Current Presenter(s)


JoAnn DuncanJoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT is a board certified Genetic Counselor with a Master of Science in Human Genetics and extensive counseling training. She worked as a Genetic Counselor for 14 years. In this role, she facilitated many support groups. She has been a Reiki Practitioner since 1997, became a Reiki Master in September of 2000, and a Karuna Reiki® Master in May of 2008. She is also an ordained Priest in the order of Melchizidek, an Advanced Level Integrated Energy Therapist (IET), and a Level III Reconnective Healing® Practitioner. Contact JoAnn by email or phone 203-438-3050.



Past Presenters


Ilene Amiel is a CDFA (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst) who helps divorcing individuals with the financial aspects of their divorces. Ilene Amiel, CDFA is a Divorce Financial Consultant with over 20 years of experience managing finances. Ms. Amiel has a BSBA from Boston University’s School of Management.

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Nancy BerkowitzNancy Berkowitz, M.S.,
is a Counseling Advocate for adults at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) in Norwalk, CT. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling at the University of Bridgeport in 2009. Ms. Berkowitz entered the non-profit world seven years ago following a 30 year span in the marketing profession. She brings to the non-profit field extensive knowledge of conducting business nationally and internationally for a multi-million dollar horticultural company, and has pioneered joint ventures in foreign lands, as vice president of an import company in the Midwest. During her five years at DVCC, she held the position of Director of Counseling for three years. Moving into a part-time position, Ms. Berkowitz continues working with community clients in individual sessions as well as group sessions for English-speaking clients. She has developed a Wellness Series for clients which involves lessons in Yoga, meditation, Zumba, stress management, and massage. Ms. Berkowitz has focused her work towards helping clients build their self-esteem, and providing them an environment where they can heal, find peace, and become self-empowered. Contact Nancy by email,, phone 203-588-9101, or 1-888-774-2900 (24-hour hotline).



Nancy BerkowitzAlex Boianghu
Alex is a dedicated and gifted therapist who works with individuals, families and couples. He brings over 25 years of study and practice to his clinical work at MindBodySpirit Psychotherapy and Healing Arts. He uses an integrative approach to therapy with an emphasis on psycho-spiritual growth that is grounded in somatic therapy’s focus on the unity of body and mind. He is a gifted couple’s therapist, helping partners to reach deep levels of awareness and compassion with each other. “Healing happens when we can integrate our past into the present. If integration is the method for activating our healing potential, wholeness is the goal. Gaining deep insight allows an individual to transform in the context of their life circumstances, to accept them and grow,” says Alex, when describing his work with clients. With compassion and discernment, Alex guides and models how to positively harness the psycho-dynamic energies we all possess to rediscover our common and innate holistic nature.



Karen Bosshart, Esq. LLC accepts cases in Fairfield County, Connecticut, as well as cases in Westchester, Dutchess, and Putnam counties in New York. Karen is a court appointed attorney for children of divorcing parents and protects the best interests of children. She is also a mediator and makes mediation an option whenever possible. Her areas of practice include: Mediation, Divorce Litigation, Alimony, Child Support, Child Custody & Visitation, Relocation, Grandparent Rights, Restraining Orders & Orders of Protection, Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Enforcement, and Modifications. For more information please call her office in New York at (914) 244-3100, or in Connecticut at (203) 431-6500.



Kieran J. Costello, Esq. is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers of America, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. In addition, Mr. Costello is the Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Greater Bar Association, a Member of the Elder Law Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association and a Member of the Trust and Estates Committee of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. Mr. Costello has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Housatonic Community College since 1993. Previously, he was a Professor of Law at Albertus Magnus College and Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport. Mr. Costello volunteers at Fairfield Community Services, where has served on the Board of Directors, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Stamford/Norwalk and the Y.W.C.A. of Greenwich. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport where he continues to volunteer. Mr. Costello has served as a Court-appointed Special Master in the Bridgeport and Milford Superior Courts. He also serves as a Special Master at the Regional Family Trial Docket.



JoAnn DuncanClaire DeVidas practices primarily in the area of family law, including, divorce, custody, visitation, alimony, child support, restraining orders and post-judgment modification and enforcement actions. She is experienced representing high net worth individuals and those with complex compensation packages. Ms. DeVidas began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her experience prosecuting violent crimes, including domestic violence, provides her with unique insight into the dynamics of abusive relationships and provides her clients with an edge in court proceedings.

