About Me

I have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and over 20 years of experience working with youth and families.

No matter what your family structure, I am committed to helping you make your family work. I can guid you in effectively managing divorce, strengthening parent-child relationships, embracing the teenage years, reducing risks and increasing resiliency in your families.  If fostering the growth and development of your children is important to you, I am committed to working with you.


Apart, Not Broken: Learn, Connect, & Create!

 Apart, Not Broken is for divorced or separated parents who want to:

Move past fear, pain, & guilt
Create the life they want with their child
Manage their relationship with their ex
Contribute to others
Be the creator of their future

The program gives you a place to:

Learn: Hear others real experiences and insights. Receive information and recommendations that can make a measurable difference in adjusting and parenting after separation or divorce.

Connect: Join an online community. Learn to use creative strategies to connect with your child and manage your relationship with their ex-partner.

Create: Feel powerful in your ability to be the parent YOU want to be. Create the relationship YOU want with their child by building on existing strengths, starting new traditions, and creating lasting memories.

This program has:

– Videos reflecting real life experiences;
– Online tools for sharing photos, comparing calendars, communicating, and more;
– Current & concise information about divorce & parenting after divorce;
– Engaging activities to enjoy with their child; &
– Additional resources to build their own parenting toolbox.

Happy Parenting,


I took my first Human Development and Family Studies course as an undergraduate at 18 years old. This was the beginning of a lifetime love and commitment to this field.  I have another online program Parenting Through Middle SchoolThis program is also undergoing changes and will be available in the Spring of 2015.

I am the mother of two teens myself.  This has been an interesting journey and quite the adventure.  Over the years,  I have learned that parenting takes a lot of energy, but it is well worth the effort.  To me, parenting brings to life an ever-changing spectrum of human emotion. It is filled with moments of love, excitement, anticipation, expectations, fears, hopes, and dreams.  It has made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time! Just when I think I have everything figured out, my children change. In these moments I realize that I too must change. As they grow, I find myself looking for the balance between teaching them my values, beliefs, and interests and helping them discover and develop into their own unique individual characters.

I love to exercise, eat well, sing and play my piano. My favorite sports are running, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, yoga, Pilates, and most recently, swimming.

Happy Parenting!


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