ECPC is comprised of professionals in the fields of
mental health, early childhood development, and
parent education who volunteer their time and
expertise because of a deep commitment to
and passion for helping families.
Helen Reid, M.A., LCSW
Helen joined the Clinical Social Work staff in the Department of Psychiatry (Thalian Mental health Center) at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She subsequently became the Executive Director for the Early Childhood Center in the Children’s Division. She filled this post until 2000. Helen has created and produced a nationally known series of educational discs for parents of young children, “Is My Baby O.K.?” She continues a private practice in West Los Angeles.
Janet Schulman, M.S.W. M.P.A.
Janet Schulman is a recognized leader in nonprofit management. She was the founding ED of a major mentoring agency; transformed and reorganized underperforming agencies into dynamic organizations with new programs and funding resources to meet community needs, and she successfully led diverse groups of board members, volunteers, staff and community groups to achieve goals through strategic thinking and effective communication. Janet teaches nonprofit leadership in an MBA program and in new Executive Director Institutes.
Lisa Taub, L.C.S.W.
Lisa has worked with children and their families for more than 25 years. She holds a BA in Child Development and a MSW from Boston University. Her professional Social Work career has always been focused on families with young children. She has vast experience working with community based nonprofits and has held a variety of positions ranging from providing direct services to program administration and supervision. Her educational and professional experience combines a deep understanding of early child development, parenting and clinical perspectives.
Leslie Silverstein, M.A., M.S.W.
Leslie has a B.A. in Linguistics from UCLA and a double Masters in Social Work and Jewish Communal Services from USC and Hebrew Union College. Her work experience includes being a Trilingual Tour Guide at Sea World, Assistant Director of Admissions at American Jewish University, Program Director at Los Angeles Hillel Council, Pre-school Teacher, and Parent & Me Instructor. Leslie grew up in Mexico City, has four children and is the proud grandmother of a baby girl. She has been with ECPC since June 2013.
Nikki worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter for over 6 ½ years. During that time Nikki held various roles, MedicAlert + Safe Return Associate, Physician Outreach Manager and lastly Latino Outreach Manager. While at the Alzheimer’s Association she also led a support group in which she gained enormous experience working with families. She has a B.S in Community Outreach from Hunter College, City University of New York. Nikki grew up in Queens, NY and now lives in Santa Monica with her husband and daughter.
Lezlie received her BA in 1966 from the USC School of Education and soon after began volunteering with ECPC (formerly ECC). She received her training as an Early Childhood Development Specialist at the Thalian Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and the Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic Pre-School and in 1977 became a group leader for ECPC. In 1985, she and her husband Richard founded the Atlas Family Foundation, dedicated to funding high-impact early childhood intervention programs within Los Angeles County.
Caitlin Blue, M.A. MFT
Caitlin is a co-leader of parenting groups at ECPC as well as seeing individual ECPC clients, parents and children, for therapy and psycho-education around parenting and it’s challenges. She is also a therapist in private practice. She graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles with a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development as well as Community Psychology. She is currently supplementing her interest in child-parent dynamics by training to become a RIE facilitator after benefitting as a mother and a clinician. Caitlin feels strongly that a well-attuned bond between child and parent is crucial for family success and enjoyment. She is committed to helping children and parents enjoy growing together.
Kadie Bogart, MA, LMFT
Kadie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from University of Michigan and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She is trained as a Child Development Specialist, as well as a Behavior Interventionist. She has counseled and worked with both typical developing and developmentally delayed children in various settings in Santa Monica. In addition to working at ECPC, Kadie also has a private practice.
Judy Dubin, M.A.
Judy has a B.A. in Elementary Education from UCLA and a M.A. in Educational Psychology –Early Childhood Education from CSUN. She received her ECPC training in 1980. Her extensive work in the field includes 9 years as a teacher in LAUSD and 16 years as Child Life Specialist at Kaiser Hospital. She has been a Parent/Infant/Toddler group leader at various locations in the San Fernando Valley for 16 years and taught courses in Child Developments and LA Valley College and CSUN. She has served on the Board and as President for the San Fernando Valley Child Care Consortium and the Association of Child Development Specialists and was co-director of Good Beginnings Parenting Center in Woodland Hills. A mother and grandmother, Judy is passionate about music, working with children, learning, and her family.
Linda Glasser, M.S.W. L.C.S.W.
Linda graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a Masters of Social Welfare degree and received her license as a Clinical Social Worker in 1989. In 1991 she completed her training in early childhood development at the Early Childhood Center at Thalians Mental Health Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center in the Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic Preschool and B.E.I.G. intervention and evaluation program. She has worked for the L.A. County Department of Mental Health and in private practice providing psychotherapy for children and adults. In addition, she consults with preschools and leads parent groups. Currently she works for an agency as a supervisor of in-home interventionists and provides family treatment and guidance for parents and children with special needs. Linda believes that “each child deserves the best possible start for healthy growth and development.”
