Congratulations to Colleen Shannon, our Associate Program Director - Youth & Community Outreach! Colleen was recently honored as an Emerging Leader by the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter for her work in childhood bereavement. Colleen is a clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults coping with grief, loss, and bereavement. She has worked with grieving children and families in hospital, community-based, and bereavement camp settings. At The Children’s Room, Colleen developed and now oversees the center’s Teen Program and School and Community-Based programs. Colleen coordinates one of the family groups at our center and presents locally and nationally on topics pertaining to childhood bereavement. In addition to her work at The Children’s Room, Colleen is a faculty member in the postgraduate palliative care program at Smith College School of Social Work. She also works as a psychotherapist as part of a specialty group practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where she specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced parental and sibling bereavement, young adults coping with grief, and families experiencing significant losses and life transitions. We are so thankful to have Colleen's skills, passion for advocacy, and warm personality on our staff at The Children's Room. Congratulations, Colleen!
Nancy Simpson-Banker We would like to thank Nancy Simpson-Banker for her five years of service to our community as our first dedicated Development Director. As of August 1, 2016, she has chosen to return to the world of healthcare philanthropy, where she worked for 20 years before joining our The Children's Room (TCR) team. Since 2011 when Nancy joined the staff, philanthropy has doubled allowing us to serve 55% more individuals in direct grief services. We added Family Nights and dramatically expanded our community groups and teen programming. Nancy spent much of her valuable time and energy developing and cultivating personal relationships with our individual, foundation, and corporate donors. We are financially strong and have seeded our endowment with a $100,000 donation. We wish Nancy well and feel fortunate to continue to count her as a member of our community, both as a Circle Donor and Advisory Board member. * Kim Cayer Please join us in congratulating Kim Cayer on her promotion to Philanthropy Director. Kim has served as the Development Associate at TCR since 2010 where she oversaw major events, the annual fund, and grant writing. Many of you know Kim as our extraordinary community tour guide where she brought to bear her six years as a TCR program volunteer. Her enthusiasm, deep knowledge of development, and dedication to The Children’s Room and the local community make Kim the ideal person for this job. Kim currently serves on the Board of Youth Services in Arlington and is a former board member of the Arlington-Belmont Crew Club, Robbins Farm Park and PTO Co-President of Arlington’s Brackett School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College where she was a member of the [...]
My name is Emily Carson Dashawetz, and I am the Communications & Marketing Coordinator for The Children’s Room. June 15, 2016, marked my one-year anniversary on staff, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce myself. Before joining the staff, I worked for eight years as an editor at the Harvard Alumni Association’s Class Report Office. As I considered what might lie ahead for my career after such a long and fruitful chapter at Harvard, I felt called to incorporate my passion for community building and service into my daily work. I’m still amazed that acting on the persistence of that call by setting up my first ever Idealist.org job search led me back to TCR, where I was a volunteer peer support group facilitator in the Sunday group from 2008 to 2011. My three years as a volunteer made one thing clear: the grief support resources provided by TCR are essential to building strong, healthy communities. I wanted to be a part of that as a staff member. However, what drew me here professionally was the opportunity to contribute to this organization’s remarkable progress by bolstering its communications efforts. The energy here has been palpable. Within my first six months on staff, we launched TCR’s newly redesigned website, and we shared the news that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft came to visit with a group of our teens in October—and that was just the beginning. Whether I’ve been working on deepening our engagement with our online community via social media or sharing news about our Boston Marathon team with local newspapers, I have been empowered to tell TCR’s story from many different angles. As a member of TCR’s administrative team, my [...]