Ms. DeVidas also offers divorce mediation services for those couples who meet certain criteria. She gets great satisfaction by assisting individuals preserve their hard earned savings rather engage in costly, protracted litigation. Ms. DeVidas is a member of the Family Law section of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association and of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. She also accepts appointments as a Guardian ad Litem in contested custody matters. Ms. DeVidas is admitted to practice in the states of Connecticut and Louisiana, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Ms. DeVidas received her B.A. and B.S. from the College of Charleston in 1993 and her J.D. from Pace Law School in 2000. During law school, Ms. DeVidas was a recipient of the prestigious Equal Justice Fellowship for her work with women victims of domestic violence. She completed Mediation training at Quinnipiac University School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution in 2016.



Eva DeFrancoEva DeFranco practices in the area of Family Law, Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.  She is an experienced trial lawyer and negotiator, admitted to practice in both state and federal courts.  Attorney DeFranco is a member of the Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and past president of the Danbury Bar Association.  She was the chairperson of the Danbury Family Bar Association for over a decade.

Attorney DeFranco is committed to helping her clients reduce the turmoil inherent in the divorce process while protecting their rights.  As recognition for her qualifications in family matters, she has served as a Special Master for the State’s Judicial Department for many years, making recommendations regarding settlement to litigants involved in the divorce process.  Attorney DeFranco is a trained collaborative divorce lawyer, mediator and trial lawyer.  She is a member of the Collaborative Divorce Team of Connecticut, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and current President of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.  She has lectured extensively on various topics of divorce, mediation, collaborative divorce and conflict resolution.  She has over 200 hours of mediation and collaborative divorce training. Ms. DeFranco is a Ridgefield native and currently resides in Danbury with her husband and daughter. Contact Eva by phone 203-744-2150, by email, or through her website:


Bill DonaldsonBill Donaldson, CFP®, is  founder of Donaldson Financial Wellness Network, LLC located in Westport, CT. He takes a holistic approach to wealth management with a mission to help his clients achieve peace of mind in all areas of their life. In addition to the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation, Mr. Donaldson is also a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Securities Principal and has advanced training as a divorce mediator and as a financial specialist in the collaborative divorce process. He also lectures both locally and nationally on the topic of divorce taxation.

Mr. Donaldson is President of the Collaborative Divorce Team of CT and is a Past-President and current Treasurer of the CT Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce. He completed the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program at the University of New Haven in November of 2010. He currently lives in Newtown, CT with his wife Kristen and young son Robert. Contact Bill by phone, 203.221.2848 or through his website,


JoAnn DuncanJoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT is a board certified Genetic Counselor with a Master of Science in Human Genetics and extensive counseling training. She worked as a Genetic Counselor for 14 years. In this role, she facilitated many support groups. She has been a Reiki Practitioner since 1997, became a Reiki Master in September of 2000, and a Karuna Reiki® Master in May of 2008. She is also an ordained Priest in the order of Melchizidek, an Advanced Level Integrated Energy Therapist (IET), and a Level III Reconnective Healing® Practitioner. Contact JoAnn by email or phone 203-438-3050.

Karen FanciniKaren Facini, is a Vice President at Peoples United Bank with a long-term professional history in banking and personal finance. Karen is well versed in mortgage lending and investment strategies, with significant expertise in advising individuals in managing personal economic changes.

As a very active member of her community, Karen has served on the Board of The Ridgefield Prevention Council for 9 years, the Lions Club for 10 years the Rotary Club for the past 2 years. She is an invaluable resource to women dealing with economic transition or with financial goal setting. Contact Karen by phone at 203-431-0406, and email at




JoAnn DuncanRosemarie Ferrante is a divorce attorney/mediator in Danbury, and the owner of the Divorce Mediation Center of Ridgefield/ Danbury, LLC located in Danbury, CT.
Attorney Ferrante’s practice helps couples who wish to separate or divorce in reaching agreements that foster goodwill and trust, while meeting their individual goals and needs, using a child-centered approach which supports parents’ ongoing positive relationships with their children and with each other as co-parents.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1993 and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1996, where she was Primary Notes & Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1996 and the New York Bar in 1997.

