Board Members/Administrators/Past Board Members

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Kass

LEWIS J. KASS, MD

LEWIS J. KASS, MD is a Yale-trained, board certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist specializing in pediatric respiratory medicine and sleep disorders. He graduated from the State University of NY Downstate School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Children’s Medical Center of Brooklyn and in 1999 completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in CT.

Dr. Kass then joined the Yale Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine as the Director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Laboratory where his guidance contributed to the significant growth of the Laboratory. He was subsequently recruited by the Chairman of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY to join their rapidly growing pulmonology service and to develop their pediatric sleep laboratory. Dr. Kass created The Children’s Sleep Center at Montefiore and is responsible for growing the service from zero studies in June of 2002 to scheduling over 300 studies per year.

After having spent 9 years in the large medical center settings of Yale and Montefiore, Dr. Kass realized that what he loved most about the practice of medicine was having close relationships with the families that he treats. It seemed impossible to attain this in a setting where patients rarely saw the same doctor from visit to visit and couldn’t get appointments sooner than 3 months in advance. For this reason, Dr. Kass opened his own private practice. With its inception in March 2005, Westchester Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine has allowed Dr. Kass to continue practicing cutting edge medicine using state-of-the-art equipment while occurring in an intimate setting with a small town feel. Dr. Kass is a solo practitioner and does not share on-call services with other practices. So, families can be assured of continuity of care since they will always see only Dr. Kass in the office and speak to him directly after-hours. Despite the practice’s rapid growth, patients always feel that they’ve received warm, unhurried and expert care. He is currently the only pediatric pulmonologist in private practice in Westchester County and the surrounding region.

While setting up his practice in the winter of 2005, Dr. Kass was simultaneously recruited by the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut to be their pediatric sleep medicine director and consultant. Dr. Kass’ expertise was required for the evaluation and management of pediatric sleep disorders at Norwalk Hospital as well has for the pediatric education of fellows and residents in their Sleep Medicine fellowship. Under Dr. Kass’ direction this service has grown exponentially as well.

In addition to seeing patients in his Mount Kisco, NY office and at Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Kass is also available for in-patient hospital consultations at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY, White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY and at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY.

Dr. Kass is a sought-after expert for the media, with patients traveling from all across North America and Europe, and has been quoted in several major newspaper and magazine publications including Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, The Daily News, Woman’s World, American Baby, E-Pregnancy Magazine, Parents and Parenting Magazines and has also been featured in Keeping Kids Healthy, a PBS TV documentary. Dr. Kass has also discussed pediatric pulmonary issues on Channel 12, ABC and NBC local news.

 


Dr. Lori

LORI STORCH-SMITH, MD

LORI STORCH-SMITH, MD “Dr.Lori”, is a private board certified pediatrician who has been practicing in Connecticut for 12 years. She graduated from George Washington University Medical School and then completed her residency at Yale Children’s Hospital.

After having a set of twins, Dr. Storch Smith joined her local chapter of the Mother’s of Multiples club and subsequently was its President for 4 years. While President , Dr Storch Smith began a lecture series at Norwalk Hospital which included sleep expert Dr. Marc Weissbluth. It was there that her interest in helping families sleep better began. Along with Deborah Pedrick, Dr. Lori organized a successful sleep consultative service in her pediatric office. She also happily reports that all 4 of her children are good sleepers!

Along with her successful pediatric practice, Dr. Lori is a contributor to the Mother’s of Multiples monthly newsletter, a pediatric expert in the book, Twin Set: Moms of Multiples Share Survive and Thrive Secrets and has appeared on several medical segments of News Channel 12. She also proudly organizes The Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt which raises money to support pediatric spinal cord tumors.

 


DAWN BRAUN, CAE: Secretary

DAWN BRAUN, CAE , has served 13 years in the association management business and earned the designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Dawn began her career with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland serving as their Community Developer. Following that she spent eight years with the National Association of Home Builders and most recently served as their Director of the Executive Officers Council where her responsibilities included helping NAHBs 800 local chapters become more efficient and effective in the areas of membership, governance and communication. Over the last couple of years she has focused primarily on membership marketing for several smaller associations in the Washington, DC area.

Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dawn is a current student in the Gentle Sleep Coach (GSC) training program by Kim West. She hopes to be fully certified and have her sleep consultant business up and running by the fall of 2012. Dawn became interested in sleep consulting after she began following Kim West and successfully trained her children to sleep. After helping many friends, she decided to make a career move and become a sleep consultant

Dawn is the proud mother of “Irish Twin” girls who are dream sleepers. In her spare time she enjoys working-out and watching sports, primarily Terrapin football, basketball and lacrosse.

