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Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, Inc., , Edinburg, Texas 78539
956-383-3711; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Abriendo Puertas is a 501(c)(3)non-profit affiliated with Texas A&M University. We provide parents (especially Spanish-speaking) with the training, skills, and tools to become the chief advocates for their children's academic success.
Staff Credentials: Dr. Hector F. Aldape, Ed.D., President and CEO - Ernesto Santos, CRA; Mayra Hinojosa, B.S. - social work - Mother-Daughter programs/outreach - students and families.


Rick Ackerly , Consultant
Ackerly Associates, Decatur, Illinois 62526

415 939-6538; ; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, Certified Parent Coach, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Rick Ackerly is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with forty-five years of experience working in schools. He has served as headmaster of four independent schools, and he speaks to parent and school groups across the country and presents at numerous education conferences. Visit his blog at www.rickackerly.com. He lives in Decatur, Illinois.
Education/Credentials: Rick Ackerly has a Masters in Education from Harvard specializing in Organizational Development, 36 years experience rebuilding failing schools into learning communities, and 12 years as consultant and leadership coach.


Advanced Learning Resources, , Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188
262-408-3211; ; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Dr. Paula J. Hillmann is Executive Director of Advanced Learning Resources. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in giftedness and human development. Advanced Learning Resources specializes in gifted education and talent development and provides comprehensive diagnostics for children, adolescents, and adults; staff development programs for educators; guidance and advisory for families and individuals; programs on the social-emotional needs of advanced learners and their families.
Staff Credentials: Paula J. Hillmann: Ph.D., Educational Psychology – Cognition & Lifespan Development; School Administration; M.S. Educational Psychology – Giftedness, Talent Development & Creativity; B.S. Child & Family Studies; Licensed Teacher; Principal; Curriculum Coordinator; Parent of 2 children. Mary Przybylski: Programs Coordinator, B.S. Communications & Psychology, Parent of 3 children.


Janet Alexander , Professional Development Trainer
Infinity Counseling Services, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33180

305-342-0531;
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, National Speaker
Background: I present a diversified professional background as a Trainer, Facilitator and Career Consultant to complement a B.S. in Human Development with emphasis in Family Studies. Currently I am seeking professional certification from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) as Certified Professional in Learning and Performance. As Professional Development Trainer I Facilitate Teacher Professional Development Workshops; plan, implement and facilitate Parent Involvement Programs and meet with parents and teachers in individual consultations.
Education/Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Human Development with emphasis in Family Studies; Associates of Science in Mental Health; Certified Career Transition Specialist


Carol Alexander-Lewis , Publisher
MODERN PARENTS Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70072

504-339-5310;
Services Offered: Parenting Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: I am a former school district administrator. My experience as an educator includes over 10 years as a certified teacher, and nearly five years as an administrator. As an administrator, I have supervised federal programs, including Title I-Parental Involvement programs and funding. I also supervised 10 theme based schools. Currently, I am the publisher of MODERN PARENTS Magazine, which connects home and school.
Education/Credentials: B.A.-Education M.A.-Educational Administration and Supervision Doctoral Student-K-12 Leadership


Evelyn Bass Ms., CEO
EEB Consulting Services, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209

501-772-6369; ; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Evelyn Bass, is highly motivated professional with over 30 years of dedicated teaching experience with empathy and compassion for young children. She specialize in developing workshop for parents, teachers, and composing music for to enhance the learner experience. Evelyn,is a certified trainer with Traveling Arkansas' Professional(TAPP)
Education/Credentials: Arkansas Baptist College - BA in Education Ouachita Baptist University- Master Degree Education


Bentiva Education Solutions: Resources for Cross-Cultural Communication, , Arlington, Texas 76016
817-946-6162; ; Website
Services Offered: Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Other Specialties
Background: Bentiva Education Solutions publishes specialized English-Spanish reference materials for educators called Kon-ver-SAY-shun guides. These bilingual resources help teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and paraprofessionals communicate directly with Spanish-speaking families. The purpose of these reference tools is to provide educators with a quick and anxiety-free way to increase parent-teacher communication and parental involvement, whether or not they know Spanish.
Staff Credentials: Barbara Benjamin-Trevino founded Bentiva Education Solutions in 2002 to address the gap in reference materials for educators to communicate more comfortably with parents who do not speak English. She received a B.Sc. in Education from Temple University and a M.Sc. in Management in Human Services from Lesley University.


Mari Blaustein , Consultant , Herndon, Virginia 20170
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Services Offered: Parenting Education, National Speaker
Background: Mari's expertise is in the development and management of innovative early childhood learning environments. She had worked in several independent schools offering Pre-K programs. Mari is an established presenter at National Conferences such as NAEYC, NHSA, SECA, & NAFCC. She has also authored articles that have been published in the NAEYC publication, "Young Children."
Education/Credentials: B.A.


Barbara Boone Ph.D., Consultant
Barbara J. Boone & Co., LLC, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

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Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Dr. Barbara Boone is an independent consultant providing on-site coaching, professional development, and presentations to schools and parent groups. She has worked with numerous Ohio school districts, universities, and state agencies providing expertise for the development of family and community involvement programs and products. She has extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer and has held teaching and administrative positions in early childhood education. Barbara is an active school volunteer and mother of three children
Education/Credentials: B.S. Physiology, Michigan State University M.S. Human Development, University of Kentucky Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University.


