Toni Anne Lofrano, BA

Positivity Pulse Director/Behavioral Assistant/Certified NHA Trainer

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Advocacy with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Montclair State University. With over 15 years of experience as an in-home behavioral assistant and parent coach, I have had the opportunity to work with children and families experiencing emotional and behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities. I have been employed at Sherry Blair Institute for Inspirational Change (SBI) since 2005. In 2010, I completed the New Jersey Children’s System of Care Behavioral Assistant Training Certification, and I also satisfied all the requirements for the New Jersey Social Emotional Learning (SEL)/Social Decision Making (SDM) Certification. I am an Advanced Certified Trainer in The Nurtured Heart Approach®, and I have been using the approach in my work since 2009. As the positivity pulse director at SBI, I strive to inspire and energize the SBI team in addition to the children and families that I serve. Some of my managerial and administrative roles at SBI include hiring and training new employees, developing and implementing policies, staffing referrals, and submitting billing claims to Medicaid. I am the content editor of Tribal Warriors: Life Skills to Optimize Well-Being for Teens by Sherry A. Blair. In one of my previous roles at SBI as a program coordinator and overnight counselor for the Weekend Respite Program, I was trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. In 2012, I completed the Rainbows Facilitator Training and became certified to run groups through Rainbows–an international not-for-profit organization that assists children and families who are grieving a death, divorce, or other life-altering crisis. I am committed to assisting children and families reach their goals through peace and positivity, and my education, training, and experience have helped me achieve this vision with youth and families in several counties, including Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, and Morris.