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Volunteer Staff

The small but mighty staff of Attachment Parenting International (API) is made up of a core group of volunteers dedicated to the Eight Principles and to promoting Attachment Parenting in the community. Their hard work can only continue with support from members and donors like you. Won't you consider helping them continue their good work?

Contacting Us

Attachment Parenting International 
P.O. Box 973 
Bristol, TN 37621 
Phone 615-398-2740

If you have a comment or concern, or want to help with a project, feel free to contact us directly by email, by leaving a message at (615) 398-2740, or, if you are unsure which person you need to contact, by submitting a message on our Contact Us page. We will return your email or phone message as soon as possible. You may also wish to check out API's FAQ section for answers to many common questions.

Volunteer Staff Directory

The following teams make up API's Volunteer Staff. For a list of available volunteer positions amongst these teams, review our volunteer descriptions.

Art Yuen

Executive Director

Art Yuen Executive Director

Art led the API NYC group for 10 years and worked with API as the Knowledge Coordinator, producing literature scans, searches and reviews linked to the API Principles, programs, fundraising and strategy. Before joining API, now Nurturings, her career was in private-sector marketing and finance. She holds a BSBA in Finance and Accounting and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.

Rita Brhel

Blog Editor

Rita Brhel Volunteer Staff

Rita Brhel is the API Blog Editor. She was formerly the Publications Team Lead for many years and served as Managing Editor of The Attached Family and APtly Said as well as various editorial projects.

She and her husband have 3 kids and live near Hastings, Nebraska, USA, where Rita works as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Rita is also a member of the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition's Leadership Team and Community Breastfeeding Initiative Taskforce, and a member of Breastfeeding USA's Editorial Review Board. Rita volunteers as an API Resource Leader and a peer counselor for Sidelines High Risk Pregnancy Support Network.

Lori Dunlap

Nurturings News Editor

Lori Dunlap Special Projects

Lori Dunlap worked for almost twenty years in the corporate world, first as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and then at a large research university as a career development program director and adjunct faculty member.  In 2010 she decided to make a radical life change and left her job to begin homeschooling her two sons.  In addition, she has been researching and writing about education and parenting issues, and working with homeschooling families as an education and career advisor. 

Rachel Cook

Nurturings Network Coordinator

Rachel Cook Volunteer Staff

Rachel is a brand-building expert, having spent 20 years in Consumer Insights leadership positions, employing creative market research techniques to propel the growth of many well-known brands such as T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, Safeway and Ocean Spray.  She is now transitioning to working exclusively with companies whose missions for a kinder world match her own. Rachel holds an MBA and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.  She is also a certified integrative health coach with several certifications in nutrition and wellness.  An attachment parent and local AP leader in training, Rachel lives outside of Boston, MA with her two teenage children and her little Boston University mascot, Rosie the Boston Terrier.

Dynell Weinthal

Dynell Weinthal Warmline

Dynell, a Movement Specialist, Certified Educational Kinesiologist and Family Educator, is
passionate about how movement affects the brain. She empowers families to successfully get
through difficult moments of stress, anxiety, exhaustion, burn out, lack of attachment, guilt, and
communication, with the use of simple effective movement tools and family education.

Elise Armoiry


Elise Armoiry

Elise Armoiry is a Lactation Consultant living in France. She qualified as a Pharmacist in 2005 and after the birth of her twins in 2010, she started to take interest in attachment parenting and family communication. She became a babywearing instructor in 2014 and qualified as an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in 2019. Elise believes in providing evidence-based information so that parents can make their own choices. She is a mum of three children and loves supporting families as they discover the roller coaster of parenthood. Elise's website :

Eric Roth

WordPress Tech

Eric Roth

Eric has been learning and working in web development and design since 2019. Eric codes in HTML, CSS,
Javasctipt, PHP, and has worked with React JS and Node JS. Eric is also a volunteer with his local pet shelter, Gulf Coast Human Society, and UNM Hospital.