent Prep Educator, Director and Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC), and serves on the faculty of the Family Sleep Institute.
Graduating from the Family Sleep Institute in 2012, for over 8 years, she has helped countless parents overcome their sleep challenges with their children and themselves. She has grown Good Night Sleep Site into a global pediatric and family sleep consulting team.
Her public speaking and seminars are sought after at parenting functions and major organizations, she is published and resident Sleep Expert in multiple parenting publications such as: Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, and Yummy Mummy Club.
Through her studies, infant, child, and adult sleep experience, and natural sleep instincts, Alanna strives in helping all families overcome their sleep challenges with happy smiles in the morning and throughout the day.
Jenn Kelner, is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Founder of BabyZzz. As a mother of 3 children, including twins, she knows how difficult it can be looking after more than one baby who won’t sleep. She discovered the difference a good night’s sleep can truly make, and has spent over 2 years helping other families establish healthy sleep habits.
Jenn is a resident sleep expert for various online parenting resource sites, including DrDina.ca. She is a regular contributor on relevant sleep advice and strategies for the day to day challenges parents face with respect to their kids’ sleep. She is also an executive member and go-to sleep guru for her local Multiples Chapter. She has been a repeat guest on Rogers TV and various radio programs, including CBC Radio. Her sleep tips have been featured on various well-known parenting sites including Mom.me, CafeMom, and NewParent.
Jenn is a graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, and a Chartered Accountant. She lives in Burlington, Ontario with her loving and supportive husband Kevin and her 3 beautiful children.
Web Design, Branding and Marketing Specialist Instructor
Ilissa Goman, Web Design and Branding Specialist, and founder of BINX, The Sparkle Lab and The Petite Retreat. An entrepreneur from the start, Ilissa worked as a well sought-after nanny and babysitter for over 10 years before starting BINX.
She trained to become a SafeKids certified car seat tech in 2011 and a Family Sleep Institute certified sleep consultant in 2013. BINX provides parenting services to make life with children easier. The Sparkle Lab is a web design and branding company that puts the finishing touches on your company to make you shine.
Lastly, The Petite Retreat is a once a year educational event in Saratoga Springs, NY, featuring both local and national experts in the pregnancy and infant fields. While developing her businesses she has mastered the keys to website design, branding, copywriting, and client experience. It thrills her to share this knowledge with other consultants to further their goals and dreams, and to make their online presence unique to them. When she’s not working, you can find her at home in upstate NY, chasing her sassy daughter and husband through her garden.
Business Coach Instructor
Ingrid is a sought after expert and her advice has been shared on popular media outlets such as CBS, Fox & Friends, The Huffington Post and as the host of Parents.com ‘Baby Sleep 911′ Web TV Series.
Born in Guatemala and raised in New York, Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, and a master’s degree from The New School in New York City.
Ingrid has three active boys (a husband and two sons) that keep her happily busy when she is not helping sleepless families. The four of them live in Connecticut. In her free time, Ingrid loves to dance, sing and read with her boys, as well as travel.
Olga SnegovskayaDirector and Instructor - FSI Russia Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
Olga Snegovskaya is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and the Founder of www.o-sne.online. She’s a mother to a 3 year old girl, her life changer, both private and professional, and she highly values the benefits of the well-balanced rest for the whole family well-being.
Before starting her own business she had over 10 years of corporate experience. Having a very hard-time dealing with her daughter’s sleep problems, she found herself burning to help children and parents (of course!), get the rest they desire. She’s helping families with children aged from 0 to 6+ years old all over the world starting 2015 and is a resident child sleep expert for Barviha Medical Sleep Center in Moscow and is published in various online parenting resources.
Being a member of International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Russian Association of Sleep Specialists RosSleep and National Society of Pediatric Sleep Specialists in Russia, Olga takes a leading part in connecting medical and non-medical society to educate children health professionals on children sleep hygiene and promote the healthy sleep habits foundation in each and every family. She’s also a regular speaker for Practical Science and Medical conferences and a repeat guest in local mom’s clubs. Working with families she goes by the only principle: to feel the needs of the baby and meet them. And nothing makes her happier than making children and parents connected.
When she’s not working you can find her playing puzzles with her daughter or enjoying nature with her family and friends. Together with her husband and her little sleeper, Olga resides in Moscow, Russia.
Instructor - FSI Russia Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
It now seems that my path to becoming a Child Sleep consultant began in my childhood – I was a high sleep need baby, who needed sleep before food or anything else, really. Another childhood desire was a clear wish to be of help to others. That is why I went to receive my teaching degree, and later went to study to become a RN. Fast forward a few years and I am now helping families from all over the world who suffer from sleep-deprivation after having their baby. I have two wonderful boys with a small age difference, who, just like hundreds of families in my practice, teach me something new every day. It is important for me to educate parents not only on “how” to achieve a better sleep, but also on “why” it works that way and is important. Apart from my teaching degree, medical training, and sleep consulting certification, I received lactation counselor training and studied coaching basics to be of a greater help to those who trusted my expertise with their challenges. At this time I created a team of professionals who are able to help even more families with very diverse backgrounds and difficulties.
Jacqueline Kram Chapiro MDDirector and Instructor - FSI Spanish Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
Jacqueline Kram Chapiro, is the co-founder of a A Dormir, a consulting company specializing in sleep therapy based in Mexico City. She is an MD with an MS in clinical neuroscience and is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant.
She has over 10 years of experience working closely with families in private practice. In addition, she has also conducted a wide range of seminars and workshops in different communities in Mexico City. She is passionate about child development and especially family sleep. For the last few years, she has devoted herself to helping parents overcome a variety of sleep challenges. As a mother to a baby girl, she knows and understands these challenges. Working with diverse families from different backgrounds she always makes the needs of the families her first priority. She has seen the great benefits a sleep consultant can brings to families, including her own!
Director and Instructor - FSI Spanish Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
“When my oldest son was born and had about 8 months, I was exhausted and mentally tired of having to rock him to sleep at 3 am, at the same time I found out in my practice as an homeopath that one of the main reasons of medical visits was sleep disturbances. I believe that sleep coaching is extremely important in order to provide the tools to our children to achieve the sleep they biologically need, since this is a learned skill such as proper nutrition or discipline, sleep is no less important, so we must encourage our children to learn the ability to sleep at the right time to match their biological needs. This skill will help them get the best out of themselves and achieve proper development. My goal is to work with families according to their philosophy to get everyone the sleep they deserve.“