Our blog contributors are family support professionals from our staff at the Children’s Trust and mama and daddy bloggers across Massachusetts.
Rayna is the Parenting Website Manager for onetoughjob.org and has worked at the Children’s Trust for fifteen years. Previously Rayna worked in our Healthy Families Massachusetts program. Rayna has written and facilitated multiple workshops in various family support topics and has presented at national and statewide conferences. She is also the proud mother of an nine year old daughter and the wife of an Army National Guard soldier who is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Rayna and family live in Amesbury.
Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being. She is the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS: A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe. Currently she lives, works and plays in Austin, TX. To learn more please visit carriecontey.com.
Jessica (Jazz) is a single mom living in Western Massachusetts (originally from the Boston area). Jazz had her son Jordan, five, while still in college and is a graduate of our Healthy Families Massachusetts program. Jazz feels that parenting has been “a fun, challenging, exciting, and life changing journey.” Jazz is busy working full-time in violence prevention, is pursuing her master’s degree in higher education, and parenting a curious kindergartner.
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Luba is a developmental psychologist who focuses on children’s social-emotional learning, ethical thinking, and mental health. Currently she works for the Making Caring Common project, which aims to support parents in raising caring children who are concerned about others and their communities. Her previous experiences include the fields of education, counseling, social services, and non-profit program management. Luba lives with her partner and their two children. She is humbled by parenting and is grateful for all that it teaches her.
Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan, LCSW, was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and came to live in Cambridge, MA in high school. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Social Work. Anitza joined The Children’s Trust in 2002 as the Parenting Education and Support Grants Manager and later as the Family Support Coordinator. She is currently the Director of Training. Anitza and her husband Patrick are parents to two boys, Gabriel, age seven and Daniel, one. They live in Waltham.
Stacey lives in Medford with her husband Kevin and their two kids Arielle, 4, and Jake, 18 months. As the oldest of six, she has been changing diapers and replenishing sippy cups for as long as she can remember. Stacey’s a former teacher and has worked in the nonprofit field on children’s issues for well over a decade. She currently works as the communications director at the Children’s Trust (the first shift) and spends evenings and weekends trying to keep the kiddos fed, clean, and reasonably happy without losing her sanity (the second shift).
Dennis lives in Easton with his enchanting wife Michelle and their kids Greta, August, and Matilda. When the family isn't arriving late in their minivan to dance rehearsals or sports practices, Dennis is practicing law, teaching college classes, or brokering real estate buyers.
Occasionally, the self-proclaimed jack of all trades and master of none also pretends to be a writer, which he seems to enjoy the most. His blog at waitingforbabyt.blogspot.com began in 2007 when his wife "THE WIFE" was expecting their first child.
Debbie is a professional coach with a focus on supporting parents through the inevitable career transition that comes with becoming a parent. She’s a big believer in the ‘happy parents make happy kids’ concept. Prior to becoming a coach, Debbie worked for over a decade in the public and non-profit sector within the fields of education, social services and non-profit program management. She lives in West Roxbury with her daughter Maya, age 3, son Ben, 4 months, husband Ethan and dog Miles. Being a parent has been, without a doubt, the craziest adventure of her life.