Board of Directors

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

Laura Baker 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.
Pam Charles 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.  
Michael Cianchette 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.
Mona Delahooke 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.
Meredith Feurtado 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.
Laura Fuller 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.
Susan McCuaig

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.

Susan Portin 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).
Michael Rashes
Michael Rashes, Ph.D., 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.