Rosemarie is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), the Connecticut Council for Nonadversarial Divorce (CCND), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the American Bar Association (ABA), including the Family Law section, the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), including  the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Family Law sections and the Fairfield Bar Association. She is also a member of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce.

Rosemarie is also the Director of the Western Fairfield County chapter of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, the first national organization that unites professionals who serve clients going through all stages of the divorce process. NADP’s mission is to make a positive impact on the divorce process though its community of high-achieving professionals dedicated to working with other industry leaders for strategic connections, divorce centered education and professional development.  For more information about Rosemarie or the Divorce Mediation Center of Ridgefield/ Danbury, LLC, please visit



Pam Friedlander was a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur for 30 years before she founded Positive Reflections in 2006. Her passion is to help women feel confident and find their own Positive Image while looking in the mirror. Pam’s philosophy is that anyone can look beautiful at any size, any age, anytime. By learning to select clothing and accessories that suit personality, body type and lifestyle, one can create a new, beautiful vision of themselves. Pam is a firm believer that successful dressing is a skill that anyone can learn. She uses her expertise to help her clients develop their own personal style.

Clients who work with Pam are usually experiencing a transition in their life, such as, new mom, transitional age, new career, weight loss, and newly single. Pam encourages her clients to see their individual beauty and strength. Women find the process professional, stress-free, and enlightening.

In addition to in-home consulting services, she offers corporate presentations/professional image workshops, girls night out programs, and she is a sought after speaker throughout Connecticut.

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Robin Friedman is a Certified EFT Practitioner, Professional Life Coach and Certified Hypnotherapist. She loves combining  the power of the subconscious with the energy body and taking practical action steps to create a happier life. She holds a monthly Tapping Meetup, a monthly Energy Tools Study Group Meetup, teaches classes at Total Life Care Center in Norwalk and sees private clients in Weston. She can be reached at, 203-247-1318 or


JoAnn DuncanErica Hochman received her Undergraduate Degrees in Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University - Bloomington, she received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law - Camden in 2000. Erica is licensed in Connecticut and New Jersey and practices exclusively non-litigative family law, which includes Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. As active an board-member of National Association of Divorce Professionals, Greenwich Chapter, and a member of both the Fairfeld County Collaborative Divorce Group and Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce, she has created a high qualified network of professsionals to assist in the divorce process.

After years of practicing family law in the courts, she concluded that Mediation and Collaborative Divorce offered the best opportunites for her clients, providing an experience that is not filled with the pain and contentiousness often associated with traditional divorce. Mediation and Collaborative Divorce promotes a forum for clients which allows creativity and knowledge to solve their disputes with the assistance of qualified professionals, i.e. therapist and financial neutrals, while protecting their children, family members and themselves from the disputatiousness of litigation. Erica Hochman, Esq. maintains an office at 55 Greens Farms Road, Westport, Connecticut. She can be reach either at 203.557.5576 or via email at

Nancy BerkowitzKelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who provides individual and couples psychotherapy in her private practice in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Kelley has a calling to help those going through difficult times, especially those considering, going through or post-divorce. Everything Kelley does reflects a positive psychology mindset, where the belief is that you can change thinking and behaviors through mindfulness, compassion, nutrition and wellness, movement and perseverance. She has trained in the following models: AASECT Sex Therapy advanced training, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy Models, and was the first therapist in CT to incorporate Discernment Counseling in her practice. She is also a Board Certified Coach. Kelley is committed to improving the lives of her clients and the community by providing positive, strength-based, research-driven approaches that work! Her background is diverse, with a MS in Counseling and an MS in Education. In addition to being in private practice, Kelley has presented for several years on mental health issues to undergraduate and graduate teachers in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at WCSU, has worked for Danbury Youth Services as a Youth and Family Counselor, and developed the concept and co-curated the, “Preventing Lethal Violence in Schools” conference that took place at Post University, in May 2015, which brought mental health, education and law enforcement together. She is also a member of the Legislative Committee, Connecticut Counseling Association. For more information, go to


Matt Keeler is a 25 year Zen Practitioner – Senior Dharma Teacher Kwan Um School of Zen – and a certified Connecticut math teacher. He is the Director of Family Programing at Redding Meditation and Mindfulness Center where he teaches mindfulness to children with his ex-wife. Matt will share his wisdom on the importance of intentionally creating an amicable relationship with your ex spouse and their family and the value of using the guiding principals and practices of Mindful communication and meditation. He will provide an overview of meditation and share simple tools that help us remember that we are only responsible for our side of the story, we cannot control another person’s behavior.

