Adriane Ransom, MA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and the owner/director of Bloom Pediatrics, a unique indoor-outdoor private practice in West Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (1997) and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (2000). Her specialty areas include Autism Spectrum Disorders, executive functioning, feeding challenges, gifted and twice exceptional children, handwriting and fine motor skills, Sensory Processing Disorders, and social skills support. Adriane has advanced training in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice, holds an Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, and Intervention (SWC) and is trained in DIR/Floortime and SENG-Model Parent Groups. As a SENG-Model Parent Group Master Facilitator, Adriane offers support to families raising gifted children. Her efforts in this area were recognized as she was presented with the 2018 SMPG Facilitator of the Year award. Over the past six years, together with Kasi Peters, Adriane has co-facilitated SENG-Model Parent Groups and presented to schools and parent groups on a variety of topics related to giftedness. They also founded Square Pegs, an educational consulting service dedicated to helping families looking for alternative education plans, and Westside of Los Angeles Gifted Group, an in-person and online resource for parents of gifted children. Adriane lives in West Los Angeles with her husband and four children, three of whom have been identified as highly gifted.
Kasi Peters, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist with 20 years of experience working in pediatric music therapy. She has co-authored the Individualized Music Therapy Assessment Protocol, and is co-author of a number of chapters in different music therapy books. Kasi holds a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education through University of California Irvine and currently serves on the Board of Directors for SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Profoundly Gifted Retreat. As a SENG-Model Parent Group Master Facilitator, Kasi co-facilitates support groups for families raising gifted children. Her efforts in this area were recognized as she was presented with the 2017 SMPG Facilitator of the Year award. Over the past six years, together with Adriane Ransom, Kasi has co-facilitated SENG-Model Parent Groups and presented to schools and parent groups on a variety of topics related to giftedness. They also founded Square Pegs, an educational consulting service dedicated to helping families looking for alternative education plans, and Westside of Los Angeles Gifted Group, an in-person and online resource for parents of gifted children. She lives in Culver City with her husband and two highly gifted children.
Dr. Vula Baliotis is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Torrance, CA. Certified through SENG, she specializes in conducting psychotherapy and consultations with gifted and creative adults, adolescents, and children. She also conducts psychological and educational assessments, specializing in testing gifted youth. Additionally, Dr. Baliotis works with women who are involuntarily childless, professionals in high-pressure jobs, individuals who are estranged from their families of origin, and adopted individuals and their families.
Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center, a psycho-educational clinic in the Bay Area specializing in the needs of gifted, creative, and 2e students – as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Daniels specializes in the social and emotional development of gifted children and adolescents, intensity and sensitivity of gifted individuals across the lifespan, and the development of creative potential. Dr. Daniels is co-author of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013), and co-editor and co-author of Living with Intensity (Great Potential Press, 2008). Her most recent book on visual learning and teaching was published by Free Spirit Publishing. Dr. Daniels is also a Co-founder of Camp Summit a residential summer camp for gifted youth.
Sharon Duncan provides coaching and consultation to parents, teachers, schools, and districts to help them meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. She also provides advice to parents on a variety of educational decisions, including homeschooling set-up and support. Sharon’s journey into studying “gifted land” began out of the necessity of trying to meet the needs of her exceptional children. During that process, she recognized the common challenges faced by the parents of gifted children. This fueled her drive to find a way to support the development of gifted children and their parents in a world that does not always recognize their needs, and often unknowingly misinterprets their behaviors. Sharon is a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, and serves on the Mensa Youth Programming Committee. She has served on the Board of Trustees at a private k-8 school, and as President of the School Site Council for a public elementary school. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for a private k-12 school for highly gifted children, and is a member of SENG, the California Association for the Gifted, the National Association for the Gifted, the Profoundly Gifted Retreat and American MENSA. Sharon regularly presents at schools, school districts, organizations, and state and national conferences on various topics about gifted children. Sharon studied at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, earning her B.S. in Business Management/Organizational Behavior, and a Minor in Government Contract Law. She went on to spend 26 years working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she experienced a variety of careers, including Project Manager, Section Manager, Contract Negotiator, Process Re-engineering Specialist, Disaster Recovery Architect, and is a NASA certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Cam Werley-Gonzales’ professional passion is seeking creative methods to provide gifted learners with options to achieve their true potential, all while doing her part to repair the misconceptions the world has about gifted learners. Cam has spent the past twenty years as an educator, the last fifteen as an independent school teacher and a secondary school administrator. She founded the Academy for Gifted Girls (housed at Alverno Heights Academy) in 2013. Cam frequently speaks at Gifted Conferences such as SENG and CAG, on a variety of gifted subjects. Her areas of expertise include Personalized Learning & Non-Traditional Curriculum Design. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of four gifted children, whose journey has included home-schooling and early college.
