Advisory Board and Instructors
Violet Giannone -Program Director and Lead Instructor
Violet is a Registered Nurse and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She is Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Regional Representative for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Professional Member of the National Sleep Foundation and Member of the International Association of Complementary Therapists, and Published Author of Baby Sleep Training in 7 Days. Violet is dedicated to training qualified and successful sleep consultants through the Sleep, Baby, Sleep® Consultant Certification Program. To learn more about Violet read here….
Mindee Hardin- Business Coach
Mindee is the owner of Juicebox Consulting where she helps Mom inventors through the joys and trials of bringing their ideas to life while they juggle the heart tugs and demands of a family. She has been an entrepreneur for 12 years and most widely known for her success as the inventor of Boogie Wipes, saline wipes for kids stuffy noses. After taking on a business partner, investor and 12 employees, her idea hit $15 Million in sales in 2011 and was acquired shortly after by Nehemiah Manufacturing. Mindee has been featured on the Today Show, The Big Idea, Good Morning America, Fox News and in People Magazine, The NY Times, Entrepreneur.com, Inc and Forbes. Recently, she was the keynote speaker for the Disney Moms Social Media Conference and Entrepreneur Uprising. In 2014, she earned the Spirit of Entrepreneurship award for her work with Oregon youth through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. She was a featured as an Entrepreneur of the Year at the Oregon Entrepreneur Summit, in August, 2016 and speaks regularly to MBA classes, Moms groups and Entrepreneur clubs. Mindee’s first book, Boogie Wiped, trailing the lessons she’s learned in business in motherhood, released summer 2015. Her husband, Scott, is in his 22nd year at Intel and together they revel in the blended family blessings of coaching, scouting, feeding, growing and taxi cabbing their 6 kids through one adventure to the next. Visit her website www.juiceboxconsulting.com
Lisa Fernandes- Instructional Designer, Certified Teacher, Marketing Expert
Lisa is a certified pediatric sleep consultant whose professional background includes certification as an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has also created and managed content for various organizations for almost 2 decades. She has specifically worked in web content creation and e-learning course design as well as corporate training and project management (web, broadcast, print projects) for much of that time. She also has a keen interest in, and keeps up to date on marketing and digital marketing trends, practices and technologies. As an experienced learning and development professional, Lisa was tasked with re-organizing and re-imagining the original Sleep, Baby, Sleep Certification Program and supplementing it with new content, and a new assessment and evaluation strategy, whilst applying principles of adult education, providing a new, cohesive learning experience for students. Learn more about Lisa www.wakewindows.com
Nicole Torrence- Certified Sleep Consultant and Daycare Expert
Nicole Torrence, originally from Germany, came to the United States in 2006 as an au pair where she started working with 4 month old triplets. In 2008 she started studying child development and worked with individual babies and multiples (twins and triplets) for 6 years. Nicole has her Bachelors Degree in Child Development and currently works at a daycare as a lead teacher. In July of 2014 she gave birth to her son. Nicole is also a certified sleep consultant and an expert on daycare schedules and routines. She knows the importance of the involvement of daycare with the sleep training process. For more information about Nicole please visit her website www.sleepbabyowl.com
Catherine Kerrigan- Child Development Specialist
Catherine is the proud and energetic mother of six children who are rapidly and successfully transiting through teenage years into adulthood. Catherine is originally from Dublin, Ireland where she was trained and certified in the field of early childhood education through the proven philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori.
Catherine’s credentials include Early Childhood Educator and Montessori Teacher. Child Development Specialist. Postpartum Doula with Advanced Training Certification for Multiples. Certified Sleep Consultant and Lactation Educator. She is also a Certified HUG Your Baby Teacher. Learn more about Catherine and view her website www.allaboutthesleep.com
Meyleen Velasquez- Perinatal Mental Health Specialist
Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, RPT-S specializes in infant and maternal mental health. She is passionate about helping families with young children to thrive. She has served as the Chair of the Florida chapter of Postpartum Support International, on a committee of the Florida Infant Mental Health Association, and as the president for the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She co-authored a chapter in the book “Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide” on the considerations of touch with an abused infant. Having worked as part of the Miami Child Well-Being Court Model, Meyleen has served as an expert witness in the areas of infant mental health and play therapies.
She is passionate about creating positive communities through the use of age and population appropriate interventions and hopes to continue advancing the field of perinatal mental health. Meyleen is an advocate for pediatric sleep and the benefits of sleep training on maternal health. You can learn more about her at www.hummingbirdcounseling.com
Kelly Robson, Certified Sleep Consultant and Safe With You Instructor
Since graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kelly has spent the last 18 years in different training capacities, helping families adjust to life with newborns, solving sleep issues, and overcoming potty training nightmares.
In 2006, she became a certified Sign2Me Instructor through Dr. Joseph Garcia’s SIGN with your BABY® program. She launched Kelly’s Little Signers, to teach parents and childcare providers how to communicate with preverbal infants and toddlers through American Sign Language. She began teaching classes at local hospitals, colleges, childcare centers, and in-home day cares. Although her name has changed, her signing classes have not! To date, she has taught thousands of parents and providers how to sign with babies and toddlers.
In 2009 Kelly became a certified Happiest Baby Educator to teach parents and providers how to calm babies and help them sleep longer.
In addition to being a Baby Sleep Consultant, Kelly recently became a certified Infant Massage Instructor and has enjoyed teaching parents about the soothing power of touch. In addition to baby sign language workshops, she provides several different training classes for Nebraska providers including: Safe With You (preventing SIDS, Abusive Head Trauma, and Child Abuse & Neglect), Love & Logic, and Emergency Preparedness classes. Learn more about Kelly www.babyblissconsulting.com