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Meet Your Hosts

CAMERON is Co-CEO of Stepfamily Magazine, a Certified Stepparent Coach, host of The Stepmom Diaries podcast, and CEO of This Custom Life, where she helps stepmoms build their best blended family lives.

Cameron is married to a veteran and is a stepmom of four, including one with special needs. She has worked in politics for over twenty years and is a Washington Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business" award recipient.

Her work has been featured in Business Insider, UpJourney, StepMom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, Stepmomming, the Today Parenting Team, and she is a coach and contributing writer for the Stepmomz App.

BETH is Co-CEO of Stepfamily Magazine, a Certified Stepparent Coach and owner of The Inclusive Stepmom, where she takes stepmoms from hopeless to happy.

Beth specializes in LGBTQ+ issues, being a childless stepmom, infertility, dealing with the ex in a small town, and strengthening stepfamilies through focusing on your relationship with your partner.

Her work has been featured in StepMom Magazine, Stepparent Magazine, SheKnows Parenting, Bustle, Romper, TravelZoo, BabyCenter, Stepmomming, Stepmomz, and ParentMap.

Meet Your Speakers

Jamie Scrimgeour
Host, The Kick-Ass Stepmom Podcast

Jamie Scrimgeour is a Life Coach with a Specialization in Stepfamily Dynamics, the host of the top charting podcast, The KICK-ASS Stepmom Podcast and creator of the The Exclusive Stepmom Community, an online membership for stepmoms who want to live a KICK-ASS Life. With a focus on personal development, mindset and playing the long game, Jamie has created the type of resources she needed when she became stepmom almost 10 years ago. She is on a mission to inspire women to be the expert on their own life and thrive amongst extra stress that comes with stepfamily life.

Jamie has a BA Honours in Psychology, a post grad in Social Service Work, and prior to becoming a Life Coach enjoyed a career in Child Protection. She is a stepmom of three and a mom of one.

Dr. Patricia Papernow
Psychologist, Founder of Stepfamily Institute 

Dr. Patricia Papernow has taught about “blended families” all over the U.S. and the world. In addition to her lively engaging presence, Patricia brings forty years of clinical experience helping stepfamilies, and a solid grounding in the current research about what works (and what doesn’t) to build a thriving, healthy “blended family.”

Patricia is the author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t, and, with Karen Bonnell, The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating, to Getting Serious to Forming a “Blended Family.”

She is a member of the Experts Council of National Stepfamily Resource Center and the recipient of the 2017 award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite
Willa Cather Professor of Communication Studies Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D. studies how people in personal and family relationships communicate and negotiate family change and challenges. Her research centers on communication in understudied and changing families, communication rituals, and dialectics of relating especially in stepfamilies and among voluntary (fictive) kin.

Dr. Braithwaite has authored over 140 publications and is co-author or co-editor of six books, including Family Communication: Cohesion and Change, Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication, Engaging Theories in Family Communication, and By Degrees: Resilience, Relationships and Success in Communication Graduate Studies. She is the author of the blog “Communication Matters” for Psychology Today.

 Naja Hall
Certified StepFamily Coach, Founder of VIP Stepmom, Blended And Black 

Naja is the founder of VIPStepmom and Blended and Black. As a Certified Coach and Educator, she understands that the family is THE MOST influential entity of human development, and her work centers around helping individuals, couples, and families navigate some of life’s toughest transitions.

As the host of popular podcast, I know I’m Crazy with Naja Hall and author of the Amazon best-seller Girl, Bye! Book series, Naja’s life’s work is to teach empathy, accountability, and emotional intelligence through the art of story-telling and genuine human connections. She’s a Stepmom of 3.

Megan Hunter, MBA
Co-founder & CEO, High Conflict Institute & Conflict Playbook

Megan Hunter, MBA, is co-founder of the High Conflict Institute and Conflict Playbook, along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. who developed the high-conflict personality theory.

Megan developed the concept of the Institute after 13 years in policy, legislation, and judicial training with the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Dawes County Attorney’s Office in Nebraska. She is also the founder of Unhooked Books Publishing.

Megan has trained professionals across a wide spectrum of professions across the U.S. and 7 countries. She holds an MBA and a B.S. in Business and Economics. She has served as President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, the Arizona Family Support Council, and the Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association. She served 5 years on the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners.

