Dianne Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, CCE
Dianne is a Lactation Consultant in Rochester, New York with Advanced Lactation Certification. Dianne works in Private Practice, and in a busy Pediatrician office supporting mothers and babies. She also teaches prenatal breastfeeding and childbirth in the hospital setting. In the fall of 2013, Dianne completed her MA in Health and Wellness/Lactation. She is dedicated to serving
mothers and babies, and has the unique ability to identify with the needs and concerns of new mothers. Dianne has worked extensively with women who have survived trauma, babies struggling with tongue tie, birth trauma, milk supply issues, attachment, identifying latch problems, returning to work and breastfeeding multiples.
Dianne has 3 biological children, including twins, 3 step children and a supportive husband. Dianne is an author and public speaker and enjoys teaching caregivers how to support new families through breastfeeding struggles.
Sarah Del favero
Sarah is a local teaching artist with teaching experience in many different capacities including swim lesson instruction with the YMCA for 7 years, camp counseling at Camp Y-Owasco and in various parts of Italy, fulfilling an apprentice role with Geva Theater’s Summer Academy, providing enrichment and structured recess play at RCSD School #46 with Rochester Americorps, and teaching creative movement at Brockport Hill Elementary School. Currently, Sarah teaches a 3-4 year old ballet/tap/jazz class at Articul8 Dance in East Rochester and provides movement and yoga classes at Doodlebugs! Children’s Centers. She holds two degrees in Arts for Children (dance studies) and Theatre from The State University The College at Brockport. She is excited to partner with BBC!
Mark Goho, BME, M.Ed.
Mark Goho has been teaching music since 2007, starting in public school, and moving soon after to private and homeschooling groups. Mark received his certification to teach along with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia in 2007. With the birth of his first daughter, Anneliese, Mark became very interested in early childhood music development.
In 2011, Mark began graduate work at the University at Buffalo. The program at UB specialized in early childhood music development and instruction and introduced him to the world of Music Learning Theory, first introduced to the world by Dr. Edwin Gordon in the early 1970s at UB.
Working alongside experts in the field of learning theory for newborns and young children, Mark’s interest and passion in the field grew exponentially. In 2013, he earned his Masters in Education from UB, with a specialization in early childhood development for children ages birth through five. He currently teaches music classes for a homeschooling cooperative in Pittsford and guides his (now) three daughters through the types and stages of preparatory audiation.
Eileen Hayes, RYT
Eileen is a Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her 200 hr training with Blue Lotus Yoga of Rochester, NY. In addition she has pursued specialized certifications in yoga for children, prenatal/ postpartum women, addictions recovery and restorative yoga. In teaching she is
inspired to create space for others to experience the transformative benefits that come with nurturing a consistent yoga practice. Her classes focus on a therapeutic approach, aligning with the universal aspects of body/mind/breath/heart, to make yoga accessible to each
individual. She believes it is through this mindful attention to our being we are supported back into connection with ourselves, to our wholeness and goodness, and from that place move into deeper relationship with life.
Adriana Lozada, CD(DONA), CSC(IMPI), CBP(IABPP), CEMC(IMPI)
Adriana Lozada is a birth doula, an eco-maternity consultant, a postpartum educator and a child sleep consultant. She’s a bestselling author, speaker, and podcast host. Since 2007 she’s been helping women and their partners have a smoother transition into parenthood. Learn more at Birthful.com
Kerry is the former owner Roc the Barre studio here in Rochester, NY and taught barre classes from 2012 until 2016. She took a brief hiatus during and after her pregnancy and now she’s back and ready to bring the burn! Kerry has several barre teaching certifications in various methods, but Roc the Barre is the method she created and uses for teaching. Kerry’s classes combine basic ballet exercises, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and tone the whole body. In her classes you will find muscles and strength you didn’t know you had.
Linda Schmackpfeffer has been a Baby Signing Instructor since 2006 when she founded her business “Tiny Hands Talk to Me.” Linda was introduced to baby signing when her then 18 month old grandson was speech delayed and went for speech therapy. The speech therapist recommended that his parents teach him ASL, so he would have a way to communicate before he could speak. When Linda saw how much this helped her grandson, she did some research and found out that signing with babies of all ages (with or without disabilities) is very beneficial both short term and long term. It was at this point that Linda decided she wanted to share this valuable information with parents and caregivers in the area through classes, workshops, and seminars. Linda received her initial Baby Signing Instructor certification from Kindersigns University in 2006. In 2010 Linda applied to and was accepted by The Signing Time Academy. She received further training and became a Certified Baby Signing Time Instructor. Over the years Linda has taught her Baby Signing Classes at local libraries, and recreation centers, as well as holding private in home classes for interested parents and families. She also has conducted several workshops for the teaching staff of various childcare centers in the Rochester area.
Christy Muscato, CD(DONA), LCCE
Christy is a co-owner of Beautiful Birth Choices, LLC and has been enjoying working with families through teaching the BBC Childbirth Education classes for almost a decade. This year she is excited to begin classes as an Evidence Based Birth instructor. She has been assistant training during the DONA Birth Doula Workshops for many years and plans to become approved as a full trainer this year.