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.
Joyleen Albarracin, MA is a specialist in bilingual curriculum and instruction as well as a seasoned and inspiring bilingual, bi-cultural parenting educator. She has served widely diverse families in Windham, Connecticut for the past two decades as Assistant Director of Quinebaug Community College, Program Coordinator for Windham Public Schools Even Start, and Family Services Coordinator for Windham Head Start. Joyleen is a statewide trainer for the CT Parenting Leadership Institute and “Lees y Seras,” a literacy outreach campaign targeting Hispanic families. She is the proud mother of two daughters and very happily recently became a grandmother. Joyleen serves as a Peace At Home Parenting teacher and coach.
Dana Asby, MA, M Ed, is a developmental and educational psychology researcher and author, as well as a mindfulness, growth mindset, transformational leadership, and instructional educator. She is the Director of Innovation & Research Support at the Center for Educational Improvement and Education Coordinator of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). Dana recently co-authored a book called "Compassionate School Practices"
with her colleagues at MHTTC. Dana also founded a parenting education service called Parent in the Moment. As a trauma-informed yoga teacher and neuroscience researcher, Dana understands how mindfulness can change the structure of the brain to help heal the effects of attachment disorders, mental health challenges, trauma, and toxic stress. Dana is a Peace At Home teacher and parent coach.
Hanna Brinkhaus, MA, LCSW has focused for the last 25 years on supporting families throughout their parenting journey. Hannah is especially interested and experienced in working with the impact of life’s transitions and medical issues such as post-partum depression, pregnancy loss, diagnosis of a disability, divorce or geographical moves on families and children, especially from pregnancy to age 5 years old. She has worked in Head Start programs from Detroit to rural South Louisiana as therapist, mental health consultant and curriculum developer. Currently, Hanna has a full-time private practice in Connecticut where she works with individuals and families in her office, clients’ homes and school settings.
Hanna holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood in addition to her master’s degree in Social Work. She offers strength based, relationship focused support to young children and the adults who care for them. She works with caregivers to increase awareness and understanding of the unique challenges and gifts these early years bring. Hanna serves as an early education specialist and coach with Peace At Home Parenting
Autumn Cloud-Ingram, LMSW provides parent training to diverse audiences, supports families with significant mental health challenges, and helps first time parents adapt to the challenges of parenthood. She is a Certified School Social Worker, Certified Childbirth Educator, Full spectrum doula, and Certified Parent Educator. She served as a Behavior Specialist in a therapeutic residential school where she developed a school wide positive reinforcement program. Autumn loves working with pre-teens and teens. She is currently a Certified School Social Worker in a Connecticut public middle school. She is certified as a Parent Educator through both the "Positive Parenting Program" and "Circle of Security."
Autumn is the founder of ParenTechnique, LLC which provides therapy to families in the perinatal period as well as childbirth and postpartum education and consultation. Autumn's area of specialty is working with families who have experienced a traumatic birth or a termination. Her passion lies in reproductive justice and improving health outcomes for birthing people and their babies. She has supported diverse families through a variety of pregnancy outcomes. Autumn continues to serve as an advocate for evidence-based pregnancy and postpartum care and educating families on their right to informed consent.
Autumn also serves on the Leadership Teams of both her School District Racial Equity Initiative and the New Haven chapter of the national “Showing Up for Racial Justice” program. Autumn presents to educators and community members about the history of racism in the U.S. and the nature of implicit bias and its impact on people in this country. Autumn is a Peace At Home Parenting teacher and coach.
Jennifer Dealy, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Academic Advisor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. She recently graduated from the University of Connecticut’s doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Intervention, Prevention, and Wellness. Jennifer’s research has focused on community and school-based interventions with at-risk populations, therapeutic paradigms for parents and children, and high conflict divorce in families served by the Court Support Services of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. Jennifer also works with high conflict co-parents in a group private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Norwich, Connecticut. Jennifer is a Peace At Home coach.
