Live Panel Discussion

How can we improve children, youth and families’ relationships and connections with each other, and strengthen one’s own mental health and wellness?

Host

Olympia Della Flora


Panelists

Joe O’Callaghan

Matthew Laskowski

Rev. Robert Jackson

Mary Alice Walsh

Kaitlin Comet

 



Meet Our Panelists

Olympia Della Flora

Stamford Public Schools Associate Superintendent for School Development

Olympia Della Flora has served as a teacher, principal, and now Associate Superintendent in public school both in Columbus, Ohio and Stamford, CT. She has a passion for helping to remove barriers to academic learning and opportunities for students and families to experience success. She is a strong advocate for providing mental health supports for both students, staff, and families.


Kaitlin Comet

Americorps Prevention Corps Member, The Hub

Kaitlin is an Americorps Prevention Corps member serving at The Hub (RBHAO for Region 1). Her work at The Hub includes community-focused solutions in opioid education, awareness, and stigma reduction. She is a Narcan trainer and hosts trainings for community members and organizations. She is a fierce advocate, community organizer, educator, and activist.

Contact:

The Hub is the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) for Region 1 of Southwest CT:

https://www.thehubct.org/

info@thehubct.org

kaitlin@ryasap.org
 RYASAP Prevention Corps of Connecticut: http://www.ryasap.org/what-we-do/prevention-corps/ 


Joe O'Callaghan, LCSW

District Department Head Social Work Stamford Public Schools

Joe O'Callaghan supervises social work and mental health services for the Stamford Schools. His areas of expertise include School mental health, trauma informed practices and grief and loss as well as the training of social workers.

Contact:

jocallaghan@stamfordct.gov

Matthew Laskowski

Principal, Rippowam Middle School

Mr. Laskowski has been an educator for 16 years serving the Danbury and Stamford communities. Mr. Laskowski began his career as a physical eduction and health teacher and is currently the principal at Rippowam Middle School. He resides in Stamford with his wife and two children.

Contact:

www.rippowammiddle.org
Rippowam Middle School
381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06905


Reverend Dr. Robert Augustus Jackson, Jr., D.Min., Pastor,

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Reverend Dr. Robert Augustus Jackson, Jr. is married to the former Ms. Moninya Denise Hovington of Rehoboth, DE. They are the proud parents of four sons. Reverend Dr. Jackson attended Hagerstown Community College. He is a graduate of Andersonville Bible College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary. The Reverend Dr. Jackson has also successfully completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH. Reverend Dr. Jackson earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary with a focus on Transformational Leadership and Faith Rooted Organizing. Since 2015, he has served as the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church Stamford, CT.


Contact:


Presentations

Presentation: 

How to Get Your Kids to Talk 

PRESENTER:

Robin Seymour


Child Guidance Center 

of Southern CT


 

Presentation: I Missed You!

Coming Together After COVID-19

PRESENTER:

KIMBERLY WOLFSON-LISACK


Kids in Crisis


Presentation: Understanding and Responding to School Avoidance

PRESENTERS:

JULIE RINGELHEIM (ENGLISH) & GEORGETTE HARRISON (SPANISH)

Child Guidance Center 

of Southern CT


Presentation: 

Establish Structure and Routines

PRESENTER:

Emily Segal


Family Centers

Presentation: 

Consent & Boundaries

PRESENTER:

Danielle Walker &

Maileen Martinez

The Rowan Center

Presentation: 

Physical and Emotional Safety

PRESENTER:

Donn Reid &

Craig Baker

DOMUS


Presentation: 

Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships


PRESENTERs:

Nikkia Ellis &

Ann Rodwell-Lawton

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Presentation: 

Staying Connected 


PRESENTER:

John Hamilton


Liberation Programs, Inc.

Presentation: 

Harmonize your body to decrease stress and increase relaxation.

PRESENTER:

Carol Shwidock


Harmony Yoga Studio


Presentation: 

Screen Time and Social Media


PRESENTER:

Elizabeth Ortiz-Schwartz


Silver Hill Hospital


Presentation: 

Vaping: Is it harmless??

PRESENTERs:

Emma Goldberg, Samantha Samuel & Rocco Lucia


Stamford Vaping Task Force- committee of Stamford Youth Services

Presentation: 

Connecting in the Latino Community: What are the unique challenges? 

PRESENTERs:

Myriam Isaza-Postrel &

 John Hamilton

Liberation Programs, Inc.


Presentation: 

Establishing and Maintaining Physical

and Emotional Safety

PRESENTER:

Tanesha Rankine, PsyD

Community Health Center, Inc.

Presentation: 

Keeping Your Cool When It Counts


PRESENTER:

Krista Rizzo

Stamford Public Schools



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