Emily Glickman- , M.A. MFT
During her undergraduate studies, Emily worked as a Child Life assistant with hospitalized children and their families at UCLA medical Center and at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from USC in 1998, Emily worked in the Child and Adult Psychiatry Department at Stanford University Medical Center. She went on to earn her Masters in Family Therapy (MFT) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Emily joined ECPC in 2006, where she has been leading infant/toddler groups, as well as other groups in the West Los Angeles community. Emily and her husband are raising two young children here on the Westside.
Elinor Jewett, MA, MFTI
Elinor received her BS in Psychology from Vassar College in 1987. Shortly after she became a parent, she returned to school to obtain her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She has been working as a group leader for over three years, co-leading toddler groups and facilitating parenting groups in homeless shelters as part of ECPC’s outreach program.
Barbara Kingsley, M.A., M.F.T.
Barbara received her MFT in 1984 and has since been in private practice working with individuals, parents, couples and families. Her involvement with ECPC began 23 years ago where she was trained in Early Childhood Education and Attachment theory and where she continues to serve as a Toddler group leader and as the Toddler Group Coordinator. She has two sons, and three grandchildren whom she says “I adore, but who often keep me grounded in knowing how challenging it can be to raise children today. I believe in the process of parenting, growing with children as we learn from and with them along the way.”
Bernice received her B.A. in childhood development in 1980 and received her training as a Child Development Specialist with ECPC (formerly ECC) at the Thalian Mental Health Center of Cedars Sinai. In addition to leading infant parenting groups she is the coordinator of the parent coaching Warm Line, a free telephone service for parents with children from infancy to 6 yrs.
Maxine Mintzer, Ph.D, L.C.S.W.
Maxine received her MSW in 1978 and PhD in 1999 and has been in private practice for 18 years, specializing in children and their families. She also does private supervision of professionals working with children and has been on the faculty of the Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy. She has been affiliated with ECPC since 1989 and has served as a parenting group leader, Warm Line supervisor and clinical supervisor for the intern/traineeship program.
Vanessa R. Schor-Yakobian, M.S., LMFT
Vanessa received her B.A. in Social Psychology from U.C.L.A and an M.S. from California State Northridge in 1980. Vanessa worked at Cheerful Helpers part of the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai. She also worked at The Maple Center in Beverly Hills counseling families, children, and individuals for 6 years. While she took time off to raise two children, she collaborated with several colleagues in researching, filming and writing articles on mother-infant bonding, attachment and separation. She is currently running a Parenting Group for ECPC.
Madeline Schwarzman, M.A. M.F.T
Madeline received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch College and then in 1976 her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy after which she worked in private practice for 5 years. She has been facilitating the Parent/Toddler group at First Presbyterian Nursery School since 1992. She is also a certified Teacher of Nonviolent Parenting and Education. Since 2007 she has been co-leading the parenting group for ECPC at Gramercy House, a transitional housing center for teenage mothers. “Working in the field of parenting and being a mom of two daughters (now in their twenties), I have enormous respect for the joys and struggles we each encounter as parents.”
Julia Socolovsky, MFTI
Julia was born and raised in Argentina. After moving to Israel in 2002, she received her BA in social work from the university of Haifa in 2006. She worked with families and children. In 2008 she moved to the US where she received her MFT Master’s Degree. Since then she’s been working with individuals, families and children from all ages in different settings and organizations. She was trained at ECPC in 2011 and has been involved with the center since then.
Agnes Tomita Thaler, M.A. M.F.T.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Agnes spent several years working with AADAP (Asian American Drug Abuse Program), the Asian Pacific Mental Health Clinic and Shanti (Aids counseling) before coming to ECPC in 1995 for training in early childhood development. Soon after she began co-leading toddler parenting groups and has continued to do so over the years. A mother of two sons, Agnes believes strongly in the importance of good parent/child relationships. An important goal for her is ‘to help parents feel confident in their parenting’.
Susan Winfield, M.A., M.F.T.
Susan graduated from Boston College in 1987 and received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2009. Susan has studied and trained extensively in Somatic Psychotherapy at the Integrative Body Psychotherapy Institute in Venice, California. In addition, Susan has been trained in early childhood development and has been co-leading groups at The Early Childhood Parenting Center since 2010. Susan has a private practice in Venice, California working with adolescents, adults and couples. Susan is a mother of two 10 year olds who continue to completely inspire her in her work.