President and Founder of the Family Sleep Institute and Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor
Child Sleep Consultant pioneer, Deborah Pedrick, creator of the Child Sleep Consultant Certification program and founder of the original Family Sleep.com informational website, has been educating families for over 18 years on the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy foundation for sleep in their children.
She is co-founder of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and Founder/President of the Family Sleep Institute, which instructs, mentors and certifies Child Sleep Consultants around the world. She is also an advisory board member for the Early Years Child Behavior Certification Program.
Deborah resides in Pennsylvania and is mother to her college-bound son, and of course amazing sleeper, Soren. Deborah holds a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago. She has been quoted/interviewed in various publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, NY Family Magazine, and has been a contributing sleep expert for “The Doctors” television show.
Vice President of the Family Sleep Institute and Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor
Becky Roosevelt, Vice President of the The Family Sleep Institute, Program Instructor, a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant and founder of Snug as a Bug Pediatric Sleep Consulting. Becky works closely with Deborah as a mentor to FSI students and in her sleep consulting business works directly with families nationwide to get their child’s sleep on track.
As a mother of two young children, Becky has first-hand experience recognizing the importance that sleep plays in a child’s well-being, behavior, mood, and development. She takes great pride in helping exhausted and frustrated parents solve their child’s sleep challenges to get the entire family the sleep they need. Becky holds a degree in Sociology and has worked in philanthropy for nearly nine years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and kids.
Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor and Student Mentor
Lori Strong is the founder of Strong Little Sleepers and has been working to restore sleep to families since 2012. In 2013 Lori was honored to receive the Best Sleep Expert award from the Austin Birth Awards.
In addition to being a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant, Lori also holds a certificate as a Happiest Baby Educator. She enjoys working with children of all ages on sleep issues as well as newborn soothing and calming. She is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, National Sleep Foundation, volunteers regularly with PIP (Partners in Parenting) and also runs Metro Moms Austin.
Hailing from New York, Lori has a BA from Colgate University and an MS from SUNY Cortland. She worked as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for 8 years before relocating to Austin, Texas when she was 34 weeks pregnant. She still lives there with her husband, son, and daughter. Teaching remains one of her biggest passions and she’s thrilled to be part of the FSI faculty!
FSI Pediatric Sleep Expert and Advisor
Marc Weissbluth M.D., FSI Pediatric Sleep Expert and Advisor, has been a pediatrician since 1973. A leading researcher on sleep and children, he founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) and is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Emeritus, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Weissbluth discovered that sleep is linked to temperament and that sleep problems are related to infant colic, and he coined the now-familiar phrase “sleep training” to describe his method for helping children learn how to fall asleep. His finding that changing the time a child is put to bed dramatically decreases the number of night awakenings was published in the prestigious journal Sleep in 1982. His landmark seven-year study on the development and disappearance of naps, also published in Sleep in 1995, highlighted the importance of daytime sleep. Since its original publication in 1987, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child has sold more than a million copies and, in 12 foreign editions, helped millions of families the world over.
Dr. Weissbluth was acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics for his extensive contributions to the chapter “Your Child’s Sleep” in their popular book for parents, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Dr. Weissbluth is also the author of Fussy Baby and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins , and the producer of a CD, Sweet Baby: Lullabies to Soothe Your Newborn.
Married to his wife, Linda, since 1965, he is the father of four sons and eight grandchildren–and they are all good sleepers. Dr. and Mrs. Weissbluth live in Chicago.
Parent Coaching Instructor
Sasha Carr, PhD is a psychologist specializing in adult, child, and family sleep. She is a graduate of the Clinical/Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Rutgers University and a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant. Dr. Carr has worked with thousands of parents and families worldwide through her private sleep practice, Off To Dreamland
She is an active member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Sasha is also the author of the acclaimed bedtime book, Putting Bungee to Bed, which uses an engaging story to help young readers understand the importance of healthy sleep habits.
Dr. Carr also consults with pediatric practices, schools and childcare centers to help develop policy and education initiatives for healthier sleep. Sasha resides in Norwalk, CT with her large and lively multi-generational family.
Special Needs and Special Sleep Solutions Instructor
Debbie Sasson, PsyD, is the co-founder of Sleep Sisters, a group of two “real-life” sisters who work together to help sleepless families get back on track! She is also a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant. Not only is she a mom to daughter, Margo, but also has a doctorate in clinical psychology.
All of Debbie’s sleep work is informed by her knowledge about brain development, emotional development and family relationships. Debbie really believes that a couple’s relationship (if there are two parents in a family) is deeply affected when a new baby arrives…especially when she isn’t sleeping! As she works with families, she always keeps in mind that the family dynamic is always in play and finds that developing the right sleep plan can really help bolster the strength of the family relationship at such a critical time.
