Speakers Bureau


Upcoming Events

Conversations, Grand Rounds, Presentations, and Workshops on Babies, Children, Families, Communities, and Cultures 

Are you interested in bringing one of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s internationally sought-after experts to your organization or community? Our faculty are available for keynotes, plenaries, and workshops, in person or virtually. Keynotes and plenaries are typically 1 to 1 ½ hours long, and workshops can be scheduled for half-day or full-day sessions as needed.

If you work with newborns, babies, young children, or teens, and their families, contact Suzanne Otcasek to find out how you can bring one of our speakers to work with your group on topics such as:

  • birth equity and reproductive justice
  • culturally affirming approaches to child and family development
  • development and developmental delays
  • early relational and infant and parent mental health
  • strengths-based family and community engagement
  • father engagement and involvement
  • mental models and unsticking stuck systems
  • organizational learning and change
  • promoting positive cultural and racial identities
  • race, racism, and racial equity in education, health care, and social services
  • Indigenous wisdom and family engagement
  • social-emotional development in the early years
  • trauma-informed care and healing-centered engagement
  • whole family, whole community substance use disorder recovery

Meet Our Speakers

Eurnestine Brown, PhD

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Sampling of Dr. Brown’s recent talks:

  • Elevating Our Journey to Becoming Anti-Racist: Embracing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Access (EDIBA)
  • Thriving in the Midst: Centering Pediatric Health Equity
  • Developmental and Early Relational Belonging in Our Communities: Centering Racial Identities in Children and Families
  • Centering Black Joy and Excellence with our Children, Families, and Communities.​
  • Allyship and Racial Healing
Meet Eurnestine Brown

Dr. Eurnestine Brown brings a wealth of experience to her roles as Program Director and the first Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at BTC and as the Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Access in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She leads our efforts to become an anti-racist and inclusive center/division that promotes sustainable excellence by creating an organizational culture that is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

As a developmental psychologist with 25+ years of experience, Dr. Brown is dedicated to improving the lives of birthing people, families, infants, toddlers, and children — especially those who are racially and historically marginalized. She moderates BTC’s Parenting While Black webinars, which are part of the Family-to-Family Real Talk Series. She has extensive experience in research design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation, and all aspects of data collection, observation, and coding with infants, children, and families. She has consulted for nonprofit agencies, school districts, and child and adolescent clinics across the United States. She is a former Early Head Start/Head Start Program Director.

Dr. Brown is co-editor of African-American Women: An Ecological Perspective and has published papers in journals such as Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology. She is a Board Member for Infant Massage USA.

Hassan Daniel

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Sampling of Mr. Daniel’s recent talks:

  • Fatherhood in Crisis and the Remedy that Must Follow
  • Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse — The Silent Epidemic
  • Intentional Parenting: A Faith-Based Approach
  • The Male Cry: Seeing, Hearing, and Feeling the Challenges
  • Not Another Child — Identifying the Systemic Factors that Aid Child Sexual Abuse
Meet Hassan Daniel

Hassan A. Daniel is the Founder and CEO of The Father Factory Inc., a fatherhood program focusing on parenting, biblical literacy, and counseling for fathers who have experienced childhood trauma (i.e.: molestation, physical and mental abuse). Understanding the trials that some fathers go through, his goal is to help those in need of guidance as parents while dealing with their personal dilemmas. This has always been a path as he is a published author of the faith-based book, Where Is the Man of the House? Living in Pennsylvania with his wife and two young sons, the ordained minister is committed to working with other families and communities through his lectures on topics ranging from inner healing to early childhood development.

Hassan’s most recent role as the Program Director for The Baby College, a program of The Harlem Children’s Zone, saw his tenure graduate over 2,000 families from its nine-week program. Hassan has served the program since 2006, both as an Instructor and Assistant Director before advancing to his final role in 2013. He advanced the program’s efforts on father
engagement graduation, doubling the goals and outcomes since his arrival in 2006 through December 2019.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education in Christian Counseling from Calvary Theological Seminary, where he is also currently pursuing his MA in Pastoral Counseling. He is a board-certified Marriage and Family Therapist and has sat on the board of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Fatherhood Initiative.

He is a Columbia Business School Executive Education Alumni of the Senior Leadership Program for Nonprofit Professionals, using methods learned through his education career. The next chapter of his career is fully dedicated to the work of establishing The Father Factory as a go-to option for those in need of tried-and-true help in self-improvement parental skills.

