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 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Pam 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.
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.