DEBORAH PEDRICK, CHILD SLEEP CONSULTANT CERTIFICATION INSTRUCTOR AND FOUNDER OF THE FAMILY SLEEP INSTITUTE
Child Sleep Consultant pioneer, Deborah Pedrick, creator of the Child Sleep Consultant Certification program and founder of the original familysleep.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, www.IACSC.com and Founder/President of the Family Sleep Institute, 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. 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.
BECKY ROOSEVELT, HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR
Becky Roosevelt, Head of Operations – Program Instructor, 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.
LORI STRONG, ASSISTANT 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 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 Associate 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 joining the faculty at FSI!
BRENI MALPASS, DIRECTOR OF FSI MEMBER PROMOTION AND MARKETING
Breni Malpass, Director of FSI Member Promotion and Marketing, is an FSI Certified Child Sleep Consultant and founder of Seaside Sleep Consulting. As a mother of two small children, she can relate to the feeling of being both sleep deprived and overwhelmed with the desire to get her children sleeping like they should. She helps families with children 4 months (adjusted) to 5 years of age who feel frustrated and exhausted from not being able to establish consistent bedtime/naptime routines, too many night wakings, or just need a little guidance on developing an appropriate sleep schedule for their child. She works with each family to educate and develop a customized sleep plan in which they are most comfortable with based on their parenting style and philosophies. Breni focuses on each families unique needs and desired outcomes as a whole. It is her goal is get everyone the sleep they need and deserve.
She lives with her husband and two beautiful children in Wilmington, NC. She received a BA in Psychology and a MA in Industrial Psychology. Prior to becoming a Child Sleep Consultant, she spent 18 years in the Human Resources field. When she and her family aren’t sleeping, they love to spend time at the beach, the park or enjoy family time together.
KELLY WEYGANDT – R.N, B.S.N, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Kelly Weygandt, R.N, B.S.N, Director of Research and Development, is a mom of two little ones and the founder of Clayton Babies Sleep Consulting. As a Pediatric Registered Nurse with over 15 years of experience caring for women, infants, and children both in the hospital and community setting she is passionate about family health and wellness. Her interest in sleep began with her work in the Post-Partum Unit at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado where she taught newborn care classes in addition to caring for moms and babies. It was here she noticed that while new parents were given information on safety and general health they were offered very little education on sleep, one of our most basic necessities. In years that followed her career turned to community based health where she was able to form more long term relationships with the families she cared for and therefore, also make a greater impact on patient outcomes. Kelly saw the need for the addition of quality sleep education to the overall health promotion guidelines she followed. This need combined with the birth of her first child prompted Kelly to fill this gap and become a Family Sleep Institute Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. Clayton Babies Sleep Consulting was created to serve local families, school districts and community agencies and has now grown to help families around the world get the sleep they need.
KATIE M KOVALESKI, DEPARTMENT HEAD -“SAFE SLEEP INITIATIVE”
Katie M. Kovaleski, Department Head for the FSI Safe Sleep Initiative, and founder of Anytime Sleep Consulting. A Certified Family Sleep Institute Child Sleep Consultant, Katie works with families around the globe to provide education, prevention and intervention services for all of a child’s sleep needs.
As a certified life coach with Masters’ Degrees in both Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling, Katie’s practice offers not only sleep expertise but also provides a unique support system for the entire family.
Throughout Graduate school and Integration Life Coaching’s development Katie focused on working extensively with children. It is in this niche that she repeatedly witnessed the far reaching issues lack of sleep will create for children and their families. To further her interest in childhood sleep issues, she began training with the Family Sleep Institute (FSI), became a certified sleep consultant in 2013 and founded Anytime Sleep Consulting.
SASHA CARR – PHD, PARENT COACHING
Sasha Carr, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in adult, child, and family sleep and Founder of Off To Dreamland, www.offtodreamland.com. A graduate of the Clinical/Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Rutgers University, Dr. Carr has extensive training in CBT-I, an empirically supported drug-free treatment for adult insomnia. She is also a Certified Child Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute. Dr. Carr works with individuals and families through her private psychology practice and via telephone consultations nationwide. She is an active member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Dr. Carr also serves as the sleep specialist for Women of Wellness of Connecticut, a practitioner network dedicated to caring for women, especially new mothers and mothers-to-be. Dr. Carr believes that healthy sleep is essential for all members of the family, especially mothers who often neglect their own sleep to the detriment of their health and the family’s overall well being.
Dr. Carr resides in Norwalk, CT with a large and lively multi-generational family in which all members, whether two or four-legged, enjoy the benefits of a good night’s rest.
DEBBIE SASSON, PSYD, SPECIAL NEEDS AND SPECIAL SLEEP SOLUTIONS
Debbie Sasson, PsyD, Debbie is the co-founder of Sleep Sisters (www.sleepsisters.com), a group of two “real-life” sisters who work together to help sleepless families get back on track! 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 (www.campakeela.com). 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
SHARYN TIMERMAN, CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
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, TWINS SLEEP MASTER
Alanna McGinn is the mother of three wonderful children (1 + twins!) and the wife of an amazing husband. She is Founder of Good Night Sleep Site, certified Sleep Consultant and Parent Prep Educator, and Director of Membership for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. For over 5 years, she has helped countless parents, overcome their sleep challenges. Her public speaking and seminars are sought after at parenting functions and major children organizations throughout her community, she is published and resident Sleep Expert in multiple parenting publications, but most importantly nothing makes her happier than seeing her guidance and support help a child sleep soundly throughout the night, and establish regular nap times. With a specialization in multiples, through her studies, infant and toddler sleep experience, and natural sleep instincts, Alanna strives in helping all families, overcome their sleep challenges and have happy smiles in the morning.
