Alliance of RIE® Associates

Debbie Bergstrom (Sigonella, Italy) is a Child Youth Program Administrator, WestEd PITC Graduate, PITC Infant/Toddler Specialist and ECE Consultant. For 30 years she has worked in full day care programs, and in supporting and training Family Child Care Providers. Debbie studied at the Pikler Institute in 2008. She is currently the Child Youth Program Administrator for the U.S. Navy in Sigonella, Italy. bergsjd@aol.com

Rebecca Bowler (San Rafael, California) has been a RIE® Associate since 1994 and a member of the RIE® Alliance since 2008. A former RIE® nanny, Rebecca is fortunate to have trained with Magda. Rebecca has been practicing Esalen Massage® since 1994 and is the former Managing Editor at Underwood Books. Presently, she is an Independent Sales Rep for Spa, Resort, Hotel and Wellness. Blessed with a young daughter, Rebecca is passionate about RIE® parenting and community, Waldorf education, gardening, theater, and anything orange. She plans to offer RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ and RIE® Before Baby™ classes in Marin in the future. Rebecca@rbhealingarts.com  rbhealingarts.com

Lisa Chariff Better (Miami, Florida) became a RIE® Associate in 2010. She observed her first RIE®Parent-Infant Guidance™ class in Los Angeles many years earlier and became a passionate advocate for Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. Lisa attended the Pikler Institute Training 2010-2013, 2016  where she studied under Anna Tardos. Lisa is the RIE® Alliance Chairperson on the RIE®Board. She is a mentor, trainer and consultant in the Educaring® Approach. Lisa also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem in Miami-Dade County, and was honored as Guardian ad Litem of the Year 2010. A Miami resident, Lisa introduced the Educaring® Approach to the area in 2004 and continues to teach Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes for both infants and toddlers. riemiami.com

Alexandra Curtis (Eugene, Oregon) has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of “birth to two” topics. Author of Simple Toys Make Active Babies, a book about play spaces for infants and toddlers, Alexandra earned her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a Public Health focus at the University of South Florida. Mother to three lovely daughters, Alex was a founding Board Member of the Pikler/Loczy USA Fund and the Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Taskforce. She is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and works at Lane Community College’s Family Connections program, providing training to child care providers. mealex37@earthlink.net

Mary Louise Brennan (Portland, Oregon) studied with Magda Gerber both at Pacific Oaks College and at the Los Angeles RIE® Center and has been a RIE® Associate since 1989. She is an Infant Toddler Program Consultant and RIE® Foundations Instructor, currently working with infants and toddlers in a child development center in downtown Portland. Mary Louise has presented at national and international seminars and workshops. She is a passionate professional with over 35 years experience working and learning with the very youngest children, their parents and their teachers.  marylouisebrennan@yahoo.com

Deborah Carlisle Solomon (Los Angeles, California)  is the author of Baby Knows Best, Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way. She was RIE® Executive Director from 2006-2014 and now has her own international teaching, speaking and consulting practice. Deborah is a RIE® Mentor who teaches RIE® Foundations™, Parent-Infant Guidance™, and Nurturing Nanny™ courses. She has spoken at various national and international conferences, and studied at the Pikler Institute in 2005 and 2006. deborah@deborahcarlislesolomon.comwww.deborahcarlislesolomon.com
Michelle Cescatti (Los Angeles, California) is a former elementary school educator. Profoundly moved by the Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes she attended with her child, she began her RIE® training in 2014, and became a RIE® Associate in 2017. She is grateful for and inspired by the wise and experienced counsel of her mentors, Deborah Carlisle Solomon, Elizabeth Memel, and Ruth Anne Hammond. Michelle is particularly committed to seeing children as unique individuals who thrive as their authentic selves when given the freedom and space to do so. She facilitates RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Orientation classes in the Los Angeles area, and looks forward to facilitating Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes of her own very soon.