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.”
Sophie Hornick, MS, CCLS holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is the founder of Ready, Set, Cope! As a Child Life Specialist, Sophie is an expert in child development who is trained to help children and families cope with difficult healthcare encounters. Child Life Specialists aim to decrease the anxiety, stress and fear often associated with the unfamiliar medical environment and process. Applying interventions such as age-appropriate preparation, therapeutic play, psychosocial education, and parent support, Sophie served as a hospital-based Child Life Specialist. She collaborated with the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center perioperative interdisciplinary team to provide procedural support, preparation and therapeutic activities to young patients facing medical interventions and surgeries. While at the hospital Emergency Department, Sophie helped create a streamlined and therapeutic process for pediatric psychiatric patients and contributed to a Pain Management Initiative. During her time at New York Presbyterian Sophie also supported children in navigating a parent’s illness such as Cancer or Covid-19. She was accepted to presented at a national conference on the challenge of supporting patients with autism in the operating room.
Sophie is now an independent practitioner and through her company, Ready, Set, Cope! she supports healthy coping with healthcare experiences such as dentist and doctor's appointments, surgeries, chronic illness/injury, grief and loss and other child and family challenges. Sophie is a Peace At Home coach for families with children facing medical challenges or experiencing losses related to medical issues.
Heather Kobylinski MA, SAC serves as the District Student Assistance Counselor in a Northern New Jersey public high school. In that role Heather is the primary counseling and intervention specialist assisting students in grades 7 – 12 to cope with emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges. Heather supports adolescents to deal with diverse issues including self-esteem and image, academic motivation and pressure, family conflict, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, school avoidance, bullying, eating disorders, drug/alcohol use and misuse, and grief. She is also the case manager of the High School Intervention and Referral Services and Section 504/ADA committees.
Heather is a mother of two college-age children. Parents report that Heather’s frank and honest approach to parenting successes and pitfalls make her a relatable resource. Heather is Peace At Home Parenting teacher and coach.
Cora Megan, MA is 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 Shoreline Campus, an early learning center located in Branford, CT. Cora is a trained Circle of Security Facilitator, a member of the Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health and teaches Early Childhood Development at the University of Connecticut. She views her work with families through an attachment lens, and 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 is a Peace At Home Parenting teacher and coach.
Denise Parent, LMFT has been a licensed family therapist for over 22 years, experienced with a wide range of populations including children, adolescents, young adults, high conflict co-parents and most recently, aging adults suffering from chronic mental illness and addiction. She works from a strength-based and cross-systemic perspective, helping individuals and families to communicate with each other and collaborate on mutual solutions. She believes that her job is most often to help her clients, their families and their community supports to say what can't be said and hear what can't be heard. Denise has also had multiple training roles spanning almost 30 years. She worked in domestic violence prevention, developed courses and taught as an adjunct instructor in the graduate Counselor Education at Fairfield University and was the Director of the University of Connecticut Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy training clinic. In her spare time she dabbles in the arts, cooks with varying success, delves into American history and make fruitless attempts to discipline her cat Ed.
JoAnn Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized researcher on parent-child relations and young children’s emotional development. JoAnn is a retired university professor where she served as director of early childhood studies and has more than 80 papers published in scientific journals on supportive interventions for vulnerable families. She has been part of investigative teams studying parents' perinatal well-being and mental health for 30 years. Her published research focuses on the outcomes of supporting parents throughout pregnancy and early childhood. JoAnn served as co-investigator in nationally recognized research efforts, including the national study of Early Head Start and the Nurse Family Partnership where the benefits of home visiting on parent-child relationships and child development were demonstrated. Also of note are investigations she co-authored on the benefits of kangaroo holding for mothers, fathers, and their preterm babies. Recently, JoAnn has consulted with international organizations about supporting parents of infants and toddlers caught up in the world refugee crisis. She is also a mother and grandmother. When not traveling around the world to research and teach about infants, young children and families, JoAnn serves as a Peace At Home teacher and coach.
