May 29
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Jen taught English at Patterson HIgh School in Baltimore City for five years.  While there, she co-authored a curriculum for writing skills.  She also helped create a curriculum for character education.  She was a coach for the urban debate league and a tutor at Lombard Middle School.  For two summers, she was an IEP team member addressing the needs of Special Education teens throughout Baltimore City.  Jen received her B.A. in English from Florida State University and her M.A. from College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  She resides in Baltimore with her husband, a Baltimore City school social worker, and her two lovely daughters.

Betsey has been in the healing profession for sixteen years. She is trained as a yoga instructor through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Her life journey took her to West Africa to be a health educator with the Peace Corps. For the past ten years she has been practicing massage and craniosacral therapy. Her offices are in Towson and University of Maryland Medical Center for Integrative Medicine. Betsey co-facilitates Sacred Parenting Circles to create community for parents. She brings to KEEP THE CONNECTION℠ Workshops her understanding of the challenges of single parenting

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Barbara Sugarman Grochal, Deputy Director of the Schools
Conflict Resolution Education Programs at the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland School of Law, has a  background in conflict resolution work, business, and education.

Carol Klein has been teaching for over 45 years.  She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, her certification in Early Childhood Education from Towson College and Masters credits in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola College.

Cheryl Philips, BS, MACheryl Phillips was a preschool teacher for twos and threes for eight years. Later, she earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. She taught first and third grades for a total of 10 years. She also taught Special Education for 1 year and gained knowledge about learning differences and modifications that would enhance her students' education. She received several awards of recognition for excellence in education.

Cheryl earned her Master's Degree in School Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She worked with individual children, parents, teachers, and groups of children. She has also developed school wide programs that fostered cooperation by having students work for the benefit of the school community. Cheryl is working toward earning her license to become an LCPC. While she enjoyed her years as a classroom teacher, Cheryl prefers to work one-to-one and to facilitate group sessions.

Cheryl lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband of 29 years. They have two daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren (who are the light of their lives!).

Her web site is http://www.harmonious-solutions.net

Amy S. Provan, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola College of Maryland. She is currently working as the director of the counseling center at the College of Notre Dame. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Baltimore Veteran's Administration Medical Center, where she also served as a research coordinator for two independent studies evaluating measures of assessment for dementia.

Dr. Provan has experience working with a diverse range of populations and in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient mental health clinic, substance abuse, assisted living, nursing home, and a college counseling center. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral, and health concerns, and provides individual, group, and family therapy. Her interests include providing psychotherapy for individuals suffering from longstanding patterns of interpersonal difficulties, mood disorders, adjustment to life stressors, parenting issues, and helping families with children who have severe food allergies.

Judith Sorgen-Borgnia, BS, MAJudith was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started her career in education as a Hebrew teacher in a bilingual school. After five years, she moved to Israel where she completed her Masters' degree at the University of Haifa. She worked with disadvantaged communities and contributed to research in Cooperative Learning. She then moved to Baltimore to work as a bilingual curriculum developer and later as a supervisor at the Success for All Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of children-at-risk. For the past four years she has been teaching Spanish to 7th and 8th graders. Having lived and raised a family in three different countries, she had the need and opportunity to transverse several cultural and language barriers, developing the ability to reach across the barriers and to understand the problems of bilingual communities. Judith resides in Baltimore with her Argentinian husband and three bilingual sons.

gina_straussGina has her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked at The Community College of Baltimore County for 14 years. In her work as a career counselor, academic advisor, and instructor, she has learned the importance of listening, connecting, and providing support without judgment. Gina is a co-facilitator of several spiritual circles including two sacred parenting circles. She is the mother of two young girls and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Applied Healing Arts at Tai Sophia Institute.
Area of Expertise: Sacred/Spiritual Parenting
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Jane was born in Bueno Aires, Argentina where she received her BA in Early Childhood Education. After emigrating to the United States with her husband, she earned her MA in Early Childhood Education at Antioch University, Columbia, MD. Her background in teaching makes her particularly sensitive to the needs of young children.

Jane lives in Baltimore with her husband and she has two grown daughters and two young granddaughters