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, M.P.A.
Allison stepped into the role of Executive Director in January 2017. She brings nearly 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 Simplicity Parenting Group Leader, trained UCONN People Empowering People Facilitator and advocate for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. As Executive Director, Allison convenes the Early Childhood Council of Essex, Deep River and Chester; and serves as Co-Chair of the Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. She is also the Middlesex County Chapter Representative to the CT Youth Services Association Board of Directors and a founding member of the Community Resilience Collaborative of Middlesex County which promotes trauma-informed and resilience-building practices across sectors and in all domains of life, work and school. Allison lives in Chester with her husband and three daughters. She loves hiking, cooking, travel and yoga. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2020.
Laura Kenney, MA, MS
Youth Program Coordinator
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, an MA in the same discipline, an MS in Psychology, and is currently completing an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 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.
Melanie Meyer, LMFT
Clinical Director & Case Manager
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.
Portia Pendleton, LCSW
Prevention & Wellness Coordinator
Portia is a licensed clinical social worker who has held several roles in providing clinical treatment and community outreach. Portia graduated with a Bachelors degree double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies from UCONN, she went on to obtain a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Saint Joseph. Portia has experience working in prevention specifically with eating disorders/disordered eating and has worked clinically providing substance abuse treatment for five years. Portia lives locally with her husband, two cats and dog. She enjoys working directly with youth and adults to create and foster a positive sense of self through education and skills in order to live a balanced life throughout the lifespan. Contact Portia at Portia@ttysb.org and follow ttysb06417 on Instagram to keep up with events and tips for wellness.
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 6:30pm. 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.