Speaker Series

The Haytown Speaker Series is a lineup of relevant expert seminars that focus on hot topics in parenting today. The series is open to all members of the community and was designed to educate, inspire and provoke thoughtful discussion on topics and challenges parents face.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-07-22-pmPositive Discipline for Young Children: This interactive parent-coaching seminar is designed to give parents of young children an opportunity to learn more about positive discipline. Specifically, we will review why positive discipline is more effective than punishment and how it can help you set limits to effectively manage your child’s behavior at home. Parents will walk away with many strategies and positive discipline tools to add to their parenting tool kit.

Speakers: Kristen Kristen C. Niemczyk-Kistner, Ph.D. & Melissa Dupree, M.S., BCBA, Success Street, LLC 

Kristen Niemczyk-Kistner has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and both a master’s and a Ph.D. in social work. Kristen is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, certified school social worker, and a licensed social worker. Kristen has acquired over ten years of professional experience as a child study team school social worker in three New Jersey school districts.

For the past ten years Melissa Dupree has worked as a school psychologist in both New York and New Jersey.  As a school psychologist Melissa has a strong understanding of the importance a child’s emotional and behavioral well-being has on their ability to achieve success and flourish socially and academically. www.success-street.org

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-19-29-pmNutrition for Healthy Kids: Nutrition is key to a building a foundation for a healthy child and the overall well-being of a family. Learn how, through nutrition, to keep your kids focused, energized, happy and healthy while supporting their development and growth. This seminar will also interactively discuss working with picky eaters and food allergies as well as examining the best natural foods and wellness products. You will also come away with a clear understanding of how to read the labels on food and products.

Speakers: Tara Brienza, BSBA, MBA, AADP Certified Health Counselor & Naila Anwar, Holistic Health Coach 

Tara is a Certified Health Counselor and health conscientious, loving mother of three. She decided to become a health counselor to fulfill her passion of working with families to improve their health and family life. Tara received her training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State University of New York. Tara leads workshops on nutrition and offers individual health and nutrition coaching to parents and families.

Naila is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She also has had training in Herbology and Green Medicine, and has worked in the health field for several years; specializing in assisting individuals with digestive disorders. Naila Arain also has an educational background and experience in the fields of Psychology and Education. She holds a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Hofstra University, and a Bachelors in Psychology from The George Washington University. At her health food store, Back to Nature in Chester she works as a Health consultant. She focuses on helping customers find ways to relieve their stress, since she realizes from personal experience how it negatively affects our body and our digestive system. She also has a passion for hair care and skin care products, and researches the cleanest ingredients and highest quality products to offer customers. She likes to explore new healthy restaurants to discover exciting and healthy recipes for eating at home. www.backtonature.com

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-10-24-10-pmA Good Night’s Sleep for the Whole Family: If your children aren’t sleeping well, no one in your house is either. This seminar will focus on understanding the importance of undisturbed sleep and review the right amount of sleep needed for your children. Learn how to create a nighttime routine conducive to encouraging better sleep habits and how to tackle some of the most common sleep issues. Come away with the keys to getting a restful nights sleep for your entire household.

Speaker: Christina Lattoz, Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant 

Christina is a special education teacher for the past 11 years, working with elementary students who have Autism and other special needs. Afterhaving her daughter in June 2012, she started becoming more and more interested in baby sleep.  Providing her daughter with the best sleep became the most important thing to her. s a certified sleep consultant, I believe every family deserves a great night’s sleep. Helping families achieve this goal has become my passion.  A well rested family is a happy family. Christina works with each family and listens to their concerns and always remain sensitive to individual needs. www.fairysleepmother.com

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Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

collegeCollege Savings 101: How much will college cost when your child is ready to enroll? It is never too early to start planning and saving for your child’s college education. Get expert advice and guidance on how to prioritize your savings buckets of mortgage, retirement and college. Gain a deeper understanding of a 529 plan and how to utilize the plan for the best college funding result. Come away with the knowledge needed to give your kids the one of the best gifts, education.

