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New Members Join Los Gatos Patch Moms Council of Experts

A local psychologist, a public relations expert, a mom's coach and a fashionista make up our new and revamped Moms Council of experts.

Two new faces have joined two members of the this month.

Freelance writer and and friend formerly headed the Council, formed in February of 2011.

Ratcliff and Binell served their one-year term and have now passed on the gavel to local fashionista Jennifer Croll and mom's coach

Croll and Vawter-Yousfi join Los Gatos community advocate and local psychologist who have been serving on the council since April and July of 2011, respectively.

Chan has worked in journalism and business communication for more than 20 years and has been a mom for 10 years and counting. She is co-owner of Lighthouse Blue Communication and Community Relations.

Her prior work experience includes a decade in corporate communication, public relations and corporate community affairs for a high-tech company. She also served as editor of the Sunnyvale Valley Journal, the precursor to the Sunnyvale Sun.

Wilbur is a new mother and works as a marriage and family therapist at . Since becoming a mother, Wilbur has added the topic of parenthood to her existing interests alongside working with teens, families, and those impacted by alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Vawter-Yousfi is the CEO and founding member of The Mommy's Coach, a business that offers mothers and parents personal coaching, either in person, online or on the phone and workshops.

After having two children, Vawter-Yousfi began her Mommy’s Coach business which grew out of her own struggle with motherhood and a Silicon Valley career.

Croll has more than 20 years experience in the fashion and design industry. She owned and operated as many as 10 retail stores for more than 10 years in key cosmopolitan demographic areas such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Silicon Valley, Dallas, Scottsdale/ Phoenix and New York.

The Council is a way for moms in Los Gatos to talk about the hot topic or question of the day and ask their own questions and get them answered with the help of other moms and members of the community.

Each week in the Moms Talk column, the Council takes readers' questions, gives advice and shares solutions.

The women hope moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up their community use the Council's work as a resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

One member of the Council writes the column each week. Council members serve as volunteers and don't receive compensation for their work. The Moms Talk column is published Wednesdays at 2 p.m., or earlier according to publishing needs.

The Council also has a new Facebook page where its members will be posting the weekly question or topic, soliciting queries for the coming weeks and offering support to local moms on latest parenting topics. The group will also work to improve Los Gatos Patch's coverage of family and children's issues.

If you would like to serve on the Council, please email Los Gatos Patch Editor Sheila Sanchez at sheila.sanchez@patch.com.

Dyan Chan January 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and other caregivers--we want to hear from you! Have a nagging question or inspired solution to a parenting issue? Please let us know! Or perhaps you have some ideas for helping keep us moms sane? Double please let us know!
Jennifer Croll January 26, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Super honored to be invited on to this prestigious Board. Patch gives such real-time valuable news content that isn't full of 5 and 6:00pm sensationalistic content. I'd love to hear about things that you are interested in hearing about. Are they Charity Events, School Fundraisers, Non-profit organizations to highlight, Restaurant reviews, Fashion News, Business news, Special Deals, How to help kids compete and succeed in our schools, How to help our kids get into and prep for college? Please let me know...
Maaliea Wilbur January 26, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Glad to be building a wonderful support network in the LG community!
Ethan Harmer January 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Moms rock!! Thanks for taking the time to help others and show that you care. Funny how, even grown up men like me will always turn to their mom or the mother of their kids for advice. I always weigh the advice I get from my friends against that from a mom and the latter usually turns out to be the best one.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Such a sweet comment! Momma knows best! You bet! Thanks for the comment. :)
Kim Ratcliff January 28, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Good luck Jennifer & Carrie! You will enjoy working with Sheila, Dyan and Maaliea. I look forward to reading your Mom's Talk colums.

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