Training Team Members

Valentina Torres is a full-time Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist at Jewish Family & Community Services of the East Bay.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California.  Valentina is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.  She has trained on trauma with Julie for the past 3 years and is authorized to train in Module 100 and Module 200.

Lisa Lewis-Cogswell, MS, MA, has been a speaker, trainer and coach for individuals and groups for over 20 years.  She has taught meditation, mindfulness, and stress management, among other topics in the fields of personal growth and well-being.  Lisa has advanced degrees in Clinical as well as Transpersonal Psychology, and did her undergraduate work in Human Development. She has experience training on mindfulness and self-care with a trauma informed lens.

Dr. LaWanda Wesley earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a concentration in Higher Education from Drexel University. She is Co-Director of the Center for Equity in Early Childhood Education and Director of Quality Enhancement and Professional Development of Early Education for Oakland Unified School District.  She is dedicated to changing the lives of all children, especially those from communities of color, poverty, and furthest reach from opportunity.  Dr. Wesley is the co-author of the second book in the trauma series called Culturally Responsive Self-Care for Early Childhood Educators.  She trains on trauma modules 100 and 200 in the series and trauma informed care topics that have a lens of equity and justice. 

Dana Cox has worked in the field of child health and development for over 35 years, as both a RN/Public Health Nurse and an Early Childhood Special Educator.

She is trained in the Child Trauma Academy's Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Level ll).  She credits her three children, one a young adult with cerebral palsy as her greatest teachers.  Dana specializes in trauma informed practices with a cross-sectional lens of medical trauma and disabilities.

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