Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Success Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, is to advance the work of the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a dynamic relationship-focused methodology that builds Inner Wealth® in children, empowering them to channel their intensity in productive ways, ensuring their successful future.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide the training, resources and support necessary to enable parents, educators, and treatment professionals to transform the challenges of working with “intense” children into creative, collaborative relationships, in homes, schools and communities across the globe. The Foundation supports NHA goals in the areas of Training, Research and Evaluation, Community Collaboration, and Project Implementation.

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About Children’s Success Foundation

The Children’s Success Foundation fosters the work of the Nurtured Heart Approach® by conducting training programs to support parents in building Inner Wealth in their children, educators formally implement the approach in school systems, and help therapeutic professionals meet the unique mental health needs of “intense” children. In the last 20 years, the Nurtured Heart Approach has been adopted in realms of parenting and education around the world and has found its way into thousands of classrooms, as well as a myriad of other high-needs child advocacy services, such as special education, foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Foundation Leadership




Howard Glasser is the Founder and Board Chairman of the Children’s Success Foundation and creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach®.

He is dedicated to awakening the greatness in all children, with a particular focus on intense and challenging children.

Howard is the author of Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top-selling book on difficult children, as well as several other books designed to unfold the Nurtured Heart Approach for educators, therapists, and parents.

Howard has been called one of the most influential living persons working to reduce children’s reliance on psychiatric medications.

He has been a featured guest on CNN, a consultant for 48 Hours, and featured in Esquire Magazine.

His work is currently being researched at the University of Arizona and Rutgers University.

  • Jean Hollowell
    Jean Hollowell Executive Director

    Jean Hollowell joined the Children’s Success Foundation as Executive Director in 2014. She brings with her 30 years of managing her own law firm and practicing business law and civil litigation. A champion of equal justice under the law, Jean represented hundreds of indigent clients. Fluent in Spanish, she was also able to ensure that non-English speaking Hispanics received competent legal representation.

    Equally passionate about her work for the animals, Jean established a governmental-private relationship that built an Animal Education and Adoption Center. She has designed numerous fundraising projects that have raised substantial sums for the benefit of all animals.

    Recently certified as a Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer, Jean is enthusiastically dedicated to advancing the work of promoting NHA throughout the world.

  • Tanya Fraizer
    Tanya Fraizer Consultant

    Tanya Fraizer is a dynamic individual with a passion to help others find joy and peace in their personal and professional lives. Tanya is a graduate of Concordia College – Moorhead with a degree in Elementary Education. She has worked extensively with families, with experience in both in-home and agency-based parent education. Tanya is a Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer and the owner of Heart To Heart Consulting, through which she provides coaching, classes, trainings and speaking engagements on NHA.

    Her prowess for leadership with clarity and compassion is a joy for all the NHA Trainers she is so personally dedicated to serve.

    Tanya lives in Fargo, ND with her husband and daughter.

  • Jan Hunter
    Jan Hunter Director of IT and Communication

    Jan is an NHA Advanced Trainer dedicated to sharing the power of the Approach in her life. In addition to being an indispensable member of the team at Children’s Success Foundation, she is the mom of seven (now-grown) children,  and grandmother of nine. She has been using NHA in her family since 2000 and has been actively sharing it with others in education, church and online settings since.

    Jan is the producer of the monthly NHA podcasts and also supports parents, educators and other professionals on CSF social media sites.  She has contributed stories to the book Stories of Triumph and is the creator/designer of various arts and greatness media.

    Jan currently resides in Utah with her husband and a daughter.

  • Sarah Muehler
    Sarah Muehler Director of Bookstore & Resource Support

    Sarah Muehler is an NHA Advanced Trainer and has served CSF since 2013.

    Sarah’s role is multifaceted. As Director of Resource Support,  she helped to create and now maintains the standardized NHA Curriculum on the NHA Trainer Network; she assists with the planning for CSF events, such as the Certification Training Intensives and Global Summit.  She also runs the CSF Bookstore.  Sarah provides support to all CSF staff and has earned the nickname “EE” for her Eagle-Eye attention to detail. She is dedicated to helping CSF grow and providing trainers with everything they need so they can share the Nurtured Heart Approach in their lives!