Debbie also spend her summers working as the director of a residential camp for children with social struggles Camp Akeela. Many have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. She has found over the past 6 years in her work with this population that many of them struggle with sleep.
Debbie’s clinical skills, her experiences at camp and her work with private clinical patients have all allowed her to learn creative ways to help children on the spectrum (and their parents) to get the sleep they desperately need. Debbie is also an Advisory Board Member and Contributor to the American Sleep Association
Child Development Instructor
Sharyn’s career began 32 years ago working within a pre-school and child development environment.
She specializes in children’s behavior from birth to the early teen years. She received her degree in early childhood education at Vanier College while raising three young children with her husband Gaby.
Sharyn is the founder of The Early Years Family Development Center Inc. coaching parents through a wide variety of childhood stages with individual plans for positive parenting, and a “parenting script”. She is creator of the “Tools in your Pocket” series for parenting workshops.
Sharyn presents staff training programs in the pre-school and elementary school environment. Through “observing and reporting” Sharyn provides plans of action for both educators and parents for children who may require added support.
Sharyn is Founder and Director of “The Child Behavior Certification Program”. This 12 week course specializes in certifying child behavior specialists across Canada, The United States, Russia and Europe. Sharyn is a faculty member of the “Family Sleep Institute” teaching behaviour milestones and the effects of sleep through webinars and daily dialogues.
She is a member of the National Association For The Education of Young Children, Canadian Association of Early Childhood Educators and International Association of Child Sleep Consultants.
“Knowledge can only go so far, it must carry with it sincere caring, the energy to embrace each situation and the belief that there are answers to every problem. Providing a safe place where parents can see the great things they are doing, learning new skills along the way and bringing life to learning for their children is my goal”.
Health Literacy & Client-Centered Communication - Instructor
Jessica Begley founded The Baby Sleep Geek in 2013 after graduating from the Family Sleep Institute. She has a Master’s in Public Health and over 20 years of experience in the field of health behavior change and maternal and child health.
Jessica is a sought-after expert on health behavior change, patient-centered communication, and health literacy and has presented throughout Maine and nationally on related topics. She is actively involved in numerous sleep initiatives within Maine Medical Center including teaching the seminar on behavioral insomnia of childhood for the Pediatric Residency Program and sitting on the Maine Sleep Institute’s Sleep Interest Group.
In addition to providing services through The Baby Sleep Geek, Jessica is currently the Program Manager of Patient Education Transformation with MaineHealth and a Provider Coach for Maine Medical Center’s Patient Experience Team. She previously held positions as a Compliance Coordinator for the National Institutes of Health’s National Children’s Study and as the Manager of Lactation and Parent Education for Maine Medical Center.
Jessica is excited to share her passion for health behavior change and evidence-based and patient-centered communication strategies with Family Sleep Institute students.
Alanna McGinn is the mother of three wonderful children (1 +twins!) and Founder and Senior Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, Parent Prep Educator, Director and Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC), and serves on the faculty of the Family Sleep Institute.
Graduating from the Family Sleep Institute in 2012, for over 8 years, she has helped countless parents overcome their sleep challenges with their children and themselves. She has grown Good Night Sleep Site into a global pediatric and family sleep consulting team.
Her public speaking and seminars are sought after at parenting functions and major organizations, she is published and resident Sleep Expert in multiple parenting publications such as: Today’s Parent, Canadian Living, and Yummy Mummy Club.
Through her studies, infant, child, and adult sleep experience, and natural sleep instincts, Alanna strives in helping all families overcome their sleep challenges with happy smiles in the morning and throughout the day.
Jenn Kelner, is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Founder of BabyZzz. As a mother of 3 children, including twins, she knows how difficult it can be looking after more than one baby who won’t sleep. She discovered the difference a good night’s sleep can truly make, and has spent over 2 years helping other families establish healthy sleep habits.
Jenn is a resident sleep expert for various online parenting resource sites, including DrDina.ca. She is a regular contributor on relevant sleep advice and strategies for the day to day challenges parents face with respect to their kids’ sleep. She is also an executive member and go-to sleep guru for her local Multiples Chapter. She has been a repeat guest on Rogers TV and various radio programs, including CBC Radio. Her sleep tips have been featured on various well-known parenting sites including Mom.me, CafeMom, and NewParent.
Jenn is a graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, and a Chartered Accountant. She lives in Burlington, Ontario with her loving and supportive husband Kevin and her 3 beautiful children.
Web Design, Branding and Marketing Specialist Instructor
Ilissa Goman, Web Design and Branding Specialist, and founder of BINX, The Sparkle Lab and The Petite Retreat. An entrepreneur from the start, Ilissa worked as a well sought-after nanny and babysitter for over 10 years before starting BINX.