Madeline Walton-Hadlock, MLIS

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Sampling of Ms. Walton-Hadlock’s recent talks:

  • We Don’t Need to Be Library Superheroes: Recognizing and Embracing Family Strengths
  • “Why Would They Do That in the Library?”: Taking Perspective to Connect with Families
  • The Power of Pause: Reflective Practice for Library Workers
Meet Madeline Walton-Hadlock

Madeline Walton-Hadlock joined BTC as a National Facilitator in 2021, but her relationship with Touchpoints began in 2016, when she joined a collaborative effort between BTC and the California State Library to adapt Touchpoints for library professionals.

A librarian by training, Madeline has over 15 years of experience developing programs and services for children and families in public libraries. In addition to her work with BTC, Madeline advises library staff on program development, grant management, early learning, and family engagement. She brings to her work a passion for sharing a more empowering, culturally responsive, and strengths-based approach to working with families. 

Madeline holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of  Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University. She has been named an American Library Association Emerging Leader and a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She received a City of San Jose Mayor’s Commendation for innovative partnerships and programming.

Deutron Kebebew

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Sampling of Mr. Kebebew’s recent talks:

  • Empowering Father Engagement and Fostering Healthy Co-parenting Dynamics
  • Building a Culture of Fatherhood Appreciation: Transforming Organizations into Father-Friendly Environments
  • Navigating the Foster Care System: A Dual Journey of Personal Growth and Professional Insight
Meet Deutron Kebebew

Deutron Kebebew epitomizes the roles of father, husband, and mentor within our community. As the visionary Founder and Executive Director of MENtors Driving Change for Boys, Men, and Dads, he champions social justice through local nonprofit initiatives.

With over two decades of dedicated leadership, Deutron previously spearheaded the Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) clinical research project in Santa Cruz County, CA, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University. His academic foundation in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz, underscores his multidimensional approach to community service.

Deutron’s fervor lies in advocating for the well-being of children, youth, fathers, and families. His profound expertise in fatherhood intervention, evidenced by over 20 years of program implementation, has positively impacted thousands. Through his leadership roles on community boards, such as Children’s Network and CASA, he continues to shape policies and practices for the betterment of society.

Currently serving as a Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commissioner and an Equity Advisory Board member, Deutron remains at the forefront of fostering inclusive and equitable environments. His unwavering commitment to community service has earned him esteemed accolades, including the UC Santa Cruz Tony Hill Community Service Award and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Deutron Kebebew’s tireless dedication to uplifting others embodies the spirit of true leadership and compassion, making him a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.

Heidi Kranz, MS, IMH-E®

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Sampling of Ms. Kranz’s recent talks:

  • Elevating Family Engagement Using Indigenous Worldviews – Early Childhood Strategies that Succeed
  • Humanitarian Home Visiting: Elevating Equity, Reducing Bias on the Border
  • Be An EI Jedi: Early Intervention Coaching
  • Engaging Fathers: Ancestral Wisdom
  • India’s Story: Trauma, Recovery and Resiliency
  • Enhancing Positive Parent-Child Interactions Using Relationship-Based Practices
  • The Unplanned Journey: Walking Alongside Families & Children with Special Needs
  • From a Bird’s Eye View to the Living Room: Perspectives on Home Visiting and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Boundaries, Ethics, and Safety in Home Visitation
  • Situations Where We Are Challenged: Overcoming Bias and Elevating Engagement in Reflective Supervision/Consultation
  • Responding to Developmental Disorganization: What Would Our Ancestors Do?
Meet Heidi Kranz

Heidi S. Kranz, MS, IMH-E ® is a lifelong resident of New Mexico and a member of Acoma Pueblo, representing the Sun Clan and Little Eagle Clan. A nationally recognized expert with 30 years of experience, Heidi celebrates family, culture, and community from an Indigenous worldview, improving the social-emotional health of children, families, and professionals. Heidi has been an National Facilitator with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center since 2013. She has served as a Tribal Head Start Director, Past President of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health, and Board Member for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Ms. Kranz has made significant contributions to the field of early childhood professionals, providing consultation to Zero to Three, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department, the Brazelton Tribal Leadership Associates Program, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Los Alamos National Laboratories Early Childhood Division, and local, state, and tribal organizations. She is the primary author of Use of Distance Technology for Training, Technical Assistance, and Reflection to Support Home Visitation Providers. Her work is also featured in Raising a Secure Child and Public Management: Thinking and Acting in Three Dimensions.

