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Board of Directors

The dedicated professionals who are members of Attachment Parenting International's Board of Directors meet quarterly to develop policies and procedures, define the vision and mission of the organization, and advise staff when needed.

Janet Jendron

API Board President

Janet Jendron is Attachment Parenting International's Board President. She served for eleven years on the La Leche League International Board of Directors and twice on the Friends of La Leche League Board League (formerly the LLL Alumnae Association). As a Board member of Education Equals Hope, she travels to Ecuador, supporting the education of children in desperate and difficult places. She has served on numerous other state and national non-profit Boards, including church-related and wish-granting organizations. 

Barbara Nicholson, MEd

API Founder

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in education, specializing in learning disabilities. She taught school in the Texas school system before moving to Nashville, TN in 1980, where she became a Leader with La Leche League International, an educational and support organization for breastfeeding mothers. She led meetings and parenting workshops for over 25 years. She is trained as a facilitator in the Nurturing Parenting Program and has spoken internationally about the relationship of societal violence and parenting practices.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, CEIM

API Founder & Director Emeritus

Lysa Parker (Lisa) received both her bachelor’s in education and her master’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences specializing in human development and family studies. She earned her designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations in 2004 and was the 2014 president for the Southeast Council on Family Relations. Lysa is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM).

Valerie Bryant, MS

CEO of TUFF Mama Time

Valerie Bryant is CEO of TUFF Mama Time, inspiring women to nourish themselves while nurturing their children. Devoted to family-focused furtherance, she was an adjunct instructor, teaching business communications to incarcerated women and equipping them to re-bond with their children upon release. Her service on a national education board targeted low academic performance in minority children, encouraging change through increased parental involvement. Valerie was a Department of Defense government contractor working instructional design issues.

Margaret Feierabend

Community Leader and Advocate for Children and Families

With a Masters Degree in Community Health Education, a husband who is a physician of Family Medicine, Margaret began her community volunteer work in her home of Bristol Tennessee teaching childbirth and parenting classes. Currently she serves on Bristol Tennessee City Council (16 Years), and actively promotes building assets with families, children and youth. Her community accomplishments include being part of establishing several new programs and organizations serving the Bristol area.

George W. Holden, Ph.D.

Psychology Department, Southern Methodist University

George W. Holden, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychology Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He served as chair of the department from 2015 to 2020. Holden’s research interests are in the area of social development, with a focus on parent-child relationships.

Rod Kochtitzky, LCPT

Episcopal Priest and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist

Rod Kochtitzky (Kuh tit skee) is an ordained Episcopal Priest who served churches in TN and NY for ten years before becoming a  psychotherapist who for the last thirty years has specialized in working with couples.

Darcia Narvaez

Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, researches moral development and human flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating anthropology, neuroscience, clinical, developmental and educational sciences. Her earlier careers include professional musician, business owner, classroom music teacher, classroom Spanish teacher and seminarian, among other things. She grew up as a bilingual/bicultural Puerto Rican but calls the earth her home. Dr.

Kathy Parkes

Nurse and Lactation Consultant

Kathy Parkes is the owner and CEO of Breastfeeding Perspectives, a registered nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association, has a Masters degree in Nursing Education, and a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She has been an IBCLC since 1992 and has worked with new parents and babies in a wide variety of breastfeeding situations in the hospital, public health, home health, and private practice.

Martha Sears, RN

Registered Nurse & Author

Martha, wife of renowned pediatrician William Sears, MD, is the mother of eight children, a registered nurse, a former childbirth educator, a La Leche League Leader, and a lactation consultant. Martha is the co-author of many parenting books and is a popular lecturer and media guest, drawing on her 18 years of breastfeeding experience with their 8 children (including Stephen with Down syndrome and Lauren, their adopted daughter).

Art Yuen

API Knowledgebase Coordinator

Art Yuen is API's Knowledge Coordinator and lives in NYC with her husband and two children. She is an API accredited leader and led the API NYC group for 10 years. Her work as Knowledge Coordinator is centered on literature searches and reviews that relate to the API Principles, programs, topics and overall strategy. Her efforts have supported published content, position papers, media responses, events, strategic initiatives and researcher-relations. Directly accessible work aims to support parents and professionals as well as form new connections with and among the research community.

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