Members of our advisory committee bring much wisdom and experience to the mission of Family Central. Their knowledge and meaningful contributions is greatly appreciated.
Members of our advisory committee include:
Beverly Braxton, founder of Family Central, is a retired elementary teacher. Throughout her 29 years working in the Warwick Schools, she emphasized the importance of strong family-school partnerships for helping children thrive and overcome challenges. Beverly is the recipient of numerous teaching and community awards and since her retirement in 2010, has continued to work — as an education consultant, adjunct professor, and parent educator. She is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother of two toddlers.
Maritza DeLamater, originally from Peru, is a bilingual educator and has a range of teaching experience working with children of all ages. Maritza has training in parent-child communication and a special interest in working with culturally diverse students. She is the mother of a six-year-old son.
Femi Ford, an artist with a love for textile and pattern design, generously lends her graphic design experience to local groups in her hometown of Warwick. Femi is responsible for the creation of Family Central’s logo, brochure, website and Facebook page. She also coordinates local family hikes through the Family Central private group. She is the mother of two elementary aged children and enjoys offering her artistic talent to the schools her children attend.
Sasha Glohs Loberg was born and raised in Warwick, NY. After years away for college, international travel and work, she returned to Warwick where she currently lives with her husband and two little girls. Sasha loves good food and knows the importance of a healthy diet for developing children. She values recipes featuring foods that both children and adults should be eating more regularly and seeks to understand the role nutrition plays in one’s over-all well-being.
Beth Nagel, is a parent, educator, and community activist. Being raised in a family of educators committed to service to others, Beth has learned the importance of community and working together. As a parent she has learned to be more patient with the support of her family, friends and community. As an educator she respects individual differences, fosters social acceptance and utilizes positive reinforcement. As a community activist she has learned the importance of working together for the greater good.
Stephanie O’Leary, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in child neuropsychology. She is the founder and director of Westchester Psychological Services, a private practice in Mt. Kisco, NY, and author of “Parenting in the Real World.” Stephanie recognizes the value of empowering parents and is dedicated to creating a community that supports families and helps children thrive. She resides in Warwick with her husband, two children, two dogs, and ten hens.
Elsa Riley-Lawrence, originally from Jamaica, is a social worker with over 20 years’ experience working to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. She also has an extensive background providing services to culturally diverse populations of children and families within the child welfare system and to children who are experiencing problems that create barriers to learning in school. Elsa is the mother of two children, aged 25 and 13.
Amy Sibilla designs and develops software systems and provides support for the Family Central website. Amy is also a postpartum doula, sharing information about baby care and doing whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and nurture her newborn. She is the mother of five sons who have all graduated from the Warwick Valley School District.
Paula Spector has over 30 years of experience in the field of maternity and infant care and is certified in childbirth education, lactation counseling and parenting education. She worked 20 years in the Pine Bush School District as a prevention specialist and parent educator and is currently working to create parenting support groups for new and expectant parents. Paula has two adult children and is a grandmother of two school-age children.