Stephanie Rondeau, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, CHC is a certified health coach with a background in sports medicine and fitness training. She is the founder of Rondeau Health and Wellness, offering private health coaching and small group coaching. Stephanie is a licensed and nationally certified Athletic Trainer with a MS in Nutrition, She has been working in sports medicine field for over 15 years and is currently an Orthopedic Technician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She has worked for years with the athletic population to diagnose and treat orthopedic injuries resulting from physical activity. Stephanie also contributes freelance health and fitness content for various websites and has written her own health and wellness blog since 2012. A busy mom of two, Stephanie helps other busy moms find their healthy “sweet spot” through fitness, nutrition, and general wellness coaching. Stephanie currently lives in Sharon, MA with her husband and young children.
Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, PsyD, is a pediatric sleep psychologist, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine and the director of the behavioral sleep program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. As a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, she is one of only about 200 board-certified sleep psychologists in the country.
Most sleep books are aimed at parents of babies and toddlers but her book, "Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach: The Bedtime Doctor’s 5-Step Guide, Ages 3-10," was written for the parents of school-age children. A striking 80% of preschooler parents say that their children’s sleep needs improvement, but these parents can’t use the sleep methods that work for babies. Their children can walk and talk, and this can make the process much more complicated.
She enjoys helping parents teach their kids to become great sleepers. Lynelle is also a mom of three, so she knows both professionally and personally how important it is to help kids become great sleepers. She helps parents teach their kids how to fall asleep easily and independently in their own beds and stay there throughout the night.
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.
Bradford Wiles, PhD grew up on the small farm in Indiana where he was a ten-year 4-H member. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Indiana University and worked in Silicon Valley developing emerging technologies at a genomics/biotechnology company. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Human Development.
Bradford is currently Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Kansas State University School of Family Studies and Human Services. He focuses his research building resilience and health in vulnerable families by providing rural, low-income, parents with knowledge, skills, and decision-making strategies to make a positive difference in children’s lives. Bradford’s vision is to reach all families with children and assist them in applying research based practices in the domains of brain development, physical health and activity, and social-emotional health.
Bradford enjoys all manner of outdoor activities and especially playing with his two young children and wife. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Bradford loves playing just about any kind of music and is proficient in guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, ukulele, and all sorts of percussion instruments. He has a small recording studio where he serves as recording engineer, mixer, tech, and even the talent. Bradford is a Peace At Home Teacher.
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 – 19 and 11 years old. Yadira is dedicated to her family and has focused for the last several years on raising her amazing 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 enjoys helping Peace At Home Parenting grows by working as Administrative Coordinator. Another 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 – 19 y 11 años de edad. Yadira está dedicada a su familia y se ha enfocado durante los últimos años a criar a sus maravillosos 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 trabajando como Coordinadora Administrativa. Otra 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 valora la oportunidad de continuar aprendiendo sobre crianza positiva.
Alisha Bhende, MBA, works as a Parent Guide and Administrative Assistant with Peace At Home Parenting. She loves to interact with parents, learn about their challenges, and help them find the solutions they seek. Alisha also works closely with the Peace At Home sales and marketing teams, helping to bring Peace At Home to parents through corporations, non-profits, towns, schools, and other organizations. She is patient, organized, and a pro at multitasking, which makes her a valued member of our team.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and recently earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Pune. She is based out of India.
Alisha is a talented artist, a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, and a voracious reader.
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, BFA 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”, came to Peace at Home Parenting as an undergraduate intern from the University of Connecticut studying psychology and Spanish. She recently graduated and now works as a research assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ali has worked in the UCONN Child Development labs, an inpatient psychiatric unit, and as an ABA therapist. Ali is also a passionate world traveler. She was a summer intern in Asia, traveled throughout Europe, and spent 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.