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About the Authors & Consultants

Sue Allen, M.A.
Susan Boyan, M.Ed., L.M.F.T.
Elizabeth Einstein, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Betsy Gard, Ph.D.
Mary Joe Hannaford, S. Ed.
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Peggy Hendrickson, MA, MSW, ACSW
Marilyn Montgomery, Ph.D.

Melody F. Popkin
Michael Popkin, Ph.D.
Barbara Lynn Taylor, M.Ed.
Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., L.P.C.

Susan Blyth Boyan, M.Ed., LMFTSue Allen, M.A.
Sue Allen (Christian Active Parenting) holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations. She is the Director of Women’s Discipleship at Northside Church in Atlanta. Seeking to share God’s love and inspiration with others, Sue has authored numerous Christian books and is a dedicated daily contributor to her blog. She and her husband are the parents of four children.

Susan Boyan, M.Ed.Susan Blyth Boyan, M.Ed., LMFT
Susan Boyan, M.Ed., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with children and families since 1971 and has been in private practice since 1984. Mrs. Boyan is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member and research chair for the Georgia Play Therapy Association. Some of her other organizations include: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Association of Fathers and Children, Step Family Association, Association of Christian Counselors, Southeast Psychomotor Society and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She consults extensively and presents numerous professional presentations to national, state and local audiences. Mrs. Boyan does expert witness testimony and has written articles on Parental Alienation. She is a former special education teacher and rehabilitation counselor. Mrs. Boyan divorced in 1979. In 1981 she married and has two daughters. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Elizabeth Einstein, M.A., LMFT
Elizabeth EinsteinElizabeth Einstein (Active Parenting for Stepfamilies) is one of America’s leading educators in the field of stepfamily living. A Marriage & Family Therapist in Ithaca, NY, author and lecturer, she’s also a creative teacher, workshop trainer, and stepfamily consultant. For the past 20 years, she’s presented workshops through social work schools at leading universities and throughout the military community through its family advocacy programs. For more about Elizabeth Einstein and her work, please visit her web site: http://www.stepfamilyliving.com/.


Betsy Gard, Ph.D.
Betsy Gard, Ph.D., (1,2,3,4 Parents!) is a child and family therapist at the Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic. She also works as a psychologist at the Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Clinic and at Ridgeview Hospital, both in Atlanta. When she is not counseling families, she is teaching counseling to students at Emory University. Dr. Gard received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has three children: a 26-year-old stepdaughter, a 13-year-old daughter, and a 6-year-old son whom she recently adopted from Russia.


Mary Joe Hannaford, S. Ed.
Mary Joe Hannaford, S. Ed., (Windows) was a nationally known counselor educator and supervisor. She worked for many years in loss education. This dynamic, inspirational speaker and workshop leader was the coordinator of guidance and counseling in the Gwinnett County, Georgia, Schools and held a Specialist degree in counseling with special work in business administration, English, psychology and art. Ms. Hannaford conducted workshops on loss and was a consultant and trainer for school systems and businesses. She also taught counseling in the Graduate School of Education at Georgia State University. She received the American School Counselor Second Award in Professional Writing and the American School Counseling Association Award in Counseling Supervision. She wrote the books Counselors Under Construction and The Joy of Sorrow. Ms. Hannaford died in 1991.


Jane Healy, Ph.D.Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., (Parents on Board) is currently a reading and learning specialist and has been a teacher, lecturer, college professor and elementary administrator. She is recognized worldwide for her books, lectures and consulting on the applications of brain research to practical classroom and parenting situations. She has received national media coverage for her ideas about the impact of television on children’s brain development. Dr. Healy received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Peggy Hendrickson, MA, MSW, ACSW
Margaret J. "Peggy" Hendrickson (Families in Action) is an educator and social worker with 25 years of experience in providing prevention services. Her credentials include a BA in English and psychology from the University of Michigan, an MA in education from Central Michigan University, and an MSW from Michigan State University. Ms. Hendrickson has designed, implemented, and evaluated a number of successful prevention and early intervention programs including the Families in Action curriculum. She currently divides her time between northern Michigan and southern Arizona, working as a consultant and grant writer for health and human service organizations.

 

Marilyn Montgomery, Ph.D.
Marilyn Montgomery, Ph.D., (1,2,3,4 Parents!) is the director and a counselor at the Wellspring Center for Family Development in Lubbock, Texas. She is also a professor of Counselor and Early Childhood Education at Texas Tech University. Dr. Montgomery heads several community organizations and leads Active Parenting classes. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech. Her children are ages 16, 13, and 10.

 

Melody F. Popkin
Melody Popkin (Christian Active Parenting) is Manager of Christian Resources at Active Parenting, where she works alongside her husband, Dr. Michael Popkin. Melody’s background in software training combined with her deep devotion to Christianity and faith studies gave rise to her desire to create a Christian version of the Active Parenting program.


Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Popkin, Ph.D.Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s foremost experts on parent education. A former child and family therapist, Dr. Popkin has written more than twenty books, including seven best-selling video-based discussion programs. Dr. Popkin’s experience as an expert in the field of parent education includes serving on the panel “Parenting as Prevention” for the US Government Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Dr. Popkin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. For more about Dr. Popkin and the programs he has written, see our About Dr. Popkin page.


Barbara Lynn Taylor, M.Ed.
Barbara Lynn Taylor, M.Ed., (Successful Parenting) has taught elementary school and served as a school counselor. Along with creating the Successful Parenting series, she hosted a weekly radio talk show called “Make Time for Children,” presents workshops, and has appeared on television discussing school, children, families and parenting skills. She is married and the mother
of two boys.


Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S.
Anne Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S. LPCAnn Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with children and families since 1979. Respected in her field, she has conducted seminars on the national, state, and local levels. She has experience developing programs that meet the specific needs of professionals working with children and their families. Mrs. Termini has also published material in professional journals focusing on the therapeutic needs of children. She is a former officer for the San Antonio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and coordinator for special education services. She has been awarded Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Among her many professional activities, Mrs. Termini is a consultant for a family court in Pennsylvania and maintains a private practice. She resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two daughters.