Our Bios

Carrie Contey, PhD is a nationally recognized early parenting coach, consultant, speaker, educator and author who has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Radio, National Public Radio’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook and in publications including Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Star-Ledger, among others. Her passion is providing parents with the support, information and tools to create conscious, connected and balanced lives in all stages of early parenting from before conception through childhood. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in prenatal and perinatal psychology, as well as an M.A. in prenatal and perinatal psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Contey also holds M.Ed. in health education and health promotion from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in psychology from Hamilton College. Carrie serves on the board of directors of the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). She is also the co-author of CALMS A Guide To Soothing Your Baby.

Bernadette Noll is a mother of four, a writer, a teacher, and author living and working in Austin, TX. Born in New Jersey, the eighth of nine children, she learned many of the basic tenets of slow family living from her own family.

Bernadette is the co-creator of Future Craft Collective, which inspires children and families to make stuff together using reclaimed, recycled materials. Their goal is to foster sustainability; to help families build sustainable connection through sustainable crafting. Future Craft Collective’s book: Make Stuff Together; will be available in summer of 2011 from Wiley Publishing.

Bernadette has written for a wide variety of web and print publications on such topics as family life, parenting, travel, state parks, camping, birding, friends, singing, dancing, co-housing, urban wildlife, tools, home building, home birth, home death, art, artists, design and designers. She is a fan of finding ways to weave her assignments into her life and to weave her life into her assignments.

At home with her husband Kenny and their four children – Lucy, Otto, Esme and Dean – Bernadette TRIES to use slowness as her constant barometer with lifelong family connection being the ultimate goal.