Presenter Bios: 2022 FLE Summit

The 2022 Family Life Education Summit is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022. This will be a virtual event to focus solely on family practitioners at all experience levels working with and for families.

The summit is approved for up to 14 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

Presenter Bios

Robyn Cenizal has over 25 years of project management experience working with governmental, faith and community-based organizations. Her extensive expertise is grounded in research related to family strengthening, child welfare, offender re-entry and poverty reduction. She is a CFLE and has authored numerous publications on promising practices associated with serving high-risk, low-resource and culturally-diverse populations. Her efforts have generated over $30 million in funding.


For more than 15 years, Heather Cline, Ph.D., has been teaching on the Reflective Dialogue Parent Education Design (RDPED). Dr. Cline is a former UMN faculty in parent and family education. Today, Heather is director of Reflective Dialogue Education, which provides the training and resources for educators implementing RDPED.


Betty Cooke

Betty Cooke has over 50 years of professional experience working with and for young children and their families as an early childhood educator, parent educator, teacher educator, and administrator of programs for children and families. In 1988 Betty completed a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis on parent and family education at the University of Minnesota. She recently retired from the faculty in Family Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in the position of an Early Childhood and Family Education specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Betty is a Certified Family Life Educator.


Michaley de Leon

Michaley de Leon, CFLE, is a Research Assistant at the Florida Center for Prevention Research at Florida State University. She currently leads Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities and manages data for a federal Healthy Marriage grant and has also managed data and CQI activities for several federal teen pregnancy prevention grants.


Lorna Durrant has a Ph.D. in Family Studies and she is also a CFLE. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and the program coordinator for the Child and Family Studies program in the School of Education. Her research interest includes parenting and interracial families.


Lori Elmore-Staton

Dr. Lori Elmore-Staton is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Mississippi State University. She received her B. A. degree in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Dr. Staton has conducted biophysiological research for more than 15 years, with a special emphasis on sleep and emotion regulation of young children in the context of trauma. Her current work focuses on integrating biophysiological health research into education programs for teachers and parents of underserved populations. She is a co-project director for the TIPPS project.  


Alisha Hardman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University where she teaches Human Development and Family Science courses. She is also a state Extension Family Life and Evaluation Specialist. She has been a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) for 15 years.

Emily Grubbs

Emily Grubbs is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Research Assistant at Mississippi State University (MSU) Human Development and Family Science Department (HDFS). She earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Central Arkansas in 2017 and her M.S. in HDFS at MSU in 2020. Grubbs became a Certified Family Life Educator (Provisional) in 2021. Her experience in parent education includes teaching an undergraduate Parenting course at MSU, and involvement in the design and implementation of the Trauma-Informed Parenting and Professional Strategies (TIPPS) program. She has created content for the Protect & Connect parenting toolkit outreach and contributed to evaluation efforts of the toolkit program. 


Angela B. Kim, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Alliant International University, San Diego. She is a 4th time grant recipient from the State of California to promote social justice and culturally competent healthcare services for racial/ethnic minority families and marginalized populations.


Jen Krafchick is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Colorado State University (CSU)She earned her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a graduate certificate in Womens Studies, and Ph.D. in Education at CSU. Jen has won multiple teaching awards at CSU including CSU's Best Teacher Award and Honors Professor of the Year. She is a passionate educator who cares deeply about her students and loves getting to know them.


Lisa Krause M.A., is a Certified Family Life Educator/Coach and a Contract Faculty and Concordia University, where she coordinates the Parent and Family Coaching Program. Through technology and other innovative formats, Lisa enjoys finding creative ways to bring family life education to today's busy parents. Her particular passion is working in the area of Trauma responsive care, resilience, and overindulgence. In addition to teaching, Lisa runs a parent coaching and business where she has done contract work with Children's Hospital Diabetes Clinic in St. Paul and works with court-ordered parents to parent education.  


Sandra McClintic

Sandra McClintic, Ph.D., CFLE Emeritus, has 40 years of experience in early childhood education and family life education. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Child Development, a Master of Science in Family Studies and is a Certified Family Life Educator Emeritus. Dr. McClintic is a retired Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) where she continues to teach as an adjunct.