Elsa Chahin (Pacific Palisades, California) is one of only two certified and accredited Pikler® Trainers in North America, Ms. Chahin is currently President and CEO of the internationally renown non-profit corporation, Pikler/Lóczy USA, through which she carries on the mission of Dr. Emmi Pikler, that of raising healthy, happy children.  An in-demand speaker, writer, teacher and infant-toddler consultant, Ms. Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 75 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. A PITC Trainer, UCLA Certified Lactation Educator, and Certified Interpreter-Translator, Chahin teaches Nurturing Nanny™ courses and collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated several videos for RIE®. Elsa is a Working Group Leader for World Forum Foundation and co-author of In Loving Hands with Anna Tardos on the Rights for Children Living in Children’s Homes. mamadeleo@aol.com

ChanMarinda KengFan Chan (Macau, China) has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Social Work from University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Loyola Marymount University. She has worked in the field of psychotherapy and family therapy for 20 years. Marinda is also a Feldenkrais practitioner. In 2015, she completed her RIE® training and became a RIE® Associate. She is looking forward to introducing the Educaring® Approach as an insightful educational philosophy in Asia. Being a clinical practitioner for decades, her passion is to bridge the interdisciplinary relationship within deep psychology and theology of the soul, as well as utilize the creative power with the Educaring® Approach to create a practical curriculum for “heart” formation to prepare our children for the future. marindachan@hotmail.com

Sue Ann Chilcote (Sherman Oaks, California) became a RIE® Associate in 2002 after many years working directly with infants and toddlers as a nanny and later as a teacher in group infant and toddler care at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California. Over the past 12 years she has devoted much of her time to studying infant development, and in 2005 completed the ECE Certificate Program at Cabrillo College. Sue Ann has presented workshops about the Educaring® Approach at various conferences in California and Washington. She currently works as a nanny for a family in Los Angeles.

Valorie Cole (Santa Barbara, California) has been a student and advocate of RIE® and the Educaring® Approach since 1989, when she attended her first RIE® course. This led to in-depth studies in infant and toddler care and development, including attending PITC and traveling to Budapest to see and experience Loczy. She was a part of the planning and implementation of Cottage Hospital’s RIE® Accreditation in 1991 and later worked with teen parents at two local high schools, teaching parenting skills and caring for their infants and toddlers. Valorie was then hired by Discoveries Learning Center to open and direct Early Discoveries Toddler Center, and later became the Director of both programs. Her current goals are to conduct Parent-Infant Guidance classes, to mentor RIE® students on their own journeys, and to spend lots of quality time with her 11 grandchildren. valoriejean@yahoo.com
Coyne PicMelissa Coyne’ (Altadena, California) has a Master’s Degree in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles and has been an early childhood educator for 25 years.  In 2014, she became a RIE® Associate and completed PITC (The Program for Infant/Toddler Care) certification. Melissa facilitates RIE® courses in the Los Angeles area, is raising two daughters and has been a Master Lead Teacher for 19 years at a child care center where she works with staff to uphold the philosophical integrity of the program. Melissa is passionate about inspiring adults and children to be critical thinkers in areas of diversity, sensitivity, self-awareness and authenticity.  She is an advocate for a child’s right to a childhood as free from corporate marketers and outside pressures as possible and is a firm believer that parenting is a process.  

Catriona Davies (Santa Monica, California) attended RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance classes with her two young children. In 2001, she began her RIE® Professional Development training. Catriona has been teaching Parent-Infant Guidance classes at Hari’s RIE® studio in Santa Monica since 2005. She also co-facilitates parent workshops. 

Simone Stave Demarzi (Carmichael, California) became acquainted with RIE® in the summer of 2002 on Whidby Island with Polly Elam. Simone has been working in the field of Early Childhood since 1981, has a BS in El. Ed., Waldorf Teacher Training, LifeWays certification, all her ECE units, and completed the PITC training. She is one of the original four members of the CORE 4 in Sacramento, bringing RIE®to Northern California.  Simone ran an Infant Program in her home combining RIE® with her Waldorf background for 5 years. Simone has been teaching Parent Child Classes now for 7 years and currently teaches at the Davis Waldorf School.

