Meet our Instructors

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Al Krug / Angie Stambuk / Annmarie O'Daniel / Doris Cancel-TiradoEsther Schiedel / Fabiola Sandoval Morado / Jodi WarneJoy Keiser / Kristi Sakai / Leonne Bannister / Maria Adams /Phoenix Ries / Tamara Bakewell / Wendy Hoffman / Mandy PrestenbachMaria Sloan /

 

 

 

 Al Krug

Al Krug

Class taught:  Effective Parenting of Teens

Al was introduced to "parenting education" while in graduate school at the University of Oregon in the 1970's.  In a matter of months he was co-leading parenting education groups for parents of children in elementary school.  He also developed a program for parents of adolescents aimed at prevention of alcohol and drug use/abuse.  These experiences convinced Al that parenting education was a low cost but highly effective approach to enrich families and promote positive youth development.  He became a lifelong advocate of parenting education. 

Al's professional career began in 1972 when he started working for the Linn County Juvenile Department as a Juvenile Court Counselor.  The following year he transferred to the Benton County Juvenile Department where he spent 39 years as a Juvenile Counselor, Assistant Director, and Director.  He retired in June 2012.  During these years Al taught parenting education classes through the Corvallis School District, LBCC, the Juvenile Department, and various non-profits.  Al is currently involved with the Parent Success Network, an LBCC facilitated coalition of organizations working to improve and expand parenting education in Linn and Benton counties.

Al and his wife raised two children and are now proud grandparents of two wonderful granddaughters.  In their younger years they were a certified shelter home parents for dependent teenagers. 

 

 

 

Angie Stambuk

Angie Stambuk

Class taught:  Living with your Middle Schooler

Angie was born in Chile.  She finished Medical School in Chile and moved to the United States right before her 24th birthday.  She did a residency in Pediatrics at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and became board certified in Pediatrics with special training and experience in pediatric diabetes and public health.

After 20 years of practice in California, the Stambuk family moved to Oregon and Angie decided to shift her career goals towards community work and advocacy for underserved populations.  Angie has worked as a Family Advocate for Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD and most recently as Director of the Commission on Children and Families in Benton County.  She has also served on multiple boards and done extensive volunteer work in the community.

Angie is married and has four wonderful children between the ages of 19 and 28.  In her spare time Angie likes dancing, art and crafts, reading, baking, and traveling with her family.

 

 

 

 Annmarie O'Daniel

Annmarie O'Daniel

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, Make Parenting a Pleasure

Annmarie is a native of Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) and got her undergraduate training at the University of Iowa in Communication Studies, and her Master's Degree in Counseling at Oregon State University in 2001.  Annmarie is a trained child and family therapist, and has a local private practice working with children and parents.  "I love working with parents in all capacities!  That's what brought me to Parenting Education.  I have taught The Incredible Years curriculum for 8 years through LBCC and Old Mill Center."

Annmarie has two young children, and loves to read, walk and knit.  She and her family moved to Corvallis in 1998 and have been here ever since. 

  

 

 

 Doris Cancel-Tirado

Doris Cancel-Tirado

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, The Incredible Years-Attentive Parenting, Nurturing Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Haga de la Paternidad un Placer, Strengthening Families.  Teaches in English and Spanish.

Doris was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  In 2002, after completing her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she worked as a Mental Health Counselor.  While living in Miami, she met her husband, Juan Pablo, who is a winemaker from Mendoza, Argentina.  Attracted by Oregon's growing wine industry, they moved to Oregon and have lived here for the last 11 years.

As a bilingual/bicultural professor and mother, she knows firsthand the challenges faced by parents raising kids in a bicultural environment.  Motivated to help Latino families, she obtained a PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences and MPH in Health Promotion at Oregon State University.  She has more than 15 years of experience working with health and human services agencies and have provided parent education for over 10 years.

In her free time, Doris enjoys spending time with her husband and friends hiking and rockclimbing, but her favorite thing is to spoil her baby boy, Francisco Emmanuel.

