Volunteer Staff

The small but mighty staff of Attachment Parenting International (API) is made up of a core group of volunteers dedicated to the Eight Principles and to promoting Attachment Parenting in the community. Their hard work can only continue with support from members and donors like you. Won't you consider helping them continue their good work?

Contacting Us

Attachment Parenting International 
P.O. Box 973 
Bristol, TN 37621 
Phone 615-398-2740

If you have a comment or concern, or want to help with a project, feel free to contact us directly by email, by leaving a message at (800) 850-8320, or, if you are unsure which person you need to contact, by submitting a message on our Contact Us page. We will return your email or phone message as soon as possible. You may also wish to check out API's FAQ section for answers to many common questions.

Volunteer Staff Directory

The following teams make up API's Volunteer Staff. For a list of available volunteer positions amongst these teams, review our volunteer descriptions.

Samantha Gray

Executive Director
Business Management Team Coordinator


Attachment Parenting International's Executive Director and Business Management Coordinator, Samantha Gray, works with API's staff, Board of Directors and Business Management Team members to ensure that our organization is continuing to meet the mission and vision of API. She also ensures that all aspects of our organization are running efficiently and effectively.

She welcomes comments and concerns about API or information that you might not be able to address with another staff member.

Art Yuen

Business Development Team Coordinator
Journal of Attachment Parenting Research Editor
Research Fluency Editor

Art Yuen is API's Knowledge Coordinator and an API accredited leader of API NYC. She holds a degree in finance-accounting and practiced business analysis and research in the financial industry before shifting her focus to the social sciences and parenting fields.  Art serves API in business roles and is increasingly involved in initiatives to develop, compile and disseminate API’s research base.  She lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

Rita Brhel

Special Projects


Rita helps with special projects. She was our Publications Team Lead for many years and served as Managing Editor of The Attached Family and APtly Said as well as various editorial projects.

She and her husband have 3 kids and live near Hastings, Nebraska, USA, where Rita works as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Rita is also a member of the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition's Leadership Team and Community Breastfeeding Initiative Taskforce, and a member of Breastfeeding USA's Editorial Review Board. Rita volunteers as an API Resource Leader and a peer counselor for Sidelines High Risk Pregnancy Support Network.

Christy Sensenig

Office Manager/ Volunteer Liaison/ Professional Liaison Assistant

Christy is part of the API team and provides assistance in various areas: Office Manager, Volunteer Liaison and Professional Liaison Assistant. She has experience and certification in working with children that have intellectual differences and their families, and with children in foster/adoptive care. She is currently traveling full-time with her family in a 38-ft motor home with the world as their backyard.

Lisa Ricciuti

Independent Consultant for AP Group Leadership Preparation

Lisa is available to guide the preparation process for those interested in becoming AP support group leaders. Lisa works with parents and professionals from the beginning of their process, learns more about their understanding of Attachment Parenting, level of empathy, and leadership abilities, and assists them as they complete the process of becoming local support group leaders.

Lisa Ricciuti has worked with API for 15 years as the Leader Applicant Liaison and an accredited Leader. Lisa has guided hundreds of applicants through API’s accreditation program while helping over 130 parents become official support group leaders. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication as well as a Master’s of Education with a focus on School Counseling. Lisa has spent the last several years studying yogic philosophy and teaching meditation classes through The Unschool of Yoga which naturally compliments her work mentoring parents. She believes that the process of peer-to-peer support is important for the well-being of a family which is vital to the health of the larger community. Lisa is inspired by all of the applicants who are willing to share their parenting struggles and successes and is grateful to have the opportunity to share resources and teachings based on API’s Principles of Parenting and non-violent communication techniques. Lisa is a highly intuitive, compassionate and empathetic listener who supports each applicant to find her(his) inner voice while seeing the possibilities that speak to her(his) specific family’s needs, wants and desires.

Please contact Lisa at lisa@riveroflovecoaching.com if you are interested in her AP support group leader guidance.

Bhavna Singh

Legal Assistance/Trademark Consulting

Bhavna_LA_0.jpgBhavna Singh is a legal professional, with LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law. She also has experience in Antitrust Law, Information Technology Law and completed her Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Certificate Program from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Minneapolis. Bhavna has experience working as a legal counsel, legal consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as an attorney with a law firm. Bhavna is an avid supporter of breastfeeding, babywearing and Attachment Parenting. Bhavna enjoys spending time in nature, clicking photographs, traveling to new places, reading books with her toddler and learning about spirituality. 

Naomi Davidson

Technology Support

Naomi has a B.S. in Business Management and brings 20 years of professional technology experience to API. She currently works from home full-time as an IT Business Analyst for Burkhart Dental Supply which she has been employed with since 2001. Naomi’s motto in life is "Be passionate." She feels that volunteering for API and serving as an  API Leader, is the best way to feed both her passions -- Attachment Parenting and Technology. Naomi is happily married with 4 adult step-children that she loves as her own and 2 young daughters who are her life at home. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and exploring nature with her family.

