Meet the Team...
The Grant Project Manager, Kelly Dussault comes to the District with 20 years of experience working with youth, families and local school systems as an Occupational Therapist. Additionally, Kelly is completing her M.Ed in Human Relations at Plymouth State University with a concentration in organizational health and wellness. Kelly has begun the process of growing local Families and Systems Together (FAST) through the development of a Community Management Team (CMT), inviting over 40 local stakeholders to engage in the completion of a local ‘environmental scan’ that identifies the needs and strengths of children, families and the community. The CMT will steer the work plan for this project over the next four years. Efforts will focus on several areas including early childhood education and behavioral health; social/emotional learning and development; behavioral health promotion and substance abuse prevention; personal and community safety; support and expansion of mental, emotional and behavioral health opportunities; and family and youth engagement.
Early Childhood Enhanced Care Coordinator (ECC), Jamie Gorman holds a degree in Sociology and has worked for Northern Human Services at the local community mental health center for the last five years as a clinical case manager. She has worked with children and families in the local community to support them by building connections to community resources, developing crisis planning and fostering positive skills for emotional well-being. In her new position she will serve the needs of youth ages 3-7 and their families, coordinating and facilitating behavioral health supports. Jamie will be working with area preschools/daycare centers and elementary schools wrapping services around this early childhood population with the greatest behavioral health needs. The ECC position will work closely with our family resource center providing family support, along with our infant mental health program from Northern Human Services. The ECC position will align with our NH wraparound model, being family driven and youth supported while focusing on the family vision and strengths. We welcome Jamie to our System of Care team.
Wraparound Program Coordinator, Kate Clark, joins the White Mountains School District with 11 years experience as a school counselor and director. Kate comes to us with 12 years of school experience both as a high school counselor and school counseling director. She has her masters in school counseling from Plymouth State University and is working on her CAGS in educational leadership. Kate’s role is to facilitate the ‘wrap’ portion of the grant using evidence-based frameworks to deliver family supports and services. This work is rooted in a family-driven, youth-guided model that supports culturally and linguistically competent ways to maximize access to community services. The goal of this work is to create sustainable, cohesive plans that yield hope and keep families together.