She is the author and/or co-author of several books, including: Dating Radar; Hiring Radar; BIFF at Work; and The High Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide. She's also a mom of 3, mother-in-law of 2, and stepmom of 5.

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Anita Inglis
Founder, Institute of Step-Family Dynamics

Anita is a step/mum to 7 who lives in New Zealand with a revolving cast of kids, pets, and a constant husband. She works with individuals, couples, and step-families around the world to provide tools and support as they navigate the sometimes challenging waters of the step-family dynamic.

Anita specialises in working with people with trauma and those experiencing high conflict parenting situations. Along with coaching her clients, she coaches coaches and established the Institute of Step-Family Dynamics, a resource for both stepfamilies and professional working with stepfamilies.

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Barbara Goldberg
Coach For All Things Stepfamily

Barb Goldberg is a Certified Life Coach with Dr. Martha Beck and the owner of The Evil Stepmother Speaks. As the stepmother to three children and the biological mom to one son, Barb has been through the trenches and understands the challenges of stepmother life. Her greatest accomplishment is looking at her four, amazing adult children with tremendous pride.

Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is a certified Dr. Martha Beck life coach. She has been an expert guest on CBS Talk Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio, the The Pat McMahon Show and other media outlets. She has also been an audience expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

You can read Barb’s articles in The Huffington Post, and as a syndicated blogger for BlogHer. Her blog, “The Evil Stepmother Speaks” was chosen as #1 Blended-Family Blog by Circle of Moms. Her Facebook communities, The Evil Stepmother Speaks and the private community, Stepmom Life Class are outlets for thousands of stepmothers. You can hear Barb weekly on The Evil Stepmother Speaks Podcast. Her book, The Evil Stepmother Speaks: A Guide for Stepfamilies Who Want to Love and Laugh, is a favorite among stepfamilies.

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Bailey Oliber Blackburn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, Univ. of Arkansas

Bailey Oliver Blackburn, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She holds a PhD in Human Communication, with a focus in restructured family communication. She is a published researcher, professor, and certified group facilitator in the fields of conflict transformation and family resilience.

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Kristen Skiles
Certified Stepparent Coach

Kristen is the proud wife of Kevin and stepmom to 11-year-old Krista. Together, they live in Dallas, Texas, and share 50/50 custody with Krista’s mom! Kristen has overcome insecurities as her husband's second wife, learned a million lessons the hard way as a stepparent, and been on a roller coaster ride with shared parenting. Kristen grew up as a stepchild with a strict, very involved stepdad and one long-distance dad with a few different stepmoms over the years. Couple that with the fact she was business partners and lived with her stepdaughter's mom for a season, and it's safe to say, she offers a unique perspective!

Kristen is a Certified Stepparent Coach and founder of stepmomming.com, an online platform dedicated to providing comfort and guidance to overwhelmed stepmoms by giving them the tools and inspiration they need to overcome insecurities and discontentment.

Kristen works to show stepmoms around the world that stepmomming is what they do and not who they are, encouraging them to embrace their unique roles and truly love their lives.

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Dr. Erin Careless, PhD                                                        
Certified Stepfamily Coach

Erin, aka the unfortunately named, Dr. Careless, is sarcastic, empathetic, and a recovering people-pleaser. She has a PhD, is a Certified Stepfamily Coach, and the owner of Steplife: Stepmom Coaching and Support. Erin is also a Director of Adult Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She lives just a few feet from the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the beach is a favourite spot for her and her kids.

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JoAnn Crohn                                                                          
Founder, No Guilt Mom

JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator who helps moms feel confident in everything from raising empowered, self-sufficient kids to dropping the anxiety and guilt out of modern parenthood.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker, appearing in national media and founder of the company, No Guilt Mom. Her specialty is talking to both parents and kids - with her parenting course, Calm & Happy Parenting and her self-paced digital courses for kids in handling big emotions, getting kids to help out more, creating a morning routine and conquering the homework drama.

JoAnn is a former elementary school teacher with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood Education. She’s a mom to 2 kids - ages 13 and 9.

