Board of Directors
Donna D’Aloia, LMFT, Integrative Health Coach
Donna D’Aloia has been in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1976. She is the President of Counseling and Psychological Services a multidisciplinary psychotherapy practice in Providence and Bristol RI. Along with her work with couples and families, Donna specializes in treating people with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD and medical issues. She is a Fellow in the Academy of Pain Management and a Certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke University’s Program in Integrative Medicine. During the past two years she founded Whole Person Health, a program that partners with individuals and corporations to improve wellness through long-term behavioral changes.
Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder and owner of Systems for Sensory Kids and Simple Organizing Strategies. Systems for Sensory Kids (SSK) – www.systemsforsensorykids.com is a leading-edge organizing model that bridges the gap between clinical support and practical in-home solutions that organize and empower “sensory” kids (like those with OCD, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and high-functioning autism) and their families. Her experience as a professional organizer and as a parent of a sensory child fueled her interested in working with families who are supporting sensory kids at home. Carolynʼs first book will be published in 2013 by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. In it, she shares her innovative model that teaches parents how to tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower their children.
Simple Organizing Strategies (SOS) – www.simpleorganizingstrategies.com – is a professional home and business organizing service. Carolynʼs professional experience in sales, customer service management, and executive recruitment in both small, family run businesses as well as two fortune 500 companies, taught her the importance of organization to professional and personal success.
Carolyn shares her organizing / sensory organizing techniques through in-home consultations, presentations, teacher trainings, magazines articles, and on-line resources. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and also currently serves on the Board of Governors for Bradley Hospital, a neuropsychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. Carolyn lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Cohen Harper, Director, Little Flower Yoga
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MEd, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community and dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children regardless of circumstance. After nearly a decade of personal yoga practice, she began using yoga successfully in her kindergarten classroom, and soon began to teach her techniques to other teachers and administrators, eventually creating Little Flower Yoga.
Based in New York, Little Flower Yoga directly serves more than 700 children per week in New York City schools, and reaches many more through a worldwide network of trained teachers and school consultations. The program helps children overcome physical, mental, and emotional barriers to learning; empowers them to make healthy choices; offers them a space for experiencing joy; and gives parents and educators support and strategies to reinforce those tools. Harper leads the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training for Children and frequently collaborates with other organizations to bring yoga for children to places as diverse as tent cities in Port-au-Prince and FAO Schwarz in Manhattan.
Jennifer Cohen Harper is a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, and an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness. She holds a master’s degree in education and youth development from New York University’s Gallatin School and her thesis work was on the use of yoga in education.
Harper has experience teaching students from pre-school to high school, and has spent many years working with children with physical as well as developmental and learning challenges, using both yoga and other types of alternative therapy methods to help them shine. Children love Harper’s willingness to engage in mutual silliness, while also appreciating the genuine respect that she has for students of all ages.
Martha Conn Hultzman, CPA, Principal, LGC&D
Martha Conn Hultzman serves as an Audit Principal at LGC+D. She brings over 30 years of experience to this role and leads LGC+D’s not-for-profit practice group and co-chairs the employee benefit plan practice group where she directs limited and full scope ERISA retirement plan audits. Her special focus is serving not-for-profit organizations, closely held, entrepreneur-operated companies and women-owned businesses.
Along with being a CPA, Martha is a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and is a longtime member of American Society of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA). She has held numerous leadership positions within these organizations, including past president of RISCPA’s board of governors, chair of its professional ethics committee and a highly-coveted seat on the AICPA Council in 2012. She is also an advisory board member for the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) and serves on the CWE audit committee. Additionally, Martha is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island (LRI), where she served for many years as chair of its board of governors. LRI recognized her remarkable efforts by naming her 2012 Volunteer of the Year.
Martha’s experience and passion for providing business and tax services for women-owned businesses also led her to help found the LGC+D’s Women Count Initiative. This unique program is designed to support the female staff members of LGC+D with mentoring and leadership training as well as provide professional services specially tailored for the needs of women-owned and operated businesses.
With a B.S. in Business Administration from Providence College, Martha, a native of Lincoln, Rhode Island, chose to pursue a career in accounting because she believed she could help people understand their business and personal affairs and this knowledge would empower them to success. She says, “I love helping clients understand complex matters and make the connection to the impact of these matters on their organizations.” Within the firm, she particularly enjoys teaching and mentoring staff members: “I just love seeing the light bulb go on.”
In her leisure hours, Martha enjoys entertaining, wine, reading and real gardening – not the kind that wins awards, but the kind that gets your hands dirty. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married since 1982. They have three children and live in West Greenwich.
Secret Super Power: Martha Hultzman is a master of illusion. While she may stand at only 5’1”, her devotion to high heels allows her to rub shoulders with the best of them. Oh, and she also has an irresistibly contagious laugh.
Amy Saltzman, MD, Director, Still Quiet Place
Dr. Amy Saltzman is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, long-time athlete, and occasional poet. Her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well being, and discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She is recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth.
Dr. Saltzman has offered mindfulness to young people from pre-K to college undergrads in socioeconomically diverse school, and community settings. She has conducted two research studies evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child-parent pairs, and to children in low-income elementary schools; these research projects were conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Stanford University .
Dr. Saltzman’s ongoing research is designed to answer the following questions:
- Do children and teens benefit when they learn the life skills of mindfulness and remain familiar with the “Still Quiet Place” within?
- If young people learn to observe their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, are they less vulnerable to the unhealthy effects of stress?
- If children and teens are able to access their natural sense of peace and to trust their own inner wisdom, are they less susceptible to harmful peer influences and less likely to look for relief in potentially risky behaviors?
- When young people practice mindfulness does it enhance their natural emotional intelligence, increase respectful communication and compassionate action, support them in developing healthy relationships, and contributing their gifts to the world?
Dr. Saltzman is trained in Internal Medicine, a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and a founding member of the Northern California Advisory Committee on Mindfulness. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association for eight years, and was the first medical director of the integrative Health and Healing Clinic, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco . In 2002, Dr. Saltzman established a private practice in Menlo Park , CA , where she provides holistic medical care and individual mindfulness instruction to children, teens and adults. She also offers presentations and courses for young children, teens, parents, educators, and health care professionals.
Geoff Schoos, Esq., President, RICLAPP