As Founder and CEO/President of Parenting Solutions Inc., she is dedicated to deepening the capacity of Home Visiting, Head Start, and Early Intervention professionals and parents through specialized professional development, coaching, and reflective consultation that supports family engagement, provider-parent relationships, and improved child outcomes.

David Martinez

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Sampling of Mr. Martinez’s recent talks:

  • La Alegria del Padre Amoroso (The Joy of the Nurturing Father)
  • Como Involucrarse en Conversaciones Dificiles (How to be Involved in Difficult Conversations)

Meet David Martinez

David E Martinez is a certified National Facilitator of the Touchpoints Approach and has delivered the approach for many years in California. He joined the team as a National Facilitator in 2021.

He is currently an ECE Curriculum Administrator at the Child Care Resource Center in Chatsworth, CA, with over 16 years of training experience, helping low-income communities in the Los Angeles area. David also leads a 13-week Nurturing Fathers Program in San Bernardino, helping to enrich father engagement. David has a BA in Science of Mass Media Communication  from The Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Nick Mazzeo, MBA

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Sampling of Mr. Mazzeo’s recent talks:

  • Going with Others: Coalition Building Around Increasing Father Involvement
  • Creating a Father-Friendly Organization
  • Offering Services that Dads Can Say “Yes” To
  • A Father’s Effect on His Children
Meet Nick Mazzeo

Nick Mazzeo is passionate about finding collaborative solutions to complex challenges and achieving transformational impact goals. He is a National Facilitator with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. Other professional roles have included being a Program Manager for services areas, including father involvement, children’s mental health, maternal-child health, child abuse prevention, and school readiness.

Nick is a father of two (ages 6 and 10) and earned his MBA from California State University, Fullerton.  

Tyona McGee-Ezeilo, MSW

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Sampling of Ms. McGee-Ezeilo’s recent talks:

  • Facilitating Groups: Co-creating Inclusive Spaces that Stimulate Creativity
  • Mindfulness: Tuning-in to What is Here for You, Now
  • Mindful Engagement using Empathetic Dialogue and Skillful Inquiry
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills in Leadership Relationships
  • Developing Humans: The Systems and Feedback that Motivate Behavioral Change
  • Brain Basics: Being a Person, Parent, and Professional in a World of Pressures
  • CNS: Compassionate Neurological Support
  • Using Co-regulation Strategies to Scaffold Nervous System Dysregulation
  • Communicating for Connection: Practicing Tools to Sense, Feel, Hear, See, and Speak More Clearly
  • (Touchpoints) Development within Relationships
Meet Tyona McGee-Ezeilo

Tyona McGee-Ezeilo is a social worker, developmental consultant, and mindfulness teacher. She has supported the South Florida community as a social worker since 2002. Tyona offers national peer support groups and has provided support to individuals and groups in the fields of infant mental health, early intervention, family therapy, racial equity, as well as personal, professional and organizational development.

Tyona has been a Brazelton Touchpoints Center National Facilitator since 2015 and a Touchpoints Trainer and Reflective Practice Consultant for Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County since 2005. Tyona is a wife of 20+ years, a mother of four, and since 2008 has been a caregiver-healthcare coordinator for an adult parent who experienced a brain injury.

Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®

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Sampling of Dr. Singer’s recent talks:

  • Foundations of Infant Mental Health
  • Advanced Clinical Concepts: Infant Behavior as Cross-Cultural Language
  • Supporting Early Childhood Coping and Resilience
  • The Brazelton Touchpoints™ Approach: Developmental, Relational, and Trauma Frameworks for Understanding and Addressing Children’s Behavior
  • Nurturing the Whole Family in Recovery: Hope in the Face of Adversity
  • Developmental, Relational, and Mental Health Frameworks for Understanding and Addressing Post-Partum Depression and Early Parenting
  • The Critical Importance of the Early Years: Foundations of Social-Emotional Health
  • Supporting your Child When They Experience Anxiety
  • Early Detection of Autism
  • Touchpoints of Special Needs
  • Your Baby is Speaking to You!
  • Developmental Processes as Family-Engagement Opportunities
  • Infant Mental Health: A Case Study in Clinical Practice
  • From the Beginning: Understanding Infant and Toddler Development in the Context of Family and Culture
  • Environments and Relationships to Support Children’s Development
  • A Developmental-Relational Framework for Healing Trauma
  • Essential Elements of Infant Assessment
  • The Newborn Behavioral Observations in the Context of Substance Exposure and Recovery
Meet Jayne Singer

Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMH-E®, is the Director of Developmental and Relational Health at BTC, Senior Attending Psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience in hospital, school, and community-based settings. At BCH, she provides evaluation and treatment for families and children with medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges, including trauma. She is Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health. At BCH, she co-launched an early detection of autism program and the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program.