JENN KELNER, TWINS SLEEP MASTER
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 Aurora, Ontario with her loving and supportive husband Kevin and her 3 beautiful children.
INGRID PRUEHER, BUSINESS COACH
Ingrid Prueher, The FSI Graduates Business Coach and the founder of the successful child sleep consulting business www.
ILISSA GOMAN, WEB DESIGN AND BRANDING SPECIALIST
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.
OLGA SNEGOVSKAYA, DIRECTOR AND INSTRUCTOR, FSI RUSSIA PROGRAM
Olga Snegovskaya is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and the Founder of www.o-sne.online. She’s a mother of 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.
OLGA DOBROVOLSKAYA, INSTRUCTOR, FSI RUSSIA 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.
PATTY TUCKER, PA-C, UNDERSTANDING ADULT SLEEP, FSI ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER
Patty Tucker, PA-C, is a graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Patty has been a medical practitioner for over two decades with extensive experience in primary care, emergency medicine and surgery. Since 2001 she has specialized in sleep medicine. Working with patients at an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep disorders center, she has helped thousands of patients find their way to restful sleep and renewed health. Passionate about the need for and benefits from healthy sleep, she now offers her expertise and gentle guidance to clients outside the medical arena. By bringing sleep problems and possibilities out of the medical office and into the living rooms, board rooms, classrooms and playing fields of North America, Patty hopes to help everyone maximize their potential both day and night.
Before entering the healing arts Patty was involved in business management. She has been conference director, controller and general manager of some of the most prestigious hotels on the West Coast. She has helped design and develop emergency rooms and country inns. She has been the onsite director of medical practices and resort properties. Patty has served as teacher, mentor, coach and consultant to medical students, small business owners and multi-state corporations. With one foot in each of the medical and business worlds, she is the perfect partner for individuals and corporations looking to improve their health and productivity by improving the quality of their rest and sleep.
Patty and her husband Brian live in the Wine Country of California. Kitties and koi complete their family in their peaceful countryside home. If there are recurring themes in Patty’s life, it would seem they are health, heart and hospitality.
SARAH STERN – PHD, POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION – FSI ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER
Sarah Stern, Ph.D., .is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in Chappaqua, New York. Dr. Stern works with children, adolescents and adults, conducting psychotherapy for both individuals and couples. Dr. Stern specializes in helping people to resolve symptoms and life issues such as: depression, anxiety, parenting struggles, relationship problems, adjustment issues, and postpartum depression and anxiety. She has a strong foundation in working with women who are struggling with health issues, infertility, the adjustment to parenthood and major life transitions (separation, divorce, bereavement, job loss, empty nest syndrome, etc.).
Dr. Stern believes the foundation for successful therapy lies in the development and maintenance of an authentic, open and empathic therapeutic relationship. It is through this client-therapist relationship that successful exploration and understanding of relational and affective themes, and maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns can take place with the goal of increasing self-awareness and leading to fuller, happier lives. In conjunction with increasing client’s insight, Dr. Stern also incorporates cognitive behavioral and behavioral techniques into her work, in order to help her clients make positive changes in their lives.
Dr. Stern received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University. She attained her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Previously, Dr. Stern served as a Psychology Intern at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She completed year-long trainings at Bellevue Hospital Center, Fordham University Counseling and Psychological Services, North Central Bronx Hospital, Public School 116, and the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.
Dr. Stern is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Westchester County Psychological Association. As a Psychologist and the mother of two, Dr. Stern understands the importance of sleep hygiene for parents and children alike. She is a firm believer in the roles that sleep, proper nutrition, social relationships and exercise play in the maintenance of psychological well being.
ASHLEY HICKEY, POTTY TRAINING DURING SLEEP TRAINING – HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY SLEEP TRAIN WITHOUT EFFECTING THE POTTY TRAINING PROCESS, ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER
Ashley Hickey, a potty training specialist and the owner of Successful Potty Training. She lives in Hamden, CT with her husband and 3 children.
Ashley has been working with children with special needs for 11 years. In 2001, she visited the Walden Early Childhood Program at the Emory Autism Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her visit to the Walden Preschool, which is an inclusion program for children with Autism, she fell in love with the children. Shortly after her visit, she began teaching in the Toddler classroom where she was clinically trained in Applied Behavior Analysis. After the birth of her first child in 2005, she returned to work at the Emory Autism Center as a family consultant. Throughout her career at Emory, she potty trained typically developing children and children with Autism.
When her family moved to Connecticut in 2008, she realized there was a huge need for services for special needs children, especially potty training. As a result, Successful Potty Training was born. She is passionate about helping families with this necessary life skill. Using ABA methods, she has successfully potty trained hundreds of children. Although she specialize in training children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, she has potty trained children with developmental delays, visual impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome, ranging in age from 2 to 18, and has worked with families living in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and California. Often, parents will ask “ Can my child be potty trained?”. They have tried “everything under the sun”, with no success. Ashley believes that if your child can physically pull his pants up and down and hold his urine, with the right tools and assistance, he can be trained.
Ashley’s vision is to give parents hope. Hope for their child to be included in school and the community, to live as independently as possible and to be accepted.