Ellie KirkEllie Kirk

  • Reiki Master/Teacher
  • Licensed HeartMath™ Provider
  • Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
  • Mother of two adults

Ellie has a private practice in Ridgefield, CT, where her focus is on guiding people towards spiritual growth and healing. She worked at Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford, offering Reiki to out-patients and served as a wellness consultant for Stamford Hospital’s new employees. Ellie has been teaching workshops for 13 years.  She is a volunteer with Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association and helped create their Reiki volunteer program. Ellie is grateful to her children for opening her heart and bringing her so much joy.



Darlene Alvarez Maddern, Create With Your Thoughts Life Coach, has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and is a QSCA Certified Law of Attraction Coach, as well as a Speaker, Teacher and Mentor. She has been a teacher of human behavior, spirituality and positive thinking for over 2o years; her quest for further knowledge to benefit her clients is ongoing. As a university instructor she has taught courses in Women's Studies and the Sociology of the Family. She has also been a facilitator/teacher for the Anti Defamation League, teaching acceptance, and addressing issues of diversity, self esteem, and bullying throughout the state of Connecticut. Darlene offers one on one coaching, group coaching and mentoring. She is also available for guest speaking. ​For more information and programs offered, you can reach Darlene at, or 860-488-2619.



Yudit Maros, LMFT, is a holistic psychotherapist in private practice in Ridgefield, CT, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. She is the originator of Authenticity Therapy, a new synthesis in the theory and practice of psychology. Her self-help book, “Apple of My I: The Four Practices of Self-Love,” was published both in the US and in her native Hungary. She is founding president of the Association of Authenticity Therapy in Hungary, and is an international trainer of psychotherapists. For more information about Yudit, go to 




Wendy McLeanWendy McLean

  • Certified in Positive Psychology
  • Reiki, Level II
  • Certified JourneyDance™ Teacher
  • Mother of two girls

Wendy has personally mastered the art of growing through parenthood.  From stressed, strung out, angry and feeling very alone, she guided herself to a new way of parenting that balanced the family energy and made the home a loving haven for everyone.  Wendy believes in the positive ripple effect created when each person takes even the smallest step toward their fullest potential.  She infuses her workshops and classes with over a decade of self-study in psychology, yoga, health and relationships. Wendy lives in NY with her husband, two girls and two cats.


Deborah Noonan, JD is an experienced family law attorney who limits her practice to divorce mediation and Collaborative Divorce.  After spending a number of years litigating divorces, and witnessing firsthand the harm contentious divorces cause families, especially children, Deborah decided to focus her family law practice on alternative methods of dispute resolution. As a mediator and collaborative attorney, Deborah works with clients to assist them in working out a settlement agreement in a cooperative and mindful problem solving process that places great emphasis on reducing conflict, keeping children the focus, and empowering the parties to control the outcome of their divorce.  Deborah enjoys helping clients create quality solutions to meet their and their family’s individualized needs, bringing outside professionals, such as therapists and divorce financial specialists, into the process to promote a more holistic result. Deborah holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University (magna cum laude) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law (cum laude), where she earned several academic awards.


Bill DonaldsonLama Lobsang Palden is a Tibetan lama (a tulku), a teacher of Yantra Yoga and Buddhist meditation, and a practitioner of holistic energy medicine. He trained at Tashi Kyil and Kaja To Monasteries in the Tibetan region of Amdo. He was initiated as a Ngakpa lama in 2011 at Lhabrang Monastery in eastern Tibet. He has taught Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Yantra Yoga all over the world.

Lama offers private meditation, yoga instruction, and Tibetan healing sessions in Chicago, New York, Connecticut, St. Louis, Kansas City, and elsewhere. Please address all inquiries to Patricia Palden via email or phone: 314-719-9412. We look forward to hearing from you, but please call between 8am - 8pm CST, Monday-Saturday, excluding holidays. Please visit Lama's website for more information and to contact him.


