I am a mother, humane educator, and non-profit administrator living in northwestern New Jersey with my husband John, daughter Bess (5/2005), son Harry (5/2008) and various four-legged family members. We share four wooded acres with assorted deer, foxes, coyote, bears, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and creepy-crawlies, whom we enjoy watching and learning about.
I recently completed my M.Ed. degree through a joint program with the Institute for Humane Education and Cambridge College where my research focused on helping young children develop a humane ethic toward other humans, non-human animals, and the environment. My concern for animal protection issues brought me to the program, but over the years I have become active in the areas of environmentalism, voluntary simplicity, the local food movement, and issues of economic justice. I have always believed that the key to building a more humane future was to teach children respect for themselves, other people, other species and the planet from the time they were very young, so that they would be ready to tackle difficult issues creatively and comprehensively as they grew older. Since becoming a mother, I have come to realize that in order for this to happen, we need to empower parents and give them tools to help them examine their parenting and lifestyle choices and model compassionate, conscious living for their children.
I have volunteered with a number of organizations over the years, starting with my time working with children recovering from head injuries, adult inpatients in a psychiatric institution, and later in animal rights work and companion animal rescue. Recently, I have served as a chapter leader for the Holistic Moms Network, a support group leader for Attachment Parenting International, a facilitator at Wellspring Community School, and a guest blogger for MOTHERS, Institute for Humane Education, and MomsRising. My writing has appeared in Mothering, Natural Life Magazine, The Attached Family, SheWrites and Education Revolution Magazine.
During what feels like a different lifetime, I graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Liberal Arts. I went on to enroll in a Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where my research focused on learning and cognition and the effects of stress on these processes.
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