Mallory Hunt Cyr



M.P.H.  Boston University School of Public Health, degree pending
Concentration: Maternal Child Health

Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow, class of 2014, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, MA

B.F.A.  University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, ME, 2007

Major:      Creative Writing


 MS Word, Excel, Email and PowerPoint, Facebook, blogs, Twitter


-  Maryann Hartman Young Woman’s Social Justice Award, Farmington, ME, 2003.

-  Oley Foundation National Young Adult of the Year, Albany, NY, 2003.

-  Michael D. Wilson Scholar Program: Succeeding at the Highest Level, University of Maine, Farmington, ME, 2007.

- Special recognition for efforts in Advocacy, Senator Harry Reid, NV 2011



7/2010- 7/2013- 
National Youth Program Manager
Got Transition? National Healthcare Transition Center

Center for Medical Home Improvement, Concord, NH.

Program manager for youth/consumer involvement on federally funded HRSA/MCHB coop agreement grant.

Bring an ongoing consumer perspective to the core Got Transition? Team

Reviewing documents, tools, and resources for accessibility to b utilized by families and young adults with special healthcare needs

Co-hosting monthly transition themed radio show/podcast

Managing the project’s facebook page with frequent updates related to topics of transition or health policy- consistently exploring further ways to utilize social media for marketing efforts.

Supporting young adult and family consumer team members within 3 learning collaborative sites

10/2009- Present:

Program Director-  The Face Forward Project, the Next Step Fund, Cambridge, MA

                      Care weekend counselor

                   Facilitated discussion groups with youth participants

                                               On-site director for Face Forward Retreat Weekend for youth with rare genetic and metabolic disorders

                   Support with social media, fundraising and other misc. communication tasks

7/2007 - 4/2010

 Youth Coordinator for Health Policy, Healthy & Ready to Work (HRTW) National Resource Center

Maine Support Network, Readfield, ME

Coordinator for Youth Leadership on federally funded HRSA/MCHB cooperative agreement grant. First consumer in the country to be hired in a national health center that was not consumer directed.

Constituents: State and national youth/young adult leaders, State Title V CSHCN Programs (Health Departments), federal level health agencies (HRSA, HHS/OD, CDC), Family and Youth Leadership Organizations, State Interagency Transition Councils, national medical associations (pediatric and adult providers), community based medical home providers including those interested in health care policy, youth involvement, post-secondary outcomes, and inclusive productive opportunities for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).


Serve as liaison to other state agencies and consumer leadership organizations.

Provide technical assistance nationwide; and conduct dynamic interactive skill-building sessions.

Plan and implement statewide conferences, advisory meetings and virtual networking sessions.

Expertise Areas:

Becoming a strong self advocate

Reaching ultimate potential as a youth with disability or SHCN, life and options after high school, developing leadership skills, living and thriving with humor, optimism and a diagnosis


2009- Present          

Founder and Executive Director,

Providing technical assistance and motivational speaking around issues of transition, and how to live life to the fullest, while having a diagnosis

11/2009- 12/2010  Kids as Self Advocates- (KASA)-  Consultant


Support KASA task force members in developing leadership skills through trainings, conference calls.

Organizing face to face meetings, annually

Web development

Reviewing documents for content and accessibility

Creating monthly KASA listserve & Newsletter


 Publicity, Community Little Theatre, Auburn, ME  2007-2009       
- Wrote articles and audition announcements disseminated to local newspapers
- Corresponded with local publications to promote productions
- Interviewed cast members / some photography

Journalism Intern, Farmington Flyer, University of Maine, Farmington, ME  9-12/2006     
- Edited articles
- Assisted with layout
- Wrote several full spread articles, published in paper
- Managed business aspects, organized ad sales using Microsoft Excel.


Member, Alumni Association Committee, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp founded by Paul Newman, Ashford, CT 2008-present.

Chair, Kids as Self Advocates (KASA), a project of Family Voices National Office, Albuquerque, NM, 2008-2009.

Founding committee member and Chair, State Title V CSHCN Program Youth Advisory Council (YAC), “YEA ME” (young educators & advocators of Maine). First State Title V CSHCN YAC in the country. Augusta, ME, 2002-2007.