Anita Cooper Ebright (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) became a RIE® Associate in 1992 while working with Magda Gerber at RIE® during a sabbatical year. She is a RIE® Foundations Instructor and Parent-Infant Guidance Class Facilitator. Anita attended Pacific Oaks College for her Master’s degree work. From 1986 to the present, after many years of working directly with children’s programs, she joined the ECE faculty at Lethbridge College in Alberta, Canada. anitacooperebright@me.com
Polly Elam (Paso Robles, California) studied and worked with Magda Gerber for 20 years and has been a member of the RIE® Board of Directors since 1986. She has  served as President since 2011. Polly studied at the Pikler Institute in 1986, 2005, 2008 and 2012 and presented at the Pikler International Conference in 2007. She is a WestEd PITC Graduate and  has experience as a Regional Child Development Program Administrator and Community College Instructor. She was a contributing writer to Authentic Relationships In Group Care for Infants and Toddlers, RIE® Principles Into Practice. As an ECE Consultant, Polly has worked with a variety of infant/toddler programs and has conducted seminars and training in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and throughout the United States. pollyelam@aol.com  +  www.pollyelam.com
EliasbergPhotoKristin Eliasberg (Brooklyn, New York), inspired by the Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes she attended with her daughter, embarked on her RIE® training in 2008. She is now a RIE® Mentor Teacher, and facilitates RIE Certified Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is grateful for the inspiration and guidance of her mentors, Beverly Kovach and Ruth Anne Hammond. She has also attended Pikler trainings, in addition to helping found the first downtown Manhattan Waldorf school. Her experiences as a professional dancer, yoga instructor and journalist inform her work with infants, toddlers, and their parents. She lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, NY. kristin1230@yahoo.comwww.learnfromyourbaby.com

prof pic cropped Jessica Faith (Brooklyn, New York) works with parents to deepen their understanding of babies’ competence. She co-founded the Mindful Care course, a training program for professional caregivers, nannies, and baby nurses who are interested in implementing the Educaring® Approach. Before becoming a RIE® Associate, she worked with programs supporting at-risk children in Harlem and Newark, NJ. She lives in Brooklyn. jessica@brooklyncreche.com • www.jessica-faith.com
fernandezheadshot Lee Fernandez (Redwood City, California) is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber and physician-educator Maria Montessori. She currently conducts RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee has 45 years of experience in Early Childhood Education as a parent educator, preschool teacher, author, and administrator of university, military and private programs. Lee has a MA in Human Development, specializing in Infants and Toddlers from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA where she trained directly with Magda Gerber, and a Montessori Teaching Certificate from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL and St. Nicholas Montessori in London, England. www.discoveryourbaby.org 

Fisher, AngelaAngela R. Fisher, Ph.D. (South Orange, NJ), holds a Ph.D. in Infant-Toddler Developmental Psychology. She is an NJ-Infant Mental Health Mentor- IV [Policy], a Certified Infant Massage Educator, Childbirth Doula, and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Early Childhood Graduate Department at City University in New York. She consults with parents, caregivers, and educators on developmentally appropriate and respectful practices with infants and toddlers nationally and internationally. She facilitates RIE® Certified Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes in the New York/New Jersey area. Angela’s scholarly research and parent-infant observation tool are uniquely influenced by Magda Gerber’s work. She is dedicated to supporting parent-infant relationships across cultures based on Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. ababydr@gmail.com

Marcela Giannini (Newport Beach, California), RIE® Associate, RIE® Board of Directors, was introduced to RIE® over 20 years ago, mentored by Magda Gerber and studied under her tutelage. Marcela also served as Magda Gerber’s personal assistant. She has recently begun facilitating RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance Classes in Orange County. meg.giannini@sbcglobal.net