She trained to become a SafeKids certified car seat tech in 2011 and a Family Sleep Institute certified sleep consultant in 2013. BINX provides parenting services to make life with children easier. The Sparkle Lab is a web design and branding company that puts the finishing touches on your company to make you shine.
Lastly, The Petite Retreat is a once a year educational event in Saratoga Springs, NY, featuring both local and national experts in the pregnancy and infant fields. While developing her businesses she has mastered the keys to website design, branding, copywriting, and client experience. It thrills her to share this knowledge with other consultants to further their goals and dreams, and to make their online presence unique to them. When she’s not working, you can find her at home in upstate NY, chasing her sassy daughter and husband through her garden.
Assistant Certification Instructor
Breni Malpass, is an FSI Certified Child Sleep Consultant and founder of Seaside Sleep Consulting.
As a mother of two small children, she can relate to the feeling of being both sleep deprived and overwhelmed with the desire to get her children sleeping like they should. She helps families with children 4 months (adjusted) to 5 years of age who feel frustrated and exhausted from not being able to establish consistent bedtime/nap time routines, too many night wakings, or just need a little guidance on developing an appropriate sleep schedule for their child.
She works with each family to educate and develop a customized sleep plan in which they are most comfortable with based on their parenting style and philosophies. Breni focuses on each families unique needs and desired outcomes as a whole. It is her goal is get everyone the sleep they need and deserve.
She lives with her husband and two beautiful children in Wilmington, NC. She received a BA in Psychology and a MA in Industrial Psychology. Prior to becoming a Child Sleep Consultant, she spent 18 years in the Human Resources field. When she and her family aren’t sleeping, they love to spend time at the beach, the park or enjoy family time together.
Assistant Certification Instructor
Kim Davis, founder of Babes & Beyond, is a certified Family Sleep Institute Pediatric Sleep Consultant, a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified “Happiest Baby on the Block” Instructor.
Kim is a proud member of Baby’s Breath Canada, the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and the National Sleep Foundation. She has received a degree in Psychology in Child Development and an Executive Director’s certification from Health Care Canada.
Kim has joined the Safe Sleep Initiative created by the Baby Box Co. and is featured Sleep Expert for their Baby Box University educational platform. Her videos and information are being used on the Ontario Syllabus for the Baby Boxes and can been seen on the Baby Box University site for all members to view.
She has been featured on Rogers TV – Daytime Ottawa, CTV News, BBC News, The Carole Anne Mehan Talk Radio and is a contributor to online parenting and Mom websites.
Kim decided that being certified as a Childbirth Educator and as a Child Sleep Consultant was the perfect match! For the expectant families, she provides the knowledge of comfort measures, what to expect during childbirth and helps them prepare for the journey that lies ahead of them. For families finding themselves having sleep challenges she uses her extensive training, educational background and draws on experiences from clients and her own family, to help others create great sleeping habits and overcome the challenges they are facing.
Knowing she could provide all of this to families was a dream come true and her passion can be seen with all the families she meets!
Assistant Certification Instructor
Joleen Dilk Salyn, is a certified pediatric sleep consultant, mother of two and founder of Baby Sleep 101.
She helps tired parents get their children on quality sleep routines by working with the science of sleep and healthy sleep best practices. In addition to her certification as a consultant, she also holds a Bachelor and Post Baccalaureate in Education.
Like many parents, Joleen struggled to get her own child to sleep well. When sleep deprivation finally reached its breaking point, Joleen was determined to figure out a way to get her child’s routine back on track. Once it was, her whole family’s quality of life dramatically improved. It was at this point that she was able to fuse her love of teaching with her new found passion to help exhausted families as a sleep consultant.
In addition to her private practice, Joleen works at one the premier family resource centres in her city where she uses her skills as an educator to teach parents about the benefits of sleep routines so that their children get the rest that their bodies need for optimal growth and development.
She also is regularly asked to provide advice as a sleep expert in local and national media, parenting and teaching resources, as well as to parenting groups and conferences.
In her spare time, Joleen can be found scouring Pinterest for recipes and craft ideas, or singing 80s tunes with improvised, child friendly lyrics to her kids.
FSI Mentor and FSI Certification Graduate Panelist
Carolina Romanyuk is a Certified and award winning Sleep Consultant, author and an outstanding wife and mama to two adventurous and well-rested boys.
Coming from a background in finance from one of the top private colleges in the US and working a decade with the sharks in the financial district of NYC, Carolina left Corporate America to pursue her dream career. After all, why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?
