Our Staff

Patricia Marquart

Patricia Marquart



Patricia Marquart, LMFT
Clinical Director and Co-Founder, CDPL

Our beloved Co-Founder and Clinical Director passed away in February of 2021.  


Pat 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. Pat was a licensed MFT who had worked in private practice and headed a program called First Friends, which provided services to children with autism, using the DIR® model.   For many years, Pat was DIR® Senior Faculty through the Profectum organization.   Pat is missed dearly every day by her family and her DIR family at CDPL.



Jeanne White

Jeanne White, LMFT
Director and Co-Founder, CDPL

For over 25 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.  

Most recently, in February of 2021, Jeanne became the sole Director of the Center for Developmental Play and Learning.  Jeanne and the entire staff at CDPL are inspired by Patricia's legacy and lifelong work to carry on the important developmental work of CDPL in her honor.

Kendra Wessling

Kendra Wessling, M.S. 

CDPL Program Manager


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.

Kendra Wessling

Kristina Fluitt

Kristina Fluitt, MS, OTR/L

DIR-Trained Occupational Therapist and Clinician


​Kristina is an Occupational Therapist and talented DIR Clinician.  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. 

Kristina Fluitt

Becky Todd
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.

Becky Todd