Lives in the Balance advocates for our most vulnerable kids and helps caregivers see them through more accurate, productive lenses and intervene in evidence-based ways that are collaborative, proactive, non-punitive, non-adversarial, non-exclusionary, relationship-building, and communication-enhancing.

With our free resources, trainings, and outreach and advocacy efforts, we’re driving the paradigm shift all over the world. We invite you to become part of the effort.

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Lives in the Balance staff members are passionate about kids, devoted to our values and mission, and energized to change things for the better. No slackers in this crowd…

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Founding Director

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia.
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Director of Everything

Liz Rudman

Previously worked as an assistant director of an adoption agency, a career counselor, a rehabilitation counselor, and an advertising executive in New York City. She oversees conference planning, workshops, trainings, and -- well, pretty much everything else -- at Lives in the Balance.
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Director of Development

Kirsten Tallon

Kirsten’s most recent position was Development Advisor at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a nonprofit nonpartisan organization focused on strengthening democratic institutions in over 50 countries, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. She has also worked as Development Associate at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, DC, a private foundation chaired by CNN founder, Ted Turner, and former senator, Sam Nunn, dedicated to preventing catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction. She holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.
Director of Outreach

Kim Hopkins-Betts, LICSW

Has previously managed the clinical departments of two organizations serving youth and families in residential facilities. Kim tries to ensure that caregivers receive the support and resources they need in parenting and working with kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
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Director of Advocacy

Maile Munson, LICSW

Has more than 20 years of experience in supporting young people with emotional and behavioral challenges in a variety of school settings, including residential homes, therapeutic day schools, public schools, and private independent day schools. She is certified as a provider and trainer in the CPS model.
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Director of Inclusion and Equity

Stacy Haynes, Ed.D.

A licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor specializing in the treatment of social, behavioral and emotional challenges of children. She is a certified provider in the CPS model and trains schools, facilities, and other providers in the model.
Director of Training

Cynthia Graton

Has worked as a psychoeducator in an organization dedicated to treating the most severe and persistent childhood behavioral disorders in the health care system. She is s certified provider in the CPS model and trains schools, facilities, and other providers in the model.
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Social Media Coordinator

Jennifer Trethewey

Jennifer was a Lives in the Balance volunteer for several years before joining our team, and is thrilled to combine her passion for spreading the word about Collaborative & Proactive Solutions with her love for playing on the internet.


Lives in the Balance is really fortunate to have a devoted group of parents, educators, and professionals guiding and overseeing its efforts.

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Laura Baker, Ed.D

Laura is Assistant Professor of Special Education at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. She is a former principal and director of special education, as well as the former head of school at Greenfield Center School.

Lori Brittle

Lori serves as the Director of Finance and Administration for the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and prior to moving to Maine, worked in nonprofit management in New York City. She has an MBA from the Wirtschaftsuniverstät Wien and an IMBA from the University of South Carolina.
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Pamela S. Charles, Ed.M.

Pam has worked for the Rockland County (NY) Board of Cooperative Educational Services for the past 24 years, holding positions as an Assistant Principal, Staff Development Trainer, and most recently Principal of CBI-TECH High School.
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Michael Cianchette, J.D., M.BA.

Mike serves in financial, legal, and operational capacities for a group of businesses in Maine. He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University. From 2011-2013, he served as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to Maine Governor Paul LePage. He is also a warfare-qualified Navy Reservist.
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

Mona is a licensed clinical psychologist and a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation. She is the author of the acclaimed book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges.
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Meredith Roman Feurtado, J.D.

Meredith is a graduate of Boston College and Georgetown Law School. Meredith has worked at JP Morgan in New York City; Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California; and Cummings & Lockwood in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Laura Fuller, Ph.D.

Laura is a psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She oversaw implementation of the CPS model in her prior position at Shodair Children's Hospital, a residential and inpatient facility for children and adolescents in Helena, Montana.
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Susan McCuaig

Susan is formerly a principal in the Surrey, British Columbia, School Board, and is working to expand the influence of the CPS model into the community.
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Susy Portin

Susy is the parent of three great kids, two of whom had emotional and behavioral challenges (that’s how she learned about and become a devotee of the CPS model and Lives in the Balance).
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Michael Rashes, Ph.D.

Michael is a principal at Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income hedge fund based in Boston. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Economics, from Harvard University. Michael sits on the board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.


Lives in the Balance takes pride in basing its efforts on the latest science and on models of care that are empirically supported. Our Scientific Advisory Committee helps us stay on track and guides our research.

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Caryn L. Carlson, Ph.D.

Caryn is Professor of Psychology and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas.
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Jean Frazier, M.D.

Jean is Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
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Matthew A. Jarrett, Ph.D.

Matthew is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama.
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Peter Jensen, M.D.

Peter is President & CEO of the REACH Institute and Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology at the Mayo Clinic. He was previously Associate Director of Child and Adolescent Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D.

Thomas is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was the Principal Investigator on the largest study to date examining the effectiveness of Dr. Greene's CPS approach, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.