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Board of Directors

The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health provides statewide opportunities to enhance knowledge and to promote a positive influence on the social emotional health and development of infants, young children and their families.

Executive Director

Heidi Maderia, MS, IMH-E®


Voting Members


Melissa Mendez,LCSW, IMH-E®, Director of Early Childhood Services, Wheeler Clinic


Susan Vater, Maternal-Child Health Consultant


Kareena Duplessis, Director of Child Development Infoline, United Way of CT


Robert Riley, Manager for Ernst and Young, LLP


Marianne Barton, PhD, IMH-E®, Director, Psychologial Service Clinic, UCONN
Gerald Calnen, MD, Pediatrician
Nancy Canata
, MSW, LCSW, Program Director, CREC Child and Family Development Services
Lois Davis, PhD, IMH-E®, Developmental Educator, LEARN
Darcy Lowell, MD, IMH-E®, Executive Director Child FIRST, Section Chief, Bridgeport Hospital
Aileen McKenna, PhD, IMH-E®, Family Liaison Manger, Birth to Three System
JoAnn Robinson, PhD, IMH-E®, Director of Early Education and Early Intervention, UCONN
Jennifer Vendetti, LMSW, UCONN Health, Nurturing Families Network


Non-Voting Members

Past President

Margaret Holmberg, PhD, IMH-E®


Jenna Ramirez, University of Connecticut
Lauren Haisley, University of Connecticut


Elaine Flynn-York, MSW, Director of Prevention and Parenting Services, DMHAS Young Adult Services Division
Wendy Kwalwasser, PhD, Department of Children and Families
Grace Whitney, PhD, IMH-E®, Director of the Connecticut Head Start Collaborative