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Hi, there! Need help? Call Us 1-860-526-3600 for Tri-Town Youth Services or Dial 211 for Infoline | Email

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!

Our Staff

Allison Abramson, M.P.A.
Executive Director

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.

Faith Sprigg, BA, ACE-CPT and CHC
Youth and Community Engagement Program Director

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 from SNHU in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Welfare. Faith is currently halfway through her graduate program at SNHU in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofits. She also has Advanced Leadership Certification through the National Society of Leadership and Success, focusing on supporting youth in becoming their greatest advocates and future leaders. As a parent in Region 4, Faith brings energy, passion, and creativity to youth programs at TTYSB.

Katie Harris 
Early Childhood Council Coordinator

Katie is brand new to Tri-town and very excited to join the team. She has 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
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. 

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.

Melissa Keilty, MSW
Prevention & Wellness Program Director

Melissa Keilty (she/her) joins Tri-Town Youth Services as our new Wellness and Prevention Director! She joins us from her hometown of Bethlehem, Connecticut. Melissa earned a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Western Connecticut State University and has recently graduated from the UConn School of Social Work with a Master in Policy Practice. Her foundations in social work arise from a love of blending philosophy, electoral advocacy, and program development for various underserved populations. She has work history in civic engagement at the Bethlehem Town Hall, as a behavioral health clinician for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and a prevention specialist for persons living with substance use disorders. She is happy to continue working with small municipalities and school systems to build relationships in community wellness and youth development. In her free time she loves to hike any terrain (even in the rain), discover new museums, and photograph nature.

Board of Directors

Theresa Konefal, Deep River, Co-President
Sandy Senior-Dauer, Chester, Co-President
Susan Strecker, Essex, Secretary
Mary Boone, Essex
Nancy Pilon, Deep River
Sarah Waterhouse, Chester
Jan Taigen, Chester


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!

In addition
Board members are also responsible for bringing in new members when vacancies need to be filled.

Would you like to join us?

Please call 860-526-3600 for an application for membership or click below to download an application.  Thank you for your interest and concern for the families and their children in our area!

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