Carolina’s dream in helping families get the sleep they desperately needed came from her own experiences when she became a mama for the first time in 2010. Following strong baby blues alongside with her maternity leave ending soon, Carolina’s sleep was crucial. During this time, she applied to the Family Sleep Institute, received her certification, all during her maternity leave. This was the beginning of discovering her life’s purpose. A gift in helping people with compassion, teaching, and a sprinkle of humor. “Laughing is like a mini vacation. Go ahead, try it. I’ll wait”.
With hundreds of successful sleep cases using her trademarked program, “Sleep Trifecta: 3 Steps to Sleep Success”, she achieves blissful sleep with minimal tears. A dream come true for tired parents!
Carolina is a nationally recognized speaker and educator, and her articles can be found on some of the most visited parenthood sites on the internet. Her dedication to her work was recognized by the director of Pediatrics at a local NYC hospital and was the first Sleep Consultant to ever be invited to teach at Grand Rounds. She also volunteers her time to an Award Winning Sleep Doctor assisting with case studies for adult sleep apnea.
You can find Carolina writing books like,”Good Night Melanie, Good Morning Cory” (featuring Melanie Melatonin and Cory Cortisol), which is sold on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. As well as helping parents across the globe through her popular Facebook LIVE show, Sleep Conversations With Carolina, totaling over 150,000 viewers. Carolina works with families worldwide through virtual and in-person sessions.
For fun, she loves dancing (spanish tunes are her go-to), laughing and just being in the moment with family and friends.
Olga SnegovskayaDirector and Instructor - FSI Russia Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
Olga Snegovskaya is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and the Founder of www.o-sne.online. She’s a mother to a 3 year old girl, her life changer, both private and professional, and she highly values the benefits of the well-balanced rest for the whole family well-being.
Before starting her own business she had over 10 years of corporate experience. Having a very hard-time dealing with her daughter’s sleep problems, she found herself burning to help children and parents (of course!), get the rest they desire. She’s helping families with children aged from 0 to 6+ years old all over the world starting 2015 and is a resident child sleep expert for Barviha Medical Sleep Center in Moscow and is published in various online parenting resources.
Being a member of International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Russian Association of Sleep Specialists RosSleep and National Society of Pediatric Sleep Specialists in Russia, Olga takes a leading part in connecting medical and non-medical society to educate children health professionals on children sleep hygiene and promote the healthy sleep habits foundation in each and every family. She’s also a regular speaker for Practical Science and Medical conferences and a repeat guest in local mom’s clubs. Working with families she goes by the only principle: to feel the needs of the baby and meet them. And nothing makes her happier than making children and parents connected.
When she’s not working you can find her playing puzzles with her daughter or enjoying nature with her family and friends. Together with her husband and her little sleeper, Olga resides in Moscow, Russia.
Instructor - FSI Russia Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
It now seems that my path to becoming a Child Sleep consultant began in my childhood – I was a high sleep need baby, who needed sleep before food or anything else, really. Another childhood desire was a clear wish to be of help to others. That is why I went to receive my teaching degree, and later went to study to become a RN. Fast forward a few years and I am now helping families from all over the world who suffer from sleep-deprivation after having their baby. I have two wonderful boys with a small age difference, who, just like hundreds of families in my practice, teach me something new every day. It is important for me to educate parents not only on “how” to achieve a better sleep, but also on “why” it works that way and is important. Apart from my teaching degree, medical training, and sleep consulting certification, I received lactation counselor training and studied coaching basics to be of a greater help to those who trusted my expertise with their challenges. At this time I created a team of professionals who are able to help even more families with very diverse backgrounds and difficulties.
Jacqueline Kram Chapiro MDDirector and Instructor - FSI Spanish Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
Jacqueline Kram Chapiro, is the co-founder of a A Dormir, a consulting company specializing in sleep therapy based in Mexico City. She is an MD with an MS in clinical neuroscience and is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant.
She has over 10 years of experience working closely with families in private practice. In addition, she has also conducted a wide range of seminars and workshops in different communities in Mexico City. She is passionate about child development and especially family sleep. For the last few years, she has devoted herself to helping parents overcome a variety of sleep challenges. As a mother to a baby girl, she knows and understands these challenges. Working with diverse families from different backgrounds she always makes the needs of the families her first priority. She has seen the great benefits a sleep consultant can brings to families, including her own!
Director and Instructor - FSI Spanish Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program
“When my oldest son was born and had about 8 months, I was exhausted and mentally tired of having to rock him to sleep at 3 am, at the same time I found out in my practice as an homeopath that one of the main reasons of medical visits was sleep disturbances. I believe that sleep coaching is extremely important in order to provide the tools to our children to achieve the sleep they biologically need, since this is a learned skill such as proper nutrition or discipline, sleep is no less important, so we must encourage our children to learn the ability to sleep at the right time to match their biological needs. This skill will help them get the best out of themselves and achieve proper development. My goal is to work with families according to their philosophy to get everyone the sleep they deserve.“