 


NICOLE JOHNSON

NICOLE JOHNSON is Founder, President, and Lead Sleep Consultant of The Baby Sleep Site®, an online company devoted to helping parents of sleepless babies and toddlers solve their children’s sleep issues. The company was borne out of Johnson’s own experiences as a sleep-deprived mother of two. After spending countless hours researching baby sleep, Johnson was able to solve her sons’ sleep issues, and in 2008, she created a website on which she shares her wisdom and experience with other exhausted parents. What began as a small side-business has blossomed over the past several years into a full-fledged telecommute company. Today, The Baby Sleep Site® employs 12 sleep consultants, 3 customer service reps, and 3 administrators. The website itself has become the internet’s leading authority on baby and toddler sleep, and currently enjoys nearly 1 ½ million visitors worldwide each month. What’s more, The Baby Sleep Site®’s team of expert consultants has personally helped over 20,000 families solve their sleep problems in a holistic way that matches each family’s unique challenges and personal goals.

Johnson, her husband, and their two boys currently reside in Columbus, OH. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys health and fitness, reading, board games, and watching her children compete in various sporting events.

 


MIRIAM CHICKERING, IBCLC

MIRIAM CHICKERING, IBCLC is the President of Nurses International a nonprofit organization that creates affordable, technologically savvy nursing curriculum for developing countries and empowers nurses to change their world. She has co-authored two books Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep with Nicole Johnson and The Gentle Art of Mothering. Miriam is a proud member of the Baby Sleep Site team where she uses a holistic and gentle approach to help mothers achieve healthy sleep for themselves and their babies by harmonizing sleep needs and a good breastfeeding relationship. In addition to her work with clients, Miriam provides consulting on product development, staff education, and business strategy. Miriam’s medical and education background includes: teaching prenatal classes and nursing students in the classroom and clinical setting, coordinating an OB department, and working as the Hospital Obstetric Consultant which included policy writing and continuing education for all obstetric staff. In her personal time, Miriam enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, reading, hiking, and horseback riding.

 


ADMINISTRATORS

ALANNA MCGINN: Director of Membership

ALANNA MCGINN Alanna McGinn is the mother of three wonderful children (1 + twins!) and the wife of an amazing husband. She is Founder and Senior Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, Parent Prep Educator, Certified Family Sleep Institute Child Sleep Consultant, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Family Sleep Institute and Director of Membership for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC). She created Good Night Sleep Site because she understands. She was there in the sleepless trenches that parents are in and what she wouldn’t have done to have an expert and educator along for her journey! Through her research and sleep instincts she was able to create a sleep plan that worked for her daughter and then her twins, and then families worldwide. When she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she’s working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can also follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living.

KRISTA GUENTHER: Education Leader

KRISTA GUENTHER: SLEEPERIFIC As a mother of three young children, Krista is a firm believer in the power of sleep to lead to happier and healthier family. Armed with the understanding of the basics for healthy sleep, Krista took her enthusiasm to train with the Family Sleep Institute. Through her studies and experiences, it’s her goal to improve the well being of each family. Krista takes an individualized approach with each client, ensuring to consider family goals and the temperament of the child.
Krista holds an honours degree from the University of Waterloo. She’s an advocate for a fun, balanced, healthy and active lifestyle. When she’s not helping families get much needed rest, Krista occupies herself by running with her dog, crafting with her 7 year old, tossing/kicking/shooting balls with her 5 year old, singing with her toddler and daydreaming about her next home renovation project.

 

 

 


PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Lorna

LORNA C. ALIPERTI APRN, IBCLC

LORNA C. ALIPERTI APRN, IBCLC is a nurse practitioner and lactation consultant who provides home visits to new mothers and babies with breastfeeding problems.   In addition to being a board certified lactation consultant, she has a bachelors degree from the University of Texas, a masters degree in nursing from Pace University and a masters from the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Columbia University.  She taught obstetrics in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Columbia and in the Entry to Practice nursing program at Fairfield University.  She is currently a Women’s Health clinical instructor at Columbia.   Prior to establishing her private practice, she worked as a perinatal nurse and as a nurse practitioner in the office of Dr. Christina Smillie, a pediatrician who specializes in breastfeeding medicine.

She authored an Arco test preparation book for practical nurses taking their NCLEX certification exam which has been in press since 2001, and published research on hospital breastfeeding management  in the Journal of Perinatal Education.   She has also written articles for several parenting publications.
Lorna has four children and two grandchildren.