Senior Administration Team

Executive Director

Eliza Crescentini  X247    

 

Eliza Crescentini

Eliza has extensive and broad experience in both nonprofit and for-profit leadership and a deep and enduring commitment to children and families. She has a Masters in Child Development and Early Childhood Education and has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Eliza has dedicated her life to community building. Through her work she has also been appointed to several boards and committees in non-profit community work. She is a dedicated advocate for children and volunteers regularly in her community. She takes pride in these humble accomplishments, yet feels there is much more to be done and is always looking for ways to optimize her contributions to community through advocacy and learning. She is committed to ensuring a nurturing, responsible, inspired community, where we engage in energetic inquiry, creative thinking, and the power to change the world.

 

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Brenda Trierweiler – Ext. 230

With nearly 30 years of accounting and financial experience, Brenda joined The Children’s Study Home in 2012. Providing planning and execution of fiscal responsibilities for each department within The Children’s Study Home, Brenda works within every program of the organization. Additionally, she liaisons with the auditors to fulfill all reporting requirements at both the federal and state levels while maintaining a high standard of accuracy and accountability within the departments she directly oversees.

 

Director of Clinical Services

Leslie Fisher-Katz – Ext. 120

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Leslie has been a clinician since 1987 graduating with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University.   Although she began her career working in the field of substance abuse and dual disorders, focused on youth and women, she refocused her efforts on children and families by the early 90’s.   Leslie has since provided training, management, clinical and reflective supervision and direct care in the areas of family treatment, attachment, trauma informed/based treatment and culture. Leslie is currently the Director of Clinical Services at The Children’s Study Home.

 

Facilities Director

Eddie Rodriguez  X243

 

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Eddie has been working at The Children’s Study Home for the last twenty eight years. Prior to starting work at CSH, he was working at the Holyoke Soldiers Home for twelve years. Currently as the Director of Buildings and Grounds at The Children’s Study Home, Eddie oversees the overall repair and upkeep of the physical plant and grounds, maintenance, custodial and safety operation of eight buildings in Springfield, three on Cape Cod and eight buildings in Great Barrington. Other responsibilities include OSHA compliance, inspections such as building inspections, fire inspections, and health inspections and compliance with all state and local regulations.

 

Director of Human Resources

Rick Tremblay   X241

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Rick graduated with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations; minor in Music both vocal and instrumental from Northern Michigan University. Leaving the Great Lake Region behind, and relocating to the East Coast, Rick put his degree to the test.  He started his career in Human Resources, working for Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc., and since have been enjoying working at great companies like Top Flite Golf Company, Callaway Golf, Walt Disney World, and AT&T.  He was introduced to the non-profit world by working for Square One (formerly, Springfield Day Nursery).  In December of 2008, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from American International College, where he was also an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate courses in Human Resource Development, Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior.   In September 2014, he joined The Children’s Study Home, as The Director of Human Resources. His passion is Professional and Organizational Development, and encouraging employees to begin and pursue their educational and professional goals.

 

Director of Children and Families

Jennifer Smith  X109

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Jennifer Smith, LICSW has worked with children and adolescents for the last 30 years in a wide range of institutional and community-based settings. She developed DBT girls’ residential programs, after training in DBT in Seattle with Marcia Linehan. In Vermont, she worked as the Regional Director for Northeast Family Institute, building their network from just four foster homes, to a program of 20 homes.

In addition, Ms. Smith has a specialty in treating eating disorders, and worked with Walden Behavioral Care for 7 years. Where she developed and directed intensive outpatient treatment programs in both Northampton, MA and South Windsor, CT.

Ms. Smith has worked for The Children’s Study Home since September of 2014, for the leading residential and community-based programs. She maintains a private practice in Northampton, MA, working exclusively with adolescents.

Staff

Principal - Curtis Blake Day School

Linda Lafontaine  X301

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Linda M. Lafontaine is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with over 30 years’ experience. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1981 from the University of Maryland and has practiced in a variety of settings, including hospital, public and private schools. She has presented numerous courses and workshops in the area of language and literacy. As principal of the Curtis Blake Day School of the Children’s Study Home and an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Elms College. She has dedicated herself to both the theory and practice in the speech and language field. She is a past ASHA, MSHA and California Speech Language Hearing Association presenter.