An International Facilitator of the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach and the Newborn Behavioral Observations system, Dr. Singer spearheaded BTC’s Early Care and Education Initiative as an adaptation of the Touchpoints Approach to promote social-emotional health and strong provider-parent partnerships in early education. BTC’s Early Childhood Initiative became a strong foundation for its Tribal Touchpoints Initiative as well as the 2010–20 Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. She also created adaptations of the Touchpoints Approach for families living with children with developmental challenges, for families living in the context of substance use disorder recovery, and for mental health practitioners.

Dr. Singer is the primary author of the Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Reference Guide and the Touchpoints in Reflective Practice guides for practitioners and mentors. Her expertise is reflected in her array of speaking engagements for professionals and parent audiences on many topics, including child development, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, early relational health, family engagement, and infant mental health and clinical practice.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, DFAACAP

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Sampling of Dr. Sparrow’s recent talks:

  • Adolescent Touchpoints:  Keeping Parents and Teenagers Connected
  • Changing Mental Models, Changing Systems for Cross-Sector Family and Community Engagement, Racial Equity, and Healing
  • The Childhood Obesity Epidemic and How We Can Help Our Children
  • The Child with Special Needs: How Families Learn to Cope
  • Is Yours a Learning Organization?
  • Mental Models, Systems Change: Family and Community Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic
  • Opportunities for Healing: Strengths-Based, Culturally Affirming Approaches to Trauma-Informed Care of Young Children and Their Families
  • Partnering with Families and Honoring Cultures for Children’s Flourishing
  • Pregnancy, Infant Development, and the Earliest Relationships: Beyond Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to Family Recovery
  • Raising Children with Kindness to Grow Up to Be Kind Adults
  • Scalable Solutions to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Epidemic: Mental Health Promoting Activities, Environments, Practices, and Policies
  • Strengthening Partnerships with Families and Communities
  • The Shared Experience of Observation: Deepening Our Understanding, Empathy, and Trust for Infants and Young Children
  • The Touchpoints of Development and Emotional Development in the Early Years
  • Touchpoints: A Developmental and Relational Model for Working with Infants, Children, and Families
  • Trauma, Historical Trauma, and Healing
  • Using Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed Practices to Partner with Families and Communities through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Meet Joshua Sparrow

Joshua Sparrow, MD, DFAACP, is executive director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, and is associate professor part time at Harvard Medical School.For most of the 1990s, Dr. Sparrow worked with children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances often associated with physical and sexual abuse, for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation and environmental neurotoxins, and for behavioral disturbances and emotional distress resulting from the impact of systemic racism on children’s families, schools, communities, identity development, and opportunities. These experiences prompted his interest in the work he has undertaken at BTC since 1999 on the social determinants of health, early relational health, and mental health; community-based learning and mobilization for prevention and health promotion; and professional, organizational, and systems learning, unlearning, and change.

Dewana Thompson, PhD

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Sampling of Dr. Thompson’s talks:

  • Talking When No One Seems to Be Listening: Effective Communication with Families
  • Engaging Black Families: Dispelling Myths and Valuing Passion
  • Building Meaningful Relationships with Families
  • Touchpoint Times: Considering Black Children’s Developmental Trajectory
  • Resiliency Redefined: Finding the Strength to Engage Families When We Are Exhausted
  • Leading by Example: Supporting & Supervising Those Who Engage Families
  • Partnering with Families to Address Behaviors that Challenge
Meet Dr. Thompson

Dr. Dewana Thompson has been a National Trainer with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center since 2011 and is proud to currently serve as the Director of BTC’s National Training Team. She has worked in the field of child, family, and community engagement for 30 years. She is passionate about family engagement and has dedicated her life’s work to supporting parents and families in their role as their children’s first and most important teachers. She has shared her expertise in the field at the local, state, and national levels as a trainer, facilitator, director, research evaluator, and educator.

In her previous roles, Dr. Thompson has provided family engagement training and technical assistance at a national level to 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool sites for the U.S. Department of Education; facilitated community partnerships between institutions of higher education and schools to offer families community-based parent education programs and higher education opportunities at the state and regional level; overseen the development and implementation of numerous family engagement resource centers; and supervised family engagement staff at the district level. Dr. Thompson continues to lend her expertise in the field as a National Trainer for Scholastic’s FACE (Family and Community Engagement) Program and Director of Village Consulting Group.

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