Ilana Kukoff began her career in education as the Chief Nurturing Officer of her family, a senior management position whose principal responsibilities included, but were by no means limited to, feeding, diapering, clothing, teaching, worrying, inspiring, and just the right amount of smothering. Somewhere between teaching her children the ABCs and explaining to them that it is NOT okay to "borrow" Mom's car keys to visit Jason's house, Ilana launched Cognition Builders, an education company that fosters healthy family dynamics via proprietary (Latin for "our lawyers will sue you if you even think about copying this") in-person and online techniques. Ilana was one of the keynote speakers at a TEDx conference, has been featured as an expert in parent-child relations on numerous episodes of Access Hollywood, and has been quoted in many family- and education-focused periodicals. When she's not helping other mothers and fathers communicate lovingly -- and effectively -- with their children, Ilana enjoys spending time with own kids (Zak, a venture capitalist based in San Francisco, and Alexandra, a rising Junior at UCLA Honor’s College).
Jessica Yuppa Huddy is an M.S. of Applied Psychology and Cognition Builders’ Chief Learning Officer. Jessica is the lead strategist in the development and customization of new curricula and education-based programs. In her work at Cognition Builders, Jessica provides clients with language and behavior substitution; fixing the family dynamics as they unfold in real-time. Jessica plays a collaborative role in coordinating the efforts of her clients’ psychiatrists and psychologists; to inform and integrate their efforts. Jessica has served as an expert consultant for Disney Channeland Free Form. Based in New York City, Jessica has lead cases everywhere from Hawaii, to the UK, to Australia. Ironically, she also has ADHD. In her free time, you’ll find Jessica writing and reading poetry, singing, strumming a guitar and hiking in the Catskills with her husband (if the temperature outside is 75 degrees or warmer).*