 

Family Support Project Program Manager

Mary McGreevy

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Mary is the Program Manager of the Family Support Project (FSP), a therapeutic after-school and summer program for at-risk teens. Mary is a graduate of the UMASS Boston, with a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology. Mary originally worked in corporate finance and real estate for nearly ten years, but decided to follow her dream and pursue a career in the Human Service field.

A native Cape Codder, Mary uses her knowledge and love of the area to help the FSP clients build a solid connection to the community that surrounds them. She feels fortunate to be able to work for The Children’s Study Home, fulfilling her passion for guiding and mentoring young people. In her free time, Mary can be found working on her garden, or practicing yoga.

Family Support Program Manager

Gloria Williams X240

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Gloria W. Williams is the Program Manager at The Family Support Center for The Children Study Home.  She oversees the Reunification, Parent Education, and the Supervised Visitation Programs on the Springfield Campus.  She comes to The Children’s Study Home with a Master degree in Management and a Minor in Conflict Negotiation.

Gloria is passionate about the Children and families she and her team serve at the Family Center.  

 

Occupational Therapist

Edna Olowo  X144

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Edna is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist a with The Children’s Study Home. She is a recent graduate from American International College with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Edna has academic experience working with people across the lifespan. However, she is most passionate about working with children. Edna is excited to be working with the children here at The Children’s Study Home.

 

Foster care recruiter

Christine Young   X266

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Christine Young has been working at The Children’s Study Home since February of 2015. She serves as the CSH Foster care recruiter, finding foster parents in our Intensive Foster Care Program, as well as monitoring our supervised visitation program. Christine has worked as a placement specialist with agencies that serve adults with developmental disabilities in Western Massachusetts for many years.She received her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York, NY and her master’s degree from Springfield College, Springfield, MA.

Christine lives in Northampton with her three children, a dog, a cat, five chickens, and two beehives.

She also serves on the Human Rights Commission for the City Of Northampton.

Case Manager FSP

Elizabeth Childs

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Elizabeth Childs is a native Cape Codder and graduate of Bridgewater State University, with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. She fell in love with the human services field at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corp, working at both their residential STARR program and after-school leadership program. Elizabeth has been with The Children’s Study Home since January of 2015, where she has been lucky enough to work at both Cape START and Family Support Project.

Elizabeth is a professional face-painter/balloon artist, and has been performing as Buttons the Clown since 2009. Her greatest passions include traveling, Lao food, and learning new things.

Maintenance Supervisor

Charlie Gonzalez  X138

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Charlie has been employed at The Children’s Study Home for 2 years. His priority ensuring the all the programs at CSH are up to code and ensuring the children’s health and safety. He started as a maintenance coordinator and was promoted to supervisor. He currently supervises 5 employees on the maintenance team. His main responsibilities are to make sure that the buildings and grounds are up to code per state inspectors and OSHA standards and that they reflect the high standards of the organization.

 

Administration

Don Crine  X247

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Don has been with The Children’s Study Home since 2013. He lives in Great Barrington with his wife (Shannon), their three grown children and two Brittanys (dogs). He is a lifelong resident of Great Barrington, attending grade schools there and graduating from Monument Mountain Regional High School, he has also attended Springfield College, with leadership and administration experience, Don has worked for over ten years in nonprofit work. Don is delighted to be a part of The Children’s Study Home administration team and to work toward helping in any way to fulfill the mission of the agency. He is a very passionate person, passionate about helping others and especially passionate about being humble and kind.

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Scott R. Walker RN BSN  X282

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Scott R. Walker RN BSN, was born and raised in Springfield, Honorable Discharge Army in 1987, graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in 1994 ASN, from Our Lady of the Elms BSN. Scott served 17 years RN Nurse Monitor of MAP program at Multicultural Community Services, 15 RN Staff Neuro-Behavioral  Units at Holyoke Rehab, 10 year Unit Manager of the Dementia Units at Holyoke Soldiers Home.  Scott is the founder of the Springfield Ladyballers Basketball Program and committed to community services.

School Adjustment Counselor

Jim West X131

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Jim has worked for CSH for 34 years. Jim has also served the organization as a teacher, Asst. Program Manager, Residential Program Manager, and for the past four years, as the School Adjustment Counselor at the Mill Pond School. He enjoys working with the kids and helping them to grow and face the challenges in their lives. He also enjoys coaching the Mill Pond Basketball team.

