Speaker Bios

2013 Speaker Bios

Dr. Amos Grünebaum, MD, FACOG, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Dr. Amos GrunebaumAs a specialist in high-risk pregnancies (maternal-fetal medicine) with over 30 years of experience in his field. He is the author and coauthor of more than 25 peer-reviewed, scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is a contributor to multiple websites and is often featured as an expert on CNN, ABC, NBC and other media outlets.

He coauthored Dr. Ruth’s Pregnancy Guide for Couples (Routledge Press, 1999), and his newest book with Dr.Ruth is expected to be published in the winter of 2011. Through his active private New York O B-GYN practice he has delivered more than 3,000 babies and has supervised more than 10,000 deliveries.

He is presently the Director of Obstetrics and Chief of Labor & Delivery at New York’s largest medical center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology at the leading Ivy League medical college in New York City.
 

Dr. Whitney Roban, Founder of SLEEP-EEZ KIDZ, Pediatric Sleep Specialist

Dr. Whitney RobanDr. Roban lives and works by one philosophy: parenting is one of the hardest jobs, made impossible when a family doesn’t sleep. Her mission is to give the gift of sleep to families through her information dissemination and emotional support based sleep training system.

With an M.A. in Psychology from New York University and Ph.D. in Clinical and School psychology from Hofstra University, Whitney began her career creating psychoeducational books and games for use in child psychotherapy for Childswork/Childsplay. She then took her expertise to the Girl Scout Research Institute as an applied social researcher, where she authored national research studies in the youth market.

After taking time off from her professional life to be a mom, during which time she sleep trained her own children, Whitney formed SLEEP-EEZ KIDZ. Dr. Roban is now devoting her time away from her two very well rested sons to help other parents and caregivers struggling with childhood sleep problems. Throughout her years working as a child sleep consultant, Whitney has helped hundreds of children sleep soundly every night.
 

Daron Pope, President and CEO of Rosie Pope Maternity, Father

Daron PopeMississippi born and New Jersey bred; Daron is equally comfortable talking about Brett Favre as he is Jon Bon Jovi. It’s this dichotomous background which allowed Daron to transition seamlessly from College Football Quarterback and Wall Street Wunderkind to Breast Pump Tutorials and sought after Diaper Bags. After Quarterbacking at The College of William and Mary for four years, Daron spent the next decade rising through the ranks of Wall Street—first at Lehman Brothers and later at a boutique investment bank which he co-founded. While he enjoyed his time in Finance, he found his true calling in the world of maternity clothing and pregnancy education. In the summer of 2010, Daron took over as President and CEO of both Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep. The only things he loves more than his job are spending time with his wife, watching her work her incredible magic and helping her raise their ever-expanding family.

Sarah Tilton, BRITAX Child Passenger Safety Advocate

Sarah TiltonAs an active CPS Technician since 2002 and Instructor since 2004, Sarah is the spokesperson for BRITAX within the advocacy community participating in child passenger safety activities at a local, state and national level.

Sarah serves on the new product development, technical writing and marketing teams at BRITAX. In addition, she managed and developed the training curriculum for the BRITAX Consumer Services department, assisted with the development and implementation of the BRITAX ISO Quality Management System and organized and implemented a permanent checking station at BRITAX during her nine years with the company. Sarah is currently active with the Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg coalition and is a member of the North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Training Committee.

Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ LevensteinDr. JJ Levenstein has spent the last quarter of a century caring for children. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, and served as a research associate at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute. After that, she graduated summa cum laude with a second undergraduate degree from Duke University, and completed training as a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. In Los Angeles, she served as a pediatric Physician Assistant with a large HMO prior to studying at and graduating at the top of her class from USC’s Keck School of Medicine and was leading pediatric intern at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Recently retired from the thriving private practice she founded in Southern California, Dr. JJ continues as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the clinical staff of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was voted one of the Best Doctors in America® 2004 through 2012 and also recognized as one of the Top Pediatricians designated by The Leading Physicians of the World 2012. She remains committed to teaching, and is focusing her current efforts on volunteer work, writing, and consulting. She sits on the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles, and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Peanut Board.

Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician-moms.

Kate Solomon

Kate SolomonAfter graduating from Harvard, Kate Solomon decided to give back and joined the Peace Corps to teach beekeeping to entrepreneurial women farmers in South America and implement organic farming programs. Many years later, while she had developed a successful career as leading product developer in the prestige hair care industry at L’Oréal, Parfums Givenchy and Avon, Solomon decided to combine her professional expertise with her passion for natural ingredients. She began working with top botanists to develop Babo Botanicals, a line of products that reflect the attributes she values and prefers for her own kids — sulfate free, pure and allergy-tested, containing certified organic ingredients and plant-based science. Kate has three children of her own proving that women can do everything and fulfill their multi-faceted missions in life.
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