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About California Gifted Network

Our Story

The California Gifted Network provides a forum to bring together gifted individuals and their families with professionals and organizations who endeavor to meet the social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of gifted and twice-exceptional individuals in California.

Lisa and Joanna met at a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Conference, and after sharing their similar frustrations and challenges in parenting gifted and twice-exceptional children, they realized that although California has a wealth of gifted resources, trying to find and utilize them was daunting. They decided to form the California Gifted Network in order to create a comprehensive, user – friendly place for the California gifted community to find resources, information, and support.

Our Team

Founder

Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with over 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. As both a professional psychologist and the mother of two twice - exceptional children (children who have both high ability and a disability), she was frustrated by the difficulties of finding support for these individuals. In addition to working with gifted individuals, and speaking to parents and educators about gifted issues, Dr. Haase is also certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator. She is the co-founder of the California Gifted Network. Her work for CGN includes teacher in-service training; parent education; teacher and parent presentations; and program consultation, evaluation, and design.

Founder

Lisa Hancock conducts assessments to better understand a child's cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. While working with all children and families, she has particular expertise in twice-exceptional children, those who are bright and have learning or processing challenges, as well as those who are highly gifted.

Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master's level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district's Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; is a proposal reader for NAGC; and speaks regularly at local, state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is supervised directly by Dr. Dan Peters.