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.
April Kenney, LMSW
Kenney is a licensed social worker. She earned her Master's degree from Springfield College in Springfield. MA. April is passionate about providing youth and families a safe, affirming environment to resolve the many challenges they face. She has experience working in areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, as well as struggles with sexual orientation and gender identity. Her strengths-focused perspective allows her use each person's unique advantages to overcome the obstacles in their lives.
Christal Furphy, MSW
Christal is a social worker, who has worked with various populations within non-profit organizations. She is excited to work within the Northwest Corner communities promoting mental health and wellness. Christal received her Master’s Degree from Fordham University. Christal is trained in CBT, and TF-CBT. She holds a certificate in Children and Families, as well as a minor in psychology. She lives locally, and enjoys going for hikes with her dog, and knitting.
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.
Sara recently retired from the corporate world and was looking for a part-time opportunity that would allow her to give back to the community. Recognizing the increased need for mental health services in the midst of a pandemic, Sara chose to join the HYSB team.
Around the office you will find Sara processing donations, helping with fundraising, and keeping the office running smoothly. At home, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.