Ruth Freeman, LCSW and founder of Peace at Home
Ruth Ettenberg Freeman, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice who has taught parenting education to hundreds of parents annually over the past 30+ years. She is co-founder of the Connecticut Parenting Education Network and lead author of Building Family Futures, a University of Connecticut train-the-trainer parenting education curriculum. Ruth has also served as the Family Services Director for The Cove Center for Grieving Children, Family Services Manager for EASTCONN Head Start and Primary Therapist at the Newington Children's Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Services. Ruth’s approach to parenting education incorporates her clinical experience with children and families in crisis, as well as key concepts synthesized from a wide range of sources. Ruth freely and humorously shares the real-life blunders, challenges and successes she has had applying positive parenting as a mom, stepmom, foster mom and “Nana.”
Ruth's approach to parenting education incorporates her clinical experience with children and families in crisis, as well as key concepts synthesized from a wide range of sources.
Amy Alamar, Ed.D. has worked in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, parent educator, and education reformer for over fifteen years. She currently teaches graduate levels courses in teacher preparation and curriculum design and implementation. Her first book, Parenting for the Genius: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting through Reflective Practice (Genius Press) is a comprehensive guide to becoming the most thoughtful and confident parent possible, applying practical strategies based in educational research. She was an invited guest of Michelle Obama at the White House for a conversation about kids’ health in 2016 and was the host of Parenting from the Trenches on Yellowbrick.me. She is a contributing author to the Disney parenting website, Babble and Psychology Blog, Hey Sigmund. Her second book, The Parenting Project: Build Extraordinary Relationships with Your Kids through Daily Conversation (Fair Winds Press), focuses on communication strategies. She serves on the boards of the Watkinson School and the Avon Education Foundation, dedicated to promoting and enhancing excellence in education. Amy is the married mother of three children whom she learns from and enjoys each and every day. She provides online classes and coaching for Peace At Home Parenting.
Taína Amaro, LCSW, is a bilingual (Spanish), bi-cultural psychotherapist in private practice. She works with adolescents and adults on the impact of recent and historic trauma. Taína served as a school social worker, special education director, and assistant principal in Connecticut urban school districts. She is passionate about bringing effective, culturally sensitive parenting education to Spanish speaking parents who may not typically have access to these services. Taína has significant experience working with children and families in crisis with a special focus on positive relationship building, self-regulation and co-regulation.
Taína Amaro, LCSW, es una psicoterapeuta bilingüe (inglés-español) y bicultural que trabaja en práctica privada. Ella trabaja con adolescentes y adultos sobre el impacto del trauma reciente e histórico. Taína fue trabajadora social escolar, directora de educación especial y subdirectora en distritos escolares urbanos en Connecticut. Ella es una entusiasta educadora sobre la crianza eficaz y es culturalmente sensible a los padres de habla hispana que normalmente no tienen acceso a estos servicios. Taína tiene experiencia significativa trabajando con niños y con familias en crisis, con un enfoque especial en la construcción de relaciones positivas, la autorregulación y la co-regulación.
Autumn Cloud-Ingram, LMSW obtained her Masters of Social Work from Fordham University and has focused on providing parent training, working with families with significant mental health challenges, and helping first time parents adapt to the challenges of parenthood. She served as Behavior Specialist in a therapeutic residential school where she developed a school wide positive reinforcement program. Autumn loves working with pre-teens and teens is currently a Certified School Social Worker in a Connecticut public middle school. She is certified as a Parent Educator through the Positive Parenting Program and Circle of Security. In addition, Autumn is a trained doula providing full-spectrum care and has volunteered her doula services to families for over 2 years. Autumn teaches online and onsite classes for Peace At Home Parenting and is available as a coach for parents of pre-teens and teens.
Joe L. Freeman, LCSW, M. Div, is a licensed clinical social worker who serves as Peace At Home Parenting’s behind the scenes parenting literature reviewer as well as parent coach and teacher. Joe has worked in a variety of settings with children and adolescents struggling to meet the expectations of adults. He has served as clinician and parenting educator in psychiatric hospitals, residential programs, and community-based early intervention programs. Joe conducts a private psychotherapy practice in Storrs and has taught parenting education for over 30 years. He brings to teaching and coaching a clinical, family systems and trauma informed approach that helps parents quickly apply more positive and effective approaches. Joe shares freely and supportively about his real life challenges and successes applying positive parenting as a dad, foster dad and “Papa Joe.”
Cora Megan, MAis an early childhood specialist and parent educator who has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families for over a decade. She is currently the director of The Nest at Alphabet Academy, a Yale-affiliated infant/toddler center. Cora is a trained Circle of Security Facilitator and a member of the Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health. She views her work with families through an attachment lens. Cora provides support and guidance that promotes secure and positive parent-child relationships. Cora is especially passionate about infant and toddler social and emotional development. She provides online classes, coaching and on-site workshops for Peace At Home Parenting.
JoAnn Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized researcher on parent-child relations and young children’s emotional development. JoAnn is a retired university professor and continues to serve as director of early childhood education in her department. JoAnn has authored and co-authored more than 80 papers published in scientific journals on supportive interventions for vulnerable families (including kangaroo care for preterm infants and home visiting for low income mothers, young children’s empathy development, and children’s early narratives about family life). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the CT Association for Infant Mental Health. She is also a mother and grandmother. Most recently, JoAnn is consulting with international organizations about supporting parents of infants and toddlers caught up in the world refugee crisis. When not traveling around the world to research and teach about young children and families, JoAnn serves as a Peace At Home teacher and virtual coach.