 

 

 

Esther Schiedel

Esther Schiedel

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, Active Parenting Now, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Nurturing Parenting

Esther grew up in Michigan, and earned a BA in English from Oakland University, then moved west to get an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  While there, she met her husband, married, and then moved with him to Wyoming, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wyoming again, Minnesota, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska again and then to Corvallis, Oregon.  Along the way, they were joined by two daughters and a son. Her children are adults now and they have added two wonderful sons-in-law and three delightful grandsons.  Esther’s husband is enjoying retirement and together they like traveling-–by train and ship when possible.

“Moving frequently and living away from family and friends helped me seek out parenting support from various sources.  I found La Leche League to be a wonderful support for breastfeeding and positive parenting.  I became a volunteer La Leche League Leader in 1981; I continue in that role today.”  That involvement led to an interest in parenting education and an MS in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University.  Esther became a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) in 2004. Through her private parenting education business, she teaches additional classes for parenting pre-teens and young teens, and self-care for parents, as well as offering presentations on family communication skills to community groups. 

 

 

 

Fabiola Sandoval

Fabiola Sandoval Morado

Classes taught:   Haga de la Paternidad un Placer/Make Parenting a Pleasure, Crianza con Cariño/Nurturing Parenting, Ready Together - School Success

Fabiola Sandoval Morado was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico and moved to Gary, Indiana with her parents at the age of 2.  The oldest of four children, Fabiola graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  After relocating to Oregon in 1997 to attend graduate school at Oregon State University, Fabiola and her husband welcomed  their first child.  Fabiola currently works as a Services Coordinator with Benton County Developmental Disabilities Program, serving families whose child lives with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. 

Fabiola joined the LBCC Parenting Education Program in 2009 and has taught several parenting classes in Spanish in Benton County. Her personal experience as a first generation Latina inspires her work with families in Linn and Benton Counties.  In addition to gardening, camping and running, Fabiola loves to sew, crochet and has recently learned how to knit.

 

 

 

 Jodi Warne

Jodi Warne

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, Attentive Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Strengthening Families, Reconnecting Youth

Jodi Warne grew up in Washington state, and got her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at Principia College, and her Graduate Degree at Portland State.  After taking the Incredible Years class as a parent, Jodi began teaching this same parenting curriculum in 2000.  Before this her social work career included jobs such as Child Protective Services worker, Therapist, Batter's Intervention Facilitator, Residential Treatment Program Director, etc.  In addition, Jodi completed her Master's in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare.  Over the last fourteen years, she has taught a wide variety of parenting classes, primarily through LBCC.  Venturing out to teach in the rural areas of Benton County has always been fun for Jodi as she grew up in rural area herself.  This may give you an idea of how much she enjoys nature and animals, especially riding her horses.

Throughout Jodi's teaching career, she has been raising three children on her own, including one step-child and one with special challenges.  Therefore it has been quite easy to empathize with many of the parents in her classes.  In fact, Jodi has sometimes come to class wondering if she really could teach anything about parenting, after just utilizing some not-so-great parenting skills with her own children.  Of course this would usually take place right before coming to class!

Jodi's favorite part of the job is hearing parents share how their relationships with their children have improved.  She often runs into families in the community years after having them in class and Jodi loves to hear updates.  So please don't hesitate to say hello!

 

 

 

Joy Keiser

Joy Keiser

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, Attentive Parenting, Nurturing Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Strengthening Families, Circle of Security, Active Parenting Now, Self Esteem: a Family Affair

Joy Keiser has worked with children and families for over thirty years, both individually and in groups.  With a passion for children, but not the temperament for large groups of children, she has happily found her niche working with parents.  For 23 years Joy has taught a wide variety of community parenting classes for LBCC. She understands the needs of babies through young adults and is talented at helping families build the skills they need. She currently teaches for LBCC and runs parenting groups for the Relief Nursery at Old Mill Center for Children and Families in Corvallis.

Joy is a graduate of California State College at Los Angeles.  She is the parent of a delightful young adult who no longer needs much parenting.  When she is not teaching, you will find her in the garden, the woods or with her nose in a book. 

