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Council Members

NPEN's leadership consists of a Council and a Guidance Team. The Council consists of 15-25 individuals who meet bi-monthly to carry on the business of developing the field of parenting education. Council members serve for 3-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms.  The Council also holds an annual meeting typically in the Spring. Each Council member also serves on a separate committee (see committees page for more information). All Council members are dues-paying members. The Guidance Team consists of NPEN's officers as well as all committee chairs and meets bi-monthly as well.

If you are interested in participating in a leadership position within NPEN, please consider joining a committee or nominating yourself for a position on the Council. Please indicate your interest via email to

Irena Glover, Ph.D

Assistant Professor at Madonna University, Detroit, MI

Debbie Farr, Ph.D
Owner, Flourishing Families; Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Dept., New England College, Henniker, NH

Barbara E. Harvey, M.Ed
Executive Director, Parents, Teachers and Advocates, Atlanta, GA

YaeBin Kim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension, Las Vegas, NV 

Anne Clarkson, Ph. D
Digital Parenting Education Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Rochester, MN 

Danielle Aretz
Pediatrician, San Diego, CA

Mollie Bailey
Program Specialist, First Things First, Phoenix, AZ

Michael Finlay
Owner and Founder, This Is Fatherhood LLC, Portland, OR

John Jeffers
Retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Owls Head, ME

Yu Jiang
Parenting Educator, Graduate Student in Educational Leadership, Whitefish, MT

Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE
President/CEO of Relationship Toolshop® International Training Institute, LLC, Springboro, OH

Lisa Krause, M.A.
Adjunct Professor and Educational Consultant at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

Carol Nass, M.A.
Parenting Educator, Easton, PA

Rebecca Parlakian, M.A.
Senior Director of Programs at ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

YoLanda Sanders, M.S., CFLE

Certified Family Life Educator, Family Sciences Adjunct Faculty, Parenting Reading Educator, Conway, AR

Kristine Stanik
Student, Family and Human Services program, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Ellen Taner, M.A.
Parenting and Family Education Consultant, Taner Associates, Brewer, ME

Ellen Taner, M.A.
Family Science Professional Consultant, Taner Associates, Brewer, ME

Kat Willard, M.Ed
Sr. Director of Family Support and Literacy, First Things First, Phoenix, AZ

Celia Wilson
Founder, Family Empowerment Consultant, Ltd., Cleveland, OH

Wales Brown
(In Memoriam)


Meg Akabas
Independent Certified Parenting Educator, New York, NY

Betty Cooke, Ph.D
Retired Faculty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Stephanie Jones
Independent Parenting Educator & Family Life Consultant, Oak Island, NC

Glen Palm
Professor Emeritus, Child & Family Studies
St. Cloud State University, MN

Mary Kay Stranik
Parenting Educator Consultant, Retired Executive Director of MELD, Minneapolis, MN

Staff Support

Rachel Chrastil, M.Ed
Executive Coordinator
Parenting Educator, Minneapolis, MN

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