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Patty Wipfler is the author of the book Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges with co-author Tosah Schore. Patty was born, raised, and educated in California, graduating from Occidental College, and is the mother of two sons. The focus of her life's work has been teaching basic listening, parenting, stress-reduction, and leadership skills to parents.

In 1989, Patty founded the non-profit Parents Leadership Institute, which evolved into Hand in Hand Parenting. As Director, she has written 14 booklets, produced numerous videotapes and audiotapes, and has written over 100 articles for Hand in Hand on the principles and benefits of Hand in Hand Parenting. These  booklets have sold over 1 million copies in English, Spanish, Chinese, Romanian, Hungarian, and Japanese.

Patty Wipfler’s articles have been published in Mothering Magazine, the Bulletin of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Child Welfare News, and in many local newsletters for parents. She has been a keynote speaker at Association for the Education of Young Children conventions in Chicago and Philadelphia, and has done workshops and trainings throughout California, and in Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and Massachusetts, as well as in Beijing, China.

Patty lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

Velma Gentzsch, Administrative DirectorVelma found out about Hand in Hand Parenting in 2012 and became an instructor in 2017. Hand in Hand helped her learn how to love her self and her son well in easy, as well as challenging times. She is passionate about helping parents thrive, loving children in all their moods, and learning to play to build connection.

Velma became Administrative Director at Hand in Hand in 2020. She has experience with early NICU trauma, supermom syndrome, postpartum depression, separation anxiety, and childhood aggression.

Velma lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her son, dogs, cats, and chickens.

Julianne Idleman has been with Hand in Hand since 2006. She brings her years of experience in corporate training, organizational design and personnel management to her work in the non-profit sector.

Juli has been using Hand in Hand Parenting tools in her family since 2002. She enjoys sharing the science behind Hand in Hand Parenting with other parents, “No pressure, folks, but that game of peek-a-boo you just played built new neural connections in your baby’s brain. The deep breath you took instead of yelling at the teenager who’s pushing all your buttons just allowed them a moment to practice regulating their own emotional states. What you do to promote connection, even the very small things, matters.”

Juli especially enjoys working with toddlers. She lives with her husband and daughter in San Jose, CA

Elle is from the UK. Her background is in content creation for high-end brands and travel.

Elle has recently completed the Instructor Certification program and is the host of the 100-episode Hand in Hand Parenting Podcast. In addition to all her content duties, Elle also edits the weekly parents newsletter for Hand in Hand.

She lives in Hong Kong with her husband Rick and their two kids in Hong Kong.

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