Planning committee member- Baylor Medical School Annual Chronic Illness & Disability Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care Annual Conference. 2010

Advisory Board Member- Youth Move Maine, Lewiston, ME 2009- Present

Committee Member- Family Youth Leadership Committee, Association for Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP)- September, 2011- present

Committee Member- Adolescent Health Committee- AMCHP- September 2011, present


“From the Campers,” published in Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good: The Madcap Business Adventure by the Truly Oddest Couple, Newman, P. and Hotchner, A.E., 2003. Nan A. Talese; 1 edition, November 4, 2003, pp 216-217.

“Surviving the Challenge,” Anthology for Transitioning Teens with Disabilities, publishing pending

Health Care Transition Tips, Tools and checklist for providers, families and youth, various topics as part of national innovative technical assistance to change policy and practices to increase youth knowledge and involvement in health care decisions and care management. 2007-present.

 "Is AMCHP Ready to Embrace Youth Leadership?" AMCHP Pulse Newsletter March 2009 pp. 4-5

“I Can Learn From You, You Can Learn From Me- Involving Youth in Program & Policy,” Friday’s Child, Family Voices Newsletter, February 2010 pp. 1-2



"What’s Health Got to Do with Transition? EVERYTHING!” and "Whose Job Is It Anyways?” 3rd Annual Charting the Course - Helping Youth with Disabilities Move Successfully to Work, College and Adult Life Conference, Killington, VT, 6/2008.

"Healthy & Ready to Work, to Live and to Participate!”  Circle of Life Conference, Eau Claire, WI, 04/2008.


"Healthy & Ready to Work, to Live and to Participate!” 7th Annual Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare, Miami, FL, 03/2008.


"Preparing for Transition to Adulthood: Before Puberty, Before 18 and Post 18- Making it Easier,” Annual Maine Parent Federation, Rockport, ME, 11/2007.

 “Healthy and Ready to Work, Live, and Participate!” State of Maine Conference for Transitioning Teens with Disabilities, Augusta, ME, 11/2002.


Keynote, staff orientation, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Ashford, CT, 6/2005 and 6/2007.


“Preparing for the Difference- Are You Ready to Change Roles?” Annual Maine Parent Federation Conference, Portland, ME, October 2009.


"Transition: It’s Not Just School," Transition Conference, Family to Family Health and Education Center-NH, Concord, NH. November, 2009.


What Students with disABILITIES have to say about Transition to Independent Living, Work and Adult Health Care6th Annual IL Statewide Transition Conference, Schaumburg, Illinois, November 2009.


“Transition to Adulthood: Improving Outcomes- Advice with Hindsight & Wisdom, National Policy, Progress and Trends,” Family Ties of Nevada, Youth Transition Jamboree.  Reno, NV.  February 2010.


“Families & Youth- Preparing for the Difference: Essential Skills,” Family Ties of Nevada, Youth Transition Jamboree.  Reno, NV.  February, 2010.

"YACs and You! Youth Initiatives and How to be a Strong Committee Member"-  Youth Advisory Retreat, Denver, CO. April, 2010

"Taking the (F)ear out of Transition, " Transition in the 21st Century- Division of Career Development & Transition (DCDT).  Mystic, CT.  October, 2010

"Family Members' Perspectives on Transition" (panel)-  Baylor Medical School Annual Chronic Illness & Disability Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care Annual Conference, Houston TX.  November, 2010

"Youth is the New Black"-  (keynote) Baylor Medical School Annual Chronic Illness & Disability Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care Annual Conference, Houston TX.  2010

"Empowering Family and Youth Involvement in Transition: What does it look like and how do we achieve progress?" (keynote)  Oregon Youth Health Forum, Portland, OR. February, 2011

"Got Transition? Strength & Deficit Based Language- Learning the Game of Eligibility"  AMCHP Annual Conference, Washington DC.  February 2011

"Youth Have Something to Say, Are We Listening?"- Youth Transition Jamboree, Las Vegas, NV.  March 2011

"Empowering Youth in Transition what can Providers/Parents Do" - Series of webinars, Department of Health, KS, March 2011

“Transition: It’s a Journey not a To-Do List!” Keynote.  Life Course: Finding Your Way to Adulthood.  Roanoke, WV. May 19-20, 2011

"Healthcare Transition & IEP's- We're all in This Together!" Workshop Session, Life Course: Finding Your Way to Adulthood.  Roanoke, WV. May 19-20, 2011