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. As Parent Resource Coordinator, Allison hosted Parent-Toddler Play & Support Groups, organized Family Fun Days and Parent Information Nights. She will continue to develop special programs for families, while now managing the operations of the organization. Allison brings over 15 years of Nonprofit Management and Fund Development experience to Tri-Town and looks forward to dedicating her time to supporting and empowering families in our three communities. Contact Allison at Allison@ttysb.org.
Laura Kenney, MA
Laura Kenney joined Tri-Town in January 2019. A former HS English and drama teacher, Laura has worked with teens and children both in schools and through community programs. She holds a BA in English from Binghamton University, an MA in the same discipline from Queens College and is currently completing an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. She is thrilled to be living and working in the Tri-Town community. Laura loves reading and works part time as a book editor. She and her husband are the proud parents of a blended family of six beautiful, grown children, two grandchildren, and a fluffy white dog named Zuzu.
Jennifer Buckley, BS
Jen has worked in the prevention field for over 5 years. She has enjoyed her work in Positive Youth Development in New London’s Community and Campus Coalition, and regional community work at Southeastern Regional Action Council. Jen is married, has a teenage son, and 3 dogs. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Service and Business from Eastern CT University. Jen works with the Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to implement new programs aimed at reducing and preventing underage use of alcohol and other drugs in the Tri-Town area. Contact Jennifer at Jennifer@ttysb.org.
Melanie Meyer, MS, MFT
Melanie began as Director of Clinical Services in January 2017. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Central Connecticut State University. She has been providing counseling services at several Youth Service Bureaus in the neighboring area. Melanie specializes in working with individuals and families on a variety of presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, as well as self-harming behaviors. Tri-Town’s Clinical Services are available on a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. If your family is in need of support, you may send a confidential email to Melanie@ttysb.org to set up an appointment.
Board of Directors
Theresa Konefal, Co-Chair
Sandy Senior-Dauer, Co-Chair
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 6:30pm. Committees meet as needed throughout the year.
Each board member serves on at least one committee; personnel, finance, membership/nominating and fundraising are our standing committees and meet when necessary. 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!
Board members are also responsible for bringing in new members when vacancies need to be filled.