Veena Kumaraswamy

Technology Support

Veena Kumaraswamy is a Freelance web developer,bookkeeper and a preschool teacher with a diverse experience of over 12 years.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from an University in India. 

She believes in the principles of Attachment Parenting and tries to get the word out for new parents and the benefits of it for the entire family.In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, cook, play tennis and cross country ski.

Tina McRorie

Parent Education Training Coordinator

Tina McRorie is the leader of Monterey Bay Parenting and an Accredited Attached at the Heart Parenting Educator. Before becoming involved with API, she earned degrees in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and New College of California and worked as a social worker in the foster care system.

When not volunteering for API or working on launching her parenting education career, Tina enjoys reading, dancing, singing, hosting playdates, which, now that her two boys are teens, are called “hanging out,” eating the delicious food her husband Jeff makes, and napping. Tina’s family lives in Soquel, California, USA with three wonderful cats and their Corgi mix, Moxie.

Jennifer Yarbrough

Jennifer, mom of twin three year old boys, holds a BS in Business Administration and has a background in advertising and sales, with experience working at two universities. Jennifer is currently working on her API Leader accreditation and works part-time from home as a virtual assistant. She is passionate about attachment parenting and hopes to be able to help parents, especially parents of multiples and/or children with special needs, learn more about attachment parenting. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and twins, who always keep her laughing and learning.

Alexis Santman

Educational Materials Development

I am the mom of a wonderfully wild 2 year old son named Cash. I have a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a focus on Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I currently work part time for a Chiropractor and am so fortunate to be able to do a lot of that work from home. I love being a mom more than anything, am a proud supporter of Attachment Parenting and love finding ways to share the messages of API. My husband Shane, Cash and I love to go camping, and love traveling pretty much anywhere there is a beach to be played on.

Tina Metsala

In June 2015, Tina obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical & Professional Writing through Indiana University-East. While there, she became a member of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. She has an Associate’s Degree from Rasmussen College for the Medical Administrative Assistant program. She has worked as a medical secretary at a clinic near Minneapolis, MN for 18 years. She is currently working two internship programs: one as a technical writer for a medical technology and services company, and the other as a writing and editorial intern for a book publisher. With these two internships, along with the research work she is doing for API, she is not only gaining invaluable experience but determining which type of work she intends to pursue as a career in the writing industry. In her free time, she works part-time as a store clerk. She enjoys hanging out at home with her husband and “the kids” (their two dogs, one cat, and seven chickens).

Bryce Arghiere

Web Content Editor

Bryce is a North Carolina native who loves the Appalachian Mountains, where he once lived, as well as the parks and bike paths around his new home in Raleigh. His B.A. in English helped prepare him for his current job as a Technical Writer. He has also worked as a Copy Editor, and generally enjoys creating, studying, and immersing himself in language. This passion spurred his desire to begin studying Spanish last year.

Alma L. Ramos-Gilbert

Spanish Translator – Project Based

Alma L. Ramos-Gilbert has a BS in Communication with a double major in Spanish. She's also a Social Worker, graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work. Alma is a native Spanish speaker and originally from Puerto Rico. She recently moved from NYC to Omaha, NE, where she hopes to become involved with the local chapter in Lincoln. Having worked in the communications field since 1997, Alma enjoys helping others and using media outlets to express different points of views. Alma became interested in Attachment Parenting prior to the birth of her 3 year-old son in 2006. Alongside her husband, she has enjoyed actively practicing attachment parenting. The hardest thing about her son growing up according to Alma, is not being able to wear him any longer!

Marisa Lagrange

Grant Writer

Marisa Lagrange is a MSW Candidate at University of Southern California. Currently, she is a MSW Intern with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, focusing on social work skills on a macro level, like community organizing, policy, and advocacy. She is employed as a substitute teacher for Williamson County Schools in Tennessee. She has a special place in her heart for families with members with special needs, and for those battling addictions.

Laura Rasay Siasoco

Data Administrator 

Laura holds degrees in Chemistry and currently works as a bioanalytical chemist in a preclinical pharmaceutical laboratory. Her volunteering passions lie in data management, the optimization of data dissemination, and program research across a wide breadth of causes. Laura is thrilled to be a contributor for API and she is eager to learn the various attachment parenting tools and techniques as she volunteers - she looks forward to confidently applying what she learned to her own family and sharing them in her community.

Amanda Nicolosi

Project Support

Amanda has a BS degree from Georgia Tech and worked the past 11 years in the IT industry with focus in large database management systems. Mandy is now a full time stay at home mother. She and her son enjoy their days exploring nature and enjoying life. Mandy enjoys her drawing hobby and aspires to write children's books. Mandy has been an active member of API of North Fulton GA since 2006.

