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Candace Stromberg

Candace started Yoga Monkey Kids because of a desire to combine her two loves — kids and yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has been amazed at the physical and emotional benefits she has received. She introduced her own children to yoga and found they had a natural connection to the practice and philosophy. In 2010 she decided to become certified in teaching childrens yoga so that she could work with many children and spread the wonderful peace that her own family had found through practicing yoga. Being a warrior mom, she also believes in teaching children as a whole — nutrition and altruistic behavior are cornerstones in their lives and a foundation for a successful and peaceful life. She believes that kids are naturally giving and curious, if one helps to guide them they can be unstoppable and amazing!

Candace can be reached at candace@yogamonkeykids.com.

Carol Preston

Carol Preston

Carol earned both her MS and BS degrees from Syracuse University. As a senior consultant, Carol leverages her 30+ years as a communications expert to help clients frame key medical issues and deliver compelling messages to key audiences.  She has worked with hundreds of physicians and scientists on issues ranging from cardiovascular health to cancer-related treatments and has facilitated panels on red blood cell-building agents and metastatic breast cancer.   

Carol has coached dozens of physicians to speak compellingly about the dangers of hypertension along with life-style and medication options to lower high blood pressure to safe levels.  She has also worked with physicians and pharmacists to prepare for successful interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC.

Carol worked as a journalist and talk show host for 25 years, most of that time at the Mutual Broadcasting and NBC Radio Networks.  The AP and UPI have honored Carol for her documentary on the Holocaust survivors.  She has lectured on media at George Washington University and has written Congressional testimony and speeches for C-level executives. She remains active with Bread for the City in Washington, DC after serving an eight-year stint on its board.

Nisha Puntambekar, MPH

Nisha Puntambekar, MPH

Nisha Puntambekar is a Research Associate at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Health Policy. Her research focuses on issues relating to global health security with a specific focus on implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005). She has spent time overseas in India assessing clinical capabilities, and in the eastern Caribbean region (Martinique and St. Lucia) studying infectious disease surveillance. Prior to joining the GW team, she worked for the American Red Cross, PhRMA, and at the NIH. She has an MPH in Global Health Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Rochester.

Nisha grew up in New England and her parents recently moved away from the cold to sunny California. She has a younger sister who also lives in DC and currently attending law school. Outside of work to relax and unwind, Nisha enjoys reading, quilting, and baking, and to stay active, she enjoys hiking, alpine skiing, running, and weight training.

Penelope Facher, LCSW, PhD

Penelope Facher, LCSW, PhD

Penelope Facher, LCSW, PhD is a child development specialist who has worked in the fields of education and mental health for 25 years. 

She has a masters degree in education from Pepperdine University, a masters degree in Social Work from UCLA, and a PhD in social work from The California Institute for Clinical Social Work.  

In addition to her private practice in Los Angeles working with children, adolescents, families, parents, individuals and couples, Penelope consults with schools both locally and nationally, and is a noted lecturer and trainer. 

Penelope’s proudest and most enjoyable accomplishment is being mother to her twin 7 year old boys, Miles and Leo, who give her her greatest moments of joy, and her most relevant training for her work as well!

She is very lucky to have the wonderful Dr. Thu Tran as her sister in law!


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