Julianne McGill, CFLE, is the Project Manager for the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Project, as well as a Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University. Dr. McGill utilizes a prevention science approach to study community-based education focused on supporting healthy relationships through mindfulness and strengths-based programming.


Keynote presenter Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., is an NCFR Fellow and CFLE Emeritus. She has been a faculty member at Purdue University in human development and family studies for 31 years, working with Cooperative Extension, teaching in and outside the classroom, and training other family professionals. Dr. Myers-Walls' teaching and research pursuits include Family Life Education and educational program delivery strategies, cultural contexts of families and parents, talking to children about difficult topics, and online education for at-risk families—especially related to divorce/separation or abuse/neglect. Read full bio.


Rachel Odomes

Rachel Odomes, B.S., is the Partnership Coordinator for the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Project. She has been associated with the AHMRE project for over 10 years. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Adult Education. She enjoys providing support to the initiative’s partners, making connections within the community, and spending time with her daughter, Cora.


Elizabeth Ramsey, Ph.D., CFLE, is a Professor at Tennessee Technological University in Human Ecology. She leads the concentration of Family and Consumer Science Education along with contributing to the concentration of Child Development and Family Relations. Additionally, Dr. Ramsey is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) and a Rule 31 Family Mediator. She is a dual licensed educator in Tennessee carrying endorsements in both Kindergarten through sixth grade and Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She is a master trainer in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care. Dr. Ramsey’s research and project interests include: the training and education of foster parents, social health education in public school systems, implementation of Trauma Informed Care in helping professions, the mitigation and prevention of ACEs, and building resilience in children and families who have experienced ACEs and/or trauma. Dr. Ramsey is a published author in several academic journals, and is currently under contract writing a textbook titled Family and Consumer Sciences: Preventative and Restorative Education. Dr. Ramsey resides in Cookeville with her husband, Paul. They have four children, and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time on the lake and traveling with her family.

Audrey Reid serves as an Extension Associate for the TIPPS team. With a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and an M.S. in Sociology, Audrey brings a wealth of knowledge about community systems and a passion for equity. In her role as the project manager, Audrey develops content about child development, family relationships, and attachment, assists in the development of educational materials, coordinates trainings, and organizes the day-to-day activities of the project.  


Izzy Thornton

Izzy Thornton is the data manager for the TIPPS program and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University. Her research area of emphasis includes children’s agency and the impacts of social inequality. Her background includes more than ten years in applied social sciences in Mississippi, including work with the Social Science Research Center’s Survey Research Laboratory and the Family and Children’s Research Unit at Mississippi State. Izzy holds a B.S. in Sociology, a B.S.W. in Social Work, and an M.S. in Sociology from Mississippi State University. 


Angie Walston is the coordinator of the online Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies at Maryville University.  She is a CFLE with over a decade of experience working with children and families in a variety of contexts from the non-profit sector to the university setting. Her passions are training parents and students in reflective practice, child development, proactive parenting strategies and healthy family patterns, as well as facilitating a deeper compassion and insight toward families and the challenges they face in our increasingly complex world.


Cynthia Wilson, Ph.D., CFLE, is the Executive Director of the Florida Center for Prevention Research at Florida State University, where she has directed and evaluated multiple private, state, and federally-funded projects in the areas of sexual violence prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, and juvenile delinquency prevention.


Toni Schindler Zimmerman

Toni Schindler Zimmerman, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Professor in the Human Development Family Studies Department at Colorado State University. She is a CSU Distinguished Teaching Scholar and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program which is nationally accredited. She is one of the Co-Directors and developers of the award winning Campus Connections Youth Mentoring program.  Dr. Zimmerman’s research centers around mentoring youth and centering diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and mentoring. She has served as faculty and Dean for the Semester at Sea Study Abroad Program. Integrating a global perspective is central to Dr. Zimmerman’s work. She is a dedicated teacher and researcher who brings community and university together in many collaborative ways.