Rick Jervis is the Gulf Coast Correspondent for USA TODAY, covering post-Katrina rebuilding, oil spills, culture, regional oddities and the recurrent hurricane. He was on a team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism and spent two years as USA TODAY’s Baghdad Bureau Chief. Check out his work here. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Rick developed a keen interest in the effects of media on a child’s brain development and is raising his two young daughters in a bilingual home with his wife, Elena.
Adrianne Brennan, PhD, is a proud mother, wife, and native New Orleanian. She is a clinical psychologist and partner at Family Behavioral Health Center. She prides herself on full-service care for her clients, starting with identification of cognitive / academic / psychological strengths and weaknesses and ending with individualized treatments and self-advocacy skills. She enjoys exploring the uniqueness of each child and collaborating with them and the adults in their life. The goal is to use personal strengths to overcome weaknesses. When she is not working, she can be found chasing her kids around Lakeview or hitting up one of NOLA’s fine frozen yogurt establishments.
Jude Boudreaux is father to Lucy, an incredible 3yo who has been fighting a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since 9/4/2012. She’s doing great and in long-term maintenance with an incredibly favorable prognosis. Jude is the founder of Upperline Financial Planning, a Fee-Only Financial Planning firm based in New Orleans, focused on helping people make the most of their one shot at life, and using their money to support their life’s vision. He’s a Certified Financial Planner, former FPA NexGen National President, and a regular presenter at national financial planning conferences, including the 2013 FPA Experience in Orlando. Jude teaches Personal Finance and Music Finance at Loyola University New Orleans as an adjunct faculty member. He graduated from Loyola in 2000 with a degree in Finance and is currently the President of the College of Business Alumni Board and a mentor for the College of Business Executive Mentoring Program.
Brittany McBride is a native New Orleanian, proud wife, mother, and entrepreneur. She is passionate about childbirth education and looks forward to any lively discussion about the topic. As a former member of the Public Health community, her focus was on adolescent sex education and pregnancy prevention. After experiencing a difficult childbirth delivery/recovery, her focus in life became about celebrating pregnancy, birth and subsequently life. As a result Brittany started her own business, New Orleans’s premier maternity concierge.
Elizabeth Elizardi is mom to two young girls, lives in New Orleans with her husband and hails from Philadelphia. She is a life coach, national speaker, online contributor to Psychology Today and a writer for Positive Psychology News Daily. Elizabeth recently launched her coaching and consulting business, Strengths Hub. Her sweet spots are parent/family coaching and education.
Rachel Alltmont lives in New Orleans with her husband, Jeff, whose family is deeply rooted in New Orleans. They recently opened Alltmont’s Fine Custom Framing, where she is busy developing a series of family/kids art programs to be held at the shop. Before “retiring” to become a stay-at-home mom to three, Rachel was a Washington D.C. Public Relations rockstar. She is currently obsessed with Pinterest.
Marilyn Levin is passionate about early literacy. She taught kindergarten at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, for 12 years and is the founder and former director of the school’s Summer Reading Program. After leaving Newman, she founded READ New Orleans, a program for parents and children aged 6 months to 5 years that focuses on fostering a lifelong love of language and books.
Dr. Dahlia Topolosky is a licensed psychologist and parent coach. Her practice focuses on individual and group therapy, as well as psycho-educational evaluations for behavior and learning disorders. Dahlia is founder of the New Orleans Parents Club (NOPC), a group for parents to socialize and learn positive and effective parenting skills. She also provides private, parent coaching to parents struggling with the normal ups and downs of parenting. Dahlia loves singing (check out her children’s CD), playing guitar and hand drums, and spending time with her husband Rabbi Uri of Beth Israel, and their 4 children.
Maureen Spencer is a speech-language pathologist and President of LexiaTech, an educational technology firm. She is devoted to the students, parents, and schools that she works with, and she is determined to help people in New Orleans understand language-learning disabilities. Before moving into the field of assistive educational technology, Maureen was the Executive Director of Basics Plus, a private practice in New Orleans that specializes in treatment of dyslexia and other learning differences. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband Bob and her dog Lucy (terribly missing her three daughters.)