Sam’s passion for books really kicked off when her then-eight-year-old was diagnosed with cancer, and she saw just how much hope could hide in the pages of a book. Sam’s family turned to books for knowledge and stories from others in their shoes often. As an NHFV Resource Specialist, Sam is excited to be in a position to connect people with books from NHFV’s FREE Lending Library that could provide that same level of knowledge and comfort to other families in NH. If you are looking for a specific book or resource on a particular topic, email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Kendra graduated from Granite State College with a BA in ECE. Her work with Early Childhood Care began in 2012 when she started with Head Start where she developed relationships with children and their families as she supported them with tools to become successful in school and in life.
Kendra and her husband have four daughters; one of them was born with Congenital Heart Disease that was not diagnosed until she was a month old. It was with her unexpected diagnosis where Kendra learned that using her voice to advocate for her daughter’s needs and care was imperative. It has become a passion of hers to support other parents to do the same when their child is in need. Kendra can be reached at email@example.com
Carly graduated from the University of NH in 2012 with her degree in Communications and Media Studies. She began working in early childcare while she was still an undergrad, and fell in love with the classroom setting. She worked as a full time substitute teacher for almost ten years at Head Start, while completing her Child Development Associates (CDA) and receiving her Child Growth and Development credits from Granite State College. After giving birth to her daughter in May of 2020, Carly decided to change directions a bit, taking her Early Childhood Education (ECE) experience and directing it toward system involvement. Carly joined the NHFV team in February 2021 as the Care Coordinator for Watch Me Grow, NH’s developmental screening and monitoring system. Carly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenn is mom to Logan and MJ. She is a lifelong resident of NH. Jenn has a BS from Lyndon State College. She is the NH Family Delegate to the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). She provides trainings and works on various projects within PIC and NHFV. She sits on the NH Council for Developmental Disabilities as the Title V representative. She is the Learn the Signs Act Early Ambassador and co-lead for the Watch Me Grow Stakeholder Team. She also works with the iSocial team on Family Engagement and Positive Solution for Families Facilitator Training. Jenn also volunteers on her Area Agency Board of Directors, Family Support Council and State FSC, as well as NH4ASD and the Childhood Cancer Lifeline. Jenn can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia is a graduate of Rivier University, with an early concentration in elementary and special education. The diagnosis of two of her three children with cancer shifted her focus, and led her to NH Family Voices in 1999. Sylvia is passionate about family engagement, and working to improve systems to respond to the needs of individuals and families. Sylvia currently serves as the Associate Director, and the Project Director for the Youth Health Care Transition Services Project. Contact her at email@example.com
Terry has worked in the field for 34 years, starting in Early Childhood which remains her passion. She has provided training on many topics including early childhood issues, special education and parent professional collaboration, health care transition and serving as a family representative. She has focused her career on supporting families to use their voice in gaining knowledge and accessing services to raise their children. Terry is a graduate of Springfield College but she considers her lived experience as the parent of her children, which includes her son with multiple special needs to be her most important education. Terry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org