Three Moms and a Mike is a talk program created to address the social issues impacting the quality of family and community life.

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This program seeks to counter the cultural trends which incite fear-based thinking and contentiousness as the natural response to the anxieties and trials of our times. Some of these negative cultural trends include:

  • Bullying
  • Polemic discourse hyped via cyber-powered media
  • Group think – the voice of the individual surrendered in order to belong
  • Hostility for wisdom and truth
  • Emphasis on connections over relationships – we are disconnected from one another

Episode 1 Part 1: Conversations with the Three Moms about the genesis and purpose of this program.

Episode 1 Part 2 – More conversations with the Three Moms and the Mike about the social issues of our time.

Episode 2 Part 1 – Peer abuse advocacy (dealing with bullying) – Lisa Ford-Berry’s story and experience after loosing her son Michael to bullycide in 2008.

Episode 2 Part 2 – Peer abuse advocacy (dealing with bullying/hostility) – continued conversation with Lisa Ford-Berry and her experience in dealing with school campus peer abuse after she lost her son Michael to bullycide in 2008.

Episode 3 Part 1: CyberWilderness – Joanna talks about her personal experiences as a mom and her motivation to focus on the new demands on parents as leaders in the network.

Epidode 3 Part 2: CyberWilderness – Joanna talks about the importance of house rules as a powerful way to bond with children and help them identify with the values of your home when confronted with hyped expectations of risky behavior to “fit in” or be accepted in the cyber-powered world.



The Three Moms


Jennifer Rodriguez (Photo: courtesy)

Jennifer Rodriguez escaped a violent marriage and is raising her two girls, ages nine and eleven with a determination to teach them how to set and maintain healthy boundaries in all relationships. To further this objective for other families in crisis, she founded Franny’s House, a non-profit resource center that offers crisis response,  counseling and training for children in emotional distress and their families.




Marie Hall, founder and Executive Director of BeMoneySmartUSA, a non-profit dedicated to teaching young people about financial literacy and their relationship with money. In response to the “too big to fail” housing and credit crisis, Hall realized that the young people were not given good examples – they have been trained to believe what people and institutions  with money tell them. She created BeMoneySmartUSA to help children appreciate how they have the power to earn a living and build wealth.

Marie Hall, Executive Director BeMoneySmartUSA

The financial literacy training is free, and BeMoneySmartUSA also started Farmers Markets in the Sacramento region to give teens employment opportunities. At a time when teen unemployment was 25% or higher, she and her husband, Don, decided to put into practice what is taught in their training sessions.




Joanna Jullien (Photo: Christy Benz)

Joanna Jullien stopped working full time outside the home when her youngest son hit middle school in 2004 because she was struggling with the question of how cyber technology impacts the home and community. In this boundary-less, anything goes, no limits, “it’s all about me” network culture, Joanna sensed the role of the parent being edged out, or pushed to the side. So she created a quarterly publication called, Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly to help parents become confident leaders of children. She examines youth culture, popular culture and cyber trends with insights and lessons learned from law enforcement, educators, health care providers, mental health professionals, parents and children.  She also publishes the Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner and her first book, The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture – A Parent’s Voice in the Cyber Wilderness can be purchased at SmashWords.

The Mike

David Lema is “the Mike”, who offers the Dad’s perspective and is the production manager of this program. He is the President of DRLema & Associates, a management consulting firm. After many years with the State of California as an Information technology executive, in 1992 David launched his national consulting practice which, with a heavy emphasis on information technology, has focused on bringing sound management practices and advanced business methods to both the public and private sectors.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.