 Grebler, Hari Hari Grebler (Santa Monica, California) studied and worked with Magda Gerber from 1984 to 1990, and trained at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary in 1994. She completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Education training in 2000. Hari taught intensive RIE® courses at the Rudolf Steiner College summer program (2004-2006) and has presented workshops at numerous early childhood conferences. In 1990, Hari established Hari’s RIE® Studio in Santa Monica which offers parent-child classes as well as educational workshops for those involved with young children from birth to three. Hari started Bueno Baby, a company which makes natural wood stools, tables and other RIE-friendly furniture. Hari also mentors RIE® students. www.harisriestudio.com
Deborah Greenwald (Pensacola, Florida)  joined WestEd in 2002 as a Senior Program Associate at the Center for Child and Family Studies. She directs the Infant/Toddler Guidelines Project for the California Department of Education and is a faculty member of the Program for Infant/Toddler Caregiver Institutes. Prior to working at WestEd, Greenwald spent 15 years in infant/toddler group care. She also taught RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes and was an infant/toddler specialist in a resource and referral agency. Deborah received a BA in Child Development from Humboldt State University and an MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She also holds certificates from the American Montessori Society and Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®). She provides training on infant toddler care and development around the country.  dgreenw@wested.org

Ruth Anne Hammond (Los Angeles, California), author of Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach (2009), is a RIE® Associate and Mentor, having studied under its founder, Magda Gerber, and was RIE® President from 2005 to 2011.  She taught at Pacific Oaks College for 20 years and was Master Teacher in its Infant/Toddler-Parent Program for 17 years. She participates in a study group on affective neuroscience with Dr. Allan N. Schore of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. A former professional dancer, she continues to express her love of movement in her work with infants and toddlers. ruthannehammond@gmail.com • respectingbabies.com

Eileen Henry (Boulder, Colorado) is a RIE® Associate and is a pioneer in creating the once non-industry of what is now commonly referred to as “Child Sleep Consultant.” She is the author of The Compassionate Sleep Solution: Calming the cry. Her program is unique and not only transforms sleep but the entire parenting experience. Eileen works with families all over the world. • “My goal is to co-create the best emotional and physical environment for sleep success for your entire family.” www.compassionatesleepsolutions.com
 Johanna Herwitz, holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist. She mentors Practicum students, facilitates  RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes and provides individual consultations for families in New York City. She serves as vice president of Pikler Loczy USA. She lives in New York City.  jsherwitz@verizon.net www.mindfulparentingnyc.com

 Linda Hinrichs (Topanga, California) is a Child Development Specialist and former Chair of the RIE®Alliance of Associates. She met and began her work with Magda Gerber in 1978 and served on the RIE® Board of Directors from 1985-1990. She is a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Hospital Therapeutic Nursery Training Program and the Director of The Children’s Corner Play Center in Topanga, California, which she founded in 1980. Linda also consults with parents and offers parent education classes at her Center which serves children from 2-5 years of age.  Linda  began her studies at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary, with Anna Tardos and colleagues, in 1986 and has returned numerous times for every available English training over the past 30 years.  She was a presenter at the 2007 Pikler International Conference in Hungary. justus@netwood.net
Beverly A. Kovach, MN (Melbourne, Florida) has been working with and consulting in early  childhood centers for more than 30 years. She is a RIE® Mentor Teacher and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2001 until 2008. Beverly is a Montessori teacher-trainer, consultant, and presenter at national and international conferences, and co-author of Being with Babies. She founded Little Learners Lodge and Montessori of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1977 and established Waverly Place (the first RIE® Satellite Center in the USA) in 2003. MSBEV208@aol.com
Wendy Kronick (Pacific Palisades, California) served on the RIE® Board of Directors from 1999-2004. She became passionate about RIE® in 1992 as a result of attending Liz Memel’s Parent-Infant Guidance™ class with her then four-month-old son. She became certified as a RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Class Facilitator in 1997 and has taught in Santa Monica and the West Side. Wendy now facilitates three classes at the RIE® Center in Los Angeles. wenkronick@aol.com
Karla Lee Kuester (Santa Monica, California) has been a RIE® Associate since 1989. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education/ Developmental Psychology, minor in Fine Art. Karla has been working with young children and families since 1977, as a Certified Montessori preschool teacher, infant specialist, an Early Interventionist (birth-3, atypical development), Behavior Interventionist and Child Development Consultant. She is currently a Behavior/ Early Interventionist for the Step By Step EDU-Play Child Dev. Program in Santa Monica. She teaches “Infants, Toddlers & Caregivers” at UC Irvine each year. She was the in-house CD Specialist at UCLA Krieger Center from 2009-2015 and taught at the UCLA Graduate School IMPACT Urban Teacher Residency Program, 2012. Karla is a published author, CD/ECE consultant and has served as a Private Tutor (enrichment/remediation) from 1988 to the present. She has recently been invited to sit on the Exec. Committee of the Assoc. of Child Dev. Specialists of L.A. . karla.kuester@gmail.com 

