Our Team

our team

LISA DUGGAN Founder

Lisa Duggan is a mother, editor, writer and entrepreneur whose passion and focus is the well-being of contemporary families. The Modern Village is her latest offering: a continuing education series for parents, dedicated to increasing the social and emotional health of the mothers, fathers, children and caregivers who live in our hyper-connected and increasingly complex modern villages.

From 2006 until 2008, Lisa published The MotherHood, a quarterly magazine distributed in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles, with a top circulation of 16,000 copies. In 2008 she launched TheMotherhoodBlog and in 2009 she worked as Editor in Chief of Forum, the member newsletter for the national organization Mothers and More. In July of 2011 Lisa launched The Parent du Jour, an “online book about contemporary parents being written one day, and one parent, at a time.”

Prior to launching her company in 2006, Lisa worked as Production Manager for The National Law Journal and The New York Law Journal.

Lisa’s writing can be found at TheMotherhoodBlog, The HuffingtonPost and Forbes.com, as well as Audible.com, where she reviews parenting memoirs. You may also read her very, very short stories on Twitter, as @motherhoodmag.

advisors

DR. ANNE MARIE ALBANO Mental Health Advisor

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. When she’s not working Dr. Albano enjoys walking through Prospect Park with her husband. She misses her stepdaughters, nieces and nephews, who are scattered all around the country.

KIM COLLINS  Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding Advisor

Kim Collins, CD (DONA), AAHCC, Esq., known in her community as DoulaMomma, has been a birth doula, childbirth educator and birth advocate for nearly twelve years, serving hundreds of families. Kim is a wife and the mother of three sons, whose births empowered her to trust that she could leave the practice of law to follow her bliss.  Because Kim believes the way we are treated when giving birth matters to individuals and society at large, her passion is helping other women find their power in birth and get off to the best possible start as families. Kim has gone on to complete the midwifery assistant program with famed midwife, Ina May Gaskin and the other midwives at The Farm birthing center in TN, as well as certify in many other techniques and methods to help her clients meet whatever challenges and triumphs birth brings. Kim wrote the DoulaMomma column for The MotherHood Magazine from 2006-2008, and continues to write about birth and birth issues on her blog, DoulaMomma.

DONALD N. COTLER, M.D., FAAP Health and Wellness Advisor

Donald N. Cotler, M.D., FAAP has been a pediatrician in private practice for twenty-five years (and a parent for somewhat longer). He has a special interest in the public understanding of science. Dr.Cotler is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Education in the Science and the Public Program at SUNY Buffalo. He hopes to use his combination of experiences to develop and popularize ways for pediatricians to participate in increasing the science literacy and “cognitive wealth” of the community.

JOHN FEDERICO Technical Advisor

For the past 17 years John has combined his enthusiasm for new technologies with his keen eye for emerging trends to develop innovative businesses and marketing strategies and tactics. Self-described as, “Half-geek, on my mother’s side,” John has utilized his combined talents in technology and new business creation to develop successful digital media businesses for companies like Audible.com (now a subsidiary of Amazon.com), Advance Internet, NJ.com, BlogTalkRadio, NetCreations (now ReturnPath), MarketSource (now Youth360), and MaMaMedia, among others. John’s most recent venture, as Co-Founder, is Qrious, a conference and event management platform that works with your existing registration system. John is also the host and executive producer of On Digital Media, a podcast about the technology, creation, distribution, consumption and monetization of digital media and its effects on traditional media and marketing. When he’s not fiddling with his gadgets, John tries to fulfill his roles as a husband and as a father to his young son. He and his family live in a 100-year-old home in Maplewood, NJ with Lucy, their Cocker Spaniel. He can be found on Twitter as @gadgetboy.

ALLAN HOFFMAN Editorial Advisor

For the past fifteen years, Allan Hoffman has been the technology columnist for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper, where he writes about Internet culture and trends, the iPhone and digital photography. His work has appeared in Newsday, the New York Times, Wired.com, and many other magazines and newspapers. He is the author of Create Great iPhone Photos (No Starch Press, 2011), a book with tips and tricks for generating photographic effects, applying filters and manipulating your images—all right on your iPhone. He maintains a photoblog at www.WhatISeeNow.com and spent much of his teenage years in his high school’s darkroom. Follow Allan on Twitter @allanhoffman.

MICHAEL KASDAN Strategic Advisor

Michael Kasdan is a father of two who lives in Maplewood, NJ. He is a full-time intellectual property lawyer, part-time little league baseball coach, and — in his spare time — has been involved in the education space as the Chair of CityScience, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving science and technology (STEM) education by engaging kids and working with teachers to “do science” through inquiry-based learning.  Mike is passionate about entrepreneurship and technology, and has served as an advisor on strategic and legal issues to start-up companies throughout his career.  In the rest of his ever-shrinking “spare time,” he enjoys focusing his energies on projects and causes that impact the world and our society.  Like this one.  Mike frequently speaks and writes on a variety of topics, including intellectual property, technology, business, and social media, including sport and the state of contemporary masculinity as Co-Editor, The Good Men Project. He enjoys playing basketball, fumbling around on the guitar, and an on-again-off-again relationship with running. Mike can be found sharing and linking on a variety of topics @MichaelKasdan.

KERRIE KEEGAN Art & Design Advisor

With over twelve years experience in publishing, Kerrie has contributed to some of NYC’s biggest media companies, including Rodale, Conde Nast, Hearst, Brant, and American Lawyer Media, in a variety of roles in design, production, and management. She is currently the Managing Director, Content Operations at Reader’s Digest.

DIANNE ROSKY, J.D. Editorial Advisor

Dianne Rosky is the founder and principal of Rosky Legal Education LLC, which provides training in legal writing, public speaking, and other professional communication skills.  She and her associates train lawyers and other professionals at major law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public-interest organizations. Dianne was previously a full-time faculty member in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law.  During her three years at NYU, she taught legal writing as well as negotiation, mediation, and other lawyering skills.  She was recently appointed as an adjunct professor in NYU’s LLM program.  Dianne practiced commercial litigation for several years at Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  She was selected by Sullivan & Cromwell as  the firm’s Pro Bono Fellow to litigate prisoners’ federal civil rights claims.  Dianne served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.  She is a 1994 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

A lifelong devotee of words and language, Dianne worked before law school as an Editorial Assistant at Merriam-Webster, where she selected and defined new dictionary entries. She is responsible for the dictionary entries for cash cow and capoeira, among others. Dianne blogs about language and law at pls clarify, and can be found on Twitter @RoskyLegalEd.

KRISTIN WALD Educational Advisor

Kristin Wald taught high school English (and the occasional Human Sexuality class) in a Brooklyn public school for twelve years.

She served as a dean of security for much of that time as well, which exposed her to challenges never addressed in graduate school.  For many years, Kristin also taught English as a Second Language to adults and non-traditional students through the ASHS program in Coney Island.

Using her years of teaching journalism to high school students, Kristin now writes for on-line publications and blogs to maintain a semblance of sanity. She can be found tweeting at the creatively conceived @kdwald.

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