Cindy DonnellyCindy Donnelly

Cindy resides in San Pedro with her husband of 20 years, and their two daughters ages 15 and 4. Having grown up in the South Bay, she is happy to be able to raise her family here and feels fortunate to have so many choices of activities, camps, classes and recreation.

For over 19 years she has worked with What’s Up For Kids founder Cathy Alessandra and is thrilled to carry on the publication, website and events as the new publisher/owner.  Cindy especially enjoys helping local businesses connect with parents through our magazine and events. Cindy can be reached at

Ann GambrellAnn Gambrell
Column Writer, Quick Tips for Organizing

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. She motivates audiences with her special brand of whit and sensitivity. They feel an immediate rapport with Ann as she inspires them with her sense of humor and unique organizational methods and techniques.

Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars,workshops and classes throughout the country. As an instructor in the adult school systems since 1985 she teaches classes on Paper Management,Clutter Control, Home Organizing, Time Management and more. Ann presents programs to business, social, religious and family groups and associations with emphasis on their specific organizational situations. Her programs are educational, humorous, stress relieving, realistic and most of all practical. She also facilitates Clutter Support Groups for those with serious clutter challenges. She is a member of the NSGCD the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers, established in 1985 with members around the world, and a member of their Golden Circle. She has received numerous awards for service to the association and profession. Ann has written articles for newspapers, magazines and Internet services nationally. As an organizational consultant, Ann has received publicity in numerous periodicals and has been a featured guest on national television programs.

Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. Contact Ann Gambrell at (310) 212-0917 or Ann has many classes coming up. Click here for information on the Fall adult school class schedule and here for information on her Clutter Support Groups.

Michael MalgeriMichael Malgeri
Column Writer, On Dad’s Watch

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of “On Dad’s Watch.” He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events.

Along with “On Dad’s Watch,” Michael believes there’s a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

michelle pulll headshotMichele Pullo
Column Writer, Home and Family

Michele Pullo created happycalmchild out of the needs of her own family and friends to have simple, tangible tools to help our children self-regulate their emotions, focus and ease anxiety. She works with both children and their parents through live and virtual classes, talks, webinars, family workshops and a private family program. She’s combined evidence based stress reduction tools with effective parenting techniques to give parents the support they need. Her experience as the mother of a 9yr old with ADD and a spirited 4yr old keeps her in the trenches with you! Michele’s background working with children, teaching Yoga and Dance along with 25 years of study on Stress Reduction Techniques, Movement for Learning and the Mind/Body Connection helped her create a structured, easy to follow, fun curriculum that gives kids the tools they need while giving parents the results and support they’ve been looking for! Connect with Michele at

lauren photoLauren Perelmuter
Column Writer, Creativity

Lauren Perelmuter has been dedicated to and deeply involved in the arts and art education for 25 years. Perelmuter earned degrees in Fine Art and Textile Design from Otis Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, University of Paris, France and University of California Santa Barbara.  In 2000, she combined her business experience in management, sales and program development with her talents and passion for art to launch Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc.  She serves as Founder and President.

Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc., brings Art Enrichment Programs, Products, and Services to children ages 18 months –18 years old.  Perelmuter’s extensive background working with schools, both private and public, along with Cities, Corporate Day Care Centers, and non-profit organizations has moved Art To Grow On Inc. to the forefront as one of the leading art enrichment providers in Southern California.

Under Perelmuter’s leadership Art To Grow On Inc. was chosen as the 2013 Star Award recipient by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation and by LA Parent Magazine as the Best of Kids Art Programs 2012.  Art To Grow On worked with Torrance Cable Television to develop a children’s series on the arts and has been chosen numerous times for “Spotlight” appearances for exhibiting business success that truly makes a difference in the lives of children.  Perelmuter is currently a contributing columnist for LA Parent Magazine, School News Roll Call, Kids Homeschool Magazine, and What’s Up for Kids Magazine along with serving on the Board of Directors for The Global Institute for Arts and Leadership (TGIAL). Most recently, Perelmuter was chosen as the featured spotlight recipient for Innovative Women Magazine, July 2014.

Perelmuter believes the act of “creating” gives children Life Essential Skills. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independent Learning, Collaboration, and Communication are skills this generation must embrace and refine not only to thrive but to contribute as global citizens and be optimal thinkers. Students learn about the Great Master Artists and their techniques, paint, design, build, draw, and let their imagination soar. “They are our future innovators!” Lauren can be reached at

6 6 2014 Kirsten  Khatija-117Kirsten Bell & Khatija Dadabhoy
Family Fitness

Commit to 5K is a 10-week program that combines life coaching with run coaching to ensure that participants reach their goal–Crossing the finish line at their first 5K race and establishing healthy, positive internal and external habits.

Khatija Dadabhoy leads the life coaching portion of the program. She is a transformational counselor and coach who holds a MA in counseling. She specifically works with women who are ready to experience their inner revolution!! She guides women in the release of all that is in the way of their fundamental authentic and greatest self, clearing the way to true happiness and transformation. When transformation happens inside, it radiates outward and shows up in all areas of life. She is a mother and a graduate herself of this running program. She shares the tools and strategies that helped her successfully cross many 5k finish lines. The Commit to 5k program includes one on one and group sessions with Coach Khatija to not only help women commit to their fitness goals, but to transform their lives as a whole.

Kirsten Bell leads the running and physical fitness portion of the program. She is a certified running and triathlon coach, as well as a personal trainer. She’s been helping women kickstart and reach their fitness goals since 2010. She met one of her biggest personal goals when she completed her first Ironman race in Lake Tahoe. She is a mother and a late-in-life athlete who transformed her frustration with her post-pregnancy body into a dedication to her own health as well as the health of others. She coaches women as a professional and an athlete but she can also connect with them as a woman who has been in their shoes. Coach Kirsten teaches women how to run with proper form to minimize injury and increase endurance. In the Commit to 5K program, she takes participants through a gradual run/walk program to reach the goal of running a 5k race and teaches them how to support their running with strength training and good physical care.