Deana PaquaDeana Paqua, MA, LMT is a Shamanic Healer, Reiki Master, and Spiritual Teacher. She guides individuals to discover their own abilities to heal themselves and helps them transform their greatest trauma or loss into their greatest strength. Deana provides healing sessions, intuitive readings, healing and drumming circles and a variety of workshops and classes specializing in Shamanic Reiki. Deana is also a licensed massage therapist, and has a Master's Degree in Integrative Health Studies and has been working in the holistic health field for over 16 years, and has taught classes at Westconn and at The Graduate Institute on Reiki and Shamanic Healing. She has studied and received initiations from medicine people and shamans from the Andes and Tibet over the last ten years, and is focused on using this ancient knowledge to empower her clients to reclaim their health through their own powerful spiritual connections.
She has a private practice in Ridgefield Connecticut, and she can be reached at 203-994-5045, and through her website at  or


Karen FanciniJudith Pennington, MBA, is a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.  Her goal is to help her clients achieve financial success.  Judith offers customized investment advice, focused on college, retirement, and other personal goals.  She is experienced, energized, educated and informed to support you. Contact Judith at: Phone: 203-744-6000 | 800-535-0888 Fax: 203-797-1224,
Address: 93 LAKE AVE, SUITE 202, DANBURY, CT 06810-6384



JoAnn DuncanLori R. Price, CFP® is the Founder, President and CEO of Price Financial Group LLC. For over 30 years, Lori has been providing financial, retirement, estate planning and wealth management services to her clients in Connecticut and across the country. After earning a certification as a divorce financial planner in 1998, she developed a more specialized focus on guiding affluent women and retirees through the transition of divorce or losing a loved one. As an acknowledgement for her focus on educating women and helping guide them through transitions, Lori is proud to have earned the coveted Women’s Choice Award® for Financial Advisors1 from 2014-2018.

Lori and her team of advisors and professional staff also work with clients who are near or in retirement, helping guide their transition from a paycheck to having a comprehensive financial plan in place so they will not outlive their money. Lori has been welcomed as a guest speaker at national conferences and has conducted over 350 workshops covering all aspects of financial and estate planning. She has been widely recognized in the industry by Barron’s, Connecticut Magazine and Wealth Manager Magazine among others. Acting on her strong belief in the importance of giving back to the community, Lori has presented special programs on “Creative Alternatives for Charitable Giving” and “Empowering Women in Philanthropy.” She actively supports several local charities including the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Relay for Life, Charter Oak Foundation, Fairfield County Foundation Fund for Women and Girls, Operation Hope, the Westport Library, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Dress for Success and Special Olympics. Lori has an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a BA in Business from Rutgers University. A competitive tennis player and sports enthusiast, Lori also enjoys travel, tennis, golf, cycling, hiking, wine and spending time at her beach house in Old Saybrook, CT and home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. For more information about Lori and her firm, please visit:

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Stacy Raymond, Psy.D., has been practicing as a licensed Clinical Psychologist in CT for over 15 years. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College she received her Doctorate from the University of Hartford.  She has been an adjunct professor of Psychology, worked with inmates in federal prison, and is a Reiki Master. Dr. Raymond offers traditional and alternative approaches to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship issues. She specializes in recovery from any and all types of trauma, ranging from injury or embarrassment while playing a sport, to life-threatening incidents and sexual abuse.  Through the use of an energy psychology technique called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she helps clients quickly and gently release negative thoughts and feelings associated with painful memories. Dr. Raymond also focuses on identifying and resolving the toxic beliefs and emotions that often underlie physical illness. Dr. Raymond accompanies her clients on a therapeutic journey inward, identifying obstacles to emotional and physical health, releasing destructive beliefs and emotions, and ultimately restoring the forward motion of growth. For more information about Dr. Raymond and the services she offers, visit her website,, or contact her at or (203) 493-0344.


