Meet Our Certified Car Seat Experts

At Happy Kidz, we are more than a Doona car seat distributor. We are a team of certified car seat experts who keep child safety as our priority.  Meet our talented team.

Monica BurgosMonica Burgos-Valdes, CPST

I was an elementary school teacher for 15 years. I got into the baby industry because a friend opened a maternity concierge in Miami that specialized in educating parents as they prepared for parenthood. I was ready to make a career change, and she was looking for someone to teach the parent education classes. The business grew and branched out to include baby gear, including car seats. We saw the need to educate parents on the proper use of car seats, and I became a Child Passenger Safety Technician in 2014.

Having 3 children of my own, I thought I was quite familiar with the proper use of car seats. After the 3 day class and a car seat safety event, I was grateful for all the knowledge I gained, mad at myself for having made so many mistakes with my own children, and determined to educate anyone who would listen on the proper use of car seats and child restraints. I love helping new parents and am 100% committed to educating families in my community so their babies and children are safe.

 

Kelly Murphy, CPSTKelly Murphy, CPST

I am a Child Passenger Safety Advocate for The Safety Group of CT, Inc and have been a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2002 and an Instructor since 2004. Additionally, I have training in the ‘Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs’ and NHTSA’s revised curriculum for ‘Child Passenger Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses’. I have been the Community Safety Educator for the town of Waterford for a number of years, trained and certified as a Public Fire and Life Safety Educator.

Prior to joining the Happy Kidz team, I was the Co-Coordinator of Safe Kids New London County (CT). During that time, I was instrumental in helping to create Connecticut’s current Child Passenger Safety Law. I oversaw a weekly Child Safety Seat Inspection Station which checked over 1200 car seats per year, and was the forefront of planning, conducting and evaluating education outreach activities within both the public and private school sectors throughout New London County.

I live with my husband on the shoreline in southeastern Connecticut and have two college age children (a senior and a sophomore).

 

ciara-laneCiara Lane, CPST

I am a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and a mother. I decided to get certified because I love children and passionate about their safety. I believe that it is important to work towards improving proper car seat use for all kids.

 

 


AlisonAlison Filis, CPST

I’m an on-the-move mom! When I’m not working hard as a Sales Representative for juvenile products, I’m constantly on the go with my 2 young children at home.   After years of working in the fashion world, I made the move to the juvenile products industry and immediately felt at home.   Over the last 10 years, I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the business, and am excited to be part of the Doona team.  Working in the industry while raising my family, I not only know these products, I live them too.  I am truly passionate about my work and how it affects young families like mine.  I’m a certified “Car Seat Technician” who takes my work seriously, not only for my family, but for yours too.

 

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