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Jessica Frew
Owner, The BOLD Logic and 
Host, Husband in Law podcast

Jessica Frew is a wife, ex-wife, mom, stepmom, and BOLD action taker. She has a successful podcast called “Husband in Law” that she records with her husband, Matt, and her ex-husband, Steve. Together they are sharing their stories of love, marriage, coming out, divorce, remarriage and co-parenting to help others know they are not alone. They also co-own The BOLD Logic. A company devoted to helping people go from living in an “I should” mindset to taking BOLD action towards keeping and reclaiming their sense of self. Jessica is a firm believer that by knowing and understanding what it is you really want in life you can BOLDly create a life you love, no matter what your circumstances.

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Tamara Harris                                                                          
Owner, Design Your Way Home

Tamara is owner and Interior Decorator at Design Your Way Home. She’s a house nerd on a mission to stop decorating overwhelm, second-guessing and regret purchases so you can confidently turn your house into a home you love.

Design Your Way Home offers step-by-step home decor training for busy women so you can easily decorate without breaking the bank, or you can work with Tamara one on one by scheduling a VIP Decor Experience.

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Katie White
Intuitive Energy Guide

Katie White is an Intuitive Energy Guide and Reiki Master Teacher. She is an overall illuminator, which means being in her energy is going to fully light you up from the inside out and you will feel your most radiate self, just by being in her presence.

She believes every woman deserves to feel connected with her most powerful, intuitive, inner self. So many women overwork themselves by putting the needs of everyone else before theirs. Katie's been there before, feeling depleted and having no energy left. That's why she has devoted her life to teaching women how to break that cycle.

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Brittany Lynch, BScN
Founder of Stepqueen & Host of Queen Of Your Castle Podcast

Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, helps stepmoms around the world navigate & transform the relationships they have with their stepkids, their partner, and their partner’s ex, so that they can live happily ever after.

Brittany is the founder & CEO of Stepqueen, the host of top-ranked relationship podcast: Queen of your Castle, and a regular featured writer for Stepmom Magazine.

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Jay Skibbens
Co-Parenting Coach

As a co-parenting dad, Jay found out his two sons weren’t biologically his when they were 15 and 30 months old. He realized DNA wasn’t needed to be the dad he was meant to be. Since then he has been a teacher, a social worker, and now helps co-parents turn every part of divorce and coparenting into a process they can learn and make their own.

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Heidi Villegas
Owner, Healing Harvest Homestead

Heidi is a stepmom with a tricky past who now knows how to create a peaceful home.

Ever since she learned how to use herbs and natural healing methods to solve her own health issues over 15 years ago, she has been on a path to learn as much as she can about plant medicine and natural health.

Heidi is a certified professional level aromatherapist, clinical/community herbalist, and lover of all things natural living. She has been teaching herbalism since 2014 and runs the Healing Harvest Homestead School Of Botanical Arts.

She brings her years of experience and study, teaching credentials, and ability to encourage others so her students can bring the healing powers of the natural world into their own home, garden, and kitchen, for a happier, healthier life.

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Sarah Freeman
CEO, Sarah Freeman Coaching

Sarah Freeman is a passionate endurance athlete, podcast host, step-mum, wife, and a brave, badass, big-hearted woman.

Her mission is to guide women endurance athletes and step-mums to embody their next-level confidence through her 1:1 coaching, podcasting, and speaking.

When women endurance athletes and step-mums start to embody their confidence, that's when anything is possible!

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Ali Wilks, MSc
Successful Stepfamily Strategist and Couples Coach

Ali Wilks MSc is a certified Successful Stepfamily Strategist and Couples Coach. Driven by her own feelings of doubt and insecurity in her stepmom role, she discovered her passion to help became her purpose. She created the Successful Stepmom Retreats and Successful Stepcouple Retreats. She is also the owner and developer of The Soulful Stepmom, where she shares her soulful insights, embraces her otherworldly gifts, and teaches about her heart earned lessons that came as a result of her stepmom struggles.

Ali offers transformational coaching programs to stepmoms so they can release resentment to find peace and empowerment. She also coaches stepcouples to become an unstoppable team because she believes stepfamily stress can be turned into stepfamily success.

She’s been featured Divorce Magazine, YourTango, StepMom Magazine, and on Stepparent Magazine as their Wellness Editor. She is a recent add to International Bestselling Authors list for her contribution to the Book BluTalks Series 2.

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