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Flourishing Families

Flourishing Families

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Building Healthy Families is guided by a working board in which all members participate on committees or fundraising events or directly with our work with families.  Our committees are an essential way we tackle long range projects that are crucial for our success.  If you have an area of expertise such as accounting, marketing, fundraising or development and would like to make a difference in the lives of parents and their young children, please contact us.  We are always looking for board members or committee members who share our vision of seeing families and children flourish.

Krissy Anderson, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Family Nutrition Program, UCONN Department of Nutritional Sciences. Krissy’s teaching changes the way parents look at fast food and how they shop.

Monica Bassette, Medical Assistant at Rocky Hill Pediatrics in Rocky Hill, CT. Monica is a lead teacher in our Play and Learn Children's Program and is a trained Circle of Security Parenting facilitator. Monica is also trained to help parents use the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool.

*David Bowne, Engineer at Belcan in Windsor. Dave's deep experience with digital technology and past nonprofit experience helps to move our Board of Directors forward.

*Serena Fung, Serena serves as BHF's Treasurer.

John Lund, Physical Education Teacher, Natchaug Hospital. John is highly gifted at connecting with elementary age boys. He brings an encouraging presence to the workshop that children really respond to.

Lynda Sue Moore, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist. Experienced with pre-k through High School. Lynda is passionate about communicating the importance of reading to young children and selects the books we give to families.

Rachel Moore, MA, Special Education Teacher, Washington School in Manchester, CT. Rachel's training in de-escalating problem behavior is invaluable. She has also made important contributions to training our volunteers.

Scott B. Moore, LMFT, Psychotherapist in private practice in Manchester. Scott loves to help our families feel comfortable and welcome. He also helps to set up our children’s rooms every week.

*Kwasi Ntem-Mensah, Fatherhood Family Development Educator, ECHN, Manchester, CT. Kawsi brings a huge heart for fathers to our work in the greater Manchester community.

Jill Parkany, RD, Registered Dietician with National Healthcare Associates, East Hartford and Marlborough, CT. Formerly Nutritionist at Hill Health Center WIC (Women Infants and Children) where she provided diet assessment and counseling on proper nutrition for children 1-5 years old, as well as teaching the nutritional requirements and physiological changes during pregnancy. Jill is also a parent who shares from her own life experiences as she encourages a healthy approach to mealtimes with children.

Meredith Starr, Nutritionist with our regional WIC office in East Hartford, CT. Meredith provides nutrition counseling for mothers and their young children. She also helps teach nutrition as part of our BrightStart For Families, and loves working with kids. Meredith is an Ages and Stages Questionnaire facilitator.

*Michele Stevenson, MA, Michele loves children and is gifted at supporting their play during BrightStart and through the Imagination Playground.  She is one of our key children's group leaders and is a trained facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting groups.

Linda Thurber-Lund, MA Special Education Teacher & Case Manager, RHAM High School. Linda brings a deep compassion to her work with children and wisdom as she guides our children’s Play and Learn Volunteers.

*Karen Tullson, BS, Physical Therapist; Trained Facilitator for Raising Readers Parent Club; Certified Leadership Parenting Coach through John Rosemond. Karen has spearheaded the development of BrightStart content and coordinates the teaching and special event schedules. She loves to teach parents about the importance of play and often has opportunities to encourage parents whose children have unique developmental needs. Karen is a trained facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting groups and for the Ages and Stages developmental screening.

*Peter Tullson, MA, PhD, Executive Director, Building Healthy Families, Inc., Member of the Manchester School Readiness Council and Family Support Sub-Committee.  Peter supports the overall mission of BHF and teaches about brain development and also helps to coordinate workshop meals. Peter is a trained Circle of Security Parenting facilitator.

*John Walker, MD, Pediatrician in practice at Kids Station Pediatrics in Manchester. John’s first career aspiration was to be a comedian; this talent helps him to connect with parents and children in a beautiful way. He also sweeps the floor after lunch nearly every Saturday during BrightStart.

*Board of Directors

Upcoming Events


The next BrightStart is scheduled to begin next Spring on March 9. See the article on our home page.

Circle of Security

Please subscribe to our email list to be reminded of our next classes beginning on January 5 or 9.

Imagination Playground

Come and play on the Imagination Playground. Check for our Imagination Playground events on our calendar (under Resources), or on Facebook.