Below you will meet our team members, who have worked together to bring KFP to life, and KFP's advisory board, whose work and embodied leadership has inspired and guided our efforts.
David Metler is a PhD candidate and co-author of The Wise Parent Study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Development and Family Studies. Metler's research focused on the ecology of the child with a central focus on the intersection of well-being, social justice, and practical wisdom. He is the Social Justice Editor for Kindred Media, and helped to create the Men of ROBE Series in 2020. He is also a musician who likes to express himself through song-writing with the help of guitar, piano, and drums. Dave joined the board of directors for Kindred World in 2015.
Reshma Grewal is a Writing and Literature student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and plans to minor in Applied Psychology and English with a specialization in Literature and the Mind. She focuses on realistic fiction and creative nonfiction writing, with common themes of trauma, development and personality. She was the Kindred-in-Spirit Scholar for 2019. She participated in Kindred Media's Men of ROBE Series in 2020. As a Kindred Scholar, Reshma researched Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. She plans to explore the relationship between mental illness and isolation in the time of the Coronavirus as well as use her creative work to process and share the complexities of our current political climate.
Lisa Reagan is a veteran social change artist, editor of Kindred Media, and co-founder of Kindred World. She brings to the KFP program over a quarter century of activism wisdom, sustainable change-making, and a commitment to handing off the torch so she can play in her garden more often.
KFP is grateful for the guidances and support from our advisory board. It is their work and examples of embodied leadership that have inspired and guided our efforts.
Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., is a Kindred contributing editor and a board of director member of Kindred World. She is the founder of the Kindred Parent Liberation Alliance and Project and the author of Parenting for Social Change. Teresa co-sponsored the Tucson, Arizona workshop for Kindred's Parenting for a Peaceful World USA Tour with Robin Grille in 2013 and presented at the Re-Thinking Everything Conference in 2014. You can read her reflections about the Rethinking Everything Conference here.
Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. After graduating from law school, she decided not to practice law. Instead, she opted to serve the cause of social change and justice through her work at three large public universities across the country. She worked with innovative programs designed to create transformative learning for students, staff and faculty. As a consultant she continues to bring her expertise and passion to clients interested in transformative learning, social change and social justice.
Her own life was transformed after the births of Martel and Greyson, who have challenged her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent. She discovered the ways in which she did not live in congruence with her professional values in her role as a parent. Using her experience in facilitating social justice learning, she began her own learning journey toward creating respectful relationships with the children who share her life. This personal journey and her challenge to others to create broader social change by transforming how we view and treat children is chronicled in her writing, both on her website and in her book, Parenting for Social Change. You can find her at www.ParentingforSocialChange.com, twitter @TGbrett, or friend her on Facebook, Teresa Graham Brett.
Enjoy an interview with Teresa Graham Brett on her book and work, Parenting for Social Change.
Dieudonne Anumbosi Allo from the Eastern Cape in South Africa is the Founder and CEO of the Global Leading Light Initiatives, a registered non-profit organization formed in 2014 on a strong conviction that collective prosperity can be achieved in Africa and globally through coordinated grassroots initiatives aimed at creating nurturing and enabling environments for children and youths. The GLLI’s initiatives directly involve children, adolescents and parents in the effort to disrupt the cycle of poverty and reduce inequalities both in South Africa and Bostwana. A former school teacher, Dieudonne graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and Social Services at the University of South Africa in 2014 and an Advanced Diploma in Health Care Management from the Yale School of Public Health/Foundation for Professional Development in 2011, among other academic credentials, professional certifications and training programs.
Listen to Teresa Graham Brett, Dieudonne Allo, and Lisa Reagan talk about the connection between conscious parenting and social justice, in both the United States and South Africa.
Darcia Narvaez is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research, The Evolved Nest, explores how early life experience influences societal culture, wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about human nature and human development.
She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Nest and how it influences wellbeing, sociality and morality. She hosts interdisciplinary conferences at the University of Notre Dame regarding early experience and human development. Her talks are available at the Evolved Nest’s YouTube channel.
In 2016, she organized a conference on Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing, see the conference YouTube playlist here. You can also buy the book, a collection of essays, here.
She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles. She is an advisory board member of Attachment Parenting International and the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
Her recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom (2014), won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She is former executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education.
Darcia serves on the board of directors for Kindred World, is a contributing editor for Kindred Media, and founder of the nonprofit initiative, The Evolved Nest.
How can we maximize human flourishing? The answer—the Evolved Nest! Learn what the Nest is and how it fosters human potential.
Visit the nonprofit initiative at www.EvolvedNest.org.