Our Faculty


Dr. Anne Marie Albano is associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Albano received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders at SUNY-Albany.  Dr. Albano devotes her career to the study and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is the president of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  The Anxious Child

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Rachel Fisch-Kaplan MS CCC-SLP, is the clinical director of CommuniKids, a speech, language and occupational therapy center with offices in New York City and Summit, New Jersey. With over 20 years of experience, Rachel is responsible for the clinical supervision of therapists, as well as providing both therapeutic and diagnostic services for children with articulation concerns, oral motor/feeding deficits, receptive/expressive/pragmatic language delays, dysfluency, cleft palate/lip issues and autistic spectrum disorders. Her work with adult clients includes voice therapy, accent reduction, and public speaking strategies.

Rachel holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Maryland and specializes in dealing with the unique needs of children from birth to fifteen years of age. She has special training in oral-motor/feeding therapy, craniofacial/deep tissue release, augmentative communication, sensory integration therapy, PROMPT, and Stanley Greenspan’s Floor Time approach to autistic spectrum disorders. In addition, Rachel is a certified teacher of the Hanen parent training program, “It Takes Two to Talk,” a certified provider of The Listening Program, a music based, auditory stimulation method used to address auditory processing issues and has training in craniosacral therapy.

Rachel is a lecturer for professional enhancement courses as well as parent-training seminars to implement at-home therapeutic strategies. She has professional affiliations with ASHA, the New York State Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the New York City Speech Language and Hearing Association, the New Jersey Speech Language Hearing Association and is a teacher of the Speech and Hearing Learning Disabled.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Let’s Talk about Talking: Speech and Language Development in Children

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Ian Grodman, has been an attorney for twenty years. As the founding Principal of the Accord Mediation Center Ian focuses on mediation as a more effective, economical and holistic manner for resolving disputes. Ian works with families and couples who are divorcing, as well as with businesses and community members who are in conflict. Ian regularly receives referrals of cases for mediation from the New Jersey Superior Court and the Maplewood Municipal Court. He has trained as a mediator with the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Ian has served in the community as an elected official and on several non-profit and foundation boards. He has worked on behalf of children orphaned in developing countries, and as a law guardian for young people in the New Jersey foster care system. He continues to provide legal services to individuals and corporations needing assistance with immigration needs as well.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Separated, Divorced or Remarried: Now What?

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CV Harquail is a management professor, consultant and Montclair mom of two whose family has hosted 11 different au pairs. For the past six years, CV has been writing the world’s most popular blog about au pairs and host parents: AuPairMom.com.  Drawing from her own host parent experience and from the wisdom of the AuPairMom community, CV will share 5 Key Strategies and 1 Secret Insight for building strong relationships with Au Pairs. While her focus will be specifically on Au Pairs and ‘live in’ caregivers, these strategies are also useful for parents who employ nannies and babysitters.

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Village for Hire: 5 Key Strategies and 1 Secret Insight for Building Strong Relationships with Your Child’s Caregiver

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Allan Hoffman is the technology columnist for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper, where he writes about social media, startups, and Internet culture and trends. He is the author of “Create Great  iPhone Photos,” a book with tips and tricks for generating photographic effects, applying filters, and manipulating your images-all right on your iPhone. He runs a popular blog about iPhone photography, What I See Now (at whatiseenow.com), and also blogs at Web100 (at web100.com). His work has appeared in Newsday, The New York Times, Wired.com, and many other magazines and newspapers.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Five Screen Household: Managing Your Family’s Multi-media Consumption

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Daniela LaValva, LCSW, is a therapist and Forensic Social Worker. Ms. LaValva graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1995, with a minor in Law. Since graduating she has worked in various social work settings including preventive services, school, geriatric and criminal justice. Ms. LaValva has been in private practice since 2001, where she provides therapeutic services to individuals, families and groups. Along with providing therapeutic services, Ms. LaValva provides pre and post divorce mediation around parent planning and parenting concerns.

Ms. LaValva’s work with the criminal justice population began with her first year internship at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Defender Services Program in Manhattan and she has since maintained forensic work.  She did post graduate training in divorce mediation and has been listed in New York as an expert for the 18b Panel, where she provided mitigation memorandums for Criminal and Supreme Courts. Ms. LaValva has also been called to speak about forensic social work and the role of the forensic social worker at both Rutgers School of Social Work and Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Separated, Divorced or Remarried: Now What?

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Rhonda J. Panken, Esq., is an experienced litigator and a family mediator who brings more than 18 years of family and matrimonial law expertise to her work.  A member of the bar in New York and New Jersey, her practice is exclusively devoted to resolving family law and matrimonial issues for clients so they can move on with their lives. She is committed to resolving family law issues in an amicable and respectful way to serve clients who choose to stay out of court, and her experience as a litigator in New York City’s divorce and family courts enables her to fight for a client that needs strong advocacy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Separated, Divorced or Remarried: Now What?

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Founding director of CityScience, Thor Snilberg brings experience from all three sectors of the economy: public, private, and nonprofit.  He began his career as an Accenture technology consultant and as a labor market analyst for the State of Minnesota before enrolling at Cornell University for a Masters in Urban Planning.  While at Cornell, Thor conducted and published research on the Early Childhood economic sector and focused on the relationship between the fields of urban planning and design.  Drawn to New York City by its planning dialogue, Thor worked with the Project for Public Spaces where he led a series of urban planning projects that transformed auto centric streets into pedestrian plazas.

While working on sustainable and civic streetscapes, Thor taught part-time with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment.  During this time Thor experienced the effectiveness of a hands-on and place-based approach to teaching science.  When BCUE closed, Thor stepped forward to continue the time-tested curriculum, and to develop new ways that improve science education that support teachers and spark students’ interest in science.

Thor’s engagement in education issues began as an undergraduate when he first volunteered as a mentor, tutoring middle-school students in language and math.  Throughout the years, Thor has continued to mentor youth and volunteer for educational organizations.  These experiences have developed into his belief that children crave stimulating learning experiences and his commitment to science education and equality.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM  Science Surrounds Us — Utilizing Everyday Experiences to Build Inquiring Young Minds

Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is the Founder and CEO of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

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