Victoria Davis

Grant Writing Team

Victoria Davis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Promotional Communications and a M.S. in Human Services. Her interests include family life education, writing and community service. Ms. Davis currently serves as an advocate for children and families in the nonprofit sector. She hopes to build stronger families and communities through the gifts she has been given. Some of her hobbies include singing, writing on her blog Live Positivelee, yoga and spending time with family. Ms. Davis looks forward to furthering her mission to inspire others as she joins the API team.

Dedra Keoshian

Forum Administrator

Dedra is the Administrator of Attachment Parenting International's Online Forums. The forums provide members of the AP community an opportunity to discuss API's Principles of Parenting, connect with others in their area, and much more. If you have any questions about the forums, or an interesting and creative idea for generating revenue through it, please contact Dedra.

Jenni Ascher

Teleseminar Transcriptionist

I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and I am mama to Joey, 6, and Ina, 2. I have been involved with API locally since my son was a baby. I have benefited from API in so many ways - being supported and offering support and also increasing my education as a parent. I love to give back to a great organization that has given me so much information over my years of parenting. I am a music educator by degree, and play marimba in my spare time. I am a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) and work from home in addition to staying home with my children. I will be using these skills to assist API in transcribing teleseminars to have these available in text format.

Julie Hunter

API's Spanish Translator

Julie is API's Spanish translator and has been working with the Leader Applicant Liaison to help Spanish-speaking applicants through the process of becoming leaders. She is currently working on translating API's Leader Guidelines into Spanish. Julie lived in Spain for five years before returning to the United States, where she worked as a Spanish professor before her daughter was born. She is excited about helping get the word out about API in Spanish-speaking countries. Please feel free to contact Julie if you have any questions or need anything translated into or from Spanish.

Julie es la traductora de español de API y ha estado trabajando con la Leader Applicant Liaison para ayudar a los candidatos con el proceso de convertirse en lideres de los grupos de apoyo. También traduce los Leader Guidelines de API al español. Julie vivió en España por cinco años antes de volver a EEUU, donde trabajó como profesora de español antes de empezar su familia. Julie está muy contenta al ayudar a promover API en los países de habla hispana. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Julie si tiene cualquier duda o pregunta, o si necesita algo traducido al/del español.

Lauren Osborne

Pinterest Community Manager

Lauren is responsible for the API Pinterest presence. This includes keeping Pinterest up to date with the most relevant API information and to keep it as an active source for those looking to learn about API. She is the mother of a sweet toddler little boy who keeps her on the go. Lauren has benefited immensely from API and hopes to provide ways for others to know about API. She is also in the process of becoming an API Leader. Lauren is an avid reader and enjoys the outdoors and family time with her husband, son and dog.

Maryam Jadali

Legal Advisor, Business Team

Maryam Jadali is an attorney, specializing in business law. She graduated law school magna cum laude. She also has a B.S. in Business Management from Stony Brook University, where she graduated with honors as well. Maryam has experience working as an attorney for small law firms, big international law firms, well-known international corporations, as well as volunteer lawyers associations. Maryam has a 2 year old daughter, Mina, whom she loves spending time with. Maryam enjoys the company of her family and friends, traveling to new and familiar places, reading and learning, and a good cup of coffee/tea. Maryam has a passion for children's rights and their right to be treated with respect, compassion and love. Maryam leads API's initiative to bring Attachment Parenting to those involved in the legal system and families in need.

Naomi Dwyer

Leader Focus Group, E&S Team

She is the mother of Owen, Emmett and Irene. She lives in Frederick Maryland where she co-leads the local API group. In addition to working with the leader focus group she also is a moderator on the API forums. Outside of her family and API activities she also runs a local chapter of a birth support group, helps administrate a peer to peer breastmilk sharing group and runs the FB based 'I Nursed in Public in Frederick, Maryland' to help normalize NIP in her area. She also blogs at standardspicywhatnot.blogspot.com

She enjoys cooking, sewing and painting. Naomi genuinely enjoys her time at home with her kids and adores being together with her middle school teacher husband, Brian.

Nilufer Devecigil

Turkish Translator

Nilufer Devecigil, M.A received Transpersonal Counseling Psychology degree from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. She has been a practicing psychotherapist specializing in parent-child relationships and developmental issues. She is currently working at Kuraldisi in Istanbul practicing play therapy. She also has her own private practice where she gives seminars on parenting and provides counseling for both children and adults. She has a 3.5 year old girl called Irmak.

Leigh Kaminski-Wohar

Instagram Community Manager

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Education. I am a proud stay-at-home Mama to my son, Luke Owen, who was born in May 2012. I didn't know much about Attachment Parenting before I had Luke, but my instinctual way of responding to him and raising him over the past year has led me to API. I am thrilled to be volunteering with so many wonderful, like-minded people.

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