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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.


Melissa Mendez, Promising Starts and Child FIRST, Wheeler Clinic

Past President

Margaret Holmberg



Susan Vater, Consultant, Early Childhood Clinic and Social Policy Planning and Development

Executive Director/Endorsement Coordinator

Heidi Maderia


Kareena Duplessis, Director, Child Development Infoline


Robert Riley, Senior Business Analyst, Travelers Insurance


Marianne Barton, Director, Psychologial Service Clinic, UCONN
Nancy Canata, Program Director, CREC Child and Family Development Services
Dr. Gerald Calnen, Pediatrician
Lois Davis, Developmental Educator, LEARN
Darcy Lowell, Director Child FIRST, Section Chief, Bridgeport Hospital
Aileen McKenna, Family Liaison Manger, Birth to Three System
JoAnn Robinson, Director of Early Education and Early Intervention, UCONN
Jennifer Vendetti, Nurturing Families Network

Student, Non-voting Members

Jenna Acker, University of Connecticut
Lauren Haisley, Univeristy of Connecticut

Agency, Non-voting Members

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