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Speakers

We are so excited to share the Keynote and Breakout Speakers for the 2019 Diversity in Parenting Conference. Please take a look at each speaker - and we encourage you to learn more about them, follow them on social media, and get ready to learn from them at the conference. You can also check out when they’ll be speaking at the conference by checking out the Conference Schedule.

Keynote Speakers

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Day 1 - Cultural Perspectives in Parenting

Talks from this day will focus on eliminating stereotypes, discussing multicultural interventions, bringing cultural competence to working with parents and families, and encouraging the examination of literature in the many ways families look in the modern world.

Sylvia Longmire
Sylvia Longmire is an award-winning accessible travel writer, a service-disabled Air Force veteran, and the former Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016. She travels around the world, usually solo, in her power wheelchair to document the accessibility of her destinations through articles, photography, and video. Sylvia is also the owner of an accessible travel agency, President of the nonprofit scholarship fund The PreJax Foundation, and a staunch advocate for accessibility in Central Florida.
Garbralle Conroe
Mrs. Conroe has a passion for inspiring youth, and giving back to her community. She currently engages in motivational speaking and professional development events throughout the Central Valley as well as in Northern California. For the past 6 years she has been teaching graduate courses at California State University, Fresno. In addition to providing diversity trainings through her consulting business.
Nicol Stolar-Peterson
Nicol is also the founder and director of Kids Court & Counseling Center a non-profit that helps children prepare for court testimony and appearances if they are victims of crimes, witnesses to crimes, in foster care and/or going through a litigious custody battle where testimony occurs. Nicol also founded www.therapistcourtprep.com to help her colleagues protect themselves and prepare for possible subpoenas, court letter requests and testimony.
Selma Bacevac
Selma Bacevac, MA is a mompreneur, international consultant and promoter of baby mental health. She is an expert on how attachment related problems and developmental trauma affect infants and toddlers. Selma is also the host of Raising Baby, a podcast devoted to helping parents and professionals understand the world from the babies perspective.
Karen Zilberstein
Karen Zilberstein, LICSW is a psychotherapist and Clinical Director at A Home Within, a national nonprofit providing pro bono therapy for individuals who have experienced foster care.
Leslie Arreola-Hillenbrand
Leslie has worked with children and families for over 12 years in the fields of child development and parent education. In 2018, she co-founded Latinx Parenting, an organization whose mission it is to make trauma-informed, healing centered, and culturally relevant education and support rooted in nonviolence accessible to Latinx families.
Jennifer Noble
Jennifer Noble is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Los Angeles largely serving mixed race adults as well as mixed race teens and their parents. Dr. Jenn also has a coaching program for parents of mixed race teens to help them gain a deeper understanding of the mixed race experience and how to help their teens navigate identity development.
Casey O'Roarty
Casey O’Roarty, M.Ed, is a facilitator of personal growth and development, author and speaker. Her work encourages parents to discover the purpose of their journey, while also providing them with tools and mindset that allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and their families. As a Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007 and certified coach, Casey has led countless groups through workshops and classes leaving them feeling empowered and excited about parenting.
Sarah MacLaughlin
Sarah MacLaughlin is a social worker, parent educator, and author of the award-winning, bestselling book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children (Bay Island Books, 2010). She works full-time as a writer, trainer, and content expert for ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of babies and young children. Sarah lives in the woods of Maine with her family, including a tweenaged son who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice.
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Ann Dillard
Ann Dillard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about instilling hope and empowering teen girls and their mothers to build healthy relationships. As a global change agent, Ann uses her nonprofit organization Project Safety Nets to provide resources for women and girls in Senegal, West Africa.
Anthony Parham
Anthony is the founder of Circle of Life Therapies (CLT), which connects with marginalized Youths and Families of Color who cannot sustainably afford therapeutic support. The goal is to provide a safe environment where people of color have opportunities for whole being growth, instill/enhance the value of finding and maintaining strong community bonds, provide creating and healing outlets for Families of Color, advocate alongside for their needs, and work towards empowering themselves.
LaShonda Walker
LaShonda Walker is a communications professional, member of the Texas Parent Teacher Association, and more importantly, a mother who’s on a journey of redefining generational parenting methods by becoming more conscious about the way she parents her children. She has spent the past four years advocating for her children in private school, public school and homeschool. Through her journey, she has learned the importance of black parents being a voice for their children in education.
Vibha Arora
Vibha Arora is a Transformation and Parenting Coach who has a private practice in Southern California where she sees clients in person and she also works with clients via video from wherever they are in the world.
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Day 2 - The Future of Parenting in a Diverse World

Talks on this day will focus on non-judgemental discussions, innovative parenting interventions, breathing new life into how professionals can use family theories, empowering professionals to use literature to inform their work with parents and families, learning how to work in multidisciplinary teams to support parents and families, and the future of professional types in the parenting world.