Melani Ladygo (Los Angeles, California) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles. She currently teaches Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes, Before Baby™ and Nurturing Nanny™ courses, as well as serves as the Program and Office Manager at the Los Angeles RIE® Center, is a Foundations™ facilitator, Practicum™ and Intern™ Mentor teacher, and has presented workshops on Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach in a variety of conference settings. Melani spent nearly ten years working in a child care center, where she was initially introduced to the Educaring® Approach and worked as an Infant/Toddler Master Lead Teacher. mladygo1@gmail.com

Janet Lansbury (Los Angeles, California)  is introducing a global audience to Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach through her website, www.janetlansbury.com. She is the author of two bestselling books, Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting and No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame. She is also the creator and host of “Janet Lansbury Unruffled,” one of the most downloaded parenting podcasts on the web and recommended listening by The Washington Post. Janet was introduced to RIE® in 1993 when her oldest daughter was three months old. She went on to study with Magda Gerber and became a Parent-Infant Guidance™ Class Facilitator in 1994. A year later, Magda asked Janet to join the RIE® Board of Directors and Janet served on the Board for over 20 years. Besides sharing Magda’s wisdom through her website, social media pages and podcasts, Janet enjoys teaching weekly classes at RIE®, consulting privately with parents and professionals, speaking at events, and spending time with her three RIE® babies, ages 24, 19, and 15. janet@janetlansbury.com.
Jill Getto Lee (Studio City, California) is the mother of twin boys and is a RIE® Associate who specializes in multiples. She holds a Masters Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development Specializing in Early Childhood, and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She currently teaches Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes at the Los Angeles RIE® Center and at BINI Birth Center in Sherman Oaks. She instructs the RIE® Before Baby™, and Nurturing Nanny™ courses at the Los Angeles RIE® Center and serves on the RIE®Board of Directors.  Jill recently joined a study group on affective neuroscience with Dr. Allan N. Schore of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.  She also is a registered consultant for the County of Los Angeles and serves as a community member on the Los Angeles unified School district integrated pest management team, fighting for the safety and health of all students, staff and the environment.  Jgettolee@aol.com • jillrieclass@gmail.com

Lewis, KimKimberly Lewis (Tucson, Arizona) became a RIE® Associate in 2010. She has an MEd in Early Childhood Education from Antioch University, and she teaches parent-child and preschool classes at the Tucson Waldorf School. Kimberly is also joining the early childhood faculty of Pima Community College. Her passion is to integrate RIE®, Pikler and neuroscience teachings into Waldorf and other educational settings through publications, workshops and a birth to three Yahoo group that she moderates. kimberley.lewis@gmail.com

allison_manuelAllison Manuel (Washington, DC) is a an Infant/Toddler Montessori (AMI) teacher in Washington, DC and has a Masters in Education in Birth-3. She fell in love with RIE® after the birth of her first child and is looking forward to integrating the Educaring® principles into life with her soon-to-be second child. She teaches parent-infant classes in Washington, DC, provides home consultations on the Educaring® and Montessori Approaches and is a yoga teacher. She is grateful to her mentors Ruth Anne Hammond and Beverly Kovach for helping her to bring more of the RIE® world to the East Coast. She is most passionate about helping parents find the balance between nurture and independence for the youngest children, adopting the motto from Ruth Anne Hammond, that “independence should never be a burden,” but only a pleasure. lee.allison1983@gmail.com