 

 

 

 Kristi Sakai

Kristi Sakai

Class taught:  Practical Solutions for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kristi Sakai is the mother of three teen/young adults with autism and understands the unique challenges and joys families face when raising these remarkable kids. Kristi's class is a warm, accepting community where attendees learn autism parenting strategies, solutions for difficult moments, practical ideas for meeting the needs of everyone in the family and skills for building positive relationships with their child's school. 

Kristi grew up on a family farm in Oregon where, between chores, she read everything she could lay her hands on. She was an exchange student in Japan in 1984, followed by finishing high school in Michigan in 1985. She attended Lane Community College where she so enjoyed being a mentor for international students that she began a small tutoring and travel service for international visitors. As a mom she became a leader for La Leche League International in 1994 and graduated from The Oregon School of Midwifery's DOULA program in 1999. In 2008 she became a pastoral counselor; she completed her counseling internship at the Center for Family Development in 2010. 

Early on, Kristi's kidlets were spirited and often more challenging compared to others. She read books and took parenting classes, but standard strategies and advice did not provide adequate solutions. Eventually her oldest child was diagnosed with autism. Kristi delved into reading, but was dismayed to discover that most books about autism were written from a clinical or academic standpoint and offered little information directly applicable to families. Her second and third children were diagnosed with autism; meanwhile, Kristi was "translating" the research to meet the needs of families in real life, focusing on creating an "autism" friendly home and actively honing skills she'd obtained along the way. This led to becoming a national presenter and to writing her book, Finding Our Way, which won the Autism Society of America's Literary Work of the Year in 2006. 

 

 

 

Leonne Bannister

Leonne Bannister

Classes taught:  The Incredible Years, Ready Together (The Incredible Years-Attentive Parenting), Nurturing Parenting

Leonne has been a Parent Educator for LBCC since March 2011.  She is also a School Counselor at Muddy Creek Charter School in Corvallis.  Her roles as Parent Educator and School Counselor combine her passion for working with students, parents and families.

Leonne has two children, Olivia (7) and Roy (5), and a very supportive and loving husband, Morgan.  They moved to Oregon from California and have lived in Corvallis since January 2010.  Leonne and her family enjoy hanging out playing Apples to Apples, hiking, and going on road trips.

Leonne received her Bachelor's Degree from UCLA (Go Bruins!) and her Master's Degree from the University of La Verne.  "My strength, as a Parent Educator, is that in my classes, I include many real-life examples and parenting strategies that can help parents improve their relationship with their children." 

 

 

 

Maria Adams

Maria Adams

Classes taught:  Ready Together (The Incredible Years-Attentive Parenting), Nurturing Parenting

Maria Adams grew up in Portland, Oregon, and always knew that she one day wanted to work with children.  She moved to Corvallis to study early child education at Oregon State University, and completed a Masters Degree in Education in Portland.  She has worked with young children for over 18 years, as a preschool teacher, daycare provider, and currently as a Kindergarten Teacher in a bilingual program for the Corvallis School District.

Through interacting with children and families and being a parent, Maria found the area of child development and the relationship between parenting, child development and behavior to be very intriguing.  And as a Kindergarten Teacher, she developed a passion for students with challenging behaviors.

Maria lives in Corvallis with her husband who is also a teacher, her three children ages 12, 16, and 18, and their dog, Diego.  She enjoys running, dancing, and going on hikes with her family.

 

 

 

 Phoenix Ries

Phoenix Ries

Classes taught: Living With Your Middle Schooler, Nurturing Parenting, Strengthening Families, Growing up Again

Phoenix has over 30 years of experience working with kids and families in a variety of public and private settings.  Over the years she has come to appreciate the importance of a balanced home and engaged parenting in the healthy development of children. Phoenix has been affiliated with LBCC for 20 years as a part-time faculty in the Child and Family Studies/Education Department and the Parenting Education Department. In addition to teaching parenting classes, Phoenix is a Personal and Parent Coach in private practice.  She also teaches Yoga Calm® and Reconnecting Youth (a program for students at risk of failing or dropping out of high school).

She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1982 with a BS in Developmental Psychology and in 1987 she received her MS in Counselor Education from Portland State University.  Phoenix has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1995 and in 2012 she became a Certified Parent Coach through Seattle Pacific University and the Parent Coach Institute.

