Senior Parent Coach, Educator & Mentor, 805-904-1411
Bill has worked as a teacher, counselor and principal in the public schools for over 30 years. He is a Certified Positive Discipline Associate parent educator and has provided trainings for parents and teachers throughout the United States.
Presently, Bill facilitates parent education classes and coaching services through the Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County. Understanding the pressures and demands that parents are under in these uncertain times, Bill provides support and encouragements for parents to be the best they can be. Bill is there to help them through the journey of parenthood and to create a plan that will work for them and their child. Bill is married to a former first grade teacher and has two grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Parent Educator & Program Specialist, 805-788-8206
Deanne Ririe holds her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies. She and her husband, Joe, have lived and raised their six children on the California Central Coast. She has always loved and looked for opportunities to work with children. While living here on the Central Coast, Deanne has had many opportunities to work with children and teens within the community. Some of her experience includes serving in the schools as a PTA President, classroom aid, and fundraising coordinator. In her church, she organized, planned, and directed a youth camp for girls 12-18 years old. Deanne has also served and enjoyed her time working in Boy Scouts as a chairman and den mother.
One of Deanne’s favorite quotes was from John F. Kennedy when he said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resources and its best hope for the future.” Because of her love for children and her desire to help families, Deanne completed her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies. She believes that it is through Parent Education that we can protect our most valuable resource and prepare our children for the future.
Program Director, 805-543-3700
Gwen graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology and also holds Associate Degrees in Early Child Development and Behavioral Sciences. Impressively, while completing her studies at Cal Poly, she received training through Active Parenting and Positive Discipline parent education curriculum. She was a preschool teacher with Early Head Start at Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, where she worked with children ages infants to three years old. Previously, Gwen was a co-Teacher working with pre-schoolers at the County Office of Education in Paso Robles and Shandon. Gwendolyn has lived in San Luis Obispo county for the majority of her life and loves the fact that she and her husband are raising their children here. She is a mother, step-mother, and foster parent to a variety of ages from 6 to 18. She loves to help parents recognize their strengths and build on what is good and working in the parent-child relationship.
Bilingual Parent Coach & Educator, 805-540-1223
Lindaflor Larsen has worked with families in health and childcare settings for over 30 years. Her father named her after he hiked on the hills of Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain. Linda is a trained and board-certified Health and Wellness Coach, which compliments her coaching practice with Parent Connection. Linda is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and well-versed in the parenting curriculum Active Parenting. She continues her parenting education journey by learning from Senior Parent Coach Bill Spencer, attending webinars, and reading books on the latest parenting information available.
Linda’s lived experience growing up in Spain and America supports her understanding of what recently immigrated families and families who speak a different language than English feel when parenting. Her experience sets a warm, inviting, and safe place for parents to receive the support they need in their parenting journey. She is exceptional at listening to the family’s needs and providing accurate information to help ease their parenting stress and increase their joy.
Linda is a mom of 4. She has three grown children, and one is still in school. Her passion for helping families stems from her experience raising children and being raised in Spain and America throughout childhood and youth.
Her accumulated and learned expertise supports her in encouraging and supporting parents in San Luis Obispo County. Linda says, “My faith, family, and community are most important in my life and bring me joy. As a family, we love board games, hiking, kayaking, and spending time together.”
Mission & Vision
Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo
Mission & Vision
Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County is a parent education and support program that strives to encourage, strengthen and nuture families. Parent Connection offers a variety of services designed to make parenting less stressful and more rewarding, while promoting positive parenting techniques and building a families protective factors.
Parent Connection of SLO County goal is: To enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, countywide network that promotes and improves parenting education and support.