Elizabeth Memel, M.A., RIE® Associate (Los Angeles and Ojai, California), is a RIE® Mentor Teacher who instructs the RIE® Certified courses Before Baby™ and Nurturing Nanny™ in addition to the three-part Professional Development training, and offers outreach consulting for Early Head Start and other center-based programs. For over thirty years, Liz has facilitated Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes in Los Angeles on staff at the RIE® Center as well as her own private classes. At this moment, Liz is very thrilled to finally begin offering her program in West Los Angeles! Liz has served on the RIE®Board of Directors since 1985, currently as Vice President in charge of Programs. Retired from 13 years as adjunct faculty in the Child Development Department at Los Angeles City College, she has a Masters Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development Specializing in Infants and Toddlers, and also contributed to Authentic Relationships In Group Care for Infants and Toddlers, RIE® Principles Into Practice (Jessica Kingsley Press)Liz studied at the PIkler Institute, Budapest, Hungary in 1993 and returned as a co-presenter at the 2003 Pikler Symposium.

mohney-0007Lori Mohney (San Diego, California) ) has been studying and practicing Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach since 1997. She has an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. She has been in the early childhood education field for close to 20 years, including over 10 years as a professional nanny. She facilitates RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes, offers in-home consulting for families, and will soon be offering Before Baby™ courses for expectant parents in San Diego.www.respectfulbeginnings.com  lori@respectfulbeginnings.com
 Ruth Money (Carmichael, California) is a retired RIE® Foundations™ Mentor Teacher, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the RIE® Board of Directors. She worked as a psychologist (MA) before getting into preventive work in early childhood education. Ruth met Magda Gerber in 1985 and became her student and friend. Ruth founded the first RIE® Demonstration Infant-Toddler Care Center in 1988 which functioned for ten years. Ruth and three fellow RIE Associates established a Sacramento hub offering RIE® Foundations courses and workshops, a RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ class, consultation to infant/toddler programs in center care, and a home-based care program.
Anna Ruth Myers photoAnna Ruth Myers (New York City, New York) is a birth and early childhood specialist with over 15 years experience working with families and children. She has presented workshops on a range of birth and early childhood topics around the country. Since beginning her RIE® Professional Development training in 2008, she has been honored to support families using the Educaring® Approach. Anna Ruth also studied at the Pikler Institute in 2012 and 2014, and has certificates in Montessori and Waldorf early childhood education. Anna Ruth facilitates Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes and teaches newborn care in New York City. Find out more about her work at thenurturedchild.com
Gail Nadal (Sacramento, California) currently serves on the RIE® Board of Directors. She has worked with young children for over 25 years and has a passion for 0-3 year olds. She works for the Yolo County Office of Education as the Director of Early Childhood Education, which serves children of poverty through the county’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as State preschool, and has incorporated the Educaring® Approach in all the sites. Gail serves as the Coordinator for the Local Planning Council and is a part-time instructor for the Center for Excellence in Child Development at UC Davis Extension; mentoring and coaching Family Child Care Providers serving children 0-3 years. She is part of the grassroots effort in the Sacramento area to offer RIE® Foundations™ training and workshops to the community. Gail holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership in Child Development from CSU Sacramento.  gailnadal612@comcast.net
Erica Orosco Cruz (Studio City, California) is a mother of three and a child development specialist who founded Homeschool Garden nursery school in 1999. Erica facilitates RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes and consults families and professionals based on Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. Erica is dedicated to providing an environment where children and families can thrive and grow together with a foundation of mutual respect. Erica offers a broad range of experience as a caregiver in diverse settings with groups of children from infancy through adolescence: in a preschool setting, a family day care setting, at a resident camp, as a nanny, and as a mother who home schools.  erica.homeschoolgarden@gmail.com 

Jude Keith Rose (Santa Cruz, California) Jude has built a career around supporting and advocating for children, families and early care and education professionals. In addition to providing direct care for children birth to 6, her work has extended into managing community programs that provide medical care and prenatal education, parent education in the context of supervised visitation and safety for children who have experienced trauma. Jude is captivated by witnessing children learn to communicate and passionate about supporting positive, nonviolent communication in families.