Phoenix has experienced, first hand, life as a single mom, blended family, parent of a child with special needs, and life after losing a child as well. Each experience has increased her capacity to grow as a parent and as a professional.  To recharge her batteries, Phoenix runs long distance in the woods, practices yoga, spends time with the grandkids and her best friend and partner, Tom Ries. 

 

 

Tamara Bakewell

Tamara Bakewell

Class taught:  The Incredible Years

Tamara Bakewell has worked for over 20 years in early childhood/special needs settings, and especially enjoys working with families of children with aggressive behavior and/or developmental delays. She is a certified trainer for Incredible Years (University of Washington) and Triple P Positive Parenting Program (University of Queensland), and is also trained in  Collaborative Problem Solving, Kids' Turn, and HOT DOCS (Helping our Toddlers, Developing our Children's Skills) a curriculum for parents of children with special needs. She coaches parents of children with autism spectrum disorders utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Currently, Tamara is the Project Coordinator for the Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center, and teaches parenting programs for Linn-Benton Community College, The Swindells Child Disability Resource Center, and Youth Contact.

She is the parent of three young adults, one of whom experienced a significant communication disorder and developmental delay. She is the former director of Parenting and Community Education for a large non-profit early childhood special education preschool in California.  Tamara has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Education from the California State University system.

 

 

 

Wendy Hoffman

Wendy Hoffman

Classes taught:  Nurturing Parenting, Nurturing Skills for Families, Ready Together - School Success, Attentive Parenting, Strengthening Families

Wendy has worked in the field of Family Services for many years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Fresno State University, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oregon State University. 

Wendy has had extensive training in many counseling modalities, and has worked as a social worker, elementary school teacher and counselor, Head Start Family Advocate and supervisor, and parenting class Instructor in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Crawfordsville and Brownsville. Currently Wendy works as a Family Services Coordinator with Kidco Head Start. 

Wendy was born in Stockton, CA and grew up in the country between Stockton and the San Francisco bay area. She moved to Washington in the 1970’s and to Oregon in the 80’s. Wendy has two grown step children and two grandsons. She is not married presently, but has a life partner man friend! Wendy has lived in Brownsville for 22 years, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, painting, drawing, collage and jewelry making. 

 

 

 

Mandy Prestenbach

Mandy Prestenbach

Class taught:  Nurturing Parenting

Mandy has lived in the Willamette Valley since High School, and she and her family now reside in Lebanon.  Mandy earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1999 from Oregon State University in Sociology  She put her degree to work while at Trillium Family Services in Corvallis, as an Adolescent and Treatment Specialist, working with high risk children.  After her youngest son was born, the decision was made to stay at home and care for her young family.

Mandy saw a need in her community, so she started a home childcare business 14 years ago.  While she continues to operate her business, she has taken an additional role in the community as a Sociology teacher at her local Charter school.  In addition, Mandy is continuing her education in the Masters of Education program at Western Governor's University, an online accredited college, in hopes of teaching in the future.  While also running her in-home childcare and going to school, Mandy has accepted the opportunity to reach out into the community and share the same passion that she has for children and families as an instructor in the Parenting Education Department at Linn-Benton Community College.

Mandy is a proud mom of three young men, and has been a wife for 18 years.  She loves reading, writing, running, hiking, and most of all camping/traveling across the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

 Maria Sloan

Maria Sloan

Class taught:  Nurturing Parenting

Maria was born in Santiago, Chile and attended Universidad Diego Portales Chilean for the degree of Licentiate in Psychology and title of Psychologist. She worked as a clinical psychologist between 1993 and 2009 in her private practice with children and families.

In 2010 Maria moved to the United States, and in 2012, she started and completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from University of Oregon.  She worked with the Latino community as an interpreter, educational assistant, and at the Healthy Families program as a home visitor.  Maria then graduated from the Masters program for Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Oregon in 2014.  Since then she has been working at Trillium Family services as a bilingual family and child therapist.  In 2015, she started teaching the classes for LBCC.

Maria is married and has two children, 22 and 20 years old. Maria enjoys outdoor activities and gardening with her husband and likes dancing, socializing with friends, and spending time with her family at home.