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  informational website,  has been educating families since 1999 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 2o something year old son, who of course, always an 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 is Vice President of the  Family Sleep Institute  (FSI), and Program Instructor of the  Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program and Academic Advisor and Board Member for the  Child Behavior Certification Program

Becky received her Child Sleep Consultant certification from the FSI in 2013 and worked privately with families nationwide for over six years before transitioning to her full-time role at FSI. 

Becky takes great pride in having helped hundreds of exhausted and frustrated parents solve their child’s sleep challenges to get the entire family the sleep they need. As a mother of two school-aged children, Becky has first-hand experience recognizing the importance that sleep plays in a child’s well-being, behavior, mood, and development.  

Becky holds a degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.   She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.


Child Sleep Consultant Certification Instructor and Ethics of Sleep Consulting Instructor

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 and Ethics of Sleep Consulting 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 daughters, Margo & Julia, 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 understands 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  Camp Akeela, a residential summer camp for children who are struggling socially. Many have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or NVLD. She has found over the past 13 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 34 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 diploma in early childhood education 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 14- week online program specializes in certifying child behavior specialists across Canada, The United States, Russia, and Europe. She is “mentor” to over 64 certified graduates from diverse skill sets and professions.

Sharyn is a faculty member of the “Family Sleep Institute”  teaching behavior 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.

She is the In-House Behavior Specialist for the “The Little Campus”  a private Early Childhood Education & Daycare Centre

Sharyn’s most recent venture and labor of love? Enjoying her grandchildren while being part of her own children’s parenting skills and adventures!

“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, educators and other professionals can see the great things they are doing, learning new skills along the way, and bring life to learning is my goal”.


Toddler Sleep: Behaviors, Strategies and Techniques 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 MA in Psychology. Prior to becoming a Child Sleep Consultant, she spent 20+ 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.


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.


Multiples Instructor

Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Expert of  Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute and is host of  ‘This Girl Loves Sleep’ Podcast. Alanna has established the world-wide brand of Good Night Sleep Site and she and her team of sleep consultants strive in helping families (baby to adults) and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have well-rested smiles in the morning.

You can follow Alanna’s expert advice in national publications like Macleans, Prevention Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Huffington Post, and has appeared as a leading sleep expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, Your Morning, City Line, and Breakfast Television. Alanna lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and their 3 children (1+twins!) You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at  and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on  Instagram.


Lactation Expert - Working with Breastfeeding Mothers Instructor

Briana Violand is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), FSI Certified Child Sleep Consultant (CSC), and founder of Northcoast Lactation & Sleep Services LLC. Briana is based in the United States, but works with families nationwide virtually and in-home.

With 3 children (and having breastfed them all for many years), countless hours of coaching families, education, and training, she is a wealth of knowledge for all things breastfeeding and child sleep. Briana really enjoys helping people, and it is her honor and privilege to be a part of some of the most precious moments in a family’s life. Her goals are to educate, share evidence-based knowledge, provide her tips as a mother, and help families reach their own personal breastfeeding and sleep goals.

When Briana is not working with families, she enjoys going to the beach, watching her children play sports and gymnastics, and spending time with friends. Briana resides in Ohio with her husband, children, and two dogs.


Day/Night Sleep Organization 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.


Mindfulness and Sleep Training Instructor

Katie M. Kovaleski, is founder of and Family Sleep Institute Child Sleep Consultant.

Katie works with families around the globe to provide education, prevention and intervention services for all of a child’s sleep needs. As a certified life coach with Masters’ Degrees in both Mental Health and Marriage and Family Counseling,
Katie’s practice offers not only sleep expertise but also provides a unique support system for the entire family.

Throughout Graduate school and Integration Life Coaching’s development Katie focused on working extensively with children. It is in this niche that she repeatedly witnessed the far reaching issues lack of sleep will create for children and their families.

To further her interest in childhood sleep issues, she began training with the Family Sleep Institute (FSI) , became a certified sleep consultant in 2013 and founded .



Web Design, Branding and Marketing Specialist Instructor and Heads the FSI's Business Seeds program

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 through her garden.


Assistant Certification Instructor and Director of the FSI Mentorship Program

Kim Davis is the founder of Babes & Beyond and Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario Canada with her husband, 2 amazing children and their crazy dog Pebbles. She personally struggled for over 2 1/2 years to get her youngest to sleep and her world was turned upside down.  She knew she could not be the only one struggling with sleep issues, so she made it her mission to learn everything she could about infant and children's sleep.  

She became an FSI Certified Family Sleep Institute Pediatric Sleep Consultant in 2014 and has never looked back.  It was the best decision she had ever made!  Since 2014 she has also become a Wonder Weeks Academy Graduate,  a Certified "Happiest Baby on the Block" instructor and a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator. 

