Heather Thibault is from Plattsburgh, New York and started her leadership journey 14 years ago seeking support for her family through the weekly Parents Anonymous® group and specialized children’s program that she and her son continue to attend. She is an exceptional advocate for parents involved in the child welfare system and those struggling to get their children’s needs met in public schools and those with special needs challenges. Heather is on the leadership group of the National Coalition on Parent Advocacy in Child Protective Services, the Chair of the National Parent Leadership Team®, editor of the Across the Nations newsletter, creator of the Parent Leadership Network on Facebook, and presented at many state and national conferences on the empowerment of parents and making a difference by changing systems. Her expertise is on effective public education, vital child welfare systems reform, and responsive special education.
Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin
Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin is President and CEO of the National Center on Shared Leadership® and Parents Anonymous® Inc. Since 1992 she has been leading a worldwide movement of advocacy, research and system change through evidence-based programming on parent and shared leadership®, the weekly support groups of Parents Anonymous® and the specialized programs for children and youth, and the National Parent Helpline®. She has personally and professionally benefited from the wisdom, expertise and shared leadership® of many thousands of Parents worldwide to ensure the creation, management and support of meaningful services and systems that empower, inspire and strengthen families and communities.