    Sarah lives in Moorhead, MN and is the mother of 3 children.

  • Brittany Stewart
    Brittany Stewart Director of Customer Service & Registration

    Brittany’s passion for NHA and service to others who are also committed to gaining great results inspired her to join the CSF Leadership Team.  She is now your first contact for Customer Service & Registration.  She will also continue in her role providing support with the Trainer Network.

    Brittany, an NHA Advanced Trainer since 2010, has used her NHA skills as a middle and elementary school special educator and currently in a middle school alternative education setting. Brittany uses her professional organizational abilities to support local NHA parent and educator trainings. She provides in-home NHA coaching through her business Empowering Hearts Consulting. She continues to use the approach with her grown children and remains thankful for her knowledge in NHA during their challenging teenage years.

    Brittany is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children. She lives in Roseville, CA with her husband James.

  • Nicole Semmens
    Nicole Semmens Events Assistant

    Nicole is an NHA Advanced Trainer and has been since 2011.  She is fiercely dedicated to sharing the approach with parents, educators, and professionals knowing the incredible transformations that are possible through the use of NHA.  In addition to being a member of the CSF team, she currently works as a Program Director for an international non-profit agency running a supported housing program for young adults with mental health issues.

    She provides in-home NHA coaching as well as community trainings and exudes much passion and love for the Nurtured Heart Approach® and all that it can offer to help enrich and strengthen people’s lives.

    She lives happily with her husband, daughter, and son in Syracuse, New York.

    As the Events Assistant for CSF, Nicole will be supporting the team at multiple levels; before, during and post  CTIs, Global Summit and additional events CSF sponsors in the coming months and years.

  • Matt Steinborn
    Matt Steinborn Data Resource Assistant

    Matt Steinborn is a full time school psychologist in West Fargo, North Dakota.  He earned his Masters Degree and Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead along with a Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Matt became a Certified Trainer at the Norwich, England CTI in 2013 and began using the new breadth of knowledge to develop an observation system for the Nurtured Heart Approach as his Masters thesis.  Matt became an Advanced Trainer in January 2015 and has since reached out to educators to spread NHA at the middle school level.

    Matt has a heart for research and supporting the continued research of the efficacy of the NHA.  His work with the CSF is to provide clarity and direction through consultation with researchers and those who wish to begin research on the NHA in any setting.  Matt’s empathetic compassion for others, especially youth, brings the heart into this research.

  • Stephanie Rule
    Stephanie Rule STAR Program Coordinator

    Stephanie Rule is a former school counselor with a master’s degree in counseling. She has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom of her two children, ages 6 and 3. She is an Advanced Trainer in The Nurtured Heart Approach®, and raises her own children using NHA. She has been teaching classes in The Nurtured Heart Approach to parents, educators, and mental health professionals for 7 years, has trained schools, and also does personal coaching in NHA. Her intention for teaching/sharing the approach with others is to help people establish and maintain the healthiest relationships possible with their children or the children they work with.  She looks forward to working closely with organizations and agencies desiring to implement STAR (Sustained Training and Relationship Program) throughout their system.

  • Andrea Parker
    Andrea Parker Conference Outreach

    Andrea Parker has worked in the Child Welfare Field for over twenty years.  Although most of her experience stems in the Foster Care Arena, she has also worked for the Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board, Behavioral Health Agencies and for Child Protective Services in the Family Preservation Department.  Andrea just launched her own Training and Support Agency and hopes to create a facility for Foster Children to help motivate and inspire them to recognize and celebrate their greatness, and to realize that they are not a victim of their circumstances.  Andrea is happy to be assisting CSF in the area of Conference Outreach and so excited to have an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of children and their caregivers through utilizing The Nurtured Heart Approach in their homes and communities.

  • Maren Jystad-Spar
    Maren Jystad-Spar Video Librarian

    Maren completed her first NHA training in 2015 and will become a certified NHA trainer in the summer of 2016. She is excited for the new journey working with CSF organizing videos.

    She is currently the Communications Coordinator of the Eastern North Dakota Synod, ELCA and an Ensemble Member at Theatre B.

    Maren and her husband have three children, three cats, and dog.

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