Andi is the WorryWoo Creator and a bird-loving, cat-cuddling, dog-snuggling monster-making mom who started her career as an Art Director in NYC. She currently writes and illustrates The WorryWoo Monsters series while running her company Monsters In My Head. Andi's goal is to help children and adults embrace their emotions and find their inner "Woo".
Evy is the WorryWoo editorial and educational advisor, a role which she easily slipped into after fifteen years of teaching English and ESL. Evy has taught students at various levels ranging from K through college She possesses an undergraduate degree in English and an MA in Bilingual-Bicultural Studies. As the author’s mother, she’s always waiting in the wings to offer wanted…and unwanted suggestions.
DR. JOHN IRVINE PH.D
Dr. John Irvine is the author of the WorryWoo companion book Helping Young Worriers Beat The WorryBug and one of Australia s most renowned child psychologists. As a pioneer in his field, he has been read, viewed or heard throughout the nation. At the age of 18, he started his own one-teacher school. He continued in the field teaching in the New South Wales schools for many years before becoming a child psychologist. He is currently a consultant at the R.E.A.D. Clinic, in Australia, and has written several books including Thriving at School and A Handbook for Happy Families, which now has four accompanying DVDs. Dr. John is a much sought after speaker who has been featured in various newspapers and on current affairs and TV news segments. To learn more about Dr. John thereadclinic.com.
CHERIE SPEHAR LCSW
Cherie works with the WorryWoo team as their Emotional Wellness Advisor. She has authored the new WorryWoo guidebook “A New Woo & You.” Additionally Cherie works closely with the WorryWoo team providing consultation and information on child wellness, development, trauma, and emotional safety. Cherie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Trauma Consultant Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is founder and director of Smiling Spirit Pathways—The Apex Center for Trauma Healing in Apex, NC, and has dedicated her life to the emotional wellness of children, adults, and families.
Tiffany is currently a literacy specialist, coordinator, and administrator for a Jersey City, New Jersey Montessori School. She is an experienced second grade public school teacher, a public magnet middle school literacy instructor, and a primary literacy program creator, coordinator and instructor. When she is not conducting her own guided reading groups, Tiffany enjoys spending time reading one on one with her students. She loves using the WorryWoo Series to enhances a child’s understanding of foundational literacy skills. In addition, she uses the WorryWoo characters to develop self-realization and empathy. Tiffany is a firm believer in “Embracing Your Inner Woo!”
Myra is one of the co-authors of “SEL in the Classroom”. She is currently a counselor for the Jersey City Public School system. Myra earned her undergraduate degree from William Paterson University and went on to receive a Masters degree from New Jersey City University in Educational Technology. She recently received her second masters degree in School Counseling at Montclair State university. Before working as a counselor Myra worked as a teacher for over a decade in the Jersey City public schools. Her greatest passion is to bring out the best in her students and instill the love of learning in each and every one.
Melissa is one of the co-authors of “SEL in the Classroom”. She has worked as both a teacher, and an academic tutor. She holds a degree in Family and Child Studies with a Minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. In May of 2015, Melissa received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University
Rosie is one of the co-authors of “SEL in the Classroom”. She graduated from Marist College, receiving her degree in Communications and Public Relations with a Minor in Political Science. In May 2015, Rosie received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University.
Kristina is one of the co-authors of “SEL in the Classroom” She is a Middle School Language Arts teacher residing in Clifton, New Jersey. Currently, Kristina is enrolled at Montclair State University and plans to obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling within the next year. She graduated from Montclair State University earning a degree in Secondary Education with certifications in English, Mathematics and Elementary Education.
KRISTEN SHIVERS TUMMINELO
Kristen Shivers Tumminello, is a theatrical maven who has spent over twenty years working both on
and back stage for numerous operas, plays and musical theater presentations around the country. Kristen
obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Montevallo and her Master
of Music in Musical Theater Performance from Oklahoma City University. During her graduate studies,
Kristen was chosen by the Dean of Music to direct a production of the children's opera Brundibar which
paved the way for her becoming a director/musical director for many productions post-graduation.
Currently Kristen works and resides in Hunstville, Al where she directs and teaches musical theater and
voice. In addition, Kristen enjoys creating scenic art for area theater companies. Her most recent work can
be seen on the set of Huntsville's Seussical the Musical. Woosical! marks her fifth collaboration with
brother-in-law and musical composer Jay Tumminello.
Kelley Birney lives in Los Angeles, California with her director husband, Tim Reischauer, where she is
an established writer and actress. Birney has performed in numerous theatrical productions across the
country, garnishing rave reviews. Some of her television credits include, The Young and The Restless, It's
Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Client List. Her current endeavors include writing and producing
the award winning, film, Impulsive, which is appearing in various film festivals across the country.
Since 1989, Jay has been a creative force behind more than 24 original Children's
Theatre musicals and plays, composing for multiple companies across the country. From 1993-1998, Jay
was fortunate to retain a coveted Endowed Artist position with Birmingham Children's Theatre, one of the
few professional companies in the southeastern United States to have received multiple Awards of
Excellence from The Kennedy Center. Jay presently makes his home in New York City, where he
continues to joyfully compose, arrange and orchestrate. Jay is very excited to be a part of the WOOSICAL.