Aaron Weintraub, MS is the director of Kids Cooperate in Tolland, CT and the behavior specialist at Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield, CT. With almost twenty years of experience in supporting families of children with special needs, Aaron's approach is focused on recognizing strengths in the child and in the family system. Aaron is the author of several papers and books on Autism and ADHD. His perspective on working with families draws from an integration of practical therapies and philosophies that share a strengths based approach and a focus on practical, evidence based techniques tailored to the individual needs of the child and family. In addition to life as a dad, Aaron is serving as both a teacher of live online classes and a virtual parenting coach for Peace At Home Parenting.
Yadira Carvajal, MS is a chemical engineer with a master's degree in materials science from the University of Connecticut. She was born and raised in Colombia where she now lives with her husband and two sons - a teenager and a 9-year-old. Yadira is dedicated to her family and has focused for the last several years on raising her sons. Recently she has applied her strong background in materials science to a collaboration with her husband on a study of the chemical transformation of Colombian minerals. Yadira also enjoys helping Peace At Home Parenting grow by providing data collection and administrative support. An important part of Yadira’s role at Peace At Home Parenting is to provide English to Spanish translation so that Spanish speaking parents have the chance to bring more peace to their homes. She also appreciates the opportunity to continue learning about what science tells us about effective parenting.
Yadira Carvajal, MS es una ingeniera química con maestría en ciencias de materiales de la Universidad de Connecticut. Nació y se crió en Colombia, donde ahora vive con su esposo y sus dos hijos: un adolescente y un niño de 9 años. Yadira está dedicada a su familia y se ha enfocado durante los últimos años a criar a sus hijos. Recientemente, ella ha aplicado su sólida experiencia en ciencia de materiales colaborando con su esposo en un estudio sobre la transformación química de minerales colombianos en fuentes de energía. Yadira también disfruta de ayudar a Peace At Home Parenting a crecer mediante la recopilación de datos y el apoyo administrativo. Una parte importante del papel de Yadira en Peace At Home Parenting es proporcionar traducciones de inglés a español para que los padres de habla hispana tengan la oportunidad de traer más armonía a sus hogares. También agradece la oportunidad de continuar aprendiendo sobre lo que la ciencia nos dice acerca de la crianza positiva.
Andrea Grace Freeman, better known as "Annie" is founder Ruth Freeman and Joe Freeman's daughter. As the Chief Strategy Officer, she has been the driving force behind Peace At Home Parenting and, in many ways, everything Ruth does as a parenting educator. She has loved math since she was a little girl. She is now working with software engineers to develop data automation and analysis tools to help analyze marketing, social media and website analytics. She brings expertise in user experience and product development, alongside digital marketing and website analytics savvy to Peace At Home Parenting in order to make our company better and easier for our parents and organizations.
Keri Jenkins came to Peace At Home Parenting with a passionate interest in learning everything she could about being the best parent possible for her two beautiful children who she raises while traveling the world with her husband who serves in the Air Force. While not providing tech support for our webinars or helping us shape our classes for fast paced, on-the-go parents, Keri works as an inspiring and independent fitness professional running MindBody Mechanix. She provides weight loss services that combine expert guidance in nutrition, exercise science and subconscious programming. Keri has diplomas in nutrition, hypnotherapy and Reiki.
Amy Kostak is a Certified Family Life Educator who came to Peace At Home Parenting as an undergraduate intern from the University of Connecticut Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Little did she or we know she would grow into our Communications Coordinator and all around unstoppable problem solver and customer support maven! Amy has helped shape Peace At Home Parenting in more quiet and significant ways that we can describe. While at the university, Amy was a master coach for "UConn Connects" peer mentors and a marketing intern with the Storrs Adventure Park. She was a Bible Study Leader for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and Public Relations Chair for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Amy recently displayed her grit, spirit and faith by walking the "El Camino de Santiago," an ancient 600 kilometer pilgrimage through northern Spain.
Pamela Miller is the determined and talented owner of PLBMDesign. Peace At Home Parenting founder, Ruth Freeman and Pam first met when she was a parenting class participant with 2 and 5 year old children. Little did we know then what an important role she would play in our future, applying her well-developed skills and boundless patience in translating our mission into digital communication. Pam has tirelessly supported us to create a working website that links curious parents to meaningful resources and helping to spread the word to parents across the country. She understands Peace At Home Parenting from the inside out. When Pam is not dreaming up website visions and delivering SEO strategies for small to mid-size business owners, she is a devoted mom, wife, ski instructor, rowing coach and horse whisperer. Pam challenges the Peace At Home Parenting team to clarify and simplify our message and delivery tools. She never gives up and keeps the team going in ways that matter.
Alexandra Schwartz, better known as “Ali”, is an undergraduate intern from the University of Connecticut studying psychology and Spanish. She hopes to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in order to work with children with developmental disabilities. Ali currently works at the UCONN Child Labs and with Strong Foundations, using ABA therapy to aid children with various diagnoses. In addition to working with children, Ali is a passionate world traveler. She has spent a summer interning in Asia, traveled throughout Europe, and has just returned from a semester abroad in Argentina. She is proficient in Spanish and intrigued by all cultures of the world. Ali is serving as Communications Assistant to Peace At Home Parenting.