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Melissa Kerr, Ph.D., co-author of "The Anger Management Sourcebook," is a life and health coach who draws expertise from over 15 years of college teaching and research on psychology, health behavior, wellness, exercise, physiology and parenting. Her services include wellness workshops, educational support groups and individual coaching sessions.

Lucia Martin, M.Ed., is a preschool through eighth grade school counselor with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She has taught Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) courses for AACC, the public schools and the faith community. She has extensive experience working with young people and parents.

Krystine Milewski, B.A., has worked with children and families for over 20 years.  Her focus is on families with children from birth to five years old. The Program Director of the Early Childhood Coalition of Anne Arundel County, Krystine also holds a degree in Sociology and Social Work and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.  

Abby Miller, M.Ed., is a former elementary school teacher and has spent many years working in family education, including coordinating programs for single parents and displaced homemakers.   She holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education as well as a M.Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services.   

Candace Place, M.S., C.F.L.E., is a certified family life educator and has over 30 years experience working with families and children. Candace specializes in parent education, be­havior management and support for families in transition. She is on staff at Anne Arundel Community College, coordinates the AACC Parenting Center, and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Virginia Barnes Ricketts, L.G.P.C., earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Loyola College in Maryland. Her specialties are integrating work and family life, education and career development, in addition to wellness and coping with chronic illness.    

Lori Stello-Perez, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist who specializes in early intervention and neuropsychology. She is an assistant professor of psychology at AACC and has served as an educational consultant to local school districts about issues affecting infants, children and youth.

Rachelle Tannenbaum, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the psychology department. She is the former editor of The Parenting Center's monthly online newsletter, and has previously worked with academically gifted children at The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.

Cheryl Townshend, M.Ed., earned her bachelor's degree from Kent State University and her master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. She taught elementary grades in the Baltimore and Anne Arundel County Public School systems and has served as a Pupil Personnel Worker. She was the admissions director at a private school in Annapolis and currently works as a consultant with The Parenting Center.  

Bruce Turnquist, PSY.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 1994. He has served as an Army psychologist and Chief of Psychology at the Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade, Maryland. He was also a consultant to the U.S. Army Central Clearance Facility.

Jerina Wainwright, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and a licensed professional counselor. She has taught parenting and family life education courses in a variety of settings.

Matt Yeazel, L.C.S.W.-C., is a psychotherapist for children and adolescents who have severe mental illness. He is a professor in the psychology department at AACC, as well as a consultant to The Parenting Center for bilingual parent education programs.

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