Marni Roosevelt, M.A. - Director
Marni Roosevelt has extensive experience in all areas of child development. She has been a teacher and educator of all ages, from very young children to adults. Marni is a faculty member in the Child Development Department at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), where she founded and serves as Director of the Family Resource Center. Since 2000, she has created and directed programs that respond to the needs of community college student-parents and the as well as for workforce training participants..
Under Marni’s leadership, over $10 million in early childhood workforce grants have been awarded to the FRC. Her efforts to use a “cradle to career” model have resulted in multiple state and national awards in recognition of her leadership in creating innovative workforce programs.
Marni has expertise with work and family programs in the corporate world and has done national and international consulting. In 1997, she was invited by President Clinton to participate in the Presidential Summit for America’s Futureas well as The White House Conference on Child Care. Marni was a presenter at the National Summit: Early Childhood 2010 Innovation for the Next Generation in Washington DC. She was invited to present the model of The LAVC Family Resource at a national conference sponsored by the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Harvard University in 2012. Her international consulting work includes visits to early childhood programs in South Korea, Kenya, Cuba, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Argentina.
Ms. Roosevelt received her B.A. in Human Development from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from California State University at Sonoma. Marni recently received a Fellowship from The Simms/Mann Institute. Her research project focused on the identification of barriers to academic success for community college student-parents with children under three years old.
Lisa Brauer, M.A./M.F.T. - Special Needs Program Trainer, Playgroup Instructor
Lisa Brauer is a psychotherapist/child development specialist and LAVC faculty member with a thriving private practice. Both in private practice and in agency settings, Lisa offers family therapy and case collaboration support. Lisa works with both the FRC and WFT Departments delivering workshops, leading discussions and providing individual counseling sessions. Lisa utilizes a team approach and interfaces with a network of family support agencies and professionals to serve students, staff and workforce training participants holistically. She supports our students and workforce participants at the Family Resource Center by serving as a
Lisa has taught workshops for LAUSD, Jewish Family Service and LAVC with an emphasis on understanding unique developmental patterns of children with special needs. As part of her commitment to young children, Lisa has worked to bring increased awareness and improve the quality of training provided to college students entering special needs work force.
Amber Angel - Program Coordinator
Amber Angel has expertise in student parent success and program development. In her role as a Program Coordinator, she supports student parents in achieving academic and professional success in a 2Gen approach. Amber oversees on-campus partnerships and streamlines academic, workforce, career technical education, and childcare resources for students.
Amber serves as a Student Parent Ambassador for Ascend at the Aspen Institute and has presented nationally on 2Gen student success. In May 2016, Amber was invited to speak at the United States Department of Education's "Better Outcomes through a 2Gen Approach: Federal Agencies Focus on Serving Whole Families" Conference in Washington, D.C. on the importance of public policy in shaping student parent success.
Amber is the proud mom of two young girls and is a student parent at California State University, Northridge, working towards a Bachelors Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences: Family Studies.