This is our Family!
I am so proud to work with each and everyone on our team and I am deeply grateful for their deep commitment and dedication to creating together opportunities to support, educate and encourage parents & educators.
Thank you for your unconditional love and support. Thank you for becoming family!
~ Wishing You Well
Director & Founder • Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor
Helen’s vision is to bring Conscious Discipline to Aruba and the region, and to offer it to as many people as possible. Together with the Develop to Grow team she tirelessly works to organize and present workshops for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba and the neighboring islands.
She has long career in the educational field on Aruba. During a period of more than 35 years she has worked with children, parents, teachers, directors and school teams.
From the moment she met dr. Becky Bailey in 2007, she was convinced that Conscious Discipline is an invaluable tool for parents and teachers in the education of their children.
Child Educator • Traimerdia Team Leader
To Vanessa CD is a “way of being” and working with it fills her with pleasure and satisfacion. She loves to share the CD tools with parents, educators, youngsters and adults. Vanessa understands that change is a choice only you can make, so she chooses to “walk the talk”.
She will share with absolutely everyone she can that is willing to understand and utilize the CD way in their lives and how they educate children. Her wish is that more and more children can be reached by adults who are socially and emotionally healthy so they can develop these children into socially and emotionally healthy adults. Doing so we will benefit our community!
Gina Ras-de Kort
Teacher • Counselor Aruba Department of Education
Gina believes profoundly in the natural will of everyone, young and old, to connect, contribute and grow. But when life gets hard, we all need some skills to help us access our brilliance. That’s the reason she works passionately at spreading the knowledge of Conscious Discipline through her trainings and sharing her personal experience. This way she aims for more conscious adults that can help children become their best self.
In her years as a teacher, Gina attended two presentations of Becky Bailey and some workshops of Conscious Discipline. She applied bits and pieces of Conscious Discipline with success in her classroom and in the education of her three children.
In 2011 she became a volunteer of Develop to Grow, organizing together with a team of volunteers several two day workshops of Conscious Discipline.
Psychologist • Child Educator • Volunteer
Carla Briezen is a psychologist working in the area of education since 1997, in the last couple of years Carla has been involved in coaching and training school personnel, in the areas of school management, internal support systems and also implementation of Conscious Discipline.
Carla became a volunteer in Develop to Grow in April 2014, where she aims to introduce Conscious Discipline to as many parents and teachers as possible, and being an example and helping others in living the Conscious Discipline principles. She believes that adults and children alike can grow and live a joyous and valuable life founded on love instead of fear, and consciously accessing our own brilliance when we apply the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline. And thus building more loving and connected families, schools, companies and communities.
Michelle Ridderstaat Mendes
Mother • Team Assistant & Volunteer
Michelle, a wife and mother of two toddlers discovered, CD while assisting Develop to Grow with the first CD1 event on Aruba. It was that moment she knew this was what her children, husband and herself needed. Since that day Michelle has been focused in learning the different skills of CD and putting them in action in her own household.
She has been supporting Develop to Grow in the back office as of September 2015.
Traimerdia Group Leader • Guidance Counselor
Yuneida’s passion is to be able to plant a seed of strength, guidance, wisdom and understanding into the life of children as well as parents. Before CD she worked in different nonprofit organizations to fulfill this duty. Yuneida has a total of 8 years’ experience in the journey of working with children with the knowledge Conscious Discipline.
The day she met with the vision of Dr. Beckey Bailey, she realized that the content of Conscious Discipline has the power to not only plant a seed of strength, guidance wisdom and understanding, but also to transform and reform the life of children, parents and educators.