Cynthia Z. Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice specializing in gifted and creative individuals with executive function delays, ADHD, dyslexia, and complex learning profiles. An award-winning educator, SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and advocate, Ms. Hansen consults with public and private schools about individual students and offering professional development and parent workshops. A California credentialed educator for over 35 years, Cindy received her Master of Education and Teaching Certificates from UCLA, her post-Masters Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from UCSB and is currently a doctoral student at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. Ms. Hansen is president of Tri-County GATE Council in the CA Pacific Region and an advisory board member for the Association of Educational Therapists, and The G Word movie due for release in 2021.
Beth M. Houskamp, Ph.D. spent over 20 years as a faculty member training graduate students in clinical psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching and research, on the needs of gifted children, as well as developing and administering an interdisciplinary clinic focused on assessment and treatment of gifted children. She is currently retired and lives in the San Bernardino mountains.
Dr. Michael Postma is Programming Director for the SENG Organization. A consultant, speaker, and author, Dr. Postma is dedicated to the holistic development of twice-exceptional children and other non-typical learners through his company’sAgility Educational Solutionsand newest ventureGifted Lives Matter.Over the last two decades, Dr. Postma has worked as both a teacher and administrator in the public school system and is the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program, a magnet school for highly and profoundly gifted students. He currently lives in Surf City, SC and is the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional. His latest book,The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Studentsis published through Royal Fireworks Press.
Nicole A. Tetreault, PhD is a neuroscientist, author, meditation teacher, and international speaker on topics of neurodiversity, neurodevelopment, creativity, mental health, and wellness. Dr. Tetreault received her PhD from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in biology specializing in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. As the founder of Awesome Neuroscience, she is dedicated to translating the most promising neuroscience and positive psychology for individuals to live their best life. Dr. Tetreault has authored and co-authored numerous academic papers on intelligence, autism, brain evolution, neuroanatomy, neuroinflammation, brain development, and behavior in journals such as Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience, Annals in New York Academy of Sciences, European Journal of Neuroscience, and Intelligence. Her science writings can be found in 2e Newsletter, Variations Magazine, SENG Newsletter, Gifted Unlimited, and Great Potential Press. Television credits include guest appearances on Addiction Unplugged on A&E and 100 Humans, a Netflix Original Series. Dr. Tetreault designed Beyond the Cell, a transformative program to rehabilitate incarcerated women through teaching guided meditation, neuroscience, literature, and expressive writing to cultivate positive neural, mental, and behavioral patterns for healing. Beyond the Cell was inspired by PEN America’s free expression mission, and the organization’s work with incarcerated people. She is completing her first book, Feeling Color: A Field Guide to Diverse Minds, which explores groundbreaking research examining the experiences of unique, creative, and intense brains through interviews, storytelling, and literary science, while advocating for new directions and dialogue of human and neurodiversity. For more about Nicole, please visit nicoletetreault.com.
Judy Wiener, MSW, BCD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a private psychotherapy practice in Agoura Hills. She has specialized in working with gifted and twice exceptional children, teens, and adults for almost twenty years, along with her general practice. In addition to counseling and consultation, Judy speaks to groups of parents, teachers, counselors and mental health professionals about a range of issues related to giftedness. Previously she provided mental health services in agencies and schools. Judy has extensive training through SENG as a mental health professional and as a master facilitator and facilitator trainer for SENG-model parent discussion groups. For more than fifteen years she has led SENG groups and is still inspired by the powerful impact they have on parents and families.Since 2001, Judy has been involved with the GATE program in Oak Park Unified School District, serving on the GATE District Advisory Committee since its beginning. A past Co-President of the Tri-County GATE Council and active in various roles there, she was honored by the California Association for the Gifted with a Distinguished Service Award.