Nancy BerkowitzRonald J. Raymond, Ph. D. , FAClinP, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, received his Bachelor of Science degree from New Your University, his Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology (cum laude) from Long Island University and his Doctor of Clinical Psychology (cum laude) from Oklahoma University. When choosing a psychologist few people understand that not all Ph.D. psychologists are equal. Doctor Raymond holds Diplomate Status in the Academy of Clinical Psychology, awarded by the Academy of Clinical Psychology (ABPP), the only clinical psychology credentialing organization of the American Psychology Association. Doctor Raymond has the status of a Fellow of this association. ABPP maintains the highest standards of professional training and ethics for those engaged in the delivery of psychological services. Diplomates in the specialty of clinical psychology have attained this status by successfully completing a rigorous examination and are recognized by the American Psychological Association as “pioneers and leaders in the delivery of clinical services as well as in research.” Contact Dr. Raymond at 203-438-4080 for more information.



JoAnn Duncan Valerie Rich is a Yoga instructor, meditation teacher and Alexander Technique teacher. Valerie is a compassionate teacher who empowers her students to find their inner teacher. Bringing meditation and yoga into one's daily life should be effortless and natural. Her skillful teaching is all about an individual approach. Her classes are playful with an emphasis on alignment and great respect is given to the "inner asana". Valerie joined Turning Point Healing Arts & Education Center in March 2015. In her spare time she volunteers for Regional Hospice where she brings her Reiki training into practice. She is currently studying to become a certified Aromatherapist. Valerie has been interested in Yoga since 1982 whilst living in England. During this time she earned her Psychology degree and trained as an Alexander Technique teacher, studying with many of F.M. Alexander’s original students. While living in Melbourne, Australia, Valerie received her Yoga teacher training certificate and began teaching. She also helped set up and direct The School of F.M. Alexander Studies, a three year teacher training course. Valerie continued to study Yoga and gained a teaching certificate in Pre and Postnatal Yoga. She also fell in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and is trained to teach the Primary Series. She tailors her teaching of Yoga, Alexander Technique and Meditation to the individual and passionately and skillfully focuses on empowering the individual towards health and well-being. Valerie teaches classes in and around Fairfield County and also offers private Yoga, Alexander Technique and Meditation sessions.For more information on Valerie and her services, please visit her website,, or contact her at or 203 482 2278.



Carina Roestorf is a photographer and poet who also works during the warm months in the field of landscape design. Always about creative self-expression, in her photography she believes that we all can most fully embrace who we truly are by taking the time to become art, reflecting our sensual, elegant self. Born and raised in South Africa, Carina is graduate of North-West University in that country, majoring in sociology and Sesotho, one of the native languages. Her South Africa experience includes government public health education work and small business ownership. Now a U.S. citizen, she has also lived in England. Carina is a giver at heart. She has volunteered her handy woman skills with many nonprofit organizations in addition to renovating three of her own houses. Carina firmly believes that "a sense of humor saves you!"


Ethel-Anne Roome has been helping people walk through the pain of loss and grief into a place of recovery and relief since 2001. Loss surrounds us and it is not just as a result of death and divorce. It can be loss of a career, loss due to illness or injury, loss of custody, or loss of any kind. Unresolved grief is painful and interferes with us being able to live our lives. Ethel-Anne loves her work as she is able to be there, in person, for and with her student s as they move forward. She conducts programs for groups or works with individuals. She received her certification from The Grief Recovery Institute in the summer of 2000. She holds a B.S. in Education and a second major in Sociology. She has taught children and adults in Delaware, California and Connecticut. She was a management trainer for Westin Hotels and is also a certified Mental Health First Aider.

In addition, Ethel-Anne gives public service presentations for groups and associations and in-services for companies wanting to help their employees’ better support clients who are grieving. Please contact her to schedule a presentation.

Contact her via her websites: and, via email at:, and phone: 203-262-8326.


Berta RussellRoberta Russell, LMT Roberta is a Spiritual Abundance Coach, certified in Transformational Coaching Method as well as a CT Licensed Massage Therapist, a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Practitioner. Since 1999, she’s helped clients regain their natural balance, vitality and clarity through intuitive touch and guidance. She is passionate about assisting heart-centered women in manifesting their dreams of abundance and life fulfillment. Her coaching program utilizes many tools to create financial prosperity, a fulfilling career or relationship, and ultimately a more joy-filled life.

For further information visit: or contact Roberta at 203-438-2354.

