Selected Student Bios

Marianne Franzese Chasen

Marianne Franzese Chasen presently directs Kid Esteem Inc., a nonprofit organization she co-founded with her husband that uses drama and the creative arts to empower social and emotional learning for children families, schools and communities. Marianne's first book, The Sacred Weave of Mothering: Reflections from the depths of the soul to the heights of the laundry pile (2002, Aslan Publishing), continues to inspire mothers, parents and grandparents around the country. Marianne appears locally on News 12 and was heard across the country on syndicated radio stations offering counsel and reassurance for parents on how to talk to their children in the wake of the attacks on 9/11. She is the proud mom of four children.