Ajita Robinson
Dr. Robinson was called to do grief work with clients, and to support clinicians (new and seasoned) in serving through their own losses. She empowers individuals, clinicians, families and communities through her clinical practice, speaking engagements, consultations and her published works.
Linda McGhee
Lexx James-Brown
Dr. Lexx Brown-James {She|Her|Dr} is an Amazon Best Selling author of These are my Eyes, This is my Nose, This is my Vulva, These are my Toes. She's a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sexuality educator/supervisor with AASECT. As CEO The Institute for Intimacy & Sexuality where she contracts with various organizations to train others in reproductive justice and accessible, comprehensive, intersectional, and anti-oppressive sexuality education.
Brianna Gaynor
Dr. Brianna Gaynor has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia since May 2011. What Dr. Gaynor most enjoys is the opportunity to connect with people and encourage them through their troubles. Currently, she works at her own private practice, Peace of Mind Psychological Services, which specializes in helping the whole family “find peace in every circumstance” by providing therapeutic services.
Ed Morales
Ed Morales is a staff trainer with the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy, a social worker with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, community faculty with the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work, and serves on the Minnesota Subcommittee for Children's Mental Health. A biracial convert to Islam, Ed is the transracially, transculturally and trans-religiously adoptive parent to two remarkable girls and lives in Minneapolis with his kids, his wife, and his cat, Mocha.
Joseph Lee
My name is Joseph Lee and I am a Psychiatrist in private practice in Redondo Beach, California. Over the now fifteen or so years of my career, my perspective has incrementally expanded its focus, looking beyond merely the improvement of symptoms at the worst times in life, towards a goal that is much more ambitious — achieving optimal mental healthiness. This aim is helpful for the whole range of health, from sickness to no longer sick to healthy to thriving.
Jaynay Johnson
Jaynay C. Johnson, MFT is an award-winning teen therapist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owns Teen Talk, a premier therapy and educational company and the co-founder of The Black Brain Campaign. She was named in Huffington Post as one of the 10 black female therapists to know. She is a sought-after speaker on teen emotional issues.
Ann-Louise Lockhart
Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a Pediatric Psychologist and Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. She is the President/Owner at A New Day Pediatric Psychology in San Antonio, Texas specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with acute and chronic behavioral health conditions.
Shelly Ware
Shelly Ware is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in California. Shelly is the founder of The Counseling Clinic which focuses on the mental wellness of Women and Children. The Counseling Clinic serves Parents in their roles as biological and non biological caregivers such as stepparents as well as helping Women make healthier relationship choices.
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Molly Pope
Molly has been working with early childhood and elementary age children for over 15 years as a school psychologist. Using a neurodevelopmental relationship-based approach, she works with teachers, parents, and administrators to help build connected relationships and inclusive learning environments for children. She earned her Infant Mental Health certificate from the Erikson Institute.
Natalie Pride
Natalie T. Pride is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia. She is also licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina. Natalie has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She has spent over 10 years focusing on work with veterans, and families. Natalie is a certified AUTplay therapist working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Carmen Jimenez-Pride
Krystle Davis
Krystle M. Davis is the Visionary and Founder of I Still Love You (ISLY). In this role, she is dedicated to introducing healthy coping skills to individuals struggling with life transitions as well as building and redefining healthy mentorships and community building.
Amy Parks
Dr. Amy Fortney Parks brings with her over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families as both an educator and psychologist.
Dr. Parks is the founder and Clinical Director of The Wise Family Counseling & Assessment in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a Child & Adolescent Psychologist and a sought after parent coach and speaker for families around the world! Dr. Parks is a Clinical Supervisor for counseling residents in the Dominion Hospital system, Virginia and DC.
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Brianna Gaynor

Dr. Brianna Gaynor has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia since May 2011. What Dr. Gaynor most enjoys is the opportunity to connect with people and encourage them through their troubles. Currently, she works at her own private practice, Peace of Mind Psychological Services, which specializes in helping the whole family “find peace in every circumstance” by providing therapeutic services.

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