who we are


Briana-TaylorBriana Taylor, MA Counseling Psychology - Founder/CEO

As CEO of Raising Healthy Kids, Briana is passionate about transforming the lives of children and families around the world.
With a background in marriage and family therapy, Briana has spent over 20 years counseling kids and families, equipping them with the tools to support the people they love. She has developed and directed programs in schools and clinics helping kids understand and grow into their potential, focusing on emotional well-being, health and performance. She has brought together a team of experts to support parents raising healthy, happy and responsible kids.
Briana is married and the mother of two grown girls. As part of her commitment to community, she is an active member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and was a Girl Scout Leader for 14 years. She has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for seven years, deployed to disasters around the country and internationally.  In her spare time, Briana loves to travel, sail and swim with dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.



Jill Fitzpatrick, MD

Medical degree obtained from the University of Toronto, residency in Family Medicine completed at McMaster University. Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Having practiced Family Medicine in Northern California since 1997, Dr. Fitzpatrick’s philosophy of care focuses on preventative health and helping patients and families obtain their optimal quality of life.  Personally, she enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her husband and two young children.



Jess McCurdy

Multiple Subject CLAD credential obtained from Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, special education certificate completed at Utah State University.
Having taught 3rd grade and raising 4 boys of her own, Jess is inspired to connect families to opportunities that focus on child development, health and character. She and her boys are currently working with the J.F. Kapnek Trust to bring food to the orphans of Zimbabwe, Africa. Personally, she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, watching her boys play sports along with spending time her husband.



Shirley Lorenz, Ph.D.

Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology, University of California, Berkeley specializing in social cognition, specifically the development of children’s friendships.
Since 1984, Shirley has been a school psychologist for the Dublin Unified School District in Dublin, CA. where she is responsible for the assessment of school-related learning and social -emotional difficulties, special education evaluation and placement, teacher consultation, supervision of psychology interns, counseling services and advisor to special district programs. Shirley has been a guest lecturer, instructor and supervisor for the Division of Educational Psychology and School of Social Welfare for the University of California, Berkeley and Saint Mary’s College, Moraga CA.
Shirley’s current interests include the prevention of school bullying, achievement motivation, and the development of social skills.



Janet Rikala Dalton, Pastry Chef

Growing up in Minnesota, surrounded by a family of Scandinavian bakers, Janet never imagined becoming a Pastry Chef while baking bread with her Finnish grandmother at the age of six.
She earned a degree in Food and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Working at Kuleto’s in San Francisco, taught her the fundamentals of working in a large-scale operation.  In 1991, she started at SF’s famed Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Postrio, her home for 8 years, where she was challenged in using local products and constantly changing the menu. Within a year Janet was made executive pastry chef.  In 1996 and again in 2004, Janet was awarded the “Pastry Chef of the Year” by San Francisco Focus magazine. She is currently consulting restaurants on different dessert menus and consulting for Williams Sonoma.



J. Alton Byrd, Strategist, Growth Facilitator – Coach – Author – Former NBA and NFL Executive

Throughout his life, Alton has been leading and coaching others to reach their full potential. He is the Founder and CEO of Clear Focus Coaching Inc., a group of consulting and marketing companies and is also Chairman and CEO of Think Feel Know USA LLC, an international coaching business with operations in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, and Dubai. Alton broke barriers and achieved unprecedented successes ranging from being named America’s Best Basketball Player under 6 feet to being the first minority General Manager of a British sports organization while at Murray international Sports in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alton makes his home in Northern California. He is an intrepid traveler, having visited over 125 major cities around the world on business and playing his beloved sport of basketball. Alton holds a degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Columbia University, and has been inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall Of Fame.