children’s trust leadership
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Suzin and her team are nationally known for developing, implementing, and supporting evidence-based programs that partner with parents to help them make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.
In her role as Executive Director, Suzin has created and led one of the most successful home-based parent coaching programs in the country, as well as a network of center-based family support programs reaching 40 Massachusetts communities, a robust statewide collection of group-based parenting education and support programs, and a nationally recognized fatherhood initiative.
Suzin is also co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, serves on the board of the Boston Center for Blind Children, and is the vice president of the board for Friends for Children.
Suzin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Community Services from UMass Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College. In addition, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Curry College and an honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service from Tufts University. Suzin lives in Milton with her husband and is the proud mother of two sons.
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Deputy Director of Operations
As Deputy Director of Operations, Robin oversees the operational and administrative functions of the Children’s Trust, including finance, marketing and communications, human resources, and information technology.
Prior to joining the Children’s Trust, Robin had a lengthy career in the private sector. She owned a small business and prior to that served as the Chief Operating Officer for a large business for over a decade. She also chaired and sat on operational and public relations committees for a Fortune 500 company.
Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brandeis University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. She has two adult sons and an indulged Alaskan Husky.
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Deputy Director of Programs
Sarita joined the Children’s Trust in 1997 and in 2019 assumed the position of Deputy Director of Programs, overseeing all Children’s Trust programs.
Sarita served as the Director of Home Visiting for 22 years, leading the Healthy Families Massachusetts Implementation Team (HFMIT). Under Sarita’s leadership, Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM) has twice successfully completed Healthy Families America accreditation and has been the subject of a longstanding randomized trial evaluation that has demonstrated the positive impacts of HFM in the short and long-term.
In addition to experience as a home visitor and NCAST rater in Hawai’i Healthy Start, she holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in History from Kansas State University and Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Boston University Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Sarita is a proud mother and grandmother and lives in Somerville with her husband and their hedgehogs.
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Director of Family Support Training and Parent Education
As the Director of Family Support Training and Parent Education, Rayna oversees the Family Support Training Center, including our Keeping Kids Safe training, Parenting Education and Support programs, annual statewide View from All Sides conference, and parenting websites onetoughjob.org and allbabiescry.com.
Rayna has worked for the Children’s Trust in a variety of roles since 2000, including managing the Healthy Families Massachusetts training program for ten years. Most recently, Rayna was responsible for our efforts to engage moms and dads online.
Rayna has a Bachelor of Science and a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership and management from Boston University. She is also the proud mother of a 13-year-old daughter and the wife of a retired Army soldier who is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Rayna and family live in Amesbury.
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Director of Home Visiting Training and Professional Development
As the Director of Home Visiting Training and Professional Development, Meg oversees all initial and ongoing professional development for home visiting staff across the Commonwealth.
During her tenure with the Children’s Trust, Meg has developed partnerships to strengthen and advance home visiting at the state and national levels. For seven years, Meg coordinated the Healthy Families Massachusetts training program. Prior to joining the Children’s Trust, Meg directed early literacy programs for young children and worked as a preschool teacher.
Meg received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and has extensive experience in early education, adult learning and integration, and instructional design.
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Director of Marketing and Communications
Stacey joined the Children’s Trust in 2013, bringing over two decades of marketing and communications experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors.
As Director of Marketing and Communications, Stacey played an instrumental role in the organization’s 2013 brand overhaul. She currently oversees all brand management, public relations, digital media, email marketing, and website management.
Stacey received a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and has guest-lectured on the role of government in health and human services at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is the loving mother of two children.
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Director of Home Visiting
As the Director of Home Visiting, Steven leads the Healthy Families Massachusetts Implementation Team (HFMIT) who provide support and technical assistance to the statewide network of Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM) programs serving first-time young parents. Aside from ensuring the evidence-based HFM programs are implemented with fidelity, he regularly collaborates with local non-profits, state agencies, and universities on private, state, and federally funded initiatives and program enhancements.
Steven joined the Children’s Trust in 2007 as a HFM Program Specialist having previously worked in the areas of elementary and higher education, specialized foster care, juvenile justice, and workforce development.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Salem State University and a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University. He is certified by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds to provide trainings on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.
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Chief Information Officer
Pamela plays an instrumental and leadership role in the IT initiatives and on-going IT support for the organization. She serves as the liaison between the Children’s Trust and both the Executive Office of Education’s IT department and the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security. Joining the Children’s Trust in 2009, she brought with her over two decades of IT experience in leadership, budget management, and project management acquired while working at Brown University, where she started as a senior program analyst and grew to become the Director of IT.
Pamela received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from University of Rhode Island and lives in Rhode Island.
children’s trust staff
Rosanna M. Batista, Healthy Families Program Specialist
Lakia Bennett, Graphic Designer
Tammy Bernardi, Prevention and Training Specialist
Joanne Bernier, Healthy Families Resource Specialist
Charlene Best-Brown, Program Team Administrative Assistant
Thomas Blackler, Program Team Administrative Assistant
Kate Bullock, Family Support Coordinator
Aja Clark, Administrative Support Coordinator
Marissa Daley, Assistant Director of Home Visiting
Tanji Donald, Parenting Education Grants Manager
Mary Fitzgerald, Development Officer
Stephen M. Flaherty, Director of Administration and Finance
Jade Ford, Development Operations and Events Officer
Jennifer Lee, Contracts Manager
Janel Mackey, Fiscal Business Administrator
Lee MacKinnon, Home Visiting Training Specialist
Liz Marotta, Marketing and Communications Specialist
Dan McGinnis, Healthy Families Program Specialist
Jack Miller, Program Consultant to the Children's Trust
Suzanne O'Malley, Executive Assistant to Suzin Bartley
Michael Ramos, Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator
Amber Redmond, Director of Foundation Relations
Jenn Reed, Healthy Families Resource Specialist
Christopher White, Healthy Families Program Specialist