Patricia Marquart, LMFT
Clinical Director and Co-Founder, CDPL
Has worked in the field of child development and therapeutic intervention programs for over 30 years. Pat worked in the Therapeutic Nursery School Program in the Child Psychiatry Department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 9 years, working with families and children with a variety of developmental disorders, including autism. She is a licensed MFT who has also worked in private practice and headed a program called First Friends, which provided services to children with autism, using the DIR® model. She is DIR® Senior Faculty through Profectum organization.
Jeanne White, LMFT
Co-Director and Co-Founder, CDPL
For over 20 years, Jeanne has worked with families and their children to help them achieve their highest developmental and emotional outcomes. Jeanne is a licensed MFT who has also worked in private practice and worked with child development specialist teams providing services to young children with autism. In addition, Jeanne was Program Director for a children's mental health program called A Childs Path which provided therapeutic support and case management for extremely high-risk children and their families. Since 2007, Jeanne has been Co-Director of CDPL, and is DIR®Assistant Faculty through Profectum organization.
Jillian Boccardo, MA, CCC-SLP
Jillian did her undergraduate work at the University of Rhode Island where she studied Psychology. She attended Montclair State University in New Jersey and received her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. At this time she worked in an integrated pre-school which used the DIR/Floortime Model. This is where she decided that this approach would be the next big thing in treatment and she had to be a part of. Following graduation, Jillian worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Children's Specialized Hospital (CSH) in New Jersey. Here she received her Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) and was trained in the Hanen Programs, PECS, PROMPT, and gained extensive experience with feeding and swallowing disorders for children with severe medical needs and Austism. Although Jillian gained great experience and training working at the hospital, she felt that she needed to move on toward her true passion, the DIR/Floortime Model. This is when Jillian found the CDPL team here in Santa Barbara in 2010. She has finished her DIR Fellows Training through Profectum and co-presented at a Profectum Conference in 2016. Jillian feels that the team members at CDPL are truly amazing spirits that strive to do the best by each child and family. They should be looked upon as a group that embraces the true meaning of collaboration and individual differences.
Early Childhood Educator
Becky joined the CDPL team in 2009. She was an Early Childhood Educator before working for the Learning Enrichment Autism Program (LEAP) for the Santa Barbara County Special Education Office. This is where she had the opportunity to be trained in the DIR/Floortime Model by Pat Marquart. She continues to work in the Early Start Infant and Preschool Plus programs for SBCEO, where she is able to use the DIR Model in her work with children ages 0-6. She is a co-facilitator for our CDPL Summer Playgroup Program.
Kristina is CDPL's Occupational Therapist and Community Relations Manager. She completed her undergraduate education at Westmont College where she double majored in English and Liberal Studies. Her BA in Liberal Studies provided her with an in depth understanding of child development and teaching. Kristina completed her masters in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. She is a licensed and registered OT and has a passion for working with children. She has DIR training through Profectum, and in 2016 presented at the Profectum Conference on a DIR Sibling group that she co-led with Jillian Boccardo. Kristina loves planning events for the company, including the annual Halloween Festival.
Kendra Wessling has worked with children and families affected by autism and related developmental delays for the past 10 years. Because she values partnering with parents and families, she pursued her master's
in clinical pyschology ('09). This has allowed her to work with many different children, such as at-risk youth, foster children, and other emotionally/socially impacted children. She has undergone training in a variety of methodologies for children and has found DIR/Floortime to be an integrative, family-centered, individualized approach that can be
applied to a wide array of neurodiverse populations! She is pleased to have been part of the CDPL team since 2011, soon after she moved to Santa Barbara.