Mara Briere , Parent Education Specialist
Points to Ponder Company, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730

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Services Offered: ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Other Specialties
Background: Certified "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Program" Facilitator/Mentor Qualified MBTI Administrator Substance Abuse Counselor Certified Elementary Teacher Co-Creator/Co-Facilitator Parenting with Style Series Developer and Facilitator of "12 Steps to Healthy Parenting Program"
Education/Credentials: BA Philosophy, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Elementary Teacher, Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling


Teri Brooks , Consultant
TCB Consulting, Kansas City, Missouri 64133

816-335-1414; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: I have worked in the field of youth development for almost fourteen years. During that time I have facilitated parent involvement trainings in community-based and school settings. I am a certified training in the "Six Types of Parent Involvement". I am also certified in teambuilding research as well.
Education/Credentials: Bachelor - Liberal Arts,Certified Trainier for True Colors, Six Types of Parent Involvement, and the Advancing Youth Development Curriculum.


Barbara Bushey Mrs., Teacher -Parent Coach , South Lyon, Michigan 48178
1-248-446-3704;
Services Offered: Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, Certified Parent Coach
Background: I am a retired early education teacher. I lead in-services on early literacy, using literature to teach discipline to young children, and using Choice Theory to make family life more enjoyable. I am also a certified PCI parent coach. I work with small groups of parents or individuals to help parents develop their ideal family life.
Education/Credentials: B.A. Elementary Education -Eastern Michigan University M.A.T. Early Childhood Education -Oakland University -Certified Parent Coach -Parent Coaching Institute in conjunction with Seattle Pacific University


C&M Educational Connections and Consulting (CMECC) , , Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
617-282-9700;
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, National Speaker
Background: C&M Educational Connections and Consulting (CMECC) is an Educational Advocacy organization that was founded in 2006 to provide a variety of educational and supportive services to at-risk youth and families. In 2007, CMECC was approved as a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider with MA DOE (Department of Education). CMECC help parents make sense of NCLB and the SES eligibility process for improving K-12 student learning in Greater Boston.
Staff Credentials: CMECC was founded by Ms. Paula Nelson, a former middle school math inclusion and transitional teacher and educator of the Boston Public School District. CMECC's staff possesses years of motivational and results-based experience as teachers, educators, mentors, and volunteers.


Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, , North Hollywood, California 91606
818-980-0903; ; Website
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: For over 30 years the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) has been developing, delivering and disseminating parenting skill building programs.
Staff Credentials: Headed by psychologist Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, a nationally and internationally respected parenting and parenting education authority, and author of The Positive Parent, CICC operates with a small administrative staff and a very large number of psychologists and educators with whom it contracts to conduct its parenting instructor training workshops.


Steven Constantino Ed.D., Speaker/Trainer/Consultant , Atlanta, Georgia 30141
770-862-6359;
Services Offered: Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: The nation's leading practitioner of family engagement. Dr. Constantino has written three books on family engagement and is a much sought after speaker and trainer.
Education/Credentials: Doctorate of Education, Certificate of Advanced Study, Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree


Mariela Dabbah , Author, speaker, consultant , Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
(914) 772-5603; ; Website
Services Offered: Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, National Speaker
Background: I'm an award-winning, best-selling author, national speaker and consultant on issues that help Latinos navigate the American system successfully. One of my strongest areas of focus is education and parent involvement in education. Books on the topic: Help your children succeed in school, and Help your children succeed in high school and go to college, both geared to Hispanic parents.
Education/Credentials: Mater's in Philosphy and Literature from the University of Buenos Aires


Johanna De Jesus , Consultant , Elmont, New York 11003
917-804-9054;
Services Offered: ParentNet Trainer, ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker
Background: I have held key leadership positions in the Youth Development field including as the Department Director of Education and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education Regional Parent Support Officer, and Special Assistant to Chicago Board of Education Chief of Language and Cultural Education and most recently, Chief Program Office. Additionally, she is an appointed trainer with Partnership for After-School Educators, Inc. (PASE) to provide high quality school aged training throughout New York State.
Education/Credentials: Bachelor of Arts degree - College of New Rochelle; National Urban Fellow Alumni majoring in Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Bernard Baruch College, Graduate School of Public Affairs;


Vonda Dennis Ms., Parenting Educator/Coach , Los Angeles, California 90210
310-226-7097; Website
Services Offered: Certified Parent Coach
Background: I have been a parenting cunsultant for over 25 years. I am a former pre-school teacher, certified newborn/child specialist, certified professional trained nanny. I have taught parenting classes for various organizations as well as private classes to parents nationwide.
Education/Credentials: Certified Parenting Coach, Certified Newborn/Child Specialist, Certified & Noted Baby Sleep Expert, Certifed Postpartum Doula, Certified Prenatal Parenting Instructor, Certified Prenatal Parenting Instructor.


Quibila A Divine , President and Founder
The Educational Advocates Reaching Today's Hardworking Students, Inc. (EARTHS) , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140

215-313-8808;
Services Offered: Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, Certified Parent Coach, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: Former Director of the PA Governor's Institute for Parental Involvement and Director of Parent & Family Engagement at The School District of Philadelphia. Workshops include Parent Advocacy, Partnering with the District/School, Parents' Rights and Responsibilities Under ESEA, and Graduation Coaching. Received ING's Unsung Hero Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education.
Education/Credentials: Master of Education in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education (Graduated Summa Cum Laude in both majors), Certified Graduation Coach Trainer, and Certified Peer Bullying Specialist.


George Dorton , President, Parent Coach, Speaker
Dorton Development, LLC, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

678-522-9124;
Services Offered: ParentNet Forum/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, Faculty/Staff Continuing Education, Strategic Planning, National Speaker, Other Specialties
Background: George Dorton has over 7 years of experience providing transformational and motivational workshops to parents in the areas of school and parental partnership, college readiness, credit and financial education, homework success, parent involvement, adult literacy, and much more.
Education/Credentials: B.A. Psychology M.A. Adult Education and Training


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