Turning Points for Families - Texas
Loretta Maase, M.A., - Executive Director. ParentRise was founded by Loretta Maase, M.A. Ms. Maase has an undergraduate degree in child development and a Masters degree in Counseling, with a specialization in child development and parent-education. Ms. Maase has been involved in the field of parent education throughout her entire career. As former editor of Families in Recovery magazine, regional director of two foster care agencies, clinical director of The Parenting Center of Albuquerque, and therapist in private practice, Ms. Maase has written, developed, and taught parent education since the 1980’s. She is the creator of the ParentRise website as well as 'The ParentRise Connection' parenting program for single parents. Ms. Maase teaches parent-education and works as a mediator and Parenting Coordinator/Parenting Facilitator in Central Texas. She is the proud parent of two daughters, Lily and Arielle.
Marcia Cross - Copy Editor. Ms. Cross is a gifted writer and editor with an exceptional eye for detail.
ParentRise Clinical Advisors
Jane Bluestein, Ph.D., - Senior Clinical Advisor. A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Dr. Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, healthcare professionals, parents, childcare workers and other community members world-wide. She has appeared internationally as a speaker and talk-show guest, including several appearances as a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Jane is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School’s Not Forever; 21st Century Discipline; Being a Successful Teacher; Parents in a Pressure Cooker; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent’s Little Book of Lists: Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference; and Daily Riches: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness. Dr. Bluestein’s latest book is entitled The Win-Win Classroom.
Dr. Bluestein currently heads Instructional Support Services, Inc., a consulting and resource firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information visit www.janebluestein.com.
Jan C. Shope, M.A., LPC - Clinical Advisor. Ms. Shope is a professional counselor and life coach specializing in individual, couples, and family psychotherapy and maintains a private practice in Spicewood, Texas.
With over eight years experience as a clinician, and a graduate of Texas State University specializing in professional counseling, Ms. Shope is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and couples dealing with divorce and parenting issues. For more information visit www.janshope.com.
Attorney Mark Chinn - Clinical Advisor. Mark Chinn, a highly established family law attorney in Jackson, Mississippi operates a firm that adroitly assists clients with legal services and is well known for its innovative fixed billing practices. Chinn, a frequent contributor in periodicals such as the American Journal of Family Law, The Family Advocate, Small Firm Profit Report and Fair Share, has authored three ABA books: How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice; The Constructive Divorce; and Forms, Checklists and Procedures for the Family Lawyer. He also authored chapters published in additional ABA books, such as “Marketing is Not a Dirty Word,” in How to Capture and Keep Clients, and “The Exit Interview” in 101 Practical Solutions for the Family Lawyer. Mr. Chinn has been featured in the National Lawyer’s Weekly Magazine for delivering exceptional service to his clients and has been a frequent speaker for the American Bar Association Family Law Section, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The Iowa and Indiana Bar Associations, and the Mississippi Bar on issues of family law practice management and delivering world-class service. For more information visit www.chinnandassociates.com.
Michele Germain, LCSW, LMFT, CBT - Clinical Advisor. Ms. Germain is an author, psychotherapist, educational and motivational speaker recognized as a relationship expert on men and woman’s issues. Her newly released book” The Jill Principle” is a guide that provides the roadmap for women to find their way back to the top of the hill, following a divorce or breakup of a significant relationship.
Michele has worked with the legal profession offering seminars and one-on-one coaching to help them empower clients going through a divorce. She has a Masters degree in social work and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Marriage Family Therapist in California. For more information visit www.michelegermain.com.
Pat E. Goodwin, CPC - Clinical Advisor/Career Coach. Pat Goodwin is an executive coach, trainer, and career development professional. She has spent the last 20 years coaching clients from numerous industries providing guidance, motivation and career direction.
Pat is a co-founder and Past President of the Capital City Association of Personnel Consultants as well as Past President of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants. Her passion is working with clients providing guidance and career direction, coaching and/or training. Pat has developed a training program that guarantees a client to improve their success when preparing for the interview and during the interview process.
Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University and is a Certified Personnel Consultant. For more information visit www.patgoodwinassociates.com.
Megan Zucaro - Clinical Advisor. Real Estate Investor, Former News Anchor, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Mrs. Texas 2007, Megan is dedicated to helping others choose success. As a motivational coach, Megan mentors army wives, real estate investors, business owners, and individuals seeking to change or expand their career paths. For more information visit www.meganzucaro.com.