Susan AhlstromRenee A. Simon, MS, CNS is a Board Certified and Licensed Clinical Nutritionist, registered yoga teacher, and energy healer who specializes in nutrition, fitness, and the mind/body connection.  Her book Take Back Your Health-A Total Wellness Guide for You and Your Family was published in 2005, with excellent reviews. Ms. Simon’s book teaches 4 simple steps to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight, improve your energy and vitality, overcome difficult medical conditions, and raise healthy children.

Renee has practiced Integrative Medicine for eleven years privately and as a consultant to Northern Westchester Hospital. She is also an instructor for the University of Arizona School of Integrative Medicine fellowship program. Renee has hosted her own television show, and conducted numerous workshops for hospitals, universities, health spas, corporations, schools, and large not for profit organizations.
She has private practices in Ridgefield Connecticut, South Salem, New York and at the Healing Arts Alliance in Katonah, New York and can be reached at (914) 763-9107,  or


Berta RussellNancy Scherlong is a licensed clinical social worker and poetry and journal therapist. She is the founder and director of Wellness Metaphors where she works as a therapist, stress management coach and workshop facilitator. She uses expressive writing and other art forms to help participants access their creativity, work out inner conflict and discover their authentic voice.  She is a certified Journal to the Self instructor and offers day and weekend workshops throughout NY and CT. She also work with individuals, couples and families and has offices in Ridgefield and in Mt. Kisco.  Find out more at or by contacting Nancy at 914.572.3167.


Nancy BerkowitzMartha Talburt, is a poet, artist and a teacher. Trained at the Art Students League in New York, Martha specializes in portrait art. Ms. Talburt served in the Peace Corps in Macedonia in 1988 and 1999, where she taught high school. Mother, grandmother, sage, and lover of language and light, Martha will share her insights and stories of how she has survived and thrived as a creative inspiration and mentor to many.




Lisa Tancredi has worked as a financial advisor, personal and executive coach, yoga teacher and workshop leader. Two years ago, she returned to the US from living in Germany where she led experiential workshops for the American International Women’s Club of Cologne dealing with life strategy and purpose. She enjoys exploring hidden and underlying dynamics that shape what we believe is our conscious, rational decision-making.





Mitchell Teta attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Teta graduated magna cum laude from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2012. While in law school, he received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, and served as an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review. Mr. Teta practices primarily in the areas of family law and criminal law making appearances on behalf of clients throughout the state. Mr. Teta is admitted to practice in Connecticut and is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the Fairfield County Bar Association.


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Attorney Vicki Volper has devoted her career to helping couples divorce in a manner that maintains their dignity, preserves their assets and protects their children. Her knowledge of tax law enables her to help divorcing couples who have complex financial situations. As a member of the Collaborative Divorce Attorneys of Fairfield County, Attorney Volper employs the team model of Collaborative Divorce. She also practices in the areas of divorce mediation, pre-marital and post-marital mediation, legal coaching and family mediation. She has had advanced mediation training and advanced interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce training. She is licensed to practice in both Connecticut and New York. Attorney Volper is a practitioner member of the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation, and a member of the the Connecticut Bar Association Sections for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law, the Fairfield County Bar Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She received her law degree from Boston University’s School of Law, cum laude, and a Masters of Law from the New York University Law School. Attorney Volper has been featured in the Winner’s Circle of the Fairfield County Business Journal and in W2W Magazine. She has spoken on panels and at numerous conferences on the topic of non-adversarial divorce methods. Contact Vicki by phone or by email. Phone: (203) 222-1202
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Urgyan ZangpoNancy Berkowitz
Urgyan brings 40 years of study, practice, and teaching to sharing the yogic path of well-being and spiritual development, especially through meditation, yoga, and breath training. He studied for over 20 years with Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, who ordained him Lama Zangpo. Chagdud Rinpoche was one of Tibet’s great Nyingma masters who brought Buddhism to the West. Urgyan uses discernment and insight in his instruction, especially when it comes to clearly presenting the yogic worldview and wealth of guiding principles to relieve the human dilemma. Foremost among them is the role of integration in cultivating holistic well-being. No less important is Urgyan’s encouragement of spiritual community through mutual respect, love, receptivity, and responsiveness. He leads private and group prana-based meditations in a number of settings, including in Ridgefield at MindBodySpirit: Psychotherapy and Healing Arts, where he is a founding partner. Urgyan grew up in New England and currently lives in New Preston CT.


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