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Parenthetical is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension. We draw on the latest  research-based information chosen for its usefulness for parents of adolescents. Facilitators and contributors are parenting specialists connected to the university and topical experts carefully chosen for their interest in and knowledge of issues affecting adolescents and their parents.

Steve Small

Steve Small has been a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Family Relations Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension for 30 years. He and his wife have 3 adult children, two son-in-laws, and a new granddaughter. Steve had a somewhat turbulent adolescence and his
parents couldn’t wait until he grew out of it and left home. In his spare time he likes to bike, hike, build stuff, travel and play softball.

Becky Mather

Becky is the Prevention Education Coordinator with the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board where she oversees statewide efforts to offer professional development and training to family serving professionals to promote healthy family functioning and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. She and her husband are the parents of two adult children and a teenage son who challenges them to keep honing their parenting skills and strategies. Becky previously served as a parenting outreach specialist for the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and was one of the co-founders of Parenthetical.

Anne Clarkson

Anne Clarkson received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Madison and is currently the Digital Parenting Education Specialist with UW-Extension Family Living Programs. Over the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator in the fields of community health, parenting, family studies, and digital education. She and her husband are excited to be starting their own parenting journey this summer. Anne was a pretty easy teenager whose parents worried more about pushing her to try new experiences than about her rebellious behavior. When not talking about families and technology, Anne loves to cook, read, travel, play board games, and take long walks (ideally along beaches but typically along sidewalks).

Dayana Kupisk

Dayana Kupisk is a graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is interested in positive youth development, and is currently studying the role of youth practitioners to facilitate development and positive outcomes among youth participating in community-based programs. She also has a background working with homeless and runaway youth, domestic violence intervention, and teen life skills facilitation. Dayana has one older brother, and is living in a different state than her parents for the first time in her life. To relax, Dayana enjoys watching live music, trying new food, and practicing yoga.