SHAUNA SHAPIRO JACKSON
Shauna Shapiro Jackson is a television and film executive and attorney. She realized that a lot of parents are getting advice online from people who really have no idea what they are talking about. Accordingly, she harnessed the talent of some of her closest friends and Momipedia was born. Shauna has produced, distributed and marketed over 200 feature films and television series throughout the world that star talent such as Ben Affleck, Sean Penn, Hilary Swank, Debra Messing, Selma Blair, Robert Downey Jr. and Kathy Bates. She has been particularly involved in the family programming space and Executive Produced the award winning international family hit series Flight 29 Down with Discovery Kids for NBC; Ape Escape based on the Sony Playstation Game for NickToons and many family feature films. She is also an attorney, a published lyricist and a mom of three children.
AUTISM & SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY
WITH MELISSA LANDER & MARLENE LUECK
Melissa is a registered behavioral technician, advocate and resource coordinator. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Her eldest of three is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD. Prior to co-founding Stand Out, Melissa ran GuidingGems, a special needs resource network that helped families diagnose and manage their special needs children.
Marlene is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is completing her master's in psychology. Two of her four children have special needs. Prior to co-founding Stand Out, Marlene ran Russell's Reinforcers, an advocacy agency representing individuals with autism and related disorders.
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ALEXIS JAMES & RENEE NOY
Alexis D. James has practiced employment law in California for more than 11 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in public policy at Duke University, and completed law school with honors at Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. As both a litigator and mediator, Alexis has insight into the challenges that face employers and employees in the workplace. Renee Nicole Noy earned her B.A., summa cum laude from the University of Boulder and then graduated from UC Hastings College of Law. In the last decade, Renee has represented countless employees in employment discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. She also advises employers as to how to minimize their legal exposure with instructive training and preventative action. Further, Renee has successfully facilitated and legally represented over 500 birth mothers through the private adoption process.
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TRUSTS & ESTATES
WITH ATTORNEY AT LAW
With an undergraduate psychology degree from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Marymount University Law, Lisa practices in the area of trust and estate planning, including Children’s Protection Planning and Special Needs Trusts. She focuses on simplifying an often complex legal process in order to create comprehensive estate plans that reflect her clients’ personal and financial goals. It is her passion to help families plan, protect, and preserve their family, their wealth, and their legacy.
Best-selling author, network television parenting expert, entertainment industry consultant, UCLA trained pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson who is a child health expert for numerous talk shows and news programs, including The Today Show, The View, KTLA Morning News and Dr. Oz.
THE TOOTH FAIRY
WITH DR. ELENA
Dr. Elena Rumack is amongst a select few of Board-Certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She has been providing exceptional care to infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs since 2002. She believes that part being a good pediatric dentist means focusing on preventative dentistry. After obtaining her DDS degree from UCLA and completing one year of General Practice Residency, she returned to UCLA to complete another residency specializing in Pediatric Dentistry. She is currently a Lecturer and provides clinical instruction at the UCLA Department of Pediatric Dentistry, teaching both pediatric residents and dental students. Dr. Elena is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Society, California Dental Society, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and the Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children
& INNER-STAR GIRL'S LISA TIANO
With a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and having worked in excess of 15 years with children and families, Lisa has found that parents and their pre-teen/teen daughters commonly address the same issues- the desire to “fit in” with their peers, moodiness, needing privacy, expressing concern for their physical appearance, challenging the rules of their parents and others in the world, academic pressures, and the obsession with social media – pretty much the entire gamut of young adulthood!
STRIVE TO ORGANIZE
WITH STACY RAPPAPORT-THOMES
Stacy truly believes that in today's chaotic world, organization is your key to success. Luckily for us, Stacy has always been obsessed with organizing. With a professional background in television production and development (for companies such as The Jim Henson Co., Saban and Fox), Stacy has always been uber organized and excelled at organizing projects and people. In 2009, Stacy created Strive to Organize out of her sheer passion for helping people simplify their lives. She loves to help empower people to achieve their dream of living in a clutter-free, functional environment.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
WITH MARA BECK
A Double major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from Arizana State University, Mara completed her Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Her expertise is in Speech Language Pathology and has worked extensively in medical, school and home settings for over 18 years, specializing in early intervention and school aged pediatric speech and language concerns.
WITH KIM SAUNDERS
Musician, entertainer, classically trained pianist, guitarist, and music teacher, "Miss" Kim is a beloved children's music aficionado in Los Angeles. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, she completed a year of post graduate work in Music Composition and Music Teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She then received Children's Music Specialist training at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and teaches both at the preschool and elementary school levels.
EVENTS BY EMILY
WITH EMILY KLAPARDA
Emily Klaparda has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and worked in the corporate design world for many years. After her children came into the picture, Emily turned her love of all things design into a creative outlet for designing parties and event. Emily's award winning designs have been published by many party blogs, as well as printed publications. Elegant, classic, and minimal, you will be inspired by Emily's creativity!
WITH JENNIFER LEVINSON
This Supermom of 5 boys does it all! In addition to being founder and author of the super popular ‘Jen’s List’ daily newsletter and blog reaching thousands of subscribers daily, Jen was Parent Faculty Association President at a popular L.A. elementary school and a stay at home mom to her 5 busy boys including TWO SETS of identical twins.
WITH PATRICIA FRIBERG
Expert Trainer Patricia Friberg “Family Fitness” specializes in pre and post-natal Pilates, Spinning, Kickboxing, Step, BOSU, Body Pump, Circuit, Outdoor Boot Camp and Yoga programs designed to be safe and healthy for families of all fitness levels and women in all trimesters of pregnancy. Patricia trains players in the NBA and NFL, taught at Harpo Studios and contributes to Shape Magazine.
Yale educated, Board Certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology whose patients can ask her ANYTHING! Dr. Lauren appears as a regular on the Hallmark Channel Home and Family Show.
NUTRITION IN THE KITCHEN
WITH CHEF BETH
Chef Beth holds her Master of Public Health, a degree in Dietetics, certification in Childhood Weight Management and in Adult Weight Management. A registered dietitian, she also graduated from professional culinary school and teaches cooking classes emphasizing easy, nutritious family meals. She was a writer and editor at Muscle & Fitness HERS magazine.
BETTE LEVY ALKAZIAN
Bette Levy Alkazian is a world class Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent and Family Coach who is featured in Parenting Magazine and on Good Morning America. For more than 20 years she has been helping parents fill their parenting "tool belts" and empowering families to be the best that they can be.