Jude became a  RIE® Associate in 2001 and currently supports RIE® as the editor of their quarterly newsletter, Educaring®. She is also a published early childhood photographer whose images have appeared in early childhood books and journals including “Young Children” and “Montessori Life” and a self-published children’s book, Bite a Bagel.

 

Patricia Ryan (Sacramento, California). An Associate with Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) for 17 years, Patty has worked in the field of Infant, Toddler Development and Care for over 20 years. As the principal in Two Pillars Early Childhood Consulting Group, Patty leads workshops, seminars, in-service trainings and a variety of courses in infant, toddler development and care in the U.S. and internationally. Patty is a RIE® Foundations™ instructor, a RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ facilitator, a RIE® Mentor Teacher, and a founding member of the Sacramento Area Infant, Toddler Network and the Bay Area Infant, Toddler Network.  She works as a private consultant for full day infant, toddler group care programs and preschool programs. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College, lives in Northern CA with her husband and teen-aged daughter, and works in Sacramento, Emeryville, and Yuba City, CA with her husband and teen-aged daughter. patty@twopillarsconsulting.com

Antoinette Samardzic (Los Angeles, California)  is a Parent-Infant Guidance Class Facilitator and studied at the Pikler Institute in 2006. antoinettes@ca.rr.com 
ksoption1Kelly Scott (Encinitas, California) has worked with families with small children for over 15 years. She began her career working with young children with autism while attending the University of Minnesota. After moving to Los Angeles, Kelly discovered the work of Magda Gerber and the Educaring® Approach. She incorporated this into her continued work as a nanny, newborn infant care provider, and nursery school teacher. Recently, Kelly founded The Nursery School at Crestview Farm in Encinitas, CA. A nursery school experience she envisioned for her own daughter. She wanted her own daughter to learn, play and grow amongst living things.  Kelly passionately believes play is a fundamental right of childhood and works to provide families and young children opportunities to do so. She writes about her passions at www.willieandhenrietta.comkelly@willieandhenrietta.com
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Sharon Smith is principal of Magic Child Infant and Toddler Consultancy, working alongside and supporting parents and early childhood professionals and working with teaching teams and centres in New Zealand and Australia. She is a RIE® Mentor who teaches the RIE® Foundations™, Parent-Infant Guidance™, and Before Baby™ courses. She trained with Anna Tardos at the Pikler Institute in 2008 and 2012.

Sharon is a founding trustee and Chair of New Zealand Infant and Toddler Consortium, a charitable trust set up to empower the carers of very young children around an Educaring® Approach, and organizes and presents to a variety of audiences in New Zealand and Australia. smvsmith@ihug.co.nz magicchild.co.nz

 Snell Photo Melanie Snell (Los Angeles, California) is a RIE® Associate and is grateful to have been able to raise her four children using Magda’s Educaring® Approach. Melanie is also the Tot Center Coordinator and a lead teacher at the Tot Center at The Kirk o’ the Valley School in Reseda.  She enjoys facilitating Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes at the RIE® Center.  She has a blog and website called Raising With Respect.
Solomotova, Kira photoKira Solomatova (Pasadena, California) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Although both of her parents were engineers, Kira dreamed about working with children from the time she was seven years old. The RIE® program is not only inspirational for Kira because it advocates for babies, but it has also helped her to become more authentic. Kira published her first book, Toby is My Bear, as part of a conflict resolution series for preschoolers, and she has a blog about conflicts with toddlers and preschoolers, ihadaconflicttoday.blogspot.com. Kira and her colleague Gilda have collaborated and created a program called Our Parenting Place that is designed to help parents be more effective, find support, acquire information and network (ourparentingplace.com). At Our Parenting Place, Kira teaches RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes, workshops, and is also available for private consultation. kirasol@sbcglobal.net

