Kelly Parker, MPA
Kelly brings more than 12 years of experience in youth development and education, crisis intervention, and non-profit management and development to the position. She is passionate about the need to make mental health services easily available to young people and their families, especially in these uncertain times, and values collaborative approaches that engage area schools, other mental health service providers, and HYSB volunteers and donors. Her multi-faceted experience and expertise will serve HYSB well as it continues to meet the mental health needs of youth and families in the Northwest Corner.
Kelly has a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and Women’s Studies, with a minor in psychology.
Bethany Keck, LCSW
Bethany Keck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Bethany has been working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, parent, and group settings for more than 10 years. She specializes in working with children and adolescents in a wide ranges of areas that include anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, adoption and foster care, grief, sexual orientation and gender identification. Bethany is trained in CBT, TF-CBT, EMDR and CTG (childhood traumatic grief). Bethany has been involved in the Region 1 area for 25 years, lived in the region for 12 years, and has a son in the school district.
Theresa Kosch, LMSW
Theresa Kosch is a licensed social worker. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Hartford, CT. Theresa has experience working with adolescents and families in both residential and outpatient setting. Theresa has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in addition to trauma focused play therapy. In addition, Theresa has expertise in treating substance use disorders in both adolescents and adults and weaves mindfulness strategies into her practice.
Jess is a licensed social worker and certified school social worker. Jess holds a Masters in Social Work and a M.A. in Women and Gender Studies, which she earned at Southern Connecticut State University. Jess brings with her sixteen years of experience in human services. Her areas of focus have been in working with persons with developmental disabilities, domestic violence, and adolescents in alternative school settings. Jess utilizes creative expressions in much of her therapeutic work and feminist counseling theory. Jess also runs the first LGBTQ+ youth group in the northwest corner.
Daniel is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a BA in Sociology. As the office administrator he works as the “catch all” person. In addition to his administrative duties, he manages our development and communication efforts. Daniel worked with various organizations in New York City across the nonprofit field including serving two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Daniel grew up in Cornwall, CT and is passionate about hiking and music.
Emily is a 2nd year master of social work student at the University of Albany in New York; she is completing a clinical concentration in her schooling which focuses on providing emotional and mental health counseling to individuals and groups as well as administering interventions and evidence-based treatments. Emily has experience in crisis intervention, determining underlying barriers from independent living such as mental health disorders or substance use, and implementing service plans. Emily has three years of experience working with adolescents and aspires to continue working with youth throughout her professional career.