She is now  the Director of Mentorship and an assistant instructor with the Family Sleep Institute, a proud member of Baby’s Breath Canada, the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and the National Sleep Foundation. 

Her Psychology degree in Child Development and an Executive Director’s certification from Health Care Canada has helped her tremendously in working with families.

In 2016, she joined the Safe Sleep Initiative created by the Baby Box Co.  and is a  featured Sleep Expert for their Baby Box University educational platform.  Her sleep information videos for the Baby Boxes Co can been seen on the Baby Box University site for all members to view. She has also been featured on local television/radio station including Daytime Ottawa, CTV news, The Carole Anne Meehan Show and CBC Radio. 



Assistant Certification Instructor

Maria Campos Lopez is the founder of Himbing Sleep and Parenting Solutions. She is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Sleep Consultant and is the first certified sleep consultant in the Philippines. She is a mom to two young boys, is a lawyer, teacher and currently completing her Masters degree in psychology. Maria is also an Early Years certified child behavior specialist, AMI certified Montessori assistant for 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12 and has completed the RIE Foundations course.

Maria's passion for learning about baby sleep came from her experience of being a completely sleep deprived mom and she had to sleep train her first son but she could not find local support. She knew that she wanted to learn all that she could about sleep for her future children and to introduce sleep education for healthy and safe habits for better sleep within the Filipino cultural context.

From there, as her children grew- she continued to grow as a mom, learning more parenting tools and strategies for her family. Maria's personal goal is to raise healthy, happy, kind, responsible and resilient kids. Being with her kids and the sleep consultant journey has brought her to where she is happiest- working with families to get them from sleepless to peaceful and well rested nights, with additional insight on how a positive parenting perspective on amazing our kids truly are and concrete parenting tools allow families to successfully and confidently complete the sleep learning process and continues to provide support on their journey of parenting our terrific toddlers and young children.


FSI Mentor

Julie Miller lives in Squamish, BC Canada with her husband and two girls. Julie is a certified Family Sleep Consultant with the Family Sleep Institute. This is complimented by her background of a Masters degree in Social Work and extensive experience as a mental health therapist with children and families. She is confident addressing a complex set of issues and is comfortable working with individuals from all backgrounds.

As founder and head sleep consultant for Mountain Dreams , Julie believes in supporting families to choose what is the right process for them. She understands the desperation of sleep deprivation, as her own two children Sola and Yale provided her with personal experience. With a daughter who was a preemie followed by health challenges and being a first time mom, things did not start off on the right foot. Through extensive research Julie was able to overcome these challenges and is excited to support families feeling this same sleep deprived desperation. Julie enjoys consulting and working with parents to get them some well deserved rest.

Julie is an experienced and celebrated presenter. Her depth of knowledge and personalized delivery, complete with humour and compassion, have her traveling across Canada presenting a variety of topics. With over ten years training facilitators to speak to youth on topics such as suicide and crisis and brings with her great skill and sensitivity to her work.



FSI Mentor

Katie Shell is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist & Certified Child Behavior Specialist

Katie Shell’s career has been shaped by her own babies. Being a mom to two amazing children (Lilli O’Kalani - born 7/2014 and Warner - born 6/2012) Katie has experienced firsthand the joys as well as the struggles of parenting. She has a true desire to help support families with her expert advice and her long-lasting solutions. She is a graduate of the Family Sleep Institute as well as the Child Behavior Certification Program through Sharyn Timerman & The Early Years and she is the founder of Baby Sleep Well.

Katie modeled her business to be exactly what she needed when she was a new mom lacking experience and confidence in herself. She gives her clients the boost of confidence and faith in themselves to see what amazing parents they truly are. Children are a joy and having the right tools, techniques, and great support will allow for more of those enjoyable moments and less struggle. Whether it be for sleep, behavior, or both areas of parenting, Katie wants to educate and support families through their toughest times and bring them to a place where they are at peace and feeling proud of themselves and their children.



FSI Mentor

Kristy Sileo is a wife and mother of two wonderful little girls, one of whom has special needs.

She decided to become a certified sleep consultant after working with one when her own children were not sleeping well. After learning the proper tools, making the necessary adjustments, and seeing the fabulous results, she decided to learn to help other families.

After studying with the Family Sleep Institute under Deborah Pedrick, who is a pioneer in this field, she launched Blissful Bedtimes. She has been helping families sleep better for over five years and never thought she could be so fulfilled

Olga Snegovskaya
  Director and Instructor - FSI Russia Child Sleep Consultant Certification Program

Olga Snegovskaya is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and the Founder of  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.

Jacqueline Kram Chapiro MD
Director 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

Elisa Sacal is a Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder of A Dormir. She is an MD with a specialty in homeopathy , a mother of a boy and twin girls.

“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.“