Your Trainers

All classes are taught by experts who are trained and certified in CPS by Think:Kids.

We are privileged to work with the following content experts:

Mark Beach

Mark Beach, MS, is the Parent Education Director at The Child Center and has been teaching the Collaborative Problem Solving model since 2009. He is certified in CPS by Think:Kids, trains staff in crisis intervention strategies, and is a Child and Family Therapist with 30 years of experience working with families. At home, he is "Dad" to fantastic twin teen boys. Mark's therapeutic and philosophical roots are in Adlerian psychology, Dreikursian child guidance, Existential psychotherapy, Family Systems, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.

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Randi Cooper

Randi Cooper, M.Ed. , is a behavior consultant, special educator, and trainer with over 20 years experience working with individuals who experience challenging behaviors. Her background is Special Education as a classroom teacher and behavior specialist. Currently, she is a Behavior Professional Provider/Consultant who provides training and coaching for schools, clinicians, parents, and other agencies in using the most effective strategies and evidence-based approaches. Randi is an expert in Collaborative Problem Solving and is a staff member of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as a Clinical Trainer and Consultant. Randi lives in Portland, Oregon, but works with programs across the country. She is passionate about helping others increase confidence, feel empowered, and shift people's thinking of how they view and help those individuals who need some extra support at home, in school, and in life.

Taylor Herreman

Taylor Herreman is an experienced leader in child and youth services, having worked in a variety of settings to support systems-involved youth with early childhood trauma exposure from a trauma informed perspective. Taylor is currently the Director of Training Services at Boys & Girls Aid, a non-profit foster and adoption agency in Portland, OR. In her role, she provides training and consultation to of staff and foster parents in a variety of program roles. Taylor is certified to train: Collaborative Problem Solving Parenting Classes, CPI: Non Violent Crisis Intervention, ODHS Resource and Adoptive Family Trainings, and Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

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Kate O'Kelley

Kate O’Kelley, MA, is the Sr. Program Manager at GOBHI’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program and a Think:Kids Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving. Kate has a master's in Psychology and a bachelor's in Elementary Education. For over 20 years, Kate has been working with youth and families in therapeutic foster care, educational settings, outpatient mental health and juvenile detention. The CPS approach is one thing that has tied Kate’s work together. She values how CPS helps people get curious and remain compassionate about challenges we all face. Kate loves helping others learn about and practice CPS, because she believes the skills and compassion built into the model will help change the world.

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Shannon Pugerude

Shannon has had the privilege of raising three creative, fun and spunky kids and knowing and walking beside so many incredible youth and their families in her career. She has a huge heart for all and believes in the Collaborative Problem Solving® philosophy that “we all do well when we can." Shannon holds a Masters in Child Development and Early Childhood Special Education, , she has taught Special Education ages birth - Grade 8 for 20 years. She was a co-founder of Wyldwoodz Resource Center, Oregon Family Support Network Regional Director and Certified Peer Support Specialist and Trainer. She offers trainings on various topics surrounding Trauma Informed Care & Resilience building practices and supports for families and professionals, she is a certified trainer for both Think:Kids©️ Collaborative Problem Solving® & Make Parenting a Pleasure Certified Trainer.

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Suzanne Travelstead

Suzanne Travelstead is a parent and certified by Think:Kids in CPS. She has been teaching and coordinating CPS Parent classes at The Child Center for two years as the CPS Coordinator and Trainer. She brings a wealth of lived-experience and expertise into her classes!

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Jan Urton

Jan Urton is Family & Youth Program’s Family Support Partner in Yamhill County for the Wraparound Program, and she is a Think:Kids Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving. Jan is the adoptive parent of 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She also is a retired classroom teacher and former Peace Corps Volunteer, so has experience with a variety of families.

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