 

Nurse

Marisa Figueroa BSN, RN  X115

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Marisa is a Springfield native and has always had a strong passion for the medical field. She graduated from Roger L. Putnam Technical High School 1998 and also obtained her CNA license in the trade program. That’s where her journey initiated in the medical field working fulltime until she obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing from American International College in 2014.  Her current position as an RN is at MPS, CBDS, Sharp and the Cottage programs is where she works with the children and staff in various aspects.

Youth Engagement Manager

Christine Alger

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Christine is the Youth Engagement Manager at  the Holyoke Youth Task Force, a program of The Children’s Study Home.  The HYTF is dedicated to elevating youth voice in the city of Holyoke and working to ensure adequate resources to meet the needs of today’s youth.  Christine joined The Children’s Study Home in December of 2013 and studied Human Services and Women and Gender Studies at UMass Dartmouth. She enjoys working with the teen population and watching them grow into young leaders and advocates for themselves and their peers.

Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist

Therese D. Miodonka

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Therese D. Miodonka is a special education teacher and reading specialist with over seventeen years’ experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University and has a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Reading. As the assistant principal and literacy coach at the Curtis Blake Day School of The Children’s Study Home, Mrs. Miodonka conducts professional development workshops in the areas of language and literacy and collaborates with staff members to implement specially designed instruction for the success of CBDS students.

Program Manager

Lesley McCoy

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SHARP Program Manager

Lesley McCoy was born and raised in Springfield MA and is a proud mother of two daughters, Dynasty and Ajalon. Destine to be of service to those in need, Lesley started out in Human Services in 2001 and has worked for a wide variety of agencies, serving children and families in the Greater Springfield Area. Starting out as a Residential Counselor for adolescent girls ages 12-19 with mental health and behavioral needs, Lesley has had the opportunity to master the art of Therapeutic Residential Treatment, be trained in Trauma Informed Care and help residents build social and life skills. Her years of service also include time spent working with adults and the elderly with developmental delays. Lesley’s has dedicated her life to serving children and families. In 2015 she joined The Children’s Study Home team, and currently serves as Program Manager at SHARP.

Assistant Program Manager

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Mary Jackson

Mary P Jackson has over twenty years of experience connecting families to community resources. Mary has worked for The Children Study Home since October 2005 as a Family Support Worker helping families involved with DCF connecting them to community resources and parenting skills. She currently serves as Assistant Program Manager. Mary coordinates all programs from DCF, and supervises The Supervised Visitation Program for Probate Cases.

 

“Do all things with kindness”.

Art Teacher

Don Blanton

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Don is well known in the community as an artist and sculptor. Don brings with him a versatility and creativity that sparks the imagination of those he teaches. He has a positive and realistic attitude that, when combined with his innovative teaching method, creates an environment for growth of self-esteem through the exploration of art.

Renee Bracey – Ext. 127

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Renee Bracey, M.ed has been with The Children’s Study Home since 2016 and works at the Sharp 1 Residential Program, serving adolescent boys. A Virginia Native, Renee has worked with at risk youth since 2005. She has worked for a number of community based agencies all over the country but is most proud of her work with children from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Principal

Amy Drake – Ext. 103

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Amy began her love of working with the youth population over fifteen years ago as a life guard for the Springfield Parks and Recreation, through that experience she developed a desire to support at-risk, inner-city children. She then perused a Bachelor’s in Psychology, with a focus on Behavioral Science, at Western New England College. With that degree she began her career working in schools that service children with limited, positive experiences in all aspects of their lives. She decided to peruse her teaching license and Master’s degree in Special Education. After many years of teaching, Amy’s passion turned to Special Education Administration, and she earned her administrator’s license. She is now the Principal at the Mill Ponds Schools, located in Springfield and Great Barrington, MA. The Children’s Study Home has given Amy the opportunity to continue her dedication to help children, by providing a safe, engaging, therapeutic educational setting.

FAMS- Program Manager

Erin Devlin

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Erin is a native of Cape Cod and has made it her lifelong goal to support others in the community who are in need. She often refers to the modo in her teachings to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and reinvent.

Erin started working at The Children’s Study home over 17 years ago while attending and later graduating from Bridgewater State College.

In her current position at the CSH, Erin is the Program Manager of Family Assessment and Mentoring Services. FAMS is a model that meets with children 1:1 in their respective communities. This model supports children and their families as an advocate, with everyday life skills, support with maneuvering thru the system, furthering their education, meeting medical and dental needs as well as supporting them to remain stable in their current living environments.