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Kelly Parker, MPA

Executive Director


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

Clinical Director


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.

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Taylor Rousseau, LPCA

Clinician & JRB Case Manager


Taylor Rousseau is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Post University.  Taylor has had a passion for working with children since she was a teenager and would often volunteer her time to work with and help this population in any way that she could.  Taylor has four years of experience working in the mental health field and is trained in TF-CBT.  Taylor specializes in working with children and adolescents with various needs such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Family Needs, and Trauma.  In her free time, Taylor enjoys working out, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Jessica Hawthorne, LPCA

Clinician & Community Liaison


Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate receiving her Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University.  Shas worked with children and adolescents for 10 years.  Her areas of experience include Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, behavior management and teaching daily life skills. With a positive and individualized approach, Jessica is able to engage her clients in various activities to help improve their everyday lives.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys music, concerts, drawing, and relaxing with her dog and family.

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Marissa Kent, LMSW

Youth Program Coordinator


Marissa is a Licensed Social Worker.  She received her master's degree in Social Work from UCONN.  Marissa has 7 years of experience in social services to include work with individuals, groups, families, and communities.  She is passionate about working with youth and developing and implementing programs that will target the needs of the community while also improving the lives of the individuals, as well as those that support them.  She utilizes a strength-based approach to empower and advocate for positive change on the individual and community level.  In her free time, Marissa enjoys yoga, astrology, hiking, and spending time with her animals and loved ones.


Sara Beatty

Office Administrator


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.


Jaimie Sadeh

Art Therapy Intern


Jaimie Sadeh holds a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and Wilderness Studies from University of Montana. She has taught, mentored and led youth in a variety of settings from wilderness trips to after school programs, from environmental and arts education to mental health counseling. She has a depth of experience teaching art in many different settings with children and adolescents. Jaimie has seen art therapy serve as an important creative outlet for children and adults to channel emotions, work out challenges, and experience play. The metaphors, images, and stories that come from the art can give insight and empowerment, and the artistic process can bring focus and calm. Jaimie has lived in Falls Village, CT with her husband and 3 kids on a Jewish Retreat center and farm for 18 years and enjoys hiking, singing, meditation, and printmaking.