PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Haiti Earthquake / Sustainable Restoration / Valentine's Day

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1. LYSA PARKER, certified family life educator (CFLE), is co-founder ofATTACHMENT PARENTING INTERNATIONAL, a nonprofit organization that helps createlocal support groups and publishes educational and research materials forparents and professionals, and holds a master's degree in human developmentand family studies. Parker can discuss key issues related to the emotionallydifficult process of adopting Haitian children: "As devastating as theearthquake has been on the Haitian people, the trauma is only magnified forthe hundreds of thousands of children who are newly orphaned and the orphanedchildren who have been waiting years to be adopted into loving homes. Theearly years of a child's development sets the foundation for adulthoodbehavior, for good and bad. A humanitarian disaster of epic proportions willleave generations of lost children if agencies and governments don't respondquickly to allow them to go to families who are opening their hearts and theirhomes." Parker is based in Madison, Ala. News Contact: Jackie O'Neal, Phone: +1-609-334-8621 Web site: (1/22/10)

2. ALISON MALMQVIST is country manager for Haiti for POPULATION SERVICESINTERNATIONAL (PSI) and was in the country when the earthquake hit. She canspeak directly to the situation on the ground and especially to the healthchallenges that Haitians now face. PSI has 100 people working in Haiti, onprograms in child survival, reproductive health, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Thebulk of PSI/Haiti's efforts now are focused on ensuring an ongoing supply ofclean drinking water for those affected by the quake. Prior to joining thePSI/Haiti team, Malmqvist was country director for PSI/Sudan, a malariatechnical adviser in East Africa, and the malaria and family planning programmanager in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Malmqvist is located in SantoDomingo, Dominican Republic, and is fluent in French. Editor's Note: Malmqvisthas a profile listed in the ProfNet Experts Database. To view the profile, goto and, after logging in, click on "Search Expert."News Contact: Anna Dirksen, Phone: +1-202-469-6673 Cell: +1-646-544-8492 Web site: (1/22/10)



1. HOLIDAYS: CELEBRATING VALENTINE'S DAY AT HOME. ANDREA ALEXANDER, academicdirector for The International Culinary School at THE ART INSTITUTE OF AUSTIN,in Texas, is available to provide tips and ideas for families to celebrateValentine's Day together, and at home: "Valentine's Day is just around thecorner, and instead of partaking in the standard, romanticized dinner datewith your partner, consider a stay-at-home dinner with the entire family. Thebenefits of a stay-home celebration are no traffic, no standing in line, noharried service and it costs much less. For a Valentine's Day dinner with thefamily, just be a little creative. Get some individual pizza crusts and avariety of toppings and let everyone make their own. Let everyone make theirown sundaes or banana splits with colorful Valentine's toppings. Take picturesso you can remember the moment." News Contact: Devra Pransky, dpransky@aii.eduPhone: +1-412-995-7685 (1/22/10)

2. HOME: RESTORING AN OLD BUILDING CAN BE MORE SUSTAINABLE THAN BUILDING ANEW ONE. SARAH BARNARD, green interior designer, LEED-accredited professionaland building biology practitioner: "The essential aim of sustainable design isto create places and spaces that reduce the use of nonrenewable resources andminimize environmental impact. Older homes and existing commercial structurescan be repurposed and revived using fewer resources and creating less wastethan new construction, if planned correctly." Barnard undertakes a broad rangeof projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthyliving. She can discuss green design, sustainable living and explain howhistoric preservation fits in with an eco-friendly lifestyle. Barnard islocated in Los Angeles. Web site: (1/22/10)

3. LIVING: IMPROVING COMMUNICATION AMONG PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE ISSUES. CHRISTATEVOSIAN, author of "Life Interrupted, It's Not All About Me," a self-helpmemoir about living and coping with multiple sclerosis, can discuss hispersonal story about being an MS survivor, and how to improve communicationamong the disabled: "Communication has often been an obstacle for persons withcognitive disabilities, along with the failure of assistive technologies toovercome the discrimination and limited opportunities faced by individualswith disabilities in the U.S. Clear and open communication is an absolutenecessity for any relationship. Sadly, most relationships are lacking and manyseverely in the area of communication, especially among couples dealing withan individual suffering from a chronic illness or disability involving brainfunction. A common condition suffered by millions commonly referred to as"brain fog," whereby the individual may not be able to retain a thought longenough to complete a statement, short-term memory deficit is a symptom of somany neurological conditions like MS, fibromyalgia, reflex sympatheticdystrophy (RSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). So many people have tofunction with the aggravating and frustrating symptoms of short-term memorydeficit, resulting in the often embarrassing inability to complete a sentenceor thought." Tatevosian is based in Holliston, Mass. News Contact: JackieO'Neal, Phone: +1-609-334-8621 Web site: (1/22/10)

4. RELATIONSHIPS: UNRESOLVED LOSS OF A PRIOR MARRIAGE COMPROMISES NEWRELATIONSHIPS. BETH ERICKSON, Ph.D., speaker and author of "Marriage Isn't forSissies: Seven Simple Keys to Unlocking the Best Part of Your Life," candiscuss why unresolved loss of a prior marriage compromises new relationships:"Remedies to a high divorce rate were proposed recently by one legislator whowants to make it tougher to get married, while another wants it hard to getdivorced. The two Republicans -- McCullough from Sapulpa, Okla., and Kern fromOklahoma City -- are the latest in a long line to offer solutions toOklahoma's notoriously high divorce rate. All remarriages are born of loss,and attention must be paid to this. There is a huge difference between beinglegally and emotionally divorced. However, too many people believe they arethe same. They are not. Many people act as though getting a legal divorceitself ends a relationship, that a marriage ends on the courthouse steps. Thisis possible only when there are no children from the prior marriage involved.And even then, people must grieve the end of their marriage. Those who haveunresolved abandonment issues likely will have a particular challenge inaccomplishing this. Ideally, individuals must grieve the end of their priormarriage or relationship before they become involved with another intimatepartner, or at least in the new relationship's early stages." Beth is based inEdina, Minn. News Contact: Jackie O'Neal, Phone:+1-609-334-8621 Web site: (1/22/10)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com___________ TOPIC ALERT Haiti Earthquake (continued, 2 responses) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. Holidays: Celebrating Valentine's Day at Home 2. Home: Restoring an Old Building Can Be More Sustainable 3. Living: Improving Communication Among People with Cognitive Issues 4. Relationships: Unresolved Loss Compromises New Relationships


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