Mother Squad, Inc.

Meet the Team

Our core team is made up of mothers with young children who are currently experiencing many of the same challenges as the moms in our Mother Squad community. Our goal is to provide a judgment-free and supportive space where expectant or new mothers can connect with one another. We strongly believe that mothers are even stronger together.

Karisa Peer, Ph.D. Founder

Dr. Karisa Peer is a UCLA graduate with a Ph.D. in Education. She received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Dr. Peer's expertise is curriculum development and creating out-of-the box solutions to complex social issues. Her curriculum has been used widely to incite positive social and institutional change for families. In her most recent work, Dr. Peer collaborated with the Advancement Project to design a culturally responsive, asset-based leadership and advocacy curriculum for families with young children in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her multifaceted career spans non-profit program management, grant writing, community outreach, qualitative research, freelance writing, as well as over a decade of teaching from preschool to university levels. In all of her work, Dr. Peer has focused on challenging the status quo for families from disenfranchised communities—particularly single mothers with young children. During her free time, Dr. Peer enjoys hiking with her husband, 17-month old daughter, and their Boston terrier, Churchill.

Corina Constantin, Ph.D. Lead Facilitator

Dr. Corina Constantin is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent development, and parent-child attachment. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California. Throughout her career, Dr. Constantin has passionately pursued empowering those in need.

Dr. Constantin now works at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and also facilitates Mommy and Me Groups at The Pump Station in Santa Monica. She enjoys working with children and their parents on fostering growth and positive experiences, as well as improving parent-child relationships. In addition to facilitating educational and support groups for parents, Dr. Constantin brings deep experience with psychotherapy. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of this incredible journey of parenthood. Dr. Constantin is a proud mother of a funny, adorable, and determined two year-old daughter.

Maria Malavenda Advisory Board

Maria Malavenda is the Founder and CEO of EVVEMI – a revolutionary blockchain platform bringing transparency to the legitimacy and engagement of products and services provided in the beauty and wellness industry. Before founding EVVEMI, Maria catalyzed several award- winning high-growth ventures in beauty, healthcare and technology -- including companies acquired by Microsoft, Bosch and IMG. Prior, she focused on M&A, Strategy and Operations as a Fortune 100 executive (Johnson & Johnson, Inc.) and a "Big 4" management consultant (Deloitte, EY), and immersed herself in the digital data revolutions as head of strategy and corporate development for and ZoomInfo.

Ivy Love Margulies, Psy.D. Advisory Board

Dr. Ivy Love Margulies is a clinical psychologist, death midwife, reiki healer and licensed funeral director who specializes in grief, loss, and trauma encompassing the entire spectrum of a woman’s reproductive and maternal mental health. In today's modern world there is a massive void for support and practical information to help soften the pain of unimaginable loss. From postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, pregnancy release, terminations, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss and death of all kinds. Dr. Ivy has a unique way of blending psychology, ritual, spirituality, reiki energy healing, mindfulness and guided meditations to help facilitate and support women, couples and families through the grieving process. Dr. Ivy is located in Los Angeles, California, and can have teletherapy sessions with her patients as well as with groups all over the world.

Ian Yap Technical Advisor

Ian Yap is a seasoned software engineer with experience spanning enterprise companies to startups. Ian possesses deep knowledge of full-stack web development, design decisions, and best practices. He enjoys studying new algorithms and approaches to scalability. There are always new computer science problems to be solved in real-life settings. When it comes to product development, Ian believes in following Steve Blank's Customer Development Model rigorously and that the minimum viable product should be built with the minimal amount of clean code and infrastructure needed. Ian is also a dad of a 17-month old daughter with boundless energy.

Group Facilitators

If you are a licensed therapist interested in facilitating Mother Squad support groups, come join us!

Click here to see our current facilitator team!