Speaker: Amanda A. Tappen, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Client Relationship Manager, Douglas C. Lane Associates

Amanda graduated from Boston College in 2000 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor concentration in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management.  After starting her Wall Street career  Equity Research at Banc of America Seurities working in administration, she joined Gemstar-TV Guide International as the Manager of Investor Relations in 2002.  Amanda returned to the Equity Research department at Banc of America Securities in 2004 as an Associate with research responsibilities for the Life and Specialty Insurance sectors. Amanda joined Douglas C. Lane & Associates in 2008.  In her role, she works directly with clients to determine and achieve their needs, goals and investment objectives in the context of their investment portfolios and overall financial plan. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. www.dclainc.com

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Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

freyExploring Holistic Alternatives that Support Development: As young children’s bodies grow rapidly, it is easy for their systems to get out of balance. When this happens children can encounter a wide range of sensory, motor or neurological challenges. In this seminar, learn how integrative medicine and holistic alternatives such as, CST; a gentle hands on therapy, restores balance to the system allowing the body to thrive, heal naturally and prosper. 

Speaker: Alyssa Frey, M.S., OTR/L, Craniosacral Therapist, Occupational Therapist 

Alyssa has been a licensed Occupational Therapist for over 20 years. Her extensive background includes both orthopedic and neurological physical rehabilitation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Thinerapy from Tufts University. She has received her Craniosacral Therapy training from the Upledger Institute. She has worked at numerous hospitals, including Beth Israel Medical Center, and has co-owned her own private practice, Integrativing others. She holds a PH.D. and M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology, a Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Boston University. Throughout her career Dr. Jacobs has lead many expert seminars and has been a continuing contributor to various leading publicationsch as, CST; a gentle hands on therapy, restores balance to the system allowing the body to thrive, heal naturally and prospere Rehab, in NYC. Over the years she has recognized the benefits of combining holistic therapy and traditional medicine to help children and adults achieve optimal health. Her integrative model for decreasing pain was published in Natural Health Magazine in 2002 and seen on NJ News 12 in 2016. Her most recent certifications are in Pilates and Restorative Yoga. www.alyssafreycst.com

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

jacobsThe Balanced Parent: How are we supposed to prioritize and juggle all the responsibilities of marriage, children, home and self? This seminar will provide expert guidance on how to maintain your marriage and self-identity to ensure the health of your relationships while establishing a strong dynamic for your family. Learn how to model healthy and connected relationships, setting the example and foundation for the future spouse and parent your children will be.

Speaker: Lisa Jacobs, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lisa Jacobs has over 26 years of experience in clinical psychology and is currently in private practice in Summit, NJ. Former president of the New Jersey Psychological Association and current co-President of Down the Block, Inc, Dr. Jacobs, devotes her time to helping others. She holds a PH.D. and M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology, a Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Boston University. Throughout her career Dr. Jacobs has led numerous expert seminars focusing on effective parenting in today’s challenging times and has been a continuing contributor to various leading publications. Dr. Jacobs works with children, adolescents, adults as well as couples and families on a range of psychological issues. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

ganekUnderstanding Childhood Development: Children quickly change. Their feelings, behaviors, skills and developmental changes are keys to understanding them. Early childhood development can be broken down into four distinct categories: gross motor, fine motor, speech and social development. During the discussion, Dr. Ganek will review normal chronologic development in each of these categories, as well as how parents can help their children reach key developmental milestones. Become more effective in nurturing and navigating your child through their growth so they can prosper.

Speaker: Ellen Ganek, MD 

Dr. Ganek has been a board certified pediatrician since 2002. She has established a unique pediatric practice offering house calls to best serve local families in the comfort of their own home. Dr. Ganek received a liberal arts degree in cultural anthropology from The University of Michigan followed by an M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her pediatric residency training at Arizona Health Sciences Center of The University of Arizona where she devoted special attention to Preventative Medicine and Native American health and culture. Throughout her career Dr. Ganek has focused on preventative care and maintenance of health, emphasizing the paramount importance of nutrition and exercise. She has previously developed and directed a successful multidisciplinary weight management program for children.  

As a pediatrician and mother of three young boys, Dr. Ganek has a special interest in parenting. The power of effective parenting in contributing to the future success of children motivates her to continuously examine this subject. Dr Ganek resides in Tewksbury with her husband and three sons. www.facebook.com/ellenganekmd

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