We are all here to make help accessible in the Connecticut River Valley towns of Chester, Deep River and Essex.
Get to know a little about us!
Allison Abramson, MPA
Allison stepped into the role of Executive Director in January 2017. She brings over 20 years of Nonprofit Management and Fund Development experience to Tri-Town and is passionate about supporting and empowering families in our three communities. Allison is a certified Community Resiliency Model Teacher through the Trauma Resource Institute, trained UCONN People Empowering People Facilitator and Chester Community Partnership volunteer. As Executive Director, Allison convenes the Tri-Town Suicide Prevention Task Force and local Community Resources Roundtable, focused on improving the social safety net. Allison is the Middlesex County Chapter Representative to the CT Youth Services Association Board of Directors. She lives in Chester with her husband and three daughters. She loves hiking, cooking, travel and yoga. Allison completed 200 hr. integrated vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2020.
Faith Sprigg, MSOL, ACE-CPT and CHC
Director of Positive Youth Development
Faith comes to TTYSB with a not so cookie-cutter story. She has lived experiences throughout her adolescence and young adulthood, struggling with mental health and addiction. In recovery since 2005, she attributes her success to holistic health practices, wellness strategies, and recognizing the need for mental health supports. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Health Coach because she believes in addressing all aspects of wellness when supporting others. She advocates transparency and story-telling to encourage others to speak their truths, with no shame attached.
Committed to being the person she needed during her teen years, Faith began her education at Middlesex Community College and quickly moved on to receive her B.A in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Welfare from SNHU. Faith earned her M.S. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofits from SNHU in February 2023. Faith is a certified Mindful Art and Meditation Facilitator and One Circle Foundation Facilitator who uses a variety of skills and modalities to create safe, trauma-informed and non-judgmental spaces for youth to learn, grow, express themselves and become changemakers in our community! A parent in Region 4, Faith brings energy, passion, and creativity to all of her programs at TTYSB.
Katie Harris M.Ed ECE
Early Childhood Council Coordinator
Katie convenes the Early Childhood Council of Essex, Deep River and Chester and offers a number of supportive programs for young children and their parents. She earned an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hartford and a B.A. in English from Sacred Heart University. Prior to her time as a stay-at-home mom, Katie taught Pre-K for 5 years in both Hartford Public Schools and Branford Publics Schools. Other experience includes teaching reading intervention in New Haven and as a teaching assistant at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London. Katie resides in Chester with her husband and 3 children and is thrilled to be working with young children and parents in her community.
Melanie Meyer, LMFT
Private Line and Secure Voicemail: 860-526-3971
Melanie is a licensed marriage family therapist who has had been working for youth services bureaus since 2015. Melanie graduated from Central Connecticut State university with a bachelors degree in English and minoring in psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters degree from the same university for a masters in science in marriage and family therapy. Melanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing common stressors and behavioral challenges that arise across the life span. She also enjoys co-facilitating the Peer Advocates program at the high school with High School Social Worker, Brad Pitman. Melanie serves as community diversion advocate with Tri-Town’s local Juvenile Review Board in addition to being case manager for school avoidance or other behavior concerns. She also serves as chair for local community collaborative, Valley Shore Collaborative, which meets monthly to assess gaps in service and community needs for most of Middlesex County.
For those seeking more information around clinical services and beyond, you may leave a confidential voicemail at 860-526-3971 or 203-533-1937.
Lyn Connery, CAC CPS
Case Manager, School Engagement + Truancy
Lyn Connery comes to Tri-Town Youth Services with a vast and rich background of working with teenagers. As the Student Assistance Counselor for Westbrook High School for over 30 years, she had a reputation of engaging students into her counseling services and initiating a wide array of prevention programs. She successfully developed and facilitated a Peer Counseling Program, Students against Destructive Decisions Chapter and a Gay Straight Alliance. She was also recognized as the coordinator for Westbrook’s Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth and promoted asset-building initiatives throughout the community.
In addition to Lyn’s clinical duties at Tri-Town Youth Services, she works at Rushford’s Early Intervention Program and facilitates group counseling for teenagers who have gotten in trouble due to their drug use. She has a passion for helping young people find their way and continues her work, all while being semi-retired. Lyn loves exercise classes, walking and playing pickleball and believes staying active is an important component to one’s positive mental health.
Board of Directors
About the Board and How to Join
The Board of Directors of the Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau consists of 6 to 18 members from the tri-town area of Chester, Deep River, and Essex. Each board member serves a two-year term, with no more than three consecutive terms served. One can serve again after a year’s absence.
Board members are expected to participate in meetings, fundraising activities and to promote Tri-Town Youth Services and its mission.
The Tri-Town Board meets the second Tuesday of each month (Sept-June) at 6:00pm. Committees meet as needed throughout the year.
Each board member serves on at least one committee: Suicide Prevention Task Force; Community Resources Roundtable; Early Childhood Council; DEI Steering Committee; Committee on Restorative Practice. Additional special committees are formed as needed.
All board members participate in the bureau’s fundraising activities. We are always seeking new ideas for fun, family-friendly fundraisers!