TIMOTHY J. ALLEN, M.A.
Tim Allen’s career has come full circle from being a high school administrator, to a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital administrator, and back as executive director of the Carlston Family Foundation, a nonprofit committed to recognize and reward outstanding teachers in California public high schools. The Foundation selects five teachers annually who are each awarded $20,000, nominated by former students who believe their teachers had a significant personal and academic impact on their lives. As high school administrator, Tim created one of the first Student Assistance Programs in the United States, which became the model for over 200 high school substance abuse prevention, education and training programs throughout the United States. Tim is the co-author of Powerful Parents…Competent Kids and in his currently capacity is working closely with several California State University Schools of Education to impact teacher preparation programs and, most recently, is supervising secondary education student teachers.
BARBARA KROVITZ-NEREN, MA
Barbara Krovitz-Neren, has worked in the addiction field and been a youth and parenting advocate for over 30 years. She was co-founder and director of Children Are People Inc., where she created a support group model for elementary and middle school age youth at risk and for children of alcoholics. She trained individuals in school districts, community social service agencies, and parent groups in Minnesota, nationally, and internationally. As a pioneer in the prevention field, she has created programs that have impacted over 50,000 youth and families. She has developed a new program through her work with thousands of children, adolescents, young adults, and parents called “Foundational Parenting.” She has a Master’s degree in counseling, an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, completed a two year program in alcoholism and chemical dependency, completed a one year program specializing in family system dynamics, and has studied Mindful Based Stress Reduction for adults and children. She has piloted her new innovative parenting program in Recovery High School for parents, sober living programs and has coached parents using this model. She is writing a book teaching parents how to rebuild their foundation using 5 Steps of Foundational Parenting. Her work on behalf of the children and families she has served has earned her outstanding recognition awards throughout the years. http://competentparents.com/
In the early 1980's Jael Greenleaf’s identified Adult Children of Alcoholics as a unique population with the landmark booklet “Co-alcoholic, para-alcoholic: Who's who and what's the difference? The Importance of Appropriate Terminology and Etiological Differentiation in ... From Families with Alcoholism Syndrome.” For the first time, this group was identified and characterized by the symptoms they share in common.