suskindDiana Suskind, Ed.D (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) is a RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers®) Associate, an international Early Childhood consultant and artist. She developed Stonework Play as an activity inspiring children and adults to create meaningful stories through contact with nature; something she passionately believes today’s world needs. Diana initiated this activity at HEMS School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has since introduced it throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Central America. Dr. Suskind recently retired as associate professor after 30 years of service in the Education Department at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA. 

Tuttle, MaryMary Tuttle  (Indianapolis, Indiana) was first introduced to RIE® when a family she was nannying for handed her Dear Parent in 2004 and she was immediately hooked. She has worked with infants and toddlers in the home setting as a nanny as well as in center-based care as a lead teacher and team leader. In 2009, Mary left the workforce to raise her first child and a second arrived in 2011. RIE® has been a blessing to her as a mother. Mary has her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She was thrilled to become a RIE® Associate in 2013 and is passionate about supporting families and professional caregivers in their journey to integrate RIE® into their lives and interactions with babies. Mary is relocating to Indianapolis, IN in June and is looking forward to continuing her work in the Midwest. marytuttle1@gmail.com 

Nicole Vigliotti (Charleston, South Carolina) began her Early Childhood profession as an Infant Caregiver after completing her RIE® Professional Development training with Magda Gerber and Carol Pinto in 1998. She went on to receive her Early Childhood Montessori 3-6 credentials and became a RIE® Associate in 2011. Nicole currently serves as Program Director for Little Learners Lodge and on the Pikler®USA Board. She recently completed the 3-hour video curriculum guide Being with Infants with Beverly Kovach and consults with centers interested in putting the theories of Dr. Emmi Pikler and the work of Magda Gerber into daily center base practice. nicvigliotti@yahoo.com • www.mmpschool.com

 Christina Vlinder (Concord, Califronia) became a RIE® Associate in 2017. She has been studying Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach since 2010, and she has worked as a caregiver for infants and young children since 1999. Christina is a founding member of the Bay Area Infant Toddler Network of RIE® students and professionals. Christina teaches Respectful Caregiving parent infant classes for infants and toddlers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she also offers consulting, workshops, and nanny training. Christina uses her knowledge of the Approach and many years of experience working with children to offer support that nurtures parents and infants alike. Christina.Vlinder@gmail.comwww.RespectfulCaregiving.org
JungSun WohnJungSun Wohn (Seoul, Korea) first discovered RIE® while she was searching for deeper knowledge in early childhood caregiving. She was fortunate to study under Magda Gerber and become a RIE® Associate. She carried out Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach through her own “ChungSam Educaring Center” in Seoul where Magda Gerber and Carol Pinto once visited. Currently, JungSun is teaching a “Respect Baby & Respect Mom” class (which focuses on authentic, competent children and professional parents) at various lifelong learning centers. She also runs Green School, an online/offline school for preschoolers (children up to age 6). JungSun earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Child and Family Development from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. jswohn@yahoo.com • http://cafe.daum.net/aejonjung

Karen Ziskin (Manhattan Beach, California) began her studies with Magda Gerber in 1994 and became a RIE® Associate in 1999. She was an infant and toddler caregiver from 1994 to 1998 at The South Bay Infant Center, the first RIE® Demonstration Infant Toddler Care Center, founded by Ruth Money. Karen facilitated RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes in Manhattan Beach from 1999 until 2012. She was also a member of the RIE® Board of Directors from 2000 to 2006. Karen is a certified postpartum doula offering private consultation and caregiving based on the Educaring® Approach. Karenziskin@yahoo.com